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Expedition Africa 2016
15 May 2016
 
     

Nightjar Travel's very own Fiona McIntosh will be part of the Merrell Mentored Adventure Team setting off at 8am on Sunday 15th May on the Expedition Africa Adventure Race 2016. The 500km multi-discipline endurance race in the Garden Route combines mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rope work and orienteering, and teams are required to complete the entire Expedition distance together (always within hearing and visual distance of each other), helping and assisting each other in harsh remote environments in all weather conditions. 

This is a first expedition race for journalists, Fiona, Shaen Adey and Sarah Hearn, and they have special dispensation from the race organisers to post photos and the lowdown directly to their Facebook page, which will offer a fascinating insight into the raw, unfiltered emotions they experience as they confront each challenge along the way. We wish them all the best for a thrilling adventure!

Nightjar Adventurer 2014 Winners!
9 May 2014
 
     

It was a stormy winter's eve, and the crowd sat close together for warmth, as they listened to tales of spectacular and seemingly impossible adventure... but the speaker was the Nightjar Adventurer 2014, Ray Chaplin, and impossible is not in his dictionary! Another inspiring talk was delivered by the seemingly unstoppable 2014 Readers' Favourite, Chris Bertish, as well as the wonderful guest speaker, Braam Malherbe.

Nightjar Adventurer 2014: Ray Chaplin completed the first riverboard descent of the Orange river. The 2460km journey was at the time, the second longest riverboarding expedition in history, and all along the river Ray interfaced with local communities about pollution awareness and river cleanup. By the end of the journey, over 5,500 bags of rubbish had been collected!

2014 Readers' Favourite: Chris Bertish completed the first official source-to-sea journey down the River Thames, the fastest SUP crossing of the English Channel and then, to top it off, broke the previous SUP 12-hour Open Ocean Guinness world record by just over 10km! 

The evening was made possible by an amazing coming together of adventurers and the support of the industry, fittingly hosted by Cape Union Mart at their Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

Jonno Proudfoot & Thane Williams
10 Apr 2014
 
     

Jonno Proudfoot & Thane Williams - A world first 459km open water swim from Mozambique to Madagascar

The Mad Swimmers set off from Mozambique and swam 459km across open ocean, completing possibly the longest open water swim yet! They only (!) saw three sharks, but claim they were too busy swimming to know whether the sharks were interested or not… Mad :)

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Ryan Stramrood, Ram Barkai, Toks Vivier & Andrew Chin
8 Apr 2014
 
     

Ryan Stramrood, Ram Barkai, Toks Vivier &  Andrew Chin - Bering Strait Relay

The South African Ice Swimmers played an instrumental part in the team of international swimmers who came together to overcome storms, currents, and freezing cold temperatures to swim from Russia to Alaska.

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Chris Bertish
1 Apr 2014
 
     

Chris Bertish - THREE world records in five months

The first official source-to-sea journey down the River Thames, the fastest SUP crossing of the English Channel and then, to top it off, the SUP 12-hour Open Ocean Guinness world record. 

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Geoff Dalglish
25 Mar 2014
 
     

Geoff Dalglish - Following wolf migration routes across Europe

An epic 2,500 km trek to follow ancient wolf migration corridors from Lake Geneva to Salamanca, Spain... Geoff saw a perspective of Europe that few of us ever will!

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Lee den Hond
18 Mar 2014
 
     

Lee den Hond - Third SA woman to climb Everest

If you've climbed Kili somewhere in the past decade, how do you challenge yourself further? Well, Lee den Hond decided to go all the way, becoming the third South African woman to climb Everest!

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Ray Chaplin
11 Mar 2014
 
     

Ray Chaplin - Riverboard descent of Orange River

The first riverboard descent of the Orange River. The focus of the 2460 km journey was to spread awareness about pollution and bad water quality, and to initiate community riverbank cleanups.

The Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

See more! http://nightjar.travel/nja2014

Chris MacIntyre & Richmond MacIntyre
7 Mar 2014
 
     

Richmond and Chris MacIntyre - Kayak descent of Okavango

The first kayak descent of the Okovango River, overcoming both the geography and the wildlife. It took three attempts, but in the end determination triumphed.

Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre!

nightjar.travel/nja2014

John Black, Allan Dickinson, Warren Eva and Robby Kojetin
6 Mar 2014
 
     

John Black, Allan Dickinson, Warren Eva and Robby Kojetin - Ama Dablam Summit

The first all-South African team to summit the iconic Himalayan peak of Ama Dablam (6,847m). Appalling conditions meant that most of the big international teams had given up and gone home but our lads stuck it out and reaped the rewards.

Nightjar Adventurer 2014 will be announced 8th May at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk Adventure Centre!

nightjar.travel/nja2014

Take Me 2 New York
6 Dec 2013
 
     

South African adventurer, Riaan Manser is a man who needs little introduction. The adventurer has cycled through 34 African countries, paddled 5 000km around Madagascar in 2009 and in 2011 completed a 2 300km paddle around Iceland. Last week, Riaan announced his latest adventure, Take Me 2 New York, at the Table Bay Hotel, with a slight twist!

Whilst we waited with baited breath, Riaan and partner Vasti rowed across the Waterfront Harbour in their purpose-built TM2NY craft, and then hopped out and informed us that they'd be rowing to New York together.

The couple are scheduled to depart from Morocco on Wednesday 4th December and embark on a journey across the Atlantic that they estimate will take them roughly 127 days to complete.

With only each other for company as well as long, gruelling days of rowing ahead, and only freeze dried food (and the odd seagull, as Riaan joked) to sustain them, Take Me 2 New York is an adventure that's truly going to put the couple to the test.

This is Vasti’s first adventure, and on completion of the voyage she will become the first woman to row across the Atlantic.

You can keep up to date on their progress on Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck Vasti and Riaan - all the best on your incredible adventure!

- Robyn Hobson

For more see www.riaanmanser.com

Wingsuit Flying
20 Nov 2013
 
     

Wingsuit flying under the bridge of the Aiguille du Midi

Where did 2013 go? I can’t believe it’s nearly over. Looking back I thought I’d had a pretty exciting year of adventures; skiing powder snow in the alpine resort of Zermatt, climbing the near vertical ice of Alpamayo in Peru and scaling some terrifyingly crumbly desert towers in Utah were all exhilarating.

But then I saw this and realised that in fact my life is somewhat banal!

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I must set my sights higher in 2014. Even just standing on the bridge must have been an adrenalin rush of note! And you? What was the most exciting thing you did in 2013?

- Fiona McIntosh

Salomon XT Wings 3
8 Nov 2013
 
     

Review: Salomon XT Wings 3 trail-running shoes

Having rashly entered the 50km Three Peaks Race, I was disappointed to discover my only trail-running shoes were short of a sole. So, I hurried down to Cape Union Mart, where the assistant recommended a pair of lurid blue Salomon XT Wings 3. Normally as a matter of principle, I ignore whatever these assistants recommend and choose anything else instead, but I was in such a hurry I succumbed to his advice. I’m very glad I did, because these shoes came up trumps.

The chevron-patterned outsoles provided a firm grip, giving me confidence descending the steep muddy slopes of Devil’s Peak and slippery boulders of Platteklip. The hard rubber protective toe caps meant I didn’t break any toes when I struck a rock, staggering down the Lion’s Head. The gusset stopped small stones and debris working its way under my heel. And the quick-pull lace and pouch system meant I didn’t have to worry about my laces snagging on fynbos and coming undone. The shoes were a bit harsh on the joints on the tar sections, but I was happy to trade that for the security and comfort on the mountain. I didn’t win, mind you, but that probably wasn’t the fault of the shoes.

Overall, I’d happily recommend the Salomon XT Wings 3 if you’re predominantly running off-road.

