Looking for potential recruits for my.... INTL Trekking team across a whole country.

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. 

ATTENTION BUSHCRAFTERS. This may suit you (1-20% based on previous genuine interest rates from other forums) 

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.


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 aint.

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.

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.

2020 Updates:
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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Comment by Ras Da Bushman (Ashley) on August 26, 2020 at 8:59

Comment by Ras Da Bushman (Ashley) on June 28, 2020 at 15:07

Okay folks there are few updates on here as of late with the rest of the world dealing with a whole bunch of covid cases a whole lot worse then lil NZ and i am not going to touch on that, however the focus of this updates are the following, i have lecturer at my Uni who is well versed with Russian economics and trips across Russia here in Aotearoa so he has been a great eco to eco comparison. With anticipated inflation rates set at 2.5 % the budget P/P has been reflected of a P/P gear replacement budget as well as a separate group contingency fund for medical/emergency transport/ etc situations so that is not apart of the P/P pricing and funding point which i rather seek funding for the P/P for now. My own funding i have sourced of 900 NZD P/P for up to 4 members is still in place. The current P/P NZD is $16 k roughly NZD that could actually be alot less however is reflective of uncertain exchange rate and inflation rates as well for the projected 2023 start year.

Route changes: a whole bunch of other travel options could be & are avail which either shortens length by at least 1k-3k Kms which is a lot however i realised from the get go when i started planning that the monotony of just walking would be fairly tiresome and i have some ideas which i am double checking expected conditions, appropriate seasons and feasibility of ski trekking the first part of the new route changes as it is flatter, more resupply options from 8 days - 5 days max out resupply options, a long kayak/canoe section which is long i admit but cuts out 1500 Kms or a few months so very helpful. From those water options there are land routes or public transport such as Metro options to skip that if needed or favoured conditions determine so.

Sponsorship: I still will make tarps and bivvi bags or groundsheets for the team so that is not a problem. The NZ Eco is slowly recovering and i should have a fair idea by September if it is feasible to send out sponsorship expression of interests letters out to local trusts/grants/ foundations/corporate partners as well as local NZ outdoor gear brands for the next year from if September is fine till September 2021 roughly. International brands i will wait until late 2021 to get a better world eco opinion of what is happening.

Funding: I have a few live stream / wilderness survival which matches the kaupapa or directives of the trek which is anyone can do a expedition no matter what impedes you, which i thought would compliment it very well. It will be a mix of Youtube live superchats type of fundraising meets go fund me meets Les Stroud, Dick Proeneke and Bush Tucker man inspired type of a fundraising mini wilderness survival scenarios except from a remote wilderness location which can get okay ish reception to broadcast live with major backers determining where appropriate for I.E dropping or getting rid of a ferro rod, dropping a funder determined survival item every 24 hours, It will be a fixed place scenario to survive as long as possible up to 7 days with 2 week stand downs in between each funding event to sort out logistics and retain lost calories. . I have a safety crew or person in mind, the camera equipment i do have for it and ATM i have 4-7 such like wilderness survival events in place in mind with 2 locations planned for. I thought this type of funding whilst not the only major avenue of funding sourcing would be most appropriate for those of us in the team who are able to do so or that do have a okay background in wilderness survival / bushcraft skills and knowledge. It will be a interesting mix of film making, whilst maintaining good resource management with live mistakes and fundraising all in one.

Thats is all i have for now.

Nāku ngā mihinui ki a koutou katoa.
Nā Ash.
Nō Aotearoa.

Comment by Ras Da Bushman (Ashley) on April 18, 2020 at 21:58

I have full estimates for NZ'ers who maybe interested once the eco gets better and heaps of documents to go over, estimates, food maps, shop maps, expedition route, sim networks over there everything aside from insurance and visa situation has been pretty much planned and documented, just starting the website, some fundraising to do and things like that over the next few years... This has been overly thought of, im a overthinker and a strategist at heart besides a Bushman so nothing has been left out or in the wind.The search on here will continue for a year till the end of 2020. Then i will continue else where. I will still be here engaging with the community.   

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