Upcoming Division Talk
DRIVING OVERLAND FROM ALASKA TO ARGENTINA: A GRAND ADVENTURE
Speaker: Tom Feuchtwanger. P.Geol.
December 11, 2019 | Doors open at 11:30am
Location: Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub Calgary, 140, 10 Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2R 0A3
*CSPG members can register for free and track their CPD hours!
After circumnavigating Africa overland independently, my wife Janet, and I struggled to settle back into our suburban middle-class lifestyle. We missed the adventures and adrenaline rushes. As a result, we built a ruggedized customized camper, sold our home, said goodbye to our sons and friends and in July 2010 and set off to drive from Prudhoe Bay Alaska, the most northerly driveable point in North America to Ushuaia Argentina, the most southerly driveable town in the world. We covered 65,000kms over a 18 month period traversing Canada, the USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. In 2019 we returned to Ushuaia and sailed to Antarctica.
This presentation will give you a sense of the landscapes, history, cultures, experiences and challenges of this classic Pan-American overland journey. Driving our own vehicle allowed us to wander off the beaten path, to stay a while or move on. It was a grand adventure. As well as seeing many of the famous tourist sites and landmarks such as Machu Pichu and Iguazu falls we drove the backroads, the Dalton Highway, the Carretera Austral of Chile, Route 40 etc. We explored Patagonia, witnessed volcanic eruptions, and their resulting devastation. We camped on the Salar de Uyuni the immense salt flats of Bolivia avoiding the drug runners of the night. We stumbled into billionaires’ hide way village, hiked through the Amazon jungle and discovered nature’s wonder here and in many other wild places. We will share some of the highlights, humorous and scary events, inspirational encounters and mind-broadening encounters.
For those of you considering or dreaming of undertaking such a road trip, this presentation will hopefully inspire you to take the leap and do it! For those do not have that desire or circumstances which allow you to do it, this presentation is an opportunity to live vicariously through our stories and experiences.
Would we do it again? In a heartbeat.
Thomas Feuchtwanger graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1973. He began his exploration career as a mineral exploration geologist in Southern Africa. In 1979 Thomas immigrated to Canada where he worked for 12 years at Gulf Canada Resources Inc. Here he earned positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager for Western Canada, and Business Unit manager for Gulf’s non-operated tertiary EOR production. In 1992, Thomas was appointed VP Expl. at CS Resources, a Western Canadian junior heavy oil producer. CS Resources pioneered the applications of many technical innovations and reservoir development technologies such as horizontal drilling and SAGD. Subsequent to CS being acquired in 1997, Thomas worked in senior executive positions in several junior international and Canadian companies including; President, CEO, Director Largo Petroleum Inc., VP Expl. Encounter Energy Inc., Business Manager and New Ventures IFPT Canada Inc., President, COO, Director Vecta Energy Inc. and President, CEO, Director PetroMaroc Corporation Plc. Thomas remains actively involved in the international upstream sector through his consulting practice XploreNow Inc and CanAfrica Resource Consultants.