Their gutsy goal is no less than driving a retrofitted 1966 Land Rover from Buenos Aires south to the tip of South America and then north along the continent's entire Pacific coast all the way to Costa Rica. The trip, supported by an annual Polish travel and exploration award, will probably take about six months.
Kamiński and Woroch encountered twists and turns since starting. Their Land Rover took longer than expected to emerge from customs. Once out on the road, they ran out of fuel in the middle of nowhere and discovered that the gas station on their map was long gone. Fortunately two local guys showed up, sold them several gallons and even treated them to dinner.
En route to a village in southern Argentina on a bumpy road, they heard a dull crack. It was the steel cable for their rear lift, which they need for ascending to the rooftop tent. "We wondered how it could happen that the steel cable could break while we were driving, a cable that can haul a large ATV out of the mud," they wrote in a blog post. An Argentinian named Tranquilo gave them a hand. "Ropes were found. The lift was repaired. We drive."
A Quadruple Amputee Ascended the Matterhorn
Jamie Andrew popped up on my radar after I read about how he and his friends ended up assisting with a mountain rescue while they were attempting to traverse the 14-peak Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Nearly 20 years ago, he had lost both hands and feet to severe frostbite following a tragic expedition in the French Alps that killed his friend and climbing partner Jamie Fisher.