There is a moment between having an idea and acting on it, when you choose to do something, or you won’t… I decided to become the first woman to walk the length of the world.
It’s a 30 000 km expedition from the southernmost point of South America to the highest point of Alaska. When I finish I will be the first woman, and one of only three to have ever completed it.
I travel only by foot, or where the terrain is impassable, I swim or kayak.
Why: I’m driven by a desire to achieve a feat completed only by a handful of people and to live my passions. I encourage anyone who has an ambitious goal to strive for it, no matter how unconventional it may be.
Pairs of shoes to date: 5
Average steps per day: 45 000 – 55 000
Steps the whole way: 40M
Where’s your dog: I don’t have one yet. First, I wanted to make sure I could handle the expedition and solitude. Now I am waiting to find a dog with the physical and mental aptitude to enjoy walking with me.
Time: It will take three, four or even five years to complete.
Distance: 30 000kms – the equivalent of 1/6 the average distance a person will walk in their lifetime.
How: I travel only by foot or where terrain is unpassable, I swim or kayak. I am self supported, sleep in a tent, am responsible for navigation and logistics, all without an on-road support team.
Age: I was born in 1982
The cold: I’ve already endured -17°C in a snow storm.
. The heat: The Atacama deserts has been recorded to reach 50°C (122°F), and
. The altitude: I will reach the worlds highest city in Peru: 5 100M (16732ft).
The world record
On completion I will be the first woman to walk the length of the world; first completed by George Meegan in 1982. George holds the Guinness record for the: The longest unbroken march of all time.
But for how long?
Racing the Americans
The attempt isn’t unchallenged. One duo have 16 months head start on me.
Can I beat them?
I’m gearing to catch up with them but it will be a push! Hopefully they say g’day when I do. There is one small technicality: we’re not guided by the same goals – but in the name of good spirits we may as well be on the same path!
1) They’re affiliated with missionaries (or so an article told me) so they stop to give back along their way – their goal is 5 years so I hope I can catch them.
2) While their trip is unmotorised, they have hitched a few rides, caught ferries and will travel Mexico on bikes. This is for both safety and crazy logistics.
3) They’re successful: They have a robust fundraising campaign receiving sponsorships, and donations well beyond $10G in their first year and are now raising $20G for their second year… AND they have over 3000 social followers. That’s not rule breaking. Just amazing!
not WITHOUT YOU!
Wouldn’t it be great if my journey had an impact on others? Whether it be purely for entertainment or towards another crazy pursuit, you can help make that happen. Join the community and get your hands dirty. Follow my pages, subscribe to the blog, share the posts you enjoy and if you would like to get more involved get in touch!
See you out there,