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River Severn Expedition

River Severn - Source to Sea

Tarran Kent-Hume

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In July 2017, Tarran Kent-Hume and Luke Hindes set off from Marylebone station in London to travel to the source of the River Severn in Wales.

The plan?  To travel by canoe the length of the river from the source in Wales to its mouth in the Bristol Estuary in England.

The expedition took 8 days and there were more than a few incidents along the way!  Tarran and Luke took two of our extreme chargers to keep their electronic devices charge along the way.

Read the full expedition story by clicking the link below

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Leon McCarron in Armenia

Leon McCarron in Armenia

Leon McCarron

*NEW* extreme

At the end of July 2017, our ambassador Leon McCarron set off with fellow adventurer Tom Allen for Armenia and a 3-week hiking expedition into the wilderness.

They ventured into the Geghama mountains, scouting for a future route for the Trans Caucasian Trail.  

Leon took with him a new extreme to keep all his devices powered up.

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Expedition Norway

Expedition Norway

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

On the 24th July 2017, Dave set off on a 1500mile / 2415km journey between Kirkenes in the north and Bergen in the south west, following the 124 year-old ferry and cargo route known as Hurtigruten, or "The Express Route". 

For this, the 14th non-motorised journey over 1000 miles of Expedition1000, his transport will be a new aquatic craze that has taken the shores of California by storm - The Schiller Bike. And just like many of his journeys before, if successful this will be a new world record, this time for the longest journey by bike on water.

As nice as records are, the real aim of this trip is to experience and share the scale and beauty of Norway. Dave will be sharing film, photos and stories on a daily basis via Facebook and Instagram, wild camping all the way along the coast, visiting islands and fishing villages and meeting the locals. Two entire months of a totally immersive journey, every inch of it under his own steam

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Aaron Durogati

Born in 2003, the Red Bull X-Alps is the world's toughest adventure race, a bold claim, but one it surely deserves. For the second time, Powertraveller powered the athletes’ devices in 2017 as an official Red Bull X-Alps partner in the eighth edition of the race.

The concept is a simple one. 32 athletes must race a straight-line distance of more than 1,000km across the Alps, by foot or paraglider via set turnpoints.  Over the last 10 years, the unique adventure some of the world's top adventurers and tested them to the limit.

Amongst adventurers, it's known as the ultimate race. It's an incredible challenge, demanding not only expert paragliding skill but extreme endurance. Some athletes will hike over 100km in a day and will have covered over 900km on foot by the time the race is over!

Each team consists of one Athlete and one Supporter. No technical or outside assistance is allowed. The Supporter is just there to help with logistics, food and mental help. Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. Since 2013, athletes can each pull one 'Night Pass' that allows them to push-on through the night on foot.

Powertraveller was extremely proud to announce an official partnership agreement with Red Bull X-Alps 2017, following on from a successful 2015 collaboration.

Throughout the gruelling race, the company supplied Red Bull X-Alps participants - including brand ambassador Aaron Durogati -  with product to keep their essential devices such as GPS charged.

Vicki Parlour, Marketing Manager for Powertraveller said “We were thrilled to partner with Red Bull X-Alps again for the 2017 race.  This event pushes the boundaries in terms of endurance and the athletes that take part are among the fittest in the world. 

To be associated with this epic race once again is a huge achievement for the Powertraveller brand and is synonymous with the off-grid lifestyle our products aim to support.”  

 

 

Photos: © Zooom.at

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Cycling Atlantic2Andes

Cycling Atlantic2Andes

Jamie Ramsay

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Having run through five South American countries on his Running the Americas adventure,  Jamie was keen to adventure across three he hadn’t visited.

In February 2017, Jamie cycled from his flat to Victoria station, got the train to Gatwick Airport and flex to Sao Paolo. From there he cycled 3700km across Brazil, Paraguay and up into the Andes of Bolivia.

The adventure was completely solo and unsupported with challenges including the Chaco in Paraguay, climbing the Andes (4700m) and cycling across the Salar de Uyuni during the wet season. The trip finished with cycling from 4700m to 1200m down the Death Road near Bolivia.

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Hiking and Packrafting Tasmania

Hiking and Packrafting Tasmania

Tarran Kent-Hume

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In January 2017, Tarran decided that hiking and packrafting from the north of Tasmania to the south would be a good idea.  so off he went.

He began the adventure by setting off from the north just outside Devonport and cut a path through the heart of Tasmania. Tarran hiked through the world heritage listed national rainforest, whilst taking in a number of lakes and rivers along the path. He climbed the stunning Cradle Mountain and Tasmania’s highest peak Mount Ossa, before descending into the Walls of Jerusalem whilst keeping a look out for the now endangered Tasmanian Devil.  Lake St Clair and Lake King William is where he began Pack Rafting before taking on the rapids as he paddled the Derwent River.  

Find the journey story here: Tarran's blog 

 

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SUP Sweden

SUP Sweden

Tarran Kent-Hume

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In July 2016 Adventure Athlete Tarran Kent-Hume took a team of 5 Stand Up Paddle Boarding through the heart of Sweden.

The Adventure began when the team flew into Gothenburg to make final preparations and spend the night along the river. They set off the following morning with the first sunset of their trip and headed upstream into the Gota Canal and Lake Vanern.
 
The adventure saw the team travel the length of the Gota Canal passing through Lake Vattern, Motala and Soderkoping before reaching the Baltic Sea and hugging the Eastern Coast of Sweden as they headed up past Oxelosund and Sodertalje towards their final destination of Stockholm.

Tarran and the team took the trusty powergorilla and solargorilla to keep their essential devices powered.

 

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Jamie is Running

Running the Americas

Jamie Ramsay

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In 2015, Jamie Ramsay decided it would be a good idea to run 17,000km from Vancouver in Canada to Buenos Aires in Argentina.  

After 12 years working in the City he decided to change the direction in which he was heading. To justifying leaving his job he put together an expedition that combined all of his passions and would take him on a truly inspirational journey.

The 17,000km solo and unsupported run started in Canada and headed south through the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and ended in Argentina.

