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King's to follow record-breaking Nile expedition

Posted on 28/11/2013
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Explorer Levison Wood will embark on an epic year-long challenge on 1 December 2013 – to become the first person to successfully walk the entire length of the River Nile – and King’s Department of Geography will be with him every step of the way.
 
The 4,250 mile expedition, taking in seven different countries, will provide fascinating insights into the societies and environments placed along the Nile, many of which are undergoing significant change.
 
Starting in the highlands of Rwanda, the expedition will follow the river’s course through the jungles of Tanzania and Uganda, skirting Lake Victoria before entering the wilds of South Sudan. After navigating the wetlands of the world’s largest swamp, the Sudd, Levison will cross into North Sudan and then traverse the Sahara desert, around Lake Nasser and into Egypt for the final 1,000 mile walk to the sea.

Levison’s journey is being filmed for a four-part Channel 4 series to be broadcast next year and will be mapped in real time using a satellite tracking system. ‘Intrepid Explorers’, a group set up by three PhD students in the Department of Geography - Briony Turner, Kate Baker and Faith Taylor - will follow his progress on their website, mapping out questions from the public, locations of active research and other information to paint a picture of our current understanding of the environments and societies that Levison passes through.
 
Followers of the Department’s twitter feed will also be able to tweet their questions throughout Levison’s journey using the hashtag ‘#AskLev’.



Intrepid Explorers said: ‘We’re delighted to be working collaboratively with Levison Wood and the Walking the Nile team to bring in a learning and research dimension to this expedition. We are planning a host of exciting activities throughout the year with the aim of promoting a lifelong interest in understanding the world around us through the study of geography.
 
‘We’re in an exciting new era of expeditions where academics, fans, friends and families can digitally join in the expedition journey and play an active role in enhancing our understanding of the societies and environments Lev travels through. In addition to tracking his progress online and engaging on socialmedia, we will be having regular Skype conversations with Lev about what hesees, encounters and the people he speaks to along the way.’
 
Levison Wood said: ‘Walking the Nile is not just the most memorable and demanding expedition I’ve ever undertaken, but an amazing opportunity for me to report on all the incredibly positive storiesthat come out of Africa. It will be both physically and mentally challenging, pushing me to the limit of human boundaries which requires a level of resilience and determination that cannot be prepared for but, despite the inherent risks, I’m looking forward to the challenge.’
 
Levison has received messages of support from explorers and adventurers around world, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, the world’s leading explorer and Bear Grylls, who said: ‘Many have attempted this holy grail of an expedition - and I so admire Levison’s courage and tenacity to pull this off and better many lives in the process. Well done!’

Notes to editors

For further media information please contact Jack Stonebridge, PR Co-ordinator at King's College London, on jack.stonebridge@kcl.ac.uk or 0207 848 3238.

To find out more about King's Intrepid Explorers, visit their website.

For further information about the television series, Walking the Nile, visit the Channel 4 website.

For further information about King's visit our 'King's in Brief' page.

 

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