Okay so the reason why I have returned back to the forums aside from the passionate minded people and Bushcraft as a whole is for an incredibly crazy idea which involves multiple types of people with various skill sets, some I do have, some I have engaged with others who will join me on the trek have these and I do mean Trek rather then tramp as it is what is called in this country that it is involved in, so that whole when in Rome, dont be Greek thing.
Okay so this search is worldwide and I do have some people from other parts of the world on the roster who are either fully in or a supporting role. I would like to extend it out to potential Kiwis who may be interested.
Please also read the entire message as it is although a repost from some of the forums i have appropriately posted them to worldwide on these here inter-webs, the message is the same. Some folks don't know how to read a post to find out what was being conveyed. Or they take the request as a joke or whatever else deceptive things that this aint.
I am sorting funding, gear sponsorship deals, letters, Visas for Kiwis, cost estimates, weather regional variations along the route, even where to get good pubs ............ too much to list all of that as a one man ATM. Whilst studying a BA in Screen Production.
I am Ash , I'm from Aotearoa New Zealand and I am a Bushcrafter / filmmaker/ film student.
Other Outdoor recreation activities i enjoy include the following: Native Plant Id, Bushcraft, Firemaking, Primitive Trapping, Tramping ( Trekking, Rambling, Hiking, Backpacking ) Trail Running and I have done a long distance tramp ( TA Trail ) .
I am currently a Uni student awaiting to finish my degree In Te Reo Maori and Screen Production - Filmmaking- documentary/ backpack film making.. I have finished that degree and am studying Te Reo Maori as of 2020 as apart of my BA in Screen Production and Film Studies
What i wanted to ask here is I am looking to Trek through Russia, all of it. Yes you read correctly from East to West.
This is a long one so only will suit certain people. We are talking up to 14 months expedition.
This Trek is expected to start around late March 2023-2024
Conditions anticipated are 4 seasons, Mid winter through to late fall.
I plan to do some documentary work along the expedition and I am a one man camera crew.
I have a friend who is also keen to do this expedition.
There are plans to get sponsorship on this expedition as well to help finance this. Not all of it but as much as I can.
IF YOU ARE :
Able to speak Russian?
Have Winter experience outdoors?
Have Bushcraft skills?
Have outdoor navigation skills
are able to pay for yourself along the way then
I want to talk to you.
Feel free to contact me.
I will welcome anyone is interested .
For further info please reply to this post.
And for those who might say it ain't NZ soft, I KNOW AND REALISE ALL DANGERS. Too many people have argued that on other forums with me.
I ain't here to argue, just network with like minded people.
I know this is Hundy as ( KIWI 4 100% or beyond intense ) hence why i Said Russia.
it may sound like im looking for free, i aint. Im not looking for a paid member either, i am getting sponsorship for all.
I could sell it more, but i have had people on other forums trying to argue that im promising pixie dust and ponies.
I dont expect anything, obviously you have not read.
It does say if you are able to, not expect. Nice to have not this robotic list states protocol b must be applied.
Im asking if someone has their own gear, who can pay for themselves who wants to do something like this to come along. Im not filming the trip to do the '' look at me '' buzz, i have got gigs freelance work along the way.
I did say for more details free to contact me because well, i dont want to post every single detail because this will only suit certain people and will bore most people. 3 varied forums have told me this is near insane.
That is view on things, not how I view this.
I AM NOT LOOKING FOR FREE.
Im looking for a like minded individual who maybe interested, who could afford what they needed, has their own gear and wants to undertake this.
Not me stealing credit. Im a Bushman, too humble to think so negatively.
I am looking for sponsorship to help finance the whole crew, including Maori iwi scholarships not just for me but everyone, so using my hookups to help everyone else isn't self gratification, it is the right thing to do, utilize all resources I can access.
If you are or know anyone who could be interested, yet again feel free to contact me.
If you see this post as an aggressive this fulla trying to milk us for himself type of thing, then sadly that is just an opinion or perception of how this post sounds or is perceived.
There is no deception here, i dont believe in doing that to anyone.
I have been completely honest and sincere in this post.
This is not a angry or snarky or opinionated post based of what I think, to defend myself post or me me me type of thought process.
Im just humbly being honest in my intentions. Just how we are raised here in NZ.
If this rubs someone the wrong way, then maybe this ain't your post or expression of interest which may be of benefit for you or worth your time, for that I am sorry i have wasted your time. No qualms or satire or humor in this remark, she'll be right.
2020 update, i have just finalised most of the prices and costs estimates up for sponsorship and other funding avenues, all of it is on a per person addendum. Of course i wont release these figures here because well it only suited for people who are interested but it is no way near ( expense wise ) then what i have heard other people comment about this trip the likely hood of costs. Between 10 -18k NZD New Zealand Bucks per person ALL IN, this was taken from the upper 50% - 75% of the ranges of prices ( not the cheapest but not the most expensive) i had researched and that includes zero days average food cost, zero days in hostels/backpackers or equivalents, running costs like fuel, mobile network carriers, food for on route trekking. Considering an average budget for a NZ Thru Hike is between 7K to 12.5K NZD ( From research when i tramped TA trail 2018 as well as FAQ on TA Trail Trust Website )'' An amount of NZD$7,000-10,000 has been suggested by previous walkers for a 5-month through-walk. '' TA TRAIL & That is 5 months in NZ with NZD currency.
I think what people thought in mind is their own economy and not Russia's economy when they wrote such remarks that it would cost in the 6 figures per person for a trip. Unless your living a like a king everyday high on the hog, then realistically for a trip such as this, that is neither efficient value wise for this trip way of living, not thrifty economically for trip of this length or adds value collectively to everyone's total cost individually. This is a fact Cost of living in Russia is 47.74% lower than in New Zealand ( link That is compared to the New Zealand Dollar, and all my estimates as stated are taken from the average to upper 75% of the prices that were given. I didn't add this statement to insult or demean anyone, just that anyone had logic would actually back up their words with facts and research, not just blind-founded ignorance.
Hope this adds to any potential parties interest that in reality total costs wont cost 6 figures, the whole angle of this trip of how I am pitching this to potential fund backers and sponsors ( not agenda) aside from promoting Outdoor Recreation to youth and as whole Preservation, Participation & Perceptions that individually or collectively what outdoors recreation can teach and apply to life experiences or personal growth on Humanity particularly for youth into the future BUT the fact that anyone can do an expedition REGARDLESS of cost, length or any other prejudice that stands in his/her way OR that you don't have to be filthy rich to do insane ( societies perception ) Outdoor Recreation or adventures.
I have one person who is potentially interested in this expedition, he is working at how long he is able to do so on this trekking expedition as we speak, he is unable to attend the start of the trip in mid-late winter so i am looking for at least one more person to add to the roster.
I have a maybe from an English lady, she is working out visa issues as well as where she might be able to start with the group from.
Just thought to Update everyone on this, As mentioned previously, I do have all the costs estimates which are super over generous as well as a Kit list and several letters ready to send off to potential funders, awards and sponsors who might back this madness ( Feb 2020). Starting locally and then going globally. By the way that was a Bio dome reference. Will update as soon as I have made further progress.
THIS IS WHERE I AM AT. Apologies for the all caps and I know that this wont suit everyone out there.
Updates will be posted for the documents I do have for interested parties.
Expeditions are crazy and this is fairly crazy so if you or someone else you know or ya cuzzy , aunty, uncle twice removed 3 times maybe interested, Haere mai come speak to me. Im looking till the end of 2020 to fill out a roster of people.
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