• Greece 1500km
  • Albania 350km
  • Montenegro 120km
  • Bosnia 10km
  • Croatia 600km
  • Slovenia 50km
  • Italy 1000km
  • Switzerland 150km
  • France 1800km
  • Mt Blanc
  • Monaco 4km
  • Spain 1700km
  • Gibraltar 30km
  • Morocco 400km
  • Algeria 1500km
  • Tunisia 300km
  • Malta 400km
  • Turkey 3200km

Green buttons on the scrolling country list signify Huw has now passed through that country.

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THE JOURNEY IS COMPLETE...

  • Anzac Cove to Anzac Cove


  • 26 April 2014 to 23 April 2015


  • 363 days, 14,000km, 17 Countries


  • 100's of kindnesses


  • $86,000 for Save the Children


  • The end of a dream


  • A bloody brilliant adventure


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  • On behalf of Save the Children Australia, I would like to wish Huw every success for his mediterr année expedition raising funds to support the work that we do. Work that ensures children affected by conflict, their families and communities not only survive, but also see a tomorrow where they can live without fear, without unnecessary suffering and with hope. We wish Huw all the very best and ask you to support him on this very ambitious and gruelling journey.

    Nicola Krey, Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children Australia
  • I've seen Huw's drive, determination and good humour when we've worked closely on campaigns for a better environment and have little doubt he will give this incredible looking journey his all. Good luck mate!

    Jon Dee - 2010 Australian of the Year (NSW), Founder of Planet Ark and Founder of Do Something!
  • In this day of affordable travel to all corners of the earth at close to the speed of sound, we need more than ever to be reminded that the essence of travel is exploration at a pace which comes naturally to us. One cannot achieve an intimate connection with landscapes and cultures without expending any effort, taking any risk or suffering any hardship. Huw's journey around the shores that gave birth to Western Civilisation is a modern odyssey that reminds us not only of this but also that the real and endlessly fascinating world is still out there for us to escape to.

    Tim Macartney-Snape - First Australian to climb Mount Everest and first person to walk from sea level to summit of Mount Everest
  • Only Huw Kingston could set about raising money for Save the Children in such an imaginative and adventurous way. I wish him well on his travels around the Mediterranean and look forward to tracking his posts, which are sure to be both numerous and amusing. Fifteen thousand kilometres by foot, kayak, bike and even ski is sure to be exciting to watch and let's hope Huw raises lots of money for children caught up in war zones or conflict. Huw is a consummate adventurer, traveller and raconteur. I hope many dig deep for a great cause!

    Pru Goward - Minister for Planning and Minister for Women, NSW Government
  • Wow! So many countries and cultures linked together through so many different environments. Huw has set himself an impressive task of variety and adventure to support a great cause. Swapping kayak for bike, boots and skis will certainly showcase Huw's determination and abilities in the magnificent arena he's chosen.

    Stuart Trueman - First Australian to circumnavigate Australia by kayak
  • If there is a man who can do this, who should do this, it is Huw. I am proud to support his ambitious plans no matter where in the world they take him. mediterr année is not only an incredible physical and cultural journey it offers the chance to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.

    Peter Holmes à Court - Entrepreneur and Writer

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The Journey

After 25 years in Australia, Huw plans to revisit his European roots, crossing borders and cultures. A journey that will immerse him in the culture of the Mediterranean countries of Europe, North Africa and The Middle East. A journey that will take place against a backdrop of challenging economic times in Europe, particularly for those countries bordering the Mediterranean. A journey that will take place as a number of North African and Middle Eastern countries face new challenges and build new democracies following the Arab Spring. Huw will travel by foot, rowboat, kayak and mountain bike via magnificent land and seascapes; through 20 countries over 15,000km in 12 months.

The Anzac Centenary

Anzac Centenary logomediterr année will have a very important and meaningful link to Huw's Australian home. On 25th April each year Anzac Day is commemorated. On this day in 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the Mediterranean beaches of Gallipoli in Turkey. There followed a bitter eight-month campaign that saw thousands killed on both sides; Anzacs and Turks. The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word 'Anzac' to the Australian vocabulary (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit; the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship. Gallipoli has special significance to many Australians and New Zealanders and is Australia's most important national occasion.

