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My Way to the Pacific Northwest

LUCA JÄNICHEN

My way to the Pacific Northwest

I think it is the mystery and diversity of this place, that always wanted me to go there. As a person that loves spending time outdoors and as an adventurous soul, this place had my attention since I first heard about it. As a small child we always went out and built these little cabins and huts out of branches in the forest. I spent days just building walls, paths and holes even in the worst weather. Pouring rain and snow couldn’t stop me from going in the forest again. Over and over again, not stopping until I got sick or the bottle of tea got empty and I had to go home. Somehow It was almost like a second home out there, where you are completely on your own and can be your own creator – at least until the forester came. When growing older I spent less time there, got to know the strict rules of German forest protection and realized that there are more beautiful forests than near my town. I almost forgot about this forest and others, when I had to study for final exams.

So, it was like a wakening call, when I saw these moody pictures of the American Pacific Northwest on Instagram a few years back. At first, I tried to recreate these images in the German forests. While I was doing this I went out in the rain again, even started to love the weather again, where others don’t even take a step outside. It brought me back to nature and I am very thankful for that. However, I soon had to realize that there is something different. I had the feeling that the pictures of the PNW were much more intense, more interesting, more mystical, showing the soul of the forest at its purest. At that time, I had just started with photography and as I already said I tried to implement the image style into the German forest. But I soon learned that it is not all about the way of capturing things or editing them, but more about the location itself. That’s what makes a picture special. A rainforest on the other side of the world just can’t be compared to a small german forest squeezed in between a highway and a village. Right when I finished school my plan was to go to the US and Canada to see this spectacular place. A few months later I found myself in the bus to the airport. It was finally happening!

After staying in Vancouver for a few days we rented a car and crossed the border. Equipped with everything we would need for a camping road trip we began driving to the Olympic Peninsula. After all these years of waiting, I was finally able to see this landscape in real life. On our way to the Olympic National Park we took the route over the Deception Pass and crossed the Puget Sound with the Port Townsend ferry.

The next morning we started to explore our surroundings finding ourselves in a vast forest covered in rain. There was so much green around – green gras, green trees, green moss. We couldn’t believe our eyes. It is simply a paradise for plants because it rains so often. I always thought that the pictures from here were edited in a way that made the landscape look greener and more alive, whereas in reality this was the case without any crazy editing. A dream came true for me when I hiked through the wet dripping and moss covered woods of the ancient rainforests.

Actually we wanted to visit the hot springs located deep in a valley, but soon the road was blocked with signs and we found out that the road was washed away by heavy rain in the last few weeks. Hard to imagine, as forest fires were still raging on the other side of the national park. Instead of walking to the hot springs we decided to look for some waterfalls and we eventually found them. An absolute highlight that we only discovered by chance while walking along the river were jumping salmon that made their way upstream. It is incredible to watch these big fish jumping with all their power trying to reach their breeding grounds. A small crowd of people were waiting to see them just for a few seconds.

We only did a few shorter hikes here and there as it rained continuously. For the evening we looked for a place to stay at Rialto Beach and came across a Park Ranger Station, where we learned a lot about how the National Park system and the overnight stay regulations work. If you’re going there the first time it is hard to understand where you can stay overnight, what you have to do, what formulas you have to fill out and what pass you need. There are also exceptions here and there and sometimes local Rangers have different points of view on certain restrictions. So it is definitely good to talk to them, especially if you want to stay overnight and do longer hikes, since they would also start looking for you if you didn’t show up at your car after a certain period of time. They often also have campgrounds near their stations where you can fill up your water and have a shower, its a pay system based on trust. Although we didn’t use them on our trip I can definitely recommend to check them out, if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay with your tent.

Instead, we camped on the beach. The first evening at the beach was super windy and it rained a lot. We met one of the Park Rangers at the beach again and she happily started to explain us the different bird species from the area. It got dark pretty early but we stayed a little longer to watch some surfers hitting waves that the wind made come ashore. One of my favorite images came to live in this scenery. A surfer, tired after some time in the cold pacific water, takes his board and walks towards the lights of La Push. Nothing posed. Just a raw, pure emotional moment that was captured. For me photography is documenting a moment you have experienced in an individual way and I really like it when you can get emotion out of a picture. Not everybody gets emotions out of my pictures neither do I get emotions out of every single picture from anybody else. But for me it’s really important that the photographer himself gets the emotions when looking at his own work and can transfer these emotions to his viewers by telling a story.

Because of the weather at the coast we went a little inland and stayed in a national forest for the night. On the next day we explored some more forest roads and trails and ended up in another rain shower. In the evening, we finally packed up our backpacks and started hiking towards a beach for the night. It was the first evening since days when we had a sunset without a cloudy sky. The coastline of the Pacific Ocean around the Olympic Peninsula is pretty raw, huge tree stomps and rocks laying around on the beaches. Wind and rain are shaping the stones and forests along the coast and in between there was a pile of woods. We built our camp right there, pumped up The Cave and made a small campfire sheltered from the wind. After a stunning sunset, where we ran around like ants setting up the camp and taking pictures, the last locals went home from the beach and we had the coast for ourselves. It soon got dark and we had to find more firewood for the camp. Shortly after we started cooking dinner it began to rain again and we searched shelter in The Cave. Far away from any human being, we only heard the sound of the waves crashing and the rain dripping onto the tent. Every now and then there were strange sounds coming out of the forest. It’s not uncommon that you get to see a bear, moose, deer or other animals. To prevent a bear from visiting us, we brought a Bear Can with us. You put your food in there during the night and put the can somewhere outside of the tent, so the animals can’t get it and don’t attack you on their search. The only animals we saw on the beach were crabs, blue birds and a squirrel trying to steal our breakfast. After battling with the squirrel it was time to disassemble the tent, which is pretty easy and fast especially if you have two people. I was surprised how well it withstood the heavy wind on the beach. We put some rocks on the lines to make it stand even safer on the sandy ground.

The days after we kept exploring some areas of the Peninsula we made our way to Mt. Rainier National Park. But that’s another story. Looking back I really enjoyed staying in this part of the world. If you have the feeling that your stay somewhere was too short, then you probably enjoyed it and will come back sometime. Seeing this amazing landscape in real life for the first time in my life really blew my mind and exceeded my imagination. I’m definitely going to visit the Pacific North West again soon!

Luca Jänichen

HPT X JAMES

The Chapter

HPT X JAMES

Back in 2018 one of our founders was on a hike in Norway, with his James Brand Chapter at his side. Somewhere along the way, his knife fell out of his pocket and was lost.

He reached out to The James Brand to get a replacement, and that started a conversation that became a collaboration, based on our shared love for innovation, design and travel.

PRODUCT:

Working together with The James Brand, we’ve created a limited-edition knife, The Chapter, along with a custom Monolith Pouch. 

The collaboration is limited to just 100 units, sold through select European retailers, and directly from The James Brand and HEIMPLANET’s website

THE KNIFE:

The The James Brand x HEIMPLANET version of the Chapter features S35VN blade steel, a tanto blade shape, ceramic bearings, and a custom laser-etched version of HEIMPLANET’s Cairo Camo geometric grid pattern for enhanced grip.

The Cairo Camo pattern fuses traditional Arabian patterns and the tectonic structure of a mountain forest.

THE POUCH:

The perfect sidekick for all of your outdoor adventures, the HEIMPLANET Monolith pouch holds all of the things that you need to at your side.

With it’s MOLLE attachment system it can be attached to many bags in a way that works best for you.

With custom Dyecoshell materials and a YKK waterproof zippers, it’s designed to withstand the harshest of environments.

SPECIFICATIONS :

The James Brand x HEIMPLANET Chapter

– Titanium scales with Cairo Camo pattern

– S35VN stainless steel blade

– Tanto blade shape

– 7 cm/2.75” blade length

The James Brand x HEIMPLANET Pouch

– MOLLE attachment system

– Custom Dyecoshell fabric

– Water-repellent YKK zipper

– 18 x 11 x 4 cm/7 x 4.5 x 1.5”

With The Chapter knife, simple is significant.

It’s the classic single-blade folder re-imagined. The titanium frame-lock construction is the simplest there is, with minimal moving parts and maintenance. The S35vn stainless steel blade holds an edge, resists corrosion and as is easy to care for. This is the knife for a lifetime.

BLADE STEEL

Crucible S35vn Stainless Steel

OVERALL LENGTH

6.5” (16.5cm)

CLOSED LENGTH

3.75″ (9.525cm)

BLADE LENGTH

2.75” (7.0cm)

BLADE THICKNESS

0.11” (2.8mm)

HANDLE LENGTH

3.75” (9.5cm)

HANDLE THICKNESS

0.38” (9.7mm)

WEIGHT

2.65oz

BLADE SHAPE

Drop Point

BLADE TYPE

Straight

Serrated

LOCK TYPE

Frame Lock

OPENER

Thumb Stud

CARRY STYLE

Tip Down

CARRY ORIENTATION

Right-handed

CLIP

416 Stainless Steel

HANDLE MATERIAL

Titanium

SPACER

Titanium

HARDWARE

416 Stainless Steel

BEARINGS

Ceramic

SCALE MATERIAL

Titanium

HPT Season Opening 2019

HEIMPLANET

Season Opening 2019

THE START OF THE CAMPING SEASON

It has begun – the camping season is upon us and we are so ready for it!

 

Are you all set for the campfires, the late night talks, the outdoor cooking, the returning to your favourite places, the discovering of new places and the joy of leaving your everyday routine behind you – even if it is just for a few days? Veteran camper, nature enthusiast or outdoor rooky, this season belongs to you all.

THIS IS OUR WAY

At the end of May, we kicked off our yearly SEASON OPENING, a gathering of our favorite human beings in and around HEIMPLANET. We take it, as a way to say thank you, to all the lovely people who supported us throughout the past year.

