A Seven-Year, 21,000 Mile Walk to Report on the WorldBy Michael Frank on January 14th, 2013
Reporter Paul Salopek is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has spent most of the past two decades roaming across Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. But he always flies in to do his reporting, and it struck him over all these decades as a journalist he’s never traveled the way the first humans did: on foot. Now National Geographic is giving him that chance. Salopek’s walk, 21,000 miles in total, will be epic, an attempt to thread together one huge trek in human history, from Kenya and the birth of man in the Great Rift Valley all the way to Cape Horn. The goal of his Out of Eden project, he says, isn’t meant to be an adventure, but to trace civilizations and ancient passages that have worked for thousands of years and to experience and report on cultures slowly rather than rapidly, to soak in everything any single human can, and to tell the world what he sees. Via NPR.
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