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Going on to the Columbia ice field feels like going to the moon, jumping on and off these fantastic buggies with huge wheels and on to this freezing cold, alien world on the glacier coming down from the plateau…

The World is our oyster… or at least it can be, if we dare to fulfill our dreams…

So it is about a year ago since the day I first started really thinking about this idea as a whole. Time has just gone by incredibly quickly and it is difficult to really go through all the changes and developments that have happened in this year in a short post.

Depois do sim hora de comer o bolo

A lot has happened over the year since this..!

The first time I mentioned the ideas to Natalia, just about the time of our wedding, it was more about speculation – why do people, when they think about going around the world, always think about going from east-to-west? Surely going north-to-south would be, though much more demanding physically, just as (if not more) interesting? From a geographer’s point of view: extremely interesting as we get to see the full range of climates from the tropical heat through to the polar cold… and then how people and animals cope and adapt to these climates. From the environmental point of view: because of the changing climate and how the very areas we will be going through are being threatened by these changes. From the cultural aspect: how the cultures change as go through the different countries and locations… and much more.

From influential bears…

At the first discussions, it was all just a pipe-dream, based on these interests and also childhood dreams and hopes of being an explorer. Further inspired by more recent adventures in British Colombia, seeing the bears there, and travelling through the Galapagos Islands. After more discussions and a lot of research, it became evidently possible: People have crossed the poles before – you just need a massive amount training and dedication to get to the right levels of fitness and capability to cross them. People have cycled through the Americas and through Europe and Asia before… again, training and dedication to be able to do this. It was a big step putting this website up at the beginning of the year though – this was something that really committed us to this project… No going back from then on!

…to mountain tops!

And so to the training… over the past year in preparation for this project, the transformation in our general fitness from pretty much average people to actually in pretty good shape now (still plenty more work to do though!) has amazed even ourselves. We have gone to Bolivia, climbing mountains of over 6,000metres – massive challenges for people who had just been used to just regular hiking at best; we are cycling at least 100km at least once or twice a week now, getting to know parts of São Paulo state where we wouldn’t have known otherwise. We are climbing at the Casa de Pedra gym in São Paulo during the week and maintaining regular fitness training at the gym there to get us into better shape. And shortly, we will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. In winter – to help prepare us for some of the tougher conditions we go through before we get to either of the Poles. Then next winter, we will have our polar training up in Baffin Island…

It is all exciting, but it wouldn’t have been possible without support from Casa de Pedra and our climbing, training and equipment from them, and now, with Atticmedia and the development of our new website and logo. To be able to complete it all, we will of course need further sponsors – the Poles are not so easy! Though this is a fantastic start – just plenty more work to do over the next couple of years before we leave São Paulo on this circle…!

A ida a Bolívia foi a primeira de muitas viagens de treinamentos que vamos fazer. O porque dessas viagens é muito simples, aqui no Brasil não conseguimos nos preparar para os polos e para o frio que iremos enfrentar.

Aqui conseguimos melhorar nossos conhecimentos em ciclismo, escalada, trekking, nadar em mar aberto e todos os outros esportes de verão que podem contribuir nessa empreitada.

A próxima viagem está praticamente marcada, entre fevereiro e março de 2013 iremos fazer um curso de sobrevivência polar no Canadá . O curso envolve:

– Como andar no polo norte, e se guiar.

– Kite ski.

– O que fazer em um ataque de urso

– Como carregar alimento, barracas e outros equipamentos

– Entre outras coisas

Conhecemos a Northwinds – a empresa que dá o curso, em pesquisas via internet, e na verdade também não temos tantas opções de escolha. Eles também dão o curso na Noruega, mas lá não nos daria tantos conhecimentos em relação ao polo norte. Em compensação a papelada de vistos seria muito mais fácil.

A grande vantagem de ser no Canadá além de o curso ser mais completo é a possibilidade de encontrar a minha mãe em Winnipeg e toda a minha família canadense, depois de tantos anos ela e eu cá a saudade ainda aperta e nada como ter a mamãe por perto na hora de papear e pedir conselhos. Tudo bem que quando estamos juntas discutimos e brigamos muito mas eu no fundo devo me divertir com isso, acho que toda esse conflito é que deixa essa relação tão viva. Eu e ela somos cheias de razão e sempre achamos que estamos certas, e por isso brigamos porque somos muito parecidas.

Em Winnipeg poderíamos treinar ski cross country, andar de bike em condições que não temos aqui e nos aventurar por esse mundo gelado que não sabemos muito sobre.

 Antes disso precisamos melhorar muita coisa aqui em São Paulo, a musculação e os exercícios aeróbicos tornaram a prioridade no momento e o foco na escalada é o treino de guiada. Muita gente não entende o porque da escalada, mas esse é o tipo de exercício mais completo do nosso treino: usa força, resistência, nos obriga a ter numa respiração melhor, agilidade  e temos que tomar decisões em situações estressantes.

Também queremos separar finais de semana para ir à praia treinar caminhada puxando pneus pesos e assim trabalhar musculaturas para os polos, introduzir natação no mar e quando tiver tempo fazer um curso de surf, quer dizer pelo menos eu quero, certeza que passaremos por lugares na América Central que um surfista aproveitaria mais do que 3 ciclistas.

Os próximos seis meses serão puxados muita coisa pra fazer num prazo curto de tempo. Correr atrás de patrocínio, aprovação na lei de incentivo, treinar, treinar e treinar, divulgar melhor o projeto, fechar o roteiro e as estradas para aí começar uma pré-produção dos lugares que passaremos, editar os vídeos de treino e da Bolívia…. Aí cansei só de escrever, o pior que agora cansaço é um luxo que não temos. Pelo menos não agora.

There is so much content now on our website as we work ever more towards our planned departure date and the challenges that will meet us on our project, we have created a few galleries with photos and films of our work.

Feel free to take a look and we hope you enjoy them all!

Plenty more to come as we work on more projects!

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.