30 NOVEMBER 2015
Feeling wiser, fitter and accomplished, Justine Gosling (aged 30), has the biggest grin on her face after completing her 3,500 mile expedition through 14 countries on both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’, which she began in July this year. Justine, winner of the Champagne Mumm Cordon Rouge Club Mentorship Prize, completed the challenge using only the forces of human power - walking and cycling. One of her biggest achievements during the expedition was becoming the first Brit to have walked the length of Finland.
Justine has had a passion for adventure and a curiosity for travel from a very young age. The idea for her expedition originated from her wish to do something memorable and inspirational, and of course to celebrate the milestone of turning 30.
Cities travelled through include Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania - finally finishing in Varna, Bulgaria.
Ahead of the expedition, Justine had a two-day training session and individual mentoring from Club members. The training session comprised of a combination of ‘classroom’ style lessons followed by field training where the team were flown deep into Lakeland Fells and had to navigate their way out. Other support included access to a Range Rover Evoke and Canada Goose kit to ensure Justine was properly kitted out in suitable clothing ahead of the expedition.
Justine says, “Having the support from the Club gave me the confidence and reassurance I needed to get up and go. Without their mentorship, I wouldn’t have been able to start - or complete - the expedition. I’d still be living a ‘sensible’ life in London.”
Justine’s main highlight of the trip was being content with simplicity. She hopes this trip exemplifies how anyone can take on any challenge without the help of money, and that being mentally determined and physically fit is all you need. “I not only intend to raise awareness of difficulties and loneliness, but also to inspire women to put their adventure boots on.” says Justine.
For further news from Justine Gosling please visit: www.justinegosling.com