Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tobias Capwell

Tobias Capwell

To be a Knight.

A good friend of the GAC, Tobias Capwell sent us the following clip highlighting his passion and pursuit of historically accurate jousting.

Toby, the curator of Arms and Armour at the renown, Wallace Collection in London, is participating in the jousting tournament at Schaffhausen, Switzerland today, July 10th, though July 20th.

In trading some news with him early today, he happily reported to us that he had survived the first day of the tournament, scoring two breaks on the helm of his opponent, and won both rounds of the joust.

Congrats Toby and best of luck during the tournament!

See Toby’s Clip for the Tournament at Schaffausen here!

Also, for anyone in Southern California this October 17th – 19th, Toby will be competing stateside in the Tournament of the Pheonix in Poway California. He is amazing to see in action.

Check it out here!

Marco Polo

“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo”

In this post we wanted to continue highlighting adventurers who we find inspiring and motivating. We came across the PBS Special “In the Footsteps of Marco polo” in the early 2000’s and were captivated by the program.

Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell


The Route

“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo”, highlights an amazing journey taken by Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell, two modern explorers who set out to retrace Marco Polo’s entire 25,000-mile, Silk Road route from Venice to China and back. To make their dream a reality, this incredible achievement took them two years of their lives, and you can follow along by watching the entire program at the following link.

**From the website

“Equal parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek and buddy movie, the 90-minute film weaves footage from the duo’s often perilous voyage with Marco Polo’s descriptions and experiences. Richly enhanced with Belliveau’s award-winning photographs, the program details their highs and lows as they retrace Polo’s path, trying to see what he saw and feel what he must have felt.

 But as fascinating as the world looked through Marco Polo’s eyes, is the world and the people Belliveau and O’Donnell saw through their own. “Travel is the enemy of bigotry,” says O’Donnell. “There’s a lot more good people on the planet than bad…Get out there, meet [people], they’re good,” adds Belliveau.”

It’s been a few years since I’ve watched the film, but it’s worth every minute. The situations these gentleman experience and the people they interact with, make this a must see for anyone who aspires for adventure. And the end is priceless.


The will of Marc Polo