In 2010 after some stressful times I just needed to get away! And that’s when a good friend suggested I should walk from Lüderitz to Swakopmund … My first response was: “how the hell am I going to find water?” – “By simply walking around the Namib Sand Sea instead of walking through it”, was her quick answer. Yeah right, just walk around it … And of course, take a backup vehicle to carry water. Jeez, that makes it sound so easy! – So, within 5 (five!) days I packed up my Kombi and drove down to Lüderitz – I did mention before that I just needed to get away, didn’t I?! At 5am on 1st July 2010 I dipped my toe in the sea and started walking. I had never felt so alive in my life. 65 days of peace and nature. From that moment on I was hooked.
Four years later the pressures of life, the universe and everything started to take its toll again. So after one last big night out decided to walk again – again I was on the road within five days. This time I walked from the Orange River to Karibib in the Erongo. Once again a life changer. Living a simple life governed by the sun and eating healthy was exactly what I needed.
Chadmanwalking is now something I would like to do (more or less) regularly as long as I can still walk. There seems to be quite a need for it. One place I really want to walk is through the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and Kaokoveld. There are many things I dream of doing and hopefully they will come to fruition, however the peace i find in nature is incomparable.