Simpson Desert trek: Louis-Philippe Lonckes final route data

Posted: Dec 18, 2008 07:20 pm EST

( Belgium Louis-Philippe Loncke released the final route that he trekked from North to South across the Simpson Desert in Australia during the winter of 2008.

Here's the final route I made across the length of the Simpson Desert. I finished with 10-12 liters of water and little food. At that time, my body was used receive less water and I was fine with 2 to 2,5 liters per day. I had no time left (had to take my plane) to finish walking around lake Eyre.

I believe it would have been possible but in that case I would have been entering deep survival and put my body into high dehydration. The water I had left would have allowed me 4-5 days of walk and drinking my urine would have extended it to 7 days, which should have been sufficient to make it to William Creek.

* Estimated gross flying distance (google earth) = 610km
* GPS distance between waypoints = 644,5 km
* GPS distance between waypoints including points where I took direction > 681,5 km
* GPS distance counting the back and forth > 710,8 km
* Estimated walking distance > 800km. (lots of zigzagging + slope of dunes)

See video in links below maps.

The Simpson Desert, or Arunta as the Aboriginal People call it, covers 170 000 square kilometers in central Australia. It spreads over three Australian states; South-Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. Characteristic about this desert is its long parallel sand dunes that lie along a SSE/NNW axis.

In the Australian winter of 2008 Belgium adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke walked solo, unassisted from North to South across the Simpson Desert. His route took him from Jervois, across the centre of the desert to Macumba Station in the South.

Louis-Philippe has a passion for the Oceanic countries where he already has traveled thousands of kilometers. Some of his adventures: He walked solo, unsupported across the West MacDonnell National Park in Australia, starting West and walking East to finish in Alice Springs; walked solo, unsupported, South to North across Fraser Island, the biggest sand island in the world; and walked across the Tasmanian wilderness.

Apart from walking across remote wilderness areas, Louis-Philippe is also a painter and photographer and he loves scuba diving.


Both maps courtesy of Louis-Philippe Loncke (click to enlarge)

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