Archive for January, 2012

Uma daquelas perguntas que não saem da cabeça…

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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Ursinho fofo!! Não sei exatamente que estava fazendo no final…!

A little question which sticks in the head…!

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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Wasn’t sure exactly what the bear was doing at the end… any ideas..?!

Both Natalia and I have always been interested in wildlife and another of the main aspects of this journey will be looking at wildlife and biodiversity as the environments change the further north/south we get.

We were in British Columbia, Canada at the end of autumn and we saw about six or seven big brown bears in one day. One was ambling along a road in front of us; a couple of others were happily fishing away, most likely aware of our presence though far enough away to feel happy enough to accept it. In a tense moment, one stopped and stared at us from the other side of a stream as we stood absolutely still, sniffed… and then just walked away…

Towards the end of the day, we found a mother grizzly bear and her two-year old (most likely – we decided that it might be a bit unwise to check up close and personal) cub. The mother was teaching her cub how to fish, and the cub was following its mother, navigating the tree trunks and enjoying the salmon he/she was being given… Beautiful!

Each of the bears had their own personality, tied in with their natural instincts, and it was possible to see this even during the short time we were there. Each have to survive in an unforgiving environment the best they can. We hope that our journey will let us explore this more as it takes us through more such environments.

One of the questions lots of people have asked us as our project has moved forward is why Mount Everest as well as everything else…!? Isn’t life going to be hard enough and surely you need years of experience to be able to climb this mountain? Isn’t it incredibly dangerous? Is it really essential for us to complete it in order to complete the full circle of the world? – indeed, once we are in Nepal at Kathmandu, we will need to head north-east in order to get there and we will go back to Kathmandu once we have completed the journey.

What is more, by attempting to climb Everest, we are going to make the who journey last about a year longer than if we just waved hello to the people going up, because of the seasonal climbing windows for timing the North Pole, the South Pole and the Everest aspects of the expedition.

No, from the point of view of completing the circle, Mount Everest is not essential. Yes, it is dangerous and yes it is a bit out-of-the-way. There are all sorts of challenges with climbing it – not least is that of altitude sickness, with decreasing oxygen pressure as we go higher up: the world’s highest peak stands at 8,848 metres above sea level, and we generally start feeling the effects at around 2400+ metres. Exhaustion is a problem and at those heights, it takes much longer to walk even the smallest of distances. The weather on the mountain is also a massive challenge – with the cold, the altitude and the wind… you get stuck in a storm when you are exposed and… well that will be the end of your story, and you might keep in mind that there are about 150 bodies on the mountain that have never been recovered.

Well, we have the romanticism of childhood dreams; admiration of Mallory, Hillary & Tenzing, Bonnington and of course Ranulph Fiennes, and just the very thought of standing on the roof of the world. Also, after having been to base camp on the Tibetan side, and remembering how much in awe we all were of the mountain, it would be great to go back and make the ascent.

However, more importantly, one of the main points of this expedition is about facing the extreme environments that are on the Earth, and the challenges they present. This is why we are taking two and a half years to train for these challenges prior to embarking, and why we will continue training during the expedition with climbs of various mountains on the way, and why we will also work with experts who have climbed the mountain before. Also, whilst individuals have reached the two Poles and Everest, they have done so in separate projects – this will be the first to manage them all in one larger project… which would be incredible..! Just imagining the sense of achievement is quite a powerful factor. So whilst not essential for the whole 360 Extremes expedition, Everest is certainly a key point.

Ultimately, as with any climber going up Everest, we are going to have to really respect the mountain. If the weather is against us, we won’t make the ascent. One of the biggest challenges will be to know if and when we are beat, and it is the most important challenge. There will be no sense of shame in turning back as safety is the most important point and we won’t compromise this.

