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Audio Story: To Walk Into the Storm

“You are privileged to walk this.”

It’s amazing how such a simple statement ripped me apart. Give me rain, wind, and even hail — I’ll persist! But what happens when I can’t answer why I persist?

With all the preparations and work to be able to walk the Rim of Africa, you’d think I’d know why I wanted to do it. I wrote entire grant applications and sponsorship proposals explaining why I wanted to hike the Rim of Africa! But you’d find those reasons don’t matter when you’re consistently quasi-starved, exhausted, beat-up, and facing a storm in the mountains. You gotta find new reasons to continue forward.

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As a National Geographic Young Explorer, Jay walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail. More at Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal.

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National Geographic Young Explorer Jay Simpson is part of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, a 1,200-mile adventure in the tracks of a lone wolf beginning May 2014. Using an estimated GPS track of the lone Wolf OR-7, they’ll have 42 days to mountain bike and hike across Oregon and Northern California. Their aim is to educate and share the story of a real wolf, dispelling myths and misinformation through educational products and presentations. Visit or7expedition.org or Facebook.com/or7expedition for more.

Jay’s previously walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail. More at Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal.

  • Himu Rupert

    The privilege of walking with the Earth includes showing reverence with all of the kingdoms and elements. I too share through the system of oral tradition. We give information as the story is heard. The spirit and physical walk and work together in cooperation. When you learn how you will be able to communicate with the elements and kingdoms so that you may hear their story. With equal application, Himu

  • Himu Rupert

    The privilege of walking with the Earth includes showing reverence with all of the kingdoms and elements. I too share through the system of oral tradition. We give information as the story is heard. The spirit and physical walk and work together in cooperation. When you learn how you will be able to communicate with the elements and kingdoms so that you may hear their story. With equal application, Himu

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