The toughest
adventure in SA

Namaqua West Coast

The toughest
adventure in SA

Namaqua West Coast

The toughest
adventure in SA

Namaqua West Coast

The toughest
adventure in SA

Namaqua West Coast

Namaqua West Coast

Expedition Africa

An expedition is defined as, "A journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose". When that particular purpose is to race - "To compete with others to see who is fastest at covering a set course or achieving an objective," – then you have adventure racing.

When that race is a 530 km non-stop, multi discipline, trek, mountain bike, kayak, rope work (abseil), swim, canyoneering, coasteering and orienteering in harsh remote environments in all weather conditions, travelling through day and night, you have the world renowned Expedition Africa.

The exact course is kept secret until 24 hours before the start. Then, along with a briefing that includes dire warnings of all the potential local hazards out to get them, teams are given their race maps and a course booklet containing the location of each of the race checkpoints. Once begun, racing is 24 hours per day; teams choose when and where they will sleep.

This year, 52 teams of four determined athletes set off on a Sunday morning (20 May 2018). The route consists of 8 legs with 7 transitions. The longest leg will be 200 km and the shortest leg will be 19 km. The approximate elevation gain is 9643 metres. The route is approximately devided into 347km of mountain biking, 160km of trekking and 50km kayaking. More About Expedition Africa →

Representing MERRELL in this incredible race is TEAM MERRELL MENTORED and MERRELL CANCER CREW. We look forward to seeing these two teams in action as they tackle the Namaqua West Coast.

Adventure racing is a multi-disciplinary team sport involving navigation over an unmarked wilderness course with races extending anywhere from two hours up to two weeks in length.

Representing Merrell

Merrell Mentored Adventure Team

Two years ago, the Merrell Adventure Addicts launched the Merrell Mentored Adventure Team where one of our experienced team members would race Expedition Africa with three novices. In 2016, Hanno Smit lead three ladies around the Garden Route, while Donovan Sims mentored the team in 2017 around the Kouga region. Both teams completed the races successfully and three of the novices are heading back to Expedition Africa this year to race in other teams. Sarah Hearn with Plett Adventure Racing Team and Troy Sims and Michelle Viaene Powell with Team Slummies Adventure Racing.

For 2018 the focus of the Mentored Team will be to lead three young talented athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports. The team will be led by Graham Bird, who at 46 is old enough to be the father of the three “whippets” that will tow him around the Expedition Africa course.


Also Representing Merrell

Merrell Cancer Crew

We are team of cancer survivors, 3 having had cancer and the fourth having battled cancer through both parents and husband.

We are aiming at passing on a positive message to those cancer sufferers and their families, that it can be beaten and there is life after cancer.

Cancer awareness Campaign: We are helping raise funds for CANSA in the West Coast region, where we will be racing. The CANSA West Coast Care Centre, renders patient support and services to 858 cancer patients and their families. 44 Children and teens diagnosed with cancer are supported. They also present awareness & educational campaigns to local communities across the West Coast District Municipal area, throughout the year.

Anyone can donate an amount of their choice to help this team prove that there is life after cancer and to inspire hope to those fighting the disease.
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Expedition Africa 2017: Baviaans

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