WTF (is this all about)

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.


FAQ´s

Why: 

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
Climates:
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

49 Comments

    • Thanks Thomas!! Keep checking in every now and again… and if you have any ideas, let me know!

  1. Good luck!! The boys and I are going to be watching and learning from your every step. Your an inspiration to many…The Bed People

  2. Hi Lucy – saw your story on channel nine news is Sydney – really interested in your journey and very interested if I understand correctly that you are taking your dog – is this correct?

    Warm regards

    Richard

    • Hi Richard!! Not quite, after I have been here a few months I will look into picking one up over here. But first I have to find my rhythm and make sure my body can hold up to the challenge. It’s still early days.

  3. You don’t know me but I’m behind your journey! When are you leaving on your trek? Best of luck! X

    • Well it’s nice to meet you Helen!!
      I started yesterday and recommence on the 21st or 22nd. You can track my progress from the map and track page in the navigation side bar.

  4. Wow! Go girl! Got your story from Backpacking Light and look foward to following you on this incredible journey. Awesome.

  5. Good luck Lucy , from someone who has done some long hikes but nothing like what you have set yourself. Lots of planning would have to go into this .Love to hear a gear& clothing list. Hope those Armaskin socks keep the blisters away.

    • GREAT IDEA TOO!!!

      I’ll be sure to do that when I’m on my way to El Calafate… no doubt the list will have changed by then… it certainly has under gone a few adjustments already!!

      LOVE.THE.SOCKS 🙂

  6. Hey Lucy, Great thing your doing. That winter your currently trekking through looks pretty nasty. I ran from Mexico to Panama in 2015, I can tell you that you will be wishing for snow once more when you are up there. Crazy Hot!!! I was only out there for 7 months but the biggest think I learnt was to not wish away the kms, I know it can be hard at times and all you want to do is be 100kms ahead of where you are….but, this is a once in a life time adventure. enjoy every step!

    • Thanks Olly! You’re right… Sometimes that’ll be tough but I agree ☝️

      Thanks for getting in touch! Are you still adventuring?!

    • Thanks!! … I checked out your site. New knees are expensive – I better take care of the ones I have!!!

  7. Hola lucy me llamó Mario. Me crucé con vos en octubre, sobre un puente en el lago Rivadavia, yo en dirección al sur y tu al norte, ya regresé a mi casa en Santa Fe, pero si necesitas compañía para el viaje te alcazo de toque. Espero estés bien. Un abrazo. The World is crazy

    • Hola! Espero que estés bien! Gracias por ponerse en contacto. Manténgase seguro en sus viajes!

  8. Just saw your interview on ABC sunday morning breakfast show. You’re a force to be reckoned with! Totally rooting for you girl! Enjoy your adventure.

  9. Good luck. Just saw your beautiful interview live on ABC Australia Sunday morning show. Keep it up. We are all behind you.

  10. Hullo Lucy. I just saw you being interviewed on ABC TV (Sunday morning here in Oz) – and I love what I saw. Your spirit and your shine. Must admit I also have huge doses of envy. Take care, be safe, and you now have one more person providing some mental good vibes to follow you.

  11. Hi Lucy, I saw your story on TV this morning (Perth Western Australia) so inspiring, your exuberant energy leapt out from the screen, I wish you every success in this awe inspiring journey – Best Wishes, Rayleen & Brea (my dog)

  12. Just seen you on ABC .. what a fantastic challenge. Look forward to following your journey. Good luck from Perth

  13. Luce! What’s been the highlight of the day so far!? I just quit my job & am desperate to walk A to A; thanks for carving a path; please hide me some chocolates.

  14. Saw ya story on ABC news this morning. Looks like an awesome adventure, really hope ya make it! Your an inspiration!

  15. Gees Lucy , I first read of your adventure just today via the ABC News and was blown away by your delightful approach , incredible determination , self effacing humour , oh bugger it … everything you are doing … WTF …!!! I wish you great happiness and love , you are amazing , I mean REALLY amazing .

  16. Hi Lucy – I really admire you on many many levels – stay safe david

  17. Hi Lucy – have just been listening to you on the ABC Radio in Sydney – you are a truly insprirational woman & I wish you every success with this incredible challange – look forward to hearing about your amazing travels – all the very best – cheers

  18. Hi could i get information about the hardships that were (or will be) endured

    • Hi Blake, there are some covered in the blog but if you’re after something specific send me an email. Cheers, L

  19. Hello! My english language no is very good, but I admire you and i have sure that you will end this adventure for the world with succesfull…

  20. Lucy after meet you in la alcaldesa square with wombat a few minutes ago I will wish you get the goal and then to became in the first women to reach this BIG challenge and I would like to see you again

  21. Hi Lucy
    Saw you on the ABC news this morning, you are amazing,.
    I am going to follow you for the rest of your journey
    You must be having an amazing adventure
    Well done, enjoy and good luck
    Cheers
    Kieron.

  22. Good luck Lucy…. saw your interview on the ABC this Sunday morning Dec 30th 2018. Then read about your accident before you decided to do this walk….!!! Do you listen to music at lonely times…???

  23. Hi Lucy, just saw you on the ABC. What a great adventure, you have inspired me to fulfill my dream as a sea gypsy, living on my 12mtr sail boat. Starting late at 63 but hope to have 20 years to see how far I can get. Thank you for the inspiration and good luck to you and Wombat. Xo

  24. Dear Lucy, saw your story on ABC breakfast show. How AMAZING ARE YOU? Bless your beautiful heart for inspiring so many with each step you take. I admire your spirit and tenacity. The photos you post are extraordinary, such landscapes are one of the up sides of your adventure I imagine. Love that you are listening to audio books to keep you entertained while you walk. My nephew walked the entire 1000kms of the Biblimum Track at the age of 18 as his own rite of passage into manhood. I thought that was brave. You are taking that to a whole new level. I have been fighting my way back from spinal injury and can walk and talk again after finding a brave doctor to help me. Never thought it was possible, he believed even when I lost hope. I believed when he was feeling despair. We worked hard together to prove it was possible. Bless his brave heart for never giving up on me. It is a gift just to be able to walk from my bedroom to the kitchen and hang out my own clothes, so I am in AWE of your choice to walk from one end of the world to the other. Like HELLO……totally beyond my comprehension. I wish you well in your journey. You are a champion ALREADY. Your beaming smile will travel with me and will inspire me to reach beyond where I am into something I never imagined possible.

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