Mudanças e mais mudanças…

Posted: January 27, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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Cada vez que penso nos lugares onde vou passar, conhecer e me aventurar me arrepio toda… Tantas culturas diferentes, tradições, paisagens e animais… Sei que ao partir de São Paulo não estarei mudando de vida por 3 anos mas que tudo o que deixarei não será mais o mesmo quando eu voltar, sei que a Natália de hoje não vai mais existir porque depois de uma experiência dessas a pessoa muda, sei que meu trabalho, minha carreira e tudo que conquistei profissionalmente aqui, quando eu voltar vou ter que recomeçar…

E quase tudo será um recomeço mesmo. Todo mundo sabe que começar as coisas é na maioria das vezes animador mas (RE)começar é meio assustador. Como pode duas letrinhas mudarem completamente o sentido e o que uma palavra te provoca. Serão muitos perrengues e não que eu tenha medo disso, na verdade sempre gostei…

Acredito que são nas dificuldades que crescemos e que como lidamos com nossos problemas é o que nos define. O mais surpreendente é que eu sempre pensei que daqui 2 anos as mudanças começariam mas já começaram, não só minha rotina, que agora encaixa uma maratona de quase 3horas diárias de exercício físico, dedicação a esse site, alimentação mais balanceada, …; mas também a cabeça começou a pensar diferente, as relações foram afetadas.

Hoje quero conversar sobre lugares, viagens, desapego, em como se desacomodar dessa vida tão sem surpresas e nada excitante que a maioria vive… Acabo esperando mais das pessoas do que elas realmente querem ou esperam… Mas também fico me convencendo que cada um escolhe sua aventura, para uns nada mais emocionante do que um dia corrido no trabalho e depois enfrentar o trânsito caótico de São Paulo.

Claro que esse jeito novo de pensar que está aflorando na minha cabeça deve ser até um jeito de se adaptar para o que me espera em 2 anos, porque sair de casa e pensar que só vai voltar daqui 3, hummm, não deve ser fácil!

Expedição

Posted: January 25, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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A Equipe do 360 Extremes vai sair de São Paulo (Brasil) em março de 2014, e começará a sua volta ao mundo, não de um jeito comum, de leste a oeste, mas sim do jeito mais difícil, de norte a sul, atravessando os polos.

A equipe viajará de norte a sul via terra em uma expedição única e ambiciosa. Enfrentará condições climáticas extremas, tipos de terrenos variados e diversos desafios. A viagem irá partir de São Paulo andando pelas montanhas e florestas tropicais, tundras e desertos das Américas; passando pelo Ártico e Polo Norte;  seguindo direção sul viajando pela Sibéria e Mongólia, chegando aos Himalayas e escalando o Everest, para chegar ao hemisfério sul cruzaremos ainda a Austrália, Nova Zelândia e Antártida. Chegaremos de volta a São Paulo três anos após nossa saída, em março de 2017.

Deveremos ser os primeiros:

  • A completar essa viagem fazendo a maior parte por via terrestre;
  • Brasileiros a completar a volta ao mundo cruzando os polos;
  • A completar a travessia atravessando o Polo Norte, Polo Sul e escalando o Monte Everest numa só expedição.

Fazendo isso devemos enfrentar:

  • Mais de 2000km de caminhada ao atravessar os Polos em temperaturas de -30C em pleno verão;
  • Mais de 800km pedalando pelo deserto Gobi;
  • Mais de 3,000km percorridos de bicicleta pelos desertos australianos;
  • 6,900 metros de altura de escalada no Aconcágua nos Andes;
  • 3,350 metros de profundidade no Cotahuasi Canyon no Peru;
  • 1,700 metros de profundidade no Grand Canyon nos Estados Unidos;
  • Florestas tropicais no Leste da Ásia e nas Américas do Sul e Central;
  • Passaremos por estradas no Tibet e na Bolívia, ambas estão entre as mais perigosas do mundo;
  • Nevascas, fissuras no gelo, escaladas no frio e no calor extremo;
  • E diversos outros desafios…

Ao fazer essa viagem planejamos arrecadar dinheiro para duas instituições: uma  com cunho ecológico e outra que dê suporte a pessoas que vivem em situação de pobreza. Esperamos escolher logo.

Acompanhe a nossa jornada aqui no site.

I guess I have written briefly about some of the inspiration behind this, but I think it is worth a little more on the subject…

The initial thoughts for this project have been growing for some time – with the early seeds set in childhood, reading about Scott, Amundsen and Hillary, and previous explorers going to then unknown parts of the world; one of my favourite books was Water Music by Tom Coraghessan Boyle, based loosely about a Scottish Explorer, Mungo Park, who went twice to try to find the course of the Niger; dying on the ill-fated second journey. Mungo Park was someone who became intoxicated by exploration and Africa in particular; so intoxicated he would give everything for his thirst for it. Those were truly adventurers, and I often find myself imagining what it would have been like to be an explorer from the west at those times when there was so much to know about the world and we didn’t have Google Maps and Earth to show us everything.

