Humanity’s journey around the world began approximately 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. From the Horn of Africa, our ancestors set out on a meandering path, eventually spreading across the entire globe.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is retracing that journey on foot, with funding from National Geographic to share his stories from the trail.
He took the first steps of his “Out of Eden” walk in January of 2013 in Ethiopia.
From there he’s moving — about 20 miles a day — through the Middle East and Central Asia to China. He’ll travel up through Arctic Siberia and cross to Alaska by boat before heading down the west side of the Americas, eventually ending his trip in Tierra del Fuego, at the bottom of the world. The journey should take seven years, with his last leg completed in 2020.
Salopek gathering the stories of people and cultures along the way and at the same time “engaging with the major stories of our time,” including climate change, technology, and mass migration.
Right now he’s in the Caucasus, traversing the country of Georgia.
He’s documenting his trip both at the Out of Eden site and on Instagram, putting on display the incredible variety of human experience. We’ve embedded a selection of Salopek’s photos here.
By the time he reached Jerusalem, his notebooks weighed 55 pounds. Here he's filling them at a Saudi beach.
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 29, 2014 at 7:07am PST
This vessel was strong enough to survive from the Bronze Age until now, but fragile enough to be broken in a moment.
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 10, 2014 at 10:08am PDT
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jun 13, 2014 at 4:26pm PDT
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jun 24, 2014 at 5:00am PDT
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jul 23, 2014 at 9:37am PDT
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:31am PST
A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Apr 20, 2015 at 9:42am PDT
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