Did you get a copy of our recent newsletter with details of the top 20 Treasure Trails World Records? Got us to thinking about other world records in the world of exploring and walking!
There are some totally bonkers world records like “fastest time to walk 100 yards wearing swim fins while simultaneously bouncing a table tennis ball on alternating sides of a table tennis paddle and juggling two tennis balls”, which is apparently 1min, 49.5 seconds and if you want to watch the guy who holds the record doing it, then just click here!
And then there are the dangerous ones, like the man from India who walked 10 meters backwards while carrying a 50 kilogram cement bag with his hair!
Is it really walking if you use your arms! Last July, Alicia Weber arm walked 340 feet on bars in five minutes. And she set another world record for the furthest in one minute too! Or what about walking on hands – is that really walking? Michael Martin thought so; he walked on his hands for 50.43 seconds although his record has been broken!
Surely this can be broken?
Talking of breaking, there is a world record for the oldest walking stick – 63 years. Darryl Learie inherited the oldest walking stick from his grandfather, Jalmari Vastaama. Vastaama was a Boy Scout leader and created the stick in 1948 with the Boy Scout emblem and year. Search your attics; there must be a walking stick older than that.
The first person to achieve the explorers’ grand slam was Young-Seok Park (South Korea) who reached the North Pole on foot on 30 April 2005. The grand slam involves climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents (the ‘seven summits’), the 14 peaks over 8,000 m (26,246 ft), and reaching the North and South poles on foot. His quest began when he reached the summit of Mt Everest on 16 May 1993. That is some exploration!
The largest simultaneous walk was organised by the Green Communities Canada and involved 231,635 participants who walked for a minimum of 1 km (0.62 miles) at 1,011 different locations around Canada on 3 October 2007. Our Gold Partner, London Street Games was involved in the ‘Most Participants in a Treasure Hunt’ world record in association with Team London 2012 Ambassadors.
Treasure Trails Records
Amanda Ingham 9th April 2014