Speaking of endurance events in vast deserts, check out this one, scheduled to take place next May. It’s called the Simpson Desert Challenge, and it’s being billed as “The world’s toughest long-distance team walking event”.
The website doesn’t have a ton of information, although they promise a full website soon. What we do know is that the event will take place from Thursday May 21 to Friday May 29, 2009, with the participants spending six of those days covering an average of 40km per day, as they trek across the Simpson Desert. The race is a supported event, with the organizers transporting camping gear and supplies between the daily checkpoints. The racers will be responsible for carrying their daily food, water, and other gear with them, as they cross more than 100 dunes per day.
The Simpson Desert is a vast, arid landscape covering more than 176,000 square-kilometers in Australia. The region is the home to some of the longest sand dunes anywhere in the world, with some stretching as far as 200km in length and reaching 40 feet in height, presenting an imposing challenge to any who attempt a trek of the region.
Thanks to Louis-Philippe Loncke for sending me the info on this event, which looks like it could shape up to be quite a race. Louis-Philippe has plenty of first hand knowledge of the Simpson having successfully trekked it’s length from North to South earlier this year. Thanks for the tip LouPhi! 🙂
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