BBC News in Pictures: ‘From source to mouth, the River Gambia’

Most nights we would wild camp on the river bank, and on one occasion on a small sandbar in the middle of the river when the banks were too steep to scale,” Florio said. “At night we would we build a big fire, and keep it going all night, to ward off wildlife, especially hippos – just in case we had inadvertently pitched our tents on one of their pathways to and from the river.” Jason Florio – Read more and see more pics on the BBC website here

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Boy with his pet monkey – Fata Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Image © Jason Florio

River Gambia Expedition - route map

River Gambia Expedition – route map

Thanks to Phil Coomes, over at the Beeb, for taking an interest in our River Gambia Expedition story and – most importantly – for publishing it on the BBC website. We both (Helen & Florio) grew up with the BBC (and we are still growing up, tuned into it every day!) . So, we are honored to be featured with the BBC again, for this particular journey.  When we returned from our 2009 ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ we were approached by John McCarthy’s producer to be interviewed on the – now much missed – ‘Excess Baggage‘ radio show.

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The Florios with 'Paddy' the donkey - A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush

The Florios with ‘Hadley’ the donkey – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ 2009

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Click on the map, or here, to visit the ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’ blog. And, yes, we did walk every single km of it  : ‘bi tamala singolah’ (walking by foot, all the way)!

To find out what we’re up, as of today (1st Aug 2013) please visit this link

The things we get up to… BBC Radio 4 – ‘Excess Baggage’ – Walking in Madeira, Europe and Gambia

BBC Radio 4 'Excess Baggage' with John McCarthy

BBC Radio 4 ‘Excess Baggage’ with John McCarthy

When we returned from our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ expedition, we were invited onto John McCarthy’s ‘Excess Baggage’ program on BBC Radio 6

Because we had actually returned to New York by the time we did the show, we went up to the BBC Radio studios, on the Westside, in Manhattan – to pre-record the show – Florio and I were on one end of the phone whilst, presenter and journalist, John McCarthy and his other guests disembodied voices came out the other end, from the BBC studios in London, UK.

Walking in Madeira, Europe and Gambia: ‘the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell about his enthusiasm for hiking in Tasmania and Madeira, glaciologist Richard Sale about long distance walking routes in Europe and to photographer Jason Florio and his partner Helen Jones about travelling all around Gambia on foot’ Producer: Harry Parker

It was fascinating, inspiring, and humbling listening to the others talk about their adventure’s – our 930km seemed very tame compared to our seasoned walker co-guests, and the lengths and places they had walked.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – Backpacks on and ready to walk – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’