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Man WALKED Around the World -- 11 Years, 47,000 Miles
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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Man WALKED Around the World -- 11 Years, 47,000 Miles on 10/18/2011 19:06:59 MDT Print View

Take a look at this -- is the guy amazing or what:

Just hiking the AT would be considered an amazing lifetime achievement for many... but Canadian Jean Beliveau walked that -- then down Central and South America, then did the 'Cape to Cairo' thing in Africa (and then some) -- then all the way across Eurasia land mass (he apparently wimped out on Afghanistan and Pakistan but we'll cut him some slack there)... just amazing to think that the trans-Canada walk was merely the "home stretch" of his epic journey. Amazing!

Probably the only thing more amazing is his wife letting him do this! :)

Read more about him here.

Edited by ben2world on 10/18/2011 21:30:54 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Can This Be Done with Just a Backpack? on 10/18/2011 19:22:21 MDT Print View

Ha.. here I am foolishly fantasizing about the walk... pushing a cart around the world seems majorly annoying.

Wonder if the trip can be done with just a UL backpack? The hurdle that immediately comes to mind is carrying sufficient water through deserts...

Edited by ben2world on 10/18/2011 19:27:24 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Man WALKED Around the World -- 11 Years, 47,000 Miles on 10/18/2011 19:41:48 MDT Print View

Push a cart, ugh. Why not just cycle at that point? Pretty awesome journey none the less.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Man walked around world--- 11 years, 47,000 miles on 10/18/2011 20:36:39 MDT Print View

Sounds like a Epic journey---He had to be independently wealthy plus he had to deal with some amazing logistic's! WOW

Craig Savage
(tremelo) - F

Locale: San Jacinto Mountains
Man WALKED Around the World -- 11 Years, 47,000 Miles on 10/20/2011 12:37:10 MDT Print View

another great story was the book, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom:

"Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history."

it was made in to an excellent movie called The Way Back.

from the movie:

"this is not your prison, 4.5 million square miles of Siberia is your prison!"