The Belgian adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke is on Saturday left for a new challenge: the first man to walk Tasmania in the winter and without the guidance of distortion. “This is the hardest thing I ever had planned.”
It is already the sixteenth expedition to the 41-year-old Loncke, who in February 2017 as European adventurer of the year was awarded. He put out earlier as the first human being without guidance Death Valley in the United States, and provided that performance under more again in the Australian Simpsonwoestijn and the largest salt flats in the world in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni.
500 miles in 40 days
One time previously he made his way through Tasmania, the Australian island southeast of the mainland, in the summer of 2006 and 2007. When he walked 49 days unaccompanied by the mountains in the wilderness.
Almost twelve years later, Loncke is even more ambitious. The first man he wants to be in the winter unaccompanied the island by foot traverse of Penguin on the north coast to South East Cape, the most southern point. For two years, he the route of a total of more than 500 kilometers away, which he did in about forty days hopes to put off, from. In that period Loncke not be re-stocked. He takes all the food and equipment that he needs, himself. His backpack weighs at the start about 65 pounds.
“I know that I will suffer on this expedition and it is certainly probably the hardest thing I ever planned to have,” said Loncke few days before his departure.
The adventurer awaits a heavy task, due to the cold temperatures and the difficult terrain in Tasmania, with dense vegetation and heavy snow – and rainfall. ‘The chance that I South Cape range is very small, but adventure turns to take risks. If it would be easy, somebody else would already have done, ” says our compatriot. “There are a lot of dangers in Tasmania, but I go as far as I can.’
Ten pounds of thickened
One of the ways in which Loncke prepared for this trip, is by 10 pounds. ’By getting wet and cold, will I burn more calories, ” he says. “I may not have enough food to have enough calories to worry, so the calories as fat on my body to carry is the best strategy.’ The adventurer expected ten to twenty kilos of body weight loss during the expedition.
Loncke will not only walk, he also explains a part of the journey with a so-called packraft, a small, portable inflatable boat. That he will use to great lakes to sail and a piece of the Gordon River. That river is, according to the Belgian is the most dangerous piece of the journey, through the many rapids and the rocks and tree trunks in the water.
During his trip will Loncke for the third time to participate in a scientific research of the university of Paris, whose objective is to determine the impact of factors such as cold, loneliness, hunger, dehydration and sleep deprivation on cognitive performance. This he carries to the three days a series of tests, for 45 minutes.
After the end is Loncke plan to write a book about his experiences in Tasmania.