It all began to click further into mind when I lived in China a few years ago – a place which had, prior to my living there, been a complete unknown for me – the undiscovered country, as it were. Shanghai was (and still is, in my mind) a fantastic city to live and work in with so much happening… Going up to the north of the country in winter and experiencing the amazing ice and snow festival in Haerbin – where it was about -40C for the entire time I was there; the river was frozen over completely and there was an entire city made out of ice. I remember the stillness of the place walking back a few kilometres from the ice city to my hotel at 2am; quite beautiful. …

Travelling down along the North Korean border and seeing those security cameras looking over the iced-up river; climbing some of the sacred mountains in the country; and eventually going to Tibet and trekking through the Himalayas to Mount Everest Base Camp with the summit of Everest being revealed through the cloud for, according to the locals at a nearby monastery, the first time in a couple of months. So many spectacular places; interesting people, strange foods (fried silk worm was a particular favourite)… Then you get the massive history of the region, the fantastic stories (among others) of Marco Polo going along the Silk Road, and realise how the eastern and western civilizations have traded with each other for thousands of years.

One of the big parts of this expedition that I am really looking forward is being able to go back through China again, though part of this expedition is about seeing how the cultures, foods and peoples change as we go through different climate zones, and from my experiences living in different countries… I am certain that we shall meet many surprises that will challenge our initial ideas and preconceptions as the journey progresses…

Escalando e treinamento…

Posted: January 22, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Climbing, Português
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Entrar num esporte novo nem sempre é fácil…

Escalada por exemplo você chega e olha aquele paredão, aquelas agarras e o que você quer fazer é chegar no topo não interessa como. Você tenta a primeira, segunda e de repente na terceira consegue. Cada parede que você olha o pensamento é o mesmo, como chegar lá em cima.

Com o passar do tempo você começa a descobrir que existem técnicas, posições e o mais importante VIAS… Nem toda agarra é necessariamente a sua agarra, têm cores que diferenciam elas e que fazem o seu caminho, esse caminho que exige de você paciência pra conseguir se encaixar a cada degrau. Cada cor também diz o nível de dificuldade que vai da branca até a preta (do fácil pro difícil).

E não fica por aí, hoje queria dedicar esse post as sapatilhas, isso mesmo, algo que parece simples mas não é só comprar ou escolher porque é bonita ou confortável, muito pelo contrário, elas foram desenhadas pro seu próprio desconforto… Parece loucura mas pra mim é isso, a sapatilha tem que ser justa no pé, não muito apertada mas não devem ficar espaços vázios, digamos assim, isso para que seu pé não escorregue e te dê firmeza na subida.

Comprar sapatilhas aqui no Brasil é complicado, porque os vendedores não conseguem nos ajudar, não explicam que existem sapatilha pra cada tipo de pé e também não falam sobre como tem que vestir, se pode ser folgada, como funciona a numeração….

Antes de comprar a sua dê uma lida em artigos da internet e compre em lojas que tenham uma parede que você possa experimentar, nem sempre aquela que você calçou e ficou boa é a certa, na hora de escalar parece que seus pés incham, e com a sapatilha errada vira tortura…

Segue alguns link com artigos que achei interessante:

http://webventureuol.uol.com.br/montanhismo/n/tudo-o-que-voce-precisa-saber-sobre-sapatilhas/2911/secao/montanhismo

http://www.arlivre.com/actividades/escalada.htm

http://www.naokiarima.com/outros_sapata_i.html

http://www.penatrilha.com.br/cuidados-com-sapatilhas-de-escalada

http://www.marski.org/artigos/interesse-geral/35-sapatilhas-de-escalada

http://www.mochileiros.com/sapatilhas-dicas-truques-informacoes-t19782.html

Por hojé é isso aí!

Fui

<—- The Journey – Part 1: Going North

So after crossing the North Pole, we have to start our journey down south. The main highlights of this journey are:

May-Mid June 2015: South from Longyearbyen to mainland Norway at the city of Tromso and then cycling south, we go through Finland and into Russia at St. Petersburg, before reaching Moscow a few days later.

