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Merrell withdraw from AR World Champs after Knysna fires

When life gives you lemons, you make lemon pie, we all know that. When life sends the massive #KnysnaFires to destroy your home along with everything you own and burn down your pine plantations and livelihood, it can be difficult to find that pie recipe amidst the smouldering ashes. So we poked around and found another metaphor: The hardest/toughest/ finest steel is forged in the hottest fire.  And this, we feel, is much more applicable […]

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The X-Berg Challenge 2017: run, mountain bike and paraglide

The annual X-Berg Challenge is a unique multi-day adventure race that took place in the Drakensberg from 2-4 March 2017.

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Team Sanlam Painted Wolf ARWS 2016

Team Sanlam Painted Wolf fourth at 2016 Adventure Racing World Series

  South Africa’s Team Sanlam Painted Wolf have placed fourth place in the stacked ARWS – Adventure Racing World Series after a gruelling 627km! They crossed the finish line in fourth place just before 8am on Monday, producing the best result for a South African team. The team, which consists of Knysna brothers and business owners Mark Collins (47) and John Collins (42), Cape Town paediatrician Dr Andre Gie (34) and Stellenbosch engineer Robyn Owen […]

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Merrell Adventure Addicts rule Expedition Africa

Over 73 hours and 400km through the mountains, valleys and rivers of Swaziland on foot, bicycle, kayak and pure human grit and determination all came to an end for the 92 competitors of the Expedition Africa race on Wednesday. It was South Africa’s very own Team Merrell Adventure Addicts who came in as the winners winners of the 5th edition of the epic race. For captain Graham Bird and teammate Don Sims, this is their […]

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Expedition Africa adventure racing

Expedition Africa’s 450km race in Swaziland

This weekend, 24 teams will set off from the start of Africa’s toughest multi-discipline event, the 450-kilometre Expedition Africa adventure race. Hosted in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Expedition Africa will challenge the fitness, skills, mental strength, endurance and navigation of all participants. Expedition Africa is an international event on the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) calendar and this year it welcomes 24 four-person teams, representing 11 countries together with journalists from Australia, Portugal, Spain and […]

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FEAT 2013 a success

The 5th edition of FEAT in South Africa took place on Thursday last week. Even though the speakers are known in advance and the slides approved a few days before the event, how the evening pans out is always a pleasant surprise. The mix of disciplines and adventures featured have made every FEAT event distinctly different to any of the others. This speaker lineup was quite water heavy, which was unintentional, but featured very diverse […]

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FEAT: The annual adventure celebration

Almost a year has passed since the last Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks (FEAT) evening, where 10 South African adventurers took to the FEAT stage to relate their tales of adventure – in only seven minutes each. This October the audience will again be spellbound as they briefly journey over continents and oceans, up and over mountains, outside our borders and within our own country. “FEAT has been going since 2010 and this will be […]

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2013 Red Bull X-Alps: The Epic Story

By Red Bull. The 2013 Red Bull X-Alps proved a record breaking race for the athletes. Here, we celebrate the 10 year anniversary edition in all its pain, heroism and glory. “My legs are shot” says Jon Chambers (GBR) as he tucks into a bowl of soup at the summit restaurant of the Zugspitze, the fourth turnpoint in the Red Bull X-Alps, and Germany’s highest mountain. “It was a tough three hour climb, with lots […]

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New Balance Impi Challenge returns to Gauteng

Outdoor enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the New Balance IMPI Challenge will return to the Van Gaalens Cheese Farm, Hartbeespoort in September. The New Balance IMPI Challenge is a challenge that combines mental and physical endurance with an element of fun. Participants can choose between the New Balance IMPI Elite Race on Saturday, 28 September or the fun filled New Balance IMPI Challenger event on either Saturday, 28 September or Sunday, 29 September. […]

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Plenty wind, little water at Winter Wartrail Challenge

The 2013 Winter Wartrail (26-28 July) will go down in the history books – and it won’t be because of the cold or the extremely low water levels. This year’s Wartrail will be known for the howling, gale-force winds battering the brave racers, non-stop, for the entire three days. “This is Wartrail unplugged!”, declared Adrian Saffy (race organiser), on the eve before the mayhem unfolded. Followed by a low murmur, and a few cries of […]

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