Sarah Marquis

Sarah Marquis

Adventurer

When she was eight years old she took off with her dog to spend the night in a cave and didn’t tell anyone where she was going. At seventeen she crossed Central Anatlia (Turkey) on horseback... without the small detail of knowing how to ride. Her taste for travelling brought her Australia, but it was New Zealand that she encountered the full experience of walking and made her decision: she would walk to fulfil her desire for discovery and her need to try and understand Life. She spent a lot of time in Patagonia, where kilometre after kilometre she explored these lands full of culture. She stayed in Moorea (French Polynesia) where she was attracted to the beauty of the islands and their inhabitants. But the Australian bush beckoned her once again. Over the years she has returned regularly to rejuvenate. She explored Canada by canoe and in 2000 she crossed the United States, from the Canadian to the Mexican border... 4’260 kilometres in four months and six days...it was a path full of obstacles. She then thought she had reached the limit of her abilities. From up in her snowy mountains in Switzerland, she thought up a wild plan: crossing the Australian deserts alone on foot...

Sarah spent five hundred and ten days wandering through the Australian continent alone. The thought of abandoning her mission never even crossed her mind. Faced with Mother Nature’s un-forgivingness, she humbly confronted her destiny by pushing beyond both her physical and her mental limits. Her basis for survival was her experience. She used her flair, her tricks and some leading-edge techniques borrowed from the American army. Most of the time the animals she preyed on were faster than her. Sometimes nature pitied her and allowed her to satisfy her appetite. Her only points of reference were her precious topographic maps along with a compass that never left her side. Sarah will take the audience on a trip through the intricacies of her mind and experience a taste of her thoughts about this vastness. From Switzerland to Australia, from dry spells to torrential rain storms, from a plate of insects to a plate of sauerkraut, from her day to day life as a woman to greater altruistic thoughts, let yourself be lead step by step through these lands of red sand…

In 2006 she started a new expedition folowing Incas footsteps .From Santiago de Chili to Peru via Bolivia She walked on the Andes ranges for 8 months .She find herself in deep cold of –25° for 2 months, get altitude seekness for most of the time she was up there. One day, 7000 km… later she arrived in Machu Picchu.

Siberia to Australia – Next Departure: Beginning 2010

20’000Km over 24 months on foot, crossing 12 Countries: Wisdom from central Asia the tale – telling force of the winds of the Mongolian Plains and the moodiness of the Taklimakan dessert... She sets out to explore... Then returns to tell us – what the wind has taught her...

Website: www.sarahmarquis.ch