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Through Sand & Snow: a man, a bicycle, and a 43,000-mile journey to adulthood via the ends of the Earth

Charlie Walker

ISBN 10: 1999934903 / ISBN 13: 9781999934903
Published by Charlie Walker, 2017
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Title: Through Sand & Snow: a man, a bicycle, and a...

Publisher: Charlie Walker

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Aged twenty-two, Charlie Walker left home in search of adventure. Fleeing the boredom that comes with comfort, he set off on a secondhand bicycle. The aim was simple: to pedal to the furthest point in each of Europe, Asia and Africa. He didn’t train or plan. He just started. The journey was an escape from an unremarkable existence, a pursuit of hardship, and a chance to shed the complacency of middle England. From the brutality of winter on the Tibetan plateau, to the claustrophobia of the Southeast Asian jungle, the quest provided Charlie with ample opportunity to test his mettle. Ultimately, though, the toughest challenge was entirely unforeseen.

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Charlie Walker is a British adventurer, writer and motivational speaker. He specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions and has covered 50,000 miles by bicycle, ski, foot, horse, kayak and dugout canoe. His work has featured in a range of publications including The Times, the Daily Express, Wanderlust, Travelmag, Travel Africa and Sidetracked magazine. He was also named Travel Blogger of the Year in 2013 by the Association of Independent Tour Operators. Charlie’s longest expedition was a 43,000-mile bicycle journey reaching the furthest cape in each of Europe, Asia and Africa before returning home. On this journey he traversed 60 countries, encountering extremes of weather, remoteness and physical exhaustion during the four and a half years he was away. In 2010 Charlie walked 1,000 miles solo across the Gobi desert from China to Mongolia. This feat involved walking over six marathons a week for six weeks whilst carrying enough food and water to survive. Also in 2012 he trekked 600 miles across Central and Northern Mongolia in the company of only a semi-feral pony and a stray dog he found in the forest. In 2014 Charlie descended the Lulua, a little-known tributary of the Congo River, in a leaky dugout canoe. This journey into remote and effectively uncharted territory of DRC was beset by rapids, waterfalls, hippos, crocodiles and finally, shortly after leaving the river, violent bouts of malaria and typhoid fever. In 2017, Charlie completed a 5,200-mile triathlon along the perceived border between Europe and Asia. This 8-month feat spanned from the midwinter snowfields of the Russian Arctic to the Bosporus in Istanbul via a winding river through Kazakhstan. When not on expedition, Charlie lives in London.

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