A long walk…

My name is Andrew Terrill… I’m a 42-year old Englishman now living in the Colorado Rockies. On May 1st 1997 – 15 years ago as I write this – I began a long journey, a mountain walk that I expected would take a full 18 months to complete. The plan was to hike solo and unsupported from the extreme South of Italy to the North Cape at the top of Norway, passing through seven countries, four distinct mountains ranges, and eight seasons, carrying all I needed on my back.

Throughout the journey I wrote stories and features for several newspapers and magazines, and shared photos and stories through a website that no longer exists… and hasn’t for many years. Now, fifteen years on, I feel it’s time to share some of them again. Of course, it’s quite possible that no one will be interested in what is now, essentially, ancient history. But then again, perhaps the journey still has value, may still entertain…

The walk was challenging… fulfilling… rewarding on many levels. It was an expression of simplicity, of complete freedom; it was a way of being true to the person I then was. It connected me to the natural world that supports us all, and proved to me once and for all that we don’t have to follow the predictable path society too-often seems to expect and demand. I strongly believe that we have a choice in all things, in how we live our lives, in the trails we take, in how we react to, and deal with, situations we can’t control. The point is we are in control. Choice – that’s the thing – and fifteen years ago I chose to immerse myself in a long mountain walk never before undertaken…

As the next 18 months unfold I aim to share a great many photos from the walk and re-post the original web reports I sent back from the trail. When I walked north across Europe I walked alone. But this time, I hope, you will walk with me.

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