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UK EDITION

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020, £3.50

BEYOND THE ORDINARY

FITNESS

EDITION

MASTERING

OBSTACLE RACES

SURVIVING AN

ULTRAMARATHON

SKIING FROM

SUMMIT TO SEA

GEAR FOR

DARK RUNNING

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RAISE

YOUR GAME

DANNY MACASKILL’S NEW YEAR WORKOUT


EDITOR’S LETTER

THE POWER OF

VISUALISATION

We see things not as they are, but as we are. One

person may view the gym as an opportunity for

self-improvement, another as a place of personal

torture. For our cover star, Danny MacAskill, it’s

a biker’s playground (page 32). The Zeppelin is a

symbol of grand human vision and shortsighted

folly – for three skiers last year, it was just the

most awesome vehicle to ride to the summit of

an impossible mountain (page 50). Some might

view pirate radio (page 42) as a shady endeavour;

for others it’s a protest against the mundanity of

the mainstream, the freedom to bring together

underground music communities. Our ability to

redefine our reality allows ultrarunners to push

beyond their physical limits (page 58); it helped

mountaineer Joe Simpson crawl for four days

back to base camp when all was lost (page 26);

and for childhood war victims Emmanuel Jal

and Nyaruach (page 30) it let them see past hate

and violence to make music that spreads love.

CONTRIBUTORS

THIS ISSUE

JESS HOLLAND

The London-based writer

wrote two profiles for us this

month: on sibling musicians

who fled violence in South

Sudan (page 30), and on

Dolya Gavanski, a filmmaker

exploring her Soviet roots

(page 24). “These artists had

very different experiences,”

Holland says, “but they

shared a determination to

speak difficult truths in order

to move on from the past.”

RACHAEL SIGEE

A regular contributor to

The Red Bulletin, freelance

journalist Sigee got to talk

to cover star Danny MacAskill

about the inner machinations

of his mind. “Being in the

right headspace is crucial for

Danny,” she observes. “It’s

only when he’s on the bike, in

the moment, that he knows

whether or not he can execute

a trick. His videos are so fun

that it’s easy to forget how

skilled he is.” Page 32

Fred Murray photographed Danny MacAskill’s amazing tricks

for our cover story (page 32). But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

FRED MURRAY (COVER)

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CONTENTS

February/ March 2020

MIRJA GEH

08 Birch control: downhill riding

in the forests of Colorado

10 Cosmic tricks: ski-jumping

that’s out of this world

11 New balance: a slacklining first

in French Polynesia

12 Chamber of secrets: swimming the

underground rivers of Yucután

15 Off season: Nicolas Godin of

electronic-pop duo Air provides

an antidote to the winter blues

17 Release the bats: Ping Pong Pang

is like no game of table tennis

you’ve ever played before

18 Surfing a purpose: we’ve seen the

future of wetsuits – and it’s scary

20 Frame of mind: Reuben Dangoor,

the man who made grime a fine art

– in the literal sense

22 Big shot: expert tips for budding

adventure photographers

24 Dolya Gavanski

The filmmaker revealing the

secret history of Soviet women

26 Joe Simpson

The Touching The Void author on

the moment that changed his life

30 Emmanuel Jal

and Nyaruach

The Afropop stars who escaped

war but paid the price for fame

32 Danny MacAskill

The MTB rider gives a whole

new meaning to ‘exercise bike’

42 Underground radio

Meet the people keeping the

spirit of pirate radio alive online

50 Zeppelin ski drop

Three Austrian adventurers, one

airship and an audacious plan

58 Ultrarunning

Wise words from the trailing pack

72 Sailing, skiing, summits and

shores: we take an Arctic

adventure to the Lofoten Islands

in Northern Norway

76 Cool runnings: obstacle course

racing legend Jonathan Albon

talks us through his sub-zero

training regime

80 Flying out of the pits: how the

record-breaking mechanics of

Red Bull Racing nailed their jawdropping

pit stop in zero gravity

82 Essential dates for your calendar

83 This month’s highlights on

Red Bull TV

85 Fully equipped: the most

desirable tech and cutting-edge

gear you can get your hands on

88 Dark materials: the best new kit

for nocturnal runners

98 Head in the clouds: high-altitude

BMX skills in the French Alps

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COLORADO,

UNITED STATES

Forest

jump

Jubal Davis’ dad owned a bike shop,

but still the young Ohio native resisted

the joys of riding until adulthood,

only coming around via motocross.

“I sold my motorbikes, moved out to

Colorado, bought a downhill bike and

began going to the mountains,” says

Davis, now a downhill rider on the

Yeti Cycles team. This amazing photo

of Davis jumping through birch trees,

shot by photographer Craig Grant,

is just one image from an inspiring

biking edit by Yeti that showcases

Colorado’s beautiful wilderness.

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LOFOTEN ISLANDS,

NORWAY

Space

oddity

Photos of big air jumps are not

uncommon: look online and

you’ll find numerous images of

spectacular tricks. This shot

of German skier Sven Kueenle,

however, is different. When

British photographer Pally

Learmond first caught sight of

the white suit, he saw Kueenle

not as an athlete, but as a man

sent from space. “Armed with

the spaceman analogy, it was

obvious to me that we needed

to see Sven flying,” explains

Learmond. “The result was this

perfect shot of spaceman

Sven leaving a trail of snow like

the Milky Way across the deep

blue Lofoten sky.”

Instagram: @pallylearmond


MARQUESAS

ISLANDS, FRENCH

POLYNESIA

Middle

distance

“I’d visualised this photo for a few

days – and dreamt about it quite a few

times, too,” says French photographer

Jeremy Bernard. The 370m slackline

– set up 72m above Sharks Bay in

50kph winds, and walked by Bernard’s

compatriot Nathan Paulin – was the

first ever to be attempted on Ua Pou

Island in French Polynesia. “Everything

can come together in a second and

then completely disappear the second

after,” says the photographer. “At that

time, everything came together. After

the rain comes the sun.” Instagram:

@jeremy_bernard_photography

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YUCATÁN, MEXICO

Hidden

depths

The rivers of Yucatán can’t be seen

from the surface; instead, they flow

through concealed cave systems

underground. When the water drops

and the caves are no longer flooded,

stalactites are formed on the ceiling

and the walls. When it rises again,

divers swim through the tunnels and

explore a unique underwater realm.

Czech photographer Petr Polách took

this shot while swimming with local

cave expert David Dušek (pictured),

using five flashes to create a tunnel

of light and interesting shadow play.

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NICOLAS GODIN

Music for

blue sky

thinkers

As one half of platinum-selling

electronic-pop duo Air, Godin

takes the listener on a journey

to other worlds. Here, the French

musician shares four tunes that

help him escape bleak winter days

Moon Safari, the 1998 debut from

French group Air, is one of the most

iconic electronic music albums of all

time. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît

Dunckel’s unique blend of retro-pop

melodies and analogue synthesiser

sounds – inspired by the duo’s love of

soft-porn soundtracks, disco funk and

easy-listening tunes from the ’70s –

attracted widespread acclaim, and

Moon Safari was followed by five

further studio albums, a spoken-word

collaboration and two film soundtracks.

Godin’s new (second) solo album,

Concrete and Glass, sees the 50-yearold

transport his audience to a happier,

more peaceful place, so it’s only fitting

that when we asked him for a playlist

he suggested four songs to beat the

winter blues. Concrete and Glass is out

on January 24; nicolasgodin.com

CAMILLE VIVIER MARCEL ANDERS

Kool & The Gang

Summer Madness (1974)

“Most cities are depressing

when the weather is bad, so

it’s good to escape – at least in

your mind. I do that by listening

to songs about summer, like

this classic [famously sampled

on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh

Prince’s 1991 hit Summertime].

I love watching the sunset on

a beautiful beach. This song is

made for that – just close your

eyes and listen.”

Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Everybody Loves The

Sunshine (1976)

“In the ’70s, I watched TV all day

long. That’s where I got to learn

everything I know about music.

Roy Ayers’ songs were featured

in a lot of the films and shows of

the time, and that’s where I stole

everything for Air: the keyboards,

the pads, the Minimoog [vintage

synth]. Besides, this tune is all

about the sun, so it’s perfect for

escaping the winter blues.”

João Gilberto

Estate (1977)

“My wife is from Brazil, where

January and February are summer,

so if it gets depressing here, we go

over there. We stay by the beach,

there are palm trees everywhere,

and it’s very relaxed; everybody

wears beach sandals. And we’ll

listen to a lot of Brazilian music –

something with sunshine in it. This

is my one of my favourite songs of

all time. It’s perfect for winter. It

makes me feel warm and tender.”

Elton John

Song For Guy (1978)

“I’m a big fan of Elton John.

He’s an amazing composer

and his songs have an uplifting

melancholy. I love listening to

them when the weather is so

bad you just stay home. I’ll sit in

my living room with its velvet

curtains and these beautiful old

McIntosh amps from the ’70s

that sound fucking cool. This

song is a good choice, I think.

Put it on and you’ll be fine.”

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Nuit Blanche, or White Night –

a night-time arts festival held in

various cities around the world

– attracts light exhibitions,

performances, sculptures and

paintings of all kinds. When

French design team Exercice

were commissioned to create

a piece for last year’s event in

Paris, they tried something

completely left-field: the duo

invented Ping Pong Pang –

an artistic reimagining of the

game of table tennis.

Forget standard head-tohead

and doubles matches –

Exercice’s creation observes

entirely different rules, with

three new table designs and

a selection of 12 bats of various

sizes and shapes, ranging from

triangles to pentagons.

The tables draw inspiration

from diverse sources. The first,

made for multiple players, has

three small tables arranged in

accordance with the concept

of triolectics – a logic system

conceived by Danish avantgarde

artist Asger Jorn. The

second (pictured right) draws

on the culture of drinking

games, with a long figure-ofeight-shaped

table top and

a ‘net’ that looks better suited to

beer pong than to ping pong.

The final table (above) throws

caution to the wind with

angular upturned sides that

make the ball ricochet in

unpredictable directions.

While these new versions

of the enduring game may be

fun, the thinking behind them

Turning the tables:

the aim here is to get

the ball in the holes

PING PONG PANG

A whole new

ball game

French art duo Exercice have deconstructed ping

pong and created something totally bizarre

is intensely abstract and

theoretical. “Exercice aims to

develop the Ping Pong Pang

project by creating new

ephemeral and durable singular

playgrounds, encouraging a

collective fabrication of rules

that aim to facilitate an informal

exchange,” says Gwendal Le

Bihan, one half of the art duo.

Food for thought, or perhaps

merely a distraction from the

most important requirement

here: mastering some insane

new forms of ping pong.

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RISING SEAS WETSUIT

Toxic waves

Two marine specialists have teamed up to

envision the future of surfing – it’s terrifying

and amazing at the same time

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5

3

2

1. LED DISPLAY MASK

This presents data

from the control

centre in a visual form

2. GRIP PADS

Located on the torso,

shoulders, elbows,

knees and feet, these

ensure adhesion in

oily conditions

3. SMART SEAMS

Using built-in ironoxide

nanorods, these

track bacteria levels,

water toxicity and air

quality, and light up to

indicate dangerously

high radiation levels

4. CONTROL CENTRE

This is where the raw

data from the smart

seams is processed.

The data is accessed

via the touchscreen

and sent to the mask

5. ANTI-R JERSEY

Woven from polyester

threads, nano

particles of lead and

anti-algal substances,

the suit’s material

inhibits radiation

and pollutants

Imagine the scene: the tide is

low and the waves are pumping,

so you grab your board and

head down to the beach for

an early morning surf session.

On the sand, you pull on your

wetsuit, gloves, booties and

full-face mask, switch on your

respirator, and look at the

glowing dashboard on your arm

to check the current bacteria

levels, water toxicity, radiation

and air quality. Then off you

run towards the infected water,

safely protected by your suit’s

toxin-and-radiation-absorbing

bio-defence system…

This is the terrifying image

that surf brand Vissla and nonprofit

environmental protection

organisation the Surfrider

Foundation have created with

their conceptual Rising Seas

wetsuit – a futuristic bio-defence

suit designed to enable surfers

to “face the emerging ecological

crisis” while in the water. The

garment will tell you when solar

radiation is dangerously high,

protect your body from toxins,

and send messages of caution

through an LED display mask.

“We wanted to design

something high-tech that

people would really want, like

when the newest gadget or

iPhone comes out,” says Chad

Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider

Foundation. “Hopefully they’d

then be hit with the reality of

how sad and scary it is that

we might need something like

this in the future.”

