Alex Bellini’s solo crossings of oceans and lands include rowing 18,000km across the Pacific Ocean – the longest ocean crossing in history in a rowing boat – and becoming the first person to cross the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean solo. He’s run the entire 5,300km across the USA from Los Angeles to New York in 746 hours, and crossed Alaska on foot along the path of the legendary Iditarod.

The methods and philosophies he has developed to help him cope and adapt to the grandest and most isolated conditions on earth have led to many surreal and unexplainable experiences, from fighting imaginary tigers with his bare hands, to being haunted by ghostly children. In this talk he also explores the role his wife has played in keeping him alive and sane, how rowing across an ocean is like being stuck in jam, and why he is more like an apricot than a superhero.

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