Sebastian Copeland and Mark George Trek 404 Miles Across the Simpson Desert
On August 26, Sebastian Copeland and Mark George completed a self-supported 404-mile trek across Australia's Simpson Desert — considered one of the harshest environments on the planet. Each man towed a 400-pound cart of supplies, mostly water, and followed the desert's latitudinal axis. The endeavor took a record 26 days, and traversed close to 1,000 sand dunes. If this sounds like a sufferfest, it was. But it was a sufferfest for a higher purpose: In February, Copeland and George will attempt the 480-mile trek from Canada's Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole, unsupported, each man towing a 300+ pound sled. The Simpson Desert was literally the dry run.
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