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First Crossings free pdf Based on the high-rating TV show, First Crossings, this book follows modern-day New Zealand adventurers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald as they recreate extreme journeys of pioneer New Zealand explorers. Kevin and Jamie don't just take the same routes, they also wear the same clothes, use the same equipment and try the same food. While fascinating, this approach also leads to the pair finding themselves in some terrifying, death-defying and very uncomfortable situations. It's certainly an eye-opener as to how tough our pioneer adventurers were. The book adds a great more detail and background to each of the stories - both the historical backgrounds and also Kevin and Jamie's reactions to the stories and to their attempts at recreating them. Of the ten stories, five are from the first series and five from the second. They include Whitcombe and Lauper's first crossing of the Southern Alps- Grave and Talbot's attempt to find a pass into Milford Sound- Fyfe and Graham's ascent of Mt de la Beche. As well as several 19th century stories, First Crossings includes 20th century explorations such as Edmund Hillary's solo ascent of Mt Tapuaenuku, and Kelly Tarlton's diving of the Elignamite wreck (i.e. treasure hunting). Kevin and Jamie are no strangers to extreme conditions. They were the first Kiwis to walk the 1200km journey to the South Pole unaided (read about this in Kevin Biggar's Escape to the Pole) and they also set a new world record for rowing across the Atlantic in 2003 (see The Oarsome Adventures of a Fatboy Rower).

About Kevin Biggar

Kevin Biggar was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group when he decided to take part in the world's toughest endurance event, the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race, with fellow adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald. The incredible story of Kevin's transformation from couch potato to world record holder is told in The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower published by Random House and awarded the Sunday Star-Times 'Sports Book of the Year 2008'. His next adventure saw him and Jamie Fitzgerald trekking unsupported to the South Pole, and Escape to the Pole tells that story. Kevin now hosts popular TV series First Crossings where he and Jamie re-create some epic first crossings in rugged settings. He's now an Auckland-based motivational speaker who presents at industry conferences and corporate events around NZ and Australia. He speaks about how to take on large challenges, improve teamwork and about how to get the most out of yourself and your team. Kevin's professional career has included working in problem solving, consulting and strategy roles at The NZ Treasury and large multinationals like The Boston Consulting Group, as well as small businesses and more recently as the CEO of a software startup. This varied background combined with the universal appeal of his adventure stories means that his able to relate to a wide variety of audiences, ages and at all levels from the Board, to CEOs to frontline staff. Jamie Fitzgerald, co-author with Kevin Biggar of adventure odyssey First Crossings (based on the high-rating television series), is a world-class adventurer who has become one of New Zealand's most sought-after management consultants and keynote speakers. A modern-day pioneer, Jamie has helped thousands of people around the world harness strategy and leadership to excel in high-performance cultures. Jamie believes that 'performance through people' is the key to success both in extreme adventuring and in business: it is a process of aligning vision, goals, and individual strengths and skills, and breaking down the task into practical achievable steps. In 2007, along with fellow adventurer Kevin Biggar, he became the first Kiwi to reach the South Pole unsupported and on foot, attracting media attention worldwide as they implemented a 'business-like' approach to their 52-day expedition. Jamie also holds the world record for crossing the 5000km Atlantic Ocean in a tiny row boat, building on a rowing background which saw him captaining rowing crews against Cambridge and Oxford universities while studying for his management degrees. He has held various management roles in a range of industries, and in 2011 managed the design and delivery of training to the 7000-plus Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers to ensure they provided a 'uniquely New Zealand' customer experience. He is currently the CEO of Inspiring Performance, a business which helps people realise their potential through identifying an inspiring purpose, setting goals and communicating effectively, and then translating this strategic thinking and tactical planning into practical steps.(See www.inspiringperformance.co.nz.) Jamie has worked internationally in the areas of strategy implementation and change management, cultural alignment, leadership development and personal coaching, branded customer service, programme development and large-group events, and instructional design and facilitation. A strong commitment to helping youth realise their potential has seen Jamie involved in campaigns such as 'The Big Walk', which exposed thousands of young Kiwis to adventurous, learning-based experiences, culminating in their attending a two-day workshop with government ministers and CEOs to create strategies to combat New Zealand's negative youth statistics.

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Author : Kevin Biggar
Publisher : Random House New Zealand Ltd
Data Published : 09 August 2013
ISBN : 1775533964
EAN : 9781775533962
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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