Taking only what she could carry, travelling on bike and relying entirely on the kindness of strangers, Laura arrived in Buenos Aires on 1 July 2016. She was acclaimed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes for the achievement.
Laura has described how she foraged through bins and ate leftovers from people’s plates, and her husband, none other than fellow adventurer Ed Stafford (their child is named Ranulph, naturally) told Vice: “We went to Sainsbury’s on the day she got back and she just stood in the vegetable aisle and burst into tears because she was so overwhelmed with the abundance.”
“They have to actually locate the source of the Essequibo first. Only then can their journey begin”
And yes, just to revisit the opening sentence, Laura Bingham has achieved all of this after just 25 years on this wonderful planet. Oh, and she speaks fluent Spanish.
But that’s what Laura has achieved in the past. Let’s not dwell on the past.
The reason we’re profiling Laura now is because she is currently leading the first kayak descent of the Essequibo River in Guyana – a journey she is undertaking with fellow adventurers Pip Stewart (@pipstewart) and Ness Knight (@ness_knight), both of whom are also well worth following on the old scroller app.