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Clean-up with Folkehøgskule Sogndal

Yesterday morning on March 2nd, we could make use of the mild spring temperatures to once again join forces with the Folkehøgskule in Sogndal. One month before, we gave a presentation about our Expedition to a very inspiring audience of young adults in the age between 18 and 21 years.

The full-time boarding school offers them the opportunity to take an interim year after high school and think about their professional future without being under high pressure to perform. Affordable fees and a unique course offer attract students not just from Norway, but from all Scandinavia and even some other countries. For example, we met a young man from Fairbanks, Alaska who found his way to Sogndal in Summer 2019.

Courses are chosen according to interests, whereby the school’s sustainable approach anticipates a focus on outdoor activities. A respectful treatment of the environment shall be learned and lived through joint activities in nature. Since this claim also corresponds to our own philosophy, it was easy to organize the joint Clean-Up on March 6th and 7th. Despite the optimal ski weather, a large number of participants decided to join and carry out this project.

We divided ourselves into five groups and collected a large amount of waste, especially on the green areas and along the fjord banks. The positive and grateful reactions of many people gave us a lot of energy and the feeling of having done something meaningful throughout the day. Some of the observers even joined us spontaneously. In addition to relief, however, it also makes you think a bit to see how much garbage can be collected in a small place like Sogndal. Therefore, we hope that the campaign will not last as a single case but will serve as one of several inspirational examples for people to take action themselves.

Before lunch, there was a large barter market in the common room, where people were allowed to store and take items of clothing free of charge.
An excellent lunch was cooked using fresh ingredients from local supermarkets that would otherwise have ended up in the trash before the Sunday closing. Mealworms from the nearby insect farm were served as an ecological topping high in protein. With the eyes closed, they were actually quite tasty… (Simon, 02.03.2020)

 

JOIN “fjord 2 TOP Expedition”

Join the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” from one of the deepest fjords in the world to the highest peak in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe!

Get an idea about the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” by watching our training video (made by 10-year-old Noe) and see if that fits you or even your family and friends:

The start is End of March or Begin of May, check dates.

Keep updated on our Facebook Event.

Norway is a unique place where the Ocean meets the Mountains and the Glaciers feed the Sea. This interconnection we like to show in an outdoor activity and celebrate the wonders of Norwegian natural wilderness. Our goal is that everybody, and especially kids, get a unique outdoor experience. Outdoor people are grounded in nature and therefore care more.

We are sailing from Kaupanger to the end of the fjord and have already other sailboats joining the event. From Skjolden we are moving on skis over five stages to the TOP of Galdhøppigen. Matthias Paetzel from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences will explain the interconnection “from Mountain to Fjord” in our first hut “Turtagro”. We are keen to organize further activities that serve the environment. Please send us your ideas.

At this stage, we are already able to transport around 40 people along the fjord. It is possible to join us for some hours, single days or the whole trip. We are excited to carry out the expedition with many elated outdoor enthusiasts!

Here the height profile with the walking times for the different stages:

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If you plan to join, please send us an email to simon(at)toptotop.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • mobile for WhatsAPP
  • Age
  • Dates you are able to join either end of March or begin of May
  • Stages you are interested in (sailing in, 1 to 5 to the mountain, 5 to 1 back to sea, sailing out)

 

Note 1: Participants join under their own risk and are responsible for their equipment, food, and accommodation (see “terms and conditions to participate in the expedition“).

Note 2: Similar projects after the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” is climbing the highest volcano in the Arctic on Jan Mayan Island and the highest mountain in the Arctic in East Greenland. Keep in touch if you like to join!

(Simon, 02.03.2020)

Sogndal Fjellsportfestival and Presenations

It’s been a month since we got back to Kaupanger where our expedition boat is moored since October 2019. In the so-called “Amblabukti Bay” the steep slopes of the surrounding hills fall directly into the Sognefjord. After the weather was relatively warm and dry all January, the first snow finally fell down to our Pachamama in the last weeks. Hence, the kids were able to build snow figures and we could climb some of the magnificent peaks in the Sogndal region with our touring skis. The “Frivilligen Center” also equipped us with cross-country and alpine skis so that we could switch to the slopes when the snow conditions were less favourable. The centre is an important institution when it comes to community building among newcomers and long-established residents in Sogndal. In addition to the provision of sports equipment, several free events are being organized during weekdays and evenings.

