BERNE, Switzerland, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - American Alpine Journal
editor, John Harlin III, has entered the final phase of his attempt to
climb, cycle and paddle the entire Swiss alpine border. Follow it live
The extraordinary feat demanding not only skill but endurance, is
comparable to going up and down Everest 12 times from the sea. John
Harlin started his tour de force in June 2010, on the south shore of
Lake Geneva. His goal was to round Switzerland in three months, but he
suffered a setback after 10 days when he broke both feet climbing the
Aiguilles Rouge du Mont Dolent on the French border. In July 2011, he
began the third and toughest chapter of his frontier odyssey - the
Alps. On September 12, 2011 after ascents of a series of 4,000m peaks
including Piz Bernina (4,049m) and Dufourspitze (4,634m) John will
attempt to summit Mont Dolent where three countries come together, and
also the place of his accident one year ago. If he is successful, it
will be a crowning achievement to complete his journey around
Swiss Border Stories has been John's greatest challenge since he confronted the Eiger North
Face in 2005 to exorcise the ghost of his legendary father, who died
trying to be the first to find a direct route up the wall. John's
successful ascent was the focus of a popular IMAX film, The Alps.
In partnership with swissinfo.ch, Harlin has been documenting every step
of his latest adventure in an online multimedia diary ( http://www.swissinfo.ch/harlin ). His live position is visible on a customised Google Map, where John
has left nothing behind but a trail of exceptional photographic
impressions. And tens of thousands of fans have been following his
daily ups and downs on Facebook and Twitter.
Border Stories live on swissinfo.ch: http://www.swissinfo.ch/harlin
Swiss Borders Page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swissborders
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