As yet, this wetsuit is only

a concept, engineered by the

two companies to make the

public sit up and take notice,

but they claim it could soon

become the norm if we don’t

quickly change our ways. “You

could really wear this wetsuit

in certain places in the world

today,” says Vince De La Peña,

Vissla’s vice president of global

marketing. “There are places

where the water pollution is

already that bad.”

risingseas.vissla.com

VISSLA LOU BOYD

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TRAVIS RICE

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REUBEN DANGOOR

Spitting images

The Instagram artist who bridges disparate elements

of modern life and brought grime to the gallery

Clockwise from above: the anti-

Brexit Nahmate; General of Newham

(grime star D Double E); Baron von

Marlon (The Streets’ Mike Skinner);

Redemption, with Gareth Southgate

consoling ‘himself’ at Euro ’96

In the summer of 2018, England

was a country obsessed with

everything related to football

and the World Cup. Amid this

madness emerged an improbable

hero: London-based artist

Reuben Dangoor, who captured

the public’s imagination with

his sketches of the tournament,

which he posted on Instagram.

“Art and football are kind of

at odds – it’s not a partnership

people generally think of,” says

Dangoor, reflecting on why his

work was greeted with such

excitement. “I got messages

from big, burly sports fans who

don’t usually interact with art,

telling me, ‘I just bought one of

your prints – it’s on the wall in

my house.’ Gareth Southgate’s

wife called me to ask if I could

repaint my picture of him

[Redemption] for his study.”

This isn’t the first time that

Dangoor’s art has reached an

unlikely audience: his 2015

portrait series Legends of the

Scene – in which he painted

grime superstars including

Skepta and Dizzee Rascal as

landed gentry – propelled him

into mainstream consciousness,

prompting exhibitions at Tate

Britain and the Glastonbury

Festival, and landed him the job

of tour-set designer for another

of his subjects, Stormzy.

“When the grime pictures

were at Tate Britain, you had

a bunch of kids who were

passionate and knowledgeable

about grime but hadn’t ever

been to the gallery before,” says

Dangoor. “They’d never felt like

it offered them anything. It’s

cool that they could turn up at

the Tate and realise that, with

my art, they were actually the

experts in the room.”

Football and art, grime and

the aristocracy: Dangoor’s work

bridges seemingly disparate

parts of British society, bringing

them together. “People can

read into my work and take out

what they want – it’s not one

hundred per cent serious,” he

says. “Some people might view

art as highbrow or worthy, but

I’m just making niche pieces,

often with a punchline that

resonates with people.”

Dangoor plans to announce

his first solo exhibition later

this year, but in the meantime

check out his artwork on

Instagram: @reubendangoor

REUBEN DANGOOR LOU BOYD

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CHRIS BURKARD

Keeping focus

Essential tips for budding professional adventure

photographers – courtesy of one of the most

accomplished snappers in the business

If you’re a fan of adventure,

chances are that you’ve heard

of Chris Burkard (right). The US

photographer, creative director,

speaker and author is one of

the most respected names in

the business, known for his

talent for capturing the spirit

of the outdoors.

“I grew up in Central Coast,

California, surrounded by

wide-open spaces my entire

life,” says Burkard of his entry

into the world of adventure

photography. “When I was a

teenager, my then-girlfriend’s

mum gave me an old film

camera, so naturally I took it to

the beach to shoot my friends

surfing. That entire experience

changed my life.”

A few years later, Burkard

has built up his name and his

brand so successfully that he

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the globe with his camera. It’s a

lifestyle that he believes anyone

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This will be your guiding light

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making a living from shooting

the great outdoors…

Define your vision

Have a mission statement

of what you want to achieve

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Don’t try to be

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Pick something that you

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The best photographers

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No one will invest in you

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Be willing to take risks on

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Have a backup system

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Dolya Gavanski

The other

Mother Russia

As International Women’s Day approaches, we talk

to the filmmaker who found out what that means

to women living in the former Soviet Union

Words JESS HOLLAND Photography OSSI PIISPANEN

From the pioneering cosmonaut who

flew a solo space mission to a presentday

Instagram star, what were the

past 100 years of Soviet and Russian

history like for the women who lived

through them? This question is

answered by Women’s Day, subtitled

Daughters of the Russian Revolution,

a documentary by Dolya Gavanski,

a writer, actor and director whose

formative years – the ’80s and early

’90s – were split between Belgrade,

Samarkand (in Uzbekistan), St

Petersburg and Moscow. Now based

in London, she is best known to

gamers as the voice of the pinkhaired

Siberian soldier Zarya in the

first-person shooter Overwatch.

After a London screening of

Women’s Day, Gavanski explained

to The Red Bulletin what drew her

to the narrative of the film, which

encompasses AI technologists,

feminist dissidents, dancers,

Stalingrad siege survivors, and the

key to great sex in a communal flat:

“At some point, you no longer care.”

the red bulletin: How did you

come to choose Women’s Day as

a narrative thread?

dolya gavanski: I did an exhibition

in London a few years ago looking at

how Soviet propaganda portrayed

women. On March 8 [International

Women’s Day], they would film a lot

to show the achievements of the

state. You see all these women going

into war or engaging in very hard

labour and still smiling. I wanted to

see the reality behind these smiling

faces, because we all grew up with

these contradictions. On the one

hand, you’re told everything’s

amazing; on the other, there are

gulags and many, many victims.

Was it important to capture both

sides of this?

Yes, I wanted to give these women

the space to talk and not to try to

impose my view on them. Take the

veteran of Stalingrad, for example.

Her life has been marked by the war,

so who am I to judge her? I don’t

agree with a lot of her views, but I

haven’t gone through [what she has].

She’s 95. Her whole flat is red and

she has all the [Soviet] memorabilia.

After three hours of conversation, she

broke down and said, “I’m still there.

I’m still at war. I can’t leave the war.”

Was it hard to shake off the ‘Young

Pioneer’ mindset of your youth?

I grew up in Belgrade, which was a

bit different [from the Soviet Union],

but still it was very much socialism.

I remember coming back from school

when I was about seven and asking

my mum, “Who am I meant to love

more: you or [late Yugoslav president]

Tito?” There’s a certain romanticism

to it. You’re part of the bigger social

corps, which is powerful to an

impressionable child. Then, by the

time I was 11, everything was falling

apart and Yugoslavia went through

a civil war. Suddenly you don’t really

have a country any more.

Are you nostalgic for that time?

Nostalgia exists more among older

generations, because they felt more

secure. But there are plenty who

can’t bear the word Soviet, because

their family histories were tragic.

In the film, you discuss going on

a date to McDonald’s after the fall

of the Iron Curtain…

There was hysteria at the time about

McDonald’s, which cost the same as

a meal in a restaurant. There were

only a couple of places open then.

The first night club in Moscow was

called Night Flight and it was full of

foreigners, prostitutes, kids and the

mafia. It was the most surreal world.

There wasn’t much, but there was a

great sense of freedom. Everything

was changing. There were no set rules.

Was Nobel Prize winner Svetlana

Alexievich an obvious inclusion?

Yes, her book The Unwomanly Face of

War gives space for a different type of

voice to be heard. The usual [WWII

narrative] would be the great heroic

achievements. Here you see: “What’s

it like when there are no sanitary

pads?” She says that men betrayed

women after the war, because they

wanted a beautiful woman, not one

who smelt of war.

Also prominent is Pasha Angelina,

the leader of an all-female tractor

brigade in the ’30s…

She was from a small village in

Ukraine and became this glorified

symbol of a successful woman.

Her daughter told me that letters

just marked ‘Pasha Angelina, USSR’

would get to their village.

Why did you also include a young

make-up artist working today?

It’s linked with the idea of what a

women is meant to be like now. In

the Soviet period, a woman was

not supposed to dress in colourful

clothes. Make-up was seen as a

bourgeois, frivolous Western thing.

Have current affairs sparked

renewed interest in Soviet history?

Without understanding Soviet

culture, it’s almost impossible to have

a proper take on Eastern Europe in

general. But also, yes, we’re probably

questioning a lot of things at the

moment. How do we structure society

for the greatest good of all? How

can women have equal rights if there

are no provisions for childcare? Also,

it’s very tense [politically], so why

is Russia like this at the moment?

It’s an interesting time.

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”I wanted

to give all

these women

the space

to talk”

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Joe Simpson

Staying

alive

What drives a person to survive when all hope is

gone? This climber lived to tell, and his story has

become one of mountaineering’s greatest legends

Words TOM GUISE Photography SAM RILEY

First, it was the stuff of folklore:

a whispered tale about two young

British climbers – 25-year-old Joe

Simpson and 21-year-old Simon

Yates – who, in 1985, became the

first to scale the West Face of the

6,344m Siula Grande in the Peruvian

Andes. A moment of triumph that

quickly became a living nightmare.

On the descent, Simpson plunged

down an ice cliff, shattering his leg.

As night fell, and with a storm

rapidly closing in, they were forced

to continue in the dark, separated by

just 45m of rope and with no way of

communicating. When the injured

Simpson was inadvertently lowered

over a cliff, Yates hung on for more

than an hour before making a

devastating decision: he cut the rope,

sending his companion plunging to

certain death.

But Simpson survived, and four

days later he crawled into base camp.

Three years later, he gave his account

in a best-selling book, Touching the

Void, which was adapted into a

documentary in 2003 and now into

a West End play. It’s a startling case

study of a man facing death, but one

that’s absolutely about living.

“Would I have cut the rope? In

Simon’s situation, without a doubt,”

Simpson tells The Red Bulletin. “My

only criticism is that it took him more

than an hour to remember the only

knife we had was in the top pocket

of his rucksack. The real question is:

if it had been in my rucksack and I

could feel Simon being pulled down,

would I have cut the rope to save

him? I don’t think I would.”

Today, at 59 years old, Simpson is

a successful author and motivational

speaker. “I hate the expression

‘motivation’ – it’s bollocks,” he says,

sipping a cup of tea in his Derbyshire

home. Simpson is a man of

contradictions. It’s to be expected

from someone who, by all accounts,

should have died, but instead makes

a living from the story of his survival.

More than 30 years later, Simpson

re-examines what it was like to touch

– and very nearly cross – the void…

The moment that

changed everything

About a third of the way down the

ice cliff, I was thinking, “Don’t fall

here,” because Simon was coming

down and there was slack rope

between us. I put my right axe in

and the ice disintegrated. I landed

at the base of the cliff. My right leg

locked backwards, my crampons

maximising the force. It punched my

tibia up into my femur and it carried

on through my knee joint. I tore my

anterior cruciate ligament, damaged

my peroneal nerve, destroyed two

menisci [cartilages] in my knee and

fractured my heel and ankle. The

pain was excruciating. I was in denial

at first, so I tried to stand and felt all

these bones going.

When Simon appeared, he asked

if I was alright. When I told him I’d

broken my leg, his whole expression

changed. Before, we were equal

partners working together; now,

suddenly, one of us was an invalid.

“People have

this idea of

what survival

is about. But

it’s brutal”

We had a 3,000ft face to get down.

He was thinking I was dead.

Rapid descent

I’d probably lost a quart of blood

[almost a litre] internally. I was

going down as fast as Simon could

lower me. Every 150ft, the knot

joining our two ropes would come

up and hit Simon’s friction device.

That was my signal to get my weight

off the rope. Simon would unclip,

put the knot on the other side of the

device, give three tugs and start

lowering me again.

After an hour, we were 300ft

down. We only had to do it 10 more

times to get to the bottom of the

mountain, but we didn’t realise we

were in line with this ice cliff sticking

out from the slope. At 9.30pm, Simon

lowered me off the edge and I came

to a stop with about 100ft of air and

the shadow of a covered crevasse

beneath me. The knot had reached

his friction device. My weight was

on the rope and he couldn’t get the

knot over; we were locked into the

system and going to die. Simon hung

on for what seemed like a lifetime,

then I found myself freefalling.

The ice tomb

I hit the ridge of the crevasse and

went through. I smashed into an

old collapsed part of the roof and

stopped. I saw the hole in the roof

70-plus feet above me and thought,

“Simon has gone flying. He’s gone.”

I pulled on the rope, thinking it would

come tied to his body – I could use it

as a counterweight and climb up the

rope. The end of the rope lashed

down around me. Simon had cut it.

People ask, “Were you angry with

Simon?” I wasn’t. I thought, “Thank

Christ, Simon’s alive.” Apart from

being my friend, he was useful to me

alive. He might be coming down to

look for me. Then I thought to myself,

“Shit, he won’t find you in the dark,

so you have to scream his name as

loudly as you can every five minutes.”

Crevasses are scary places to be

in, especially if the thought creeps

in that you’re not getting out. I had

this image of a long death and it

burnt me to pieces. I’m really quite

ashamed, because I broke down. By

about 9.30 in the morning, I realised

Simon should have found me.

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“People ask,

‘Were you

angry with

Simon?’

I wasn’t”

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Unstoppable force: Simpson climbs the North Spur of the 6,162m-high Ranrapalca in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range in 1994

The escape

I tried to climb up, but I couldn’t.

When I looked down, I could see

only darkness. This crevasse was

a bergschrund – the separation

between the glacier and the mountain

base. They can be 50ft or 500ft deep.

I didn’t have the courage to just jump

off. I clipped my abseil device, but I

deliberately chose not to tie a knot in

the end of the rope; I thought, “Look,

if I get down there and I’m hanging

in space, why would I want to climb

back up and spend six days dying?”

About 70ft below, avalanches

had created a choke point and

a slope that was probably 65°. On

this unconsolidated snow, I could

manage that with hopping jumps.

I wasn’t considering how to survive,

just how to get out. If I was going to

die, I wanted to do it in sunlight.

Slow crawl

I stuck my head out of the crevasse

at about one o’clock in the afternoon

and sat there giggling manically. I

saw Simon’s rope off to the left; he’d

abseiled down the glacier. I now knew

I was on my own – you don’t come

back for a corpse. That was a sobering

moment. I was a long way from base

camp: a mile and a half of crevasse

glacier, then six-and-a-half miles of

moraines [mounds of debris left by

“I was just

crawling to

the end of

the end game,

to die there”

glaciers] and rocks. When you’re

trying to survive, the last thing you

need is emotion: it’s a waste of energy.

Part of me was pragmatic, thinking

how far I could go, what state my body

was in, and how little food I had. My

conclusion was, “You won’t make it.”

But I thought, “If you die here, you’ll

be buried in snow and disappear for

ever. Nobody will ever know what’s

happened to you.” I crawled for the

next three-and-a-half days.

Survival mode

When you’re alone for a long time –

no data coming in, no conversations,

nothing to read or see – your mind

drifts. I would think I’d rested for

five minutes, but then I’d look at my

cheap, crappy watch and 45 minutes

had gone by. I went, “Right, I’m going

to get to that crevasse in 20 minutes.

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Joe Simpson

RIC POTTER

Then I’m going to get to that red rock

in 20 minutes.” It created structure

and discipline. Sometimes I’d beat

the target and I was made up; other

times I’d lose and I was pissed off.

But it kept me from the big picture

of “you’re completely fucked”.

On the last night, I started to fail.

I was probably 10 minutes’ walk

from base, but it took me nine hours.

I was in and out of consciousness and

experiencing hallucinations, some

enjoyable, others weird. I stopped

looking at my watch, so I lost all

sense of purpose. I was probably

dying. I shouted, hoping that Simon

and Richard [Hawking, their camp

assistant] would hear me. They did,

but they thought I was a dog.

Why would it occur to them that

it was me? I’d been dead for four

days now. That was the point where

it was completely crushing.

End game

In a funny way, it was a confirmation

of what I’d thought when I’d started

crawling: “You are not getting out

of this.” It was a lonely place to be.

I remember debating whether to get

into my sleeping bag, but I thought

that if I did I wouldn’t get out of it

again. I thought that if I crawled

“All it taught

me is that

I don’t want

to know my

own death”

down to the riverbed, someone would

definitely find my body. I wasn’t

expecting to meet anybody but just

crawl to the end of the end game,

to die there. It was quite horrible.

I inadvertently crawled through

our campsite latrine area and got

covered in human faeces. Human

shit really does stink. But it acted like

smelling salts and suddenly I knew

where I was: within 100 yards of

where the tents had been.

I assumed [Simon and Richard]

had left, so I sat there feeling sorry

for myself. I knew this was where it

would end. But I hadn’t considered

that Simon also needed to recover

and was in no rush to get home to

tell all our friends he’d just killed me.

I saw a red-and-yellow dome-like

thing that I thought was a spaceship.

Then these white beams came out

and I heard Simon’s voice.

People have this idea of what

survival is about, but the reality is

that it’s brutal. You get destroyed on

several levels: physically you’re not

putting any fuel in and eventually you

just stop working. On a psychological

level, you go through stuff that really

fucks with your head. You don’t only

learn that you’re strong, but that

you’re incredibly weak, too. You’re

breaking down all the time. I had

accepted the situation, so it was a

shock when Simon and Richard

suddenly appeared. I just collapsed.

Being found

I’d lost about 35 per cent of my body

weight. When you’re in a state of

starvation, your body uses ketones

[chemicals created by the liver] to

break down the protein in your

muscles and organs, and your breath

has a sweet smell like nail varnish

remover. Simon smelt my breath and

knew I was going into ketoacidosis;

I was dying. I needed a salt and sugar

drip, but we didn’t have any tubes or

needles. We didn’t know at the time,

but there is a simple way of doing it:

fill a bottle with sugar and saltwater

and stick it up your arse.

With people to look after me,

I suddenly stopped having to survive.

I got quite scared, probably because

I’d been running on endomorphins

and adrenalin for four days. Barely

conscious, we rode a mule for two

days, then spent 23 hours in a pickup

truck. I was quite pissed off:

I wanted to sleep, but Simon was so

worried about the state I was in, he

wanted me to get to medical help. The

bloody mule walked into everything.

I just thought, “When the fuck is this

going to end?” Eleven days after I’d

broken my leg, I got to hospital.

Resurrection

A lot of people say, “An experience

like that must have changed your life,

your attitude to death; you must feel

stronger.” All it taught me is that I

don’t want to know my own death.

I also learnt that Simon and I were

bloody good mountaineers, because

if we’d been bumbling amateurs we

would not have got out of that shit.

Afterwards, people decided

Simon was in the wrong, but they

had no understanding of what

actually happened. So I wrote [the

first draft of] Touching the Void in

about seven weeks. I thought people

were going to get pissed off with me

for being a wuss. But then it became

this huge success. It taught me

I could write. I gave slideshows to

the climbing community, got into

corporate speaking, and that’s where

I now make a comfortable living.

Standing and talking in front

of people is not an easy thing, and

that’s why I like it. The reason I like

mountaineering is not because it’s

dangerous or scary, but because there

is a price to pay if you screw up. It’s

about mastering a skill, and now

I’m a skilled speaker. What really

changed my life was not the shit time

I had in Peru, but that if it hadn’t

happened I probably wouldn’t be

financially secure. I know I should

have a greater philosophical insight,

but that’s the truth.

Joe Simpson’s latest ebook, Walking

the Wrong Side of the Grass, is on

Kindle. Touching the Void is at the

Duke of York’s Theatre, London, until

February 29; thedukeofyorks.com

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Emmanuel Jal and Nyaruach

Front line to

centre stage

From surviving the civil war in Sudan as children

to performing for Nelson Mandela, these Afropop

siblings are committed to promoting hope

Words JESS HOLLAND

When Sudanese musician Emmanuel

Jal performs, he expresses joy with

his whole body: flailing limbs,

whipping hair, bouncing on the spot.

His sister and creative collaborator

Nyaruach – she goes by only a single

name – has more poise, but is just as

animated. On Gatluak, a song from

the duo’s 2018 album Naath, she

sings in her mother tongue, Nuer,

castigating a shifty potential lover

over an irresistible dance beat.

This uplifting experience seems

at odds with the siblings’ stories. In

the early ’80s, as small children, they

were separated from their family

during the second Sudanese civil war,

which killed an estimated two million

people. By seven, Emmanuel was in

the Sudan People’s Liberation Army,

as detailed in his memoir, War Child:

A Child Soldier’s Story. Nyaruach

endured rape by government officials,

and both lost countless loved ones,

some killed in front of their eyes.

Ultimately, both were able to

escape to Kenya, where they were

reunited, and in 2005 they sang

together on Emmanuel’s breakout hit

Gua (‘Peace’). Since then, Emmanuel

has played at Live 8: Africa Calling;

co-starred in a movie with Reese

Witherspoon (2014’s The Good Lie),

and founded an NGO. While her

brother is now based in Toronto,

Nyaruach has been living in a Kenyan

refugee camp with her two kids.

The contrast between the trauma

of their lives and the buoyancy of

their music is striking, but, as they

explain from a north London Airbnb

the afternoon before a packed gig in

Camden, it makes sense. “We want

to lift people,” Emmanuel says. “We

want them to walk home light.”

the red bulletin: Emmanuel,

what have been the most exciting

moments of your career so far?

emmanuel jal: If you’re talking

about turning points, Live 8 was one.

And performing for Nelson Mandela’s

90th birthday. Touring with Aaliyah,

and with Lauren Hill, and doing songs

with Alicia Keys were amazing, too.

The two of you have been working

together since Emmanuel’s debut

album, released in 2004…

ej: She wasn’t taking it seriously

then, but the song that gave me

international attention [2005 single

Gua] was the one she and her friends

were in. It became a number one

on Kenyan radio. They don’t know

what it’s saying; they just love it.

Are you recognised on the street?

ej: Yeah, Nyaruach went viral after

Gatluak went crazy. Sometimes she

goes to restaurants and doesn’t have

to pay the bill. It’s like, “All paid.”

“By who?” “Ah, I don’t know, a fan.”

Nyaruach, you had to leave Kenya

recently – why was that?

n: When I came here [to the UK on

a 2018 tour] and then went back to

Nairobi, government agents were

trying to call me on a private number.

If they can call you, they can kidnap

you and kill you, so you have to run.

So I don’t sleep in the house where

my children are. I have to sleep in

different houses and switch off my

phone. I was scared. It’s like the

government of South Sudan [are in

contact] with the government of

Nairobi. I got involved in politics

because of what I’ve seen. If you lose

your father, mother or sister, you

cannot keep quiet, even if you will be

killed; I have to say it is wrong. This

is not the way women talk in South

Sudan, because they don’t have a

voice. Now, there’s nowhere to live.

I ran away from South Sudan, then

from Nairobi. I need to continue my

music. I’m now trying to get asylum

here. I’ve been in Liverpool for two

months, but I’m homeless. We sleep

in a big hall, like soldiers, waiting for

the home office to give us housing.

ej: In the area we come from, 60

people close to our family got killed.

Our brother was shot on the phone

as he talked to our younger brother.

People are being targeted, especially

where we come from. So now I talk

about it, she talks about it. The issues

that are hard to communicate are

rape, kidnapping and mass killing. If

[Nyaruach] goes into a refugee camp

now, she’s visible; she’s famous, so

she can’t hide. And there are spies

there who could get you kidnapped.

What are your hopes for the future?

n: To be like [Emmanuel]. I want to

help people who need it. In South

Sudan, women are bowing down to

men. They don’t allow women to

have jobs. I want to fight for women

and teach them through my music.

Are there other messages you’re

communicating with your songs?

ej: The coolest thing with music –

and sport – is that tribes fade away.

When I was a child soldier, I hated

Muslims and my desire was to kill as

many as possible. I don’t feel like that

now, but at the time I was confused

when they brought a Muslim singer

to do a show for us. I couldn’t

understand. Everyone was [fighting]

to be at the front [of the audience]:

soldiers, children, refugees. It was

amazing! Music has no boundaries.

It’s like the wind. It’s like love.

Instagram: @ nyaruachmusic;

emmanueljal.com

IAN VOGLER/DAILY MIRROR

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“Music has

no boundaries.

It’s like the wind.

It’s like love”

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MENTAL

WORKOUT

DANNY MACASKILL loathes

the gym, but for his new film

the MTB star devised a session

that pushed both his body and

his mind to the limit

Words RACHAEL SIGEE

Photography FRED MURRAY

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Let’s get physical: MacAskill

created this custom ‘hook to

front flip’ for the gym. “It’s rare

to ride anything in the street

with lift,” he says, “so I wanted

to use a springboard”


Danny MacAskill

“YOU HAVE THE OCCASIONAL

‘EUREKA!’ MOMENT WHERE

YOU’RE LIKE, ‘IT MIGHT TAKE ME

A HUNDRED TRIES, BUT I KNOW

THAT’S GONNA WORK’”

I

t’s late November and the first morning

of filming for Danny MacAskill’s new

video. He’s sitting in his van outside

the venue, and right now he doesn’t

exactly have a plan…

“At this point, I’ve got no idea how it’s

gonna go,” says the Scot. “Until you start

getting stuff on camera, you never think

you can do anything. I’ve got rough ideas

for half of it, but a lot of them are

hundreds of goes away.”

He’s only exaggerating slightly. After

a decade as one of the world’s best-known

street-bike trials riders, performing in

videos that have generated tens of millions

of views on YouTube, MacAskill couldn’t

be more qualified. He’s just making the

point that, even at his sky-high level,

there’s still a lot that could go wrong.

When MacAskill arrives at a day of

riding, it’s all a matter of control: being

in the right headspace and connecting

with his environment. “It’s very much

a feeling,” he explains. “So much of it is

in the mind. You can kind of force your

body to do anything.”

Although the new film is being shot

in his current home town of Glasgow,

it’s set in a location that MacAskill is not

exactly familiar with: the gym. “I only go

when it’s mandatory,” he confesses. “Most

of the time I’ve spent in the gym has been

for rehab after injuries, usually broken

bones of some kind.”

Luckily, this is not your typical gym

workout, or even a ‘New Year, new you’-

style fitness video. MacAskill will be

skipping the traditional induction where

a personal trainer demonstrates the

machines and instead be doing his own

thing on the bike.

“We’ve got all the apparatus you might

expect to find [in a standard gym], from a

CrossFit area to more traditional exercise

balls, steps and free weights. Then we’ve

got an area that’s a bit more gymnasticsbased,

with trampettes and [vaulting]

horses and balance beams.”