One of our highlights in the past weeks was the ‘Fjellsportfestivalen’ that took place in Sogndal from February 20th to 23rd. In line with our own philosophy, the festival encourages people of all ages to experience nature by engaging in winter sports. Various competitions in the categories freeride, freestyle, ski touring and several fun disciplines were offered during daytime while photographers, sports(wo)men, and organizations were giving public talks, presentations, and discussions in the evenings. The uncomplicated and open-minded setting invited a wide range of people to watch and participate. Many outdoor enthusiasts from all over Norway came to join.  On Thursday morning, Dario and Simon were part of the avalanche rescue team for the ‘kick-off’ free-ride competition. In order to analyse the snow stability, they had to be on top of the mountain at 6 a.m. Unfortunately, the event had to be called off due to poor visibility. However, people did not seem to let the clouds spoil their mood so that the atmosphere was exuberant throughout the whole festival. The whole Pachamama Crew, except for the smallest two, participated in the ski touring race on Friday morning. This was a great experience for all of us! Although Ski Touring is catching up on Nordic Skiing in Norway, competitions are still not as widespread and common as in Switzerland. On Saturday evening we were having a presentation as key-note speakers in front of a dynamic and very sympathetic audience.

The days after, we took advantage of the great weather conditions and went ski touring almost every day. On Wednesday, we also had two presentations at the Kaupanger Secondary School and at the Sogndal Heibergian Collection Museum. The first one was scheduled in the morning with an energetic group of high school children in the age between 16 and 18 years. The following presentation was held in the evening in the seated main room of the museum. The positive reactions of the very diverse audiences during our (10+) presentations around Sogndal showed us once more in a very nice way how many people are eager to set good examples for our planet. This feedback gave us a lot of positive energy that we can reinvest in our projects.

On these occasions, we could also inform about our next two big events that are planned for March. The first one is a cleaning up campaign in Sogndal on February 7, for which we would like to inspire as many people as possible. The second one is the “Fjord 2 TOP Expedition” from the longest fjord to the highest peak in Norway at the end of March. Norway is a unique place where the Ocean meets the Mountains and the Glaciers feet of the Sea. This interconnection we like to show in this outdoor activity and celebrate the wonders of Norwegian natural wilderness. We are sailing from Kaupanger to the end of the Sognefjord on two sailboats and move further on skis to get to Galdhøppigen. On the way,  we stop at several huts. Here, too, we would like to motivate lots of people to join us so that the event could even become an annual tradition. In the next three days, we plan a small tour in the Sogndal region in order to check our Material for the big trip (Simon, 02.03.2020).

 

Expedition report Andri – Life on the fjord:

In the weeks we were staying in Kaupanger we have adapted some kind of a routine. We do homeschooling from Monday to Friday,  we take violin lessons every Wednesday, we attend the cross country- and alpine ski training on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we spend the rest of the time climbing, ski- touring and preparing our presentations and events. The stay gave me also an opportunity to take a closer look at the beautiful surroundings of our boat dock. In this blog, I report on the lifestyle and habits of the people in the region on the one hand, and on nature and landscape surrounding us on the other hand. Some of this information I have gained in our weekly geography classes – others I have gathered through my own experiences here.

