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Ryno Griesel

Mountaineer

"The way to the top is always uphill; make sure you have the power to share the rewarding view."

Ryno is a super-passionate mountaineer and trail runner.  He has climbed various mountains in Africa, Europe and Nepal.  He currently holds the record for the Hobbit 100km mountain run after back to back wins in 2012 and 2013.

He has raced Adventure Racing internationally with Team Cyanosis since 2006 with various top finishes.  Race destinations include Africa, Europe, New Zealand, 800km in the Moab Desert in Utah and 10 days amongst the icebergs of Patagonia.

Ryno actively competes on the Rogaine World Champs circuit (pair - 24 hour navigation runs) with Nicholas Mulder.  They achieved a 2nd place at the New Zealand Championships in 2010 and a top 5 finish at the Czech World Championships in 2012.

His true passion, however, remains spending time in the mountains and sharing it with others.

His competitive side sees him combine his experience gained in the altitude and technical rope work of mountaineering, the managing of sleep deprivation and team dynamics in Adventure Racing, the navigation of Rogaine and the technical aspect and speed of trail running to tackle FKT (Fastest Known Times) in self-sufficient mountain running.

Ryno set a new world record in March 2014 with Ryan Sandes in a Red Bull project to cover the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) in a time of 41 hours and 49 minutes with only 40 minutes of sleep (the previous record was 60 hours 29 minutes).  During the DGT, the team from Salomon summited the six highest peaks south of Kilimanjaro.

Ryno is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, registered independent auditor, tax practitioner and and co-founder of the international height safety group Gravity Training.

Ryno is passionate about reinvesting in the sport and manages a portfolio of up and coming athletes and regularly presents motivational talks in sport and business sharing his adventures.  He believes that a person learns more about themselves in a 5 day expedition / adventure race than a normal person will in 5 years.

*Images courtesy of; Anja Aucamp (pic 1), Bruce Viaene (pic 2, 3), Craig Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar (Pic 8)


Ryno Griesel's Timeline


Merrell Hobbit 100km Mountain Run 2013 | 2013-10-30
Drakensberg Grand Traverse 2014 | 2014-03-01

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