Who was the first person ever to walk across the Sahara Desert from west to east?
The answer is Choi Jong-yul, the intrepid South Korean who accomplished this feat on June 7 of this year. Mr. Choi spent nearly seven months on the way, wore out seven pairs of shoes, and covered 4,500 miles of forbidding territory -- dunes and hills, rugged rock outcroppings, mile after mile of uninhabited territory baked by the subtropical sun and battered by sandstorms. He covered between 25 and 37 miles each day.
Choi Jong-yul seems to be making a career out of hazardous adventures. He has climbed Mount Everest and completed an expedition to the North Pole. His trek across the Sahara was rendered difficult not only by the climate and terrain, but also by ongoing bouts with malaria and diarrhea.