Kaupanger is located on a branch of the Sognefjord, which is the longest fjord in Norway. At some points, it reaches a depth of 1.3 kilometres which is a lot more than the all of the North- and Baltic Sea. Fjords are inlets of the sea that extend sometimes far into the mainland. They were formed when the valley glaciers retreated after the last ice age and left trough-shaped valleys towards the coast. The fjords in our region are surrounded by hills, some of which fall steeply into the sea. It is not uncommon for avalanches to fall into the fjords in winter. Most of the hills are overgrown with conifers and birch trees. This typical vegetation in southern and central Norway is called the “Fjell”. Further north the vegetation is called ‘tundra’; The tree line here reaches sea level so that only bushes and smaller plants can grow. Elk, wolf, lynx, brown bear and red deer are native to the forests of Norway. On the coast, you can find big schools of fish such as cod, flounders, haddocks, mackerels, halibuts, stone-bites and sea trouts. While the Vikings used to live here as hunters and gatherers a thousand years ago, all of the food is now available in the supermarkets. Furthermore, fishing developed into an important export industry of the country.

To get from our ship to the nearby village Sogndal, you have to cross a robust bridge to the other side of the fjord. The shopping centre, the university, the climbing hall and the football stadium are among the striking buildings of the town. The residents seem to be friendly and courteous. Lots of them engage in skiing, cross-country skiing, ski- touring, climbing and other outdoor activities. We also practice each of these sports at least once a week.

Lots of cars in Sogndal are electrically powered. In all of Norway, electric cars are promoted by tax breaks, exemption from toll and ferry fees and permission to use the bus lanes in larger cities. From 2025, cars with combustion engines will no longer be allowed to be sold. 98% of domestic electricity requirements are currently taken from “clean” sources. You can find lots of dams and hydropower plants in the mountains around Sogndal. Norway wants to be the first nation in the world to exclusively use renewable energies. However, the country’s economy is also largely dependent on petroleum promotion. Around 440 million litres of oil are extracted every day. Since the raw material was first discovered off the coast in 1969, Norway has quickly become one of the biggest exporters in the world. Nowadays, the former poor country finances its education and infrastructure from this income.

Sogndal lies on the northern latitude of 61 degrees. Accordingly, the days in December and January were relatively short and dark. This phenomenon becomes more extreme the further north you go. The North Pole is even dark twenty-four hours a day in this season. One speaks of the polar night! The opposite is true in summer when the north pole is illuminated by the sun twenty-four hours a day. In this case, one speaks of the polar day. The contrast of day- and night length increases the further you move from the equator towards north or south. In the next few weeks we will sail further north towards Tromsø and I can read my books till late in the evening! 😉  I’m also hoping to see the Northern Lights; a phenomenon that is caused in polar regions when accelerated charged particles hit the atmosphere.

Noé & Alegra: Our experiences at the Fjellsportfestivalen:

On Thursday morning, we arrived at the ski area with the whole family when the lifts were opened. When we arrived we met a whole bunch of cheerful people. Apparently, the clouds did not affect their mood at all!

The two of us were most looking forward to the “Paintball Biathlon” at noon. For this fun game, we had to sledge down the slopes in snow sliders and then shoot three objects with coloured bullets. The competition showed us how difficult it must be in biathlon to run fast and still shoot calmly every now and then.

In the afternoon, we could watch the freestyle competition on the quarter pipe. A lot of people of different levels took part. The atmosphere was relaxed and not too competitive. We also brought our alpine and cross country skis so that we could enjoy the new snow ourselves after the event. Our personal highlight of the day was the free pancakes in the restaurant. After that, we visited the flea market at the festival and then went then home to get some rest for the next day.

On Friday, we participated in the ski touring race with the Pachamama Crew. Sabine and Simon took turns in the race in order to watch the two little ones in between. Since we were the only children participating, we were specifically mentioned and honoured at the award ceremony in the evening.

On this occasion, we also joined some of the talks and presentations. One of them was held by a photographer who sailed around the world like us. Doing so he took mind-blowing pictures of the natural spectacles he encountered on his journey. As volunteers and keynote speakers we got free entrances for all events.

On Saturday it was snowing all day. Hence, we used the day to relax and prepare for our presentation in the evening. For the introduction, we practised a theatre pointing out that events like the “Fjell Sports Festival” depend on a snowy winter. “We do want to ski and not just water ski” was our message. People seemed to have fun with the performance and presentation.

