Friday, March 2, 2007

Adventurer Trades Office Cubicle For The Great Outdoors

KIMBERLY, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’ve ever had the urge to trade your office space for the open space of the great outdoors, then one thrill-seeking photographer knows exactly how you feel.

Former engineer-turned-adventure-addict Bruce Kirkby has been thrill-seeking for 15 years, experiencing everything from gun fights in Africa to rescuing a Sherpa on Mt. Everest, but says his globe-trotting started with a spontaneous trip to Pakistan in 1991.

Kirkby was a 22-year-old engineer and realized he “couldn’t live in a cubicle,” so he quit to bike the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan for a change of pace.

Says Kirkby: “It was the best but scariest decision I’ve ever made.”

Kirkby experienced total “culture shock” in Pakistan but was treated “kindly” by locals despite the difficult language barrier.

However, he still went through many stressful moments including bike breakdowns, getting ripped off by cab drivers, dodging speeding traffic, and of course, homesickness.

Says Kirkby: “I learned some MacGyver-style tricks to fix my bike but the homesickness was horrible. I called my mom for three minutes once and cried the whole time. She was really confused.”

Kirkby talks about his life changing adventure in his new book The Dolphin’s Tooth (McClellan & Stewart).

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