 

With this event we want to escape the hectic pace of everyday life a little and live exactly what we stand for as a brand. For this occasion, a small island in the middle of the beautiful Lake Schwerin was exactly the right place. As every year, the focus was on good friends, good conversations and lots of good food. The latter was provided by our good friend Casey, who not only surprised us with tasty dishes over an open fire, but also shared his knowledge with us and gave us a first-class outdoor cooking course.

 

Of course, such a season opening is also the perfect opportunity to gather our different tents in one place and test them extensively. A whole island full of HEIMPLANET tents – that was just as cool as it sounds.

For four days we escaped from the big city and celebrated the start of this year’s camping season. A start we couldn’t have imagined better.

WHAT'S YOUR WAY?

Camping season means whatever you want it to mean- that’s the beauty of it. no matter what it is you may seek, the upcoming season is all about spending some quality time with the right people in the right way.

 

Now the choice is yours and possibilities are endless. Camping season means not being bound to one place, getting to be spontaneous, letting go of your inner control freak. One of you may voyage all the way up to the north pole, another might find their way to Nazaré, fighting earth’s biggest waves. Some of you will probably go out and explore national forests and lakes. And some of you might just set up your tent in the backyard and enjoy a night under the open skies. 

 

For those of you who are already on the road, share your journeys by using #heimplanet #whereveryougo for us to follow you around the world.

MORE THAN "BEING OUTDOORS"

The urge, to escape your day-to-day life every once in a while, is rooted deeply in all of us. Yet few people have really understood the true value of that experience. Especially those who have never given in to that urge. 


Everyone likes the idea to just leave everything behind you and break free a little – just enjoying the silence of nature. Sadly, only few possess the bravery to except this silence, resist the need of surrounding yourself this constant entertainment and acutally “be” where you are. Silence does not necessarily mean to be in solitude. Silence means being without distraction and focussing on what is truly valuable to you and makes you feel good. For us, that means friendship, good food, and a place that awakes the inner child in you, in other words – SEASON OPENING. 


All the time we hear stories from our HEIMPLANET circle or from friends of the brand that show – those who broke free once will do it again and again. Those who let themselves fall into the silence will appreciate their surroundings more, get closer to the things most important in life and find their way back into their inner strength.


– “Being” Outdoors rather than being “outdoors”

SEASON OPENING gallery

People
Location
Food

Doing the things we like most

with the people we love. 

#whereveryougo

OUR PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

We would like to emphasize once again our numerous partners and supporters who made it possible for us to realize this event: 

NEXT DESTINATION: MoMA

HEIMPLANET Dopp Kit now listed at The Museum of Modern Art-Store

HAMBURG, March 13th, 2019 – In countless journeys, the team of HEIMPLANET has discovered the most beautiful and remote places in the world. In 2019, the young Modern Outdoor Brand is heading straight to New York. As of now, HEIMPLANET is part of the well-known MoMA design store and represented in the ‘Travel’ section by world-famous brands such as HAY and Comme des Garçons.

At the beginning of the year, HEIMPLANET was pleased to receive a very special request: the popular DOPP KIT should become part of the well-known MoMA store. For the young modern outdoor brand this is an extraordinary honor, because only a few items made it in the in-house shop of the Museum of Modern Art.

To become part of the strictly selected assortment, new potential products first go through a unique 8-criteria design filter to precisely match the visual and functional requirements of the design shop. In the second step, they are evaluated and re-selected by the curatorial department of MoMA. Only products that successfully pass both exams can become part of the assortment.

THE HEIMPLANET DOPP KIT:

In search of the perfect washbag, HEIMPLANET discovered a striking product gap in the market: So far, you always had to choose between a hanging or a standing washbag. For the travel enthusiast a common challenge! The answer and solution: The HPT DOPP KIT.

Two main pockets form the core design and ensure a stable stand, a simple G-hook closure combines both pockets to one pack to save space. When unfolded hanging, it offers plenty of storage space and an orderly overview of all items – whether in a tent, in a hotel or on a plane. To make sure the HPT DOPP KIT will be the perfect companion on any trip, it has been designed with high quality and durable materials (840D Ballistic Nylon and TPU laminated 840D Ballistic Nylon).

The HEIMPLANET DOPP KIT is now available via the MoMA online store.

HEIMPLANET IN ANTARCTICA

– the last frontier

HEIMPLANET recently collaborated with New Zealand scientists to support their climate change research in Antarctica. But how do you protect delicate scientific instruments in the world’s harshest environment? With the world’s strongest tent – the Mavericks!

With howling winds and temperatures dropping below -30°C, our Earth’s southern end is far away from laboratory conditions. “Especially when you want to measure how the ice interacts with the ocean, you quickly reach the limits of what is possible” – says Christian Wild, an ice scientist at the University of Canterbury. He just returned from an expedition to the Priestley Glacier, a major glacier that drains the Antarctic Ice Sheet through the Transantarctic Mountain Range into the ocean. To gain a full understanding of the processes near the grounding line, where the glacier gets in direct contact with the ocean, it’s important to estimate Antarctica’s contribution to contemporary sea-level rise. The ‘kiwi explorers’ installed a highly-delicate radar instrument on top of an exposed ridge to capture how ocean tides influence the flow of the glacier. “The problem with this radar is that the instrument can’t look through metal poles like the ones in
common polar tents.” But some form of protection from the Antarctic elements is absolutely necessary to avoid any wiggling of the instrument in the wind.

The Mavericks unique design was the perfect solution.
With the help of the HEIMPLANET-team the tent was modified for its ‘icecold’ mission. All metal parts were exchanged with custom-build plastic parts to avoid any potential interference with the radar. Clips were replaced with cord, the tent’s anchoring was strengthened as possible and guide ropes became anchor lines. The scientists also had to cut a hole in the floor to make room for the radar’s tripod – all in the name of science. “There is no overkill in Antarctica, there is only adequate preparation.”

Up on the ridge, Christian’s team discovered that the radar’s antennas were to long to allow sufficient clearance to the tent. “We had to elevate the tent on a stone wall to provide enough space if the wind would pick up.” But to build their stone wall, the scientists had to get rid of the summit rocks first – an exhaustive task, especially when you only have one pickaxe.


After two days of picking rocks and piling them up with their bare hands, the scientists were ready to start the measurement campaign. “At least we
had plenty of sunlight each day. Below the Antarctic circle (66.6° S) the sun can remain above the horizon for 24 hours during the austral summer months. The radar was then scanning the surface of the Priestley Glacier every 3 minutes continuously over a whole spring-neap tidal cycle.”

“Our record is outstanding as we can now investigate if the glacier is accelerating at different stages of the tide, or if it flows steadily into the ocean.” This short-term acceleration of glacier flow is commonly missed in the interpretation of satellite images, which monitor this area only every couple of days. During the measurement campaign, the radar didn’t require much attention – but the scientists still had to maintain the instrument on a daily basis. “We spent at least an hour every day in the tent, typing with woolen gloves and waiting desperately for the data download to finish.”

How cold was it? “Sometimes I could only breath through my nose to warm up the cold air before it reaches my lunge – it made my nostrils freeze.”

So how do you stay warm? “We wear several layers of down jackets and merino thermals. No cotton, as it rapidly cools your body if it gets wet

Any other tips or tricks? “We actually came up with a dance choreography to warm up numb limbs.”

After two weeks on the ridge, the data set was complete and the scientists were pulled out of the field. “Our Korean collaborators came with 4 helicopters flying in formation over the ice – impressive!”

What happened afterwards? “We flew back to their base called Jang Bogo, with all our field gear, science equipment, rubbish, and human waste. We only leave footprints in the snow and take pictures.” Back at base, the Korean station leader put the scientists’ endeavor on a level with Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole over 100 years ago – an honor. “We were welcomed back with an all-you-can-eat grilled pork belly, Samgyeopsal, a delicacy in Korean cuisine.” Especially the base chef beefed them up over the next couple of days until the kiwi explorers returned to New Zealand with the Royal Air Force. “The view of the Transantarctic Mountains were breathtaking – a vast, hostile environment but also pristine
and worth to protect from human interference.”

How does it feel to be there? “It is like being on a different planet. The Extreme-Cold-Weather-Gear is your space suit and the base your command center. We considered ourselves ice-tronauts.” This was the first successful deployment of a radar system in Antarctica. The Mavericks did a great job to shelter the instrument from Antarctica’s howling winds.

Any suggestions for improvements? “Yes, we need it even bigger to avoid building a wall next time. Although this was fun, we couldn’t hold a cup of
tea in the morning with our stiff fingers.”

If you enjoyed this article, please visit Christian’s webpage polarchristian.wordpress.com to learn more about their expedition.

HPT Binsurfen Ireland Trip

Load seven surfboards on an old Toyota Landcruiser and cruise around Ireland for a couple of weeks to find surf. This sounds like a pleasant trip! Although late October and November might not have been the best choice concerning the weather, it was for sure our best call regarding our chances to get a decent swell and more constant surfing conditions.

And so we embarked on our journey to the land of steep cliffs speckled with sheep, rugged coastlines and endless waves. We gathered a remarkable group of individuals to enrich our experience. On our way we picked up Julian and later met Jonas and Finn at the ferry in France. Jonas, who wasn’t a novice to the Emerald Isle came prepared. About a dozen boards on his old Mercedes split between him and Finn, set the tone for our endeavor. And the forecasts weren’t bad either and fueled our hopes to find some proper waves. After we arrived at Rosslare we crawled up to coast bit by bit. Due to onshore winds and rain on the first days of our trip, we saw our best chances to get to the West surf there.

As we got to the first spots previously visited by Jonas the waves weren’t as big as expected by the forecast, but picked up noticeably within the first session. We had high hopes for the next days but the expected swell should have been much longer in coming. So we spend the next days with seemingly endless spot-checks and hours on narrow Irish country roads, slowly but steady heading further up the coast to find more exposed reefs.

