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Julian Monroe Fisher, renowned African explorer, Anthropologist, Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society in London and Fellow with The Explorer’s Club in New York City, has successfully completed his EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA ‘coast to coast’ Mozambique to Angola overland crossing of the African continent.....read

 
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July 7, 2011

The Adventure Blog

Equatoria Update: The Walk Across Africa Is Done

Explorer and anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher has completed his Equatoria - A Walk Across Africa expedition a few days back, reaching the coast of Angola after weeks in the field. Monroe Fisher made the walk in support of the Mines Advisory Group, an organization dedicated to removing explosives and other weaons left over from conflicts, and ultimately it was those very devices that had an impact on the final stages of the trek...read more

 
 

July 2011

ExplorersWeb

Africa walk from Mozambique to Angola ended near heavily land mined area

Julian Monroe Fisher has completed his Equatoria – A Walk Across Africa, from the coast of Mozambique, across Malawi, Zambia and the DRC to the coast of Angola. He experienced Africa as a complex mixture of beauty and ugliness all wrapped up into one vast space.

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July, 2011

Digital Journal

Explorer finishes coast to coast trek across Africa

An explorer has completed his jourrney from coast to coast across Africa.

Julian Monroe Fisher arrived in Angolas after travelling across the continent, largely on foot, from Mozambique. The journey was called Equatoria - a walk across Africa but in the event Fisher was unable to walk the whole way. Earlier the expedition was forced to take a motorbike for some section because of danger from elephants and the last section of Moxico, Angola was deemed too heavily land mined to be safe to walk through...read more

 
 

May 23, 2011

posted to the Index Journal, Greenwood S.c.

Julian Monroe Fisher reports from Mozambique

Greetings this Sunday, May 21, 2011, from the Niassa Province in the northern territory of Mozambique, south east Africa.

To update you I departed May 1st from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba. My body revolted the first week, extreme cramping due to improper fluid intake and blisters the size of quarters on all parts of my feet due to the reality they were simply not use to walking such long distances. Week number two had me settling into a routine: waking at 3am to start walking at 3:30am in order to avoid the heat of the day; walking for twenty to twenty-five kms before 11am; looking for the local village elder and obtaining permission to set-up base camp in the local school by 1pm: locating drinking water to purify and a bucket of water for cooking and bathing...read more

 
 

May 2011

Avery Journal - by Lauren Ohnesorge

Banner Elk man walking 4,000 miles across Africa

High Country expatriate Julian Monroe Fisher is attempting to be the first American to walk coast to coast across Africa, from Mozambique to Angola. Fisher started his 4,000-mile journey, dubbed Equatoria, on April 23.

Two coast lines, five countries and 4,000 miles. It’s an epic journey across the African continent, and it’s all on foot. High Country expatriate Julian Monroe Fisher – who you might know as “Mike” or “Monroe” from Banner Elk – is attempting to be the first American to walk coast to coast across Africa, from Mozambique to Angolia. The mission might be the first solo expedition along this specific route...read more

 
 

May 2011

Girassol Hoteis website

EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA

In the Spring of 2011, renown African explorer Julian Monroe Fisher will attempt to become ‘the first US American to walk coast to coast across the African continent’.

Entitled EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA, the expedition will find Fisher walking west from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, until he reaches the Atlantic Ocean coastal town of Lobito, Angola. [...]

As the expedition passes through Lichinga, Mozambique, Julian and the expedition will have the honour of partnering with Girassol Hotels...read more

 
 

May 2011

Montane website

EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA

Julian Monroe Fisher, a Montane sponsored athlete, has touched base to announce the start of his expedition, Equatoria - A Walk Across Africa, on 1st May 2011.

On Tuesday 26th April 2011 he arrived in Buck Creek Lodge in Gars Am Kamp, Austria, which is to be the base of operations for the expedition. The same evening, Julian left Vienna for Dubai for a connecting flight to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The final leg of his journey will be a flight to Pemba, Mozambique...read more

 
 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Digital Journal

Explorer starts coast-to-coast walk across Africa

At dawn tomorrow an explorer will set off from a deserted beach in Mozambique to walk across Africa. Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will walk 4,000 miles across the continent to finish his journey in Angola. [...]

