Author: Rory Wilson

Corporate Teambuilding with NVest Holdings

I had the privilege of hosting NVest Holdings for their Corporate Teambuilding and end-of-year function. It was a great day as they faced a variety of team challenges; some teams went missing, some went overboard in the river and some battled to make fire. But everyone had a fun time and worked well within their teams.

A video with some of the highlights from the day…

South African team to participate in Bear Grylls’ global Adventure Race series

A South African team of 4 adventurers made it and secured a place as one of over 60 organisations in Amazon Prime Video’s new global survival-adventure race reality series, World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji with Bear Grylls.

Team Cyanosis from South Africa, will compete against similar teams from across the world in the Amazon’ revival of the Eco-Challenge.

The series originally ran on the Discovery Channel since 1995 for eight years, and that will now debut in a new global show format on Amazon Prime Video.

Team Cyanosis will be lead by Clinton Mackintosh as Team Captain, along with Nicholas Mulder, Sarah Fairmaid Clarke, Darren Barry and Steven Burnett (TAC).

The producers chose Team Cyanosis who will battle it out in a race across the world, billed as “the toughest global outdoor multi-sport endurance race on Earth”.

MORE ABOUT THE TEAMS

The South Africans will compete against teams including one of 28-year old sisters from India racing for gender equality, an American Eagle Scout team and a team of Scouts from Australia, a group of Wounded Warriors who served in the American armed forces, the world’s youngest expedition racer to compete in the Adventure Racing World Series at the age of 17, a team of Ironman athletes including “The Iron Cowboys” who gained notoriety for completing 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days, and many other teams from South America, Australasia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In the 10-episode season, contestants will take part in whitewater rafting, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and mountain biking across more than 563 kilometres. If someone from a team quits, the whole team gets eliminated.

Bear Grylls will be the presenter of the season that will take place in Fiji and be filmed during spring and premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020.

In this “ultimate expedition race”, teams will race non-stop for 24 hours a day, across rugged backcountry terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans. Each race team is comprised of four competitors, including at least one member of the opposite sex, and one assistant crew member that will be helping their team from base camp.

Each team will race under a single country flag while making their way through some of the most impenetrable terrains Fiji has to offer.

Navigation will have to be done with a map and compass only, and teams will be required to use expedition problem-solving skills in their quest to the finish line. Only teams that can work together under extreme stress and fatigue have any hope of reaching the finish.

“Challenging oneself in the outdoors is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago when Eco-Challenge began,” says Mark Burnett. “It’s the ultimate test of the human spirit, teamwork and honouring our planet. I can’t wait to see the drama unfold as these teams test themselves beyond what they ever thought possible.”

Bear, who will also be executive producer, says “The Fiji course is truly epic. It’s incredibly demanding and will force our competitors far out of their comfort zone as they race against themselves, their competitors and the fiercest elements of Mother Nature. Only the teams that work together can ever hope of making it to the finish line”.

Lisa Hennessy, executive producer, says “The race in Fiji is the biggest and most exciting Eco-Challenge production to date”.

“The course is a staggering 672 km with a record 330+ athletes participating. We also have a record 35 camera crews capturing the action, in addition to drone and state-of-the-art handheld gyro cameras that will film in areas previously impossible to reach. We’ll be filming in 4K HDR, ensuring that the series is unparalleled in quality.”.

Eric Van Wagenen, executive producer, says “The backstories of the athletes are what will be truly inspiring. Not everyone will win – or even finish the race, but following them throughout this gruelling competition and sharing their triumphs and setbacks along the way will make very compelling television.”

Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, says “As a global platform, we’re excited to be telling stories of perseverance and triumph as these teams face the challenges that the World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji has to offer”.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mark Burnett, Bear Grylls, Lisa Hennessey, Eric Van Wagenen and the entire creative team who all have a love for this race and will be helping to tell these teams’ powerful and inspiring stories for our Amazon Prime Video customers.”

Original article from channel24.co.za

Adventure Party – Devon’s 7th Birthday

For Devon’s 7th birthday we had a some outdoor games and a short obstacle course which culminated in the children climbing a dirt hill with the help of a rope. We ended the afternoon with hike through the forest.

Below are some photos, and a highlight video, of the Adventure Party:

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August’s “Adventure Saturday”

In August 2019 Red King Adventures hosted an “Adventure Saturday”. We had a group of kids ranging from 5 to 10 years old.

We did a variety of activities including team relays, obstacle courses and free climbing.