After a few days on the road there finally was a change in the air and as we set our camp one night near some ideally exposed rocky reefs we had our first glimpse at what Ireland had to offer in surfing terms. The waves were still small but perfectly shaped and so Jules and Felix had a little surfing session in the last hours of the day. By nightfall, we were sitting around the bonfire, while the sound of breaking waves in the background made us feel optimistic about what was to come. That night, accelerated by the thought of pumping waves we snuggled into our sleeping bags.

The next morning we got up before sunrise and the whole landscape soon was soaked in a warm orange glow, while waves were pealing nicely along the edges of the reef. It was hard to guess how big they were, but for sure they were bigger than the night before. And so after a quick breakfast, we got into our wetsuits and one by one paddled out to the peak. This was what we came for: big and playful waves.

The following days we extraordinary and so we ventured along the coast exploring the endless potential of Ireland vast diversity of surf spots. Seemingly behind every bend of the coast, there was a different surprise for us. Be it in the form of a beautiful wave, gnarly slabs or just the sight jagged rocky coastline and the magnificent views of hinterland with its harsh mountainous landscapes that asked to be explored.

HPT x Talisker

We’ve teamed up with the traditional whiskey distillery Talisker from the Isle of Skye in Scotland and designed a very special offer for you.

In our HEIMPLANET Store you not only have the opportunity to taste the whiskey, but you can also get the bundle, consisting of a HPT x Talisker flask and an enamel cup.

Whether you are a spirits lover or not, with this set as a companion you definitely stay warm, wherever you go.

Baltic Sea Circle Rallye 2018


A late call in the evening and the ball got rolling. My buddy Manuel, with whom I already spent a legendary weekendtrip on our 80s Vespas, came around the corner with the following offer: “7,500 km in 16 days through 10 different countries around the entire Baltic Sea in a 20 year old car.” Wanna join me? “I did not think a long and agreed. A roadtrip of a very special kind was waiting for me, the Baltic Sea Circle Rally 2018. No coffee ride with electric blanket, but pure adventure and deliberately out of the comfort zone. We swoped our smartphone against a wrench, the everyday office chair against the driver’s seat and the keyboard against the steering wheel. In advance, concepts were written, donations driven, sponsors requested and searching for an epic adventure car.

Germany / Hamburg:

After signing up at the head-quarter and receiving the roadbook, we studied the routes. The months of preparation were celebrated and the anticipation for the other teams was very great. Many people arrived at the start place, onlookers or former participants to say goodbye to the teams.
The motorcade passed the start stage and was sent by BSC moderator “The Machine” with entertaining announcements in the outdoor experience deluxe.

We left Hamburg with a big shout out to devote ourselves to the first road book task of the day, the so-called Viking baptism. Sand from Denmark, a tree branch from Sweden, iron from Sweden and sea water from Sweden, no more and no less. We had the sand in our luggage and in the evening light we met the first like-minded people on the streets. In complete darkness we arrived in Ystad (in the south of Denmark). Almost canceled the mission, we finally spared the sign right at the beginning of our walk. Up the hill and around the stone. We made a photo and we were already Vikings.

Denmark:

We survived the first wild camping night very and dry and comfortable, by the way we have to say thanks to our top tent from Heimplanet. The Heimplanet tent makes the build -up the easiest thing in the world thanks to the air-filled pillars, our outdoor dome was up in a minute.

After a quick start in the morning we headed up to the car graveyard in Ryde to look for ABBA´s tour bus. A short time later we realized that there were two different villages in Sweden called Ryd.
Spoiler. During a pitstop we met another team called Beardo, two smart dudes from Berlin.
After a smalltalk with a Gude & Kehrwieder beer they clarified the situation with Ryd.
We were one hour away from the correct Ryd, but it was not worth it to go back so far.
We decided shortly to hit the road again together for getting ready for Germany’s first game of the soccer world championship.

Two hours later we found this small harbor on the pretty nice Swedish lake called Vättern, getting ready for the world champion soccer game and a small BBQ.
The first half time were gone and the game wasn´t that very impressive. We enjoyed our cold beer and suddenly it started to rain. We packed all the stuff again and forced us back behind the engines to hit the road, this time to Örebro. We made a small break at a horsefarm to get the first photo for the mission in the road book.

This small town was pretty nice and good for a first and maybe last hotel crash with a hot shower, before the temperature would degreed and we will get completely into the wildlife.

At the Baltic Sea Circle Rally, the teams can complete tasks, for which you get points.

The sense of community is second to none. The teams drive for charity cause and it’s not about winners or winners. Horsepower and Teambuddy exchange were one of the first missions to be documented with a photo proof in the roadbook.

The copilot exchange started with a small coffee break at a nice looking lake. Some passing maneuvers and a epic landscape views we managed this mission without significant game damages.

2 hours away from Östersund we passed a car with some girls shaking their hands and say hello.
Our first car said into the walkie-talkie: Do they have a car breakdown?
We all did a u-turn and get back to them.
After checking the situation and some beers later we had some new trailers the team Life Nomadic.
Our first wild forest camping spot waited for us. The fire burned and we cooked some Pasta in the midnight and get some sleep.

After a first bright night and a morning shower from the top, it was a bit softened towards Östersund. Full of hope, Team Life Nomadic did the same to bring their Hyundai Galloper aka Belafonte to their nearest workshop.

After 45 minutes we heard another call for help. Seriously a total vehicle and engine breakdown. Belafonte acknowledged the ride with a smoldering engine and it was not possible to drive on. The rescuers in distress were immediately on the spot and let the imminent mission unceremoniously, in a good way the girls to 60 km away planned workshop to tow. After clarification of the situation on the spot, we made our way towards Norway, more precisely to a town called Mo I Rana. Washed out with all the rain the Swedish passed we crossed the border. The advanced time and the rather modest weather conditions forced us to look for accommodation in Mo I Rana.

Lofoten:

With full batteries we hit the road again to Bognes to get the ferry to the Lofoten islands.
On the drive-by we passed the Artic Circle (66’33’N) and the temperatures dropped down constantly. We were now in Southern Lapland. The task of the day was to drive around 200km with the foul-smelling and fermented fish called “Surströmming”. We cancelled this task cause of some youtube-clips we saw before, where some guys puked in a lampshade. Arriving at the team gathering place, a huge bonfire awaits us with a leap into the Arctic Ocean, the Arctic Circle Party with team challenges and all the other teams (who have made it so far ;-)) as well as a barbecue evening with the guys from Team Beardo.

The next few days we head to Nordkapp, the northern point in Europe with a stopover in Tromsø. In Tromsö, we had a fresh shower and a fine wooden house from a friend from home. With a tasteful Kehrwieder beer we talked about the good old time and as the beer already says 😉 we already planned the next big trip to Norway (Kehrwieder = Come back beer).

A foggy early morning awaited us and with it the huge distance to the Nordkapp. Once there, the northernmost point of Europe was foggy and cold, which made a longer stay impossible.

Without further ado we found three new teams, which also intent to travel to Russia with the next destination Murmansk. In the column we drove a huge kilometer and rushed through the Norwegian Lapp landscape. Drenching rain and squalls accompanied a short night that ended with an initially slightly disgruntled Norwegian landowner.

The good old man was very excited and brought out who is the boss. We reversed with a box of the best German craft beer and the old man who’s name is Helmer was the happiest guy on earth.

Russian:

We also wanted to know what was going on behind the iron curtain and chose the route via Russia and not like many other teams over Finland.

In the run-up of the rally there were many statements about long waiting times at the border. Round about 4 hours have been predicted and we finally passed through after a random unpacking action and full GIN and TONIC gasoline reserve canisters within 1.5 hours completely. 

In Murmansk the day’s task was waiting for us again finding the first nuclear-powered Icebreaker with the ominous name Lenin and to getting behind it.

In two days we drove to Saint Petersburg south on the E105. Cheap fuel, nice Russians and awesome landscape made the long distance on the well-developed roads enjoyable, to arrive at the end in Saint Petersburg, the so called Venice of the North.

Nastrovje!

St. Petersburg:

Saint Petersburg is a big goal and our insider tip among the Russian big cities. If you like good food, affordable accommodation and nice people, this beautiful city with its canals, monumental buildings and bars it´s your first choice.

The vibes on the streets were more than exuberant, which was certainly reasonable also the international audience and FIFA soccer world championship. Young girls on horses can be found here on city streets as well as over-engineered testosterone cars. In between there are still many beautiful old facades reminiscent of past glorious times.

St. Petersburg also does not sting with rivers and canals. Wherever there is water, there is always the possibility to explore its surroundings with a standup paddle board. Said and done. We went to the water and confined ourselves to the not so police controlled area outside the FIFA Fan Area and spent a good hour on the canals.

Incidentally, we resided in the Tschaikowski House to recharge the Wildlife batteries. After two days of city break we went to Katharinen Palace (45 min away from St. Petersburg) for a cultural detour, where we visited the replica of the famous Amber Room.

Estonia:

At the border crossing from Russia to Estonia, a kilometer-long traffic jam awaits us.
We used the long wait to prepare a fine Bolognes Pasta up on the hood of our Land Rover Defender.
When we crossed the border into Estonia, the customs officer asked us: What happened to Germany at the World Soccer Games? At that time we did not know that Germany had been eliminated at the WM. Too bad guys. Back in the EU we first celebrated the uncomplicated border crossing and the mobile internet. The next stops went step-by-step through our young and small EU member states, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and specifically towards Raudzilla, where the second team meeting was due.

At the party location we can expect Gallic village flair with jacuzzi and big wooden tipi tents. Unfortunately we arrived too late and what a pity. The next day we went to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. We strolled through the beautiful old town and it soon became clear to us why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Living in Tallinn must be like lives the life of Riley, small enchanted alleys, old buildings and very nice Estonians people.

