In this episode of Adventure Talks we talk with Ryan Moore. Ryan has been soul searching his way across Europe and Asia and has amassed an extraordinary list of experiences over the last nine months. To name a few: Ryan has walked the Camino de Santiago, traveled two weeks in France/Switzerland on the Walker’s Haute route, spent time at Francis Schaeffer’s L’ABri, and has hiked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
Obviously, we were excited to speak with Ryan about his travels. During the course of our discussion, we ask Ryan about his motivations for the journey as well as several other topics such as: facing the fear of the unknown, the longevity of experience, tips for those who may want to do something similar, and more.
Special thanks to Ryan Moore for making time for us and sharing about his inspiring journey.
01:24 Ryan’s background and the start of his journey
06:38 Facing the fear of the unknown
11:50 Ryan’s itinerary
15:15 The Tour de Mount blanc, Walker’s Haute Route, and Francis Schaeffer’s L’ABri
20:37 How has the physical challenge of your adventures affected you?
24:40 What parts of these experiences are you able to carry with you into the future?
26:59 Is there anything you would like to bring up, Ryan?
32:16 What are the first steps a person should take when considering a similar journey of their own?
Ryan’s Travel Gallery:
Ryan shares a few photos with personal captions from his travels below. You can find additional photos, poems, and trip reports on Ryan’s excellent blog.
One of the many suspension bridges one crosses on the Annapurna Circuit. These never got old to me, the perfect combination of beauty and adventure.
I did a “scouting trip” on the Tour de Mont Blanc for 3 days, checking out snow levels and getting a sense for the huts before going on a longer hike on the Walker’s Haute Route. This was one of my favorite views. Completing the entire TMB is very high on my wish-list for next adventures.
Heading towards the village of Kagbeni on the Annapurna Circuit. Walking all afternoon I passed only a couple on horseback and a shepherd boy with his goats. One of my favorite stretches of walking.
Some of the best things about long treks are the people you meet and the food you get to eat. In this case we got to experience both in the most surprising way. Four days into the Haute Route, my friend Dan (on the right) and I were befriended by Nicole (holding the wine). One moment we were chatting with him by the lake, the next he invited us over to his Swiss chalet, fed us amazing food, and let us crash with him for a night!
The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal gets the award for most diverse scenery. You will find jungles, rivers, suspension bridges, pine forests, and arid desert regions. It was perhaps the most beautiful of all the walks I’ve done. This picture is just past the village of Manang, at around 14,000 feet, heading up towards Thorong La Pass at 17,800 feet! Aside from its dizzying height and thin air, the pass itself is not especially steep or difficult. It’s do-able for anyone in moderate shape that takes things slow enough to acclimate to the elevation.
Me on the top of Mt Whitney and the end of the John Muir Trail. This was the hike that started it all for me. What began with a desire to go for a long walk, think about my life, and make space for God, put me on a path towards a year (and hopefully a life!) full of the most amazing, transformative journeys I could ever hope for. Now get out there! You never know where the path will take you.
Resources mentioned in the video:
1. Ryan Moore’s Blog,
2. Dreaming for Something More blogpost
3. Ryan’s travel itinerary
4. Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri community
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Be on the lookout for our next installment of Adventure Talks. We will be chatting with Brett Martin about his adventure walking 500 miles while completing the El Camino de Santiago. Brett shares about the inspiration to step out of his comfort zone, the pain of physical challenge, friendships he made along the way, and more. Follow us on facebook and youtube to be sure you don’t miss it!
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