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ISB Alumni Sean Henry (2014) - Cycling from Canada to Chile - Part 3

Sean Henry ('14) recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in physics and minor in geophysics. After working for the summer researching glaciers he decided to pursue his dream of cycling from Vancouver, Canada down to the Andes of Chile, while raising money for World Bicycle Relief.

We previously interviewed him when he was in Argentina and when he was in Ecuador.

Now, after successfully completing his tour, he has sent us this final update from his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

Well, the rest of my trip finished off without any major setbacks and I am now back home in Vancouver, Canada. The remainder of my trip was spent in the great open landscapes of Argentina, which I enjoyed because it had very little human infrastructure aside from the road, so I felt more connected to the nature during this time, than I did during the other parts of my trip. Not to mention, this made it much easier for me to wild camp for the nights, with nothing more than darkness surrounding me.

The highlight of this final leg of my trip came when I arrived in the town of El Chalten, which sits right in the heart of the Patagonia mountains. Here I put the bicycle aside for six days and set off on foot every day for hikes into the mountains. Pictures of this area, that I saw years ago, were the original inspiration behind this trip, so it felt unbelievable to be seeing this breathtaking natural beauty in person. My trip wrapped up soon after El Chalten, as I made my way down to Punta Arenas, Chile where I flew home. It is difficult for me to sum up my eight month long journey, as there were too many amazing events that took place to really say I had a favorite thing that happened. And I cannot really say anything terrible happened. So I would like to summarize my trip by saying that the people I met along the way continued to show incredible selflessness and kindness. If you have a dream and it can make a positive impact on society, do not hesitate to make it a reality.

How can someone support you?

I'm raising money for World Bicycle Relief who are currently working to provide bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers and educational workers in rural parts of Africa. For $147, they can provide a bicycle to a student in need. With a bicycle, student attendance increases up to 28%.

You can leave a donation at World Bike Relief. No amount goes unnoticed by those in need.

Please feel free to follow my adventure on Instagram @bikesandhikes4life.

Thank you to Sean for sharing his story with the ISB community. We love to hear from our alumni. If you would like to share your alumni story, please email us at