12 February 2011
Find your FEAT
On Christmas Day, a mountain biker and climber completed a self-organised sea-to-summit expedition in South America. Last April, a Capetonian spent 25 days on an uninhabited island, Survivor-style, with only the clothes he was wearing and a five-litre drybag containing considered items. These are just three of the guest speakers at FEAT, a celebration of South African adventurers.
The first FEAT event took place in Joâ€™burg last October; and now this evening of time-limited, slide-show based presentations comes to Cape Town. Speakers are allowed only seven minutes to talk on specific aspects of recent adventures.
â€œFEAT is dynamic, captivating and fast-paced,â€ says the eventâ€™s organiser, Lisa de Speville, an adventure racer. â€œMore importantly, FEAT is inspiring. The speakers are regular people who do extraordinary things. What really sets them apart is that they have the courage to pursue their passions, often at great risk â€“ personally, financially and mortally!Â FEAT speakers do those things that many adventurous people dream of doing â€“ and they prove that you could too.â€
Allyson Towle and Marc Booysen are a fitting example. Almost two years ago Allyson went through divorce; she began training in earnest. A recreational mountain biker at the time, she spoke to her trainer, Marc Booysen, a climber, about doing â€˜somethingâ€™ in South America. As the months passed, they settled on combining their disciplines for a sea-to-summit attempt on Ojos del Salado (Chile), the highest active volcano in the world (6900m). Until April 2010, Allyson had never climbed much more than a flight of stairs and Marc had not been on a bicycle since tyres were solid rubber. Together theyÂ successfully completed their adventure,Â â€™The Andean Giant Expeditionâ€™.
FEAT celebrates the achievements of South African adventurers, bringing their outdoor experiences indoors. The talks at FEAT Cape Town cover a range of disciplines including mountaineering, ultra-distance running expeditions, mountain unicycling, adventure racing, ocean rowing, tall ship sailing and surviving on an uninhabited island. Speaker bios are available on the FEAT website.
FEAT, the ultimate armchair adventure experience, will be held in Cape Town on Saturday, 12 February 2011, at the Artscape Theatre on the Foreshore. Tickets are available through Computicket. Information courtesy of CapeStorm.