Bolivian Andes Running Expedition - Jenny Tough

World-first running expedition over the length of the Bolivian Andes, completed solo and unsupported by Jenny Tough

Trail Running Extreme

Distance
711 km
Ascent
26 km
Descent
27 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
5.3 km
Gradient
10˚
Bolivian Andes Running Expedition - Jenny Tough Map

17 days, solo unsupported world-first running expedition across the Bolivian Andes, completed November 2018 by Jenny Tough. Excerpt from the story, originally published in Sidetracked Magazine Volume 14:

Description

"Fourteen days ago, in a small town near the Peruvian border, I stood at the start line, the base of the Bolivian Andes, sheltering from torrents of freezing rain that curtained the town. I stared at the washed-out mud roads that led out of the village, searching for a reason to abandon the whole thing entirely. For the first time I could remember, I was literally paralysed by fear, standing under a tin roof and refusing to take even the first few steps. I had two options. The first, a 12-hour, rickety bus ride back to La Paz, which actually seemed just as uncomfortable as running the first segment to my next chance to quit; the second, four passes over 5,000m, a forecast for stormy weather throughout, and no civilisation aside from coca growers and gold mines. I chose the muddy trail over the bus ride home, but it was pretty close for a moment."

  • Jenny Tough

<a href="https://www.sidetracked.com">Read the full story and more like this in the latest issue of Sidetracked magazine and on Sidetracked.com</a>

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Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

September, October, November