On January 1st, 2016 at Picton, New Zealand, heading East counter-clockwise on foot, solo and unsupported, an endurance-defying attempt by veteran and World Record holder Christopher Neil Linton (53), aka The Earth Walk Man, to become the first person in recorded history to circumambulate [walk] the entire picturesque North and majestic South Islands of beautiful New Zealand will commence – no less than 6,500km ( 3,500 miles ). Stewart Island and Chatham Island are included on the schedule, making this epic walk a historic first.
This history-making long-distance charity-walk is planned to take a minimum of 11½ months of walking, through unforgiving weather extremes ( 50-weeks or 350-days ), will take 1,200+ walk-hours, require 7,350,000 steps, and burn an estimated 1,000,000 calories.
The aim of the walk is to raise funds, bring awareness to, and combat the stigma associated with ‘Mood Disorders’ such as Depression and Bipolar Disorder. By wearing custom made pullovers displaying his charity, (as well as keeping him warm), Chris will be able to market himself and his achievements, all whilst raising money for these charities in the process. You can learn more at places like Imprint – https://imprint.com/custom-pullover. This will go a long way in helping a lot of people. In addition, it is with enthusiastic conviction that Chris also supports our servicemen, woman, and fellow veterans who suffer the effects of ‘Stress Disorders’, especially PTSD.
Chris is an expat and average New Zealand-born kiwi bloke. He is an educator, trainer, published author, and cross-cultural psychologist, a lifelong survivor/thriver who lives daily with the symptoms of debilitating Bipolar II Disorder and mild Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ). He also struggles daily with degenerative Diabetes II.