Anzac Day in 2015 commemorates the Centenary of this important moment in Australian history and will be a major event for Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Huw plans to set off from Anzac Cove, the name given to the site of the main landings in Gallipoli, on the day after Anzac Day in April 2014 and to complete the journey one year later in time for the Anzac Day Centenary in 2015.

The Fundraising

A major reason for undertaking the journey is to raise funds for Save the Children to assist the work they do to help children adversely affected by conflict around the world. The commemoration of the Anzac landings 100 years ago during WW1 is one part of the equation of the mediterr année project. Help for those needlessly harmed physically, economically and psychologically today is another; one that will certainly help drive Huw through difficult times during the journey.

Full details on the fundraising element of mediterr année can be found HERE

Huw will leave Anzac Cove and Turkey by sea kayak and will spend the next 3 months paddling 2500km along the coasts of Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia. Then it will be time to stretch the legs with a 100 day, 1500km trek following the full length of the European Alps in its arc from Slovenia through Italy, Switzerland, France and down to arrive in Monaco on the Mediterranean Sea in October. This magnificent traverse of one of the world's greatest mountain ranges will also include an ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m), Europe's highest mountain...

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Amount Raised So Far - $86,000 (as at 15/08/15)

Save the Children is one of the world's leading independent emergency relief and development organisations for children. They aim to save and protect children's lives and strive to give every child a safe and happy childhood. One of the saddest aspects of any war is the children who become injured, orphaned or traumatized during conflicts. Save the Children work in such conflict zones as Syria, The Congo and Afghanistan to offer assistance directly to such children.

The commemoration of the Anzac landings 100 years ago during WW1 is one part of the equation of the mediterr année project. Help for those needlessly harmed physically, economically and psychologically today is another; one that will certainly help drive Huw through difficult times during the journey.

Save the Children is excited to be the Charity Partner for mediterr année and look forward to working with Huw and the sponsors of the journey to maximize the funds raised by the project. Full details on the work carried out by Save The Children can be found HERE

On behalf of Save the Children Australia, I would like to wish Huw every success for his mediterr année expedition raising funds to support the work that we do. Work that ensures children affected by conflict, their families and communities not only survive, but also see a tomorrow where they can live without fear, without unnecessary suffering and with hope. We wish Huw all the very best and ask you to support him on this very ambitious and gruelling journey.

Nicola Krey, Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children Australia
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Amount raised to date:
$86000

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How you can help

You can sponsor Huw on the journey by donating via Huw's Save The Children fundraising page.

DONATE ON HUW'S SAVE THE CHILDREN PAGE

As well as fundraising through general donations, Huw is also offering a unique fundraising twist - the opportunity to pay a set amount for each of the countries that Huw will traverse, indicative of the challenge each country represents. Perhaps your workplace, community group or bunch of friends could be the patron of Huw's expedition through one of the 20 countries or for the ascent of Mt Blanc?

You can purchase a country for Save the Children by visiting Huw's donation page
https://donate.savethechildren.org.au/MediterrAnnee

Hover over each country below to see how Huw plans to travel through it

  • Greece - 1500km - Sea Kayak     $1,501

    Greece - $1501

    1500km

    A long paddle of some 1500km near the start of the journey threading a kayaking route through hundreds of islands. Spirits will be high but fitness still building!

    Huw's mum and dad
    "Our enormous pride is tinged with concern that you stay safe and healthy in your pursuit of this hugely worthwhile cause. You will be constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Mountains of love, Mum and Dad."
    "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea".
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626) in Advancement of Learning
  • Spain - 1700km - Bike+Kayak     $2,010

    Spain - $2010

    1700km

    The days are shortening during the European autumn as Huw enjoys a long mountain bike ride down the coastal ranges of Spain. 300km or so from Gibraltar Huw will climb back into the sea kayak for the first time in 4 months to warm the arms up for the Straits of Gibraltar.

    Clair Smith
    "What an effort - physically and emotionally. Thinking of you. Take care."
  • Albania - 350km - Sea Kayak     $1,002

    Albania - $1002

    350km

    Once a closed communist country that is more welcoming now but still relatively unexplored. Huw will kayak along its coast.

