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article imageExplorer starts coast-to-coast walk across Africa Special

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By Lynn Morris
Apr 29, 2011 in Travel
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At dawn tomorrow an explorer will set off from a deserted beach in Mozambique to walk across Africa. Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will walk 4,000 miles across the continent to finish his journey in Angola.
It will be the first time a solo explorer has attempted this route from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic through Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Angola.
It will be an unplugged expedition. Fisher said: “Unlike so many of my contemporary explorers and adventurers, I will not be travelling with a satellite phone or a laptop, there will be no support truck. What is key for me is to enjoy this once in a lifetime epic journey every step of the trail, one step at a time.”
One of the main purposes of the expedition, called Equatoria, is to interact with the people he meets along the way.
Fisher said: “The more I thought about 21st century exploration I began to realise that too many of we ‘self proclaimed explorers’ carry out expeditions into the empty voids of the planet. If we as a species are to solve the problems that plaque the world today, we better start interacting more with each other. I decided for me that I should start the process sooner than later.”
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
Photo courtesy of Julian Monroe Fisher
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
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Another of his aims is to highlight the work of MAG International, the Mines Advisory Group who work to reduce the threat of injury and death from remnants of conflict.
There will be plenty of hurdles along the route but one of the first is crossing Lake Malawi.
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
Photo courtesy of Julian Monroe Fisher
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
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Fisher said: "I am looking forward to reaching Lake Malawi and crossing the lake to mainland Malawi, it will be the first milestone that will ultimately define whether I will be able to make it all the way to trails end."
Fisher who is from South Carolina, in the USA is currently living with this wife and children in Austria.
His expedition, which is expected to take between four and five months, is sanctioned by the Explorers Club.
For more information visit julianmonroefisher.com.
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