Brando Yelavich has just taken off on his latest adventure – Expedition Dust – crossing Australia’s Red Centre at its widest point from west to east with fellow New Zealander Loren Kett.
It’s one hell of a ride. They’re loading up and cycling the 4670kms from Steep Point, Western Australia to Cape Byron, New South Wales where there’ll no doubt be some cold ones waiting in the We Are Explorers office fridge.
Over approximately 80 days the duo will carry 70 kilograms as they face temperatures of 35°C during the day and -5°C at night, not to mention all the Aussie wildlife. The isolation and heat means their biggest challenges will be injury or running out of water.
This is far from Brando’s first dabble in adventure. At 19 he became the first person to circumnavigate the 8700 km New Zealand coastline by foot. Since then, expeditions have seen him cross the Greenland Icecap, circumnavigate Vancouver Island on a 70-day kayak, take part in an aid expedition in the Nepalese Himalayas and complete a 33-day, 70 km trip around Stewart Island.
On the other hand, Loren hasn’t done anything like this before. It’s why Brando’s dragging her across the desert. Through his expeditions Brando aims to promote positive mental wellness by inspiring people to learn about themselves, understand what they are capable of and gain a connection with nature.
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This time he wants to show the world that anyone can achieve extraordinary things, which is where Loren comes in. He’s calling it the ‘the toughest expedition of my life’ so she’s got it coming.
UPDATE: Brandon posted on his Instagram to say they’ve delayed the start date of the expedition until Monday 20th May to ensure they’re fully prepared. Stay tuned!
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