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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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Trekking is the decider in adventure racing

Trekking is one of adventure racing’s foundation disciplines and arguably is the one that should be given the highest respect. Strengthening your feet, doing the endurance training for the demands of trekking and developing strong navigation skills are key to successful trekking – whether the stage takes two or 36 hours. All three elements should be trained and trained again. As adventure racing legend Ian Adamson says in his book, Runner’s World Guide to Adventure […]

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Practical and sentimental kit choices

People are magpies, indiscriminately hoarding items that may be of use. And when they pack for races, they tend to do the same, throwing in this and that ‘just in case’. I asked a number of adventure racers to reveal the unusual items lurking in their backpacks and crates, whether they’re practical or sentimental kit choices. To eat or to share Tasty treats offer comfort to both the provider and the recipient, who may be […]

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Six days of natural splendour at Expedition Africa 2014

From 23 May to 1 June, KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast and the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast were the unspoiled playground for some of the world’s best adventure racers at the 500km Expedition Africa 2014, South Africa’s premier adventure race, reports Lisa de Speville. Teams that competed in last year’s edition experienced the brutal chill and accustomed snowfall of the Drakensberg mountains, but this year the humid coastal climate made for a contrasting impression. It was obvious […]

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10 Questions With Martin Dreyer

Paddling, adventure racing, mountain biking, even professional fishing, Martin Dreyer has done it all. The 44-year-old has won the Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times plus seven Non-Stop Dusi wins, the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge and he holds the record for the Freedom Challenge mountain bike ride across South Africa. For the last few years he’s been giving back and helping youngsters from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN realise their potential through […]

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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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Adventure Racing and GPS: A Love / Hate Relationship

Adventure racing has a conflicting history of interaction with Geo-Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology. To the outsider it must seem like a strange love / hate relationship. On one hand, the majority of race organisers have rejected the use of any forms of GPS technology to preserve the map and compass navigation challenge of the sport. Any use of the technology is seen as unfair, like taking a horse with you on a trekking leg. Yet, […]

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Expedition Africa: Adventure racing has come of age

With the third Expedition Africa now done and dusted, all the happenings can now be brought together and put into one final report. I braved the cold to bring you up-to-date reports on my ar.co.za website. Read the race report here HQ is dismantled. The media room is devoid of laptops and cameras. CP markers have been collected. Racers are home – or still travelling home. ‘Friend Requests’ zip around as everyone involved reaches out […]

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Not just a sport

For me adventure racing is not just a sport. It has become a way of life. I love the outdoors. I love pushing to the limits. I love battling the odds and succeeding. I love a challenge. I love spending time with my mates. I love the mental solitude. Adventure racing gives me all this and way more. I came from a paddling background where I competed for 16 years. While paddling I did a […]

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Feeling Lost, Again?

Navigation is the most critical adventure racing (AR) discipline, and is very often completely overlooked until the last minute. Navigation is also the only AR discipline that is a constant throughout the entire race, be it a mountain bike leg, a run or a paddling leg. This skill is almost always left up to one team member, unless you are lucky enough to have two competent navigators in your team. Physically, you can be a […]

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