ABU DHABI, UAE - DESERT STORM
At the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the fight to finish on the podium is, obviously, only part of the struggle. “You can get stuck at any time on any ascent in the desert sands,” explains driver Adam Malysz. “At the top of the dunes, there are 5m drops. If you don’t come down them diagonally, you’ll fall flat and it’s game over.” So what’s the best way to drive up a dune? “Go straight at it with your foot to the floor,” he says.
LAPINHA DA SERRA, BRAZIL - HOME RUN
If you’re the kind of runner who only breaks a sweat after 100km, check out the blog of Brazilian ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel, who posts while training from her own turf. Freshwater beaches? Waterfalls? It’s all in a typical route for Maciel, who is the first woman to run Spain’s 860km Camino de Santiago in 10 days. Pilgrims usually take five weeks to walk the same paths.
Mpumalanga, South Africa - Wall hanging
Twenty-year-old Evan Margetts, one of South Africa’s up-and-coming climbers, takes on the Jack of All Trades route at Waterval Boven. The location is the country’s climbing mecca, world famous for its distinctive orange sandstone. Situated on the God No! wall, Jack of All Trades is graded a challenging 8a because it is a 30m single pitch route with tiny crimpers at the top demanding intense finger strength and endurance.
KAPRUN, AUSTRIA - LIGHTS OUT
This snap of ice-climber Rudolf Hausner deep in Austria’s Sigmund-Thun Gorge could get right under your skin – and not just because of its haunting nature. “For this shot, I only used special UV lights,” says Markus Berger, who took the photo. “They reflect different pigments compared to normal lights.”
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