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Snow-kiting in Alaska, Mt.Blackburn


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...

White Ice Cycle


On the 27th December 2013, Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole. She also set the new World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing her journey in 10 days, 14hrs and 56 minutes. The world's first cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent was powered by Powertraveller. "The Powertraveller solar panel and battery storage unit was perfect for my expedition in Antartica and I could even char...

Drakensberg Grand Traverse 2014


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 C...

Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Polar Guide Christoph Hoebenreich and three colleagues (photographer Michael Martin, cameraman Ralf Leistl and alpinist Mario Trimeri) recently undertook an exciting journey to Dronning (Queen) Maud Land in East Antarctica, visiting the legendary Drygalski Mountains which included Ulvetanna ("Matterhorn"), Holtanna, Kintanna and Forshteven Peak in central Neuschwabenland. The team enjoyed all kinds of Antarctic weather including winds of 60 knots, white-outs, snowfall and spectacular clear blue skies. Christoph&nb...

Snowkiting in the Bavarian Alps


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.

Orizaba, Mexico

North America

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 re...

Merrell Hobbit 100km Mountain Run 2013

Eastern Province

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...

Monte Rosa, three summits reached


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

Norway Surf Camping Trip


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 k...

Tandem: Vancouver to Vegas

North America

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.