2018 has been a busy year for explorer Kate Leeming. In February she completed an unsupported ride down the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
With little time for rest Kate completed a polar training expedition in Iceland in March, and then in May/June she followed the course of the Finke River in Central Australia. In Kate’s own worlds her vision for the entire project is
“to complete a challenging preparatory expedition on each continent, culminating with making the first bicycle crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole; the expeditions being integral with the Breaking the Cycle Education curriculum.”
At present Kate is in Ladakh In India, which is also known as Little Tibet and is the summer residence for the Dalai Lama. Her aim is to cycle approximately 1500km through the Ladakh and Zanskar regions. She will be cycling at altitude including several of the world’s highest passes, with four passes above 500m.
Kate has also partnered with local organisation, Global Himalayan Expeditions, to participate in a project to electrify the 1200 year old village of Ralakung, the most remote village in Zanskar, using solar power to provide light, education and a means of income generation. Receiving more sunlight than anywhere else in the world (more than 300 days annually), the Ladakh and Zanskar regions are ideally suited for generating solar power.
Kate will be digging deep into her personal resources to complete this trip, but her strength of character is prodigious. And knowing the difference she is making to the world will no doubt be a great motivation for her.
Congratulations Kate on yet another amazing expedition.
Photo credits: Kate Leeming Breaking the Cycle