    The Prosser Family
    "From the Prosser Family: Inspirational trip and a very worthy cause"
  • Gibraltar+Straits of Gibraltar - 30km - Kayak $1,011

    Gibraltar & The Straits of Gibraltar - $1011

    30km

    There is not much left of the British Empire and there is not much to this tiny British enclave. To add a bit of spice we've included the kayak across the Straits of Gibraltar that will put Huw over in Africa. The challenge here will come from the strong currents along with dodging the shipping traffic that enters the Mediterranean through this narrow channel of 30km or so.

    The West Family
    "From the West Family: We didn't know you'd be paddling around a little piece of the Southern Highlands! Enjoy a little bit of home away from home, and think of us as you dodge those big boats."
  • Montenegro - 120km - Sea Kayak     $1,003

    Montenegro - $1003

    120km

    A few days paddling along the coast of this very new country, founded in 2006.

    Kristina McLaren-Bell
    Warren, Tina, & Ryan wish Huw every success on his expedition, and hope that one day Save the Children's services are no longer needed in our world.
  • Morocco - 400km - Bike     $2,012

    Morocco - $2012

    400km

    Once across into Africa, Huw will ride east across Morocco, finally in the direction of the finish line Turkey after 8 months with his back to Turkey.

    Christine Miller
    "Amazing achievement, so proud. Take care."
  • Bosnia - 20km - Sea Kayak     $1,004

    Bosnia - $1004

    10km

    A short hop along the short coast of this former Yugoslav republic.

    John Grimble
    "It is an ancient Mariner,
    And he stoppeth one of three.
    'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
    Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
    - JG Coleridge
    Bon Chance old boy!"
  • Algeria - 1500km - Bike     $2,013

    Algeria - $2013

    1500km

    Algeria will be traversed for some 1500km on the bike to the Tunisian border.

    Neil Prosser
    "Congratulations Huw on being the winner of the inaugural Tour de Algeria with full police escort!!"
  • Croatia - 600km - Sea Kayak     $2,000

    Croatia - $2000

    600km

    By now Huw's legs will be itching to get some action after some 2 months in the kayak but hopefully still time to enjoy the stunning Croatian coastline.

    Neil Prosser
    "When you finished this leg, Huw, you must have thought you had taken on the toughest the Mediterranean could offer .. and then came winter .. keep the good working going."
  • Tunisia - 300km - Bike     $1,014

    Tunisia - $1014

    300km

    Staying on the bike, Huw will ride his way to the coast to meet up with and prepare Mr Hops, the ocean rowboat that will take him to Malta, Cyprus and Turkey.

    Neil Prosser
    "Great to see you got through Tunisia safely and got Mr Hops out of custody – sometimes paddling across a wide body of water must seem so much simpler than land..."
  • Slovenia - 50km - Bike+Walk     $1,006

    Slovenia - $1006

    50km

    Those legs will be pretty weak by the time Huw starts the grand traverse of the European Alps. It's going to take a bit of time to get them working at full strength as he climbs into the Alpine mountains from sea level.

    Wendy Kingston
    "Babe..It's going to be a tough year in many ways, but I know you'll triumph, sending all my love to spur you on, Wendy xxxx"
  • Malta - 400km - Row from Tunisia     $1,000

    Malta - $1000

    400km

    It should take Huw and Marin, his Slovenian his rowing companion, a week or so to reach this tiny Mediterranean island nation from Tunisia.

    Mark Raddatz
    "I thought I'd bought a massive supply of Maltesers, being keen on chocolate and all that. But seriously, just keen to support a great cause and an amazing effort."
  • Italy - 1000km - Walk     $4,007

    Italy - $4007

    1000km

    For 3 months Huw will wend his way through this most magnificent of mountain ranges, dealing with all the weathers and conditions that mountains throw up. The route will primarily stick to the Mediterranean countries of Italy and France with an occasional foot in Switzerland. Along the way Huw will climb the highest mountain in Europe, 4010m Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco.

