At 21, Eliott Schonfeld chose to become explorer. Since that day, the very young adventurer has traveled alone, minimally equipped and for many months, some of the most wild and inaccessible places on the planet.
Ladventures Eliott Schonfeld started at just 19, after spending several days in an Australian rainforest. The young man discovers there wild life, fatigue and hunger. An experience that will make a lasting impression on him. Her life would never be the same. On foot, on horseback, dog sled, canoe or even raft ... He will gradually become a passionate explorer, discovering hostile lands, which he then travels in complete autonomy in order to "relearn how to live on Earth. ".
“A world without possible exploration would be an empty world. Empty of meaning, void of life. As long as the explorers can exercise their profession, nothing will be entirely lost. "
The Gobi Desert
In 2015, Eliott's first great journey took place in Central Asia. For 3 months, the very young explorer crossed Mongolia, from the steppes of the north to the Gobi desert. He traveled 2 kilometers on foot, by truck, by bus or on horseback. He had to ride a horse for six weeks to cross 000 kilometers. The explorer then crossed wild expanses on foot for 900 days in total autonomy, with the constant concern to find water. The bet succeeded for Eliott, who quickly took a liking to this ultimate quest for the adventure in autonomy.
Eliott Schonfeld in Alaska
Eliott's second extreme destination was in Alaska. 3000 kilometers traveled in 100 days! During his epic, he fed on mushrooms, berries, picked plants and caught fish. The abundant rivers provided him with abundant water. For more than 3 months, he had to find his place in this grandiose nature, populated by grizzly bears, wolves and caribou.
It was in the Himalayas that the "March of degrowth". Achieve an expedition in absolute autonomy, in an environment as harsh as the Himalayan range can be, constitutes a real challenge that the explorer has successfully taken up. After giving up all the objects of the modern world, he had to make a fire by friction, put on a leather jacket and carry his things in a bamboo bag. Accompanied by a horse and his camera, Eliott finally won his bet!
Eliott Schonfeld's Amazon Dream
For his latest expedition to date, Eliott was inspired by another young explorer, Raymond Maufrais, who died at the age of 23 in 1949 in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Reading the book "Adventure in Guyana", which is none other than Raymond Maufrais's logbook found after his death in the heart of the jungle by an Indian Emerillon, upset Eliott. He decides to follow in his footsteps by crossing the Amazon. The ultimate goal will be to complete the expedition that Raymond did not have the opportunity to complete.
“The wildest place on the planet seemed too dreadful to me… It will just be me all alone in the jungle, with no roads, no tracks, right among the trees. "
An epic bordering on survival
On July 28, 2019, he embarked on his 250-kilometer journey through the jungle. He faces the Ouaqui, Tamouri and Camopi rivers in a canoe, goes upstream to reach the place where the logbook was discovered. Asked by Brut, the adventurer declares to have read Raymond's diary every day of his expedition. He thus discovers that he passes by "The same fears, the same joys, and the same emotions". Raymond failed to build a raft to go downstream. He died after giving up his things and deciding to swim down the river. Eliott encountered the same difficulties. Hungry, exhausted, after losing his machete, he will succeed in building a makeshift raft with his knife, and will return to civilization after 50 days of expedition, including 15 days spent going down the river aboard his boat.
“I feel like I've reached the jungle I've always dreamed of. It is the most beautiful expedition of all my life. "
The explorer, now author and director, shares his minimalist adventures in search of degrowth, and thus hopes to change the consumerist mentalities of our societies a little.
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