Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing 1657km later in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna on 05 August 2013.
Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.
Many class this walk as unsupported, done in the same way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976. Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible. For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own standards.
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Following my passion ...
In 2015 I return to Country, but this time by more traditional means. I will be driving a 4x4. Three to four months steeped in desert adventure ... learning more about the land ... and myself ... for the sheer joy of that experience.
With nothing to prove ... no stressing of body ... no urgent need to keep on moving to achieve a goal ... no destination ... just time to Be ... And let the desert in.
I have always wanted to do this ...
I am busy gathering equipment for research and testing in 2015. 3-4 months of desert adventure will determine what I take as a minimalist into 2016.
Most of my equipment is self funded, but a few people who believe in what I am doing and who I am, have fully sponsored products for my use. My thanks to you for your faith in me ... and your product. This is no small feat. I am known for my blunt honesty. I tell it like I see it. If the product does what it is said to do, I am an enthusiastic ambassador. If it does not, I do comment on what I see as the pros and cons. Desert Survival demands honesty and I will not compromise in this.
I am so looking forward to this coming season.
Equipment list to follow, but here is a taster...
In 2015 I will be driving a 1990 110 Landrover with a 3.9 Isuzu diesel motor and 4 speed gearbox. It is an ex-Australian Military vehicle. Slow, hard and dusty, but I am hoping he is a reliable, hardworking beauty who will take me into the desert and out ... safely. The 'Perentie' reminds me of Les Hiddens, The Bushtucker Man and his mode of transport. So I am going to call him 'Les'.
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