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Afar Region, Ethiopia

Afar Region, Ethiopia

Black Rucksack is absolutely following the Out of Eden Walk… here is why.

Take yourself to that place where you begin to yearn for adventure. It’s on the precipice of the Grand Canyon; are we hiking down? It’s on the tip of a road trip; are we taking a highway or the back roads? It’s on a trailhead of the North Country Trail; how long will it take us to hike all 4,600 miles? Can you feel it? The wanting? The itch? Now imagine beginning an adventure taking you 21,000 miles, through four continents and taking seven years… and walking it. That’s what Pulitzer prize winning journalist Paul Salopek has set out to do, on his Out of Eden Walk.

We urge our readers to follow Paul’s journey, and we hope to catch-up with Paul along the way. More on that in a year or so!

The official site includes the following summary: “Over the next seven years, writer Paul Salopek will recreate that epic journey on foot, starting at our species’ birthplace in Ethiopia and ending at the southern tip of South America, where our forebears ran out of horizon. Along the way, he will explore the major stories of our time — from climate change to conflict, from mass migration to cultural survival — by walking alongside the people who live them every day: cattle nomads, artists, traders, farmers, shopkeepers, scientists, everyone.”

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