From Moscow we will begin the trans-Siberian part of the journey, going overland by hybrid/electric car to Irkutsk on the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world – which contains roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. We will then get on our bikes and go south, across the Gobi Desert of Mongolia into China.

Mid-June-August 2015: Entering into northern China, we will go down to Hohot before cycling along a segment of the Great Wall of China, we go the five Sacred Taoist Mountains, (Bei) Heng Shan in the north, Tai Shan, Song Shan, Hua Shan and (Nan) Heng Shan in the south. From there we travel to Chengdu and take the 2,413-kilometer-long Sichuan-Tibet Highway to Lhasa – a road that traverses 14 mountains that are around 4,000-5,000 metres in height and can be considered to be one of the more treacherous highways one can travel. From Lhasa we will travel through the Himalayas into Nepal and Kathmandu

August-October 2015: Kathmandu will be the base from where we will start our journey to Everest in an attempt to reach the summit in what would be the first team to reach the summit, and traverse both the Poles in one larger expedition. Climbing Everest is one of the more dangerous aspects of this expedition as whilst there is a climbing window in September-October, weather on the mountain can change at the blink of an eye and when the weather there is against you, no expedition would be able to reach the top as the dangers are so great – especially in the Death Zone after 8,000metres. Occasionally the ascent can be finished by mid-October, though this is entirely dependent upon conditions and many expeditions do indeed have to turn back, even when they are within touching distant of the summit.

November 2015-June 2016: After the attempt at Everest, we will go back to Kathmandu and travel through a couple of nearby national parks, before first going east by bike via northern India and Bhutan to the Paro Takstang monastery. After spending time at the monastery and continuing cycling through Bhutan to the eastern border with India, we will make our way south, through Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore into Indonesia… before crossing to Australia.

July-October 2016: From Darwin we will cross central Australia through the deserts to Adelaide on a journey that covers over 3,000 kilometres. From there we will sail to New Zealand, from where we will go to the Antarctic.

November 2016-February 2017: The Antarctic Expedition: Whilst we are approaching the end of our global circle around the Poles, this will again be another massively demanding challenge – crossing the South Pole by foot – over 1000 miles in the coldest and harshest conditions on this planet. The challenges will be different from the North Pole, with crevasses posing threats of opening up beneath us, and high altitudes also making this an exhausting journey few have completed.

February-March 2017: And so our journey will come to an end as we return to South America via southern Chile and Argentina, with one more major climb at Mount Aconcagua – the highest mountain in South America – before crossing into Brazil at the Iguacu falls and completing the circle in Sao Paulo in March 2017.

From then on… who knows…!?

The Journey – Part 2 – Going South —->

Well it will be quite long, extremely challenging and will take some time – all of three years to complete from beginning to end – a circle of the Earth, going north from São Paulo. Breaking it down and it is going to look something like this:

March 2014: After over two years of preparation, we will start our journey from the mega-city of São Paulo on the 1st March, going to Bolivia, via the Pantanal. This part of the journey will take place largely by bike and by foot and will take about a month.

April 2014: Traveling by bike, through Bolivia, along El Camino del Muerte: what many consider to be one of the, if not the, most dangerous roads in the world. For a good blog to see what this road is like take a look here…  After up through the Andes into Peru and the Cotahuasi Canyon, before going into Ecuador and climbing the Chimborazo Volcano, the summit of which is the point farthest from the Earth’s centre.

May 2014: Into Colombia, through Bogotá to Cartagena, from where we will sail to Colón in Panamá – much as we would like to journey from Colombia into Panamá by land, the Darian Gap which is an area of land between the two countries is far too dangerous with banditry and general lawlessness for us to go by foot, at least at present… But the sailing will be nice!

June-July 2014: Travelling up along the Pan-American highway and trekking through the rainforests of Central America (as well as having some time passing by some of the beaches) then we will enter into Mexico from Guatemala by around mid-July.

July-September 2014: Up through Mexico, crossing the Chihuahuan Desert and into United States, from where, after having a brief stopover at Las Vegas, we will climb, trek and cycle through the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park

September 2014-February 2015: Canada – we will travel north through Canada, continuing with our mountaineering training by climbing peaks in the Rockies, before travelling along the Dempster Highway, which is the farthest north road in the country. We will also continue with our polar training with courses in the country to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for crossing the North Pole.