Journey to Norway

After our ¨roadshow¨ to schools in France and Spain, we spent some weeks in the Swiss Alps to plan the next expedition legs. Simon joined us in Grindelwald (see his welcome below) and was of big help teaching our kids. Nearly every day we have been on ski-tour in the magnificent Jungfrau region. It was like spring-skiing with mild temperatures, good snow, blue skies and lots of sun rays. Becoming fit we decided to participate in some ski mountaineering races. We also visited the car-free village of Quinten. It is another community-driven example to become more sustainable and we are happy to join their efforts to build a solar-driven ferry over the lake.

The journey back to the expedition sailboat ¨Pachamama¨, mid-January, we tried to do as carbon neutral as possible. It took us a total of 5 days by train, ferry, and bus and we had 23 items of expedition equipment to carry. We like to say thank you at this point to Colorline and the Norwegian family of Heidi and Eivind Bogerud to support us in our task. They even made it possible that we could participate at a cross-country ski-race in Oslo after arriving from Kiel by ferry.

As soon as we arrived at the boat moored in Kaupnager, we were invited again to a cross-country ski-race. Since then we were busy giving talks at Folkehøgskule, organizing the next talks, and brainstorming with the Sogndal Campus of Western Norway University of Applied Sciences on how we can join forces. We also started planning a sailing- and skiing- expedition to the highest mountain in Scandinavia on a 0- carbon footprint. Please save the date of our next big public talk on the 26th of February, 18.30 at the Sogn Folk Museum in Kaupanger and the clean up in Sogndal on the 6th and 7th of March.

On Tuesday we welcome the journalist Kristin Mueller from Germany for some days on board. She works on a report about our expedition for the ¨Jacht Magazin¨. 

Note: We are looking for the best practice examples to save our planet in Norway. Please email us, if you have good examples.

 

Welcome to our new crew member Simon Unternährer:

Simon joined the TOPtoTOP expedition in December 2019 and volunteers as a teacher for Andri, Noé, and Alegra. Simon did his Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science in Bern and his Master’s degree in ‘Urban Studies’ in four European Cities. In between, he absolved three winters as a seasoner in Zermatt, traveled, and taught at different high schools. His interest in outdoor activities and sustainable solutions for our settlements and natural environment gave him the motivation to join our expedition for a while.

 

Here the report of Andri about our Journey to Norway in German (for English use Google Translate):

Am 13. Januar fuhren wir vom Skitourenrennen ‚Night Attack’ im Flumserberg zurück  nach Grindelwald. Es war die letzte Woche, bevor wir uns auf den Weg nach Norwegen machen würden. Sechs Wochen hausten wir nun  bereits in dem Chalet und konnten uns  so auf die nächste Etappe unserer Expedition vorbereiten.

Als wir beim Haus ankamen, war es kühl und die Strassenlaternen warfen einen Lichtschimmer in den Speiseraum. Plötzlich ging das Licht an; Mein Bruder Noe hatte jenen Schalter gefunden, der versteckt hinter der Holztür hing. In seiner Aufregung purzelte er sogleich die Treppe hinunter. Die folgenden Tage verbrachten wir mit Schule. Zudem trainierten wir für das nächste Skitourenrennen in Elm mit einem Aufstieg aufs Schwarzhorn.

Am Freitag machten wir uns zusammen mit Salina auf den Weg Richtung Elm und übernachteten unterwegs in Quinten. Im schneebedeckten Elm betreute unsere Freundin Meret die kleinsten Zwei, sodass wir anderen am Rennen teilnehmen konnten. Das Rennen lief reibungslos und wir räumten vier Podestplätze ab! Danach fuhren wir völlig erschöpft nach Vilters. Nachdem wir zwei Tage bei Nona und Neni verbrachten, fuhren wir zu Oma ins Jakobstal und packten all unser Zeug zusammen.