Some of the challenges Jamie had to overcome include: 700km of the Atacama Desert, crossing The Andes (4830m), navigating his way around the Darien Gap, coping with extreme dehydration and Giardiasis.

It took 367 running days to complete, averaging 46.5km a day.

To keep his essential devices charged, Jamie took a powergorilla and solargorilla portable charger in his kit bag.

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Amazon River Run

Amazon River Run

Tarran Kent-Hume

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In October 2015, two adventurers set out on an expedition to kayak the 6,500Km of the longest and largest river in the world - The Amazon.

Tarran Kent-Hume and Olie Hunter Smart kayaked an arduous 10+ hours a day for approximately 4 and a half months, battling with high altitudes, heat, humidity, tropical storms, insects, wild animals and tribes at war to name a few.

Powertraveller supplied the team with several product to keep GoPro's, Phones and cameras charged, enabling them to document their expedition.

Tarran Kent-Hume had this to say:

"In planning for the biggest adventure of my life, kayaking the length of the Amazon River, I knew we'd need some way of charging our cameras and phones for the trip.  Hiking in the Peruvian mountains and kayaking on the water all day every day means we wouldn't have the means to power any of our gear.  A friend of mine Squash Falconer introduced me to Powertraveller and she was spot on with her recommendation.

Olie Hunter Smart and I used the smaller powermonkey extremes to charge our phones and GoPro's.  This was essential to prevent us from going completely adventure crazy as it allowed us to listen to podcasts, music and take photos and film during the day and evening.  These little devices were so small we tied them to the outside of our backpacks during the hiking section.

Once we were on the water it became a little more difficult because if we rolled our kayaks we'd potentially lose the use of the gear.  So working with the team at Powertraveller we found a solution that worked.  We placed the solar panels in a sealed clear dry bag and this allowed the UV rays to charge up the battery packs as we went.  We did the same for the larger solargorilla solar charger as well.

I remember our lunchtime routine well.  We'd pull into the sand bank after 5 hours of kayaking and drag our kayaks onto the shore.  I'd reach for the powergorilla and solargorilla and lay then flat out in the cockpit of the kayak.  This was always the first thing I did every lunchtime without fail.  This kept our cameras rolling.

I'm looking forward to using this kick-ass gear on my next adventure!

Cheers - Tarran Kent-Hume."

 

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7 Summits - Annelie Pompe

7 Summits - Annelie Pompe

Annelie Pompe

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Not content with being the record holder for the deepest freedive to 126m in one breath, Annelie Pompe is also a bit of a hero in the mountaineering department too.

She became the highest and deepest human in the world within one year thanks to some epic climbing skills and of course that world record.

With climbing fascinating Annelie since childhood, she has climbed all 7 summits (the highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents for those that didn't know):

2011 - Kilimanjaro

2011 - Mt. Everest

2012 - Denali

2013 - Elbrus and Aconcagua

2014 - Carstenz (Puncak Jaya) and Mt. Vinson

 

 

 

 

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Britain's Most Isolated Island

Britain's Most Isolated Island

Rhiannon Adam

After winning this year’s Journey of a Lifetime Award from the Royal Geographical Society and BBC Radio 4, photographer Rhiannon has embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Britain's most isolated island; Pitcairn Island. 

Few people have ever visited Pitcairn and is home to fewer than 50 permanent residents. It is the world’s least populous jurisdiction, world’s smallest democracy, and one of the world’s most isolated communities. It measures just two miles long and one mile wide. It is a volcanic piece of rock with no beaches, no sheltered harbour, off the main shipping lanes, and 340 miles away from the nearest airstrip. 

This is a story of a community on the brink of collapse, which is one of the main reasons Rhiannon felt it was important to record it now, before it is too late.

Electricity only flows a few hours a day on Pitcairn, so power backup was an extremely important factor to making her expedition a success!

Powertraveller support this great expedition with the ultimate power back-up system; powergorilla and solargorilla for her professional kit, including SLR camera and laptop. We also sent her with the new powermonkey explorer 2 for her hand-held devices like her GoPRo, iPhone and tablet. 

**Images courtesy of Rhiannon Adam

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Mt Kenya - Team Tesco

Mt Kenya - Team Tesco

360 Expeditions

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18 Tesco colleagues climbed Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa standing at 5199 metres. The dream team included a mix of colleagues from across stores, distribution centres and offices, coming together to raise money for two great causes – Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK. They managed to raise around £40,000 altogether. 

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Aconcagua - 360 Expeditions and Trek & Mountain

Aconcagua - 360 Expeditions and Trek & Mountain

360 Expeditions

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Trek and Mountain magazine teamed up with 360 to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and one of the Seven Summits, one of our most rewarding and challenging expeditions exclusively for readers.

Fierce snow-storms, battering winds, steep ground just below its summit and its near 7,000m altitude would surely make the mighty Aconcagua tumble off the list that designates it as a trekking peak. Although technically straightforward, an ascent of this mountain, the tallest of all the Andean giants, firmly crosses over into the realm of a high altitude mountaineering expedition. Physical toughness, mental resilience and a hearty dose of luck are required to reach the top of South America

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'The Love Caravan'- Aconcagua

'The Love Caravan'- Aconcagua

360 Expeditions

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360's Jo Bradshaw and 8 of her client friends set off on an Aconcagua expedition

Fierce snow-storms, battering winds, steep ground just below its summit and its near 7,000m altitude would surely make the mighty Aconcagua tumble off the list that designates it as a trekking peak. Although technically straightforward, an ascent of this mountain, the tallest of all the Andean giants, firmly crosses over into the realm of a high altitude mountaineering expedition. Physical toughness, mental resilience and a hearty dose of luck are required to reach the top of South America.

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Te Araroa Thru Hike

Te Araroa Thru Hike

Wandering La Vignes

*NEW* extreme

On November 27, 2014, Patrice and Justin La Vigne started walking from the northern tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga.  They trekked for 2,050 miles on the Te Araroa Trail - New Zealand's long distance hiking route which is made of up a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks and link sections alongside roads.

