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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Embark Exploration Company, Donovan Pacholl, Carrie O’Callaghan, adventure travel, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Sellwood couple Donovan Pacholl and Carrie O'Callaghan organize and guide exotic “treks” around the world, often to benefit nonprofit organizations. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood couple opens ‘adventure travel’ business

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“Embark Exploration Co” is the name Donovan Pacholl and Carrie O’Callaghan have given their new Sellwood-based “adventure travel” service. They offer organized trips for small groups, foundations, and businesses.

The couple met in Oregon, but moved to Tanzania in 2002, where they each had previously spent some time. The couple started a nonprofit porter assistance program there, and ran a guest house 6,000 feet up the side of Mt. Kilimanjaro for several years.

Since then, Embark has organized hundreds of 2 to 3-week treks to Africa, the Himalayas, Patagonia, and other countries around the world. Lately they have focused on fund-raising treks under the auspices of such foundations as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. These foundations have raised over $3 million through fundraising treks to Africa and Asia. Pacholl adds, “We have also worked with many Oregon-based Universities, such as Willamette University and Portland Community College.

“Each 6 to 20-person group typically has a special itinerary, and picks their dates of travel. We always work toward developing trips that are both active and culturally interesting, with a focus on interacting with local communities and breaking down cultural barriers. We organize unique itineraries along ‘roads less traveled’, designing adventures that allow our trekkers to be pioneers, and really learn about unique environments.”

Six years ago, the couple moved to Sellwood, where Pacholl’s mother grew up. Their two kids attend local schools, and the business operates out of a suite at 1327 S.E. Tacoma Street (telephone 503/922-1050).

“We connect with western guides in Oregon, and trained in-country guides at ‘trek’ locations,” explains Donovan. “We employ about two hundred porters and nine guides on Kilimanjaro, where we average guiding about two hundred ‘trekkers’ each year. Other popular trips are to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and Torres del Paine in Patagonia.”

The company reports that it invests back into foreign communities by offering above-average wages for in-country employees. “We also support the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program, a Sewing School in Katmandu, and an orphanage in Nepal,” remarks Pacholl. “We believe that travel changes people – and the world – for the better.”







BUSINESS BRIEFS


Westmoreland’s Fire Station 20 put in an appearance at the last “Big Truck Day”, and is expected to be there again, in the Reed neighborhood, on August 11.

“Big Truck Day” returns to Reed neighborhood: Green Drop Garage, which characterizes itself as “Portland’s eco-friendly car repair shop”, announces it is bringing back “Big Truck Day” for kids and families – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 – “featuring trucks of all shapes and sizes. Trucks that take people into the air, trucks that go over large rocks and boulders, trucks that dump, and trucks that put out fires. Kids and adults can climb aboard the trucks, explore, and meet the people who operate them. In addition, there will be games, music, food trucks, and ice cold treats from Stellar Pop.” It will take place at Green Drop Garage’s Reed neighborhood location, 5321 S.E. 28th Avenue.

Sellwood physical therapists try new “free range” model: Megan Roos and Keaton Ray, both physical therapists and Sellwood residents, have formed a new physical therapy venture called “MovementX”. They explain, “Movement is inherent to everything we do: Walking your dog through Sellwood Waterfront Park, running through Oaks Bottom Wildlife reserve, playing darts at Sellwood Public House. ‘X’ is the intersection of your best movement, and your best life.” Rather than set up business at a fixed location that clients are to come to, Megan and Keaton “are committed to providing a better alternative to healthcare in the community.” You may find them anywhere in Southeast with a portable treatment table, providing care for pain and injury, performing injury screenings and educational workshops for community groups, and instructing fitness and exercise programs out of clients’ homes, gyms, workplaces, in the park, or anywhere. They say, “With our new mobile, on-call model of care, every Inner Southeast resident will have access to high quality, individualized, effective care when and where it is needed most.” Learn more online – https://www.movementxportland.com – or contact them via e-mail at – megan@movement-x.com or keaton@movement-x.com

Sellwood Flower Shop opens “Flower School”: Sellwood Flower Shop, a block and a half south of Tacoma Street on S.E. 13th in Sellwood, announces that everyone, from curious amateurs to seasoned professionals, can explore the latest trends in floral design through “FlowerSchool Portland”, a new program of courses and workshops. LauraLee Symes explains, “‘FlowerSchool Portland’ will be bringing leading experts from around the world to Portland to share innovative ideas and inspiration from the cutting edge of the floral design world. All classes are open to everyone, and will feature an abundance of hands-on practice, using fresh and locally sourced flowers provided by Sellwood Flower Co. Classes and workshops meet in a light-filled studio above the flower shop in Sellwood.” For more information on “FlowerSchool Portland”, or to register for classes, go online – http://www.flowerschoolportland.com.

New hair salon has retro design: Loretta Calahan writes, “My daughter just opened a hair salon at 8015 S.E. 13th Avenue, next to the Sock store. It’s called Karma Bunny Salon. Shanti Speer, the owner, remodeled the 80-year-old space, and found that it was originally a barber shop – probably from the 20’s or 30’s. She has salvaged materials from Sellwood and Inner Southeast Portland homes slated for demolition. Many of the materials at Karma Bunny Salon are from those homes.” For more information, the website is – http://www.karmabunnysalon.com.



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