Enter the world of extreme adventure...
Antipodes Voyages, the 25-year specialist of Australia in Belgium, will be hosting an exclusive trip in September 2015 to Australia. The trip will be guided by Antipodes Voyages owner Marc Lambert, who will show Australian areas only he knows about. One of the highlights of the trip will be journeying to a rainforest to meet koala bears and cassowaries.
Antipodes Voyages also hosts trips in Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Tahiti. The company was founded in 1989 on the basis of a love for Australia and a love for discovery. The company is composed of 9 experts who have all lived and adventured in Australia. The tour company visits such large urban cities as Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
For more information on the September trip or the company, visit its website at www.antipodes.travel.
This year the second edition of the Uptown Design, located in the upper part of Brussels, has doubled in size and welcomes many new prestigious locations. The challenges remain the same: present talented designers living in Belgium in shops and hotels on Boulevard de Waterloo, Avenue de la Toison d’Or and Avenue Louise. Well known for gathering famous brands from Belgium and all over the world, they become privileged partners for Belgian design.
Each designer will present a set of a limited edition or new pieces designed in luxurious or precious material: leather, corian, precious woods, metals and stones… The pieces will be available for sale, on the spot, directly from the designer. Uptown Design’s asset is that it offers exceptional Belgian items to an audience of collectors and lovers of art and design.
There are ten venues and not all of them are directly connected to fashion.
The Sofitel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise on Avenue de la Toison d’Or will be showcasing Jun Gobron & 727Sailbags and Maud Herbage.
Jun Gobron is a Belgian Japanese Interior & Product Designer, born in Namibia. He spent his childhood in Belgium but received a mixed education in French and Japanese. He works now as an Interior Designer in an internationally renowned architectural agency. In parallel, he creates his own products.
727Sailbags is a Brittany-based eco-responsible and ethical company. They recycle sails to transform them into unique and stylish creations. Genoese, spinnakers or mainsails from cruise boats become luggage article, accessories, decoration pieces or clothing.
Maude Herbage is a Belgian jewelry designer who studied illustration at St Luc in Brussels. Gold is her favourite material.
In May, 35 year old Belgian explorer and adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke will embark on a four-week 1,200 km summit-to-sea expedition across Poland’s highest mountain and along its longest river to end at the Baltic Sea. His means of transport will be hiking boots, kayak and a pack raft.
In his day job Loncke is an engineer and management consultant, but thrives as a versatile explorer and adventurer who likes to step out of the management world and challenge himself by undertaking ‘world-first’ expeditions in diverse terrains.
Loncke’s Poland expedition will start by traversing the Tatras Mountains to reach Mount Barania Gora (1,220 m), the mountain source of the river Vistula. This 1,000 km long river covers more than half of Poland and as the country’s natural backbone winds through the famous cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk.
‘A marathon per day for four weeks’
On his back he will be carrying mountaineering gear such as crampons, ice-axe, trekking poles along with Kayak gear, safety equipment and a lot of electronics, cameras, solar panels etc. His diet for the four-week marathon will be muesli cereal in the morning with purified water from streams. Dried sausages, cereal bars, chocolate, spaghetti and dehydrated food will be his main course.
“The Vistula is one of the last wild rivers in Europe,” Loncke explains. “This natural and unspoilt waterway offers breath-taking views, magical places, beautiful mountain streams, river bends, valleys and ravines. The mountains and rivers I will tackle will not allow for mistakes and there are evidently many risks.
“The journey will be like doing more than a marathon per day for four weeks in the wilderness, and I will be carrying all my own equipment and supplies.”
Loncke’s 1200 km trip will involve 150 km on foot traversing mountains, 50 km in a pack raft, and 1,000 km of kayaking. This should all take 28 days at a speed of 42 km/day during which he expects to lose 11 kg in body mass.
At the age of 27, Louis-Philippe had no idea about the world of extreme adventure until a late passion for scuba-diving brought him to travel for one year in Oceania in the south west Pacific.
Tempted by the idea of a solo desert crossing without assistance he surprised the Australian media in 2008 by becoming the first person to walk completely unsupported across the Simpson Desert, the most arid place in the country. Other expeditions include traversing the wild mountains of Tasmania (2007), and crossing of Fraser Island (Australia) the world’s largest sandbar.
In 2009 he helped organize the highest chocolate tasting event in the world with a cultural walking journey from Kathmandu to Everest Base camp and raise funds for the first mobile hospital in Nepal.
The inspiration for the summit-to-sea adventure in Poland came from his experience last year when, after a one-hour kayak lesson, he toured Belgium’s 600 km of waterways by kayak and got smitten by the bug. Another kayaker suggested the challenge of the Vistula and the plan started to crystallize. For Louis-Philippe, it will be his longest journey in terms of distance and a new level of kayaking.
Louis-Philippe Loncke has become one of the most respected adventurers of his generation. His ability to prepare expeditions in a short time while continuing his day job has amazed veteran explorers. His passion for adventure goes beyond his own achievements. He travels all over Europe meeting other explorers to share experiences, build connections and discuss new projects.
Accompanying him on the expedition will be British photographer and filmmaker Natalie Hill who will document the trip together with Polish adventurer and journalist Tomasz Grzywaczewski.