The mission of Her Odyssey is to travel the length of the Americas by non-motorized means connecting stories of the land and its inhabitants.
As our explorers, Fidgit and Neon, trek, paddle, and cycle, the board at home help handle logistics. They are advised by a panel of mentors on everything from security to social media. Most of all, they are empowered by an international tribe of friends, supporters, and followers.
In November 2015 Neon and Fidgit, began hiking north from the Beagle Channel, on Tierra del Fuego, crossing Patagonia. Traveling along the Andes of South America, they engage and share in the lives of those they meet. Through them we learn local perspectives on regional issues, sharing these realities.
The parameters are to travel along the cordilleras which comprise the backbone of the Americas, gaining northward degrees of latitude by non-motorized means. Following and connecting routes of Tehuelche tribes to the Incan road system, the Qhapaq Ñan, we anticipate South America taking three hiking seasons. We aim to finish South America at Tolú, Colombia and move laterally into Panama.
Biking Central America will enable broader and safer exploration. In Mexico, following along the Sierra Madres Occidental range leads to the southern border of the United States near New Mexico.
Then we will pick up on the Continental Divide Trail which traces the Rocky Mountains through the United States, feeding into the Great Divide Trail of Canada. Thereafter, the course aims for the Yukon, though an alternative is to paddle the Mackenzie River.
Alaska presents a wide array of travel options, from our go-to method of hiking, to cross-country skis or dog sled. The end point of this journey will be determined by the mode of transportation at that time, though the ultimate objective is to arrive at the Arctic Ocean.
Beyond writing about our hiking experiences, we round out the perspective by sharing stories of the lands and people. The “Herstory Series” illuminates the experience of women who live in pursuit of their own highest self and are willing to share that adventure. The “Story Time” series relates folklore and local legends which inform cultural perspectives and values.
Print and Web Articles
MDZ5, April 2017- La odisea de Bethany y Lauren: atravesar el continente caminando
Summit Daily, October 2016- Travel Patagonia: One Summit County woman’s mission to hike from South America to Alaska
G Adventures, August 2016- “Women Walking the Americas”
Backpacker, October 2015- “Bethany Hughes to Trek From Argentina to Alaska”
Hyperlite Mountain Gear, April, 2016- “America to America”
NOLS Blog, November 2015- “Writing and Trekking”
RootsRated, December 2015- “8,000 Miles to Somewhere”
Centre Daily Times, October 2015- “Into the Woods”
Smithville Herald, September 2015- “Her Journey will Soon Begin“