    Jon Cross and Marie Claire Shankland
    "We liked it so much when trekking with, you we bought the country! Keep up the good work, we are watching...!! Jon & MC x"
  • Egypt - Now being bypassed $2,016

    Egypt - $2015

    -

    Huw is now bypassing Egypt in the ocean rowboat.

  • Switzerland - 150km - Walk     $1,000

    Switzerland - $1000

    150km

    During Huw's Alps traverse he will spend a week or more enjoying fine fondue's and the mountains of Switzerland, an honorary Mediterranean country given it is not on the sea!

  • Israel & State of Palestine - Now being bypassed $1,017

    Israel & The State of Palestine - $1017

    -

    Huw is now bypassing Israel & The State of Palestine in the ocean rowboat.

    Liam Doherty
    "Mate, will stalk you on your spot tracker and will see where you are in mid July when I am in Europe. Donation is from the Club Cyclistico Coglioni Tour de France tipping competition. Bon chance mon ami!"
  • France - 1800km - Walk+Bike     $4,008

    France - $4008

    1800km

    For 3 months Huw will wend his way through this most magnificent of mountain ranges, dealing with all the weathers and conditions that mountains throw up. The route will primarily stick to the Mediterranean countries of Italy and France with an occasional foot in Switzerland. Along the way Huw will climb the highest mountain in Europe, 4010m Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco. After finishing the Alps traverse Huw will ride 800km across the south of France.

    Pat
    From Pat: "I still think you're mad, but go for it! Bundanoon needs to hear how you are going along the way. Best wishes, Pat. "
  • Lebanon - Now being bypassed     $1,018

    Lebanon - $1018

    -

    Huw is now bypassing Lebanon in the ocean rowboat.


    "Huw - we hope you are not hurting too much by Lebanon. Keep going - the mind is always the first to give up" sound familiar? From Hannah, Sal, Pete, Ollie and JG"
  • Mt Blanc-Europe's Highest Mountain     $2,000

    Mont Blanc - $2000

    1000km

    For 3 months Huw will wend his way through this most magnificent of mountain ranges, dealing with all the weathers and conditions that mountains throw up. The route will primarily stick to the Mediterranean countries of Italy and France with an occasional foot in Switzerland. Along the way Huw will climb the highest mountain in Europe, 4010m Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco.

    The Shorthouse Family
    From The Shorthouse Family: " Bon chance Huw, hoping Le Sommet will be one of many high points on your trip. See you when you've come full circle."
  • Cyprus - now being bypassed     $1,019

    Cyprus - $1019

    1800km

    It could take Huw and Marin well over a month to row to Cyprus. Depending on wind and seas they might be able to land on Crete en route.

    Rob Marlow
    "To help you float your boat and give a bit of buoyancy to the penultimate leg or 'hop'. So spruce up your tub and don't forget you'll need left handed oars. You're going so well!"
  • Monaco-4km - Walk     $1,009

    Monaco - $1009

    4km

    Blink and you could miss this tiny Mediterranean principality know for its Casino, Grand Prix and housing probably the wealthiest population of any country on earth.. For these reasons we've awarded it a cost far beyond what its tiny landmass deserves.

    Stephen Champion
    From Stephen Champion: "Good luck Huw!"
  • Turkey - 3200km - Row+Bike+Sea Kayak     $10,020

    Turkey - $10020

    3200km

    Crossing back into Turkey will no doubt be an emotional time, some 11 months after departing from Gallipoli on 26 April 2014. But Turkey is a big country and it is still a long way to the finish line. Marin and Huw hope to land Mr Hops, the rowboat, near Antalaya from where Huw will ride for a few days to Gocek. Then it's back into Miss Grape, the sea kayak for the final weeks of an incredible loop around the Mediterranean.

    Mary Butlin
(Huw reserves the right to change the route or mode of travel planned for each country!)
All donations are made in Australian Dollars (AUD). Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

This journey is a huge undertaking and an expensive one. Whilst Huw is raising funds for Save the Children during the journey, he is also extremely grateful for the support of many organizations and businesses assisting with the project financially and logistically.

