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Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa on 06/17/2014 12:01:52 MDT Print View

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Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa

Francis Tapon
(ftapon) - MLife

Locale: Earth
Umbrellas in Niger! on 06/17/2014 15:18:20 MDT Print View

It's funny that the last time BPL interviewed me, I was carrying about five pounds of gear:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/podcast_090407_francis_tapon_cdt_yo-yo.html#.U6Cun_ldWSo

Now I have the longest and heaviest gear list on BPL! :D

Of course, when I go backpacking, I leave nearly all that gear in the car, and go back to my ultralight ways. Indeed, desert backpacking is ideal for going ultralight, aside from the water issues.

As I mentioned in the article, I love umbrellas for the heat. And I'm not the only one. Here are Nigerien kids playing with Euroschirm umbrellas as the sun sets:

Nigerien kids and Francis playing with Euroschirm umbrellas as the sun sets

Edited by ftapon on 06/17/2014 15:22:35 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Umbrellas in Niger! on 06/18/2014 18:14:41 MDT Print View

Wonderful. Stay safe, Francis.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Umbrellas in Niger! on 06/23/2014 16:44:46 MDT Print View

I enjoyed this interview. Inspiring journey.