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9 Peaks Challenge, Team Nevarest, trail running, Greg Avierinos, Ryno Griesel, Ruan van der Merwe

Dream team conquers South Africa’s nine highest peaks

The dream team of Greg Avierinos (OCR athlete) Ryno Griesel (ultra trail runner ) and Ruan van der Merwe  (adventure racer) set out at 4am on Wednesday, 23 August. They had a very specific goal – to summit the nine highest peaks of South Africa in the fastest known time. The 9 Peaks Challenge has been around for longer than most people realise. It has been attempted by numerous teams and individuals since the Republic of South Africa went […]

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Team Keyhealth Jabberwock on the moonscapes of Ladakh. Photo Terence Vrugtman/adventurelife.co.za

Getting High in India

Ruan van der Merwe was thrown in the deep end at India’s first-ever adventure race: the Himalayan Challenge. With team Keyhealth Jabberwock, he battled altitude, inexperienced organisers, and some hardcore local teams for an excellent result. Since this was the first adventure race held in India, all competitors were all in for a huge learning curve.

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