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GERHARD NEL

@hikewithgerrie
Guide

What is your favourite thing about being in the outdoors and what does it mean to you?

I love the desolate places and wide-open spaces. High mountain peaks, deep ravines, balmy summer evenings and raging winter storms…let me have it all! My favourite things are waking up in the wilderness, standing on a new summit, and swimming in a cold mountain pool. Spending consecutive days in the wilderness gives us a unique opportunity – leaving the distractions and pressures of modern life at home and going back to a tribal and instinctual way of living. This is good for the spirit…

How did you first hear about or experience FOREVER FRESH?

I have had the privilege of hiking with the founder, Jason, and seeing his ultralight pack (partly due to his food wizardry).

If you could go anywhere in the world (without any limitations), where would you travel/explore?

Climbing Ulvetanna Peak in Antarctica! Although I would settle for a multi-day trek in the Faroe Islands

What does the world need more of?

Love, compassion, honesty…did I mention love?

What is a saying, quote or mantra you live by?

Eat your vegetables

What has been your greatest adventure so far?

My greatest adventure isn’t an event, but a feeling. The first time doing an exposed scramble, the first time standing on a 2000m peak, the first time abseiling down a waterfall! One event does stand out – a two-day Canyoneering trip down Groothoek Kloof in the Hex River mountains. We abseiled down +- 14 waterfalls over 2 days, walked down a slot canyon and bivvied under the stars

What do you hope to do more of this year?

Pilates, yoga, breathing exercise and cold exposure, healthy living, open water swimming, random acts of kindness

What is the number 1 item on your bucket list?

Visiting the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia

What does sustainability mean to you?

Being mindful of our resources…I believe to practice sustainability where I can control it – at home! Recycling, composting, reusing my ziplocks after hikes, and dreaming of a world where hiking gear has become environmentally friendly