It will be an unplugged expedition. Fisher said: “Unlike so many of my contemporary explorers and adventurers, I will not be travelling with a satellite phone or a laptop, there will be no support truck. What is key for me is to enjoy this once in a lifetime epic journey every step of the trail, one step at a time.”....read more

 
 

Saturday, April 28, 2011

Trail's Edge

Scouting Report: Equatoria

Walking across continents appears to be in style right now; but not too many podophilics are getting blisters in Africa. Actually, nobody has ever hiked the continent coast to coast, which is Julian Monroe Fisher’s goal for his expedition called “Equatoria.”

Beginning on Saturday, Fisher will lace up his shoes in Pemba, Mozambique and hoof it westward to Lobito, Angola. There won’t be much of a blog to follow, since Fisher will unplug, leaving satellite phones and his laptop at home; a rarity these days. Grasping technologies’s distracting tendencies, Fisher would rather wholly experience his pilgrimage rather than waste time in a trendy internet cafe on the Equator...read more

 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Index Journal newspaper Greenwood, S.C. - by ST. CLAIRE DONAGHY

Start to Fisher's expedition just days away

Greenwood-born American explorer Julian Monroe Fisher III embarks on his expedition, “EQUATORIA – A Walk Across Africa” on foot April 30, to raise awareness about Mines Advisory Group, (MAG) an organization dedicated to removing land mines and other small arms from previously war-torn countries. As reported by the Index-Journal in late February, Fisher’s posted blogs about his journey will be posted ....read more

 
 

April 2011

Bradt Guide to Angola - by Mike Stead

A walk across Africa taking in Angola

In the Spring of 2011, Julian Monroe Fisher, will set out upon his most ambitious expedition to date.

Entitled EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA, the expedition will have Fisher walking west from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, towards the coastal town of Lobito, Angola, at the Atlantic Ocean. The more than 4,000 mile walk will take him across the landscape comprising parts of the territories of the African countries of Mozambique....read more

 
 

April 18, 2011

safarigeek

Of pushing the envelope and high-flying molluscs

Amongst other things, social media has sanctioned the voyeuristic tendencies within many of us. Consequently it’s now okay to keep a much beadier eye on the doings of others than previously acceptable, without being considered even a little weird. [...]

One of my Facebook friends, Julian Monroe Fisher, will shortly begin walking across the belly of Africa, from the coast of Mozambique to the Atlantic in Angola...read more

 
 

April 2011

wend - BEYOND ADVENTURE

EQUATORIA–Walking 4,000 Miles Across Africa

This Saturday, April 30th, Julian Monroe Fisher–an anthropologist, ethnographical documentary filmmaker, explorer and writer–will begin his solo walk across the African continent. Fisher will begin on the west coast of Africa in Lobito, Angola and will eventually end on the eastern coast in Pemba, Mozambique.

To date, Fisher has made six expeditions to the African continent, but no one has ever walked the specific ocean to ocean route he has chosen to embark on....read more

 
 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Digital Journal

Explorer about to set off to walk coast to coast across Africa

With less than two weeks before the trip starts Fisher is engaged in last minute preparations including receiving inoculations and applying for visas. He said: “I have been pouring over Google earth maps focusing upon two void areas, about 200 kilometers of the 800kms plus I need to walk across Mozambique. “The other is the void in northwest Zambia where the borders of DRC, Angola and Zambia meet.”

He is also dealing with last minute nerves, he said: “I wake up nightly in the darkness right around 4am. Thoughts of what could possibly go wrong play through my mind ...read more

 
 

Friday, April 01, 2011 10:15 am EDT

Explorers Web - By Correne Coetzer

Heads-up: Julian Monroe Fisher to walk across Africa from Mozambique to Angola

Julian Monroe Fisher is to start walking west, from the beach in Pemba, Mozambique at the Indian Ocean. He hopes to reach the coast of Angola, at Lobito on the Atlantic Ocean, sometime in September, 2011.

Julian’s route will take him through Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. He told ExplorersWeb about the dangers along the way and his real concerns, as well as the difficulties in case of emergency evacuation.

