Once upon a time there was a dragon who had lived for hundreds of years in a small castle in the Glarus mountains. The locals lovingly called him Wisli dragon. Every winter he watches over the Raminer river and makes sure that the Tschingelböcke with their pointed horns don't come down into the valley...and if hasn't melted, you'll find him this winter directly behind the Wisli forest in his castle. Thomas Oschwald built it, captured it in photo and video and of course spent the night in it with his partner ...

EXPED has long been a sponsor of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile long water trail from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. 

The Exped USA office is in Tacoma, western Washington. This means we are surrounded by every color of green vegetation imaginable. In fact, the state of Washington’s nickname is The Evergreen State. It really is very beautiful and invigorating, but after four or five months of the grey, rainy days that fuel this electric green we find that a mid-winter escape to a dry and sunny place can do wonders for our attitudes and restore our appreciation for the lush beauty of home. 

 

For five weeks Thomas Oschwald paddled through the wilderness of Finland, hiked through endless forests and slept under the open skies. And then, winter arrived and it became bitterly cold. His video, part 2 .. 

Here's excerpt #3 from our conversation with alpinist and Exped ambassador Graham Zimmerman. Graham is a friend of ours who just happens to be one of the world's great alpinists. He's always full of interesting insights. 

 

On October 14th Stephan Siegrist (SUI), Julian Zanker (SUI), and Thomas Huber (GER) stood atop the granite giant in Kashmir. They are the fourth team that was able to climb this mountain via a spectacular line. Their goal was the yet unclimbed central north-west face of Cerro Kishtwar. Exped supported the successful team with four tents, two Orion II Extreme for the BC and two Polaris single wall tents for the ABC.

In April of 2018 a group of 4 paddlers will embark on an ambitious and wonderful trip. 

"After two weeks in Finland, our conclusion is quite simple: We will be back! The landscape is simply incredibly beautiful and there are still so many lakes and islands to discover. Finland became a piece of home. A place full of hidden secrets and adventures. A land to fall in love with."

We talked with our friend, big mountain alpinist and Exped ambassador Graham Zimmerman about the loss of the great climber Ueli Steck. 

 

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