In the summer outfit we made our way to a former prison, which flooded by the Soviets and now serves as a small clear-water lake. You can jump from the former prison buildings via ass bomb or tans in front of graffiti.

Lithuania | Latvia:

In panic I was awakened with the short info, it would rain right now. I jumped up and in record time our equipment was stowed in the Defender. Now we had enough time for a hearty breakfast with gale-force gusts under trees.

Yesterday we enjoyed the Schmorrgulasch of the team Sons of Muspell and exchange the stories of the tour. The goal today was the Hill of Crosses, a place of pilgrimage in Lithuania. For this purpose, we built a wooden cross to make wishes come true.

So far, the border controls have gone really smoothly, so it was the Poles who broke our desire Defeated 2.5 hours took the border clearance with unpacking and car on the lift. Five border guards felt everything through what looked to be halfway suspicious. We think that they wanna see how cool a Land Rover Defender is and in the end they realised that we have a clean slate.

Then we searched in vain for a sheltered place on the coast just before Gdansk. We also found it with two other teams. The penultimate day of our road trip had begun. In Gdansk we enjoyed a fresh coffee and put all the necessary information in our road book that will be handed over on the final day directly after passing the finish line in Hamburg.

With full power we drove in the direction to Germany and get a last wild camping spot on the water. In Wolin we found a sweet spot and crowned him with a campfire and a good tempered craft beer with two other BSC teams.

Back to Hamburg!

As soon as we arrived, we were already on the way to Hamburg to the finish-line at the fish market. One last hot dog tank stop in Poland and over to the promised land.

Germany welcomed us with bad roads, traffic jams and bad mobile internet. Every Russian war-torn highway has less potholes and better cell phone reception.

Shortly before 17 o’clock the Defender rolled over the finish line and we greeted Hamburg with Kettcar’s song “Landungsbrücken raus”. The subsequent award ceremony impressed by “Maschines” moderation and deserved winners, who probably took one or the other downhill more and had 10,000 km on the speedometer. Now it’s back home to the beloved shower, Friends & Family. The mode change to everyday life will be difficult. In the morning we will drive into the forest for coffee, chop wood to make fire instead of the canteen, and make a campfire in the courtyard in the evening to snuggle up in the sleeping bag on the terrace, thinking of a better world. Perhaps we will also ask ourselves how we have mastered all this and that this is exactly the life we ​​want to live.

It was an epic time and just the beginning of more i-Drive Adventures.

Thanks to the BSC Organisation team, all other teams and all our sponsors.

Over and out! Your i-Drive ADVENTURE Team

Collect moments, not things!


Rally summary

7960 km

884 liters of diesel

32 liters of coffee

30 burgers

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Syncronicles III

Welcome on stage aka social media: the perfect life! Insta feeds are a synonym for living the dream – everybody is always on holiday, always on the road, always riding.

No doubt about it, my posts may look the same, and one can be forgiven for thinking that I’m simply living the perfect van and bike life every single day. However, this picture perfect dream is quite often different to reality…

 

April 2018: I’m on the ground. Full of dirt. Trying to catch my breath, stay calm and not lose consciousness. That was a hard impact! One of the ugliest crashes I ever had. But I was lucky – I did not smash into the rocks face first and somehow made it onto the right side of my body before a brutal impact after a 12 meter flight over the bars. Everything hurts as fuck. Most of all my upper body… In that moment, Seb is coming to look after me and also our guide Marco is trying to help. I don’t want to talk, I just need a moment to sort myself out and get back to my feet. Breathing is hard, my leg is shaking and my hand doesn’t feel good either. The heavy rain comes back, I need to get down from this mountain quickly and back to my van, back into civilization to see a doctor. I don’t know what’s going on but I feel like I got beaten up by a MMA fighter. I managed to roll down the rest of the slippery trail and to the car. I lay down on the back seat trying to hold tight while Seb is driving the Syncro down over the rough 4×4 tracks back down to Terras the Bouro and straight to the hospital of Braga.

The doctors didn’t seem too interested and let me wait while I was still shaking and breathing hard… After an hour I stood up and left to go to a private hospital – at least to get the x-rays done and a check that I don’t have any internal bleeding. Luckily, no organs got damaged and I had no broken ribs. Only a broken wrist and a bruised diaphragm from the heavy impact that shook all my organs.

Well, this is not how I planned the start of my road trip through Portugal. Too much excitement, too much fun on these heavily flooded trails and too much speed… I didn’t see it coming but this is what happens sometimes. Driving back to Germany wasn’t an option, so with the help of our Guide Marco from In Nature and the guys from WeRide I was able to leave my car and my bikes in Portugal for the time to heal up and return as soon as possible.

May 2018: Exactly 6 weeks later I was back and found my van all charged up, clean and in perfect condition – just like my bikes. Marco took great care of my babies. What an awesome dude!

To re-start the trip smoothly with some mellow riding and surfing along the stunning Algarve coastline I headed down south…

Visiting Portugal has been on my to-do list for many years now but I have just never managed to make it happen. Last year that changed when I was on my way back from Morocco. I stayed with my wife and kids on top of some cliffs directly above the ocean looking down on one of the finest surf spots I ever been to. Every day I went down to the beach and surfed for a few hours. The kids played all-day long and simply enjoyed the time tripping along those huge sandpits. While I was sitting in the water waiting for next set of waves to come in I imagined riding this endless, rough coastline by bike. I imagined there must be a lot of riding around but I had no idea what I was already missing back then… Luckily I met my friend Luis Pedro who is an exceptionally good surfer and rider: He took me with him on a bike trip along the coast – further than even my van could go.

 

About half-way up the coastline I rolled into Lisbon and damn that felt good. Being the city boy I am I loved the vibe right away because it reminded me of Prague, the city where I was born – except the big difference of the ocean and the brilliant riding at the front door: In the woods of Sintra are many hidden trails. You would expect the woods to be crowded on the weekends because it’s so close to town but it’s not. It’s surprisingly empty and you can get easily lost in the jungle. The trails are somewhat special. Insane what lines have been built and how much fun they are. When you end your riding day at the beach and catch some waves –  there is not much more that you could dream of.

And then there is Portugal’s North. That place where I had my crash and needed revenge. When we got back there this place was burning like hell. The heat and dry conditions caused bushfires everywhere. We moved deeper into the mountains, totally off any civilization and found some of the finest trails in Europe. I still hardly believe the riding there and the dedication of all the locals who put so much work into such a big trail network.

This road trip surpassed all expectations – not just for the highest quality in every aspect of landscapes and riding locations – most of all because of the great people we met along the road.

Thank you all at WeRide.pt for all your help and perfect times guiding us.

We definitely will be back in this perfect Syncronicles land.

 

HEIMPLANET x UNCRATE

As the leading buyer’s guide for men UNCRATE is filled with the world’s best gear, apparel, and automobiles and has a special expertise, which is perfect for Special Editions. So as they came up with the idea to create a special edition of our THE CAVE, there was no way to turn this offer down.

 

“If James Bond were to make an app for the stuff he wanted to buy, this would be the app.”

— DOUG STEPHENS, RETAIL FUTURIST

  As you know we love all black versions, that’s why we teamed up with our friends from UNCRATE to create a special HEIMPLANET x UNCRATE: Limited All Black EditionTHE CAVE is our first inflatable tent and it still is an icon. All it takes is a pump and in less than a minute your tent will be pitched. Ground Area: 54 sq. ft. / Sleeps: 2-3 / Height (Overall): 50″ / Height (Interior): 40″ / Pack Size: 16″ x 13″ x 9″ / Weight: 10.6 lbs. Included: Tent, Pegs, Repair Kit, Guy Lines, Pack Sack, Gear Loft, Pumpadapter  

GET YOUR “HEIMPLANET x UNCRATE: Limited All Black The Cave” here!

 

Arc’teryx Alpine Academy

This year we got invited to the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy. We feel super honored to attend such an inspiring event, which is hosted by one of leading and most inspiring brands in the outdoor market.

 

2018 ARC’TERYX ALPINE ACADEMY

 

Learn, get inspired and connect with world-class athletes and guides at Europe’s largest alpine event in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc!

 

From July 5-8 more than 500 alpine enthusiasts, mountain guides and professional athletes will gather at the ‘Alpine Village’ in the heart of Chamonix and advance their alpine skills in the surrounding mountains. Learn from alpine experts at master-classes, get inspired during world premieres at the movie night and meet Arc’teryx athletes and guides from all overthe world! The ‘Alpine Village’ at Place Balmatin Chamonix is the hot spot for alpine rookies and experts alike.

From Friday until Sunday, July 6-8, hundreds of alpine enthusiasts will attend guided clinics and gather at the ‘Alpine Village’ for daily programming, all with the ultimate goal to advance their mountain skills and share experiences with like-minded participants, athletes and guides. The top-notch master classes are crowd favourites at the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy. Open to everyone, the main stage at Place Balmat hosts the educational talks that coach and inspire mountain loversfrom all over the world. Thanks to Arc’teryx athlete Mina Leslie-Mujastykand partners Gore-Tex®, Peak Design and LYOFOOD, this year’s alpine event is featuring the following master classes:

  • Peak Design master class –Friday,July 6, 5 pm: By Liam Lonsdale on„Perfecting Your Smartphone Photography“
  • LYOFOOD master class –Friday,July 6, 7:30 pm: By Nina Caprez & Nico Favresse on „Vertical Life on Big Walls“
  • Gore-Tex® master class–Saturday, July 7, 4 pm: By Robert Jasper on “Passion Mountaineering”
  • Arc’teryx master class–Saturday, July 7, 5 pm:By Mina Leslie-Mujastyk on “Cultivating determination in your goals” The movie night is especially popular amongst participants, locals and visitors of Chamonix.

