- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 10, 2006


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Karl Bushby had been walking across the Western Hemisphere for seven years when he found himself alone at night on dangerous ice covering Norton Bay, east of Nome, Alaska.

“I pushed so far out that I was on a thin piece, and basically had open water to either side and behind me,” Mr. Bushby said last week by phone from the Koyuk, Alaska, home where he is spending a few days.

The 36-year-old adventurer left his home in Hull, England, in November 1998 and has not returned. He entered Alaska two summers ago on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks. He walked through that fall and winter, crossing west to Unalakleet, Alaska, on Norton Sound.

Starting from the tip of South America, he has walked 16,000 miles.

Mr. Bushby and a man he met on Alaska’s Kaltag Portage last year, Dimitri Kieffer, are preparing for the most challenging leg of Mr. Bushby’s 36,000-mile journey home, crossing the frozen Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia.

He aims to attempt the crossing in about two months. He figures he will have a 20,000-mile walk across Asia and Europe.

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