Im Zug nach Kiel konnten wir kaum schlafen; Bei jeder Haltestelle ertönte Lärm und das Licht war permanent eingeschaltet. 24 Stunden lang nicht schlafen zu können ist nicht einfach. Hartnäckig wie der Tag war, sah ich den ersten Sonnenstrahl. Es war 7.00 Uhr morgens, als eine Schulklasse ab Köln in unseren Wagon stieg. Ich war froh, dass die Klasse nicht schon um 12.00 Uhr mitternachts in Baden-Baden zustieg. Gegen 10.20 Uhr hielt der Zug in Kiel. Die Fahrt mit der Fähre von Kiel nach Oslo war sehr entspannt. Ich schlief gut und das Essen schmeckte hervorragend. Freundlicherweise wurden wir vom Fährenanbieter Colorline zu diesem Festmahl eingeladen.

Morgens um 7.45 Uhr sah ich die Westküste von Norwegen. Zwei Stunden später kamen wir in Oslo an. Unser Freund Eivind holte uns ab und seine Frau Heidi zauberte eine fantastische Fischsuppe zum Abendessen.

Um 18.00 Uhr abends fand ein Langlaufrennen statt. Es war sehr anstrengend, besonders da wir erst das dritte mal in unserem Leben auf Langlaufskiern standen. Da dies aber in Norwegen der Nationalsport ist, werden wir fortan wöchentlich ins Training gehen.

Weil es ein so warmer Januar war, hatte es auf der Leupe in Oslo kaum Schnee und wir konnten keine Abkürzung nehmen. 😉 In dieser Nacht schlief ich wie ein Murmeltier.

Die Reise von Oslo nach Kaupanger verlief reibungslos und wir freuten uns alle sehr, unsere „Pachamama“ wieder zu sehen.

Annual Report 2019

Thank you for 2019! We wish you all a Happy New Year!

Here the TOPtoTOP Annual Report 2019:

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TOPtoTOP Explore Inspire Act
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Touch Nature Ready for Action Clean Ups Melting Glaciers
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Inspiring Youth Save Our Planet

EXPLORE — INSPIRE — ACT: Our mission is to save our planet!

TOPtoTOP is the first expedition to traverse the seven seas and reach the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, connecting with all climates and relying only on the power of nature and the human spirit. ‘Along the way we have discovered good solutions for our climate and inspired more than 140,000 students in more than 100 countries through presentations and actions. Our message is one of hope, designed to inspire students and communities to act for a better future by sharing experiences of nature’s beauty and resiliency, and presenting innovations for a healthy planet’. Dario Schwörer

For more than 19 years, Dario & Sabine Schwörer, their family and volunteers have circumnavigated our blue planet to every climate zone, witnessing examples of climate change and its effect on communities, conducting field-based research, and sharing examples of innovative solutions they have learned along the way to protect, preserve and conserve our planet.

At the core of their expedition, they meet with students at schools and community groups, organize clean-up campaigns, and present examples from around the world of counteracting global climate change by living in an environmentally sustainable manner.

At the moment the focus of their activism and engagement with communities is in the far North, introducing guiding skills and outdoor sports to natives in the Arctic. This enables them to create an alternative source of income to survive in their fast-changing environment caused by climate change.

In this report, Dario and Sabine elaborate about their expedition, its goals, annual highlights for 2019, as well as their strategy, route, outlook and how you can support them in their amazing challenge to save the planet.

 