Here’s a video containing some of the highlights from the day:

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Adventure of Camping and Hiking in the Kleinrivier Wilderness (Part 1)

For this adventure I took my family on camping trip to Kleinrivier Wilderness Area. It was a 400km drive to the Reserve which is located near Uitenage.

We camped at a site called Soetdorings (“Sweet Thorns”), so named because of the thousands of thorn trees throughout the reserve.

We booked out the entire site so that we could have it to ourselves (it only caters to a maximum of seven campers).
It has a big covered lapa with sink and wood stove and fire place. Two of the main attractions of the small site are the man-made natural rock pool, under the shade of acacia trees, and a stone-built flush-toilet/hot shower (wood burning “donkey” geyser) with a large open window overlooking the Karoo hills.

We arrived late in the afternoon, after the long drive, and spent the rest of daylight hours erecting our tents and getting settled, with a light drizzle making everything a bit wet.

The next morning we went on our first hike. Our plan was to do a walk along one of the meandering rivers, but the entire area was very dry and there was not a drop of water in the empty river beds.

Nevertheless, it was a enjoyable, easy hike, with some gentle ups and downs through the rocky terrain. It was about a 7km walk.

Here’s a video of us exploring the Riverside Hike at Kleinrivier:

On our way back we discovered another awesome little man-made rock swimming pool which we would visit at a later stage.

Once back at base it was a case of finding some cool shade to escape the stifling heat, and then a braai and some games.

That night we made a fire in the donkey geyser for hot showers.

Equipment I used on this adventure:

  • 2 x campmaster 4-man dome tents (one for sleeping and one for all our gear)
  • Cowl sleeping bag
  • Spork
  • 360 camping set
  • 3-in-1 survival whistle/compass/thermometer
  • Headlamp
  • Zoomable torch
  • Espresso maker
  • Anti-chafe

Wearables:

  • Salomon trail shoes
  • Max ski pants
  • Falke socks

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Gear Review: C2 Performance Tights / Compression Pants

Recently I received a pair of C2 Performance Tights (Compression Pants) to use and give some feedback.

My reviewer, Mel, wore them on some forest trail-running and provided some glowing feedback. Here’s a video I created of her testing out the tights:

Mel loved the warmth the tights provided on a cold, blustery afternoon. They kept her warm, but also didn’t make her feel hot once she was back in a heated car.

She was amazed at how extremely comfortable they were. Whether it was psychological or physical she felt they enhanced her running performance just due to their softness, comfort and snug fit.

They expelled the sweat, with the quick-dry fabric keeping her legs dry throughout the trail run.

The tights seem so comfortable that they can be worn just about anywhere, even as casual wear. And their warmth and quick-dry functionality make them perfect for a dip in the sea, or a swim in the pool.

Textile: Polartec® Power Stretch single velour
49% Poly, 38% Nylon & 13% Spandex
Made in Massachusetts, USA

Retail price: $99 USD / R 1400 ZAR

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Five (July 2019)

For the final day of our week-long Adventure Holiday Club we had a small group and changed things up a bit.

We first went for a nice forest walk, doing activities along the way:

We spent quite a bit of time birdwatching. We were fortunate to see a host of species including: Bronze Mannikins, Fish Eagles, Blacksmith Plovers, Pied Kingfishers, Helmeted Guineafowl, various Weavers, Cape White-Eyes and a Fiscal Shrike. But the highlight was undoubtedly this Long-Crested Eagle.

After the forest we walked to the beach for some fun beach activities that got the children working as a team.

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Four (July 2019)

On Day Four of our Adventure Holiday Club we moved settings and went to the forest and the beach.

Read about the previous days of our Adventure Holiday Club here:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three.

We started the morning with a walk through the forest and did some exploring and climbing:

Once we exited the forest we made our way to the beach we played some games, focusing on teamwork and strategizing…

Throughout the week we were also fortunate to see quite a bit of wildlife. Here were some of the highlights:

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Three (July 2019)

Day 3 of our Adventure Holiday Club saw us doing some problem-solving activities and hill climbing, but the highlight was canoeing in the river.

Read about Day One here. Read about Day Two here

We started the day by collecting more bamboo and working on shelter building.

The we moved down to the river where the children, in pairs, each had the chance to learn how to paddle a canoe.

After that they collected firewood and we made a fire to cook our lunch. During this time we also had a bit of “free climbing” time.

After lunch we tried some group problem-solving tasks.