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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What's new? Western 4WDriver pubished a 6 page article entitled 'A Walker on the Canning'.
A 4WD will take about 3 weeks to traverse the Canning Stock Route, a motorbike around 10 days, bicycle 33 days and walking 1-3 months depending on support or not. Here is a timeline for notables, focusing on foot powered achievements.
Detailed information, as yet untold, regarding the stories and achievements of each walker and cyclists, to follow in the book, 'Every Step of the Way'.
Thinking of walking the Canning Stock Route? Or just looking for an interesting read whilst 4x4'ing? The following books and video's I can recommend:Read more...