Adventure Journey has posted another interesting article today, this time on Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific. The article is a bit of background information about Heyerdahl and his crew and a bit of thinking out loud on what one would have to do to repeat his feat.
Thor Heyerdahl is a name that most adventurers, armchair or otherwise, has probably heard. For those who haven’t, however, he, and his five other men built a raft out of wood that they found on the Peruvian coast, then proceeded to sail that raft across the Pacific ocean, proving that primitive cultures could have done the same, migrating to distant islands or possibly even further. The six men completed their crossing after three months at sea, back in 1947, and Heyerdahl went on to write Kon Tiki, a now classic adventure book that has been translated into 65 different languages. The raft was christened the Kon Tiki by the men, and it seemed fitting for it to be the title of the book as well.
If you would like to attempt a similar crossing yourself, then the article also lays out the the basic sailing certifications that you would need to pilot your own Kon Tiki, including navigation, boat building, and other essential skills. It also lays out what you could expect on your journey across the Pacific. Namely, and endless expanse of water, wild storms, sharks, and more.
The story is a great introduction to Thor and his adventure, but if it sparks your interest, do yourself a favor and pick up the book. It’s an essential adventure book for anyone’s library.
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