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.
Lucy Barnard is a PRO Australian Adventurer attempting to become the first woman to walk the length of the world.
It’s a 30 000 km treck from the bottom of Argentina to the top of Alaska. She travels by foot, or when the terrain is unpassable she swims or uses a kayak.
Already more than 3000 km in, Lucy has walked through sub 20 temperatures, slept in slaughter houses, come face to face with puma’s, run out of food, swum through ice capped water, and been stopped by gunned farmers.
So why do it? One of us [women] has to do it. Lucy wants to show people with unique projects that they don’t need a compelling reason to have a go. The experience in itself is enough.
She keeps a whimsical blog covering the wins, mishaps and predicaments only someone as charismatic as Lucy could find herself in, she posts daily to Instagram and is branching out into regular vlogging with extra equipment she now carries using her Monowalker.
Why: I’m driven by a desire to achieve a feat completed only by a handful of people and to live adventurously. I encourage anyone who has an ambitious goal to strive for it, no matter how unconventional, and especially in spite of the risk of failure.
Pairs of shoes to date: 5
Average steps per day: 45 000 – 65 000
Steps the whole way: 40 000 000
Where’s your dog: I don’t have one yet. Initially, I wanted to ensure I could handle the expedition, the demands on my body and the solitude. Now I’ve survived the first year, I am waiting to find the right dog who has the physical and mental aptitude to enjoy the walk with me.
Time: It will take three, four or even five years to complete.
Distance: 30 000 kms – 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.
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) 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 will travel Mexico on bikes. This is for both safety and logistics.
3) They’re successful: They have a fundraising campaign receiving sponsorships, patrons and donations well beyond G in their first year and are now raising G for their second year… AND they have over 3000 social followers. That’s not rule breaking. Just amazing!
Some impressions of Lucy’s journey
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