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David Baird ha attraversato a piedi l'Australia spingendo una cariola per 4'115 km. Lo scopo dell'impresa era di raccogliere fondi per la ricerca contro il cancro. Per completare il tragitto ha impiegato 112 giorni ed ha raccolto circa 20'000 dollari.

British man runs 2557 miles across Australia... with a wheelbarrow
A 65-year-old British man has almost completed an epic 2557 mile run across Australia, while pushing a wheelbarrow.

David Baird, from Western Super Mare in Somerset, set out from Perth on September 21 and will finally reach the Pacific Ocean at Manly Beach on Saturday January 17.

When he crosses the finish line he will have run the equivalent of one hundred full marathons in just 112 days.

During the charity run well-wishers threw more than £9,145 ($20,000) into the barrow.

And Mr Baird said that while he has not suffered a single puncture, his feet have not fared so well.

He said: "All my adult life my feet have been a size ten but within three weeks my feet had spread out and I had to change to an eleven.

"Two weeks later I needed a twelve. My feet feel huge. I'm convinced my arms have got longer too".

Mr Baird has been running most of the way into a head wind and in temperatures of up to 46 degrees.

Eating mostly fruit and vegetables he has lost more than a stone (7kg) in weight.

Now he is looking forward to finishing the run and dipping his feet into The Pacific Ocean. But he will not be taking much time off.

He said: "I'll probably get up on Sunday and go for a run without the barrow which will feel fantastic I'm sure"

Mr Baird, who emigrated to Australia and spent 21 years working in a coal-mine, got his idea for the wheelbarrow run from a race held near his home in Queensland.

Organised by locals, the 18km challenge is held as a reminder of the gem prospectors who flocked to the area in Australia's early years.

"Legend has it that one prospector arrived in town with nothing other than the pick and the wheelbarrow he was pushing," Mr Baird said.

"Over the course of several years he made his fortune and then drank and gambled it all away until eventually he was seen leaving town carrying exactly all he's arrived with."

Mr Baird has been raising money for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer charities.

The Telegraph, 13 jan 2009

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La prima donna che ha affrontato la Transatlantica in solitaria.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Atlantico

Mezzo di trasporto: Barca, nave

Riferimenti complementari: Baumann E., Sola contro l'Atlantico, Mursia, 2001

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Ginevrina poliedrica e appassionata di viaggi, negli anni Trenta del Novecento partì per la Russia, il Turkestan, la Cina, l'Asia centrale. Ne trasse diversi libri di successo; nel 1939 raggiunse l'India in automobile in compagnia di Annemarie Schwarzenbach, un viaggio che tradusse in un'opera intitolata La via crudele, Due donne in viaggio dall'Europa a Kabul.

 

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Nazionalità: Svizzera

Nascita-morte: 1903-1997

Riferimento geografico: Asia, Europa

Mezzo di trasporto: Diversi

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Maillart E., Oasi proibite : una donna in viaggio da Pechino al Kashmir, EDT, 2001
Ella Maillart – Double Journey, Antonio Bigini, Mariann Lewinsky Sträuli, 40 Min., 2015

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Il gruppo di due svizzeri e un italiano ha percorso 15'000 chilometri a bordo di un'automobile, tra Lugano e Ulan Bator, in Mongolia, nell'ambito della manifestazione benefica Mongolia Charity Rally 2013, una corsa non competitiva promossa dall'organizzazione inglese Go Help.

Enough of the hyperbole, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this charity rally.

Only the courageous need apply. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step: summoning up the courage to sign-up for the Mongolia Charity Rally.

Pick your team. After crossing the Rubicon, there is no going back. Unless you break down, in which case there might be. The next step is to pick your posse. You’re going to spend a month rallying halfway across the world with this team, so think long and hard about who the most annoying people you know are, and make sure not to ask them. Teams are usually made up of between two to four people.

Pick a Route: Pick a country, any country… then drive through it. As long as you end up in Mongolia, this part is the easy part. You don’t even need a map. If you want to try to get to Mongolia by asking people the way, that works. We know. We’ve done it.

Pick a car. Ambulance? Firetruck? 4×4? Ice-cream van? You name it, we’ve had it on the Mongolia Charity Rally. Your chosen vehicle will be like a third nipple to you by the time you get to Mongolia. You’ll cherish it fondly, but be glad to part with it. That’s where we come in: we’ll take your beloved charitable chariot to its next home. If it’s an ambulance, it will get used in our charity project. 4x4s are typically donated to other NGOs, and commercial vehicles and cars get sold at auction for way more than they are worth in Europe, with the proceeds invested in Go Help’s charity projects in Mongolia that you’ll see on arrival. The Mongolian government is, to put it mildly, very strict about what cars it allows in to Mongolia, so we’ll help you with vehicle selection, not to worry.

