Friday, August 17, 2018

day 14

17 Aug. Spent the day in the expedition drysuit. Up to 40 cm snow. Used snowshoes until more wet plants than snow. Fog, zero sun. Rain now. Wind. 1 wombat. All is wet.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

day 13

16 Aug. Climbed all day in changing weather. Rain, sun, hail, snow. 2 feet wet and frozen. Now at 1200m on snow. Exposed to all weather elements. Hope it's not too bad. Keeping faith.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

day 12

15 Aug. Drizzle and rain all day. High vegetation and ferns so my pants got soaked. Shoes and socks too. Saw 2 dozen of wallabies. Walked with full load at the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

day 11

 14 Aug. When there is sun, it's not on my side of the gorge. Going down is also slow as no wrong step allowed. Fell a few times on my bum and arm. Calves and knees swollen.

day 10

 13 Aug. I laugh at how slow I am. Reached Loongana high point. No rain but heavy wind. Might dry my tent. John left me food at the pass. Will not use but give away.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

day 9

 12 Aug. Rain at the end of the day. Passed the island of the river. Now camping safely after the Rope mentioned in the tracknotes of the Penguin Cradle Trail. So wet. Need sun.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

day 8

 11 Aug.  And another day with the river. 1 blister on my left foot doing more work. Now setting up camp. Test research in the morning.

day 7

 10 Aug. Another slow and dangerous day following the Leven river upstream. I fell on a finger and cut it open over 2 cm. Directly took care of it. Moved 40 fallen trees.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

day 6

 9 Aug. A day to remember. Lesson: no more trek with such load and steep slopes in the dark. This pct is not easy. Tired, setting up camp. Hopefully safer tomorrow.

day 5

 8 Aug. Big rain all night. Put bandages on my feet. Useless after descent and wading in a creek up to the knees. Long safe descent to tarmac road. I hate tarmac. Dry day.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

day 4

 7 Aug. Back and forth all day. Dried blood in sleeping bag. Found the culprit: big leech! Nature is great. Set up camp early. Relatively dry.

Monday, August 06, 2018

day 3

 6 Aug. All good so far. Slow but progressing. Mindset positive. Equipment OK. Supplies OK. Such a hard climb! Leeches everywhere. So many logs to go over or crawl under. Back and feet need a rest.
Check my position #TasmaniaWinterTrek

Sunday, August 05, 2018

day 2

5 Aug: started after the rain. Ups and downs. Hard work. Walked back and forth with stuff since the end of the day until now. Good campsite. Still wet. Clothes don't dry. 
Check my position #TasmaniaWinterTrek

day 1

4 Aug: 62kg in fact. Road boring. Now pct ok. Going to #Leven River, felt it's too dark and dangerous so I'll stop and camp here. 18:40. Tracker off. 
Check my position #TasmaniaWinterTrek

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Day 0 - A good night sleep

All batteries are charged, food is ready, equipment is ready. I just need to pack everything. No idea how everything will fit in and outside the backpack. I'll wake up at 6am and John will drive me to Penguin for a start at 9.00 Tasmanian time.
Check my position #TasmaniaWinterTrek

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tasmania Winter Trek - News

EN: I have set up a system that allows me to send an 160 characters email to a Gmail account. From there, a rule will forward the content of the email to this blog/website + on my Facebook Fan page + on Twitter. I think the expedition will start on 3 or 4 of August.

FR: J'ai configuré un système qui me permet d'envoyer un email de 160 caractères vers un compte Gmail. De là, une règle poste le contenu de l'email sur ce site/blog + ma page Fan Facebooksur Twitter. Je crois que l'expédition commencera le 3 ou 4 août.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Blue Mountains - Three Sisters

EN: I went for my 3rd time to the Blue Mountains to meet the film director of the film THE SECOND STEP that won the Grand Prize (first Aussie) at the BANFF in 2002. It was about Warren Macdonald (leg amputee) climbing Federation Peak. I reached the mountain too on day 33 in 2007 while doing my unresupplied 49 day crossing of the Tasmania Wilderness heritage parks. I'm not going there this year in the winter.