They reached the end of the route, arriving in Bluff, the southern tip of New Zealand, on March 29, 2015 - a mammoth 4 month trek!

To keep their essential lines of communication open, the Wandering La Vignes took a solarmonkey adventurer along with them which proved invaluable in charging their GPS and phones.

 

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Hobie Kayak Oslo to Helsinki

Hobie Kayak Oslo to Helsinki

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

On 14th August Dave stepped into a Hobie Mirage Adventure Kayak for the first time and began a journey from Oslo to Helsinki. On October 1st he completed the trip having covered 1000.5 miles in 48 days.

This was the 11th leg of Expedition1000. From Oslo, Dave and Hobie travelled south via the Oslo Fjord and Sweden's Bohuslan Coastline.

Once at Gothenburg they turned left, paddling for two days against the current up the Gota Alv river and then across Sweden's largest lake, Vanern. From there the Gota Canal wound through lakes and forests to the east coast, and then four more days of pedalling took the intrepid pair to Stockholm.

Then came the open water crossing to Aland, before a final leg wiggling through the Finnish archipelago before reaching Helsinki.

Total Distance: 1000.5 miles (statute, not nautical)

Average speed: 3.5 mph

Fastest speed: 7.4 mph

Total time on the water: 303 hours, 35 minutes

Estimated pedal pushes: 1,092,900

Dave took with him the Powergorilla and Solargorilla;

"Sharing stories on the move is a key factor for my adventures, so charging cameras, phone, laptop and GPS units is essential. The Powergorilla and Solargorilla were first in the bag and had daily outings along the Scandinavian coastline. Also, the importance of Monkeytails to keep USB-powered items charged at the same time as keeping weight and pack size to a minimim shouldn't be underestimated. 

Powertraveller panels and batteries keep my expeditions alive not just for me, but for the folks following along on social media around the world. They're already in the bag for the next one."

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Journeys 9 and 10 of Expedition 1000

Journeys 9 and 10 of Expedition 1000

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Between April 3rd and May 22nd Dave Cornthwaite travelled 2115 miles in consecutive endurance challenges, separated by only 7 days. 

He pedalled and sailed 1009 miles across the Atacama Desert in Chile on a Whike, then rode 1106 miles on an ICE Trike, from Germersheim, Germany to Cornwall, England. These were the 9th and 10th journeys of Dave's Expedition1000 project, which entail 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

In Chile, he was joined for the full distance by Jamie Fulbrook and Ned Aufenast who also road Whikes, and although the European ICE Trike journey was solo it became a Forrest Gump-like affair, with over 40 people amassing over 1000 miles between them as they joined Dave on the road.

For more information and to support Dave's next challenges visit www.davecornthwaite.com, www.facebook.com/expedition1000, and @DaveCorn on both Twitter and Instagram

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Snow-kiting in Alaska, Mt.Blackburn

Snow-kiting in Alaska, Mt.Blackburn

Blackburn Crew

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A kite supported mountaineering project to Mt. Blackburn, Alaska in Spring 2014.

The goal of this project was to combine classical mountaineering with snow-kiting in order to show that this way of climbing is efficient and fast, even in the extreme Alaskan environment.

Mt. Blackburn (4996m) and the surrounding area with Atna Peak (4225m) and Rime Peak (3762m) offer some of the most diverse and ideal terrain for the combination  of classical and extreme mountain sports.

Mt. Blackburn is the 5th highest peak in the United States and is situated right next to the largest interior valley glacier of the world.  Three major Alaskan peaks within throwing range of the base camp on Nabesna Glacier pose three different goals to accomplish with a much wider range of possible wind directions and weather conditions.  The peak of Mt. Blackburn, the crew's primary goal, can be kited from the middle of the Northwest ridge on and all the way over to the East summit of Mt. Blackburn.

Powertraveller supported the crew once again with portable charging solutions including powergorillas, solargorillas and powermonkey extremes.  Sebastian Bubmann had this to say:

"During our three week expedition in the St.Elias Range in Alaska, we relied on Powertraveller products to power our cameras, laptops, GPS devices, sat phone and headlamps.  The new silverback gorilla was our product of choice to store the power of the sun collected during the day (via solargorillas), when we were touring and to recharge our devices overnight.  4 solar panels hooked to each silverback generated an enormous charging amperage and if we needed 220V we pushed the button several times, a silent "click" and there you go, 220V on 2200m of altitude, surrounded by snow and ice with the wind shaking your tent, dressed in down jackets and pants - simply great!

Additionally we used all the powermonkey extremes in our sleeping tents for powering MP3 players and ebook readers for sitting out bad weather and our Garmin Tactix GPS watches over USB.  We placed the (solar) panels on the outside of the tent and the USB cables running through the ventilation system of our tents to small side pockets where we stored the battery unit of the powermonkey extreme.

We want to thank Powertraveller so very much for the great support and gear.  It is always good to take out the gear into the wild and be able to rely on powering cameras and other devices, drastically simplifying logistics of such an adventure and saving a lot of throw away batteries to protect the environment and nature we love!"

 

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Drakensberg Grand Traverse

Drakensberg Grand Traverse 2014

Ryno Griesel

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The Drakensberg Grand Traverse is the mother of all 'Berg hikes.  From Sentinel car park in the north to Bushman's Nek Border Post in the south, it's roughly 220km across the main range - a trek that takes a strong hiker anywhere between 6 to 10 days to complete.

Blowing the old record out of the water with the hugest of cannonball leaps, South Africans Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel successfully set a new Drakensberg Grand Traverse speed record of 41 hours and 49 minutes.

Ryno Griesel himself and Cobus van Zyl held the previous record of 60 hours, 29 minutes, and 30 seconds which the pair set in April 2010 and with an adventure-racing, speed-hiking approach over the famous Drakensberg Escarpment, a seemingly unending buttress of rock reaching a high point of 3,482 meters/11,423 feet and spanning the border between South Africa and Lesotho.

The Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) has no set route and is largely off trail. Most people will cover in the vicinity of 210 kilometers/130 miles and climb more than 9,000 meters/29,500 feet. The DGT is seen as a backpacking destination for the very fit and experienced, and DGT recreation-ers have, through time, created a set of ‘standards’ defining a legitimate traverse. In short, you have to pass/get through eight locations, what DGT-ers refer to as checkpoints:

  1. Climb the chain ladders at Sentinel Peak
  2. Summit Mont-aux-Sources
  3. Summit Cleft Peak
  4. Summit Champagne Castle
  5. Summit Mafadi
  6. Summit Giants Castle
  7. Summit Thabana Ntlenyana
  8. Descend Thamathu Pass

To set their record, Ryan and Ryno passed all these checkpoints, starting at the Sentinel car park and ending at Bushman’s Nek Border Post. Finally, Ryan and Ryno traveled in the self-supported style that’s been used during previous record attempts. GPS units and maps are permitted under the DGT gentleman/woman’s agreement.

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Snowkiting in the Bavarian Alps

Snowkiting in the Bavarian Alps

Blackburn Crew

solargorilla

Last weekend we went out to look for a snowkiting spot in the Bavarian Alps. We ended up on top of the Breitenstein where a small plateau offers pretty cool conditions. Although there was just a little bit of snow, we had pretty much fun up there.

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Orizaba

Orizaba, Mexico

Ryan Waters

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When people think of adventures in Mexico, they often conjure up visions of warm weather associated with good surf breaks, killer food, and cold cervezas. Most do not realize that there are massive glaciated mountains right in the heart of the country. A series of active to dormant volcanoes blessed with cool sounding Nahuatl names make up the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcano belt and rise to heights over 18,000 feet in altitude. I regularly guide the tallest of them, Pico de Orizaba, the third tallest mountain in North America. In a relatively short trip of a week, we did everything from share chalapas and tequila with locals to standing at the dramatic crater rimmed summit with views reaching across to the ocean. 

Images courtesy of Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen.

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Hobbit 100km Mountain Run 2013

Merrell Hobbit 100km Mountain Run 2013

Ryno Griesel

powermonkey explorer 2 SILVER

The Merrell Hobbit 100 (Amatola Trail Run), a 2 day staged trail run, is on the iconic Amatola Hiking Trail. The race starts at Maden Dam and ends in the magical Hogsback. You will run through the most magnificent indigenous forests, cross rivers and stand below huge waterfalls, and to top it off spend a night at Cata Mountain Hut. If the 100km seems too long, do not despair, this is an entire weekend of trail running with 38km 16km and 5km runs as well.

Ryno Griesel placed 1st in the 2013 100km race, setting another new record, beating his own 2012 record!

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Monte Rosa, three summits reached

Monte Rosa, three summits reached

Squash Falconer

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Sept 2013 – Monte Rosa, three summits reached - Zumstein summit (4,563m) Capanna Regina Margherita Hut (4,554m) Balmenhorn summit (4,167m)

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Norway Surf Camping Trip

Norway Surf Camping Trip

Sophie Hellyer

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Norway was an unforgettable experience. I've never been on a trip where the whole crew got on so seamlessly. We rented a van and drove north as far as we could manage, taking ferrys every couple hours to cross the Fjords. We spent the first night asleep on the road side in our sleeping bags, and were woken by a 4am sunrise, rain on our faces and a giant rainbow. That day we pitched a tent up just up the coast and thats where we spent the next 10 days. We had an 8 man swedish army tent with a wood burner in it, but it was a challenge to keep the wood burner going the whole time when we were in the sea or asleep. The days were spent surfing, fishing, hiking and exploring. We would catch a salmon and cut it open and eat it straight in front of the fire. Theres something about living in the cold water environment that makes you feel connected and relaxed. You can spend your whole day watching the surf through the door of the tent and time it perfectly. This was a real cold water surf camping trip and i loved it.

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Tandem: Vancouver to Vegas

Tandem: Vancouver to Vegas

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Between April 3rd and 16th 2011 Dave and Australian bucketlister Sebastian Terry pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver, British Colombia, to Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first time Seb and Dave rode a tandem bike was in Vancouver, when they started their journey. They weren't experienced cyclists, at any rate, so this was always going to be quite a challenge. Cycling through five States, over mountains, along highways, across plains and through deserts, it's hard to believe the 1396 mile journey only lasted 14 days.

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Eliptigo Challenge

Elliptigo Challenge

Squash Falconer

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On April 30 2013 Dave and fellow British adventurer Squash Falconer set off on the GO Trek through Western Europe on their ElliptiGO elliptical bicycles. Both lovers of the outdoors with a passion for sports, they hope to highlight the benefit of physical activity on quality of life to the people they meet along the way.
 
Dave journey ended with a minor back injury, forcing him to retire after 7 weeks and almost 2000 miles on the road to prevent longer term damage. Squash continued on to Paris. The pair rode through six countries engaging with local bike clubs, running groups, regional fitness initiatives, competitive events, and elite athletes with the goal of inspiring people to say “yes” more in their lives and get active, demonstrating how creating a personal challenge for oneself and making it happen can change old habits and instil a new confidence and love of fitness.  
 
For Dave, this journey on the ElliptiGO was the 8th adventure in his Expedition1000 project, an ambitious series of twenty five journeys of at least 1000 miles in length, each one using a different method of non-motorised transport. Along the way, Dave hopes to raise £1,000,000 for charity and use creative adventure to inspire people to think big, stay healthy, and care for our planet.
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Project Code Red

Project Code Red

Chris Bertish

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On Tuesday 5 Aug 2013 Chris Bertish set a new SUP record for the crossing of the English Channel – a 38.1km stretch. This was the cherry-on-the-cake after Chris’ 3.5-day Thames River source-to-sea adventure, which saw him run 20km, SUP 243-kilometres and bike 35km to the Thames Barrier. This was all part of his Project Code Red Adventure http://chrisbertish.com/projects/project-code-red/ all for Charity- The Lunchbox Fund.

