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BRANDON WILSON is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning author/photographer, travel expert and explorer whose inspiring adventures have appeared in books, anthologies, international magazines, newspapers and widely across the Internet.

A voracious explorer of nearly 100 countries, Brandon has hiked over 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles). An expert ultralight trekker, he is especially drawn to the world's great pilgrimage trails, including the Camino de Santiago and Via de la Plata across Spain and Norway's St. Olav’s Way. His fascination with these walks began in 1992 when he and his wife Cheryl became the first Western couple to hike the Buddhist trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. He later became the first American to trek the Via Francigena from Canterbury, England to Rome. Then in 2006, he and a French friend re-blazed the 4500-kilometer trail from France to Jerusalem naming it the Templar Trail in their honor.

In 2009, Brandon and Cheryl hiked from Trieste, Italy to Monaco on the Via Alpina and other trails. This 1200-mile, eight-country trekking adventure inspired his last book,
Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps.

More recently, in 2016, he trekked the Alta Via One across the Dolomites in northern Italy and in 2014, he and Anders Stävhag, on an Explorers Club flag expedition, successfully hiked the historic St. Olav's Trail from Selanger, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway.

Wilson has been named a Fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club. He is also a Knight of Grace in the
Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, and a graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a peace and human rights activist.

Recent Works Include:

• Tibetan and Alpine travel essays and photos are featured in The Walkabout Chronicles-Epic Journeys by Foot an anthology with tales from many of the world's foremost explorers, adventurers and trekkers, coming November 2016
• "Build it (Well) and They Will Come", Pilgegrimen magazine, Norway

Auf Dem Templerweg: Sieben Millionen Schritte für den Frieden, German translation by Imke Healy (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2011)
• "Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods", Backpacking Light, (feature article and photos, web magazine, 2011)
Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps, with illustrations by Ken Plumb (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2010)
Yak Butter Blues: Una Caminata de Fe Por El Tibet, Spanish translation by Ramon Solé and associates (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2010)

Along the Templar Trail: Seven Million Steps for Peace, Lowell Thomas Gold Award winner for Best Travel Book (2009), Society of American Travel Writers Foundation; also shortlisted for Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Reviews (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2008)
Introduction to On a Donkey's Back, a collection of poetry and paintings by and about the lives of Nepalese porters, Yileen Press, (book, 2008)
• Essay with 50 Via de la Plata photos featured in Naïve & Abroad: Spain, Limping 600 Miles Through History by Marcus Wilder, (book, 2008)
• "In the Steps of Romans, Pilgrims and Templars", Backpacking Light, (feature article and photos, magazine, 2008)
• "Life When Hell Freezes Over" (story), featured in They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club, The Lyons Press/The Globe Pequot Press, (anthology, 2007)
• "Give Me My Pen" (poem), part of Voices for Africa, (anthology, 2007)

• "Thoughts from Along Life’s Trail: War and the Environment Within" (essay), appeared in Wounds of War: Poets for Peace (anthology, 2006)
• "The Camino de Santiago: A Transcendent Walk Across Spain",
The Maui News (feature article and photos, newspaper, 2006)
Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2005)
• "Tropical Tango to Micronesia," and "On One Small Barrier Isle",
Ocean (feature articles, magazine, 2005)
• "St. Olav's Way: Trekking the Trail of Norse Kings",
Backpacking Light (feature article with photos, magazine, spring 2005)
Yak Butter Blues, an IPPY award-winner, now in its second edition; Spanish edition, October, 2010 (book, Pilgrim's Tales, 2004)
• "Peaceful Reflections from the Pilgrimage Trail", Confraternity of St. James Bulletin, London (booklet, 2004)
• "Via Francigena-Trekking the Forgotten Highway to Heaven",
International Living, Ireland (article, 2004)
Iubilantes Annuario, Italy (feature articles, booklets, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011)

Literary Awards:

• 2010 Book of the Year Bronze Award (Travel Essay), Fore
Word Reviews, Over the Top & Back Again
2009 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Best Travel Book, Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, Along the Templar Trail
2008 Finalist, Book of the Year Award (Adventure), ForeWord Reviews, Along the Templar Trail
• Independent Publisher IPPY Award (Travel Essay), Yak Butter Blues
• University of Pittsburgh Literary Award

Photo Awards:

• National Geographic Traveler

• Islands magazine


• Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta

• The Explorers Club

• Artists Without Frontiers
• International Travel Writer's Alliance

Travel Writing Featured in Publications Such as:

Honolulu Advertiser, Pilgrimen Magazine (Norway), Iubilantes Como Annuario (Italy), Tacoma News Tribune, San Diego Tribune, Grand Rapids Press, Anchorage Daily News, Tundra Times, Fairbanks News-Miner, Northland News, Backpacking Light, Ocean Magazine, Wend Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Toward Freedom Magazine, International Living, Eco-Traveler, Robb Report, Islands, Rodale’s Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Escape, Travel Agent, Travel Weekly, Sportdiving (Australia), Tourism Review, Travel World Int’l, Wide World Magazine, BING Travel, RoMar Travel, Real Travel Adventure, Altitudes Magazine, Lifetime Society Communiqué (Ireland), Offshore Living, Escape from America, Away.com, Outside.com, Bootsnall.com, Gonomad.com, and others

