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

Statistics

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26,038

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26,656

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Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

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

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

Description

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: "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> FATMAP Explore Members get 15% off any single issues or subscription.

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