That’s a good (and popular) question. If you don’t know who Karl Bushby is, check out our review of his book Giant Steps: The Remarkable Story of the Goliath Expedition: From Punta Arenas to Russia. It’s the fascinating story of the first part of the epic walk he is undertaking from southern Chile back to his home in England.
The total distance will be approximately 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) or 1 1/2 trips around the world at the equator. He originally estimated it would take him about 12 years to accomplish the feat. Twenty years and numerous major detours and years-long delays later, he’s still at it.
So where is Karl Bushby now?
From what we can tell, he’s somewhere in Kazakhstan, presumably a long way west of the town of Almaty. We say that because he mentioned being near Almaty six months ago and he’s been walking since then. The map below shows Kazakhstan with Almaty highlighted. The red line is the section of the walk he has completed since the end of his book. The blue dotted line is the presumed route Bushby has followed since his last posting in November 2018.
Karl Bushby on social media
It’s May 2019 and an extensive web search of Bushby’s name comes up with loads of broken or outdated links. The Goliath Expedition website was last updated in 2008 and the next iteration of the trek, called Odyssey XXI, has a web link that leads to an inactive page.
However, thanks to scouring social media, we’ve been able to piece together the following details.
A post on December 12, 2018 is the most recent one from him. In it, he recaps the year and links to a YouTube video about the camel expedition he went on in late 2017 and early 2018. Prior to that, at the end of November 2018, he was in California to resupply and fix some of his equipment. He also went to the California Institute of Technology to watch the NASA InSight probe land on Mars on November 26. Immediately prior to that, he mentions being in Almaty, which is in south-eastern Kazakhstan, near the Kyrgyzstan border.
His most recent post is from October 16, 2017. He’s shown having a meal with the Steppes To The West (STTW) team as they prepare for the first stage of their latest expedition. A team of 6 people and 10 camels planned to travel from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia all the way to London. However, by January 2018, Bushby and most of the other members had gone their separate ways.
The account called Karl Bushby has no boards and no pins associated with it. A search of the name Karl Bushby brings up a dozen or so pins, but none with recent information.
The account for Karl Bushby contains very few tweets. The latest tweet is from December 2018 and is just a reposting of the Facebook link relating to the camel trek. This link will take you to the latest tweets written about, but not by, Bushby. As with the Pinterest pins, there is currently no recent information available.
Bushby’s YouTube channel has only 3 videos on it and only 2 are about him. However, a search for the name “Karl Bushby” brings up a longer list of videos. These include the four-part series about the Goliath Expedition, the first part of the Camels series, and a number of interviews and short news items about his journey, dating back a decade or more. The most recent video, the recap of 2018, dates from January 2019.
Help us fill in the gaps
If you have current and reliable information about Bushby’s whereabouts, please let us know via the Comment section below. We’ll be happy to add it to this post so everyone can keep abreast of his monumental endeavor.