Paul Salopek is about 11 months into a seven-year project to walk around the world, retracing the path of modern mankind. The first of his magazine stories on the journey runs in the December issue of National Geographic.
Paul Salopek’s feet connect him to the world’s earliest travelers as he leads camels across Ethiopia’s Afar desert. He began his seven-year trek Jan. 11 in Herto Bouri, Ethiopia, at what is believed to be the oldest site of modern humans. He is aiming to wind up at Tierra del Fuego, at the bottom of South America. John Stanmeyer/National Geographic Buy Photo