MacAskill has spent the last week

“like a kid in a play park”, familiarising

himself with the set before the cameras

start rolling. He explains that a lot of the

filmmaking process is trial and error: “The

idea is that lots of things are hopefully

going to be falling over or wobbling

around, and you don’t know if that’s

gonna work until you actually jump on

them on your bike. It’s been fun trying

a bit of this or that, and then you have

this occasional ‘Eureka!’ moment where

Gymnastic fantastic: “I wanted

to hop to a fakie nose manual

along a balance beam,” says

MacAskill of this trick (turn the

page to see his visualisation

‘stick-man’ sketch). “Balancing

on a front wheel while moving

backwards on it is tricky”

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Above: MacAskill experiences a moment of inspiration. Below: tackling the

slacklike-to-slackline jump trick. “One millimetre out and the tyre slips off,”

he says of the challenge. “This one will take hundreds of attempts.”

you’re like, ‘It might take me a hundred

tries, but I know that’s gonna work.’”

But before he gets to this point – the

brink of hurling himself (and his bike)

around the gym, and with an entire film

crew dependent on him nailing tricks –

MacAskill will already have spent hours

mentally mapping out what he wants to

do. “I visualise the world around me, as

everything is like an edge to ride on. And

I draw a lot of stick-man sketches. It’s

nothing fancy. I’m sure there are a lot of

other athletes doing far more complicated

work, but for me it’s just a little stick man

that takes 10 seconds to draw.” His stickman

riders accompany him everywhere in

notebooks, and he’s constantly sketching

out ideas, confident that even if they

don’t make it into one project, he might

use them for the next. They do look

remarkably simple compared with the

feats of strength, courage and blind faith

that make it into MacAskill’s films, but

the method has served him well thus far.

“Sometimes, articulating a trick in

writing doesn’t really have the same

impact,” he says. “I’m definitely a visual

person. Unless they’re what we call

bangers – the really big tricks – a lot

of [the sketches] are based around

technically difficult stuff, so they conjure

up different emotions when you look at

“SOMETIMES,

ARTICULATING

A TRICK IN WRITING

DOESN’T HAVE

THE SAME IMPACT”

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Danny MacAskill

1

Drawing inspiration: 1. Hook

to front flip; 2. Pylometric

box hops; 3. Tyre tap and

springboard 360; 4. Hopping

on weights; 5. Balance-beam

nose manual; 6. Slackline-toslackline

jump; 7. Hippy hops;

8. Ghosty bump front flips

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

THE MYSTIC ARTS

A privileged glimpse at a page of MacAskill’s sketchbook for the Gymnasium project. The tricks may looks basic on paper, but the devil’s in the

detail. For example: “The weights wobble when I jump on them,” he says of trick 4, the ‘weight hops’. “I want them all to fall over behind me –

it’s going to take hundreds of attempts.” And as for lengthy trick 8, the ‘ghosty bump front flips’: “It’s one of the more difficult things I’ve ever

tried. You’re not in control of the bike when it’s doing its flip. If this one works, it will be a miracle.”

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“MOST OF THE TIME I’VE SPENT IN THE GYM HAS BEEN FOR

REHAB AFTER INJURIES, USUALLY BROKEN BONES”


Danny MacAskill

Building blocks: an example

of how the basic ideas in

MacAskill’s early sketches – in

this instance, the ‘plyometric

box hops’ – evolve into much

larger spectacles

39


“WHEN IT COMES

TO MY RIDING, I’M

A PERFECTIONIST”

Belting out the hits: MacAskill

wheelies on a rapid treadmill.

Opposite: contemplating a trick

during filming. “I wanted to be

creative with gym equipment.

Everything is an edge to ride on”


Danny MacAskill

them. You can see the 400 goes it’s going

to take you to land it.”

Sometimes, the sketches can be a little

too ambitious: “You have an idea, but it

doesn’t translate to the real world – the

bike doesn’t do what it’s told.” He admits

there are a few tricks that have eluded him

over the years, particularly when trying to

execute them to his very high standards:

“A 180 front flip is quite a simple trick on

your feet off a trampette or trampoline,

but put a bike between your hands and

your feet and you can’t twist your body

in the same way. I wouldn’t say it’s

impossible – I’ve seen it done – but it’s

not possible in the way I’d like to do it.”

Talking to MacAskill, it’s immediately

clear that the way he’d “like to do it” is

the way things get done – on set, he’s in

charge. He admits finding it hard to hand

over control, and he’s relentless when it

comes to nailing a trick. “If it takes me an

extra 200 goes and another day to get rid

of a hop from a specific line, then often

I’ll do that. But it’s the only thing I’m like

that about. I’m sat in my van right now

and it’s a complete mess. With everything

else, I’m like, ‘Och, it’ll be fine,’ but when

it comes to my riding I’m a perfectionist.”

That’s why it’s so essential that he

makes films with a team he trusts: mostly

friends he has worked with over and over

again, such as Stu Thomson, the director

“I VISUALISE THE

WORLD AROUND ME,

AS EVERYTHING IS

LIKE AN EDGE TO RIDE”

of this project, who also filmed MacAskill’s

films Imaginate (2013) and The Ridge

(2014). “I can focus on my riding and

know that they’ve got camera angles to

tell the story perfectly. Their minds are

working the same way as mine. It’s a

given that the way they’re going to cut

it is probably the way I would, too.”

One element he absolutely won’t be

delegating is the music. While sketching

stick men is an essential part of his

process, listening to music might be even

more fundamental: “Pretty much from

when I wake in the morning to when

I go to bed, there’s some kind of music

playing, and when I’m listening to music

it’s sparking ideas constantly.”

It’s usually MacAskill himself who

sources the songs that soundtrack his

work, and he’s so dedicated that he even

plans to get involved in actual music

production in future, to ensure that tunes

fit exactly with his vision. “I spend a lot

of time just going through playlists on my

phone and visualising myself riding in

the mountains in China or somewhere in

a Mediterranean seaside town,” he says.

“It makes me think of my sketches as well,

to kind of tune into those ideas.”

In an ideal world, MacAskill would

have the music selected ahead of time

and plan shooting around a track – “That

would be a lot easier,” he sighs – but

realistically this is a rare occurrence.

As he prepares for the clapperboard to

come down on the first take of the day,

he doesn’t know what the final video will

sound like. “I’ve spent the last few days

frantically searching for the song. For me,

the song is at least 50 per cent of it.”

With long, gruelling days of riding and

filming looming, what MacAskill does

know is that he probably won’t be entirely

satisfied. “In some ways, nothing is ever

good enough for me,” he says, although

he seems to have somewhat made peace

with that. “I want to be able to look back

on this in five years’ time and think, ‘Yeah,

we might not have got every single trick

that I wanted, but I got 95 per cent”.

Five per cent off perfection. Danny

MacAskill’s bar is still pretty high.

Check out Danny MacAskill’s new film,

Gymnasium, at redbull.com

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RADIO

ACTIVITY

In the ‘90s, pirate stations ruled

the airwaves. Three decades

on, that spirit of rebellion is finding

a new audience on the internet

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DJ Kamilla Rose hosts

her daily show at the

Foundation FM studio

in Peckham Levels

Words LOU BOYD

Photography DAVID GOLDMAN

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Underground radio

Driving around London in the early ’90s, you could turn

the radio dial and find hundreds of illegal stations

secretly transmitting via unlicensed aerials on the

roofs of nearby tower blocks. Rebelling against the

mainstream, these ‘pirates’ provided an easy access

point to the capital’s underground music culture, from

jungle and acid house to – at the turn of the millennium

– the nascent grime scene. The stations gave immigrant

communities programming in their native languages,

championed local interests, and provided a platform

for alternative music, all the while staying a step ahead

of regulators desperate to shut them down.

Fast forward to 2020 and the landscape is very

different. While a handful of illegal FM stations still

exist, they operate largely untroubled by regulators,

and the days of pirates ruling London’s musical

counterculture have passed. Now is the time of internet

radio. A new generation of stations, as well as old

pirates such as Rinse FM and Kool FM (now Kool

London) that have been reborn online, have picked

up the broadcasting baton. These crews no longer have

to climb the sides of tower blocks in order to transmit

their shows, but instead use the freedom of the internet

to share London’s underground vibes legitimately with

little more than a laptop and a microphone.

As the daughter of former Kiss FM legend Trevor

Nelson and the goddaughter of pirate-radio icon and

musician Jazzie B, London-based DJ/producer Shy

One has a rare insight into the city’s underground radio

scene. “My earliest memories of radio were going to

Kiss [FM] when it was still a pirate [the station was

finally granted a legal licence, on its second attempt,

in December 1989],” she says. “I remember visiting my

dad and knowing that it was the place that the stuff

I listened to at home came from.”

Having hosted her own shows on pirates as a

teenager, Shy One (real name Mali Larrington-Nelson)

is now a regular voice on many of London’s internet

radio stations. “The internet has changed things,” she

says. “Young people have gone there to do their own

thing without having to pay an older person who has

the equipment and knowledge for an FM station.

Instead, you can figure it out, get your own equipment

and set up a lot faster and for a lot less money.”

These online stations are not only different in their

method of transmission, but also in their musical

output. “Whenever I hop in a car now and pick up a

pirate, it’s like a different world that exists,” Shy One

explains. “These pirates you come across play ‘bigpeople

music’: reggae, rare groove, soul. The people

who are still listening to them are older black people,

people’s parents.”

New stations online, however, are transmitting

music of every genre for every kind of audience;

among them are many different collectives such as

Touching Bass, and BBZ for queer women of colour.

“[Underground radio] is still a necessity,” says Shy

Right: flyers advertising a Balamii

event are posted on the wall at

Peckham Levels, a former car park

turned creative events space.

Opposite: DJ/producer Shy One

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“If you turn on mainstream

radio, it’s crap. It’s always

the same stuff. You need

to give people a diverse

offering” – Shy One


Above: experienced radio professionals

(from left) Becky Richardson, Ami

Bennett and Frankie Wells founded

Foundation FM (right) in 2018

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Underground radio

“Foundation FM does

what she wants – we

just go along with her”

One. “If you turn on mainstream radio, it’s crap. It’s

just playlists and it’s unbearable because it’s always

the same stuff. You need to give people a diverse

offering; it’s essential to get certain types of music

out there, to give actual space to let all people

showcase their talents, because you’re not going

to hear about it otherwise.”

One of London’s most exciting underground

stations is Balamii, owned by radio fanatic

James Browning. Located at the back of a

run-down shopping arcade on Rye Lane, south

London, at the end of a long corridor illuminated

with fluorescent strip lighting, the station’s HQ is

easy to miss. Browning’s office – a windowless space

around the same size as the single toilet with which

it shares a wall – is behind the studio; in the corner is

a bucket to catch water dripping from the ceiling.

Balamii has stayed true to the spirit of underground

community radio, with local DJs spinning every

flavour from the surrounding area, from house to jazz

to grime, techno and more. Reputable DJs, including

Shy One, play shows alongside university students

who are just starting out, and the station enforces a

vibe of inclusivity and creative freedom, championing

safe spaces and musical integrity.

In the corner of Browning’s office is an old poster

printed on A4. “That’s a flyer from the first event I ever

put on, when I was 15,” he says. “When I was that age,

I was always listening to pirates with friends in the car

or at our houses. All of us had decks, so we’d just go

around to each other’s places to make mixes.” From

there, Browning went on to help out at Resonance FM

at the age of 18, then he shadowed other radio DJs

throughout his time at university in Brighton. It was

more than a decade later, however, after years working

in the capital, that he decided to take a risk and launch

his own independent station based in the South

London music scene he’d grown up with.

“I’d wanted to run a radio station since I was a

teenager – it had always been my dream – but I never

thought it would happen,” he says. “Then, one day,

I just thought, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to take all the money

I’ve been saving for a house and spend it trying to do

what I’ve always loved the most.’”

After locating a suitable space by talking to people

from the Peckham area, Browning set about building

the station using resources from the community.

“I went down the road and got all the timber from

a local place and just built it with mates,” he says.

“I spent my life savings on it. Then, when I ran out of

cash, I borrowed the rest of the equipment.” From

these modest beginnings, Balamii has grown into

a fully-fledged station with listeners in the UK, Europe

and America; it also runs events that attract hundreds

of people from across the capital. “I still think that

people have dedication to the cause of underground

radio,” says Browning. “You don’t have to go running

up on houses, putting aerials up and climbing shafts

and shit like that, but you need to make sure you’re

correct with the music you’re playing, the way it comes

across and what you represent.”

All internet radio does not look the same. Just

down the road from Balamii, also on Rye Lane,

is an entirely different kind of operation.

Foundation FM was set up with a clear mission

statement: “To showcase the hottest emerging talent in

the underground music scene, led by a diverse group

of women, LGTBQI+ persons and talented creatives,

with women at the forefront.”

