Meet MONTSEVELIER, SWITZERLAND native Explorer/Author/Speaker/Extreme Walker SARAH MARQUIS!!!
She is 42 and Swiss, and has spent three of the past four years walking about 10,000 miles by herself, from SIBERIA through the DESERT GOBI, CHINA, LAOS and THAILAND, then taking a cargo boat to BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, and walking across that continent.
Along the way, she has starved, she has frozen, she has (wo)man-hauled. She has pushed herself at great physical cost to places she wanted to love.
SARAH MARQUIS says;
“You tell people what you’re doing, and they say, ‘You’re crazy". It’s never: ‘Cool project, Sarah! Go for it.’Perhaps this is because the territory she explores is really internal — the nature of fear, the limits of stamina and self-reliance and the meaning of traveling in nature as a female human animal, alone.
Her desire to travel began to coalesce around the question of whether she could survive by herself in nature. First, she decided to ride a horse across Turkey. On that trip, she ate apricots off trees and slept with her head on her saddle. Muslim women bathed her in warm goat’s milk. But after that, Marquis’s itineraries veered away from romance and pleasure into solitude and suffering. In her early 20s she flew to New Zealand and set out on a four-day backpacking trip with some noodles, a huge radio and three or four books — “everything except what I needed.” The outing, by typical standards, was a fiasco. Day 1 it poured; Marquis didn’t know how to set up her tent, and she was freezing and bored because, she now said wryly, “at night there was nothing to do.”
Near the end of the trip she had a sort-of epiphany.
“Something happened. Over the years I’ve had this feeling again and again.”Chasing that inexplicable sensation is why she walks.
NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Journalist ELIZABETH WEIL documents the journey of SARAH MARQUIS: The WOMAN Who WALKED 10,000 MILES In THREE YEARS.