25 separate journeys of 1000 miles

25 separate journeys of 1000 miles

Posted: Nov 09, 2010 07:10 am EST

Dave Cornwaite from the U.K is right now in Australia lecturing whilst preparing for 25 separate journeys of a 1000 miles or more. When ExWeb caught up with him, he explains why:

"I've always loved travelling slowly and interacting with the environment, and having already ticked a couple of the expeditions of the list (skateboarding across Australia and kayaking Australia's largest river) the end is in sight!"

Hope to raise 1 000 000 pounds in charity

Dave plans to raise a million pounds for charity by undertaking these twenty-five separate journeys. A total distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth around the Equator.

"I'll be undertaking another five expedition in the next two years like a Stand Up Paddle along the length of the Mississippi, Canadian Canoe, Horse, Paraglider and Freecross will be the next few, and then the list continues with modes of travel as varied as dogsled, pedalo, rowing boat, unicycle, human powered hydrofoil and windsurfer."

I was an unhappy, friendless soul

Dave never believed in a 'career', as such. Even as he went along the traditional path of education at school and University he spent more time trying to improve his non academic skills; by setting up football leagues, editing newspapers, managing annual charity events, anything but the perceived 'right' thing.

"As a teenager I was an unhappy, friendless soul!" he writes on his homepage; "I couldn't relate to anyone and didn't know what everyone my age was talking about, because when you're young you don't have much experience to draw on. This translated into my first incentive to travel; I guess I wanted to become more interesting, even to myself!"

Free cross early 2011

The first Expedition on his long list is due early 2011, a FreeCross, and he has made good progress securing permits to paraglide the Himalayas and crossing Mongolia by horse in 2012. His motivation he writes on his homepage is:

"I believe it is possible to make a living by doing something I love. I work more hours than if I had a full-time job elsewhere, but whatever we do it's our attitude to life - not towards our circumstance - that defines who we are. Not everyone is cut out for galvanting around the world making themselves sweaty, but we all have room for new experiences."

ExWeb will keep their eyes on you, Dave.

Dave Cornwaite´s wanderlust began in Uganda, 1999, when a gap year teaching scheme organised by Africa & Asia Venture encouraged a passion for pastures new, and writing about them. At University, Dave gave the cold shoulder to study, regularly hitch-hiked to Morocco for charity and edited the Uni newspaper for two years. Then he became a graphic designer, an unhappy one.

In April 2005, two weeks after taking up longboarding, Dave left his job and founded BoardFree, a charitable initiative designed to raise funds and awareness for three handpicked charities. He then started to plan two World Record-breaking skating journeys.

In late Spring 2006 Dave pushed his longboard from John O'Groats to Lands End, becoming the first person to skate the length of Britain. On January 22nd 2007 Dave completed his second journey, a five-month world-record 5823km skate between Perth, in Western Australia, and Brisbane on Australia's east coast. Soon after, his first book was published.

In 2007 Dave formed BounceFree, which revolved around a human powered hydrofoil called an Aquaskipper. In September '07 he broke the British speed record, having been made the 'face of Aquaskipper.' His Mum was very proud.

On 19th December 2009 Dave completed a 2476km expedition along Australia's largest river, the Murray, the first leg of a brand new adventure project, the Great Big Paddle. He's now working on the book and film.

In Spring/ Summer 2010 Dave began preparing for a world record breaking Stand Up Paddle journey, by paddling across Lake Geneva and across the UK from Bath to London.

In between expeditions, Dave spends much of his time giving motivational lectures, writing books and producing documentaries. Next up a film about his Murray River Expedition, and a book called 'Date,' the tale of an endurance challenge, with a difference!

The next few years will be filled by Dave's amazing Expedition1000, a series of twenty five journeys, each at least one thousand miles in length and using a different method of non-motorised tranport each time.

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Dave Cornwaite is preparing Expedition 1000, which involves twenty-five separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each one using a different form of non-motorised transport. Canadian Canoe, Horse, Paraglider and Freecross, dogs, pedalo, rowing boat, unicycle, human powered hydrofoil and windsurfer. Here together with Sarah Outen, wellknown rower.
Image by Alex Hibbert courtesy Alex Hibbert, SOURCE
This will stay with me forever, just 150m from the Mouth of the Murray, after 1476km of walking and paddling, this little fella comes along and says hello.
Image by Dave Cornwaithe courtesy Dave Cornwaithe, SOURCE
As a teenager I was an unhappy, friendless soul!" he writes on his homepage; "I couldn't relate to anyone and didn't know what everyone my age was talking about, because when you're young you don't have much experience to draw on. This translated into my first incentive to travel; I guess I wanted to become more interesting, even to myself!
Image by Dave Cornwaithe courtesy Dave Cornwaithe, SOURCE
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