Although the online station is entirely independent,

Foundation FM’s co-founders – Becky Richardson, Ami

Chowa Nkonde works the desk during Balamii’s Wednesday night show on November 13,

2019. The studio in Peckham transmits live from 8am to 3am every day

Bennett and Frankie Wells – have extensive radio

experience at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, BBC

Asian Network and Radar Radio. This station could

rely on more than goodwill, local timber and borrowed

speakers: it received funding from the outset, and

the three women have a studio that can only be

described as ‘Instagrammable’. Polaroids of all those

who have appeared on the station are spread across

the coffee table, and a rack of merchandise stands

in the corner. A huge neon Foundation FM sign is

reflected in the window of a professional studio where

DJ Kamilla Rose (Boiler Room, BBC Radio 1Xtra) is

in the middle of her daily show. While Foundation FM

may share a mission statement with the original

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Underground radio

independent stations, this is a world away from

illegal aerials and police raids.

The whole [reason for setting up] Foundation

was to provide a space for people who we thought

had good things to say, or were doing great things,

but didn’t have a place to do it,” Bennett explains.

“I think there’s the same energy behind it as there

was with pirate radio, but internet radio is that step

between pirate and mainstream. You’ve got their

freedom, but you’re still legit. You hear the stories

about the pirate radio stations in the ’90s where

you’d have to get a coat hanger to be able to listen

to it, or the police would turn up and [the station

owners] would have to pack up their gear and just

leg it. Obviously, we’re in a space where this is a

proper thing and we’re a company, but we’re still

not creatively limited by anything. We can work

with who we want and put whatever we want on

air, which is an amazing place to be.”

Foundation FM works as a breeding ground

for women in the industry, to create a more equal

environment at the very top. “We make sure that

everyone who spends time with us gets something in

return,” says Wells. “Whether that’s learning how to

run a desk or produce a show or edit or whatever, if

you come in and tell us what you need to know, as

long as it’s possible, we’ll teach you how to do it.

The more we do that, the more things are going to

Top: platters and Polaroids inside the studio at Balamii. Above: DJ Jon Phonics selects records for his

Wednesday night show on the station. Opposite: DJs Lily and Ruby, aka Sweet Lemonade Sisters,

in Holdrons Arcade – the inconspicuous retail space on Peckham’s Rye Lane that Balamii calls home

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“Independent radio is a form of protest,

because you’re occupying space”

creep up and start to balance out at the top [of the

industry], which is what we want.”

The station works with programmes such as Normal

Not Novelty – the workshop for female-identifying DJs

– and also runs classes in radio for 16-to-18-year-olds.

“When we ran a workshop, it was really eye-opening

for us and the girls were all super-inspired,” says Wells.

“How cool is that? We made an impact on them that

could lead them to take a career in radio or music.”

Foundation FM is now looking into staging more

events outside the studio, and the station will be at

the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, this March.

“Internet radio is just a really exciting space to be

in,” says Wells. “And as accessible as it is now, I think

it’s going to become even more so. Being part of the

first generation, we’re at the start of this change, so

we can kind of direct it. Then again, Foundation is an

entity all of her own and she does what she wants –

we just go along with her.”

While Balamii and Foundation FM are different in

many ways, both epitomise the state of underground

music in London in 2019: a scene that allows young

people to lawfully create alternative narratives to the

mainstream in a way that their counterparts in the

’90s couldn’t. Today’s broadcasters don’t need to hang

aerials to share their music: instead, they utilise the

internet tools available to them to create artistic spaces

for many different cultures to exist. But while

homegrown independent radio is no longer illegal,

its relevance has not been diminished.

“It’s still a form of protest, because you’re occupying

space,” says Shy One. “Mainstream radio is very status

quo: there’s no form of expression in there, and it’s all

very contrived and programmed and strictly regulated.

When people are independently creating and taking up

space in the same medium, what they’re actually doing

is making a really obvious, non-violent protest. One

that is pro-community and pro-culture.”

balamii.com; foundation.fm

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BIG-AIR

SKIING

Go large or go home. It’s a motto

these freeskiers took to a whole new

level as they ascended a mountain

in a gondola… attached to a Zeppelin

Words SABRINA LUTTENBERGER

Photography MIRJA GEH, LENSECAPE PRODUCTIONS

Here comes the drop

Ager, Gumpenberger

and Lentsch rappel onto

Austria’s Kleiner Valkastiel

50


Zeppelin ski drop

High achievers The view at 2,300m is epic. Only skilful pilots and

careful pre-flight calculations make such a high-altitude flight possible

To ski down a mountain, first

you have to scale it, and

human ingenuity has devised

many solutions. The world’s

first rudimentary cable-car

system was built in 1644,

chairlifts appeared in the late 1930s, and

as skiers have ventured into ever wilder

territory, so has the transportation, from

big-tracked snowmobiles to heli-skiing –

literally dropping from a helicopter onto

the top of a run. But for three freeskiers

aiming to ski from the 2,233m-high

summit of Austria’s Kleiner Valkastiel last

year, even these methods weren’t enough.

They needed to think bigger. Much bigger.

In the early part of the 20th century,

Zeppelins ruled the skies. Named after

their creator, the German inventor Count

Ferdinand von Zeppelin, these giant

airships could cross oceans at speeds of

around 84kph, sleeping more than 70

occupants in luxury (the later of these

great vessels sported a dining room with a

grand piano, and even a smoking lounge).

By 1914, more than 10,000 fare-paying

Slowly does it The skiers used a belay – a device employed by skyscraper

climbers to control their descent – when rappelling from the airship

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“You step

outside, take a

look at yourself

and wonder

what on earth

you‘re doing”

Shaky start The Zeppelin was

constantly moving as the skiers

climbed out to begin their descent


Zeppelin ski drop

Fully grounded

After 10 minutes of rappelling, the

trio land on terra firma. Zeppelin

skiing conditions are perfect: cold

but windless and sunny

Peak pleasure High fives at 2,233m. Two

years of planning had delivered a world first

Sky giants

How the aerial leviathans compare with other aircraft

75m

71m

37m

13m

1900 The first Zeppelin

The flight of the LZ 1 ends with

an emergency landing after

18 minutes

1928 The heyday of airship travel

The 236m-long LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin

makes the first commercial

transatlantic airship flight

Zeppelin NT

Length: 75m

Top speed: 125kph

Range: 1,000km

Boeing 747-400

Length: 71m

Top speed: 988kph

Range: 13,450km

Space Shuttle

Length: 37m

Top speed: 28,000kph

Range: 528km

Airbus AS 350 B3

Length: 13m

Top speed: 287kph

Range: 652km

1937 The catastrophe

The LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire

while docking in Lakehurst, resulting in

36 fatalities and ending airship travel

1997 The comeback

The Zeppelin NT takes off on its first

flight, providing sightseeing and

research services

passengers had travelled on upwards

of 1,500 Zeppelin flights.

Today, this sounds like something from

an alternate universe; for many, the most

enduring image of the Zeppelin is the

245m-long Hindenburg – the largest ever

flown – exploding above Lakehurst, USA,

in 1937, resulting in the death of 36

people and the end of the giant airship

era. But this was this mode of transport

that the Austrian adventurers decided

would be perfect for their epic endeavour.

Skiers Stefan Ager and Andreas

Gumpenberger and snowboarder Fabian

Lentsch are used to ambitious backcountry

runs, having previously tackled a 6,000m

peak in Pakistan and hot-air ballooned

to a summit, but this was something else.

It’s not that the airships no longer exist:

in 2000 the centenary of the first

Zeppelin flight was celebrated with the

christening of a prototype Zeppelin NT

(New Technology) by none other than

the count’s granddaughter. Its German

creators, Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik,

were funded by an endowment held over

from the original Zeppelin company and

exclusively intended for the development

of airships. Over the decades, the fund

grew large enough to facilitate the

construction of a new fleet of gargantuan

dirigibles. But the lessons learnt from

the Hindenburg run deep – these new

airships are filled with inert helium, not

flammable hydrogen, and are only

intended to fly to an altitude of 1,000m.

Kleiner Valkastiel’s height is more than

twice that. “We needed it to go higher in

order to get to the mountains,” says Ager.

In 1929, Graf Zeppelin – the most

successful of the original fleet, which

clocked more than 1.6 million kilometres

of service during its lifespan – undertook

a 21-day, 34,000km round-the-world trip.

During the longest leg of the journey –

Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Tokyo – bad

weather forced the leviathan to deviate

from a planned tour over Moscow and fly

instead via the Stanovoy mountain range

in eastern Siberia. This involved an ascent

to 1,800m, which proved no problem for

the airship. So Ager and his comrades

knew that reaching the summit of Kleiner

TOM MACKINGER

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“It was a challenge

– not just for us as

passengers, but for

the pilots, too”


“Nobody had done

this before us. It’s an

indescribable feeling”

Down time

“From that point on, we could enjoy it,” says Ager.

There were a few hoorays on the way down.”

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Zeppelin ski drop

Left to right: Fabian Lentsch, Andreas Gumpenberger and Stefan Ager

DANIEL HUG @TERRAGRAPHY

Valkastiel was possible, although the risks

at that height were high: storms, wind

turbulence and changes in air pressure

could destroy the fragile vessel.

It took two years of calculations and

careful planning before their engineers and

pilots were satisfied. Any surplus weight

would need to be abandoned, which

included the director of the film they were

shooting; there was just one cameraman

and the skiers. “We had to spare every

kilogram we could,” says Ager. Conditions

also had to be perfect: “Very cold, no wind,

clear weather – it was near impossible to

find a suitable day to achieve that height.”

On a bright, still, -5°C morning in

February 2019, those conditions

were met and their airship set off

from the same Friedrichshafen airfield

that the first Zeppelin had launched from

over a century before. The journey to the

summit in the Brandner Valley in Austria

was calm and uneventful – if cruising over

ice-capped mountains in a giant rigidframed

airship can ever be described as

such. “It was a totally surreal experience,”

says Ager. But as the vessel reached the

summit, the real challenge began.

There’s one crucial difference

between heli-skiing and Zeppelin skiing:

manoeuvrability. In most cases, helicopters

are able to land at the top of ski runs, or

at least hover close enough for a skier to

hop out. No such luck with a 75m-long

airship. “When the narrow hatch opened,

there was at least 60m of air beneath

me,” notes Gumpenberger. “All I could see

was snow and rocks.” At that height, even

in good conditions, the Zeppelin was

constantly moving, buffeted by even the

slightest wind. The only option was to

rappel down, as synchronised as possible

– and fast. “Our ropes were 50m long and

as we were abseiling we looked up and

just saw this enormous airship,” says Ager.

“I felt like I was rappelling off a cloud.”

There is another vital consideration

that separates heli-skiing from Zeppelin

skiing: sustainability. For the last decade,

environmentalists have petitioned against

heli-skiing, citing climate-damaging fuel

emissions and noise pollution; in France

and Germany, it has already been banned.

A Zeppelin generates a mere tenth of the

CO 2

emissions of comparable commercial

aircraft and flies relatively silently. “We

wanted an environmentally friendly

alternative to heli-skiing,” says Ager.

As the adventurers set foot on the

summit, they too were relatively quiet.

“Nobody had done this before us. It’s an

indescribable feeling,” says Ager. However,

the trip down the mountain was to prove

harder than the ride up. “The snow

conditions were challenging: crusty at

first, then unexpectedly soft,” says Lentsch.

“When I landed a jump, I almost fell.”

Watch the Zeppelin ski drop on the Red Bull

YouTube channel; youtube.com/redbull

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Leading from the back

Spanning insane distances and shifts in altitude, the ultramarathon

is among the most gruelling tests a human can choose to endure.

For those at the front of the pack, the motivation is clear: victory.

But what about those at the other end of the field? The Red Bulletin

explores the driving force inside the minds of the backmarkers

Words ANDREAS WOLLINGER

Photography KELVIN TRAUTMAN

Running brave: South

Africa’s Comrades

Marathon was first

raced in 1921. This

tough test was devised

as a tribute to the

resolve of soldiers in

World War I


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Ultrarunning

“I’m always surprised how much

difference a little help can make”

Adrian Saffy, 50

When performing extreme tasks, you learn

an enormous amount – the kind of knowledge

you can apply to other areas of your life.

Take Bloemfontein-based ultrarunner Adrian

Saffy, who helped a woman complete an ascent

as she was about to give up, 30km from the

finish line. “When you get a little bit of help,”

says Saffy, “you’re often stronger than you

thought you were.”

SkyRun 100

South Africa

Start: Lady Grey

Finish: Wartrail Country

Club, Barkly East

Distance: 100km

Elevation: 4,445m

Checkpoints: 9

Month: November

Course record: 12:08

Challenge: orienteering

run in remote mountains

skyrun.co.za

START

Lady Grey

FINISH

Wartrail Country Club

Louise Clamp had failed to complete the SkyRun 100 twice. On her third attempt, and

with 30 hours of running behind her, the South African runner had almost reached the

finish line, but needed a little bit of support for the last 400m and that happy ending

61


Freeze frame: the fourth

stage takes in the Ötztal

glacier. If the runners were

to turn around, they’d have

a glorious view of the

Ötztal Valley, all the way to

the hamlet of Mandarfen

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Ultrarunning

“Take yourself

to the limit

and you forget

everything

else going on

around you”

Rutger Kleemans, 46

But why endure that hardship?

