Paul Salopek is walking the global trail of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age. His continuous 21,000-mile foot journey, called the “Out of Eden Walk,” is recorded in dispatches.
What is the most important tool required to walk 350 miles across the vast, barren, sky-crushed steppes of western Kazakhstan?
A shovel. A shovel allows you to dig. And to dig is to live.
You must sink the shovel’s blade into the salt-crusted soil. You must hack and chop through the wiry roots of the sparse and brittle grass to reach: