Hosted weekly by Mandela, The Trail Less Traveled is dedicated to documenting humanity by gathering interviews and sound effects from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind’s earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with adventure information and inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands.
Every Sunday night at 6pm Mandela brings you another installment of The Trail Less Traveled – our locally-harvested outdoor adventure series.
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This week on The Trail Less Traveled:
Mandela reports from aboard the famous OCEARCH great white shark research vessel as it studies the world’s most prehistoric creature from the laboratory known as the Atlantic Ocean.
Dedicated to global conservation outreach and education, the 130-foot vessel has completed 26 worldwide expeditions. Its scientists track and study sharks across the globe with real-time data through the “Global Shark Tracker.”
And you don’t need to be on the high seas to follow their work – you can download the app to your phone and track them from the comfort (safety?) of your own living room.
Last week on The Trail Less Traveled:
Over 50 percent of the world’s penguin species can be found in New Zealand, and Mandela visited with two of the country’s biggest experts – Drs. Thomas Mattern and Pablo Garcia Borboroglu.
Mattern is director of the Tawaki Project in Milford Sound, home of the world’s third rarest penguin. He’s spent 15 years research the animals, starting with old-fashioned radio telemetry before becoming one of the first scientists to successfully deploy newly developed GPS dive loggers.
With 20-plus years of penguin research under his belt, Borboroglu is founder and president of the Global Penguin Society and advocates for the creatures before the United Nations. In his role as a Pew Charitable Trusts fellow he has the ear of the world’s preeminent decision makers and uses his voice to drive conservation and research efforts for the world’s penguin populations.
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Mandela, Your host of THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED!
Growing up, Mandela spent a season in South Africa, a season in Montana and various seasons traveling the world with her flight attendant mother and vagabond father. At an early age Mandela fell in love with juxtapositions between cultures, music, food and weather of the northern and southern hemispheres. Mandela started filming her adventures when she was 14 and started an adventure-travel talk show on KBGA when she was 18. The show ran for five years & she is still producing short adventure films in her spare time. When she’s not in the studio, Mandela teaches Ashtanga Yoga and works as an international adventure guide/instructor in the field of whitewater rafting, kayaking & riverboarding. She guides paddle rafts on two week expeditions in The Grand Canyon May-September and records the show on location wherever life takes her.
Mandela was raised on a nature reserve at the most southern point of South Africa. Growing up in the bush, the only musical entertainment she had was an old CB radio & didjeridu. For many years she had only two cassette tapes: a Walt Disney soundtrack … and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. She has a passion for classic rock’n’roll, the blues that evolved in African-American communities of the Deep South & funky up beat “world music”.
Mandela’s family made frequent trips to Australia throughout her childhood. Mandela started studying Aboriginal anthropology and didjeridu sound theory in Australia in her teens. In 2007 she started an organization in Missoula, which continues to educate students in didjeridu & Aboriginal anthropology. She also played didjeridu & percussion in a local band called, “Peanutbutter & Didjeridu Jam”. Mandela presents adventure lectures at the University of Montana & other public/private schools in America.
Mandela lives for adventure-travel, whitewater expeditions & the music which inspires us to get outside, shake our booties & explore in the Mecca of Recreation: Missoula, MT.