February-April 2015: North Pole Expedition – this will be the climax of our journey northwards, crossing over from Canada to Greenland, to the North Pole, encountering temperatures which average at about -30C at this time of year, through to open water leads; treacherously thin ice, polar bears and strong winds. For around seventy days, we will be walking through these conditions to cross the North Pole and start the next phase of our adventure, going south through Russia and Asia towards Antarctica…

Well it has been a week since have been back in Sao Paulo and we have been going to the climbing wall and gym every day since then. There is something about just training at the gym that I really don’t like though I guess I am going to have to get used to it as we will be there pretty much continuously for the next couple of years or so if we want to get into good enough shape to do this project (though I am looking forward to when we get new bikes so we can go into the mountains around the city). I am pretty much fluent in Portuguese, though gym/muscle-talk … well, even in English it is pretty hard for me to remember what is what and which is which. The trainer at the gym… she kind of looks at me as if I am a bit stupid (she is probably right though!) every time she needs to explain to me what equipment I need to use and how I should use it. Also there is the monotony of it all, that’s why I prefer the climbing part.

Slowly but surely progressing with the climbing. Getting to the top of the wall isn’t really a problem anymore, so we are now getting ourselves to really follow the trails. These I guess are better for training with the technical skills such as turning your body and balance, rather than just lumbering up like spiderman! Not sure if it is the same with every climbing wall across the world, but the trails at this wall are divided into difficulties, white, yellow, green, red and blue. After a few times trying, I finally managed to do a traverse of the entire wall along the yellow trail – extremely pleased with myself!! Natalia almost made it but she was much better than me with climbing up along the yellow trail, and made it to the top twice with no mistakes.

First couple of attempts with me and I managed half-way before my hands got sweaty and my energy ran out (I think having been doing some weights beforehand didn’t help though!). The next day, back again, same route, first time and again just half way. Watched Natalia manage it, and this time decided to really go for it… So close!!!! About half a metre from the top and I just couldn’t quite do it! So close to being able to get the last foot and hand holds, though my hands were sweaty (in spite of being covered in chalk!) and the tendon in my right arm was starting to hurt a bit… swearing quite loudly, I just grabbed hold of one of the green trail holds, got myself to the top and looked a bit dejectedly at Natalia for her to lower me down. Next time, I will make it – that half way point was really the killer for me, and was happy that I managed to navigate it.

So day off last night – to give my tendon a bit of time to recover; I have a habit of overdoing things, and would really rather not this happen on this occasion!

A equipe…

Posted: January 21, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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Benjamin Weber (idealizador)

Nasceu em Aberdeen, na Escócia, mas não gosta de ser chamado de escocês não, pra todos se diz inglês, o motivo não sei bem porquê.

Foi criado nas ilhas Okney, aos 8 anos se mudou para Lancaster, nunca conseguiu ficar parado muito tempo em um lugar só. Já morou em St. Andrews, Londres, Fortaleza (Brasil), China (Shanghai e Xinxiang), voltou para Londres e agora está há 4 anos em São Paulo.

Já viajou para as Ilhas Galapagos, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, já cruzou o Brasil de onibús, viajou da China para Rússia passando pela Mongolia, conheceu diversos lugares da Europa e viajou pelos parques canadenses.
É um viajador convicto e fotografo nato!

Trabalha na Control Risks Brasil como consultor de risco e gerência a equipe de pesquisa e os projetos. Fala português e inglês fluente, se vira bem no espanhol e seu mandarim acabou se perdendo depois que deixou a China.

Seus maiores medos são de altura e de não conseguir realizar essa aventura.

Natália Almeida

Nascida em São Paulo, durante a infância morou na capital, na Praia Grande e 2 anos em Fortaleza.

Em busca de uma profissão desafiadora acabou cursando faculdade de rádio e televisão, antes mesmo já trabalhava na área, tanto é que já perdeu as contas de há quanto tempo é editora de vídeo.

