Follow along with professional adventurer & storyteller Chris Brinlee, Jr. and team as they embark on a series of multi-sport expeditions spanning New Zealand's rugged Southern Alps—from the Matterhorn of the south, Mount Aspiring; to Aoraki, the country's highest peak.
Technical mountaineering will enable exploration of the vertical realm; packrafts will enable the discovery of expanded lateral perspectives; and ski touring will connect the two together creating perspectives that are as wide as they are tall—revealing the relationship between mountains, glaciers, and rivers; and how those realms connect us all.
These expeditions will explore the epitome of what's possible through multi-sport adventures in New Zealand, creating totally new linkups in the Southern Alps.
Pilot Episode: Mount Earnslaw
Is this even possible? That was the question Chris sought to answer when setting out on a miniature expedition to climb Mount Earnslaw, Aspiring National Park's second highest peak—and combine mountaineering, skiing, and packrafting.
Episode 1: Westland Neve
Technical south face alpine ice climbs, a ski down New Zealand's longest glacier, and a paddle through its iceberg-riddled terminal lagoon and onto one of the country's most majestic braided rivers.
Episode 2: Mount Aspiring
Technical alpine ice climb of the Matterhorn of the South—and packrafting the Matukituki River out.
Episode 3: Aoraki Grand Traverse
Aoraki/Mount Cook's south face climb is 600m of blissful waterfall ice; and Grand Traverse is the highest mile in New Zealand. Enough said.
Chris Brinlee, Jr.
Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a storyteller. Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.
Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Eastern Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.
Chris is a champion of experiences that challenge himself and others to #CelebrateDiscomfort. Those adventures are catalysts for personal growth; the lessons learned from them enable people to tackle the challenges of life, head-on.
Age: 30 // Nationality: USA // Home Base: Wanaka, New Zealand
Meet the rest of the team starting in Episode 1: Westland Neve
Aspiring to Aoraki would not be possible without these partners’ support.