Taking place on Saturday, July 7, at 9 pm a total of four short films will be presented by Arc’teryx athletes this year. Headliner is the world premiere of “The Empire of Winds”, a film featuring the two adventurous skiers Thibaud Duchosal and Johannes Hoffmann. In collaboration with Eye Of The Storm Production, the short film takes viewers to their 1500km journey through the deserts and mountains of Patagonia. Read more about the movie: https://blog.arcteryx.com/empire-of-winds/.

The ‘Alpine Village’ is the place to be at any time of the day. The complimentary daily program is available from July 6-8 with open-air master classes, movie night, concerts every night, athlete demos as well as bouldering and climbing walls. Inspiring activities run all day at the Arc’teryx and Academy partner stands. Visitors can drop by to test demo gear or even get their apparel fixed at the Gore-Tex®Repair Centre for free. Another highlight at Place Balmat this year is the photo exhibition showing the most stunning scenery shots from previous Arc’teryx Alpine Academy editions. The pictures will be sold during a silent auction and the proceeds will be donated to the local charity “En passant par la Montagne”. Experiencing the ‘Alpine Village’and being part of the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy community is a must for everyone in and around Chamonix!

HEIMPLANET TRANSIT LINE

THE CONCEPT

Never before have our lives been more fluid. Every day we wander between the worlds of TRAVEL, WORK and PLAY. We wanted bags that make these transitions effortless. That’s why we built the TRANSIT LINE – a series that combines functionality, durability and sustainability. Probably the last bags you’ll ever need.

TRANSIT LINE – TRAVEL PACK

Our TRAVEL PACK is the perfect companion for a multi-day break from your daily life, a mixed weekend of work and play or any other adventure you’ll find in between – And it’s carry-on ready for all airlines, we guarantee that!

Get yours here.

TRANSIT LINE – ROLL TOP MESSENGER BAG

The ROLL TOP MESSENGER BAG is a hybrid of a subtle work briefcase and a modern messenger bag. It comes with an adjustable, removable and interchangeable courier strap which offers everything from a tight fit to a more casual one.

Get yours here.

TRANSIT LINE – SLING POCKET

When it’s just about your very essentials the SLING POCKET is the right choice. Featuring the same materials as its bigger brothers the SLING POCKET is by your side all day – keeping your hands free.

Get yours here.

Binsurfen Event

“We never wanted to be those boys who were just looking forward to the next weekend.”

With BINSURFEN as a full-time hobby, Felix, Lucas and Dan are realizing ideas and projects they were only dreaming of as children. They shot their own films, created magazines and handcrafted surfboards. Now they will present their brand-new work and projects of the last years at an never seen before exhibition in our newly opened space in Hamburg, Germany.

While the photo exhibition focuses on the structures of nature, CJ Mirra from London will perform his award-winning soundtracks from surf movies of recent years to set the perfect mood for such an event.

What's new in 2018?

Every year in spring, when the next season lies ahead of us, it feels like someone just pushes the reset button. The new products have just arrived in our warehouse and the gear is ready for new adventures.

This time is now upon us. Join us for the excitement, whereveryougo.

For 2018 we are introducing our next inflatable tent: Backdoor.

This 4-5 persons tent comes with an innovation that allows you to adjust the flysheet and regulate the ventilation from inside the tent. Two variations of the inner tent make Backdoor a true 4-season tent that will allow you to move into nature for good. Find out more here.

This spring we are introducing an updated and reworked Monolith Daypack. A lot of small adjustments and improvements make this one perform even better than it already did. A larger laptop sleeve, refined handles and the introduction of the HPT-signature pattern really make it a one of a kind companion for every trip and every day. With these updates, the Monolith Daypack will also be available in a new color way: Clay. Check it out here. 

We also updated the HPT Dopp-Kit On top of that we are introducing an  alternative material combination. The HPT Dopp-Kit will, from now on, also be available in the materials used in our Motion Series. Get it here.

New designs for our HPT COOLEVER Shirts are also available and we have some exciting new updates arriving in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted on these. Sign up for our newsletter not to miss anything. 

Let’s toast to our next adventures and a great 2018 season.

Afew x Heimplanet: Year of the Orange Koi

For everyone who is not familiar with the symbolism behind the Koi, here is a quick summary: Due to its shiny and glistening appearance, the Koi fish is a symbol of luck, wealth and success. As well as values such as strength, endurance and aspiration are linked to the Koi fish due to its shape and its capability to swim upstream. And these characteristics have inspired the AFEW X HEIMPLANET Capsule Collection.

In time for the annual collaboration in honor of the “Japantag” AFEW will kick off the „Year of the Orange Koi” 2018. This year AFEW and we have  a reunion. After the collaboration in 2016 for the “Future Koi Camo” Capsule Collection, we’ve teamed up again to bring you the “Year of the Orange Koi” Capsule Collection.

The streamline-design of the ELLIPSE backpack is similar to the build of the Koi and its durability supports you during your trips. And the MONOLITH DOPP KIT is the perfect companion. To keep up your stamina we provide a “Orange Koi Camo” drinking bottle by MIZU.

Finally, aspiration must be delivered by the wearer. All products come with the unique “Orange Koi Camo” design and are strictly limited. Stay tuned for more information and follow the Koi through its year.

The Cave starring in “Lost In Space”

Sometimes you just want to sit on the couch, eat some good food and turn on Netflix after a long day. This time it was different. We were pleasantly surprised to see our inflatable tent “The Cave” playing an iconic role right in the first episode of the new Netflix Original Series “Lost in Space“.
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination.
If you want to see “The Cave” in an unusual environment, turn on Netflix.

Otherwise, take your best friend with you on a spontaneous camping trip with the help of our rent a tent program.

Here is our Fistral portrayed by Roman Königshofer as from right out of space.

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Icelandic Summer

Iceland is a place that is just as beautiful and otherworldly as it is foreboding and bitter. Once the sun sets, the rolling hills fade to black and the chill sets in. The most rewarding feeling is retreating back to a place thats light and warm, protected from the wind and rain.

The highlands of Iceland is one of Northern Europe’s true wildernesses – with almost nobody inhabiting areas hundreds of kilometres wide. You can drive for hours and never encounter another soul. Here, nature is at its most raw, barren and expansive. This is what makes the highlands so intimidating, but also alluring. No trees or buildings obstruct the views of glacier tongues, volcanic craters and intertwined rivers. There is is no barrier to separate one from nature – time becomes irrelevant, connection to the outside world begins to dwindle.

After a night of storms, we packed up and headed towards Landmannalaugar. In a secluded space, we set up by a riverbed that from above, reveals hundreds of river streams converging. By the calm waters, it was truly a contemplative space to wake up to – zipping open the door to see the rivers and distant mountains right at our entrance.

Making our way down along the Sprengisandur route, we crossed from North to south into the Fjallaback nature reserve. Under hazy aurora filled skies, we bunkered down in the Heimplanet Fistral and Cave. Despite Iceland’s vicious winds and rain, the tents stood rigid and determined. Sleeping out in these landscapes can sometimes feel like you’ve woken up on another planet.

In places where weather is at its most merciless and ever-changing, being able to quickly assemble our sleeping tents makes all the difference. Being well equipped is key to co-existing in Iceland’s most sublime nature.”

 

Benjamin Hardman

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8 Months on the Run – Part 2

Vietnam

It wasn’t the motorcycle experience in Thailand which brought us to Vietnam. Already at home in Austria we thought about crossing this country with a motorcycle. So Thailand just got us more stoked on the idea. And we did it. We rode 1650km from South to the North of Vietnam on a tiny 130cc Detech Win. But it didn’t turn as awesome as we expected it to be.

 

Usually we don’t care much about the weather. But when you riding a bike 24/7 it definitely is an issue. We spent six weeks in this country and it did rain for five weeks. Pouring rain! So this made the whole experience a real adventure. Knee-deep riding at times and wet “everything” every day made this a real challenge. Also it took out the fun and really put our relationship to the test. I felt colder than in Nepal when riding in the rain through the mountains in the jungle. The wind and dirt were constantly hitting you…

But not everything was bad. There are always the good moments too. Like always this began with the people we met. We saw some awesome places and the our mindset of not giving up put us through this journey. Once again the images speak louder than everything I could write here…

New Zealand

We couldn’t wait to be in New Zealand after having such a hard time in Vietnam. It was a dream of us to travel those two island with a van since a long time. So we spent the first week finding a van and started from there. We had three months and decided to spend roughly one in the North and two months on the South Island. Our whole vibe got a real boost on the first days there. After all that sitting on a motorbike we could finally move our bodies again. Surfing, hiking, yoga and so on. We did everything and combined it with the most delicious selfmade camper van dishes possible. It was just super refreshing after six wet weeks on a rice diet.

 

But sure, New Zealand isn’t like the backyard of Vietnam and obviously has tons of tourists. We always try our best to avoid the masses and so I was constantly researching and organising activities we can do which are off the beaten path and if not we did them in our own way, mostly than when “normal” people are sleeping. But this also worked out perfectly most of the time. There is so much to see in New Zealand that also in three months it feels that we just scratched the surface.

 

I will definitely go back there but maybe in a different season. The surf was fun, the mountains pretty impressive and the vanlife was also a great experience. We learned a lot. A lot about ourselves and whats really important for us and our future. Once again the people we met made this trip special for us! Thanks to everyone helping us out all the time!

Indonesia

After seven months on the road we took it easy in Indonesia. We had plans to go to Java, Lombok and so on, but in the end we just enjoyed Bali. First inland and then we went to the north for a free diving course. We were hooked. So hooked that I didn’t even surf a wave in Bali.