First ever, Thames River source-to-sea run, stand up paddle, cycle
This is the adventure that kicked off Chris’ ‘Project Code Red’ expedition and it began on Thursday, 1 August with a run from the Source of the river up in the Cotswold’s, under an old ash tree, 20km from Cricklade. From here Chris was able to launch his SUP board, into the river with barely enough water to float him and paddling over 90-kilometres per day – sleeping less than three hours a day, paddling mostly through the night.

It seems that the many-many-many locks, over 47, headwinds & carrying all his gear with him, slowed Chris’ progress. Some 24-hours into this adventure he commented, “Making up some good time… Just got let through the first lock of over 20; have had to carry all my equipment across every other time. Stoked”.
He made it to the SUP finish point at Putney on Sunday evening, but with night closure of the Central London Thames Path and bike malfunctions, he could only complete the 35km bike section to the Thames Barrier the following day.

Chris was aiming to complete this challenge in 60hrs and although it took longer, this was undoubtedly a difficult physical undertaking that won’t see many rushing to better.
At the end of this Chris wrote, “First ever Thames River Source-to-Sea (run/SUP/cycle) 4.5 days, 321km, 9.5 hours sleep, completed… Lots of obstacles and challenges to overcome like most great adventures, but I’m super stoked and thanks to everyone out there for the constant support and motivational messages to get me all the way through this adventure”.

And then, with little more than a pit stop on his bike to celebrate by himself with half a beer while waiting for a taxi back to his car, he packed up his bike, headed 3 hours east to Dover to get in late that night, get a couple hours rest and head out first thing in the morning for the English Channel crossing!

English Channel crossing
We’d barely recovered from keeping an eye on Chris’ live tracker following him for the last heart stopping 4.5 day multi marathon, when we got an update saying he was just about to embark on a English Channel record attempt and was leaving from Dover in half an hour to start.

At the start of the crossing he wrote, “The white cliffs of Dover… Here we go again. Start in half hour. Goal 5h:10 hours, current record 5h:38. Project Code Red-Part 2 is officially a go!” Despite waiting for three ships to pass, and doing an extra 1km by mistake, Chris still managed to break the existing record by 12 minutes.
Yesterday afternoon he wrote, “Project Code Red Part 1 & 2 complete & successful. New Channel Crossing record set. After 38.1km paddled, avg speed 7.1km/h and new record time 5h: 26mins.01sec”.
Chris commented afterwards" I wasn't really planning on doing the Channel Crossing literally 12 hours after completing the Source to Sea adventure, but with the weather window looking so good, I just had to do it, no matter what. Sometimes in life you only get an opportunity once and you have to be ready anytime to take it. We can always find excuses of why we can't, but you just need to focus on one reason why you can and make it happen.

Fortune favors the brave and those willing to live with the courage to try.
These adventures were in aid of charity; a non-profit called the Lunchbox Fund in South Africa, to feed hungry kids who don’t have lunch at school. “I really couldn’t have thought of a better reason to do both of these projects, life's all about giving back where ever you can, no matter weather its a little or a lot. “ mentioned Chris
“Make a difference, as every little helps”

An Inspirational tale of being determined, focused, never giving up, staying true to your goals, staying positive when the going gets tough and following your dreams, as Chris says" Nothing is Impossible, unless you believe it to be." I think this back-to-back world first extreme adventure and new Channel Crossing record feat, without skipping a beat, is true testament to this.

Chris wanted to send a special mention to all the support he got from all over the world on the social media updates who were tracking his every update and especially Ben Grenata from K38 for support and assistance on the Thames Source to sea section.
 

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South Africa trip

South Africa trip

Sophie Hellyer

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I headed down to Cape Town for Easter for some surf with Mitch Corbett and the rest of the Cushe team. The water was cold and the waves were glassy. Mitch and I decided to stay on after the rest of the crew left, and headed out on a boat to see some great whites. I was terrified at first at the thought of great white sharks, but being in the ocean with them was completely relaxing. Im less scared of sharks now than ever before. The photos show a 7m great white which we got some pretty cool go pro footage of!

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Smokejumper

Smokejumper

Jason Ramos

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Smokejumping isn’t a planned adventure to climb a mountain or explore a cave. Every mission is a parachute jump into uncharted territories, uncertain conditions, and unexpected outcomes. You wake up in the morning, you head to roll call...If you’re on the load,(eight smokejumpers on the aircraft) you have no idea where your next mission may be. With the ever-changing conditions, it’s absolutely critical for me to be able to use the tech that I rely on, and Powertraveller has proven itself day in, day out, year after year, to keep my gear charged and operational.

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Gran Paradiso 4,061m

Gran Paradiso 4,061m

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In September 2012 Squash Summited the 7th highest mountain in the Graian Alps, Gran Paradiso at 4,061m. After summiting she became First British Woman to fly from the summit on a paraglider.

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Surfing Costa Rica

Surfing Costa Rica

Sophie Hellyer

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Costa Rica blew my mind. I flew there with my Cushe team mates Mitch, Natty and Gus. We rented a 4wd, squeezed everything in it, and went on a road trip. We drove all the way down the coast stopping at different spots each night and moving on the next day. We ended up driving about 8 hours in to the jungle right down near the border of Panama and stayed there for a week. We scored perfect empty waves everyday, and thanks to power gorrilla we kept all our camera equipment charged so we could get some surf footage. The wild life was insane, we even saw a wild puma cross the road!

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Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

Khoo Swee Chiow

powergorilla *NOW 24000MAH*

After climbing for 24 years, Swee Chiow finally attempted K2, the peak with many awesome names - The Mountaineer's Mountain, The Savage Mountain and The Killer Mountain.

Swee Chiow enlisted the help of Powertraveller as a supporting sponsor on this mammoth expedition, running from the 20th June to the 20th August 2012.

Swee Chiow has climbed many great peaks including Everest three times and the 7 summits.  His attempt at K2 was billed as the hardest climb of his life and he successfully reached the summit during August 2012.

