Julian Monroe Fisher
Phase One & Phase Two of the project (March 2012-February 2013) had Fisher following in the footsteps of Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker’s 1860’s expedition along the Nile River from Cairo, Egypt, south through Sudan, then from Juba, South Sudan to Lake Albert in Uganda. Along the Ugandan section of the journey Fisher was joined by David Baker, the great, great grandson of Sir Samuel Baker. With the support of the Baker Family, RailRiders, the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Wildlife Authority Fisher is establishing a long distance hiking and mountain bike trail along the original Baker route from Juba, South Sudan to Lake Albert, Uganda. The trail officially launched January 2014 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of when the Baker’s traveled through the region, and was quickly labeled as one of National Geographic's "20 Dream Hiking Trails." For more information about the trail visit www.thebakertrail.org
Julian also completed anthropological research for Phase Three and Four of the GAE, recently returning from Uganda. Julian now turns his attention towards his new "Carolina Rivers" project, which seeks to provide "Conservation and Education through Exploration." The Project kicks off April 29, and will seek to complete over 40 rivers in 2 years, all the while paying close attention to the environmental and social issues affecting the people and wildlife that rely on the rivers for sustenance. The project will be multimedia and will include a series of talks throughout the Carolinas as well as a webTV documentary series sponsored by Costa TV.
Julian's Carolina Rivers project is underway! Over the next two years the explorer will travel many of the rivers of the Carolinas, collecting stories.