How did you become involved with EOCA:
A mere 550km swim...
Too much heat goes straight to the head ...
I have always been passionate about the outdoors, growing up close to the forests. There was never really and inside, but always an outdoor activity. For this reason, I decided to study Biochemistry to learn more about the outdoors. So I was very aware about influences on nature. Besides trying to take small conservational steps in the daily life routine, the real passion for making a difference has started since planning and undertaking adventures on a larger scale. I like to combine being outdoors and giving back to the country and environment in which I am doing it.
Everything is connected. If one thing falls out of kilter, other things will too - it's like a domino effect. So if we do something to make a difference, even starting on a very small scale, it will have the same effect, but in a positive direction.
I like the fresh face of EOCA and the approach of picking direct projects (and I love all of them!) across borders where you can see results at the end of them.
Little steps do
make a difference - and even better to do it in a team with a great vision and partners. (We love this sentence!! The EOCA team :))
What else do you promote to support conservation:
Recycling, re-using of clothes (giving away, rather than dumping) and simply showing respect to the environment.
Favourite wild place:
I am curious about every type of wild place: mountains, forests / jungles, oceans, lakes and vast fields of varying landscapes.
Favourite outdoor activity:
I am always up for trying out something new, the ones I am enjoying most at the moment are swimming, running, cycling, hiking and climbing.
For my upcoming project - The Three Border Triathlon
- I am very grateful to be supported by BikeSwitzerland sponsoring the bike for the cycle-leg and Xterra Wetsuit US providing me a Vector Pro Fullsuit wetsuit for the 550km swim-leg. Also Aquapac has jumped on board giving me a discount on their waterproof product variety that will form the main part for carrying my equipment during the swim - making sure my netbook is not drowning.
Last year I cycled around whole Spain, covering more than 4000km solo. I am proud of it because it totally challenged my idea about what I thought I could achieve. I have never cycled for 2-months straight, covering up to 150km on a daily basis. At the same time while achieving my this massive pat on my back, I am proud that it was combined with a big learning curve about a country that before was only a bunch of names on a map. Exploring it on my own terms I discovered so many things (plus learnt fluent Spanish!) on the way, simply by making every local a mentor.
Haha, not an easy one - there are many: watching sunrise in the great outdoors, going on a night hike in Australia and using only moonlight to reach the top. Once we made it, a simple sandwich meant the world because it was the surrounding and the peace that made it special.
My ideal day would involve waking up before sunrise, going on a cycle ride with a friend and having the first stop for breakfast and to watching the sun coming up, feeling the exhaustion of the ride - feeling relaxed and at peace. Listening to the birds and enjoying the sensation of increasing warmth of the sun on my skin. Then continuing to pass new places, landscapes and being surprised by the moment.
More about Nadine HERE.