The Heysen 1350
In 2018, as Winter comes to end, Adam Chambers (27) will spend 19 days completing a journey of approximately 1350km on foot in support of the Operation Flinders Foundation; a wilderness therapy program held in the Northern Flinders Ranges designed to improve the lives of young people. Please see the charity page for more information about the Foundation.
Adam will be completing an ultra-marathon a day for 19 days, with two contingency days to cover any hurdles that may need to be overcome. This journey will be an endurance mission of both physical and mental strength. From Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula via the Heysen Trail, to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, and beyond to Yankaninna Station, where Operation Flinders runs its wilderness therapy program, Adam will cover some of South Australia's most spectacular and rugged terrain.
Undertaking a challenge like this is an evolution of completing a daring, solo and unsupported adventure in which Adam walked 3,300km northbound across New Zealand from Bluff on the South Island to Cape Reinga on the North Island; a journey that equated to summiting Mount Everest 13.5 times. With this experience, Adam acknowledges that running 1350km wouldn't be possible without utilising support crew, vehicles, locations with facilities and an ultra-marathon pack, which will help to sustain Adam for the duration of the event.
For Adam, an adventure such as this doesn't come without a cause. Adam is looking for great South Australian businesses to contribute towards enabling a team of 10 courageous young people to participate in the life-changing experience that Operation Flinders offers. As well as putting a team through the program, Adam would like this challenge to be shared with the SA community to create awareness via support runner events held throughout the three-week long challenge.
Follow the journey!
This journey is special for many reasons, but most importantly it is to give young South Australian's an opportunity to develop themselves and grow into successfully contributing members of our great community. Adam is passionate about investing in our youth so that they may enter the world as young adults with the skills, knowledge and education to benefit society. If you're a local business owner or an individual that is interested to learn more and get involved with a very rare, community focussed event, please get in touch through the contact page.