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COMRADERY AMONGST THE CLOUDS

Saturday 3rd March 2018

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COMRADERY AMONGST THE CLOUDS

By Annabelle Latz
Loaded up with a tent, coffee grinder, boiler and other vital essentials, GODZone media crew members Karn Christian and Steven Freitag slung their cameras and video recorders over their shoulders and headed up into the Fiordland wilderness, to capture the abseiling action at Borland.

Described as spectacular scenery by these two energetic blokes, they endured the four hour trek through the mossy and swampy terrain, to arrive at their perch on Thursday afternoon of March 1, with enough time to pitch their tent, have a bit of ropes practice, and put the boiler on for a brew.

Swordfox (17) was the first team to reach CP7 at around 7pm, not even 12 hours after the start gun let fire in Te Anau. Not too far behind were teams Yealands Family Wines, (31), and Tiki Tour, (13).

“It was pretty epic once we got up there,” said Karn, although admitting he did have more than a few nerves as he had his first nosey over the 130m drop.

“But once you’re actually hanging it’s not too bad, it’s just giving yourself in to trust all the gear that they have, you are putting your life in their hands sort of thing…. Once you know you’re safe and you’re hanging there, and you can have a look around and feel comfortable, you can actually enjoy it,” he said.

Steven was half way through his evening coffee, taking in the wildlife, as course leaders Tiki Tour appeared from around the corner.

“I was very surprised to see all three of the top teams come before dark. I got the drone up in the air and got some cool shots, doing their thing before they descended,” he said.

Click on the audio to hear them describe to GZ media crew member Annabelle, their time with the competitors and their ropes among the clouds.

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