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 earth.
It’s a 30 000 km trek 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 a handful to have ever completed it.
I travel only by foot, or where the terrain is impassable, I swim or kayak.
I have nothing profound to say here. I started this project for the experience. I wanted to live adventurously, travel and have a story to tell.
Now I have desire to: Achieve a feat completed by only a handful of people and to experience something beyond anything I’ve ever done before. To encourage anyone who has an ambitious goal to strive for it, even in the face of failure, and to influence how women are revered by our children.
Pairs of shoes to date: 7
Average steps per day: 45 000 – 65 000
Steps the whole way: 40 000 000
What about your dog: Wombat is a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog). True to the breed, he is high energy, adventurous and cheeky. Sometimes stubborn, sometimes fierce, he is a quick learner and loves nothing more than to play fetch after a long day’s hike.
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 the 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. I do have a bunch of friends who help me from home when I need a new pair of tights sent, or help with weird logistics. I also turn to them and the community on social media for support when adventure life becomes mentally tough.
Age: I was born in 1982
The cold: I’ve already endured -17°C in a snowstorm.
The heat: The Atacama desert 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 am trying 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) stopping to give back along their way – their goal is 5 years so I hope I can catch them.
2) Their aim is to travel the longitude of the world. While their trip is unmotorised, they have hitched a few rides and caught ferries along the latitude traverses. They have also undertaken micro-expeditions down rivers in Kayaks and are travelling Central America on bikes.
not WITHOUT YOU!
Wouldn’t it be great if my journey had an impact on others?
Whether it be for entertainment or towards another crazy pursuit, you can help make that happen. Join the community and get your hands dirty. Sign up for notifications on my social pages, share the posts you enjoy and if you would like to get more involved get in touch!
See you out there,
Lucy + Wombat