Who is Karl Bushby?Born on 30th March 1969 in Hull, England, Karl Bushby is a British ex-paratrooper, adventurer and author. He joined the British Army at the age of 16 and served with 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment for 11 years.
What’s Unique About This Expedition?What makes this expedition special is that Karl is completing the entire journey on foot with no other transport means, even across acquatic portions.
The Goliath ExpeditionFounded by Karl Bushby, the Goliath Expedition is his attempt to walk around the world with unbroken footsteps. From Punta Arenas, Chile to his home in Hull, England, a distance of almost 58,000 km in eight years. Due to many challenges, the expedition has not yet completed and is expected to be sealed off a little after 2019.
2007 - The Encounter Of A Friend
In March 2007, he was accompanied by a French adventurer Dimitri Kieffer, and together, they crossed the Bering Strait on foot. Even after many attempts, no one had ever walked across the BeringStrait from Alaska to Siberia. The Bering Strait never freezes as a solid sheet of ice as the strong current breaks the ice apart. The walk involved swimming between the two chunks of ice and a lot of luck to push the ice in the right direction through the sea currents. Even with such extreme challenges, both made it to the shores of Siberia, becoming the first-ever to do so by foot. Though not long after arriving on the Russian territory, they both were arrested for not entering through the authorised port-of-entry to the country and then deported. After years of struggling with the Russian bureaucracy, they obtained the required permission from the authorities and began preparing for the second half of his Goliath Expedition.
Between 2008 to 2010, Karl spent his time in Mexico for cost reasons as he was unable to travel to Russia. Both these globetrotter has issues with the visa approval and financial crisi. After securing a new sponsor in 2010, he began his journey across Russia in the spring of 2011, but then the visa was again denied for 2012. He was also later banned from re-entering Russia for five years. Thus, Bushby then walked over 4,800 km from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to reach the Russian Embassy. But by the end of the adventure, his ban was overturned and granted a letter of invitation from the Russian government in 2014 at the embassy marking the end of his year-long journey. Karl Bushby then crossed the Russia-Mongolia border in 2017 and was in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in August of 2017. By early June 2019, he crossed Uzbekistan.