Janson Media today announced the release of the documentary special Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose: Geneva and Matterhorn: Quest for the Water Castle (1 x 60′) to international television, VOD, and DVD/video markets. The program is the 11th installment of Richard Bangs’ popular Adventures with Purpose series.
This time adventurer Richard Bangs’ voyage takes him up one of the world’s great rivers—the Rhone—a waterway that spills from the roof of the European continent, bringing health, wealth, pleasure and inspiration. A vital source of life, it’s a river that lights cities, powers the world’s best rail systems, and slakes the thirst of millions.
In Quest for the Water Castle, Richard explores the Geneva and Matterhorn Region of Switzerland to find out what bounty the Rhone has bestowed to the country and to the world. He seeks to learn how the river has been harnessed, explored and celebrated.
According to Bangs, water is over-tapped and under-tended in many places around the world but not in Switzerland. How has this alpine haven—Europe’s water castle—resisted temptation to bleed its most precious resource? Six percent of the continent’s fresh reserves of water are found in the mountain refuges of Switzerland. Bangs is off to find how the Swiss became such bold curators of water resources and to catch what lessons they’ve learned.
Richard’s journey begins in multicultural, affluent and hardworking Geneva, a financial powerhouse and home to the UN European Headquarters, The Red Cross and the World Health Organization. His trip takes him along the shores of the lake to the towns of Nyon, Lausanne, and Vevey.
After a stop at well-preserved Chateau Chillon, built in the 12th century near the end of the lake to control traffic along the Rhone, Richard climbs through the great Rhone Valley high to the wellspring of the river in the pristine peaks of the Uri Alps. His destinations include: the Valais—French for ‘the valley’; the spa town of Leukerbad and its towering peaks; Zermatt and the Matterhorn; Fiesch and nearby mountain villages; and finally to the Aletsch Glacier.
About Richard Bangs
Richard Bangs is a world adventurer, international river explorer, Web pioneer and award winning author. He is also a founding partner of Mountain Travel Sobek, America’s oldest and largest adventure travel firm. In addition to his Adventures with Purpose series, Bangs has produced web-based projects such as Great Escapes, Well-Traveled and Terraquest.
About Small World Productions
Small World Productions is a small Seattle-based independent production company that since 1980 has been dedicated to making first-rate travel programs for public television. The company’s television series focus on the sights, art, and history of destinations in Europe, the USA, and Mexico & the Caribbean. Each episode is meant to appeal to travelers and armchair travelers and includes useful travel tips.