HOT BLAST: A plan to walk 21,000 miles over seven years
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A screen capture from the Out of Eden Walk website
A screen capture from the Out of Eden Walk website
With his Out of Eden Walk, "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego," per the project's website.

It continues, "By the year 2020, the Out of Eden Walk will have accumulated an unprecedented chronicle of human life on Earth, 2,500 generations after our restless forebears set out on the long, slow walk into our becoming — a journey out of Eden that continues to this day."

Salopek was asked by Brooke Gladstone of the NPR program On the Media, "What part of the upcoming trip scares you the most?"

His reply:

I would have to break it down. I think there’s a physical plane. There are landscapes that are bloody hard to move through, even in a mechanized fashion, much less on foot. Think about Siberia. That is probably going to be the most physically demanding part.

The other thing that’s kind of counterintuitive is that people have made comments to me as I’ve walked out of the Horn of Africa, which is this parched – very economically deprived part of the world, saying, “Boy, Paul, you’re walking through probably the hardest part at the beginning. And I’m having to correct them because, actually, it’s very congenial to walk through economically deprived parts of the world because people still walk. So it’s actually easier to find walking companions. ...

It’s easier to find walking trails across a landscape that’s shaped by the human foot.

A recording of the On the Media segment on the Out of Eden Walk is below.  


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