Media Interviews Include:

Joey Reynolds Show, WOR, New York
Talk Radio with Michael Dixon, WGN, Chicago
• Catholic News Service, Rome
Gudbrandsdølen Gagningen, Lillehammer, Norway
Romerikes Blad, Norway
Swedish National Television 1
WTN-News Übersicht, Austria
Nice Matin, France
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania
The Rising Nepal, Kathmandu
San Diego Tribune, North County Times, CA
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii
Trønder-Avisa, Norway
A RoadReTraveled with Simone diSanti
• BlogTalkRadio,
All Things That Matter
Get Serious! with Tina Vindum, Serius Radio Network, San Francisco
Memleketim Alanya newspaper, Alanya, Turkey
Labor newspaper, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Balkan Bulgarian Television, Sofia, Bulgaria
Niska Televizija, Nis, Serbia
Glas, Public Voice newspaper, Belgrade, Serbia
Novosti newspaper, Belgrade, Serbia
TV Speckar, Sombor, Serbia
• BootsnAll.com, Portland, Oregon
• Yue-Sai Kan, Yue-Sai Kan Productions for Chinese television, NYC, New York
• John Sebastian, WABJ-AM,
The Morning Show” Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Allen Strike, WTRC,
Takin’ It to the Streets, Elkhart, Indiana
Maui News, Kahului, Hawaii
Cindy Paulos Show, KAOI-AM, Wailuku, Hawaii
Travelosophy with Bob Fisher (Toronto)
• Kanal A,
Alanya TV Nightly News, Alanya, Turkey

Speaking Engagements Include:

Tibet House, New York City
Maui Community College
Hawaii State Library, Honolulu
Costellos Travel Cafe, Portland
Maui Dharma Center
War & Peace Art Exhibition, Maui
American Association of University Women, AAUW
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

A Celebration of Tibetan Culture with the Monks of
Rotary Clubs throughout Hawaii
Gaden Shartse Monastery, Hood River, Oregon
Borders Books & Music

I’olani Peace Institute, Honolulu
Hawaii Read to Succeed Book Fairs
University of Hawaii, Maui
Dozens of schools and libraries

Long Distance Lite Trekker/Explorer:



* Currently preparing to trek Alta Via 1 and 2 in the Italian Dolomites, 2016
* Trekked the 580 km. St. Olav's Trail, Selanger, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, 2014
• Trekked the Via Alpina and other trails for 1900 kilometers the length of the Alps, 2009,
ascending and descending about 700,000 feet in 111 days, the equivalent of 12 Mt. Everests
• Founded the 4217-km.Templar Trail, France to Jerusalem, 2006
• Trekked Israel National Trail, Haifa to Jerusalem
• Part of the first Western couple to trek 1000-km pilgrimage trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu
• Trekked 400-mile St. Olav's Way pilgrimage trail, Oslo to Trondheim, Norway, 2004
• Trekked the 1,000-km Via de La Plata, Seville to Santiago, Spain
• First American to trek the 1150-mile Via Francigena pilgrimage trail, Canterbury, England to Rome, 2000, 2002
• Trekked the 455-mile Camino de Santiago (Frances) pilgrimage trail across Spain twice
• Trekked Alps thru Switzerland and Italy
• Trekked 600-km. thru the Dolomites to Salzburg, Austria and Prague
• Trekked traditional regions of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus
• Trekked the Alps and Pyrenees, France and Spain
• Trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet
• Trekked High Tatras
• Trekked Croagh Patrick pilgrimage trail, Ireland
• Climbed Mt. Goldeck, Austria
• Climbed Mt. Valora, Italy
• Climbed Mt. Democrat, Colorado
• Climbed Mt. Zeus, Greece
• Climbed Mt. Olympus, Greece
• Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
• Climbed Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano, Zaire
• Climbed Mt. Miyajima, Japan
• Climbed Te Rua Manga, Rarotonga
• Traveled overland by Bluebird bus from Venezuela to Mexico
• Independently traveled the West Indies, Montserrat to Trinidad
• Trans-African safari, through 17 countries from top to tip
• Shot Zambezi River Class V Rapids, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
• Traveled the "gun-run" through civil war in Mozambique
• Photographed mountain gorillas in Zaire
• Chronicled Eastern Europe in transition in 1989 as the Berlin Wall fell
• Independently traveled around the world from the South Pacific to Asia to Europe
• Lived in an Inupiat Eskimo village for a year on the edge of the Arctic Ocean
• Organized Pacific Northwest expeditions to investigate Sasquatch sightings
• Circumnavigated US/Canada on a major roadtrip in a beat-up stationwagon

Present/Former Gear Sponsors Include:

• Montrail
• GoLite
• Gossamer Gear
• Omni Map
• Haglöfs AB, Sweden
• Upcountry Fitness, Maui

If interested in a speaking engagement, supplying gear or other sponsorship for a future expedition, please contact us.