“I guess I want to feel like the

10-year-old me again,” says

the Amsterdam-based lawyer.

START (2019)

Oberstdorf

FINISH (2019)

Sulden

Transalpine Run

Germany – Italy

Start: (2019) Oberstdorf;

(2020) Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Finish: (2019) Sulden; (2020)

Vals/Gitschberg Jochtal

Distance: 273km; 255km

Elevation: 16,162m; 16,498m

Stages: 8

Month: August/September

Course record: 28:38:47

Challenge: crossing the Alps

transalpine-run.com

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Vital support: running 90km on tarmac is a brutal challenge for muscles and bones.

Veteran athlete Evered-Hall knows from experience that it’s hard-going all the way

FINISH

(UP ROUTE)

Pietermaritzburg

START

(UP

ROUTE)

Durban

“I’m an average

guy. Anyone could

do what I do”

Mike Evered-Hall, 77

Evered-Hall is one of the oldest runners

in the Comrades Marathon, which

alternates between an ‘up’ and ‘down’

route each year – and the KwaZulu-

Natal local has run 23. His secret?

“I avoid coffee, nicotine and other

harmful substances, and I eat fresh

fruit and vegetables, train a lot and get

enough sleep. That’s all there is to it.”

Comrades

Marathon

South Africa

Start: Durban

Finish: Pietermaritzburg

Distance: 90km

Elevation: 1,700m

Checkpoints: 6

Month: June

Course record: (down route)

05:18:19; (up) 05:24:49

Challenge: the world’s

oldest ultramarathon

comrades.com

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Ultrarunning

A very personal triumph: Denise

Herdien, 58, celebrates completing

half the ultramarathon distance

17 seconds before the cut-off point

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Ultrarunning

Dark night of the soul:

runners on Lion’s

Head mountain above

Cape Town

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Geraldine van Tromp during the toughest part of Ultra-Trail Cape Town: the climb

at Hout Bay, 41km from the finish line. “I was running on empty,” she says

Ultrarunners are masters at predicting pain. Taping your nipples to prevent chafing

is one of the more straightforward procedures

“Feeling your

body work is an

almost spiritual

experience”

Geraldine van Tromp, 42

“It’s easy to get caught up in your

roles as a wife, a mother and [in my

case] an engineer,” explains Van Tromp.

For the South Africa-born ultrarunner,

who is now based in New Zealand, it

was “an opportunity to be alone while

I was training and running. And in the

process I learnt that I’m stronger

than I ever could have believed”. She

crossed the finish line in a time of

15 hours, 48 minutes and 44 seconds.

Ultra-Trail

Cape Town

South Africa

Start/finish: Gardens Tech

Rugby Club, Cape Town

Distance: 100km

Elevation: 4,300m

Checkpoints: 7

Month: Nov/Dec

Course record: 9:51:00

Challenge: very steep

ascents and descents

ultratrailcapetown.com

START/FINISH

Gardens Tech

Rugby Club,

Cape Town

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Ultrarunning

“It was a hard physical

and mental battle all

the way to the finish line”

Joseph Chick, 42

Joseph Chick had been waiting seven years to take part in the Western

States 100-Mile Endurance Run, but when the Oregonian finally stood at

the start line last June he knew he couldn’t fulfil his greatest wish: he had

wanted to show his parents what he was capable of, but both had passed

away. “I’m not a religious or spiritual person,” says Chick, “but they were

with me in my heart for the whole 100 miles [161km], even if that didn’t

necessarily make things easier.”

START

Squaw Valley

FINISH

Auburn

Western States

100-Mile

Endurance Run

California, USA

Start: Squaw Valley

Finish: Auburn

Distance: 161km

Elevation: 5,500m

Checkpoints: 22

Month: June

Course record: 14:09:28

Challenge: snow in

the mountain passes,

heat in the valleys

wser.org

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Flat out: the finishers nurse

their wounds in a meadow

at the end of the race

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guide

Get it. Do it. See it.

COOL RULER

Jonathon Albon, king of

obstacle course racing,

on his Nordic workout

PAGE 76

GRAVITY RUSH

Inside the most

incredible pit stop ever

attempted – in zero G

PAGE 80

RACING SHADOWS

Welcome to the dark

side: our edit of the

best night-running gear

PAGE 88

LUKAS PILZ

ENDLESS SKI

The Arctic Haute Route

is a spectacular ski

odyssey through Northern

Norway, from steep

slopes to frozen shores

PAGE 72

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Do it

Calm after the storm: the weather here is so changeable you have to grab your chances on the slopes

SUMMIT-TO-SEA SKIING

NORTHERN

EXPOSURE

The islands of Northern Norway are home to magnificent

mountains and epic fjords. Simon Schöpf reveals how you

can sail, scale and then ski from peak to shore

There’s a routine check

before you go on any ski

tour: avalanche probe,

emergency beacon, shovel, life

jacket. Everything’s where it

should be. Hang on a second…

life jacket? Yes, additional safety

precautions are necessary if you

want to tackle the Arctic Haute

Route – a skiing adventure that

delivers you to some of Northern

Norway’s most spectacular island

summits by steamboat.

We’ve arrived at Austvågøya

in the Lofoten Islands, one of the

world’s northernmost populated

Picture perfect: the town of Svolvær on Austvågøya

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Norway

TRAVEL TIPS

NORDIC BY

NATURE

Any trip to the Lofoten Islands requires

– and rewards – patience. You arrive on

a freighter, but the weather determines

your departure time

LOFOTEN

Svolvær

Ship shape: MS Nordstjernen, built in 1956, is a comfortable floating base

Norway

Oslo

LUKAS PILZ SIMON SCHÖPF

House of cod: stockfish is wind-dried on these wooden racks for two to three months

regions, more than 150km inside

the Arctic Circle and a mere

2,420km from the North Pole. Our

transport is MS Nordstjernen, a

heritage-protected coastal vessel

that, at 80m long, is small enough

to access waterways larger ships

can’t. The ship will be our floating

base camp for the next three days,

but once we disembark we’ll be

totally exposed to the elements.

We lay anchor in the shelter of

Austnesfjorden – a fjord that bisects

the island – then head for shore in

a dinghy, donning ski goggles to

protect us from the spray. What

has brought us all here is the

promise of summit-to-sea riding:

the perfect downhill run from

mountain top to water’s edge.

Nature has gone

for a monochrome

palette: white snow,

black mountains

We’re already deep in snow as we

step onto the beach near the village

of Laupstad, so we strap on skis

and head for our destination, the

596m peak of Sautinden. What

might be considered a comfortable

ski tour for beginners in the Alps

is something of an undertaking in

Northern Norway: you start at sea

level, so the altitude you have to

conquer is exactly the height of the

peak. However, among the steeper

GOOD TO KNOW

Everything you need to know about

travelling to the Lofoten Islands,

from skiing fun to stockfish feasts

GETTING THERE

Fly from Oslo to Svolvær (Lofoten)

or Tromsø, or by ferry from Bodø

WHEN TO GO

The best months for ski touring are March and

April, when there is usually still snow right down

to the shoreline. If you’re lucky with the weather,

you’ll have downhills all the way to the beach

FOOD

The Arctic Haute Route is famed for its

Norwegian specialities, which include smoked

halibut caviar and cloudberry marmalade as

well as stockfish, touted as “Norway’s oldest

export and cultural asset”

ACCOMMODATION

Since the writing of this feature, MS Nordstjernen

has been replaced on the route by MS Quest,

a comfortable expedition ship with 26 cabins

for up to 54 passengers

TOUR OPERATOR

The Norwegian Adventure Company organises

the tour, with prices from £1,655 per person.

There’s a choice of two routes: northbound from

Lofoten to Tromsø, or southbound in the opposite

direction. Each trip lasts three-and-a half days

(including three full days of skiing)

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Norway

“We sometimes

get four seasons

within an hour”

slopes there are some cosier

options with wide rock faces and

gentler gradients, offering perfect

terrain for ski touring. Sautinden

is one such mountain.

We’re soon beyond the tree

line; the betula nana, or dwarf

Arctic birch, don’t have it easy at

this latitude and can only grow

slowly in the short summer. Then

we’re in spectacular open terrain.

MS Nordstjernen gets ever smaller

in the distance until it looks no

bigger than a toy. Nature has gone

for a monochrome palette today:

we have white snow and black

mountains. If it wasn’t for the

occasional fluorescent ski jacket,

you might think you were

watching a black-and-white film.

Higravstinden, the archipelago’s

tallest mountain, suddenly looms

out of the fog behind our boat,

reaching 1,146m into the sky. The

mountains have the look of the

Western Alps, but in pocket size.

Craggy and inaccessible, they soar

straight up from the fjord. An 800m

peak here could be mistaken for

a four-thousander in Switzerland

if you Photoshopped out the sea.

Once we reach the top of the

first pass, the view opens out.

Before us is the wide-open space

of Morfjorden – almost 1.5km 2

of nature reserve with sea in the

middle. To our right is the inlet

of Sløverfjorden. What’s most

striking is that there’s water and

The Lofoten Islands offer great skiing and breathtaking views

Aiming high: writer Simon Schöpf begins his ascent on foot

little islands wherever you look.

The Gulf Stream accounts for the

pleasant temperature – even in

winter, it doesn’t get bitterly cold

here – but the proximity to the sea

means the weather changes every

10 minutes: a blizzard, a sunny

spell, then another blizzard. “On

the Lofoten Islands, we sometimes

get four seasons within an hour,”

our guide Isaak explains.

The wind is whipping up into

a storm and we’re forced to take

the skins off our skis. The summitto-sea

ride is not as easy to come

by as you might think. Northern

Norway isn’t exactly famous for

sustained periods of high pressure

and the fair weather it brings. We

lie in wait for a hint of sunshine.

Isaak is optimistic: “The sun’s

coming out again!”

And indeed we do now get to

make a downhill turn or two with

good visibility. MS Nordstjernen

gets bigger again and we’re already

looking forward to a hot shower

in our cabins. But, more than that,

we’re craving a hot dinner on

board. The ship’s young head

chef, Fredrik Lundgren, and his

colleagues have just won bronze

at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon – the

“Champions League for chefs”,

as he puts it – and, when not busy

at the two-Michelin-starred

Noma restaurant in Copenhagen,

he cooks for hungry ski tourers

“in a rickety old 1950s kitchen

with all the original fixtures and

fittings. I love the challenge”.

The menu includes reindeer

steaks from the nearby island of

Senja, and fillets of stockfish –

unsalted white fish caught in the

seas around Lofoten and winddried

on wooden racks called hjell;

this is the world’s oldest known

preservation technique. “This

[trip] should also be a journey of

culinary discovery,” says Lundgren.

“Almost all the ingredients are

sourced from this region.”

MS Nordstjernen’s 3,600hp

engine has now fired up again

and is making steady progress

out towards the sea. The waves

are growing and you have to

keep a firm hold of your pudding

if you want any hope of eating it.

We sail further north, past the

archipelago of Vesterålen and on

towards Kvaløya, an island even

further north in the municipality

of Tromsø, where we wake in

comfort the next morning.

The weather seems to like

us better today – there’s talk of

sunny spells, and with it comes

a renewed sense of motivation.

On our trip ashore in the dinghy,

we can already see specks of blue

sky, and as we near the summit

it remains bright and clear. We

reach the top of Gråtinden – the

grey peak, some 871m above

sea level – in glorious sunshine.

An instant moment of glee is

shared among the group, because

we know what awaits us: an

unimpeded downhill ride to the

beach, with the sea constantly

in view and every turn a joy. So

we finally got what we’d been

dreaming of for so long: the

perfect summit-to-sea ride. It

will live long in our memories.

To explore the Lofoten Islands, visit

norwegianadventurecompany.com

LUKAS PILZ SIMON SCHÖPF

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Find yours…

This is a land of adventure.

Feel the thrill.

#FinYourEpic

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Do it

JONATHAN ALBON

THE KING OF

COLD CARDIO

Jonathan Albon is the undefeated World Champion

of obstacle course running – a punishing endurance

feat involving hard miles, muscle-sapping climbs and

bruising crawls. Here’s how he builds the resilience…

In 2009, when Jonathan

Albon began obstacle course

running (OCR), it wasn’t

even considered a sport. He

still wasn’t a pro racer in

2014, when, at the age of 25,

he secured a world double –

winning both the OCR and

Spartan World Championships.

The next half a decade saw him

defend an undefeated record

as OCR World Champion, take

the Skyrunner World Series in

2017, and win a second Spartan

World Championships title

and become Ultra Skyrunning

World Champion the next year.

What drives a person to

such levels of endurance? For

Albon, living in Essex at the

age of 20, it began with a local

newspaper ad for the West

Midlands’ Tough Guy race.

“It looked gnarly – jumping

through fire and dragging

yourself through ice. I’d never

done anything with my life,

Splash dash: Albon employs his “skipping stride” (see his

obstacle course tips, opposite) to negotiate muddy water

so I figured, ‘Why not see if I

could complete this?’” he says.

