GAP YEAR: Josh Squire competes in a Spartan Race during his gap year. Josh and his mate Tim Hudson set out in September last year.
GAP YEAR: Josh Squire competes in a Spartan Race during his gap year. Josh and his mate Tim Hudson set out in September last year. Reebok Spartan Race

Josh's year-long Spartan Tour in America runs on adrenaline

VOLCANO boarding, being held at gunpoint and crawling under a barbed wire fence through snow made for an adrenaline-charged year abroad for a local lad.

Noosa's Josh Squire has just returned from travelling through 13 countries and competing in 35 Spartan races in 33 states in the US.

Josh set off with fellow local Tim Hudson for a Spartan Gap Year in September last year with the plan for the two of them to be away for 12 months.

Unfortunately, Tim came home half-way through the trip for work, but Josh did not let his mate's leaving hold him back.

"It was a great experience for me," Josh said.

"Fortunately, I got to experience travelling with Tim and then solo travel.

"I met so many awesome people along the way.

"Everyone in America was amazing - they are the nicest people I have ever met. It goes against the stereotype.

"Also, all the Spartan people were great."

Josh's involvement with the acclaimed Reebok Spartan Race has earned him the rank of 24th in the world for the open men's category.

He has also been offered a job with obstacle race specialists in the US.

For the past six months, Josh has travelled from Canada down to Panama and everywhere in between.

His favourite place was Canada's Banff National Park area, including the beautiful Lake Louise.

Still jetlagged from his long-haul flight home, the 19-year-old is keen to put pen to paper and write a book about his adventures.

He then intends to head back to the States to sell it and hopes to race professionally there during his trip.

To check out more photos and videos from the boys' Spartan Gap Year, visit www.facebook.com/spartangapyear.


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