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. The show rebroadcasts Tuesday evenings at 10pm.
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This week on The Trail Less Traveled: Sun 1/22 @ 6pm & Tues 1/24 @ 10pm
Frank Russell grew up in Whittier, Calif., and by age 8 was working the belly boards, surf mats and honing his body surfing skills. Later, at California Western University, he spent his free time on the San Diego coast at Sunset Cliffs – a mecca for reef breaks.
Russell made New Zealand his new home in the 1970s, first working as a dairy farmer and then as a school teacher and basketball coach. His destiny was finally realized when he started up his “Surfing with Frank!” surf coaching school in 2003.
Join Mandela in the water this week as Frank teaches her how to paddle, stand up and play safe in the ocean.
Last week on The Trail Less Traveled:
Recorded at the mouth of the Turanganui River, where almost 250 years ago Captain James Cook made first contact with the Maori peoples of New Zealand, Mandela chats with award-winning journalist, writer and historian Sheridan Gundry.
Gundry talks in detail about the historic encounter on October 8, 1769 , and the three days of misunderstanding tragedy that followed, as well as the rich history of the region.
Gundry is the author of five books, most recently A Splendid Isolation: Gizborne: East Coast 1950-2012, which covers the history of the North Island of New Zealand’s eastern coast.
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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.