On Wednesday, 7th March 2018 Ash Dykes, his team members and members of the public gathered to announce and celebrate the upcoming record-breaking World First that will be Ash's 2018 - 19 annual-spanning expedition, traversing the Yangtze River on foot.
The longest river in the world to flow through a single country. Its length has never been walked, until now. In 2018 Ash will attempt his greatest expedition yet, as he walks from the Yangtze’s source in the melt waters of the Jianggendiru Glacier on the Tibetan Plateau to its delta near Shanghai, where it meets the East China Sea. Ash will face many trials, starting with freezing temperatures in the West, which will break into a more tropical environment to the East.
The severity of this 6,437km challenge is not to be underestimated. Throughout Ash's estimated 8 million step exploration, he will undoubtedly come across some of natures most intimidating experiences. From snakes to bears, wolves to asian hornets - the isolating weather-ranging and isolating challenge will push all of Ash's strengths to the limit. Examining the sheer length, difficulty of terrain, isolation, climate, and multitude of dangers makes this concept for a mission highly intense and engaging
Ash undoubtedly aims for this world record-setting expedition to be the most digitally engaging expedition in history. Ash and the team have partnered with leading technological, scientific and groundbreaking corporate partners to bring technology to use in a way it never has before. Followers will be able to have great interaction with Ash, so stay tuned and subscribe for regular updates on how you can be part of all the action. Ash's expedition has secured a TV commission and will be televised by CCTV4 on completion - so stay tuned for some very exciting developments!
The Ultimate Goal
To be able to share with the rest of the world one of the greatest expeditions of the decade. To be able to present the importance of pushing your limits, dreaming big, having goals and staying persistent in achieving them. Covering challenging terrains and meeting just some of the 400 million people who live along the river and who depend on it for their way of life. Along the way, Ash will experience first hand the fast development of China as he breaks from rural to urban civilization.
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