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Meeting the Mountain Demon at Skyrun 2013

The deafening flapping from the rain jacket hood had grown so loud it muted the sting of the icy sleet against my left cheek. The ghosted runner just 10m ahead of me was swaying like a drunk man, except that drunk men don’t walk with a 45-degree sideways lean. The last gust of wind and ice had nearly stopped everyone in their tracks. Just a little harder and we would have been bowled over like […]

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SA ice team risk arrest to swim from Russia to US

Five South African extreme swimmers are set for one of the most remote, frigid and hostile challenges imaginable by attempting to swim in relay about 110km across the icy sea between Russia and the USA in early August. They depart from Cape Town this Saturday (27 July). Wearing only a Speedo, cap and goggles, Ryan Stramrood, Kieron Palframan, Toks Viviers, Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai will jet off this weekend to join about 50 international […]

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