Solo walkers route who completed the planned route (start-end). All unsupported, outside vehicle tracks, via a center.
Route 1 : Lucas Trihey (AUS), First "Width", West-East via Geocenter, 17 day (8-24 June 2006), 160kg cart, 400km
Route 2 : Louis-Philippe Loncke (BEL), First "Length", North-South via Geocenter, 36 days (16/7-21/08/2008), 215kg cart, +600km (+-800km total walking with zigzagging and back and forth moving the heavy load)
Route 3 : Louis-Philippe Loncke (BEL), First "only Backpack", West-East via Geocenter, 60kg backpack including 40 litres of water and 8kg of food. Partial crossing as stopped at Poeppel Corner after 13 days (13/08-25/08/2016) with only 275g of food remaining and 2.5 litres of water. Not enough to finish to Birdsville even pushing hard. Having 5kg of different cameras, if replaced by food and water, the whole crossing "only backpack" is proven possible in long walking days in 14-15 days.
Route 4 : Michael Giacometti (AUS), First East-West via GeoSurvey Hill (22/06-16/07/2008), 165kg cart, 450km
2008 - Predicated Route below:
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ENG: Why this route ? Why to start North and not South? Why not a straight line, isn't it shorter ?