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article imageAround the world in 80 weeks using only human power Special

By Lynn Morris     Apr 26, 2011 in Travel
A South African adventurer is planning to circumnavigate the world via both poles only using human power. This is the first time this journey has been attempted by walking, running, skiing, cycling, pedal boating and kayaking.
Ray Chaplin, 30, said: “ Around the world in 80 days is for now pretty much impossible using human-power. So I thought 80 weeks could be cool.
“Something has always attracted me to the polar regions; something about them has made my skin tingle since I was very young. So, what better way to visit them than by getting there using only ones own power. And going halfway round the world seemed a bit stupid, so I decided to fall off the other side and visit both in one trip.”
He will start the 66,000km journey called Shova 360 from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa in August.
Ray Chaplin abseiling off Table Mountain  South Africa
Ray Chaplin abseiling off Table Mountain, South Africa
Photo courtesy of Ray Chaplin
Along the way Chaplin will be supported by a two man team who supply him with the appropriate kit at various stages in the journey.
He said: “This is in no way a solo expedition, this is very much a team effort, but I'll be the one doing the pedaling, paddling and walking.”
He added: “The human body is incredible, and can achieve a lot more than most people believe. So I think it will be a nice demonstration of what is possible.”
Ray Chaplin preparing to circumnavigate the world using only human power.
Ray Chaplin preparing to circumnavigate the world using only human power.
Photo courtesy of Ray Chaplin
Chaplin’s journey also includes a message about the environment.
He said: “I have been a committed bicycle commuter for a little over four years, and have proven to many South Africans that it is a viable and sustainable means of transport or travel. This affects both our planet and people's health, both pressing topics in the era of consumerism and instant gratification. I'm not asking people to ditch their cars and cycle or walk everywhere, while it would be nice, I'm just asking them to consider the options before jumping into the car and driving 5km.”
Ray Chaplin working in a school during his solo walk across South Africa in 2010.
Ray Chaplin working in a school during his solo walk across South Africa in 2010.
Photo courtesy of Ray Chaplin
You can find out more at raychaplin.com.
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