On 10-5-01 (2010-05-10) we officially got married in Sargans/Quinten, Switzerland. We climbed over many mountains to get to Sabine’s parents place, where over 600 friends and family members attended the celebration in the church in Wägni and the two-day party on an alpine pasture below Sabine’s favorite mountain “Selun”. The honeymoon continued immediately and we hiked over 3000 km in 5 months to the “end of the world”, Capo Finisterre on the Way of St. James.
On May 10, 2021 we wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary with a wedding ski tour. However, we had a lot to organize for the soon departure of our “TOPtoTOP Arctic Research Expedition 2021” and hoped to leave at 6 pm. We put the children to bed and were so tired that we dozed off. It wasn’t until 11:15 p.m. that we woke up, hurriedly packed our backpacks and skis, and headed out. – Twenty years later and 6 kids richer, we summit Tafeltinden in the Lyngen Alps at 70 degrees north at 4am today. One more “natural high” on our life’s journey together.- We were then back on the ship when it was time for the kids to go to school and kindergarten.
Our great respect for nature has always been our most important “risk management tool” on now 2 decades of being non-stop on our expedition. Today’s tour reminded us once again to stick to our principle. “Wum” sounds alerted us and we were able to trigger two avalanches remotely! On the descent we crossed a fresh “debris field of ice and snow” coming from a cornice break.- So choose your path where nature invites you! Often we make detours and turn back to come again.
“Natural Highs” like today is the essence of life. To be able to share it especially with your lover, what could be better?
Wednesday, 12.05.2021: 18:00 Lyngseidet – Djupvik 20:00 Thursday, 13.05.2021: ROV training in Djupvik Friday, 14.05.2021: 17:00 Djupvik – Circumnavigation of Uloya Island – anchorage Saturday, 15.05.2021: 17:00 Koppangen pick up for Camp @ Åroya Island Sunday, 16.05.2021: Clean up Camp on Åroya and 10th birthday party of Alegra Monday, 17.05.2021: 09:00 Aroya – Lyngseidet 10:00 for National Day Boat Parade with kids dinghy sailing
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Latest News:“Klima Familie” – 2021-05-2021 – Schweizer Radio SRF1 RegionalJournal – Sascha Zürcher
Analysing origin, quality and ecological impacts of microplastic pollution in the Arctic in an exemplary, environmental-friendly way: from the highest volcano in the Arctic to the pack ice and the Arctic Ocean, we EXPLORE – INSPIRE – ACT. Join our campaign “SAVE the ARCTIC”!
The Arctic is facing increasing stressors under global change. Plastic pollution is starting to become a major threat to pristine Arctic environments. Yet, research concerning the quality and quantity of pollution, as well as public awareness on this issue, remains scarce. We intend to change this with our research expedition and combined outreach work!
Analyzing origin, quality and ecological impacts of microplastic pollution on the Arctic environment.
Plastic production remains on the rise. This causes growing concern for the vast amounts of inadequately disposed debris entering oceans and atmosphere globally and its effects on Arctic environments. Due to the remote and seemingly pristine nature of the Arctic, low levels of plastic pollution were expected. However, the few studies measuring Microplastics (MP) in the Arctic have recorded the presence of MPs in marine and terrestrial environments, as well as ingested by Arctic biota. The plastic fragments become increasingly bioavailable and begin to provoke negative responses. Studies at a greater spatial scale however (especially for terrestrial habitats) are largely missing, as is the knowledge of the exact origins and transportation pathways. We intend to shed light on this rising Issue and use our research expedition, as well as our “SAVE the ARCTIC” campaign, to advocate for a better world – in our case: a world with far less plastic!
Dario Schwörer and his family sailed around the globe by fair means over the last two decades. Their “TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition” led them on a mission to educate the younger generation about the rising climate crisis and ways to prevent it. This summer, the TOPtoTOP-Crew teams up with Austrian researchers Sebastian Pohl and Max Kortmann to study the scarcely researched Arctic MP pollution. A highlight will be the first ever MP sampling on the 2277m high Beerenberg volcano on Jan Mayen. The 15m sailboat “Pachamama” will take our team on an environmentally friendly journey from Tromsø to Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and finally down to Iceland, from May until end of July 2021.
Scientific Research Projects
We plan to conduct two major research projects during this expedition. The first one focuses on the terrestrial MP pollution, the distribution vectors of the particles and the effects they have on biota in cryospheric habitats. The second one is an on-going project that aims to understand the localization, concentration, and composition of MPs in Arctic waters, as well as the role the North Atlantic and Norwegian Coastal Currents may play in transporting plastics into the Arctic. We will sample terrestrial locations with differing anthropogenic impacts (Jan Mayen and Greenland being less, Svalbard and Iceland more impacted), as well as the marine environments along the route. Our expedition will gather important and still scarce data concerning the MP pollution around the heart of the Arctic Sea!
Outreach and Awareness
We believe that science and knowledge drive change. That is why we intend to couple our research with comprehensive outreach work. We want to spread the word about the increasing plastic problem we are globally facing. To achieve this, we cooperate with schools from Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland, as well as the local Arctic communities in Norway and Greenland. We will hold workshops focused on the expedition and our results, but also include the local youngsters in our sampling efforts and offer them skill-sharing possibilities. To follow the progress of our Arctic adventure, we will feed our own Online Expedition School “ADVENTURE” with live reports and videos from the field. We hope, this first-hand experience of our sustainably executed Arctic expedition inspires the youngster to help mitigate the increasing problems that arise with global change.
NEWS: The “International Topper Class Association” teams up with TOPtoTOP to give young Inuits and Samis new perspectives trough outdoor-sports. Read ITCA World press release.
Information Day about activities and trainings in 2021
Meeting: Saturday 13.02.2021 at 11:00 at the ski-lift in Lyngseidet 1. information about the planned activities 2. “Avalanche Rescue Game”, before skiing 3. visit sailboats at the school, after skiing All welcome! Students, parents, volunteers, etc.! First activities: Sailing / Ski-Mo / Chess: ALWAYS Fridays from 1700-1830, START 19.02.2021 Indoor climbing: ALWAYS Sundays from 1700-1830, START 14.02.2021 Swimming: ALWAYS Wednesdays 1700-1830, START 17.02.2021
How to join: Please download WhatsApp. Send us a Whatsapp to join the “TOPtoTOP Lygen Whatsapp Group” and get all the information about dates & times of the trainings as well as Corona rules.
Sailing connects young people to nature and has a lot of benefits:
becoming part of nature
We learn to sail on Boards, Optimists, Toppers and Yachts (1). To become a good sailer, we integrate other sports in our trainings:
ski racing: power, endurance
climbing: back muscles, equilibrium
ski-mountaineering: coordination, equilibrium
surfing: coordination, equilibrium
cycling: coordination, equilibrium
(1) The TOPtoTOP expedition sailboat can operate with maximum safety in the toughest marine environments, and therefore is a great tool to learn young people to sail on a yacht.
At the moment we are save on SY Pachamama at 70 degrees Nord in Lyngen, Norwegian Arctic. The temperature outside the boat is minus 20 degrees Celsius. The light is back for a couple of hours. We are expecting the sun to be back in some days. – Pics: Dario ice climbing with Martin from Lyngseidet and Arthur from Chamonix, – close to the boat.