My three fellow travellers and I wear hiking boots, functional clothing, rain gear, and a day pack. Today, on the last and most difficult day of the ascent, we will be asked to do a lot again. But that’s exactly what I love about such adventures: When nature really pulls at you and it’s anything but easy. Often it’an inner battle with nerves.
In a break, I take this picture of Jaime, one of our guides and porters. It is one of the rare moments when I can sense his exhaustion. Jaime wears Crocs and cotton clothes. His Guayare, a traditional hand-made backpack with only two narrow shoulder straps, carries 35 kilograms of cargo. Jaime is completely soaked.
Not a word of suffering, cursing or regret escapes his mouth.
When we arrive at the next camp, he and his fellows are already there and welcome us with friendly smiles and warm tea.
I am deeply impressed.
My goodness, what they can stand!
Since I’ve been back and I think I’m carrying a heavy load – with a proper suffering impulse – then I think of Jaime. I imagine that I am him. Then I carry on in silence.
My new media kit 2023
< 1 Min. In this brand new 31-page media kit, I show you my work as an adventure journalist and speaker: Expeditions, travels, challenges – everything that excites me. Let yourself be inspired.
Ice bath event with 12 participants
6 Min. Great conversations, lots of fun, breathtaking facts: That’s the conclusion of the private Wim Hof Method Breathing & Ice Bath session my wife and I hosted yesterday in our home and garden in Berlin – powered by Wim Hof trainer Daniel Ruppert. All of us 12 participants jumped into the icy waters.
Publication in the German Business Punk-Magazine
South Africa – Where elephant, buffalo and lion say hello to each other
17 Min. Sabbaticals against office boredom come in all forms, but the training as a ranger in Kruger National Park in South Africa is the platinum variant. An regrettably much too short report of this experience.