Are you in the Guinness Book of World Records? No. Guinness is a great beer, but not so great at reporting world records. There is a difference between a "world record" and a "Guinness record". Read more here: Great Beer, Bad Record Keeper

What's the big deal about defining the "source" of a river, like the Amazon? Defining the source of a river isn't all that important, unless you want to compare it with the length of another river or the length of another source of the same river, then it's very important to use the same criteria. As far back as Burton, Speke and Livingstone ("I presume"), explorers launched to parts unknown without first establishing what defines a "source", then argued about it afterwards. I hope my approach offers a universally accepted definition. 2016 – West Hansen

THE SOURCE OF THE AMAZON RIVER

Do you make money from sponsors by doing expeditions? No. Some explorers and adventurers make a ton of money, but those rare people are the exception.

What's the toughest thing about going on expeditions? Being away from my family, friends and Texas. Of course, while I'm with my family and friends in Texas, I dream about exploring.

What small things do you value? A good pocket knife, good quality coffee, great smelling soap and old single malt scotch. I also appreciate really good quality gear. If you spend the money on good gear for an expedition, then you only cry once.

Why does your Amazon book cost so much on amazon.com? My book is published through a hybrid-publisher. Amazon.com has a policy whereupon it charges 55% of the retail price of a hybrid or self-published book, though the book is shipped directly from the printer to the customer. The price charged to customers who order on my website is a more accurate depiction of the cost of the book.

Do you train a lot? No, and I really should exercise more. Anyone going on an extended expedition should put on a few pounds because the caloric burn rate is massive. No extra-human conditioning is involved, though you should be in good health and in reasonably good fitness.

Is my donation tax deductible? Yes, but I'm not a CPA, tax expert or accountant, so please check with a CPA to make certain. Worldwide Waterways, Inc. is a 501(c)(3). We are grateful for even the smallest donation that helps us achieve our goals. Please donate here:

Can we arrange for you to talk with our book club or organization? You bet! I really like talking to people who share my interests. Please email me so we can make arrangements: west@westhansen.com