Would you have told me that before I just would have had a great laugh! But free diving is special. And it is addictive. It opened another world for us. It’s crazy what the human body can do. I made some 20m dives with one breath on my second day. Easy actually. It’s all in our mind. Yeah, so we spend our time in Bali with yoga, freediving, eating and a little bit of hiking. Sunrise on Bali’s Agun was a great experience. A very spiritual act. But to be honest, we started counting the days at that point… We were happy to go home to Austria again filled with energy and ideas for the future! Who knows where the flow takes us next…

***Click here to read the first Part…

8 Months on the run – Part 1

The last eight months have been quite a ride. In October 2016 we left Austria and made our way to Nepal. We didn’t know how long we going to stay. We just knew that we are not in a rush. If you don’t take your own dreams seriously, who will?

This is a short summary of what we were blessed to experience in those months…

NEPAL.

 

I always wanted to see the biggest mountains. We spent about four weeks there and it’s crazy what you undergo in such a short time. The country, the people, the food, the struggle, the cold, the happiness, the distress… but especially all that joy we were able to experience.

 

The Khumbu. Thats the place where Everest lies. So this is also the place with the famous EBT (Everest Basecamp Trek). But we never wanted to do that because we know it’s packed with people. Instead we went for the 3-pass-trek and also did it reverse so we made sure that this is going to be an adventure. In hindsight this was the right choice. We slept at local families, had days were we saw just about 3 other humans and saw tons of amazing peaks.

It was definitely challenging to put your body over 5000m altitude for the first time (with a 20kg backpack) and later climbing over 6000m (not with that weight ;)). But it was all worth it and we would do it all over again. My photographs do the experience more justice than my words here, have a look:

THAILAND.

When curry is one of your favourite dishes you have to visit this place at least once. We hadn’t much plans on what to do in Thailand but were pretty keen on the idea of going more north to check out the mountains there. The area around a city called „Fang“ was our goal…

It was the first time for me riding a proper motorbike. I don’t even have a license for it in Austria. But that’s no problem in Thailand. After signing some papers and handing over the cash we had a bike. The north of Thailand is beautiful. It’s full of hills packed with trees and little roads in between. Traveling on a motorbike makes it so easy and flexible. We started riding those bikes every day in the dark. That’s the “downside” of being a photographer 😉

 

You start way before sunrise and after sunset, you’ll find yourself somewhere on a peak ready to hike down with your headlamp on. Again we met a ton of nice people here. But the whole experience was way more mellow than Nepal, it really felt like holidays sometimes 😉

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RAD TRAVELS – Porto to Bordeaux

Tour de Skandinavia. Tour D’Iceland. Tour D’Espana. Tour D’Italia. And now from Porto to Bordeaux.  9 stages. 1.400 kilometers and 24.000 meters of altitude. 17 friends. Three of us have never been on tour with us before. 2 special guests. Moritz // U-Lock Justice Crew from Dresden and Eike // Fixedpott from Berlin. And John who joined the RAD PACK only last year. He never rode a mountain before, can you believe that?

While Tami and Jan are in London to ride the RED HOOK CRIT we are on our annual grand tour. Why we do this? Because travelling on our bikes is just T-H-E best way to explore a country. Fast enough to see a lot. Slow enough to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes.

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 1
Porto – Geres
120km and 1.900m altitude

Well, Porto was a fucking blast. Axel, Ingo, Ben, Mo and Tritop already started last week to ride our tour bus from Hamburg to Porto. They stopped at CANYON in Koblenz to pick up some more tour bikes and then they enjoyed a perfect road trip with rides in France, Spain and Portugal. But that was just a very small taste of what will be ahead of us.

So we met with all the other 12 dudes in Porto yesterday, took our bikes for an easy spin in this awesome (!) city (get there if you can!!! No joke it’s unreal), got some nice food and then we went to bed way too late to get up today at 8am to start the first stage.

Only 120k and 2000m of altitude ahead of us. Sounded easy but… Axel and John had some minor crashes. We had 6 flats. It took us forever to finally roll and to be honest the first 100k kinda sucked. Well, the sun was shining, how bad can it be but Portugal just wasn’t too nice to us and treat us not with too much respect. It just gave us a hard time. Did anyone ever call Porto the Roubaix of Western Europe? It is! We rode at least 20k of cobbles today. And we’re not the biggest fans. Anyone ever was?

As always in cycling if you endure the pain and suffer enough you get rewarded with the best you can get. And we got it. A 15,8 kilometer ascent with 600m of altitude proved to be the first tough challenge of the tour. Everyony was pretty much riding his tempo (well except for Jo, Max, Ben, John, Fritz, Mo and Eike who made it a race (Ben won and took the KOM on this last mountain). We passed wild horses, some smaller waterfalls, a huge dam and just the most stunning nature.

Our campsite is just sitting here under some trees. It took us only minutes to set up the camp with our amazing Heimplanet tents. And everyone just seems overwhelmed that this is really starting again. Life is just better in Bib shorts.

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 2
Geres – Meiraos

203k. 4000m of altitude. The queen of all stages.
Well… we made it. 12 hours in the saddle. 203km. Almost 4.000 meters of altitude. We barely made it into the camp before dawn. We “woke up” at 7, started at 9. All 16 riders were psyched to ride the longest and toughest stage of all 9. The plan was to make a big break at 120k and a few shorters ones along the road. That worked out pretty well. We hit Spain after 30k or so and it was just unreal to see that not many years ago there was an actual border between Portugal and Spain. This is now gone and we were able to pass the now empty gate easily.

In the end nothing too crazy happened and we can let the amazing pics from Carlos Fernandez Laser speak for themselves. The only thing that stood out was the magic experience riding in the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine. Spain is just green colourful and heartwarming. We know that sounds cheezy but this country just has it all. Perfect roads and so many nice people along the way. And it’s cheap too. 17 coffee and some cake: 17€.

No crashes, just 1-2 flats and sunshine made this the perfect sufferfest. We gotta sleep now. Sorry for beeing not too exciting today. 203k and 4000m of altitude just hurt. It’s the plain truth.

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 3
Seoane de Courel – Sena de Luna.
155.8km. 2.594m of altitude.

Today’s stage 3 was another tough one. The day after the queen of stages with 200k and 4.000m of altitude. Waking up with only a couple hours of sleep felt more than terrible but we gotta make it to Bordeaux one way or another, right? The night was cold too and the breakfast light and then again we hit the road.

After 30k we already had more than 1.000m of altitude, so the hardest climbs already behind us. Just 30k more or less flat and still a nasty 100(k) ascent ahead of us. But we made it and arrived at the most beautiful campsite. The last 50k or so we had a great battle among ourselves. Everyone fought hard to win this stage. Funny thing though: Axel already took the crown (he broke away while no one was watching, speeding behind the team bus) so everyone just fought hard to get to 2nd place. A day like this is why we cycle. The whole crew working together, fighting, climbing and just having the best days of our year on the bike.

 

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 4
Sena de Luna – Prada de Valdeon
168,7km. 2.600meters of altitude

This feeling when you’re riding into the sky. This feeling when you feel the rain but it ain’t that. Just the clouds. You’re cold. You’re fighting your way up. More than you can bare. But you have to make it. And then suddenly you are above the rain. Above the clouds. The sun is out and it warms your skin. And then you’re going down with up to 100km/h. Well, that pretty much sums it all up.

We started the day in the mountains. First thing you see is your friends. Your bikes. Some tents. Having breakfast with your best friends. The sun is shining. You spend 10 hours in the saddle. The group split up and found itself again soon for an amazing Tapas break.

We could go on forever but now we’re just here, again in the sky. More than 1.200m above sea level. Tomorrow we’re going down to the beach…

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 5
Prada de Valdeon – San Vicente
105,7km. 1.559 meters of altitude

“Rest Day”. Well, we climbed 1.000m and from then on almost 80k downhill with an average speed of 40km/h. We ended on the beach in San Vicente. Some of us went surfing, some others took a nap right in the sand. A day with only 1500 meters of altitude seriously felt easy. And the best part was chasing ourselves towards the beach.

Right now we’re having breakfast with the sea breaze blowing in our faces. Today there’s another rest day with just 120k… and again we’re landing on the beach.

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 6
San Vicente – Orinon
120,9km. 1.459 meters of altitude

The 2nd “Rest Day” of the tour with “only” 120k to go. A few took it more serious and spend the day in the tour bus. The rest kicked it pretty hard. Leaving our beautiful campsite in San Vicente and riding to the next beach in Orinon. The group split after the lunch break and half of the crew made a race out of this stage. Maybe not the best idea for the rest day but worth the fun for sure! Tomorrow it’s getting serious again…

 

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 7
Orinon – San Sebastian
170,2km. 3.036meters of altitude

This feeling when you’re dead. A climb with more than 40%. The heat. The length of the track, combined with more than 3.000m of altitude. More than 10 hours in the saddle. Sorry but we gotta keep this short. Only Carlos Fernandez Laser’s photo gallery…

Porto – Bordeaux // Stage 8
San Sebastian – Prechacq-les-Bains
170,1km. 2.338 meters of altitude

This moment when your Di2 is empty and you’re on your own. You don’t really know where team bus is to pick you up. So you need two friends to push you more than 30k through a beautiful France… This sums it all up pretty much.

We started the day pretty wet. And believe us when we say: Camping sucks when it rains. Your stuff just don’t get dry. You start a fucking 170k and 2.300m of altitude tour in pouring rain. Breakfast more or less in the van or not at all. Since there is no dry place to sit. Well, it is how it always is: if you endure the pain, if you help each other out – than it will most likely pay off! And it surely did. We got so much sun. We got an amazing route with very few cars and once again we stuck together and gave it all out for the finale 40k or so (average speed of around 40km/h).

Unfortunately it was already the second to last stage. Tomorrow is gonna be a flat 150k one. And we’re all looking forward to it…

Porto – Bordeaux // Final Stage
Prechacq-les-Bains – Bordeaux
150,3km. 457 meters of altitude

This is it. We’re here. Safe & Sound! Everyone is in Bordeaux. No one’s hurt. 1.365 kilometers and 22.218 meters of altitude. In 9 days. 9 stages full of climbing and endless roads. Loads of sun. Some rain. Wind was most likely ok. We can’t complain. We’re more than dead. But happy to have made this. To ride with 17 friends from Porto to Bordeaux. Our 5th grand tour. 2 weeks of crazy cycling (friends would ask us all the time why we’re not spending some holidays together… without the suffering).