ExplorersWeb: What about dangers like landmines, wild animals, malaria mosquitoes...?
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NÖN - Niederösterreichische Nachrichten

Zu Fuß durch Afrika - EXPEDITION/Julian Monroe Fisher rüstet sich für die 4000km lange Reise vom Indik zum Atlantik.

THUNAU/Abenteurer Julian Monroe Fisher, der "Amerikaner aus Thunau", rüstet zu seiner nächsten Afrika Expedition. "Ich werde diesmal den Kontinent von Osten nach Westen zu Fuß durchqueren, allein", sagt er. Seine Route führt vom Hafen Pemba in Mosambik, am Indischen Ozean gelegen , an den Atlantischen Ozean, und zwar nach Lobito in Angola. Er wird dabei die Länder Mosambik, Malawi, Zambia, die Demokratische Republik Kongo und Angola durchqueren.....read more

 
 

Newsletter - March 2011

Insight - MAG America Quarterly Review

South Carolina explorer to become first recorded U.S. citizen to walk coast to coast across Africa

In April 2011, Julian Monroe Fisher, a veteran explorer and anthropologist, will embark on the most challenging adventure of his career yet: to traverse the African continent on foot — something that no American, and possibly no other solo expedition, has ever undertaken before.

Walking from east to west, Julian’s EQUATORIA - A Walk Across Africa expedition will see him set off from Pemba, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean, at sunrise on 30 April. His destination, three months later, is Lobito, Angola, and the Atlantic coast.....read more

 
 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

DIGITAL JOURNAL - By Lynn Morris

Explorer to walk solo across Africa from coast to coast Special

An explorer is attempting to walk 4,000 miles solo across Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. If successful he will be the first American to walk alone from coast to coast across Africa.

Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will start his expedition in Pemba, Mozambique and finish in Lobito in Angola. The journey will take him through Malawi, Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It will be the first solo expedition by any explorer along this route. It will take between four and five months....read more

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The Mountain Times  

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Mountain Times - by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Walking across Africa

Two coast lines, five countries and 4,000 miles. It’s the makings of an epic journey, and at its heart is High Country expatriate Julian Monroe Fisher. You may know him as Mike or Monroe from Banner Elk.

This spring, the world will know him as an explorer. Fisher is attempting to be the first American to walk coast to coast across the African continent from Mozambique to Angola, perhaps the first recorded solo expedition along this specific route. The expedition, entitled “Equatoria,” is an attempt to bring global awareness to the efforts of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG International)...read more

 
The Sacramento Bee  

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Sacramento Bee - By JOHN BORDSEN

Foreign correspondence: Austria is a window to old beauty

What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation? Foreign Correspondence is an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.

Julian Monroe Fisher III, 56, a former general manager of Charlotte, N.C.'s Dunhill Hotel. Fisher, currently a writer, explorer and anthropologist, lives in the village of Gars am Kamp, Austria - an hour north of Vienna - with his wife, Gina, and their children, Charley, 10, and Panama, 6...read more

This article has also been featured in:

 
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Expedition News - Volume Eighteen, Number Thre

A Walk Across Africa

In late April, renowned African Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will launch his most ambitious expedition to date. Equatoria – A Walk Across Africa, is a four- to five-month expedition that will have Fisher walking solo west from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, towards the coastal town Lobito, Angola, at the Atlantic Ocean.

The more than 4,000 mile walk will take him across the landscape comprising parts of the territories of the African countries of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Some gear will be pre-shipped to drop zones along the way; he will also purchase supplies from local villages as he travels, loaded onto an estimated 30 lbs. backpack....read more

 
Explorers Connect  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Explorers Connect

Expedition Launch: Euqatoria - A Walk Across Africa

In the Spring of 2011, Julian Monroe Fisher, will set out upon his most ambitious expedition to date.

Entitled EQUATORIA – A WALK ACROSS AFRICA, the expedition will have Fisher walking west from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, towards the coastal townLobito, Angola, at the Atlantic Ocean. The more than 4,000 mile walk will take him across the landscape comprising parts of the territories of the African countries of Mozambique, Malawi,Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.

