Leaders Call to Adventure - THE PODCAST - SHOWNOTES
Episode 1: Nathan Hoturoa Gray
First Pass Under Heaven: A Great wall of china Adventure
The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure ever built, stretching for over 4,000 kilometres from central Asia, across the Gobi Desert, through the remote, cold mountains of northern China to end on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Nathan Hoturoa Gray, a young New Zealand lawyer, wanted to be one of the first Westerners in history to walk the entire length of the Great Wall...
In 2000 he looked over the Gobi desert with an unlikely group of traveling companions including a Buddhist Monk, a Mormon golfer and an Italian recording artist. He saw a flash of light in the distance. In a landscape where the wall often disappeared into the sand for miles, he knew that light would be the first guiding point on what would turn out to be an incredible two year journey.
In this episode, Nathan and I talk about his incredible adventure and his book: First Pass Under Heaven - One Man's 4000km Trek along the Great Wall of China. A Penguin best seller, the book is available worldwide.
- How to travel through the desert for days carrying only 750 ml of water
- Understand how group conflict can bring bad juju on the path
- The familiarity of being somewhere you've never been before
- Cultivate your ability to see signs and navigate using your inner compass
- Trust you can get what you need as long as you aren't too greedy and are in harmony with yourself, with others and with the environment
- The deeper reasons behind building the Great Wall apart from defensive strategy
- What does the Great Wall have in common with the Camino and the pyramids?