One foot in front of the other. Everything you need in the world on your back. Wake up with the sun. Go to sleep when it gets dark. Walk, listen and observe in between. The Hiking Life.
12 Long Walks: Epilogue
On December 28, 2012, I completed the Appalachian Trail, the final installment of the 12 Long Walks. Totalling some 14,300 miles and taking a little under eighteen months, it was an incredible journey in many ways. A confirmation more than a revelation, it reaffirmed and heightened the lifelong bond I have felt towards the natural world. However, it was more than simply a series of extended wanderings through the wilderness. The serendipitous encounters, the wonderful folk I met along the way, confirmed what two decades of exploring remote corners of this extraordinary planet had already taught me – nature brings out the best in people. It brings out the best in me. Thank you, North America!
Swami (a.k.a. The long distance hiker occasionally still known as “Cam”)
Channel 10 (Australia) Interview
On January 28, 2012, I did an interview with Network 10′s (Australia) Los Angeles bureau. It was the first time I had been on television. Whilst it was a little surreal hiking in the shadows of the Hollywood sign, I was made to feel at ease by Dan and Ben, the interviewer and cameraman, both of whom were top blokes. A great experience and definitely a departure from spending the majority of the past eighteen months wandering solo through the wilderness. The day was topped off by a gorgeous sunset over Santa Monica beach, a none-too-shabby doner kebab and a much anticipated 6pm viewing of The Hobbit at Broadway 4 Cinemas.