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Explorer-in-Residence, Brett Rogers, featured on National Geographic's Blog

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Brett Rogers, Kensington Explorer in Residence, reveals firsthand experiences of his Ganges river expedition on National Geographic's blog.

The National Geographic blog brings to light the emotions and perspectives carved from Brett's adventure of paddling the Ganges River as an intrepid explorer and story teller. From his arrival to the bustling city of Delhi and travels to the foothills of the Himalayas to his introduction to the Ganges, Brett brings this holy river to life with the enriching experiences and new friends he gained along the way. As Brett would say, "See you on the riv!"

Who Is Brett Rogers and what's he doing on the Ganges?

Explorer in Residence, Brett Rogers, has led expeditions on the Mackenzie, Yukon and Mississippi Rivers. Over a total of 10 months, he spanned a total distance of 9,000 kilometers without burning a tank of gas. The focus of these expeditions was never about being the first, the fastest or to re-enact past expeditions. Rather, the goal has always been to capture the unforgiving experiences of the modern day journey; propelled by the compelling people, secrets and dangers encountered along the way.

Brett believes storytelling can change the world.

His latest expedition took him to the Ganges River, on a three week trip to discover the real story of India's sacred river. The expedition began at the meeting of the Yamuna and Ganges Rivers, the two holiest rivers in Hinduism, in the city of Allahabad. Here, a traditional wooden boat was purchased and a local boatman hired to undertake the expedition. Brett and his crew then traveled 10 days on the Ganges River from Allahabad to Gazipur. During the expedition, all food and water was purchased along the river and every night, camp was set up on shore. The ultimate goal was to travel the Ganges through an unfiltered lens – not as a western tourist.


As a filmmaker, Brett has been mentored by Les Stroud, (Survivorman), who has helped guide Brett into becoming a storyteller. Les is the Executive Producer of Brett's last two expeditions, the Yukon and Mississippi Rivers. The Yukon documentary, 100 Days, is a firsthand account of Brett's expedition down the Yukon River from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Bering Sea. The Old Man River Project, was a 110 day undertaking on the Mississippi River from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in a historic York Boat that was constructed specifically for this expedition.

Aside from his own projects, Brett has worked in television on Survivorman, Les Stroud's Beyond Survival, Megaworld, Mighty Ships and Top Chef Canada. As an instructor of TV Documentary at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario Brett continues to emphasize that passion and creativity are the fundamental elements required to tell compelling stories. Brett has undertaken camera assignments in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Peru, Chile, Antarctica, South Georgia Island, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and throughout the 10 States that boarder the Mississippi River.

Brett is a recent and proud member to The Explorers Club. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

Brett has been featured on Breakfast Television, Daily Planet, Canada AM, The Weather Network, ABC News, the National Post, KW Record, Toronto Sun, Advocate of Baton Rouge, Hamilton Spectator, Waterkeeper Magazine, CBC Radio, and National Geographic Traveler, The Documentary Channel & more.



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