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Projects. Dreams. Ambitions. Travelling. Call it what ever you please, but this is what makes my world spin and my heart beat faster. From the very first idea of a project to the very last second of it, the focus is on getting the most out of life and my dreams. And that euphoric feeling of a dream always leaves me wanting more..
- Dream hard, dream wild!
7 weeks in Latin America
This project will start in São Paulo and Santos, Brazil, before going to Patagonia - one of the wildest places on earth. Here I aim to summit Gorra Blanca in Chile, go wildwater rafting and kayaking in Ushuaia and Bariloche during three weeks in this exceptional location. A stopover in the capital city of Argentina on my way to Colombia and el Carnaval de Barranquilla, salsa dancing the nights away in Cali and take in culture and culinary highlights in Medellin. The lush Dominican Republic will be my last stop, where I will scuba and freedive and dance Marengue during el Carnaval de Santo Domingo. I will be living La Vida Loca in all ways possible from January to March 2018.
Diving the Coral Triangle
With 17,508 islands and 230 million people Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries in the world and the fourth largest by population. It is also amazingly diverse under the sea and sits in the middle of the coral triangle, formed by Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea, and is considered to be the global epicenter for marine biodiversity. From the tiny and hidden to the biggest fish in the sea, the Philippines delivers an astounding variety of marine life, along with a remarkably diverse range of diving environments. Perhaps even diving's last frontier, New Guinea, could be included. This diving trip to the Coral Triangle will include live-on-boards, freediving, wreck diving and more!
El Dorado, La Maya y El Caribe
This is another sea & summit project that I intend to start in Colombia with hiking to the fabled La Cuidad Perdida, visit the places that gave rise to the myths of El Dorado and climb one or two 5,000 meter peaks. I will then continue to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, before setting foot in Maya country Guatemal, Belize and Mexico, where more easy 5,000 meter peaks could be attempted. Next in turn are quite a few Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago to mention a few. After having fullfilled this circle of hiking, climbing, scuba & freediving, history, culture and salsa dancing, I'll fly home from the Colombian capital.
Bolivian mountains (Postponed)
The Cordillera Real is 125 km in length and 20 km in width, featuring numerous peaks higher than 5,000 m. I have been looking at this mountain range in Bolivia for quite a few years now, and will put together a climbing trip to this location, including four or five beautiful and classic climbs here. The highlights includes attempting a handful of technical 5,000 - 6,000 meter peaks, the Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Tiwanaku in western Bolivia, local culinary delights, and plenty more. This project is sheduled for 2014 or 2015, and is not finalised today. All further climbing postponed due to permanent injuries and the following surgery and rehabilitation in 2016 and 2017.
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