Trabalhou em duas edições do Rally dos Sertões, editando direto das etapas, com esse trabalho teve a oportunidade de conhecer o sertão brasileiro. Editou programas como E24, A Liga, E aí doutor e hoje é a responsável pelo programa Polícia 24h. Sua maior paixão é viajar, e esse sentimento já a levou a diversos lugares, como Foz de Iguaçu, Salvador, já viajou de Fortaleza para São Paulo de carro três vezes, Argetina, Irlanda, Inglaterra, Galapagos e o Canadá. Sua viagem mais marcante foi a Galapagos onde perdeu o medo de mergulhar e se fascinou pela natureza. Depois dessa viagem foi para o Canadá observar os ursos.

Sempre muito desapegada e com um espírito livre, suas maiores preocupações com esse projeto são, com quem deixar suas duas gatas e como sua mãe vai administrar a falta de notícia.

Detalhe: ao completar a viagem, a Natália será a primeira brasileira a dar essa volta ao mundo.

Terceiro Integrante

Nossa equipe ainda não está fechada, precisamos de alguém disposto a investir 3 anos em um roteiro cheio de dificuldades mas também belezas. Alguém que possa nos ajudar a documentar cada km dessa viagem, e que tenha bastante habilidade com camera de vídeo. Se você se acha apto e está disposto ou conhece alguém que toparia, entre em contato conosco no email : 360extremes@mail.com.

Afinal de contas serão 3 anos de muito suor, pedalada e sola de tênis gasta, serão 3 anos em que todos os dias algo novo acontece, seja uma pessoa, uma dificuldade, uma surpresa, uma paisagem, um animal… Serão 3 anos de incertezas, mas a unica certeza que teremos é a de que iremos aprender muita coisa. Sabemos que não será fácil, mas acreditamos que com dedicação e vontade chegaremos lá. E é por esse sonho e por acreditar na possibilidade dele que estamos dispostos a largar emprego, família, amigos, casa e conforto. Estamos em busca de uma vida que seja mais do que bens de consumo, uma vida de aventura e crescimento pessoal.

A Jornada 360 Extremes

Posted: January 20, 2012 by Natália Almeida in Português
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Planejamos começar essa aventura em março de 2014, mas isso não quer dizer que até lá nada vai acontecer, muito pelo contrário. Para uma viagem nessas condições precisamos de muito preparo e dedicação, serão 2 anos e pouco de muito trabalho físico e mental.

Para entender um pouco do que estou falando, segue alguns detalhes do nosso roteiro:

  • São Paulo – Bolívia : cruzaremos o Pantanal Mato Grossense de bicicleta e andando. (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Bolívia – Colombia: aqui pegaremos a estrada El Camino del Muerte, considerada uma das estradas mais perigosas do mundo e ingressaremos nos Andes, a locomoção será via onibús e bicicleta. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Colombia – Guatemala: atravessando a Colombia os perigos são outros – as Farc, falta de estrutura e segurança nas estradas . O visual também vai mudando bastante muita mata e chuva, chegando a Costa Rica, aí sim praia e calor. (tempo estimado: 2 mêses)
  • México – EUA: mais mudanças, aqui atravessaremos o Deserto Chihuahuan e cruzaremos a fronteira americana de carro. (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • EUA – Canadá: os pontos altos serão Grand Canyon e Yellow Stone Park … Muita rocha pra escalar. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Canadá: as vistas neste trecho são incríveis, muita montanha, muita natureza. Vamos aproveitar para treinar sobrevivência à baixas temperaturas, precisaremos disso pra próxima etapa. . (tempo estimado: indeterminado)
  • Expedição Polo Norte: os maiores desafios aqui serão resistência ao frio e aos ventos, andar sobre gelo fino, animais pelo caminho… O treinamento no Canadá serve justamente pra estarmos aptos. . (tempo estimado: 2 mês)
  • Noruega – Rúsia: clima mais ameno, e lindas vistas… Aqui também teremos boas opções de esporte radical. (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Russia – China (passando pela Mongólia): aqui ingressaremos na parte mais espiritualizada da viagem, Tibet, Serras Sagradas, mas o lado aventura não ficou esquecido, enfrentaremos várias mudanças climáticas e de altitudes, entraremos nos Himalayas e seus desafios.  (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Nepal: só preciso de uma palavra pra mostrar como essa parte é importante e perigosa, EVEREST, isso mesmo escalar o Everest. (tempo estimado: 2 mês)
  • Butão: atravessaremos esse pequeno país pedalando, andando e escalando um pouquinho, porque aqui o que mais tem é serra. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Índia – Indonésia: aqui as vistas serão paradisíacas mas a estrutura pra viajar péssima. Boas opções de esportes para tentar, e diferentes paissagens. . (tempo estimado: 3 mês)
  • Austrália: chegaremos aqui de barco, e a ideia é cruzar o país pedalando por ser um país relativamente novo e de boa preservação acreditamos poder encontrar diversos animais e lindas vistas. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Nova Zelândia: o maior perigo por aqui com certeza é a travessia da Austrália para cá de barco, muitas tempestades e perigos no mar. Aqui muita rocha pra escalar e muito esporte radical pra mostrar. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)
  • Expedição Polo Sul: cruzaremos a pé, e mais uma vez muito frio, muito vento, andar sobre gelo… . (tempo estimado:4 mês)

