Monthly Archive:: November 2011

The scene of my 2009 Canadian winter: Fernie, British Columbia. I signed up for an 11 week instructor course with these chaps Nonstop Snowboard, one of those life experiences that makes your skull feel convertible, letting your brain loose to let its hair down – crazy imagery huh, but that’s how it is! Admittedly I broke myself, repeatedly, trying to execute ambitious manoeuvres prescribed by our ex cage-fighting instructor. A interesting, mightily-bearded chap channeling his latent rage into his students ambition, a volatile formula that somehow works. Colourful, and yes, that word…epic, times. Cool crew, crazy nights, blue bird days and so much white noise! Here’s a shot of opening day of Fernie’s 2013 season opening weekend…*sigh* almost taints Cape Town’s sun-drenched Tuesday. Damn those were some good times, place is a firetrucking powder mecca. Feel like blowing this rice paddy for 3 months… you could do a lot worse than a BC winter: and Go!

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This is the stuff of legend, nothing less. The Denali Experiment Finally a rare instance of the true meaning of the word epic. I’ve been to  19973 ft (6088 metres) on Huayna Potosi in Bolivia, summating that mountain drained the life out of me, I’ve never felt so utterly depleted, it was bitter! Could I have strapped in and ridden down? Wish I knew, I’d love to try. arnie

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The kids at Green Renaissance have planted another spectacular seed, bringing us this collaborative effort from the WWF, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, SANParks and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. 19 beautiful, critically endangered beasts, dangling from helicopters. It’s mind boggling, touching and inspirational to see the passion and love poured into the protection of these leathery creatures. You’d need a skin thicker than your target’s to remorselessly pull the trigger on a Rhino. Magic work Mike, Warren, Jax and Jenna. arnie

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