Check out this amazing project of Sebastian Bubmann: "[url]=http://www.Ataraxia2012.com Ataraxia 2012[/url]". It is a two- and- a- half month road trip and expedition across Alaska, merging at least seven sports and two cultures with one amazing state, Alaska. Best of it is, you can become an official supporter of it on Kickstarter.com.
Bringing together snow kiting, speed flying, paragliding, ski and snowboard touring, glacial traversing and snow machining, the Ataraxia crew will be documenting through film and photography the next generation of outdoor sports - the combination of extremes. The vision of obtaining their goals solely by their own and mother natures power is what Ataraxia is all about!
The biggest challenges are the completion of the Eklutna Traverse and the ascent of Mt. Marcus Baker. Both are extreme undertakings, with the traverse representing the horizontal realm, and Mt. Marcus Baker the vertical extreme.
Historically these expeditions have been undertaken with large carbon footprints and have been accomplished through slow and arduous climbing techniques. With the crew's background in snow kiting, we have chosen a revolutionary and different approach to an old idea.
The challenge is to be the first people on the planet to ever snow kite to the top of a 13.000ft+ (4000 meters) peak. Aside from these dimensions the 38-mile completion of the Eklutna Traverse looks like a walk in the park. Nevertheless with the crossing of three major Alaskan glaciers and many hazards such as crevasses and intermittent steep climbs along the way, it will be no simple task in itself.
Bigger, stronger, faster - it is the extreme sports annual effort to beat all existing records, in the case of the skiing and snowboarding industry it is not an athletic challenge anymore but rather a competition for the biggest helicopters budget. A lack of endurance and environmental pollution - the Ataraxia crew wants to supersede this trend and follow an innovative approach to pushing the limits of big mountain winter sports.
By combining the experience and skills of former snow kiting world champions with the expert knowledge of Alaskan mountain guides, we will make the impossible become possible and reach the summit without the unnecessary combustion of more than 200 liters of fuel per hour.
In order to share this unique experience with the rest of the world, a professional cinematographer will join them for the entire project, putting all the action, all the drama and the emotions experienced once we finally succeed on record.
This project needs YOUR help:
The crew has set up a Kickstarter project, where you can pledge with your Amazon account and get some cool goodies in return! The money will be used solely for getting better film equipment etc. so that everyone will see the results of this directly in the project. Please become a part of it and support this amazing project to help pushing the limits of snow kiting.