The expedition attempt represents ‘the first US American to walkcoast to coast across the African continent from Mozambique to Angola‘ and is believed to be ‘the first recorded solo expedition by an explorer ever attempted along this specific route’...read more

 
Index Journal  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Index-Journal - By ST. CLAIRE DONAGHY

Fisher to trek his away across Africa

Greenwood native raising awareness about land mines

Greenwood-born Julian Monroe Fisher III, an American explorer with Lakelands ties, plans to cross the African continent entirely on foot, alone, starting in late April, to raise awareness about Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organization dedicated to removing land mines and other small arms from previously war-torn countries. The Index-Journal will publish Fisher’s posted blogs of his journey in a link at www.indexjournal.com.

Fisher wears many hats.

He is an explorer, an anthropologist, a documentary filmmaker, a published author, a photographer, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in London, an International Fellow with the Explorers Club in New York City and communications director for The Explorers Club West Europe Chapter....read more

 
Charlotte Observer  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CharlotteObserver.com

Austria is a window to old beauty

Rolling hills spotted with castles provide a serene backdrop in a world of walking, hiking, skiing and savoring.

Julian Monroe Fisher III, 56, who grew up in Banner Elk, is a former general manager of Charlotte's Dunhill Hotel. Fisher, currently a writer, explorer and anthropologist, lives in the village of Gars am Kamp, Austria - an hour north of Vienna - with his wife, Gina, and their children, Charley, 10, and Panama, 6.

Q. Look out your window - what do you see?

A stunning view. Out the front window here in my home office is a 900-year-old castle on a hill. I live on a road that wanders up and around the bend to the castle...read more

 
High Country Press  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

High County Press

High Country Native Begins New Expedition Across Africa

Monroe Fisher and the expeditionary team of The 2008 SOLIO Mount Stanely Expedition straddling the Lamia River, the geographical borderline between the Central African countries of Uganda and the Democratic republic of the Congo. The team were drained from the journey, stressed by the reality that landmines covered the ground along both sides of the stream. Monroe’s next expedition EQUATORIA - A Walk Across Africa attempts to draw attention to the work of MAG International.Julian “Monroe” Fisher III, who grew up in Banner Elk, is about to embark on a new adventure: the expedition Equatoria—A Walk Across Africa, where he will walk from the coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, near the Indian Ocean to Lobito, Angola, at the Atlantic Ocean...read more

 
Expedition News  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Expedition News

A WALK ACROSS AFRICA

In late April, renowned African Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will launch his most ambitious expedition to date.

Equatoria – A Walk Across Africa, is a four- to five-month expedition will have Fisher walking solo west from the Indian Ocean coastal town of Pemba, Mozambique, towards the coastal town Lobito, Angola, at the Atlantic Ocean. The more than 4,000 mile walk will take him across the landscape comprising parts of the territories of the African countries of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Some gear will be pre-shipped to drop zones along the way; he will also purchase supplies from local villages as he travels, loaded onto an estimated 30 lbs. backpack. Most of the journey will be on footpaths and unpaved roads, with some grassy savannah...read more

 
GADLING  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gadling - by Kraig Becker

American explorer to cross Africa on foot

Anthropologist, explorer, and member of the Royal Geographical Society Julian Monroe Fisher is preparing for an epic expedition that will see him cross Africa completely on foot. The journey, which is set to begin this spring, will cover more than 4000 miles, crossing the continent east to west, in an effort to raise awareness of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organization dedicated to removing land mines and other small arms from countries that were formerly plagued with conflict.

Julian's adventure will get underway on April 26th of this year, when he sets out from the town of Pemba, located on the coast of Mozambique....read more

This article has also been featured in Florida Today.com.

 
The Adventure Blog  

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Adventure Blog

American Explorer Prepares To Walk Across Africa

American explorer and anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher is preparing for his next big expedition, one that will see him cross the African continent on foot, covering more than 4000 miles (6437km) in the process.

The expedition has been titled Equatoria - A Walk Across Africa and it will get underway this spring from the town of Pemba, Mozambique, located along the continent's eastern coast. From there, Julian will head west, crossing through parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, before eventually crossing into Angola, and finishing up in the town of Lobito, which falls along that nation's Atlantic coast....read more

 

 

 

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