SEQUOIA SCHMIDT’S 2018 AMERICAN BOOK TOUR WITH REI CHANGING GEARS: UPS & DOWNS ON THE NEW ZEALAND ROAD

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Award winning author and adventurer Sequoia Schmidt kicks off her American book tour in July and August starting in California in conjunction with REI.
How did she cycle the country of New Zealand? “I trained for the solo trip by biking Mulholland Drive daily for 6 months!”
In early 2017, on what initially began as an impulse, Sequoia decided to purchase a ticket to her birth country of New Zealand with the goal of cycling across the country to reconnect with her roots.  After spending 6 months training on the hills of Los Angeles, Sequoia began her month-long bike journey of New Zealand and found that she connected with much more than just the land where she is from.  The people she encountered along her way and the flashbacks of her distorted childhood, paired with the aloneness that can only be had on a solo excursion of self-discovery, led her to understand much more about herself and her strengths than she realised when she began.
Changing Gears is an honest, entertaining and inspiring account of Sequoia’s solo cycling odyssey. Through this book, Sequoia brings the reader into her own mind on her adventure and connects us with the cathartic sensation that occurs when we let go of our need to be surrounded by things and simply live for a moment with only ourselves.
                              
Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road is an Award-Winning Finalist in the New Age: Non-Fiction category of the 2018 International Book Awards
Background
Sequoia Schmidt is the daughter of the late renowned American/New Zealand mountain climber Marty Schmidt who, along with his son, Sequoia’s brother Denali, perished in an avalanche on K2 in 2013.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Sequoia was living in America in 2015 when she saw a video of remains found on the world’s second highest mountain posted online. Thinking the remains may belong to her family members, Sequoia left the comfort of her American home for the unfamiliar terrain of North Pakistan and made the trip to K2’s base camp to re-trace the steps of her family members and recover the remains.
Sequoia’s first book Journey of HeartA Sojourn to K2 chronicled the harsh realities of her travels through Pakistan, a country often referred to as the most dangerous on Earth. Upon reaching K2 and gathering human remains left on the mountain – more than 80 adventurers have died in their attempts to climb the 28,251 foot summit – Sequoia collected DNA samples and gave the remains a proper burial at the Gilkey Memorial site at K2’s base camp.
In April/May 2017, Sequoia conducted a nine-city adventure book tour of New Zealand with Journey of Heart and in July 2018, she returns home, this time chronicling another epic adventure in Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road.
SEQUOIA SCHMIDT 2018 TOUR DATES

 

Arcadia – 18 July, 7pm
REI
Santa Barbara – 22 July, 7pm
Burbank – 23 July, 6:30pm
REI
Seattle –  25 July, 6:30pm
REI
Tacoma – 26 July, 6:30pm
REI
Mountain View – 7 August, 7pm
REI
Saratoga – 8 August, 7pm
REI
Berkeley – 9 August, 7pm
REI
Northridge – 13 August, 7pm
REI
Rancho Cucamonga – 14 August, 7pm
REI
Santa Monica – 15 August, 7pm
REI
Woodland Hills – 16 August, 7pm
REI
Tustin – 17 August, 7pm
REI
Encinitas – 20 August, 6:30pm
REI
San Diego –  21 August, 6:30pm
REI
Austin – 4 September, 11am
REI Downtown
New York City – 6 September, TBD
REI Soho

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