Athlete who loves Magic Cook
Growing up in Maryland and attending an all girl's school since childhood, Alex's only outdoor adventures came from her family vacations snowboarding in Colorado. In an attempt to immerse herself in her school's community, Alex participated in school sports until the end of high school when she discovered the indoor climbing culture. After a couple years of filling her afternoons and weekends with climbing it was time to apply for college and she thought, what better place than Boulder, Colorado? Here she could climb and would be close to the mountains she knew from her snowboarding family vacations. At the University of Colorado, Alex studied Marketing and Digital Media, graduating in 2010. Since then she has traveled the world rock climbing and filming climbing movies with her boyfriend Paul for their company PRAK Media and has done free-lance marketing for many other companies as well.
Dive master, sky diver, marathon runner, martial arts champion, author, philanthropist, motivation speaker, venture capitalist, adventure racer, chef… Life is a check list for Derek Kwik, the first Chinese, and 13th person in the world, to have raced the four hottest, driest, highest, and coldest deserts (the Gobi, the Sahara, the Atacama and ‘The Last Desert’ of Antarctica). Trek the Amazon jungle, check; cross the South Pole, check; survive the Atacama desert, check. For him it is all about finishing. It’s just not an option not to cross something off the list. Kwik was racing in the Eco-Challenge, in 2000, when he realised he was in deep trouble. Grown men are known to cry at this event, otherwise known as the Olympics of Adventure Racing, thought up by Survivor’s Mark Burnett. Navy Seals and Iron Man champions have been known to break down mentally because of the immense stress. Five hundred kilometres over ten days, no campsites, no sleep, no time outs, no way out, non-stop, go go go. Kwik was scheduled to make his way to the Amazon in October for another race, but his Achilles heel snapped and his calf muscle rolled up into his knee cap during a game of dodge ball. “I told the therapist I had to be in the Amazon for a race. She told me I had to be off my feet for six months. I was so pissed. Pain is temporary, but quitting lasts forever.” Click to follow another side of Derek Kwik.
Growing up in New Jersey, it became quite apparent that becoming a professional rock climber was going to be quite difficult for Paul. However, he never gave up on his aspirations and with the help of family and friends he has gotten to the place where he is today. In the beginning, Paul was merely the scrawny little boy who came into the gym with his father on a daily basis having the time of his life climbing on plastic holds on a twenty foot top rope wall. As time went on, he began competing in indoor rope climbing competitions. Paul did this circuit for about three years and never felt truly successful. Feeling discouraged he moved on from rope climbing to the newest form of climbing at the time and what would soon become the most popular, bouldering. As he began growing up, Paul finally felt as if he had found his place in the climbing world and that was through bouldering. He began to travel the world in search of all the most amazing climbs to be done as well as competing in national and international competitions. As senior year of high school came and went it was only obvious that the next step was college and where other than the climbing capital of the country, Boulder, Colorado. Since then, Paul has graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelors in Studio Arts and Art History. He has continued to travel the world in search of the best untouched rock and even began his own media company with his girlfriend, Alex, called PRAK Media. You can also Like him on Facebook, and Subscribe to his blog The New Adventures of Paul Robinson.
Steven grew up in New York, USA and Marije grew up in the Netherlands. Steven, who has been working in the Impact Investment field and Marije, who has been working in the humanitarian field in UN, wanted to embark on a adventurous journey to expand their boundaries and help to bring about some positive change to the world. For 10 months, they are driving a vehicle from South Korea to South Africa through the Gobi and Sahara desert, from April 2013 till Jan 2014. During their almost 30,000 km journey, their aim is to discover meaningful local solutions to world's problems. They are driving through South Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Others. During their journey, through sometimes hostile and desolate environment, they will search for at least 50 local organizations who have creative solutions to world’s most pressing issues such as food security, energy, healthcare and education. Their project and the organizations they will be visiting will be filmed and be available for free online at www.WheelWishers.org.
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