Our Progress — how we meet our goals

Again, we visited many schools and universities with our program. We cycled all the way up the Rhein River through 6 countries visiting schools along the way. We arrived at the source of the Rhein River and have been based in Ftan and Grindelwald, Switzerland, to visit schools, as well as Medemblik, The Netherlands, to complete the repairs of Pachamama. Participating in the “Topper World Championship” in Medemblik we held workshops and gave presentations to young sailors from 5 continents. Later we sailed from The Netherlands to Germany where we met the tall ship Thor Heyerdahl and captain Detlef Soitzek. It was very emotional for Dario and Detlef to meet again after 30 years. While visiting schools in Denmark we had another great encounter: After 13 years Pachamama met sailboat Escapade. Onboard were our friends Clartje and Pieter, whom we met last time in 2006 in New Caledonia. In Farsund, Norway we met Claudia and Jügen on sailboat Belle Epoque, whom we had last seen in Cordova, Alaska in 2013. In Farsund, our kids were able to join the South Norwegian Optimist Championship and Andri was awarded 1st place. In Stavanger, we met the expedition sailboat Gottardo with our friends Doris and Charles as well as meteorologist Siri, who became a celebrity in Norway. Lars, from Stavanger, was of big help organizing schools. His advice about where to go along the Norwegian coast was essential. In Bergen, we joined Action with the organization “Marine Wide”, before visiting schools in the Sogn Fjord, the second-longest fjord on the planet. We met finally Hanna, our friend, and expert in sustainability, whom we had last seen at our wedding. At the moment Pachamama is moored in Kaupanger. thanks to our friends Odd Tufte and Christian Zurbuchen. Christian’s wife Eli was able to get Dario connected with Sogndal Campus of the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, where he was able to present lectures to climate change Masters students.

At the end of October, we started our European “road-show” using Interrail. Thanks to our report on the Norwegian TV evening news, our old-time friends of the sailboat Empire contacted us. We last met in Mauritius in 2011 and were happy to stay at their new home before taking the ferry to Germany. After some talks in Switzerland, we continued to visit schools in France and accepted an invitation from famous Clown Francesco to go to Southern France to brainstorm about his “Eco-Circus” and learn some acrobatic tricks for our presentations. Climbing mecca “Buoux” was just around the corner and we had a blast. Our next base to visit schools was close to Toulouse, where Lotti and Marc and their two daughters are living an exemplary life together with nature. After our school presentation near Montserrat, Spain, we had the opportunity to get involved in a “zero Plastic” campaign, before having to decide whether to participate at the “Climate Change Conference” in Spain or to fulfill the agreed school presentations in Western Switzerland. Looking back at the Madrid results confirmed our decision to meet more students. It also strengthened our belief that “inspiring the youth to act” is the most efficient way to facilitate long-lasting change. At the annual assembly in Switzerland, we honored our former board member Gabi for her huge commitment to TOPtoTOP over nearly two decades as well as Marc & Lotti for her live project.

We have already accomplished a lot this year:

  • distance sailed: 1,900 nautical miles (of a total of 111,000 nm)
  • distance climbed: 40,000 altimeters (of a total of 500,000 m)
  • distance cycled: 1,700 kilometres (of a total of 23,300 km)
  • number of attendees at presentations: 15,000 (of a total of 140,000)
  • plastic collected in clean-ups: 2,000 kg (of a total of 60,000 kg)

 

Our major highlights this year:

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition and the “Marine Wide” Project have teamed up.

With our concept to get everybody on board, we have been received with open arms in Norway. For example, the petroleum museum in Stavanger has invited us to the opening of its climate exhibition. We also continued studying the changing migration patterns of whales between the tropics and the poles caused by the warming oceans. For the IPRC, we continued to gather statistics concerning Maritime Debris (pollution) as well as wildlife and climate data.

 

Some other highlights:

  • A variety of environmental activities from Norway to Spain
  • Community actions to fight plastic waste and Clean-Ups at many beaches
  • Going electric, thanks to the electric motor supplied by ‘Elco’ in New York
  • Presentations to schools and universities in each destination
  • Our “Climate Solution Contest” has met with great interest around the world
  • For the media coverage go to: https://toptotop.org/about/press/ . Everywhere we traveled the media were interested in an interview. In all destinations, TV, radio and print media reported very positively about the TOPtoTOP actions.

 

Our biggest challenge

At the beginning of November 2017, a brutal storm badly hit our expedition boat Pachamama in the harbor of Akureyri. Pachamama was in a yard in Medemblick, the Netherlands, where we hoped to finish the remaining jobs. Unfortunately, our vessel was still not ready when we contacted Greta’s office to bring her over to NY. We still have to deal with some issues but are positive that we will work it out in Norway.

 

Our Strategies — how we act

Our belief ‘to go together is to go far’ is a success: The family members and volunteers have gone far again this year and managed to repair the damaged expedition boat and still continue their mission.

