gestern erschien ein weiterer Beitrag über uns. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Dieses Mal im Westfalen-Blatt.
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since yesterday there is another article about us. 🙂 🙂 🙂 This time in the ‚Westfalen-Blatt‘.
For a better view just click on the picture or the link. You will find the English translation of the story below.
At the other side of the world
Extreme-hiker starts off to next adventure: 3.000 kilometers through New Zealand
Author: Per Lütje
BORCHEN (GERMANY) – Maria Weinmann is probably one of the very few women who do not mind to gain a few pounds of weight. On the contrary: she even needs to gain weight. Heading out for a new adventure the additional energy reserves are necessary for the 43- year-old woman in the upcoming five months: hiking straight through New Zealand – 3.000 kilometer at the other side of the world.
The graduated veterinarian likes the extremes. While it is a challenge for others to hike the 30-kilometers ‘Viadukt-hiking trail’, Maria Weinmann is doing this distance on a daily base – with 10 to 15 kilograms weight on her back – for five months.
Just last year, the woman born in Pforzheim and resident in Borchen since 2007, hiked the Continental Divide Trail – 5.000 kilometer in 6 months through the United States, from the Mexican border in the south to Canada in the north. Since then the 43-year-old doesn’t hike alone anymore. Neither on trails nor in life.
“I met David on the trail. Actually we started hiking together for safety reasons, to cross the mountains of Colorado. But then we stayed together, continuing hiking together for the remaining four months” Maria Weinmann says as her eyes light up.
Repeatedly the veterinarian and the 50-year-old automotive mechanic from the Boston area visited each other. And when the adventurous woman from Borchen flys out on the 9th of November from Stuttgart via Shanghai to New Zealand, she will have to wait just a couple more hours until David arrives from the other side of the globe, until she can hold him in her arms again. “We will then acclimatize for a few days before we start hiking – the first 90 miles along the beach by the way.”
Maria Weinmann is looking forward especially to the diverse fauna and the various landscape of New Zealand – where it’s springtime right now. “We will certainly see lots of indescribably beautiful nature”, the 43-year-old says. To make it not quite so indescribable, she has a camera in her luggage – one of the few luxury goods in the backpack – and reports on an internet-blog about their adventure (www.mariaelfe.com).
Asking about what she will miss the most while being on such an extreme hike Maria Weinmann doesn’t have to think twice: “Good food. To get enough calories, while keeping the load low, there will be only things like granola bars, nuts, milk powder, instant mash potatoes and chocolate on the menu.” But maybe David will bring one or the other variety to this monotonous nutrition. “He loves to cook”, reveals the 43-year-old.