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Adventurer shares rafting trip

Colin Angus and his team were the first group to raft down the Amazon River from its sources in the Andes mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. He shares his story at the Nanaimo Museum. - Photo contributed
Colin Angus and his team were the first group to raft down the Amazon River from its sources in the Andes mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. He shares his story at the Nanaimo Museum.
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Vancouver Island-based adventurer Colin Angus is sharing one of his first expeditions to help raise money for the next one.

Angus and two friends were the first people to raft the Amazon River from its source in the Andes mountains of Peru to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. He presents a 90-minute screening of their National Geographic film Amazon Extreme at the Nanaimo Museum Thursday (April 14) at 7:30 p.m.

Joining Angus are his wife, Julie, and their nine-month-old son, Leif, to talk about the next adventure – a family expedition which will take the trio from Spain to the Middle East, following the route of ancient seafarers, the Phoenicians.

On Olive Odyssey, which launches in August, Angus and crew will investigate how the Phoenicians helped distribute olive trees from the origin in the Middle East through the Mediterranean.

The Amazon River is the greatest river on the planet by volume, and at 6,400 kilometres is second only to the Nile in length. Angus and his teammates, Ben Kozel,  from Australia, and Scott Borthwick, from South Africa, became the third team to navigate the Amazon’s full length. During their five-month expedition, the team almost died of thirst in a blazing desert, ascended frigid mountain summits, were battered in the white water, and shot at by Peruvian rebels.

Colin and Julie Angus  are joint recipients of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award. They are bestselling authors and have penned five books collectively.  Their previous films won numerous awards, including Best Adventure Film at both the Taos and Telluride Mountain Film Festivals.

Tickets for the presentation are $12/advance; $14/door. Please visit www.angusadventures.com for more information.

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