Lucy Barnard can’t actually clarify why, at some point, she determined to
take 5 years to trek all the way in which from Argentina to Alaska. She simply wished to.
Barnard, who grew up in Brisbane, Australia, formally started the journey in February 2017 and, as of summer time 2019, is making her means by way of the mountains of Peru. It’s a journey that no lady has accomplished, and he or she hopes to be the primary.
“I discover that, increasingly, I converse with mates who don’t
give themselves permission to do issues only for the expertise,” she mentioned.
“They want an even bigger, grander cause. My cause was that I simply wished to.”
There have been ups and downs throughout her trek, although — each
actually and figuratively. Within the first 12 months, Barnard had traveled 1,000 of
the 30,000 whole kilometers however was affected by water poisoning and
gear failure. As a substitute of pushing by way of or giving up, Barnard determined to
spend a month recovering in a close-by city. There, she met a lady who took
Barnard beneath her wing and care till she was wholesome once more.
Barnard has loads of related tales to inform.
Simply this 12 months, she arrived in a city in the midst of the
desert, exhausted from trudging by way of the warmth, solely to search out on the market had been
no spots to camp. Determined, she went to a close-by resort and requested if she might
camp exterior. The household who owned the resort agreed.
That evening, Barnard obtained meals poisoning and have become very sick.
When a employee discovered her ailing, they went and obtained the household, who offered
treatment and care till she was wholesome sufficient to proceed her journey again
into the desert. Even then, they despatched native police to search out Barnard within the
desert and supply her with extra water. To today, she nonetheless exchanges letters
with the household.
“What I take pleasure in essentially the most is being within the cities and assembly
individuals, experiencing the final kindness of individuals and humanity,” Barnard
Previous to her try to stroll the size of the Americas,
Barnard labored full time and spent her weekend hours between Friday evening and
Monday morning out mountain climbing and canyoning with a group of fellow
journey lovers. When she began her journey, she was match and had loads of
recommendation and help from different athletes.
A very powerful issues she needed to study had been the
various environments and security protocols within the areas she could be strolling
by way of and what gear to take.
To maintain weight down, Barnard travels with what she calls “the naked minimal and some necessities.” These necessities embrace a journal (to maintain monitor of vital dates and experiences), a thermos for water and an inReach® satellite tv for pc communicator.
Barnard bought an inReach system per the recommendation of a
good friend who works within the security and threat administration subject.
“One factor that’s actually vital to survival is timing and
realizing how lengthy you’ve got till assist goes to reach,” Barnard mentioned. “My
good friend mentioned that with the inReach, rescue organizations can save important time
by discovering out what you want and what to carry with them. After which they’ll
let you know how far-off they’re, so you possibly can rely down the minutes or hours
till they arrive. Typically that may be the distinction between surviving and
Lately, Barnard found how inReach can be utilized for
enhancing journey security as she made her means by way of territory she surmised
could possibly be harmful on account of attainable ongoing navy operations.
“I used my inReach to write down to my good friend and ask him how far
away I wanted to be and if I used to be in speedy hazard,” she mentioned. “He was ready
to place my thoughts comfortable and set some parameters about the place I wanted to stroll and
how far-off I wanted to remain.”
Over the course of the journey, there have been instances when
Barnard has gone with out human contact for as much as three weeks — apart from the
firm of her Australian cattle canine, Wombat, and the two-way communication on
her inReach system.
“I write again to my mother and let her know that I’m OK,” she
mentioned. “After which if persons are apprehensive, they’ll ask my mother and he or she may give
them an replace. That’s actually useful.”
She additionally posts to Twitter® from her inReach system, which she mentioned helps carry her followers alongside the journey along with her. And all of her tracks are shared on her MapShare™ web page.
“The MapShare actually places this into perspective,” Barnard
mentioned. “I can see that I’ve come such a great distance, and I discover that to be actually
motivational and drive me ahead.”
She additionally makes use of the Earthmate® app for planning functions.
“It’s very nice as a result of it tells me what the hill climbs
are like, so every evening I can examine to see if I’m going to have a tough day or
a better day, and that can decide whether or not or not I rise up at 5 a.m. or a
little bit later,” Barnard mentioned.
To this point, Barnard has walked pristine seashores, watched
dolphins enjoying within the ocean, trekked by way of lengthy and harsh deserts, climbed
mountains upon mountains and slept beneath the celebrities to the soundtrack of
trickling recent water. She’s fairly caught up within the second, however as for wanting
forward to after this epic journey, Barnard hasn’t thought an excessive amount of about it.
“Nicely, I definitely received’t be strolling again,” she mentioned with a
Learn extra about Lucy Barnard and her journey at tanglesandtail.com.
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