"If the mind is willing, the body will adapt." - Swee Chiow


 


 

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Swim 1000

Swim 1000

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

As depicted in Miguel Endara's short film, Swim1000 started on August 10th 2012, Dave jumped into the Missouri river at Chamberlain, South Dakota and began swimming towards St Louis, Missouri, towing his gear with him on a carbon fibre raft.

 

58 days later Dave and his team, who were paddling on Lakeshore Stand Up Paddleboards and in a Mad River Canoe, reached St Louis, MO after a 1001 mile journey, one of the longest swimming journeys in history.

 

Dave had not swum more than 100 metres in one go before this journey began so the early weeks of the journey, which happened to be in a lake system without current, were slow going. It took one month - half of the expedition's allotted time - to cover the first 180 miles, and just one more month to cover the remaining 820 miles.

 

Dave swam pulling and pushing his gear on a raft donated by the British swimmer Haydn Welch. Without doubt, the swim was the hardest journey of his life so far. Read about the gruelling final weeks of the 58 day trip in this blog entry.

 

The journey was also a fundraiser for the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!, whose ongoing creative work to encourage young people to check their boobs and avoid late detection of cancer continues to save lives.

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Squash Falconer and Mt. Kilimanjaro

Squash Falconer and Mt. Kilimanjaro

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

Squash Falconer has been busy again, this time climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

She went along with Adrian and Peter of Wings Of Kilimanjaro and they kept their gadgets charged throughout the expedition thanks to the solarmonkey adventurer, the solargorilla and the minigorilla.

Peter had this to say:

"Here are a couple of photos of Squash on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, plus a couple of shots of my Gorilla pack I used to keep the cameras charged. I came up with a custom configuration for the Gorilla to charge/power all my photography gear, which was a great solution I had been looking for for quite some time as I do a lot of location shooting for other outdoor clients such as Garmin.

I even managed to get the mini gorilla to power my portable motorized camera dolly! I was happy about that.

Anyway, great products!"

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Ataraxia Project, Alaska

Ataraxia Project, Alaska

Blackburn Crew

solargorilla

"In spring 2012, a mixed German American crew set out to break the world record of the longest continues vertical climb with kite support - in the middle of Alaska.

The goal was to reach the top of 4016m high Mt. Marcus Baker, the highest peak of the Chugach Mountains as fast as possible with the support of wind power used by kites. The Ataraxia project was embedded in the Eklutna crossing of three coherent Alaskan glaciers as well as an adventure trip to Thompson Pass, Valdez.

What was initially planned to be a great achievement in pushing the limits of modern day mountaineering soon turned into a fight against the elements. Staying out at Knik glacier for three weeks waiting for the right weather conditions, the base camp was hit by three major Alaskan snow storms. Tents collapsed under the enormous masses of snow deposited in camp with winds gusting up to more than 120km/h. Even though the team did not reach their ultimate goal in the end, this was the adventure of a lifetime and all made it back home safely more motivated for the next attempt than ever before.

Powertraveller supported this great adventure with the perfect package to generate and safe energy while being outdoors, the solargorilla and the powergorilla. Even though temperatures fell well beyond negative 20°C the team never lacked enough power to recharge multiple DSLR cameras. While traveling throughout the day the solargorillas charged the powergorillas and at night the powergorillas were used to charge camera batteries."

*Photos remain the property of Nicolas Chibac
*Words courtesy of Sebastian Bubmann

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Bikecar: Memphis to Miami

Bikecar: Memphis to Miami

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Dave's Bikecar journey, the 6th leg of Expedition1000, began on April 24th 2012. 4 hours out of Memphis a speeding car collided with the chase vehicle (only due to be present for the first day to provide protection against Memphis traffic) then spun and knocked the Bikecar, including Dave and his fellow adventurer Rod Wellington, off the road.

Luckily nobody was hurt. Dave decided he would continue the journey, but from further south in Crystal Springs, MS. Just over a month later he reached Miami on May 26th, having pedalled Priscilla 1000.3 miles.

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Lands End to John O Groats

Lands End to John O Groats

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In Sept 2011 Squash cycled from Lands End to John O Groats. Not quite a mountain, but 1024 miles cycled.

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Mississippi River Expedition

Mississippi River Expedition

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Nobody on the planet has travelled further than Dave Cornthwaite on a Stand Up Paddleboard in one journey. His descent of the Mississippi River took 68 days of paddling, 82 in total, and was the first time anyone had Stand Up Paddled the Mississippi carrying all of their own gear.
Paddling on a Lakeshore River Rover, this was the fourth journey of Dave's Expedition1000 project and the second time he had broken a distance record on a board (see skateboarding across Australia).
Passing through 9 States and either through or over 43 dams (29 dams, all downstream from St Anthony's Falls in Minneapolis, include locks. Dave had to portage two of these locks, once because of a long queue of barges, the other because of a lockmaster with a gun), Dave carried everything he needed to survive in drybags strapped to the deck of his board.
Dave paddled as an Ambassador for the Blue Project, encouraging people to join him on the water and develop an appreciation for the river that flowed by their doorstep. He was also raising funds for CoppaFeel! The breast cancer awareness charity set up by Dave's friend Kris, who was diagnosed at the age of 23.

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Himalaya Mountains

Himalaya Mountains

Ryan Waters

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14 expeditions to the Himalayas. Ryan is a veteran of three expeditions to Mt. Everest, leading groups to the summit via both the Tibet and Nepal sides and three expeditions to Cho Oyu in Tibet. He has led expeditions to K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram Himalaya of Pakistan and Lhotse (2 times), Manaslu (2 times), Dhaulagiri and the Southeast Ridge of 7,200 meter Pumo Ri in Nepal. 

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Appalachian Trail Southbound Thru Hike

Appalachian Trail Southbound Thru Hike

Wandering La Vignes

*NEW* extreme

On June 6, 2011, Patrice and Justin La Vigne summited Katadhin in Maine and walked south 2,181 miles on the Appalachian Trail to arrive at Springer Mountain in Georgia on October 24th.

It was a 7-year dream that they worked hard to make happen. And, it was the catalyst to a life less ordinary. 

