U.S. net National Geographic Channel has set a May premiere for its hour-long special The Walk Around the World, which follows former British paratrooper Karl Bushby as he walks from Los Angeles to Washington DC.
As previously reported, the Westward Productions-made program follows Bushby on one leg of his 36,000-mile walk around the globe, which he carries out with only a pack of supplies, a few cameras and a trolley. The adventurer set out to complete the walk 15 years ago, beginning in South America and walking through Central America, North America and into Russia.
As he was crossing the Siberian tundra, however, the Russian government enacted a five-year visa ban on Bushby, halting the expedition. In the Nat Geo special, the adventurer is to walk from LA to the Russian embassy in Washington DC – a 3,600-mile trek – in the hopes of overturning the ban and continuing with his original plan.
The Walk Around the World will air on May 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
“I’ve dedicated my life to this expedition,” said Bushby in a statement. “The plan for this goodwill mission across America began almost immediately following the Russian visa ban. Nothing will stop me from achieving my dream.”
Westward Productions co-founder Jordan Tappis added: “The epic nature of Karl’s expedition would be difficult to overstate. Most people told him it couldn’t be done. Sixteen years and 20,000 miles in, this American odyssey is yet another example of his determination to achieve the impossible.”
The majority of footage in The Walk Around the World is shot by Bushby, using a number of specialized cameras mounted to his trolley. Footage is also drawn from daily video diaries and sit-downs with the cameras. For Westward Productions, executive producers include Beau Willimon and Tappis, who is also directing the special while Zach Guglin produces.