“And for some reason I found

I’m able to jump over things

and run pretty good. I get my

skill at lifting from working

at FedEx for five years.”

Perhaps it’s because he

came to competitive running

late that Albon is free to

tread a different path to the

relentlessly coached, lifecontrolled

pros. So in 2014

Albon moved to Bergen,

Norway, to forge his OCR

spirit in the extreme depths

of an Arctic winter.

“It’s Type Two fun,” he

says. “You’re breaking ice,

“Part of doing an

obstacle race is just

getting on with it…

Your body learns

not to be cold”

getting electrocuted, going

into dark small spaces, getting

exposed to heights – all these

fears and all this pain – but

then you feel more human

afterwards when you’re sitting

comfortably at a desk; you

appreciate that luxury.”

While the main component

of OCR is running, Albon finds

it pays to mix things up. “I came

to realise that running 12

months of the year isn’t that

good for you, but two or three

months of something lowimpact

can be.” Instead, he

channels his cardio workouts

into ski touring near home.

“It’s fun and invigorating. Last

winter, I was doing 12,000-

15,000m climbs on skis every

week. It’s not often you run up

a big mountain, then down

again, then jump up and down

and say, ‘Let’s do that again.’”

Finding fun in the cold

forges a level of resilience you

can bring to summer racing.

“Part of doing an obstacle race

is just getting on with it, no

matter what. Your body learns

not to be cold.” In summer,

Albon prefers doing his offseason

base mileage training

in cycling shoes; in winter, he’s

in ski boots. “I’ve rediscovered

my love for running because

I’ve been doing less of it, which

is great. And cross training

can build a really big engine.”

When it comes to nailing

the art of scaling obstacles

such as hanging ropes and

towering cargo nets, Albon

applies a similarly disciplined

yet fun approach: he does

a lot of bouldering, which

is known to be mentally

engaging. And today, at 30,

he believes he’s as sharp

mentally as he is physically.

“I think there’s a lot to be said

for just being out in nature,

full stop. When you’re

breathing fresh air, it changes

your mood completely.”

Jonathan Albon is sponsored by

GORE Running Wear, Dryrobe,

Clif Bar and VJ Sport. Visit

jonathanalbon.com; gorewear.com

SCOTT SEEFELDT MATTHEW RAY

Mud pack: obstacle course racing is a

battle with others – and with yourself

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Fitness

“It’s Type Two fun… You

feel more human later

when you’re sitting

comfortably at a desk”

Net gains: the OCR World Champion prepares to get down and dirty with his next obstacle

OVERCOMING

OBSTACLES

The secret isn’t

sheer brute force,

as Albon reveals…

Climbing freehanging

ropes

Scaling mud-slimed hemp is about

technique more than strength:

Albon never only uses his arm

muscles. “Get the rope over one foot,

then beneath the other, and stand on

it,” he says. “Then press upwards

using core and leg strength rather

than your arms.” Lower yourself

slowly, too – rope burn isn’t funny.

Hanging tough: the slightest slip on the ropes can mean not

only a soaking but the addition of crucial seconds to your time

Clearing the A-frame

This is often the biggest obstacle.

Pick a part of the net that’s less

saggy – this will most likely be where

it’s attached to the frame. “Then grip

one vertical centre strand and place

your feet either side of it as you

climb,” says Albon. “Take big steps

– the fewer you do, the less chance

of your foot slipping through.”

Scaling the high wall

“I do a pull-up, get my elbows onto

it, muscle up, then swing my legs

over, but that takes a lot of strength,”

says Albon. “To use more of your legs

and core, jump up and grab the top

of the wall with straight arms, swing

your body to get your heel up, then

slide to lift your calf over, too. From

there, you can roll onto the top.”

Negotiating the

barbed-wire scramble

The army-type crawl can be painful

if you’re in shorts on gravel. Then

there’s the roly-poly technique, like a

sausage roll; the problem with that is

you get dizzy. So I do three rolls, then

drag myself sideways before doing

another three rolls, and so on.”

Skipping through mud

“If it’s ankle-deep, I just run. If it’s

knee-deep, I’ve got this skipping

stride: pick up one foot, then skip

forwards so that only one shin

cuts through the water at a time.

If it’s swimming, I’m a big fan of

breaststroke, because submerging

your head in dirty water changes

how you breathe.”

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Promotion

Obertauern

Austria’s powder

playground

With pristine slopes,

off-piste powder and

the snowiest ski area

in Austria, Obertauern

is set to become your

new favourite winter

destination

A

U

S

T

R

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Freeskier Tobi

Tritscher produced

his first Homerun

film in Obertauern

last year

Austria is famed for its beautiful

mountains and amazing snow

sports. Every year, visitors from

across the world travel here to

enjoy the country’s incredible

slopes and mountain lifestyle.

As every snow sports

enthusiast knows, an essential

part of any winter adventure

is heavy snowfall on the pistes.

Which is why Obertauern is

proud that of all Austria’s

leading snow destinations, it

is number one for guaranteed

snow. All winter sports

destinations wish they could

promise heavy snowfall and

pristine slopes year after year;

however, due to unpredictable

weather, it’s often hard to tell

whether you will be met with

green or white hills on your

annual ski trip. The region of

Obertauern is a little different,

however, as the guarantee of

snow in the region was proven

by ski tourism researcher

Günther Aigner in 2016, with

an average maximum snow

depth of 264cm. Thanks to the

unique weather conditions in

the Tauern mountains, snow

clouds coming from the north

as well as from the south bring

a white splendour to Obertauern

for almost seven months, with

the first snow falling in October

and lasting till May.

The region has attracted

some pretty impressive

admirers. World-renowned

freeskier and Red Bull

PlayStreets veteran Tobi

Tritscher is known to frequent

the off-piste hills of Obertauern,

calling it his own “backyard

playground”. Tritscher’s film

series Homerun, in which

the Austrian skier rips down

incredibly powdery mountains,

was filmed entirely on

Obertauern’s snowy peaks,

showing the full potential of

this special region with its

amazing snowfall and varied,

snaking routes.

Visitors to Obertauern have

plenty to explore. The centre of

the town, located at 1,740m, is

in the middle of several pistes

that wind out and cover the

mountain slopes up to an

altitude of 2,313m, allowing

visitors to ski in and out from

any location. The legendary

Tauern round includes 26

modern cable cars and ski lifts

that connect approximately

100km of slopes, enabling you

to explore all the pistes.

With popular snow park

The Spot available for

snowboarders and freestylers,

the more challenging

Gamsleiten 2 slope for the

bravest and most skilled riders,

and the Tauren Tour running

for all levels of rider from small

children to adults, everyone

will discover a holiday they love

in Obertauern.

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FAST

FACTS

Location

Obertauern is

a 100km drive

south of Salzburg

Altitude

1,740m; ski area

from 1,630 to

2,313m

Other distances

by car

Munich: 220km;

Vienna: 330km

Start of winter

season

November 21, 2019;

lifts in operation

until May 1, 2020

Accommodation

Around 150 hotels,

inns, guesthouses

and holiday

apartments, plus

six youth hostels, in

all price categories

Runs

Approximately

100km of which,

according to

international

standards,

61km are easy

(blue trail signs),

35km medium

(red) and 4km

difficult (black).

Clearly visible

signposts make

orientation in the

skiing area simple

for skiers

Lifts

26 cable railways

and lifts, with a

capacity of up to

50,248 passengers

per hour

Obertauern is number

one in Austria for

guaranteed snow

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HOW TO

CHANGE

A WHEEL

IN ZERO

GRAVITY

Performing a pit stop

while weightless sounds

impossible – but not for

the world’s best pit crew

At last November’s Brazilian

Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing

set a new pit-stop world record

of 1.82 seconds. An incredible

achievement, but not the

team’s most remarkable pitstop

performance of the year:

that took place in zero gravity

– or rather, simulated zero G.

At Russia’s Yuri Gagarin

Research & Test Cosmonaut

Training Centre, the pit crew

got to work aboard an Ilyushin

II-76MDK cosmonaut training

plane, aka the Vomit Comet.

The aeronautic manoeuvre

known as a parabolic arc is

relatively straightforward (see

opposite). The aircraft climbs

at 45°, then reduces speed,

entering a ballistic trajectory.

The plane then goes into free

fall, creating weightlessness,

before making its descent.

The crew had seven flights to

acclimatise and relearn basic

pit-stop techniques in zero G;

none had previous experience

in such an environment.

Reinventing the wheel change: record-breaking Red Bull Racing go where no pit crew has gone before

GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION

You might not have access

to an F1 car, but you can

experience zero G for yourself.

WHERE: Yuri Gagarin Research

& Test Cosmonaut Training

Centre, Star City, Russia

NEAREST AIRPORT:

Sheremetyevo International

Airport, Moscow

zerogravitytour.com

The climb

“You don’t realise that on the

way up in the aircraft you’ll

experience almost 2 G – twice

your normal bodyweight –

and the sensation of just being

planted into the ground,” says

mechanic Paul ‘Harry’ Knight

of the first flight. “We were all

like Bambi, legs everywhere

– we just fell to the floor.”

Disorientation

“My stomach felt fine, but

the pressure in my head was

immense – I thought it would

explode,” says support team

co-ordinator Mark ‘Wincey’ Willis.

“For the first two or three flights,

my brain couldn’t compute. If

you’d asked me to put a square

peg in a square hole, I wouldn’t

have been able to.”

Learning to fly

There’s no onboard indicator

when zero G is about to kick in,

just the loadmaster talking

to you – the only problem is he

speaks in Russian,” says chief

mechanic Joe ‘Robbo’ Robinson.

“When you go over the top,

there’s no feeling of being thrown

into the air. You just lift lightly off

your feet, into the float.”

DENIS KLERO/RED BULL CONTENT POOL

MATT YOUSON HILLIARD DESIGN

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Zero G pit stop

ILYUSHIN II-76MDK

COSMONAUT TRAINING PLANE

RED BULL F1 CAR

16 10

RED BULL

PIT CREW

RED BULL

FILM CREW

ROLE POSITION

As soon as the plane hit zero gravity,

the crew had to strap themselves into place

before getting to work on the car

9,000M

45˚ NOSE UP

22 SECONDS

AT ZERO G

45˚ NOSE DOWN

1.8 G ZERO G 1.8 G

MANOEUVRE TIME IN SECONDS

0 20 45 65

The clock’s ticking

“When we started to float,

we’d unstrap the car, roll it into

position and have 15 seconds of

filming before strapping it – and

ourselves – down again,” says

Knight. “After that, we’d have a

few minutes to inspect for damage

to the axles and wheel hubs and

get ready to go again.” [Each

flight contains 10-15 parabolas.]

Change that wheel

“As soon as you move the

wheel gun towards a wheel,

you push yourself backwards.

Try to pull a wheel off and

you end up spinning yourself

around,” explains Willis. “You

can only control yourself

through your ankles, because

your feet are strapped down,”

adds Robinson.

Adjust your mindset

“Zero G makes you think and

operate in a completely different

way,” says Willis. “We had to

spin the car a full 360°. We had

to physically roll it over in mid-air.

It was a very risky manoeuvre,

because we didn’t know if there

would be time to do it, or whether

the car would end up landing

upside down.”

Exit strategy

“You don’t want the car – or

yourself – floating half a metre

off the ground when gravity

returns,” says Robinson. “One

guy landed headfirst on the

front wing, which made a mess.

It got a laugh when we took it

back to the factory – asking

for a repair because a cosmonaut

had headbutted it.”

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January

The Invitation

This immersive experience from

the Secret Theatre Project sold

out during its recent run in Hong

Kong. Upon buying your ticket,

you’re given the address of a

fictional five-star hotel in east

London, and a password to enter

a masquerade ball that escalates

into a gripping tale of murder

and intrigue. If you’ve got the

stomach, the VIP option even

comes with an immersive dining

experience created by the reallife

hotel’s acclaimed head chef.

Town Hall Hotel, London;

designmynight.com

14

January

Nam June Paik

This January is the 14th anniversary of the

death of Nam June Paik, the South Korean

visionary hailed as the founder of video art.

To mark the event, Tate Modern is hosting

a vast collection of the avant-garde genius’

work, spanning five decades. Experimental

audiovisual pieces include TV Garden

(a garden of tellies), Robot K-456 (his 1964

automaton, pictured below, that can walk

and excrete peas) and Sistine Chapel, a

room-sized reimagining of Michelangelo’s

masterpiece that uses 40 video projectors.

The exhibition ends on February 9.

