Colin Angus (explorer)
Colin Angus is a Canadian author and adventurer who is the first person to make a self-propelled global circumnavigation. Due to varying definitions of the term "circumnavigation," debate has arisen as to whether or not the route travelled fulfilled the strictest criteria (for further discussion, see World Circumnavigation). As part of the circumnavigation, Angus and his then fiancé Julie Wafaei made the first rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to mainland North America, and Wafaei became the first Canadian woman to row across any ocean.
Colin Angus has written four books: Lost in Mongolia (2003), Amazon Extreme (2004), Beyond the Horizon (2007), and Rowed Trip (2009). He has co-produced two films for National Geographic Television. Outside Magazine included Colin Angus in a compilation of 25 people changing the world in its December 2005 issue.
Colin Angus began his adventuring lifestyle at nineteen with a five year sailing odyssey in the Pacific Ocean, half of it done with his best friend Dan Audet. In 1999, along with Australian Ben Kozel and South African Scott Borthwick, he was among the first to raft the Amazon river from source to sea. The trio retraced the route of Polish kayaker Piotr Chmieliński's 1986 historic first-ever descent of the Amazon River from source to sea, which used a kayak.
Most recently, Angus traveled around the world using exclusively human power, biking across land and rowing across water. The expedition began with partner Tim Harvey. However, in Siberia the pair parted ways due to interpersonal conflict. Harvey continued and eventually circled the planet, but on a longer route than Angus, including Africa and South America. Angus was joined bicycling in Europe by his fianceé Julie Wafaei, who purchased a rowboat for them to cross the Atlantic. The British adventurer Jason Lewis, claims that Angus' journey was not a circumnavigation, because it did not pass through two antipodal points on the globe, although this is not required by Guinness World Records.
The ship's log on the Russian research vessel Professor Khromov cite a high-seas rescue in support of the expedition. Angus had to fly to Canada for medical treatment during the expedition, but flew back to Russia to continue from the point he had left beforehand.
- Adventurer of the Year Award 2007 from National Geographic Adventure presented to Julie and Colin
- Four International Books including two National Bestsellers written by Julie and Colin
- Outside Magazine named Colin as one of the Top 25 “bold visionaries with world changing dreams” along with three full-page articles detailing his most recent expedition.
- Men’s Journal honored Colin and eight others for being part of a new breed of explorers, as well as covering their adventures in other articles
- Three Documentary Films produced by Angus Adventures, collectively won 11 awards and aired on National Geographic television around the world
- Globe and Mail Newspaper (Canada’s National Paper) published a 16-part series by Colin, as well as five articles written by their own reporters detailing their recent expedition.
- CBC Radio conducted 26 interviews from the field for the national program “As it Happens”
- Reader's Digest, the world’s number-one selling magazine, published a 5000-word article written by Colin Angus.
- Lost in Mongolia: Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River. Anchor Canada: 2003. Paperback: ISBN 978-0-385-66014-3, ISBN 0-385-66014-6.
- Amazon Extreme: Three Ordinary Guys, One Rubber Raft, and the Most Dangerous River on Earth. Anchor Canada: 2004. Paperback: ISBN 978-0-385-66009-9, ISBN 0-385-66009-X.
- Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet. Doubleday Canada: 2007. Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-385-66123-2, ISBN 0-385-66123-1.
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- "2005 All-Stars". Outside Magazine. December 2005.
- Angus, Colin (2006-05-20). "Planet Earth Home at Last". Toronto Globe and Mail.
- Colin Angus (February 2007). "Could someone circumnavigate the globe on human power alone?". Reader's Digest.