Sarah’s expedition involves a mix of paddling and kayaking through powerful rapids and waters filled with hippos and crocodiles! Sarah was supported by local paddlers, as well as friends, teammates and security when necessary.
During the podcast Sarah shares more about the biggest challenge of the adventure which was getting to the start line, this involved almost 2 years of preparation while working a full time job and doing other small challenges.
Sarah goes into detail about planning and preparation, and how she broke down the different areas of risk, she shares more about overcoming her own personal fears and self-doubt to achieve this incredible human powered adventure!
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Growing up in the UK and being big into sport
Moving out to Melbourne, Australia
How the idea came about
Why she decided to do this challenge
Taking 4 years out as a Personal Trainer
Figuring out what hasn’t been down before
Expectations for the challenge
What is involved - the countries, the distance
The start of the Nile?
The blue Nile
The white Nile
The planning, the preparation and the logistics
Taking 2 years to plan - the how!
The money - how she paid for the challenge
Setting up a ‘gift registry’ instead of a marriage registry
The biggest challenge of the planning
The security and the safety aspects
Dealing with stress
Quitting her job!
10 seconds of courage - Ted Talk Nadine Champion
Getting to the start line - leaving Sydney 26th September 2018
Getting out on the river for the first time
What where the days like
Hippo’s are not cuddly and friendly!!!!
The people she met along the way
Dealing with injury and mentally being ready to finish
Problem solving and dealing with organisation daily
Missing out South Sudan
Wanting to write a book….
Homeless and jobless.
What’s going to be next
Final words of advice
New website coming soon!!
Website - www.paddlethenile.com