 Our strategy to reach out more to get the media involved worked very well. This approach also helped us to get in contact with the school authorities to organize events and actions.

 We learned that our message is so much more powerful when our children and younger volunteers started to talk to their peers of the same age.

 We received activity feedback from TOPtoTOP members in 20 countries. Our ongoing story and challenge are the backbone that creates the unique global family of activists. Our global network is based on understanding and solidarity; – this to solve the global challenge we face with climate change.

 

Our Route in 2019 summarized

This year the expedition traveled through various parts of The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Spain. Our aim was again to inspire young people with good examples of developing a sustainable relationship with nature. In 2019, we sailed many Norwegian fjords, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, Limfjorden Strait, the Kiel Canal, and the Ijsselmeer.

 

Outlook 2020 – our campaign “Save the Arctic”

Pachamama is operating in winter 2020 at the West Coast of Norway, before sailing back into the Arctic towards Svalbard and continuing our circumnavigation of the Arctic with the NE-passage.

Facts:

  • Suicide rate in the Arctic = 25% under teenagers
  • Polar bears endangered
  • Average Arctic temperatures have increased at almost twice the global average rate. Ice dependent societies and wildlife are at increasing risk with shrinking sea ice cover.

 

Our Activism in 2020 in the Arctic:

  • Sharing sustainable solutions and facilitate community actions.
  • Transfer of sustainable tourism -, mountaineering – and guiding skills, to give new perspectives and hope to young people living in the Arctic to protect their environment, and enable them, to get an alternative source of income to survive in their fast-changing arctic environment caused by climate change. Get an idea: Inspiring Inuit kids to climb: https://vimeo.com/229485340
  • We aim to give remote places a voice and connect schools from different parts of the planet.
  • The ‘TOPtoTOP Climate Solution Award Expedition we hope to organize in 2020/21 in Norway: see the last Climate Solution Award Expedition: https://vimeo.com/85454324
  • Continue our LPS-campaign (Leave Plastic in the Shop campaign)

 

Long-term Outlook

We aim to inspire another 100,000 students over the coming years on our route circumnavigating the Arctic and the Americas from POLE to POLE in a figure of 8, making optimal use of the winds and currents.

Our ultimate goal is to save the planet through our inspiring examples and our actions. We aim to build a global network of activists to solve global challenges, based on understanding, friendship and solidarity.

 

Support us

It is time to save our planet! Our goal is to establish a lasting movement that inspires youth to act — even in 100 years’ time from now. Please consider an annual donation, see https://toptotop.org/donate/ .

The annual TOPtoTOP-membership is 50 USD/Euro/CHF per household/institution. A lifelong membership is 250 USD, please register at https://toptotop.org/donate/toptotop-membership/ .

Thank you for your support!

 THANK YOU

Without the generosity and hospitality of the people we meet on our journey, and without your support, our efforts would have been unthinkable. A big thank you also to our partners UNEP and myclimate, and to our main sponsor Victorinox. Our thanks also go to all the benefactors and all those who support our project with their TOP products and services, specially PredictWind, Patagonia, WEYTEC, Hostpoint, Sunware, Webasto, Echopilot, Elco, Optrel, BSI, Munters, and Ronstan.

 Special thanks to our members on the expedition Sabine, Dario, Salina, Andri, Noe, Alegra, Mia, Vital, Meret, Livia, Laura, Odd, Nacho, Pieter & Claartje, Ric, Family Andreas & Andrea Freimüller, Maja & Jaab, Hanne, Anita, Christian and Lea.

A special thanks Gabi Bolliger, Meret Jucker, Fiona Zimmermann, Hanna Law, Bart Ziegler, Peter Storm, Annemarie Büchler, Markus Roos, Dominik Schaub, Rosi & Ernst Ammann, Ottavia & Reto Schwörer, who have worked like little dwarfs taking care of administration, logistics, website, translations and bookkeeping.

