Ultra-endurance-athlete Nuria Picas reflects the project with a little distance after she had decided not to continue on day 11. “It was an amazing experience which let me grow as an athlete, but also as a human. During the first days of the adventure, I went through many ups and downs, physically and also mentally. At some point, there was a moment, at which I couldn’t control the risk for me anymore. Leaving the project was a brave decision. When I make decisions, I always switch to my next tasks immediately. At home, I followed the team daily, but without major obsession. Especially, when I was in the mountains, I always thought about them and sent them energy.”
Atomic was in a partnership with Heli Putz from Outdoorleadership who founded and leaded project. It was an extremely challenging plan, but the intend was exactly in line with the mission of the brand: ‘Makes you a better skier’. Granted, here on the highest possible standard, but every skimountaineer will be able to realize his very personal ‘long way’ with a perfectly chosen equipment.
The expedition in retrospect. On the project website, the profile of the route and the live tracker are still available: www.redbullderlangeweg.com.
Red Bull Der Lange Weg was inspired by four Austrian skimountaineers, Robert Kittl, Klaus Hoi, Hansjörg Farbmacher and Hans Mariacher, who completed the route in 1971 with only one support-person in a VW-bus, Alois Schett.