 – Reviewed by Matthew Holt

R1599: www.salomonrunning.com/za

Capetonians
4 Nov 2013
 
     

There’s so much to explore!                                                  

Capetonians are snobbish and full-of-themselves; I can say this because I’m one of them! This self-importance is largely justified by the exciting and diverse beauty which surrounds us. Mountain-biking, trail running, a superb coastline, paragliding,  and the list goes on. What’s got me hooked is our hills!  I’ve spent hours scrambling up them, hanging off them and happily damaging myself on them. 

Training for my big mountain expeditions is pretty simple; you run up a lot of mountains. What’s nice about this is I have fun and get fit. On top of it we are spoilt for choice!

“If we just had snow, we’d live in paradise,” a typical snobby Capetonian catch phrase. Paradise was sprinkled all over the Cape this year, even TM! Immediately, my Osprey pack was stuffed to the brim with rope, axes and my warm CapeStorm High-Down, ready for Jonkershoek. Steep climbs began and with my lungs feeling energised, a day of snow, climbing and utter guilt that I hadn’t played around this part of the world more, began! 

That day, my snobbish love for the Cape swelled up like a fat blister I found on my foot, that evening.  

– Kai Fitchen

Kai Fitchen won Readers’ Choice in Nightjar Adventurer 2013. To nominate someone for the 2014 awards, go to http://www.nightjartravel.com/nightjar-adventurer-2014

Kai prepares to his next adventure
3 Nov 2013
 
     

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

KAPE 2 ATACAMA has been a rough year in the making. An expedition like K2A involves a lot of TLC. From building the right team, fund raising, ironing out logistics for 8 months at sea and on the road.

Training for everything from those big snowy peaks to prepping for the Cape to Rio (Say, what?!?). Ensuring I have the lightest and best gear and then *most importantly*, tirelessly searching for at least one inspirational quote for the all important Facebook page . (I’m still unaware of the importance of those silly hash-tags.)

I’m living my passion and my head is always submerged in K2A prep. I’m stubborn and obsessed with making next year as successful  as possible, however, with this tunnel-vision comes the dilemma of not enjoying this wonderful journey I’m on. The people I’ve met this year have been so inspiring and how MY KAPE has grown, is really something to be proud of. So, even when proposals are rejected (which happens a lot!) and when things don’t always go my way… it ultimately comes down to celebrating and embracing uncertainty and failure.

 – Kai Fitchen

Kai Fitchen won Readers’ Choice in Nightjar Adventurer 2013. To nominate someone for the 2014 awards, go to http://www.nightjartravel.com/nightjar-adventurer-2014

Adventure Training
3 Nov 2013
 
     

It always tickles me to sit in a Mugg&Bean and chat to one of our Nightjar Adventurer contenders. With their friendly natures, it is hard to imagine their smiling faces battling the elements, facing all sorts of adversity that harken back to the golden era of exploration… Particularly so when you’re speaking to Kai Fitchen, winner of the Readers’ Choice, with his youthful enthusiasm as he recounts the ups and downs of finding sponsorship over a cappuccino. It is easier to picture him wooing the ladies at University than on a mountain. Fortunately, he brought some more photographic evidence to remind me of why he had been nominated last year!

As it turns out, Kai is only months away from embarking on his next crazy adventure, and I listened in awe as he described the challenges he would face. He will be sailing to Rio in one of the world’s most iconic yacht races, then surviving the harsh terrain of Patagonia, the high Andes and the Atacama Desert. My immediate question was, ‘How do you prepare for such a diverse set of challenges?’

Kai’s answer would do us all proud – as it turns out, South Africa has such a diverse natural heritage that he has found many adequate training grounds right here. He’s even done his snow training locally! Of course, we’ll be detailing his next adventure in the Nightjar Travel blog, but if you want to dig a bit deeper then check out his site http://www.mykape.com/kape-2-atacama-2014/

 – Erik

Kai Fitchen won Readers’ Choice in Nightjar Adventurer 2013. To nominate someone for the 2014 awards, go to http://www.nightjartravel.com/nightjar-adventurer-2014

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