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Name: Brandon Wilson  
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Date of Birth: 7th July 1971
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Director
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Brandon Wilson is an internationally published adventure travel author of non-fiction books and articles, award-winning photographer, and expert long-distance trekker.

Born October 1953 in Pennsylvania, USA, the eldest of 3 children, he graduated from Moon Schools, Coraopolis, PA, then the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and attended the American Academy of DA, NYC, NY.

Wilson is author of Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith; Pilgrim's Tales (2005), 2nd edition, hardcover ISBN 0977053679, trade paperback ISBN 0977053660, 280 pages with expedition photos and maps (originally published in 2004 as ISBN 1933037237/1933037245). It is a 2005 Independent Publisher IPPY award-winner.

It is a true story based on a modern adventure. In 1992, the author, his wife Cheryl and horse Sadhu challenge the "impossible" and set off on a 1000-kilometer odyssey–on foot across Tibet, becoming the first Western couple to make this journey. What begins as an "adventure" turns into much more. While on the Himalayan plains, they witness a Tibetan culture pushed to the brink of extinction by Chinese occupation for over fifty years. They also discover a sense of greater purpose, a renewed faith and ultimately what it takes to endure.

Wilson is also the author of Dead Men Don't Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa; Pilgrim's Tales, (2005), hardcover ISBN 0977053652, trade paperback ISBN 0977053644, travel narrative/non-fiction, 280 pages with expedition photos and map.

The author and his wife set off on a seven-month 10,000+ mile trans-Africa overland journey from Morocco to Cape Town. They join a do-it-yourself overland safari of bizarre companions and clueless guides. After watching their dream slowly turn into a nightmare, they eventually set off across Africa – alone. The book is often funny, sometimes anguished, yet always real. The couple meets mountain gorillas face to face, suffer a Saharan breakdown, hunt dikdik with Pygmies, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, hop the “gun-run” through a civil war, rush down Class V Zambezi rapids and land in South Africa’s cauldron of turmoil. It is written with a keen eye for detail and takes the reader onto the crazed roads of Africa, as well as into the lives and hearts of its people.

In an early review, world adventurer/author Richard Bangs, said, "Brandon Wilson jacks the vehicle of trans-African adventure for a ride so real you breathe the dust and drip the sweat while trundling down off-the-beaten tracks outstanding in the number and quality of their ruts. If adventure drives are a genre, Wilson has created a smarter, more brazen, more sweeping subspecies. This is a masterful crossroads of characters, exotic places, history and human drama in a rig that never stalls..."

Since then, as an explorer of over ninety countries, he is passionate about inspiring others with the possibility of discovery through long-distance hiking—traveling “one-step-at-a-time.” By slowing down, he believes, “We absorb the hidden ‘magic’ in the world. We travel outside—while traveling within.”

By 2004, Wilson had trekked three other major pilgrimage trails: the famed Camino de Santiago twice across Spain (1999, 2005); the ninth century, 1150-mile Via Francigena from England to Rome (he is the first American to complete this route) (2000, 2002), and the 400-mile St. Olav’s Way across Norway (2004). His articles and photographics about these adventures have appeared worldwide.

Wilson has won a literary award from the University of Pittsburgh, an international IPPY Award from Independent Publisher (2005), and his photos have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines. He is a member of The Explorers Club, Artists Without Frontiers and activist for human rights and Tibetan freedom.

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