Tate Modern, London; tate.org.uk

21

to 29 February

Isadora Now

American dancer Isadora Duncan

was a feminist icon who, during

the early 20th century, inspired

women of the era to freely

express themselves. This allfemale

ensemble celebrates her

life with three performances

including her rarely-seen

composition Dance with the

Furies; and Viviana Durante,

a former principal at The Royal

Ballet, returns to solo

performance after a decade to

interpret Duncan’s style in the

Five Brahms Waltzes. Barbican,

London; barbican.org.uk

January/ February

27

February

BrewLDN

This festival is all about one thing:

great beer, and lots of it. More

than 150 breweries will be in

attendance, from big names such

as Guinness Open Gate to the allfemale

Mothership, the 100-percent

vegan Pillars and low-alcohol

specialists Big Drop. There’s

some excellent food to pair with

your pint, too – thanks to BBQ,

smoked meats and international

street-dining stalls – and it’s all

soundtracked by the 10-piece

Old Dirty Brasstards and Hoxton

Radio DJs. The Old Truman

Brewery, London; brewldn.com

18

January to 26 May

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

Taking place in the fabled resort town of Banff, 1,630m above sea level

in the Canadian Rockies, this festival showcases some of the year’s

best films about our obsession with mountains. If you’re not fortunate

enough to make the pilgrimage, fear not: the pick of the bunch are

trekking across the UK and Ireland on a four-month tour. Highlights

include Spectre – To the End of the Earth, the epic documentary of

explorer Leo Houlding’s kite-skiing trip to Antarctica’s most remote

peak (as detailed in our May 2019 issue); and The Imaginary Line –

director Kylor Melton’s heart-stopping film about slacklining across

the US-Mexican border. Various locations, UK and Ireland; banff-uk.com

South African trail

runner Thabang

Madiba in the short

film Thabang

BEN TIBBETTS, FRIEDRICH CHRISTIAN FLICK COLLECTION IN HAMBURGER BAHNHOF, BERLIN

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January / February

LAAX OPEN/JOSHUA LAEMMERHIRT, TEDDY MORELLEC/RED BULL CONTENT POOL, JAANUS REE/RED BULL CONTENT POOL

A PIECE

OF THE

ACTION

A festival of snowboarding

in Switzerland, flips and

tricks in Estonia, and rally

driving in Monaco – just

some of the highlights you’ll

find on Red Bull TV…

WATCH

RED BULL TV

ANYWHERE

Red Bull TV is a global digital

entertainment destination

featuring programming that

is beyond the ordinary and is

available anytime, anywhere.

Go online at redbull.tv,

download the app, or

connect via your Smart TV.

To find out more,

visit redbull.tv

Ready for boarding:

the halfpipe at Laax

17

to 18 January LIVE

LAAX OPEN

Every year, snowboarders of all standards – from elite to

amateur – converge on the world-famous ski resort of Laax

in eastern Switzerland for a week-long festival of open-air

concerts, DJ sets, parties and, of course, top boarding.

This year’s event kicks off on Monday, January 13, but it’s

on Friday that the heat is raised with the finals of the World

Cup slopestyle event, followed the next day by the halfpipe.

Catch all the action live on Red Bull TV.

8to 9 February LIVE

SIMPLE SESSION

Don’t miss the 20th anniversary of this iconic

BMX and skateboarding event. The competition

returns to the Saku Arena in Tallinn, Estonia, where

riders and skaters from across the globe (pictured:

Spain’s Jaime Mateu) will go head to head.

24

to 27 January LIVE

WRC MONTE CARLO

One of the few things you can guarantee about

the opener of the World Rally Championship is

its location. Less predictable are the conditions

on the Alpine roads, making this a wild ride for the

drivers and great entertainment for spectators.

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Equipment

CAPTURE

The action

vlogger

GoPro HERO8 Black

What the OG action cam has done

for sports photography, this latest

version intends to do for bloggers,

with mods such as a shotgun mic,

LED lighting and a flip-up display.

Enhanced HDR, stabilisation, speed

controls, a night-lapse mode and

water resistance to a depth of 10m

shows GoPro also hasn’t forgotten

its (hard)core. gopro.com

TUNE IN

Earbuds evolved

AirPods Pro

Regular AirPods don’t fit your ears? Apple heard you. In fact,

it listened to feedback from thousands of human ears when

building the AirPods Pro – earbuds tailored to the hearing of

the individual. On first wearing, sensors test your ear canal

pressure for the correct fit, then dual mics compare external

and internal sound 200 times per second to deliver active

noise cancellation that’s superior to high-end, over-the-ear

’phones. Squeeze the force sensor on the stem and external

conversations filter in over your audio. The inward-facing

mic then continues to listen to the audio as it sounds to you,

continually adapting the EQ for an optimal experience. More

than earbuds, these are ear computers. apple.com

TOM GUISE

PROJECT

Pocket

movie theatre

BenQ GV1

In the era of smartphones, some

believe the art of big-screen cinema

is being lost. But maybe it’s just

going mobile. This battery-powered

projection system has the power

to deliver a 2.5m display from your

phone or direct from YouTube or

Netflix, yet it’s small enough to fit

in your pocket. benq.eu

FLY

Drone the size

of a phone

DJI Mavic Mini

Just a few years ago, committing

to a drone hobby meant investing

in a large custom backpack with

plenty of battery pockets. Today,

this palm-sized quadcopter

could easily fit into one of those

battery pockets; it also weighs

just 249g and has a flight time

of 30 minutes. dji.com

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Equipment

SURVIVE

The airbag you wear

Quiksilver Highline Pro Airlift Vest

The Airlift vest is a safety tool, not a performance enhancer. Do not take greater risks while using it.” So says the

disclaimer for this surfing aid, intended for only the most experienced boarders facing the world’s largest, most

challenging waves. Four pull-tabs are attached to CO2 cannisters that inflate strategically positioned air bladders

to send the wearer rapidly to the surface, facing the right way up. Deflation tabs expel the air just as quickly if you

need to get beneath the surface before that second wave hits. quiksilver.co.uk

PROTECT

Skull of

hard knocks

Hedkayse ONE

In Europe, there’s an impact safety test called

EN1078 that all cycle helmets must pass, but

this assessment doesn’t factor in the daily

bumps that can diminish the effectiveness of

regular EPS (polystyrene) headgear. So a group

of engineers at Loughborough University

decided to create a new material – Enkayse

– that disperses impact energy rather than

deforming to absorb it. The result, according

to its creators, is a helmet that can not only

take multiple blows and remain within EN1078

standards, but also protect the brain from

minor knocks that, it is believed, could

cumulatively contribute to brain disease over

time. hedkayse.com

INSPIRE

A nobler

time

AVI-8 Hawker

Hurricane Bader

Limited Edition

Chronograph

The story of Sir

Douglas Bader, one

of Britain’s WWII

flying aces, is wilder

than any fiction.

A double amputee,

the London-born

RAF pilot claimed 22

aerial victories – the

absence of his legs

are said to have

better equipped him

to resist G-force

blackouts, as blood

couldn’t drain so

far from his brain.

“A disabled person

who fights back is

not disabled… but

inspired,” declared

Bader – who died

in 1982 at the age of

72 – and, true to his

word, he escaped

prisoner-of-war

camps on a number

of occasions. This

watch, designed in

conjunction with the

pilot’s family, features

his 242 Squadron

insignia on the strap

and his plane on the

second hand, and 10

per cent of all sales

go to the Douglas

Bader Foundation.

avi-8.co.uk

TOM GUISE

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THE RED BULLETIN PROMOTION

SWISS

THE SKIERS’ AIRLINE

Jet to the Alps with the specialist airline and your ski and snowboard equipment flies free

Every skier or snowboarder knows the pain of checking in

their favourite equipment with all the other luggage at the

airport as they embark on their snow holiday. Having gear

that’s in good working order can make or break a week in the

mountains, so it’s vital to travel with an airline that you can

trust with those all-important boards, skis and boots.

Being the skiers’ airline of choice, SWISS transports your

first set of skis/snowboard and boots free of charge, in addition

to your standard free baggage allowance of 23kg in Economy

Class* or two 32kg pieces in Business Class. SWISS connects

UK and Switzerland with more than 160 weekly flights

from London Heathrow, London Gatwick**, London City,

Manchester and Birmingham to Zurich, Geneva and Sion**.

SWISS’s classic fare from London Heathrow to Geneva –

gateway to the Alps – starts from £82 in one direction and

includes free ski and snowboard equipment carriage.

swiss.com

*Free ski carriage is not applicable for travel on our Economy

Light fares. **Seasonal flights only

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NIGHT

RUN

Take a plunge into the darkness and

your sense of awareness and perception

of pace are raised to the next level.

Run safe, be seen, stay warm, look cool

Photography KLAUS THYMANN

Styling SARAH ANN MURRAY

UNDER ARMOUR UA

Recover Fleece Full

Zip top, underarmour.

co.uk; BJÖRN

BORG DPM shorts,

bjornborg.com;

THE NORTH FACE

Men’s Easy tights,

thenorthface.co.uk;

STANCE Great Plains

Crew Feel360 Run

socks, stance.eu.com;

ASICS GT-2000

running shoes,

asics.com

KLAUS THYMANN/INSTITUTE


THE NORTH FACE

Flight Series Better

Than Naked jacket,

thenorthface.co.uk;

PUMA 4Keeps Mid

Impact bra top and

Hybrid Netfit Astro

running shoes,

eu.puma.com;

BJÖRN BORG Clara

high-waist tights,

bjornborg.com

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90

Revée (left) wears PROVIZ Reflect360 running jacket, provizsports.com; UNDER ARMOUR UA IntelliKnit sweater, underarmour.

co.uk; LULULEMON Wunder Under High-Rise 28” tights, lululemon.co.uk; STANCE Exchange Crew Feel360 Run socks, stance.

eu.com; PUMA Hybrid Netfit Astro running shoes, eu.puma.com

Natalia wears PROVIZ Reflect360 long-sleeve top and Reflect360 running jacket (worn round waist), provizsports.com;

ICEBREAKER MerinoLOFT Helix vest, icebreaker.com; HUMMEL Hmltoss tights, hummel.net; NEW BALANCE FuelCell Echo running

shoes, newbalance.co.uk; SUUNTO 9 GPS watch, sunnto.com; ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE Reflective Ultimate running gloves,

1000mile.co.uk; THE NORTH FACE Electra backpack, thenorthface.co.uk


Natalia wears

NICCE Petrol Bomber

iridescent jacket,

nicceclothing.com;

ADIDAS Supernova

Confident Three Season

jacket, adidas.co.uk;

NEW BALANCE Printed

Evolve tights and

Evolve running top,

newbalance.co.uk;

ON Running shorts,

on-running.com;

SAUCONY Guide 13

running shoes,

saucony.com

Darren wears

BJÖRN BORG DPM

long-sleeved T-shirt,

black T-shirt and DPM

leggings, bjornborg.

com; LULULEMON T.H.E.

Short 9” Liner shorts,

lululemon.co.uk;

STANCE Joven Classic

Crew socks, stance.

eu.com; SAUCONY

Guide 13 running shoes,

saucony.com


Chris wears ADIDAS

TERREX Agravic

Shield jacket, adidas.

co.uk; NEW BALANCE

Shift running shorts,

newbalance.co.uk;

ASICS Icon Winter

tights, asics.com;

STANCE Kagan Moon

Man Crew Feel360

Run socks, stance.

eu.com; THE NORTH

FACE Flight Series

Trinity running shoes,

thenorthface.co.uk

Revée wears

THE NORTH FACE

Flight Series Better

Than Naked jacket,

thenorthface.co.uk;

PUMA 4Keeps Mid

Impact bra top and

Hybrid Netfit Astro

running shoes,

eu.puma.com;

BJÖRN BORG Clara

high-waist tights,

bjornborg.com


Equipment

ARC’TERYX Cita SL jacket, arcteryx.com; BJÖRN BORG Cle Racerback Tank top, bjornborg.com; NEW BALANCE Reclaim Hybrid

tights, newbalance.co.uk; HOKA ONE ONE Cavu 2 running shoes, hokaoneone.eu

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UNDER ARMOUR Women’s UA Qualifier Storm Graphic packable jacket, underarmour.co.uk; LULULEMON Free To Be Serene sports

bra, lululemon.co.uk; ASICS W GPX CPD tights and Gel-Cumulus 20 running shoes, asics.com; STANCE Needles Crew Feel360

Training socks, stance.eu.com; OSPREY Duro 6 hydration pack, ospreyeurope.com; headband, stylist’s own


THE NORTH FACE

Men’s Flight

Futurelight jacket,

thenorthface.co.uk;

PUMA Ignite T-shirt,

Ignite Blocked 7”

running shorts and

Hybrid Fuego running

shoes, eu.puma.com;

STANCE Serve Crew

Feel360 Run socks,

stance.eu.com

Styling assistant:

FRANCESCA MARTIN KANE

Models: REVÉE WALCOTT-

NOLAN, DARREN CORBIN

and CHRIS BOLINGBROKE

all @ W Model Management;

NATALIA T @ BMA Models


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Action highlight

Cloud hopping

Urban streets and parks are the usual domain of BMXer Matthias Dandois, whose

speciality is flatland – performing tricks on smooth surfaces without ramps, jumps and

grind rails. But when it comes to expressing himself, the Frenchman aims high. Which

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WIIINGS.

ALSO WITH THE TASTE OF COCONUT & BERRY.

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