  • Argentina – São Paulo: chegamos ao fim de nossa viagem, fecharemos o círculo passando pela Patagonia, sul argentino e suldoeste brasileiro. . (tempo estimado: 1 mês)

Resumindo serão 2000km andando pelo polos, em temperaturas abaixo de -30C no verão; 800 km pedalando pelo Deserto de Gobi; 3000km de bicicleta para cruzar a Austrália; 8800m de escalada em condições de frio extremo no Everest e 6900m no Aconcágua; passaremos por duas das mais perigosas estradas do mundo na Bolívia e no Tibet… É isso, se você já nos achava loucos só de ler a ideia, aqui está o percurso que te mostra que é possível sim, com bom planejamento, treino certo, e dinheiro, os dois primeiros itens já estamos fazendo o terceiro precisamos de ajuda em achar bons apoios e patrocinadores.

Charity support – finding the right one!!

Posted: January 19, 2012 by Ben Weber in English

We are in the process of selecting two charities for which the expedition will raise funds: given that we shall be looking at the human and wildlife in the harsh physical environments we will be passing through, we would like to support one charity centred around supporting people and one which is dedicating to wildlife and conservation.

So many really amazing organizations out there – it is hard to find the right one! But we are down to a small shortlist, so hopefully there will be some further announcements soon!

On dreaming, being comfortable and Groundhog Year…

Posted: January 17, 2012 by Ben Weber in English

It would be pretty easy now at the age of 30 to just stay in the job and stay as everything is now for us: earning reasonably well; quite interesting jobs; decent lifestyles… Not rich but able to eat out every so often and go on the occasional holiday. So why can’t we be just content with the way things are; get a promotion every now and then, and stay in São Paulo? It’s comfortable enough, isn’t it? Why would we want to go and do something like this?

Well, it would be so easy, wouldn’t it? But a “quite interesting” and “decent lifestyle” which is “comfortable enough” just strikes me as a little wrong somehow. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all” – and that is how it feels at the moment: existing. The jobs are interesting but are ultimately everything feels the same, no matter how different a case feels. You get stuck into such a pattern that it feels like Groundhog Year, not just Groundhog Day, and before we know it, we will turn 40, got even more overweight and still doing the same thing. That is existing.

So, we come back to dreams and what happens to them all. Am sure that lots of us have childhood dreams of becoming a pilot; becoming a famous explorer; climbing mountains; sailing around the world. But what happen to these dreams? It would be interesting to see how many of us actually fulfil these dreams or let them fade to memories and have a few laughs when we look about how adventurous we use to be. Again, once we let slip into Groundhog Year, it is so easy to let these dreams slip and be content with being comfortable.

But why around the world; why the hard way and why make life difficult for yourself by including ridiculous challenges like Everest and cycling across Australia…?! Surely there are other ways to live your dreams? What about just doing something like going from the southernmost part of South America to the northernmost part of Canada? This would definitely be a challenge and not something to turn your nose up at. Not mentioning the fact that going around the world by land along the polar axis would be extremely interesting from the human and physical geography point of view, I guess it is the dream of getting to the Poles – following in the footsteps of those great early explorers; challenging ourselves to the extremes and going through some of the harshest conditions in the world to accomplish something incredible. We just need to remember that life can be more than just comfortable and that dreams can be realised no matter how young they were originally made. Realizing this, and following these dreams, escaping Groundhog Year… this would be living.

And if we can film, photograph and document the journey, and raise money for good causes in the process, then why not?