Like to be part of the mediterr année project? We'd love to hear from you. Contact us HERE

Sponsors

  • Paddy Pallin

    Paddy Pallin

    mediterr année prime sponsor and Australia's best known adventure equipment outfitter with stores across the country. Huw actually was their marketing manager almost 25 years ago!

  • Ex Officio

    Ex Officio

    Brilliant travel and outdoor clothing that will see Huw through all the seasons.

  • Australian Geographic Society

    Australian Geographic Society

    The Australian Geographic Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting adventure, science and the community.

  • Princeton Tec

    Princeton Tec

    Princeton Tec - Huw has used Princeton Tec outdoor lights for over 15 years now, appreciating their reliability and brightness for long expeditions.

  • Osprey Packs

    Osprey Packs

    Osprey - One of the world's most respected and innovative pack and travel brands. Huw will use Osprey packs whilst trekking, riding and skiing.

  • World Expeditions

    World Expeditions

    As Australia's original adventure travel company and now one of the world's leading adventure specialists, it's great to have World Expeditions supporting Huw's big Mediterranean adventure.

Supporters

  • Reno Design

    Reno Design

    Reno Design is a graphic design and book design consultancy based in Sydney. Reno designed the perfect mediterr année logo and many other items for the project.

  • Certton

    Certton

    Australian made, Sweatshop free, organic cotton T shirts and fabrics. Certton supplies merchandize for the mediterr année project.

  • Wildtrack

    Wildtrack

    Italy based Wildtrack are a team of highly experienced outdoor professionals running biking/trekking tours who have worked with Huw on a number of projects. Wildtrack are Logistics Managers for mediterr année.

  • Lake Crackenback Resort

    Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

    Located beneath Australia's highest mountains in the Snowy Mountains; Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is a natural winter and summer playground. Huw has had a long term relationship with the resort, running events and tours there.

  • Tiderace kayaks

    Tiderace kayaks

    Huw is using a Pace 17 Tour from this UK based sea kayak brand (also available in Oz). This followed on from him using one of their boats for his circumnavigation of Corsica in 2013.

  • Expedition Kayaks

    Expedition Kayaks

    A great company dedicated to the needs of sea kayakers with a huge range of equipment and boats available.

  • Via Alpina

    Via Alpina

    Via Alpina is an innovative European project in which numerous organisations from the Alpine countries have come together to exchange experiences across borders. This is manifest in the Via Alpina trails crossing the entire Alps.

  • Scarpa

    Scarpa

    Probably the world's best hiking, skiing and travel footwear. Huw hopes to visit their Italian HQ when trekking through the Alps.

  • Nemo

    Nemo

    Innovative, lightweight tents and sleeping mats which will hopefully ensure Huw gets plenty of quality rest for 12 months.

  • Nikon

    Nikon

    Huw has used Nikon cameras from long before the digital age! He will be using the new Nikon 1 AW1; the world's first compact camera with interchangeable lenses that can be used underwater.

Huw Kingston, whilst claiming to be Welsh, was actually born in England, something for which he has never forgiven his Welsh parents! He moved to Australia in 1991 and at least now lives in Wales: southern New South 'Wales' with his wife Wendy. Huw has had a long interest and involvement in environmental issues as well as a passion for the great outdoors. He has spent over 30 years enjoying travelling by human powered means in wild places across the world. This included a longstanding love affair with the Indian Himalaya and journeys across it by ski and foot. In Australia, Huw completed the City2City project; 25,000km of walking, skiing, mountain biking, river and ocean kayaking linking each of Australia's State Capitals in a series of 7 journeys. Each journey followed the most interesting and challenging human powered route through mountains and deserts, along rivers and coasts. More details on City2City can be found here.
Huw has trekked, ridden and skied in many countries across the world including Mongolia... Read More

Telephone: +61 (0)2 4883 6509
Mobile: +61 (0) 418 977609 (in Australia)
+372 5793 7561 (during expedition)
E-mail: info@mediterrannee.com.au
Personal Website: www.huwkingston.com
Mail: PO Box 218, Bundanoon, NSW 2578, Australia
Media Contact: Erica Galea
erica@mediterrannee.com.au
Mobile: +61 (0) 409 021973

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