Thanks for following us and thanks to our partners for making this happen! Canyon Bikes, Oakley, ABUS, Gore Bike Wear. Selle San Marco, Clif Bar, DT Swiss, Aurora and Heimplanet. Without you this would not have been possible.

Thanks as well to our friend and amazing photographer Carlos Fernandez Laser. Love you!

Then there was a lot of motion in the ocean

Pulk is a German word and translates to a gathering or a crowd of people. Pulk is the united power of individuals we met along our way during the last two years. We channeled the love into 224 pages that feel more like an encyclopedia than an independent magazine. A 12000km trip over two months around the Baltic sea forms the heart of the first issue and is framed by smaller stories. The purpose of each aspect of the magazine is that we celebrate the stories that are left in the shadows of the tales. People who rarely get into the spotlight but share the same passion and shine brightly without publicity. People who really do it for the love. Just as we do.

The main common sense apart of individuality is the sea. Which is also what brought us to Heimplanet. The first contact we had was because we needed support for our cold water surf movie Headache. They believed in us from the very first moment and for us it was love at first sight. Ever since, we have been taking their products around the globe. We strongly believe in their willpower as this is also what drives us and what we need the most when battling the harsh and cold conditions up north.

Our first Season Opening Camp

Being the first to slide through cold and calm water in a kayak after waking up with the very first sun rays. Watching the sun shimmer through dense tree crowns and feeling its warmth on your skin. Looking upwards with your head back to watch a flock of birds while listening to the sounds of nature. Taking a short nap in a hammock on a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Arriving just in time to enjoy a breakfast comparable to a luxury hotel.

This is exactly how we imagine a perfect camp to be and this is how we made our first ever Heimplanet Season Opening. Bringing together the skills and equipment that we have spent years perfecting with the people who helped get us there!

We spent one weekend with our employees, ambassadors, and partners on a clearing at the Ploener lake in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It showed us once again that you don´t have to travel to the other end of the world to experience an extraordinary place.

The most beautiful places are more than often just a stone´s throw from your own doorstep…

The days were full of relaxation, fun and interesting conversations – accompanied by excellent food. A heartfelt thank-you to Casey at this point, who really turned a tent camp in a culinary journey. Everyone did their part, which made this experience not only work but also transformed it into something really personal and special. There is no better place than pure nature to become more familiar with each other and turn strangers to friends.

We at HEIMPLANET claim to make such an experience possible and to pass on that great feeling. We are convinced that an adventure like that has something to offer to everyone. It is not about persuading people but to inspire them by generating innovative ideas. The situation and the surroundings take care of the rest and make sure that you won´t forget what you felt.

 

A big thank you to our partners: Tourismuszentrale Holsteinische Schweiz, Ratsherrn Brauerei, orukayak, mizu, goalzero, uquip

Rent a Tent

Six years ago we started our Cave Away Tour to give people the chance to try out one of our tents and take it with them on their adventures. It accompanied them in family holidays, on trips in the mountains, woods or on the sea and it also was the best eye-catcher on a few festivals.

We want to revive this offer and therefore developed a new concept. From now on you are able to lend one The Cave or Fistral in three different stores. The tent can only be collected at the store and has to find its way back within one week. Reservation excluded – first come, first serve!

FifteenSixteen

Hirtengasse 9

Nürnberg

Deutschland

Kevin In The Woods

Europaallee,

Lagerstr. 82

Zürich

Schweiz

HEIMPLANET

Lutterothstr. 16 a

Hamburg

Deutschland

There are no limits to your creativity. Wherever you take The Cave or the Fistral and which view you may have on a sunny morning – just make sure that you come back with a great story.

We want you to have starry nights, the flush of waves in your ears and sunrays set as your alarm.

Help us, spread the word!

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

info@heimplanet.com

 

Stay Hungry X HPT

After a spontaneous meeting with the label `Stay Hungry` from Berlin we decided to create a unique set of items in a limited edition. The result is a shirt and a 5 panel cap which are both refined with our Cairo Camo Signature Pattern. In this collection we not only used the pattern but also the original tent fabric. Therefore there is also a part of our history and our origin worked into the pieces.

Due to the material the Cairo Camo Cap is very light and can easily be stowed away in a tightly packed bag without losing its shape. The shirt is also decorated with our individual design and offers an added extra with the vertical cut out Chest Pocket that allows a quick access. You can get these hot goods at the FIFTEENSIXTEEN Concept Store in Nürnberg and at our friends place at Kevin in the Woods in Zurich.

Join us at our very first Pop Up Store in Nürnberg: 18th of May to 31st of May 2017 FifteenSixteen, Hirtengasse 9, Nürnberg, Germany Online Release: Saturday, 20th of May.

Another (successful?) Iceland Story

How do you tell of an adventure that ended not like you intended it to?
Do you recognize your mistake? Or do you leave everything to the external conditions?
It ́s not easy to talk about a failure. But can you call it a failure when you having fun with things you love at a place you enjoy with friends? Even when you didn ́t got where you wanted.

Making big plans is always fun. The moment when you stop being realistic and start being a dreamer is the moment where big adventures are born (a quote of one of these famous adventurers you never can remember the name of).
But there is one more step to a big adventure, and it ́s probably the hardest und most important: the implementation.

So, my plan was to kayak around iceland. yep, kayak. That ́s something I ́m not the first person who is thinking of and of course I ́m kayaking for many years. There already is a small amount of people who done this journey. And I wanted to be one of them. It took one year of planing and researching to get to iceland with everything I needed. Just 2 months before I left a good kayak friend of mine decided to follow me for 2 weeks.

I had planned one week in Reykjavik for some more stuff to plan on site, like a meeting with the Icelandic Search and Rescue team. I was absolutely motivated. It took me so long and so much effort to get here. After the first week my friend Jan came to Reykjavik and two days later we started our kayak trip. We left the car in Reykjavik and just went on in our fully packed kayaks.

The first days where absolutely insane. The landscape, the ocean, everything was so peaceful extraordinary.
We found some awesome places to put up our tent and just enjoy where we are.

But really fast we realized that the weather is not really with us. Normally you would be happy about „the hottest summer since weather recording“. But on the water rain and cold are not the main enemies. It ́s wind. And hot weather at a place where it ́s normally not, means high pressure, what means a lot of wind. But we kept on and enjoyed the loneliness. One day we had to paddle 50 km around a big peninsula and waited for good conditions. We knew it ́s going to be hard. But facing 4-5 meter waves on a almost calm day makes you think about your plans. Although we had a lot of fun in the waves, I decided I will not continue as

planned after Jan is leaving. So we had 2 absolutely awesome weeks and Jan left back home.

I decided to go more north and kept on paddling for some days in the Fjords of Iceland.
After 2 more weeks the wind became so strong that I was thinking about breaking up totaly. And also I realized some pain in my left foot after some hours in the kayak every day.

Just 2 weeks before I started my trip in Iceland I had a outer ligament. And I noticed that it didn ́t healed as fast as I wanted it to.
My girlfriend decided to come by for a week after I decided not to go on with kayaking and we went south to see the glaciers, waterfalls and the ice lagoons. Of course I went back into my kayak a couple of times….

 

So…. Have I been successful?
Well, I paddled over 500km on the atlantic ocean at the icelandic cost.
I spent more than 4 weeks at lonely beaches in my tent, two of them with one of my best friends.
There was a giant wale sleeping about 3 meters next to my kayak.
Huge, blue and turquoise icebergs passed me siting in my kayak.
We found a broken tractor on an island wich is not recorded in any maps.
And Hot pools waited for me and my tent after a 13 hours paddling day.

…..for some people a strategy of making tremendous plans to achieve big goals might be not the worst.

 

*** DISCLAIMER: Our tents are not supposed to be set up in the ocean or any other water hazards. ***

 

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Heimplanet Motion Series X Kickstarter

 

 

 

When we started thinking of making the MOTION Series backpacks a Kickstarter project, we were equally excited and anxious.

But that’s the whole point though, isn’t it? Kickstarter, a lot like HEIMPLANET is about exiting your comfort zone and confidently facing the unknown. This aspect is part of our DNA and will always be one of the main factors to drive us to passionately approach everything we do.
Be it a t-shirt or a complex inflatable tent construction.

Over the course of the last two months the positive reactions we received from customers who share our excitement for the MOTION Series, as well as from media that tested the backpacks, amazed us.

 

 

 

IN SUMMARY:

– During 30 days we reached a total funding sum of € 105.406

– Which is equivalent to 527% in regards to our goal

799 backers from 10 different countries support our project

– In total, 1197 packs of the MOTION Series were pre-ordered

WHAT’S NEXT?

Production is up and running and the first delivery is already on its way to our warehouses. Very soon the first backpacks will be send out to our backers and soon after that be available in retail stores as well as our HPT online shop.

Kickstarter has only been the Kickoff – the story of the MOTION Series just started and will be online soon!

Heimplanet X German Roamers

How did you meet?
We got to know each other – of course – via Instagram. Everything started, when Hannes Becker and I decided to go on a day trip in the Eifel together. We talked about other German Outdoor-Photographers on Instagram and so the whole idea was born.

We have been working with the German Roamers for quite a while. Now that we collaborated for a special edition of our HPT COOLEVER Shirt, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce the collective to you.

So we talked to one of the founders Johannes Höhn about how everything started and what the future holds for the group…

Who is part of the collective?
At the moment we are 15 members: @muenchmax, @hannes_becker, @iamarux, @davidnkollmann, @livingitrural, @jannikobenhoff, @pangeaproductions, @moners_, @daniel_ernst, @lennartpagel, @sarahpour, @asyrafacha, @jannxyz, @rawmeyn, @goldjunge

What was the inspiration/ motivation?
We wanted to combine the potential of all these photographers and to build a new community through the platform of the German Roamers. We also wanted to bring the often underestimated German countryside into the focus of international Instagram Community.