Hit your fundraising target. This charity rally has three objectives, first: charity. Second, did we mention charity? Third: charitable adventuring. Teams rundraise a minimum of £1,000 for Go Help, the charity that founded the Mongolia Charity Rally, and above that can fundraise for any awesome cause that captures their heart. Hopefully Go Help, but if not, any one that does.

Find some sponsors. No trust fund? No problem. Many teams make it to Mongolia on a shoestring budget. That being said, life is a lot easier with generous benefactors. Teams are supported by a vast array of corporate sponsors (Subaru provided a whole car to one of our teams!), employers (corporate matching rocks), friends and family (hello, long lost relations). Key here is to pound the pavement, this charity rally really sells itself.

Beat the bureaucracy. You probably need a visa or two to get to Mongolia. Maybe even an entry permit to get in to Mongolia. Secret code to get in to Turkmenistan? Check. With a little help from us (to make sure your ‘T’s are crossed and ‘i’s are dotted, and to ensure everyone is fully prepared), you’ll set off from Brussels, not to be seen again until you reach Mongolia!
http://mongolia.charityrallies.org/about-the-mongolia-rally/

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Mycle Brandy ha percorso a piedi la strada che separa Newport Beach, in California, a Washington DC. Vittima di quattro infarti, Mycle è partito il 14 febbraio 2010 e durante il viaggio ha raccolto fondi e ha sensibilizzato la popolazione sui problemi cardiaci.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Stati Uniti

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Uno dei quattro "Overland Westerners": tra il 1912 e il 1915 cavalcò in tutte le 48 capitali di stato degli Stati Uniti. In totale il gruppo percorse 20'352 miglia e per finanziare i membri del viaggio fecero delle apparizioni pubbliche nelle città.

 

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Iscrizioni: First to ride horseback to all fifty states. George and his horse, Pinto, made their historic ride in 1912. They ended their ride in San Francisco, expecting a hero's welcome. Instead, they were hardly noticed. They both died tragic deaths without fame or fortune.

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Mezzo di trasporto: A cavallo

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Autrice del volume Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, in cui narrano le sue vicende personali lungo il Pacific Crest Trail. Dal suo libro è stato tratto il film Wild (2014).

 

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Nascita-morte: -1968

Riferimento geografico: America del Nord

Mezzo di trasporto: A piedi

Riferimenti complementari: Strayed, Cheryl, e Mondadori. Wild. Milano: Piemme, 2012.

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Tra il 1990 e il 1991 Archambeau realizza un giro del mondo con Hervé Archambeau e Denis Gittard. Al suo ritorno pubblica il volume 600 jours de route - Une aventure géographique.

 

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Nazionalità: Francese

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Riferimento geografico: Giro del mondo

Mezzo di trasporto: Automobile o altri mezzi a motore

Riferimenti complementari: Archambeau Olivier,  Archambeau Hervé. 2002. 600 jours de route, une aventure géographique. Paris: EGF.

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L'année 1994 est l'occasion d'un tour du monde en vélo pour les écrivains Alexandre Poussin e Sylvain Tesson: un an, 25'000 km, 35 pays. Une expérience traduite avec la publication de On a roulé sur la Terre. En 1997, ils traversent l'Himalaya et reviennent avec un second récit La marche dans le ciel. Pendant deux ans il co-présentent le magazine Montagne sur France 3.

 

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Riferimenti complementari: Alexandre Poussin, Sylvain Tesson. On a roulé sur la terre. Paris: Pocket, 2008

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Nel 1891 Sylvain Dornon, panettiere di Arcachon (Francia), percorse la strada tra Parigi e Mosca utilizzando dei trampoli di 1.20 m. Il tragitto di 1’830 miglia fu coperto in 50 tappe, per una media di 36.6 miglia al giorno. Lo scopo di Dornon era di raggiungere l’Esposizione Franco-Russa di Mosca, partendo il 12 marzo 1891 da Place de la Concorde di Parigi abbigliato da pastore delle Landes. L’Illustration finanziò il progetto. L’acrobata passò da Paris, Reims, Sedan, Luxembourg, Coblentz, Berlin, Wilna e Mosca, dove giunse il 10 maggio.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Europa, Russia

Mezzo di trasporto: Trampoli

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Viaggiatore appassionato, Tito Barbini vanta numerosi viaggi e altrettante pubblicazioni. Tra le più significative, "Le nuvole chiedono permesso" che ripercorre un viaggio dalla Patagonia all'Alaska realizzato a piedi e con la corriera.

 

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Nazionalità: Italiana

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Riferimento geografico: Giro del mondo

Mezzo di trasporto: Diversi

Riferimenti complementari: Barbini T., Le nuvole chiedono permesso : dalla Patagonia all’Alaska cento giorni a piedi e in corriera, Polistampa, 2007

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