Patrice and Justin currently use the solarmonkey adventurer and extreme to keep their devices charged whilst they're off the beaten track.

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Gobi 2011

Gobi 2011

Ripley Davenport

powergorilla *NOW 24000MAH*

The Gobi 2011 Expedition was a non-stop trek across the fifth largest desert in the world (and Asia's largest!) and Powertraveller is proud to have sponsored the team with portable chargers for their amazing journey.

On the 26th May 2011, the expedition team started their 1000miles / 1600km trek across the Mongolian Gobi Desert from Bulgan (a sub district of Khovd Province) to Sainshand (the capital city in Dornogovi province in the East), assisted by as Bactrian Camels.

The team endured dust and sandstorms, torrential thunder and rain, extreme temperature fluctuations, monotony, isolation, blizzards, aggressive camels and injuries.

During the expedition, the team managed to interact with and document with many nomadic and semi-nomadic families, the indigenous lives far removed from our own, who proudly continue their way of life regardless of climate change and globalisation.

On July 15th 2011, the Gobi 2011 Expedition successfully concluded with seven team members reaching the 1000-mile mark after 51 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes. The expedition demonstrated perfectly the significance of goal setting, perseverance, self-motivation, teamwork & leadership, overcoming the tricky bits, confidence and ambition. 1000 miles is a tough endeavour.

Ripley Davenport said, "I'm delighted to have completed this tough journey.  I am overwhelmed to see a team of exceptional individuals complete the 1000 miles on their own feet whilst battling with the mental and physical hardships.  I've witnessed them step beyond their confort zone and the simple adventure story."

He continues: "We don't care what anyone says - the powergorilla and solargorilla were an amazing solar powered outdoor necessity that should shoot laser beams. We were satisfied with the performance of the power and solargorilla. They are heavy and hulking but have simple knuckle-busting features we grew to love - robust, easy to use and, we think(but didn't find out!), falling off the camel proof."

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Deep Everest: Annelie Pompe

Deep Everest: Annelie Pompe

Annelie Pompe

*NEW* mini-g

Adventurer Annelie Pompe believes anything can be an adventure.

Annelie is a outdoor athlete, a world champion freediver and a climber. She feels as home at the bottom of the sea as on the top of a mountain or on a rock face. Amongst her achievements is a world record freedive to 126m, as well as being the first Swedish woman to summit Everest from the north side.

Annelie summitted the north face of Everest with a Powertraveller minigorilla and powermonkey explorer, allowing her to keep her gadgets charged during her expedtion.

Powertraveller distributor Uhrweder Sport donated the minigorilla and powermonkey explorer to Annelie to help her on her epic adventure.

"On Mt. Everest every gram counts. Every gram you don't carry counts even more. As I had to charge both cameras and satellitephone at high altitude I was completetly dependent on the powermonkey and gorilla for energy supply. I became most impressed by the powermonkey as it charged even inside the tent without direct sunlight! I used it as high as 8300m, topping up my camera batteries just before the summit attack (the cold EATS batterypower!). And both my cameras lasted for filming and take photos of the most beautiful moments of my life."

Annelie says of her expeditions:

"Fear is not to be feared. Fear usually starts with a thought of something that might or might not happen in the future. Since it's just a thought, and the thought is in your own mind, you should be able to re-think.

Fear should ba a natural part of life. It will tell you when and where to focus. And it will tell you a lot about yourself. Never let fear paralyze you into action. When you look deeply into fear, you will eventually see that there is nothing there."

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Squash Falconer summits Everest

Squash Falconer summits Everest

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

Squash Falconer's aim was to become the first woman in the world to solo pilot a paraglider from the top of Mt Everest.  Squash would be taking a Powertraveller powermonkey-eXtreme, powergorilla, minigorilla and solargorilla with her to keep her gadgets charged on this epic expedition.

At the end of March 2011, Squash went to Nepal.She would be co-leading an expedition to climb Mount Everest. At 8,848m it is the highest mountain in the world. Not only would she be attempting to summit the peak, she would also be taking her paraglider with the intention of flying from the summit...

Here's an excerpt from her final blog:

"9pm came around quicker than I'd hoped but it was good to get going - this was it.... The stars were out, there was only a little wind - everything was looking good.

The first six hours were great I managed a good pace, I was climbing 100m every hour and I felt ok. Then things started to deteriorate.

The sun didn't come up, the stars and moon disappeared and the sky got lighter, but the clouds rolling in hid the sun we were so desperate to see and the winds picked up.

After a few more hours and continued bad weather, many other teams turned back, I was more exhausted than I have ever felt in my life and I began to wonder if it was time to turn around. Once we'd past the South summit, there were very exposed ridges and the Hilary step still to go. I actually got quite frightened at one point and I turned to my climbing Sherpa and said maybe we should turn back. He said that we were almost there and I could make it. We carried on.

The visibility was mostly between 5m and 30m, the wind was about 50-60km/hr and with the wind chill the temps were about -50'c. It was quite cold!!

I knew that there would be no flight from the top of the world... and I also no longer thought I would make the summit. I was beginning to question if I could even make it back down - it was at that moment I saw, in the foggy not too far distance, a pile of flags and a couple of people... That was it! That was the top. It had taken just over 11hrs to get there and at 8.30am on the 12th May I stood on top of the world."

Squash had this to say about the Powertraveller kit:

"The kit you sent me was FANTASTIC. I am so glad that you supported the trip and I'm proud to have powertraveller as an official sponsor. Thank you so much.

I took the kit and used it as high as Camp 3 (7,300m).

One of the big issues when you climb a mountain or go anywhere that's remote and away from a plug in power source is how you will charge your gadgets.

While climbing Everest I would need a reliable charging source to charge my phone, camera, video cameras, laptop and ipod.

I was so delighted to work with Powertraveller as they had a wonderful solar solution that met all my charging needs.

On the trip I took just three pieces of kit - a powermonkey-eXtreme, a Solargorilla and a Minigorilla.

I used the powermonkey-eXtreme to keep my iPod, my mobile and my Sat Phone juiced and managed to get several charges before the powermonkey needed recharging via the solar panel.

