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Some Frequently Asked Questions

When people learn about my project, they inevitably ask questions involving superlatives: Where was the most beautiful place? What was the hardest part? What was the most dangerous part? etc. I find it hard to pick just one place or experience, so I usually offer a small number of them to chose from. I put together answers to several commonly asked questions such as:

  • What was the hardest part of your trip?
  • Which part of the bike ride did you enjoy the most?
  • How do you prepare for such a trip?
  • Have you ever been in a dangerous situation or felt unsafe?
  • What did you learn from this project or how did it change you?
  • The big question: Whats next?
  • Check out the answers on my FAQ page.

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    Presentations in California

    Later this April I will be conducting 3 presentations at REI stores in California as follows:

  • Tue, Apr-19: Santa Monica
  • Wed, Apr-20: San Francisco
  • Thu, Apr-21: MountainView
  • Presentations will be from 7-8pm, followed by some Q&A.

    The presentations are advertised on the REI websites as follows:

    In May 2009, independent traveler Thomas Laussermair set off on an adventure of a lifetime-to pedal the length of the Panamerican Highway (Alaska to Patagonia) and climb the highest mountain of every country along the way. Tonight, Thomas will give a digital presentation of some of the most exhilarating segments of his 14-month journey. Join Thomas as he ropes up for glacier travel on Canada’s wild and remote Mount Logan (19,551 feet), braves the high heat of Baja California, cycles across the stunning Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and makes an unguided climb of Argentina’s Aconcagua (22,841 feet). Thomas will show you what it takes to plan an adventure of this magnitude, and discuss what he learned along the way. For more information, visit

    For directions to the stores and to reserve your seat, please go to

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    May 1st, update: The 3 presentations went well and the content was very well received. Polly Bolling, Bay Area REI Outreach Specialist and Event Coordinator had this to say after the presentations: (highlights added)

    Hi Thomas:

    My belated thanks for all you did to put on a fantastic show at each of our stores! Will and Martin were wowed by your program. The customer evals from SF are exceptional. Im still waiting for those from Mountain View, and have no doubt they are similar. … very informational and inspiring???, fascinating stories, lively presentation???, and stunning adventure!??? are a few of the many superlatives. …

    I wish I could have seen your show, and hope we can interest you in coming again when your book is out. Id love to schedule you in Berkeley, Saratoga and one of our other Bay Area stores.



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