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Crossing the Gobi Desert on Foot

Chris Schrader
Monday, 14 Jan 2013
6.30 Drinks Reception; 7.30 Lecture
KPMG Conference Rooms, 8/F Prince's Building, Central
No pre booking required

The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome Christopher Schrader to speak on "Crossing the Gobi Desert on Foot".  On a sweltering mid-summers day of 2011, Hong Kong student Christopher Schrader celebrated his 18th birthday deep in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.  Ten days later, on completing his expedition, he had become the youngest person to walk the entire width of the Mongolian Gobi Desert.  He walked over 1,600 km in 52 days, whilst raising money to benefit the education of children in Mongolia.  In this lecture, Mr Schrader speaks about his extraordinary experiences on the Gobi expedition, as well some of his other expeditions, including to the eagle hunters of the Altai Mountains.

In the lecture, Mr Schrader tells of the trials of his expedition, including the blistering heat and biting cold, the blinding sandstorms, the endless days of mental and physical pain, fighting to walk towards a goal that was always too far to be seen. He also describes living with ancient peoples, some of whom had not encountered a westerner since the fall of the USSR. In addition, he explains the medical problems involved and touches on the legal aspects of arranging such a trip.

That same year, Mr Schrader returned to the remote west of Mongolia and spent the winter living the harsh nomadic life of the reclusive Kazakh nomads and the eagle hunters of the Altai Mountains. Through the harsh Steppe winter, he endured temperatures as cold as 60 degrees celsius. He hunted with eagles, rode horses across the icy tundra and lived as the Kazakh nomads had for hundreds of years.

In the summer of 2012, Christopher cycled 6,300 km Canada in 31 days, raising funds and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. A featurelength film about the expedition is expected to be released in early 2013.

Christopher Schrader was educated at United World College and is presently studying as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Already an endurance athlete, at 16 his first expedition was a 600 km hike across England. In 2010 he cofounded the Walking With a Purpose Foundation to raise money for charity. Later that year, he completed the Hong Kong Challenge, a 150 km run, swim and row across Hong Kong in 24 hours. He also founded the Youth Endurance Network, which facilitates numerous events including Running to Stop the Traffik and YEN expeditions. Mr Schrader now tours schools and organisations around the world, seeking to inspire and motivate people to make positive change to the earth’s environment. To date, he has helped raise over USD 300,000 for various charities.

HK$100 for Members HK$150 for guests and others

The Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to KPMG for its generous assistance with this lecture

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