Lucy Barnard is no ordinary Aussie. Right now, she’s two years into her journey to walk the length of the world, from the bottom of Patagonia to the top of Alaska. And the Australian Geographic Society has just awarded her the $5,000 Nancy-Bird Walton scholarship to help her on her way.

And we can definitely see why! Lucy’s story is pretty badass. She’d been planning the epic feat for a year when tragedy struck. She was hit by a car, becoming temporarily paralysed, losing muscle mass and memory. It was a tough road to recovery, but in 2017 she set off on the journey of a lifetime.

She’s since walked 6,000km, joined by her cute ‘lil dog Wombat for the past 2,000k. Currently battling through the desert in Chile you can check out their journey on Tangles + Tales Facebook.

Talking about winning the award, she said: ‘I cannot express my gratitude enough. Not only do I follow a line of remarkable women, as the timeline of the expedition extends with each logistical mishap, these opportunities become more and more valuable both financially and in encouragement. It’s the belief of a community that drives me forward in a hostile environment, and picks me up when I’m struggling.’

The Nancy-Bird Walton Sponsorship was set up to celebrate the life of the pioneering Australian aviatrix, who – in the 1930s – became the first Aussie woman to get her commercial pilots license.

Lucy’s been smashing it on the grants front (and rightly so, I mean, what a seriously incredible adventure). In 2017 she was also awarded the North Face Adventure Grant, a $10,000 grant that helps would-be explorers turn their expedition dreams into a reality. Applications for that one open on July 1st. What are you waiting for? I’d say it’s time to get brainstorming!


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