FR: J'ai été pour la 3ème fois dans les Blue Mountains pour rencontrer le réalisateur du Film THE SECOND STEP qui a gagné le premier prix du BANFF en 2002. Il raconte l'ascension de Warren Macdonald, amputé des jambes, qui grimpe Federation Peak. J'ai atteint ce sommet au 33è jour sur 49 en 2007 lors de ma traversée de la partie sauvage de la Tasmanie.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Outdoor fair - 25 years

EN: It's the 25 years of the Outdoor Fair in Friedrichshafen. A cruise and supper was organized on the Lake of Constance (Bodensee). I also met my sponsors and found new ones while checking out new gear.

FR: La foire Outdoor de Friedrichshafen fête ses 25 ans. Une croisière - souper était organisée sur le Lac de Constance. J'ai aussi rencontré mes sponsors et trouvé de nouveaux tout en découvrant les nouveaux produits.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

KayaClean - on TV - BrusselsAirlines mag

EN: The article about my climb in Uganda is published in the B.Inspired magazine of BrusselsAirlines and can be found here: May B.Inspired mag (from page 43).
With the Jane Goodall Institute and company LEVIS, another KayaClean clean-up was done, we removed a lot of trash from the Lesse this year.
I was also on TV on RTBF Quel temps.

FR: L'article sur mon ascension en Ouganda est paru dans le B.Inspired de BrusselsAirlines et se trouve ici: May B.Inspired mag (dès la page 43).
Avec le Jane Goodall Institute et LEVIS, nous avons réalisé une autre opération KayaClean de nettoyage et retrait de déchets de la Lesse.
Aussi je suis passé dans l'émission RTBF Quel temps.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

360 Photography in expeditions and trips

EN: I've been pioneering the use of 360 photography during unsupported expeditions since 2015. So going on expedition and deciding to take an extra 360 camera. It wasn't the idea of "hey let's use 360 degree content to do a marketing film or buzz". Below a few maps I've completed in the past days. If you access them by the links below, you'll have the map + possibility to see the 360 photos by zooming and clicking on a "pink camera icon". Enjoy.
1) Bolivian Salars (Coipasa and Uyuni) - Expedition dispatches
2) GR 20 Corsica / Corse trip
5) Uganda, Margherita summit trek in the Rwenzori Mountains. Trip completed a few weeks ago.
You can always find back those maps and other ones on my expedition page and the bottom.

FR: J'ai été pionnier de l'utilisation de photography immersive en 360 degrés en expédition en autonomie depuis 2015. Cela veut dire partir en expé et décider d'emporter un appareil 360 supplémentaire. Aucunement une idée de "Allons faire de la 360 comme contenu pour une opéraion marketing ou buzz". Ci-dessous, les cartes réalisés. Vous y accéder en cliquant sur les liens ci-dessus et sur la carte GoogleMaps, vous pouvez visualiser une photo en 360 en zoomant et en cliquant sur une icône de "caméra rose". Bonne amusement.



Monday, March 12, 2018

Summit of Margherita peak in the Rwenzori - Uganda

EN: This is 7 March last week, Roland Monsegu (based in Ireland and I with our two guides (Samuel, Edson) reached the summit of Uganda. I was recruited by the editor of the Inflight magazine of Brussels Airlines to write about this climb for the May issue.

FR: Le 7 Mars, semaine dernière, Roland Monsegu (Franco-Irlandais de et moi-même avons atteint le sommet de l'Ouganda (et RDC). J'ai été attitré par BrusselsAirlines (BA) pour écrire un article sur ce trek et ascension. Ce sera publié dans le magazine Inflight de BA en Mai.