What have you done so far? Are there any places left neither of you have visited? What are the plans for the future?
Since we started, 15 months ago, we had some public Insta-Meets and –Hikes, where people were invited who are not part of the German Roamers and offered them a chance to contribute their part to the project. In addition, we are often travelling in small groups through Germany, Europe and around the world on special photo trips.

Through our Hashtag #weroamgermany we quickly built a large community and established a strong channel on Instagram.

At the same time, a lot of tourism associations and companies have become aware of us, recognized the potential of our movements and implemented us in their campaigns. This plays a big role for us at the moment and in the future. We are developing into a photo and social media agency, we have the know-how and with 2.5 million followers, the largest outdoor community in Europe. Combined with our aspiration to first class photography and authentic content, this results in a perfect mixture, which arouses potential partners’ interest.

In addition, we definitely try and expand the physical community events. We see ourselves not as an elitist, closed group, but rather as a movement and therefore, we would like to invite everyone who’s eager to become a part of it. Of course, the organization of such events is a lot of work, which is the reason why we cannot do it as much as we would like. But there is some great  stuff in the making!

How did everything started with HPT?
A few months ago Stefan came up to me and wanted to know more about the roamers. Since, we already knew the tents of Heimplanet and liked the brand in general, we were pretty open to a possible collaboration. Not only that HPT is also from Germany, but we also found the spirit behind the brand to be very appealing to us.

In the course of the first Monolith backpack collections the cooperation has picked up speed and we were able to realize the first visuals with HPT equipment. Important to us is the fact, that we are really into the products ourselves. Plus: we simply love the technical aspiration at HPT. Thinking ahead and not just copying things are definitely attributes that we consider ourselves to be very important.

As a collective, you repeatedly introduce new photographers who are not part of the German Roamers. Tell us a bit about that.
How important is it for you and why?
How can someone be part of your collective?

We see our collective as a place for inspirations and exchange. This also means that you have to show new and talented photographers and present their work to a bigger audience. In this way, we keep the platform open to the whole community. Moreover, it is simply refreshing to be entertained by an external artist on a regular basis.
Actually, everyone has the chance to become part of the roamers and to characterize the project with their pictures.

Do you have any advice for those at home?
Stop thinking, just pack your bag and go.

What is essential for a good picture?
Is there any landscape / photo scene you can’t longer stand?

A good photo simply has to catch my attention at first sight. I love it when a picture has so much energy that you have to look at it for a while and that you can lose yourself in it.
There are some motifs which are definitely overused. Promotional watch shots for example. Generally, I think the obvious promotional postings are extremely disturbing. I don’t mind that someone tries to make money on Instagram, but I am annoyed by the clumsy procedure of some „influencers“ and brands behind it.
I think there are so many nice ways to consistently integrate a collaboration without screaming „advertisement“.

Of course, there are the well-known motifs you constantly see on Instagram. Let’s call them „sure-shots“,that work and are often repeated and copied. The challenge for me personally is to develop new visual ideas and to think outside the box. Often a little initiative is enough to not shoot the hundred thousandth standard picture. I believe that outdoor photography still has so much more to offer than what has already been captured and displayed. This is why it is so exciting.

What differentiates the German Roamers from other collectives?
What defines your style?

Well, the idea of the roamers was the first of its kind. An outdoor collective with the focus on the home country of its members. I think everything else has partly developed automatically and partly through group dynamics.
Mutal inspiration and support play an important role. We go on trips together, support each other during image selection and editing, and generally give each other advice. These are all factors that influence the development of such a group as a whole.

I don’t know whether there is a special Roamers style, but overall I think our imagery is modern, innovative and authentic. Maybe you could call it „New School Landscape Photography“.

Get the HPT x German Roamers COOLEVER Shirt here.

HPT x HELINOX

Helinox is one of the world’s leader in the development and production of high quality outdoor equipment. Especially the Chair One is one of the best, if not the best camping chair out there. Using their exclusive TH72M aluminum alloy DAC is able to produce extremely lightweight gear with excellent strength and durability.

For us, it was an honor to team up with Helinox to combine their outstanding products with our signature Cairo Camo pattern.
In order to round off your camping set up we produced a limited edition of their renown Chair One and Table One in our Cairo Camo pattern.

The Chair One comes with a Carry bag that can be easily attached to the frame for storage. The Carry Bag has a webbing ladder and two large loose for a simple attachment to a backpack, bicycle, motorcycle etc.

The Table One is a truly portable table for the wilderness, almost “assembles itself’ Helinox style. The ultra lightweight frame is tensioned by the mesh top and folds to a super compact package when not in use. Two drink holders are incorporated so they are stable and don’t take up the space you need for meals, maps books or electronics.
Prepare food with things off the ground for easier access and less chance of spills. Eat your meals in style without the “juggling” that distracts the pleasure of dining. Or use the table to keep delicate and valuable items safely off the ground – cameras, mobile phones, GPS navigators etc.

The Plastic Project

One Photographer’s Mission to Use Surf and Adventure to inspire generations to change.

Tim Nunn is a photographer, writer, editor and filmmaker from Suffolk in the UK. He’s one of the most travelled surf photographers in Europe and spent an inordinate amount of time in the last fifteen years exploring the colder waters of Northern Europe.

On this journey into what has been labelled as ‘cold water surfing’ the Geography/Environmental Science graduate, made some startling discoveries whilst making his acclaimed book Numb.

“I was going to all of these really remote places, miles from civilisation, and every year I’d go more and more remote and the amount of rubbish on beaches would grow.”

After touring with his book Numb he found that by combining surf and adventure with an environmental message he was able to engage and present the realities of how bad marine litter was getting beyond the normal areas we see.

“I’ve been really privileged that my job has taken me to some of the wildest places in the Northern Hemisphere. When I started, twenty odd years ago, these places had some rubbish, but really not much; fishing debris here and there at most.

But in twenty years some beaches have become rubbish dumps, we’re talking incredibly remote beaches, beaches that no one else will see. My reaction has been to set out to show people how beautiful our planet is, how we can all go on adventures and get to know this place we call home. I go to places and find rubbish, plastic that has travelled miles to be there, dead seabirds wrapped in beer can holders, whole dune systems anchored by fishing nets, the vast amount of waste from the oil industry, the list goes on.

The reason why I’m doing this now is to help to inspire people to make a daily change in their lifestyle. We can all do this, for it’s this unseen effect of rubbish in the sea which I want to point out to people of all ages across the world in order to help affect something of a shift before we choke our planet.”

Using a library of over twenty years of photography Tim is able to give people an insight into the impact we are having on remote and otherwise pristine coastlines. Through talks, slideshow and film evenings more and more people are becoming aware of this issue. Events in educational establishments as well as film festivals and associations is having the effect of the whole project snowballing and reaching further into both the surfing and the non surfing world.

The ocean makes for an incredible subject to shoot, but its beauty belies the problems that are found beneath.

What attracts a photographer to the Arctic to surf and shoot are incredible light and mind blowing scenery. Here surfer Micah Lester provides the subject, but beneath the surface even this remote stretch of Norway is covered in rubbish.

We take the ocean for granted, yet we all have a connection to it; spiritually, culturally, for leisure, for work and for food.

“On a personal note, I want my son to be able to go on an adventure to Iceland or Norway in twenty years time like I did when I was younger and find it untouched by human rubbish, because right now it would be a struggle.”

The Plastic Project is part of a growing movement, one that has been pioneered by pressure groups like Surfers Against Sewage right down to local beach cleaning collectives, all involved are vital in promoting a change at government, corporate and personal levels.

You can follow and support the plastic project through www.theplastic-project.com as Tim heads off to more and more remote coastlines.

Afew X Heimplanet: “Future Koi Camo” Capsule Collection

We partnered up with Afew and developed a Capsule Collection, which can be perfectly integrated to the urban lifestyle thanks to its great functionality. The collection features our allround talent the Monolith Daypack, a t-shirt with COOLEVER technology and a 5 panel cap. Inspired by the classical Koi Design, the dutch artist Kwills has designed an exclusive, “Future Koi Camo”. You can find the “Future Koi Camo” in the lining of the Monolith Daypack and the cap, plus it is printed on the frontside of the shirt. The whole collection is made of high quality materials such as suede, nylon and combed cotton. The Release will be on May 21th at 10.30 a.m. instore.

For the Monolith Daypack we used a combination of ballistic nylon and suede. The pack can be worn as a backpack or as a messeger bag and has a volume of 22l. The 2 adjustable shoulderstraps plus the extra strap makes it super easy to convert the backpack to a messenger bag. Thanks to the G-hooks, you can easily take off the shoulderstraps and store them inside the pack. A zipper on the right side offers a quick access to the inside and to the laptop compartment. Thanks to the main zipper you can open the whole frontside of the bag. We chose a discreet co-branding that you can find on the shoulderstraps as well as on the front.

The collection will be completed through a 5 panel cap and a highquality and functional t-shirt with COOLEVER technology. The cap comes with a combination of three different colorful suedes and also features a minimalistic branding.

Quality comes first, so thanks to the COOLEVER Technology the Shirt is highly functional but doesn’t feel or look like a functional shirt. This unique fiber is made of polyester, cotton and spandex. Of course, the “Future Koi Camo” and the “Heimplanet” & “Afew” logos are integrated into the Design.   Important Information: Release Date: May 21th 2016, 10.30 a.m. Party Event: May 21th 2016, 18.00 p.m. Where: Afew Store – Oststr. 26 – 40211 Düsseldorf – Germany Limited Edition will be first available Instore, after that you will get the items online as well.