Showing posts with label Nile River. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nile River. Show all posts

Audio Interview: The Adventure Magazine Interviews Levison Wood

A few weeks back I gave a couple of plugs to a new radio program entitled The Adventure Magazine with Monroe and Gigi. Each week, it is hosted by my friend Julian Monroe Fisher, and his wife Gigi. They talk about all manner of topics, including exploration, gear, adventure travel, and so much more. Each week, they also have an interview with a prominent guest, which gives listeners an opportunity to learn about an expedition or adventurer first hand. This week, they interviewed Levison Wood of Walking the Nile fame. As you probably know, Lev wrapped up his attempt to walk the entire length of the Nile River a few weeks back, and while he was in Cairo, he took some time to talk with Monroe and Gigi. In the interview, which you can listen to below, he talks about the journey, his missing miles in South Sudan, the death of Matthew Powers, and much more. Definitely a good interview, and if you want to hear more from The Adventure Magazine, all of the back episodes are available on the show's website.

Video: Paddling in Africa to Save the White Nile

The legendary White Nile River in Uganda is under threat by the construction of a new dam, which could alter the paddling scene, not to mention the environment, there dramatically in the years to come. In an effort to raise awareness of this situation, two adventurous young women – Mariann Sæther and Nouria Newman – have gone to Africa to run some of the iconic rapids, and to show support for the kayaking industry that has sprung up along the river. An industry that is being threatened as well. The video below shares their story and gives us a glimpse of what it is like paddle the dramatic whitewater of the White Nile.

Walking the Nile Update: Lev Completes Nile Trek!

As expected, British adventurer Levison Wood completed his attempt to walk the length of the Nile River this past weekend, reaching the Nile Delta on Saturday. That point marked the end of a 9-month journey that passed through six countries, and covered about 3800 miles (6115 km), during which Wood faced numerous challenges, including difficult terrain, extreme heat, hostile locals, and the death of a journalist who was covering his adventure.

The journey began back in December, when Wood set out from the furthest source of the Nile River located the highlands of Rwanda. His journey would take him into Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, and eventually Egypt.

Contrary to some reports that you'll read, Wood did not walk the entire length of the Nile as he had originally intended. When he initially began his walk, the route was relatively secure by African standards, but not long after getting underway, civl war broke out in South Sudan. While traveling there, he ran into trouble in the town of Bor. The region was a horrific war zone when Lev reached that point, and the South Sudanese government decided to expel him for his own safety. As a result, he missed approximately 450 miles, which means that despite his best efforts, he wasn't able to walk uninterrupted from source to sea. The civil war continues to rage in South Sudan, so it isn't safe for Wood to go back there now and cover those lost miles, but he has said on more than one occasion that he would like to do just that when the opportunity arises.

War-torn South Sudan wasn't the only major challenge to the expedition. Levison was close to abandoning the entire journey after American journalist Matthew Power died while trekking through Uganda. Power was there to cover the story when he suffered heat stroke, and perished in a remote corner of the country. It was enough to cause Wood to take a break from the walk, and take stock of why he was out there. Eventually, he found the determination to continue on, but it was an eye-opening experience to say the least.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Lev for reaching the end of his journey. The Adventure Blog was one of the first outlets to pick up on the Walking the Nile expedition, first writing about it nine months before he would set off on the journey. At that time, Lev was to have a companion on his trek, but eventually it became a solo adventure. Over the months that followed, I wrote about a number of the milestones he reached along the way, and it is good to see that he has safely reached the end at long last.

Walking The Nile Update: End In Sight For Levison Wood

The end of the journey is now in sight for Levison Wood, the British explorer who has spent the past nine months walking the Nile River in Africa. A month ago I posted that he Lev had passed into Egypt, the final country on his grand walking tour. And now, just a few weeks later, he is approaching the Nile Delta at last. In fact, according to his most recent status updates on Facebook, he should reach the Mediterranean Sea by this Saturday.

It has been a long, strange journey for Wood, who started his walk last November, and will have covered more than 4000 miles (6430 km) by the time he reaches the Delta. The journey started in the highlands of Rwanda, which is where the furthest source of the Nile is located. From there, the expedition took him into Burundi, across Tanzania, and Uganda, before eventually arriving in South Sudan, the war ravaged nation that had been relatively quiet before he set out on his journey. Lev's walk along the Nile was disrupted at that point, when he ran into trouble and was forced to leave the country. He resumed his trek northward in Sudan, but ended up missing approximately 400 miles (645 km) along his intended route, and due to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, he won't be able to go back and complete those missing miles for sometime.

Wood reached Egypt back in late July, and told a reporter for The Guardian that it has been the most relaxed stretch of the expedition by far. He says it has been easy to find places to stay, the people are friendly, and the food is good, and plentiful. That hasn't been the case through parts of the trek however, as he has faced difficult terrain, suspicious locals, and grueling heat. The Guardian article says that at one point in Sudan temperatures rose above 62ºC, which equates to nearly 144ºF, which if true would exceed the highest temperature ever officially recorded. In addition to facing the civil war in South Sudan, there have been other set-backs as well. For instance, in March, a reporter traveling with Wood died of heatstroke in Uganda. That incident left the Brit shaken and uncertain of his plans.

But now, with the end in sight, Lev is eager to wrap things up. He has been traveling at an increased pace, and with little difficulty, since reaching Egypt, and while he has not personally witnessed any unrest, two police cars have shadowed him at all times to ensure his safety. By the weekend, that escort should see him safely to the Nile Delta, and the end of the expedition.