George Meegan Shares His Best Adventuring Tips after 2425 Days of Walking

Walker George Meegan
in Alaska

Hi. My name is George Geoffrey Meegan and I am an adventurer. My first adventure was being rescued by a dog who just would not budge away from a locked caravan. When they broke the door down they found a shocking sight — a baby holding onto a dead mother. Her name was Pauline.

Frieda & Geoffrey took me to live with them in Rainham, Kent. At age three, I was specially dressed in a blue suit and taken to Rochester Court. “Hello, Judge,” I said. The learned man smiled, “What a nice little boy”… and so I was adopted. At age five, I was out to borrow a cup of sugar for my mum; but my worries were different and already know how I could manage in the great deserts of the world.

In 1960, I joined the Cubs, going on to become a Scout patrol-leader. During my time I managed to camp out 130 nights. At age 16, I joined the world’s last great training ship – Worcester. There being no money, the Marine Society quietly paid for my uniform. Spontaneously, one bright autumn day, I started off and up to the top of the main mast. I was the first boy to do so since the War. By the time I was 17, I was a cadet in the Merchant Navy, and by age 18 had circled the globe, both East and Westward Ho!

I was the first and only journey on foot crossing South and Central America, and all Latin America, and many others.

Walker George Meegan
Merchant Navy

How and why did you get into adventuring and walking?

The books I read as a small child was a big influence. Just like an explorer once said, “It hasn’t been done but ought to be done.” I was eager to mark my name on the tree of life. As for my first adventure, I did essentially nothing. I was pretty fit being in the merchant navy. My preparation is always at the last minute as there are so many things out there, which are blocking. As for recommendations, whatever suits you, preferably that you have already. I simply go — things tend to open up for one.

Happy moments were after three weeks in the jungle, I found a tin beans and the inside was painted white. The scariest one was the great engine, which had taken me further than any other man, was going into reverse. Madness loomed.

How did you finance your adventures?

What I earned from ships 11.000 Guineas. I had no connections and still don’t because I went to the wrong school. Most money with my future wife, I worked a passage to Buenos Aires and books were sent gratis.

Walker George Meegan
George – British Merchant Navy – at age 19 in Agra, India

How did you eat and sleep on the road?

My special diet was an ever-open mouth. I used a tent, which was a standard one, finding branches as a pole from roadside foliage — I went two years without even staying at a $1 a day doss house. Yes, I make my own food but much food was pro-offered. You don’t need so much!

How did you bring your things with you?

A shipyard built 2 carts for us of steel. I just brought a rucksack. As for the bags’ brands, I had no idea as we bought them from Pindisports. I just stuff everything in. I would bring a pillow but too bulky. Bringing waterproof/water resistant bags are sort of important but everything gets soaked eventually.

Walker George Meegan

How did your bags/cart and gear hold up?

When I reached a pueblo very occasionally, I would find a tradesman to fix up my boots, etc. The quality of my bags are adequate and you don’t want weight. I remember one time, the wheel of my cart fell and so I had to hunt around for others.

Any gear you wish you had brought with you from the beginning?

I had what I needed but a sturdier water bottle would be great. I would recommend everybody to bring with them a money belt. I had essentially nothing, just camping gear and an urgent need was a reading material. My favorite things though would be my No. 6 Royal Navy shirts.

What inspired you to write your book?

Sir Vivian Fuchs said that for any major journey to live, it must be published. The book called, “The Longest Walk” was for my mother, who sadly never lived to see it. The most difficult part of writing a book was spelling before spell check, it was written in pencil and I would use a dictionary 20x a day.

Walker George Meegan

What is your best advice for other adventurers? 

Few if any will encourage you and probably condemn you. Follow your dream! It is yours alone. And my advice for new and experienced adventurers out there, do your own thing, not too over concern on others doing theirs.

What will the future bring?

Survival hopefully. I have been hugely lucky. I always have half an eye, but I am a pensioner, my capacity is shot!

Catch George Meegan on his YouTube channel

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