wilderness LECTURES

Following The Line: a traverse of the Europe/Asia border

Charlie Walker on 20/11/2019 19:30

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1532 Performing Arts Centre

Charlie is a full-time adventurer, writer, and speaker. His largest journey began at just twenty-two when he set out on a 4-year, 43,000-mile solo bicycle journey through 60 countries. During that adventure he survived a Tibetan winter, a Saharan summer, several arrests, suspicion of espionage, malaria, and a beating from an Ethiopian village mob. Other expeditions have included a 1,000-mile solo trek across the Gobi desert, a 600-mile horse trek across the Mongolian steppe, a crossing of Papua New Guinea, and a dugout canoe descent of the Lulua - a little known Congo tributary abounding with crocodiles, hippos, rapids and waterfalls.


Towing a load (c) Charlie Walker

In February 2017, Charlie Walker began an eight-month, 9,000km ski, canoe and bicycle journey spanning the length of the perceived border between Europe and Asia, from the midwinter snowfields of the Russian arctic to the Bosporus in Istanbul.

‘Following the Line’ was an exploration into what it means to be Asian or European, what divides or unites the peoples on either side of the line, and the diversity of landscape, environment, religion and culture along the border that has traditionally demarcated East and West.

During this expedition, Charlie and Callie (his American expedition partner, a virtual stranger upon departure) experienced temperatures as low as -40˚C, several arrests, and the challenges of survival in some of the world’s remotest and most inhospitable landscapes.

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