The Solargorilla is a good size, lightweight, tough, durable solar panel that charges kit very quickly in both full and part sun light. It comes with a strap and can be easily attached to a back pack so can be used whilst on the move as well as when I was in camp. This was an invaluable feature and meant I was never without power during the day.

The Minigorilla is a tough, small, lightweight battery that can be charged by the Solargorilla and used for hours to then charge kit and power whatever you need it to. I regularly used it in the evenings to charge my Panasonic toughbook laptop. When I climbed higher up the mountain and weight needed to be minimum I took just the Minigorilla and left the Solargorilla lower down. It worked brilliantly even up to 7,300m, which was the highest camp I took it to. I was able to charge my camera and video camera (something I've never been able to do so high before).

The kit was not only reliable but also worked well in the extreme conditions you get on mountains and was tough enough to withstand the harsh environment.

Both the Solargorilla and Minigorilla are great and invaluable pieces of kit. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who needs solar solutions whilst on a trip, adventure or expedition where power is needed. I loved them and will definitely be using them on all my future expeditions.

A huge thank you to Powertraveller for making such good quality, excellent and reliable kit!"

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Across Antarctica

Across Antarctica

Ryan Waters

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In 2010, Ryan and Cecilie Skog completed a 1,117 mile/1,800 kilometer Antarctic ski expedition over 70 days from Berkner Island in the Ronne/Filchner Sea to the South Pole, continuing to the Ross Sea to complete the first ski traverse of Antarctica without resupplies or the use of kites. 

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MONGOLIA 2010 EXPEDITON

MONGOLIA 2010 EXPEDITON

Ripley Davenport

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Ripley Davenport attempted the first recorded solo traverse across the vast landmass of Mongolia, on foot from east to west, through the Eastern Mongolian Steppe, Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountain Range.
Enduring extreme temperature fluctuations, blizzards, sand storms, isolation, unrelenting desert heat, brutal terrain, Ripley completed an arduous 1012 mile solo trek in 52 days and 8 hours, while man hauling provisions and equipment weighing in excess of 240kg in a wheeled trailer, specifically designed for the journey.

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Murray Paddle Expedition

Murray Paddle Expedition

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Between October 6th and December 19th 2009 Dave travelled the length of Australia's Murray River on foot and by kayak, documenting the human, environmental and climatic factors contributing to the decline in health of this once mighty river.

Dave's first encounter with the Murray was three years earlier, when he skated onto the Wellington Ferry, which crossed the Murray in South Australia. That 100 metre crossing was the most peaceful section of what ended up as a 3618 mile traverse of Australia, and it led to this; his second expedition of over 1000 miles.

From the river's early moments high in the Australian Alps, Dave struggled through heavy blizzards and deep snow before finally settling into his kayak for the final 2350km. Passing along the border of New South Wales and Victoria, the Murray eventually enters South Australia and takes a southerly route to the sea for its final 500km.

Dave paddled for 79 days, sharing his stories online via a blog, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. He powered his laptop and cameras using a Solar Gorilla and Powergorilla.

Suffice it to say, paddling along a river was a wholly different experience from the road journeys Dave had experience previously, and from then a close love and passion for water developed. Dave is now an Ambassador for the Blue Climate and Oceans Project, and has gone on to paddle and swim other mighty rivers, like the Mississippi and the Missouri.

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Mont Blanc Paragliding

Mont Blanc Paragliding

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In September 2009 Squash embarked on an expedition to climb Mont Blanc, 4,810m. After riding her BMW motorbike to the foot of the mountain. She led the climb to the summit and then used her paraglider to become the first women to fly from the top of Mont Blanc (officially recognised and recorded by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom).

 

 

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Loubuche East 6,145m.

Loubuche East 6,145m.

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In April 2009 Squash summited Loubuche East, 6,145m.  She was a co-leader on this trip.

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Cho Oyu 8,201m

Cho Oyu 8,201m

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In Sept 2008 Squash Summited Cho Oyu at 8,201m it is 6th highest mountain in world (600m lower than Everest). She took a bum board to the top and became the world’s highest ever bum boarder!

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 Mustagata 7546m

Mustagata 7546m

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

July 2007 - Mustagata, 7546m - Reached 7,400m turned back due to bad weather.  Snow boarded back down. 

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Eigar 2007 With Ranulph Fiennes

Eigar 2007 With Ranulph Fiennes

Kenton Cool

Kenton successfully leads Ranulph Fiennes up the North face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps. At 3,970m it is one of the biggest mountains in the European Alps.  Since 1935, at least sixty-four climbers have died attempting the north face, earning it the German nickname Mordwand, literally "murder wall" - a pun on its correct title of Nordwand (North Wall).

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Board Free: Skateboarding Across Australia

Board Free: Skateboarding Across Australia

Dave Cornthwaite

*NEW* extreme

Dave's 3618 mile journey from Perth to Brisbane became the longest skateboard journey in history. By the time he'd finished, it was only 22 months since he'd first stepped onto a skateboard. In that time Dave and his rollsrolls carbon kevlar longboard, Elsa, had crossed both the UK and Australia.
 
This is where the adventures all started for Dave. Seeing his home town from a new perspective on a skateboard opened his eyes to the possibilities of a life of passion, rather than the monotonous drag of a 9 to 5 he wasn't very good at, and hated. He quit his job, made a plan and went for it.
 
The BoardFree journeys helped open the floodgates for countless long distance skating efforts which continue to take a simple, beautiful sport beyond new boundaries. BoardFree still underlines the principle objectives that it has always been based upon; inspiring ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things, with those very efforts benefitting worthwhile organisations. The successes of numerous BoardFree journeys to date have now joined forces with Dave's book, BoardFree, to inspire and encourage endless people to make a difference in their own lives, and those of others. 
 
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Aconcagua 6962m

Aconcagua 6962m

Squash Falconer

solarmonkey adventurer V1

In December 2004 Squash summited Aconcagua, at 6962m it is the highest peak in the western hemisphere mountain.

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