Robyn Davidson’s 1700 mile solo camel trek across the Australian Outback

So here’s the cool and entirely unexpected by-product of launching a crowd-funding campaign and telling people about it: they come back with the most extraordinary natural allies along the way!

I first met Rick Smolan when he did the “Day in the Life” series some of you will remember. He’s one of the most humble and inarguably gifted photographers there is, and his ability as an alchemist turning those photos into storytelling gold is what has always attracted me to his work. After I posted a note about the “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” project, Rick tucked in a heads-up about a woman named Robyn Davidson who made 1700 mile solo camel trek across the Australian Outback back in 1977 when she was just 27 years old.

It’s the subject of a new movie called TRACKS from the Oscar winning team behind “The King’s Speech“. Rick was the photographer assigned by National Geographic to periodically document her journey, much to Robyn’s initial dismay, also chronicled in the movie which hit the theatres in Australia this past March, and in the U.S. in September.

I’m ordering both Robyn’s original book on this extraordinary adventure:

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

and Rick’s beautiful “inside look” at it as well:

Inside Tracks: Robyn Davidson’s Solo Journey Across the Outback

I can’t wait for them to arrive, and will be sharing some thoughts on each once I’ve had the pleasure of feasting on them. Hoping Robyn might except an invitation to connect for a short time here at the “Adventure Lab” kitchen table.

Thanks, Rick, for the heads-up on this incredible Adventure Diva, and for the beautiful work you’ve done in capturing her story and sharing it!

Here’s Rick’s own web site:

and a bit more about his incredible work on Wikipedia:

If you’ve read either or both of the books, and/or have seen the movie, why not put your elbows our digital kitchen table and share your own thoughts about them?




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