I never finished my original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the desert of Gobi, and then decided to stop walking for now.
All of the distance from Beijing to ĂśrĂĽmqi has been completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
The songs I used in the video are 1) Zhu Fengbo â€“ â€śOlive Treeâ€ť and 2) The Kingpins â€“ â€śLâ€™aventurierâ€ť â€“ visit the Kingpins website if you want to know more, they are very cool I think.
This is not a strict â€ś1 pic a dayâ€ť video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.
Update – this weird beard video won at the following festivals:
2009 Boulder Adventure Film Festival
2010 Berlin Webcuts
2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival
2011 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2011 5th International Mountain Film Festival DomĹľale
2011 Squamish Mountain Festival
2011 MezinĂˇrodnĂ˝ Festival HorskĂ˝ch Filmov, Poprad
2011 Vertical Film Festival, Moscow