ANGUS, Colin




Author Tags: Travel

Victoria resident Colin Angus went on a five-year trip around the world after he bought a sailboat at age 19, then he set off for the Amazon River with two companions in 1999. His memoir of the second adventure with Ben Kozel of Australia and Scott Borthwick, Amazon Extreme: Three Men, A Raft, and the World's Most Dangerous River (Stoddart, 2001), co-written with Ian Mulgrew, recounts their 7,000 kilometre journey on a rubber raft from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean.

For his second book, Lost in Mongolia: Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River (Anchor Canada, 2003), Angus and his companions journeyed from the Yenisey’s headwaters of the Yenisey River in central Asia to its mouth on the Arctic Ocean, an ordeal of 5,500 kilometres on a dangerous river through Mongolia and Siberia.

In 2004, Angus embarked on another adventure, a nearly two-year long trip in which he became the first person to circumnavigate the globe using only human powered modes of transportation. His 43,000 kilometres journey is detailed in Beyond the Horizon (Random House, 2007). According to his publisher, "Angus cycled, skiied, and rowed a route that took him to Alaska, across the Bering Sea and the Siberian winter, across Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then across the Atlantic to Costa Rica–a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it was a short 8,300 kilometre ride back to Vancouver. Along the way he burned through 4,000 chocolate bars, 72 inner tubes, 250 kgs of freeze-dried foods, 31 dorado fish (caught from the sea), 2 offshore rowboats, 4 bicycles, 80 kgs of clothing. And he showed the world that if he can travel 43,000 kilometres without polluting the planet, then the rest of us can get off our butts, and clean up our own acts." For part of his journey, Angus accompanied his then-fiancee, Julie Angus, on their transatlantic rowboat crossing from Portugal to Costa Rica, documented in her book, Rowboat in a Hurricane. This shared experience led to their human-powered journey from Scotland to Syria in 2008, the subject of their co-authored Rowed Trip (Arsenal, 2009).

BOOKS:

Amazon Extreme: Three Men, A Raft, and the World's Most Dangerous River (Stoddart, 2001)

Lost in Mongolia: Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River (Anchor Canada, 2003)

Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth (Doubleday 2007). $29.95 978-0-385-66123-2

Rowed Trip: From Scotland to Syria by Oar (Arsenal, 2009)

[BCBW 2009] "Travel"