For this trip I used the Berghen Karakorum trekking boots They were completely waterproof against the mud and the water. After the trip they still looked brand new. Excellent European made quality.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nina Caprey at MountExpo Ghent

EN: I went to Ghent to check out some workshops and meet potential sponsors at the MountExpo. I also attended the end of climber Nina Caprez. She shared with us low and high moments of the past years. I love the fact she really enjoys climbing and the mountains and it's all what matters.

FR: J'ai été à Gand à MountExpo pour assister à quelques workshops et rencontrer des sponsors potentiels. J'ai également écouté la grimpeuse Nina Caprez. Elle a partagé avec nous ses moments bas et hauts des dernières années. J'ai apprécié qu'elle soit vraiment une personne qui aime la grimpe et la montagne. Et c'est tout ce qui compte pour elle.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

11 years ago I came out alive out of the Tasmanian Wilderness

EN: Eleven years ago today, I reached Cockle Creek and made my way back to civilization after the most dangerous and hardest expedition I've done. It took me 49 days instead of 40. The route I completed is the red one.

I was in bad shape as you can see. If I ended up like this in the summer; how will I perhaps end on a longer journey in the Winter ? That's what we will find out by mid-September. I'm returning to Australia to attempt with world first expedition: Crossing Tasmania in the winter unresupplied. The blue line is the planned route.

FR: Il y a 11 ans aujourd'hui, j'arrivais à Cockle Creek et mon retour à la civilisation après mon expédition la plus dangereuse et difficile. Un trajet original de 40 jours où j'ai finalement mis 49 jours pour compléter la route rouge.

J'ai vraiment terminé en mauvais état (lien plus haut). Si je suis si mal en point en été; comment vais-je ressortir d'une expérience hivernale. C'est ce que nous verrons à la mi-septembre. Je repars pour l'Australie afin d'y tenter une autre première mondiale: traverser la Tasmanie en hiver sans réappro. Le chemin en bleu est le chemin idéal.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Adventurer of the year at ISPO 2018


EN: At ISPO this year I had 2 aims. Meet the person who would follow me as European Adventurer of the year. The award went to Swede Fredrika Ek for her 1040 long day round the world bike trip. Then I focused on sponsors and new equipment for my coming projects. The suit above is the one for summit day of the Polish winter expedition on K2. It was my 7th time at ISPO and I've been 4 times to Friedrichshafen.

FR: Cette année à ISPO j'avais 2 objectifs. Découvrir qui me succèderai comme Aventurier Européen de l'année. Le prix à été remis à la Suédoise Fredrika Ek pour son tour du monde à vélo de 1040 jours. Puis j'ai été rencontrer les marques outdoor pour parler de mes projets. Une recherche de sponsors donc. J'ai évidemment vu les nouveaux produits innovants. La combinaison ci-dessus est celle qui sera utilisée pour le sommet du K2 en hiver. L'équipe Polonaise est actuellement sur place. Ce fût ma 7ème visite à la foire ISPO et j'ai été 4 fois aussi à Friedrichshafen.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Clean-ups in Malta

EN: During a small winter break in Malta. I've met with some leaders of clean-ups associations and we joined the ICA (International Clean-up Association). We discussed how we work and did of course a few clean-ups.

FR: Lors de ce petit break à Malte, j'ai rencontré des leaders d'associations de nettoyage. Nous avons rejoint le ICA (International Clean-up Association). Nous avons discuté de bonnes pratiques, idées et évidemment réalisé quelques opérations de nettoyage.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Into the Blue Sailing Festival

EN: I attended during 2 days the sailing film festival Into The Blue in Brussels. I reconnected with my friend Yvan Bourgnon and met Roland Jourdan, famous sailor as well and founder of We-Explore. (Middle of the photo)

FR: J'ai assisté durant 2 jours au festival de film Into the Blue. J'ai revu Yvan Bourgnon et rencontré un autre célèbre navigateur Roland Jourdain qui a aussi lancé We-Explore. (Milieu de la photo)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Bonne année à la planète

Bonne Année - Happy New Year - Gelukkige Nieuwjaar - ¡feliz año nuevo! - Frohes neues Jahr - с новым годом