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Into the Wild – the John Muir Trail (part 1)

Exactly one year ago, my family and I departed to walk the the John Muir Trail (JMT). A hiking trail along the main range of the Sierra Nevada, California. The “Wild Party” consisted of my mother Marion “Big Spoon”, my … Continue reading

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WildBoyz of Bavaria – 20 years of climbing

  “Even the greatest journey begins with a first step, preferably to the local rock-climbing crag.” These were the wise words of my dad, when he took my brother and me out for the first time to the tradition-rich “Climbing … Continue reading

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From Sea to Summit – Te Ao Whekere (2598m), Kaikoura

Who would have thought that the Himalayas are right next to the Pacific Ocean ?! New Zealand’s East Coast can offer you an Everest-like experience, with views of the mighty blue glow of the Pacific… Te-Ao-Whekere is the second highest … Continue reading

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Climbing in Jurassic Park – Paparoa, NZ

“Chossy, mossy and pretty runout – that sounds like us.” These were the words that Joe and I exchanged on our way to the West Coast. The Paparoa National Park is perhaps most famous for its Pancake Rocks and monsoon-like … Continue reading

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Onboard SV Rāhiri – children of the sea

“I hope you’re ready for an adventure” – that was Joe’s text message, that I read when I was just walking out of the climbing gym last Tuesday evening. But who would have expected that the boys have been waiting … Continue reading

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Into Thin Ice – Mt. Rolleston Traverse (2212m)

Due to an absolutely perfect weather forecast for last Sunday, my friend Stepan and I spontaneously left Christchurch and traversed Mt. Rolleston via the Rome Ridge route.   We left Christchurch around midnight on Saturday and arrived at Arthur’s pass … Continue reading

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Winter is coming – Mt. Gizeh (2162m)

  After every summer comes the winter, after every sunset comes the night and after every storm, there comes clear, open skies… Located in the far south of the known world extends an icy continent named Antarctica. It is said … Continue reading

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