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Man finishes 4,000-mile river Yangtze trek

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A Welsh adventurer has become the first person to walk the length of the river Yangtze solo after a year of trekking through China.

Ash Dykes, from Old Colwyn, Conwy, began his journey at the source of the river on the Tibetan plateau and finished near Shanghai on Monday.

But his finish was delayed by two days after Shanghai was hit by Typhoon Lekima over the weekend.

Mr Dykes said his river walk would "go down in the history books".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49279736

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RoofGardener

Yeah... you know what it's like, @Still Waters. So Ash Dykes is the first to have done it. And yet.. within 10 years.... 80-year-old grandmothers will be doing it. In droves. 

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third_eye

Mr Dykes is definitely NOT the first man, the first Welsh man, possibly... 

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20 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Mr Dykes is definitely NOT the first man, the first Welsh man, possibly... 

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It's the first person, not the first man.  Anyhow if someone else has already done it, then who?

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The Yangtze is the longest river in the world to flow through a single country and its length has never been walked, until now.

https://watertogo.eu/wp/tag/yangtze/

 

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11 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

It's the first person, not the first man.  Anyhow if someone else has already done it, then who?

... the first person officially recorded. The River is a major route for thousands of years, people were pulling river boats back and forth before steam powered vessels were available, the stretch of water has history going back further than the Three Kingdom period, all the major cities along the way are trading centers, and people back then walked with limited other choice available. 

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Junk travel accomplished the upriver feat by employing 70 - 80 trackers, men hitched to hawsers who physically pulled ships upriver through some of the most risky and deadly sections of the three gorges.

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