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British explorer Lucy Shepherd completes epic 253-mile trek through unexplored Amazon rainforest

British explorer Lucy Shepherd, pictured, has said she is `` exhausted but euphoric '' after completing a 403-mile expedition up the Amazon on foot through one of the last unexplored wastelands left on earth.

British explorer Lucy Shepherd, pictured, has said she is “ exhausted but euphoric ” after completing a 403-mile expedition up the Amazon on foot through one of the last unexplored wastelands left on earth.

British explorer Lucy Shepherd has said she is “ exhausted but euphoric ” after completing a 253-mile Amazonian expedition on foot through one of the last unexplored wastelands left on earth, during which she searched for food and fished with a bow and an arrow.

The extraordinary jungle journey, from east to west through Guyana’s Kanuku Mountains, lasted 50 days, and Lucy explained that for 17 days they faced forests and swamps so “ ridiculously dense ” that only a few would move. meters every hour, and they didn’t. see the sunlight.

Scary moments? “We had so many scary moments,” the 29-year-old Royal Geographical Society member told MailOnline Travel. ‘The first that comes to mind is our encounters with deadly snakes. Every day we were surrounded by them. We must have passed thousands of them.

‘My snake leggings protected me from a deadly bite from a labaria [a pit viper] and one of our team almost fell on the infamous bushmaster snake … twice. We were so far from rescue and times like this were chilling and I’m so thankful that we got through it. ‘

Lucy set out on September 24 with a team of four indigenous brothers from local Amerindian tribes to conquer the epic hike, snakes being one of the many wildlife problems.

They were stalked by jaguars and forced to climb trees to escape 500 herds of aggressive ‘pecaríes’ (wild boars).

Lucy's extraordinary journey through the jungle, from east to west through the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana, took 50 days.  She is photographed here at the end of the trip.

Lucy's extraordinary journey through the jungle, from east to west through the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana, took 50 days.  She is photographed here at the end of the trip.

Lucy’s extraordinary journey through the jungle, from east to west through the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana, took 50 days. She is photographed here at the end of the trip.

Lucy scavenged for food and fished with a bow and arrow on the trip, which she said made her realize how adaptable she is.

Lucy scavenged for food and fished with a bow and arrow on the trip, which she said made her realize how adaptable she is.

Lucy scavenged for food and fished with a bow and arrow on the trip, which she said made her realize how adaptable she is.

Lucy said: 'I was faced with a rather unattractive wasp sting, we always had to run away from hornet swarms'

Lucy said: 'I was faced with a rather unattractive wasp sting, we always had to run away from hornet swarms'

Lucy said: ‘I was faced with a rather unattractive wasp sting, we always had to run away from hornet swarms’

During the extraordinary jungle journey, Lucy explained that for 17 days her team faced forests and swamps so `` ridiculously dense '' that they would only move a few meters every hour.

During the extraordinary jungle journey, Lucy explained that for 17 days her team faced forests and swamps so `` ridiculously dense '' that they would only move a few meters every hour.

During the extraordinary jungle journey, Lucy explained that for 17 days her team faced forests and swamps so “ ridiculously dense ” that they would only move a few meters every hour.

And then there were the wasps. Nasty wasps.

Lucy said: ‘I was faced with a rather unattractive wasp sting. We always had to run away from hornet swarms, there are some very nasty ones around, but these in particular stung me in the face and my face popped like a balloon. ”

Skin infections were also a challenge.

Lucy said: “It was so wet, humid and dirty that me and the whole team had some serious skin infections. The men put him on his feet and I on my lap.

Lucy said that at one point the team had to pole vault across a stream, which was 'funny'

Lucy said that at one point the team had to pole vault across a stream, which was 'funny'

Lucy said that at one point the team had to pole vault across a stream, which was ‘funny’

Two team members show a huge fish they caught.  The area in which they are found faces increasing pressures from unsustainable hunting and capturing wildlife, logging and mining.

Two team members show a huge fish they caught.  The area in which they are found faces increasing pressures from unsustainable hunting and capturing wildlife, logging and mining.

Two team members show a huge fish they caught. The area in which they are found faces increasing pressures from unsustainable hunting and capturing wildlife, logging and mining.

`` It was so wet and damp and dirty that me and the whole team got some serious skin infections, '' Lucy revealed.

`` It was so wet and damp and dirty that me and the whole team got some serious skin infections, '' Lucy revealed.

Lucy has been leading and participating in expeditions around the world for over a decade.

Lucy has been leading and participating in expeditions around the world for over a decade.

“It was so wet, damp and dirty that me and the whole team had some serious skin infections,” Lucy revealed. The explorer has been leading and participating in expeditions around the world for more than a decade.

‘Red and raw, we would lie down in our hammocks without being sure we could continue, as each step would be agony. That feeling of being so vulnerable because we knew we had to continue despite the pain was horrible, but the alternative of not moving was not good either because if we did, we would run out of food.

“Fortunately, with strict personal administration and medications, our bodies hardened and strengthened the hostile environment.”

The relentless Essequibo River also tried to defeat them.

The team nearly lost their lifeline when their raft capsized in strong rapids, leaving the team clinging to their backpacks.

The explorer, who has been leading and participating in expeditions around the world for more than a decade, said the team used laughter to get through many of the testing moments.

She explained: ‘A funny moment was when we had to cross a wide stream and we used pole vaulting as a method of crossing. Watching everyone pole vault and then doing it myself was absolutely fun. So stylish, no!

The team nearly lost their lifeline when their raft capsized in strong rapids, leaving the team clinging to their backpacks.

The team nearly lost their lifeline when their raft capsized in strong rapids, leaving the team clinging to their backpacks.

The team nearly lost their lifeline when their raft capsized in strong rapids, leaving the team clinging to their backpacks.

The expedition was held to celebrate and highlight the need for Protected Areas in wild places.

The expedition was held to celebrate and highlight the need for Protected Areas in wild places.

The expedition was held to celebrate and highlight the need for Protected Areas in wild places.

The expedition, endorsed by the Scientific Exploration Society, was undertaken to celebrate and highlight the need for Protected Areas in wild places.

As diverse as it is dangerous, the Kanukus are known locally as The Mountains of Life, due to the great diversity of flora and fauna they harbor. They have been a protected wilderness since 2011.

However, the area faces increasing pressures from unsustainable hunting and capturing wildlife, logging and mining, as well as encroachment on land and clearing forests for agricultural expansion, which threaten this unique ecosystem.

Lucy said: ‘More wild places need to be protected and I hope this expedition will make people more aware of this. [I hope it will] inspire and encourage more people to go out because it has so much to offer. ‘

As diverse as it is dangerous, the Kanukus are known locally as The Mountains of Life, due to the great diversity of flora and fauna they harbor.  They have been a protected desert since 2011

As diverse as it is dangerous, the Kanukus are known locally as The Mountains of Life, due to the great diversity of flora and fauna they harbor.  They have been a protected desert since 2011

As diverse as it is dangerous, the Kanukus are known locally as The Mountains of Life, due to the great diversity of flora and fauna they harbor. They have been a protected desert since 2011

Did you learn anything about yourself during the trip?

Lucy added: ‘I found out how adaptable I can be. I have done these extreme expeditions before, but this was different. I realized that I too must be a total optimist. It was a great undertaking when I decided to do this in the first place. No one thought it was possible or that we would even go back, but on top of that, he not only had a role, he was the expedition leader, navigator, and filmmaker. Through it all, I’m proud to have kept my cool and smile, even when it got super brutal. ‘

Visit Lucy’s website at www.lucy-shepherd.com.

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