We also wish to thank for their friendship and assistance to:

Pieter & Claartje Heerema, Charles & Doris Michel, Family Carl & Veronika Elsener, Philipp Ammann, Martin Schuster, Family Peter Käsermann, Claus Knoth & Ruscha Jurisch and Family, Eveline Egloff, Arngrímur B. Jóhannsson, Gudmundur Tulinius, Roland Smelt & Sossa Vagnsdottir, Sylvia & Juerg Zahnd, Monika und Peter Gruenenfelder, Bruder Martin Hieronymi, Kloster Disentis, Dominik & Sylke Schaub, Regatta Center Medemblik, Family Julie & Matt Deschamps, Marco & Ines Kappenberger, Karin Caderas & Marco Koch, Peter Gnehm, Family Jeff & Mary Fritsch, Family Torgen & Lindsey Johnson, Family Pia & Andy Zimmermann, Family Andy Freimueller, Stefan Baumann, Peter Locher, Reta Malaer, Family John & Cheryl Hunt, Family Bausmann, Mohamed Masoud, Mead Treadwell, Pierre Honegger, The Explorers Club, Roman Rueglister, Mario Okle, Family Pholenz, Bob de Angelo, Nancy Loving, David Hinkelmann, Steven Stern, Rigger Rainer Petras, Matthew Desorgher, Detlef Soitzek & Ruth Merk, Alex Dean and Sam, Eitert Sundt, Ulrich Welke, Cecile Nilsen, Johanna Brawn, Gundula Trefzger, Pal Atle Steffenson, Agnethe & Ole Agnus & family, Hortencia Vallverdi & Oscar Charnet, Lindsey& Bob SY Zimwi, Agnethe Salvesen, Jim-Age & Marlise Pederson, Lars Ole Gudevang, Bjorn Thore Leidland, Torunn Hatlevik, Silje Hatlevik Urang, Kjelfrid Bathun & Einar Losnegard & family, Sigrid Heiberg, Christian & Eli Zurbuchen, Mathilde Buch & family, Odd Tufte, Gunvor Steine, Natasha Tufte, Torbjorn Qrens, Per Odd Cerevsnes, Kathja Gesch & Ralph Krueger & Family, Magnus Mugaas Hegland, Martin Thor Valosen, Calum, Renate Kupper, Kurt Eizinger, Hanne Lykkja & Harald Ranum, Lotti & Marc, Moana& Jelena Boesch, Nadine & Francesco, Lora, Nacho, Lorraine Gallen & Miguel Talens, Philippe & Christiane Cuttelod, Ingebjorn Eik, Ingvild Bakken, Sondre Dalaker, Thomas Müller, Family Mareleine & Peter Hieronymi mit Christian, Family Fiona & Nicolas Zimmermann, Familiy Vanessa & Thibout Descoeudres, Cilgia Florineth, Fiola Nitti, Ric & Emma van Wachem, Jim & Lea Downson, Clark & Barbara Blynn, Elsmarie Rassmusen, Andrea Kuhn, Sereina & Mario Riatsch, Juliane Köhler, Geir Heitmann, Margrethe Vika, Siri

Special thanks to the following schools and institutions: Ecole Ill au Rhin; Molsskolen, Knebel, Denmark; Farsund Ungdomsskole, Farsund, Norway; Farsund Barneskole, Norway; Nylund Skole, Stavanger, Norway; Espevar Skule, Espevaer, Norway; Dalsayra Skule,Dalsoyra, Norway; Vadheim Skule, Norway; Sagatun Skule, Badestrand,Norway; Gaupne Skule, Gupne,Norway; Indre Hafslo oppvekstsenter, Manifjora,Norway; Ecole primaire, St Martin de Castillon,France; Ecole primaire Rene Cassin, Castelnau Barbarens, France; Lycees Pardailhan, Auch,France; Escola Sant Pere, Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain; Pre Fleuri International Alpine School, Chesieres Villars, Switzerland; La Garenne International School, Chesieres, Switzerland; College Alpin Beau Soleil, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland; Stavenger Seilforening, Norway; Evangelische Kirche, Sargans, Switzerland; Sailmaker Paul, Stavanger, Norway.