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Colin Angus and Julie Angus


Photo credit: Angus Adventures

Dynamic documentarians

Expertise: Adventure, Water travel, Trekking, Photography, film, art

By Leah Gerber

Colin and Julie Angus once rowed 10,000 kilometres in 156 days across the Atlantic Ocean together, surviving two hurricanes. The documentary-making and bestselling-author duo completed the journey as part of Colin’s human-powered, 43,000-kilo­metre trip around the world, which started in 2004 when the husband-and-wife team (and a third teammate) cycled from Vancouver to Alaska.

Colin began his adventures by sailing across the Pacific, and was a member of the first crews to raft the length of both the Amazon River and central Russia’s Yenisey River. He is currently preparing for the Race to Alaska — a motorless, 1,200-kilometre rush from Washington to the northernmost state. Julie, who has a background in molecular biology, is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. She has also cycled, sailed and rowed tens of thousands of kilometres around the world. Among the pair’s latest adventures? Sailing ancient Mediterranean trade routes to research the mysterious history of the olive tree.


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