July 6, 2011
Live on swissinfo.ch – High Adventure on Switzerland’s Borders
BERNE, Switzerland, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
The adventure continues - the American climber and writer John Harlin
III begins the third and final chapter of his attempt to travel the entire
2,000km Swiss border on July 6. After paddling and cycling along the
northern and western borders, this summer he will climb the thin, and often
dangerous, alpine line that separates Switzerland from its southern
neighbours. Follow John's adventure through his multimedia Border Stories,
live on swissinfo.ch, Facebook and Twitter.
"This summer will be by far the hardest part of the journey. If I were
to stay on the exact border, it would involve about 280,000 vertical meters
of up and down, but the plan is to follow more trails and not to climb every
mountain. If I stick to that plan, it is only 220,000 vertical meters! That
is like climbing Mt. Everest 12 times round trip from the sea," explains
John, who is looking forward to this most challenging stretch of frontier.
While John does the hard work, armchair 'mountaineers' can follow his
progress through his online multimedia diary, available on
swissinfo.ch/harlin, Facebook and Twitter, and pinpoint his exact location
thanks to a customized and integrated Google Map. John is using a smartphone
instead of pen and paper, allowing him not only to take notes, snap pictures
and shoot videos, but also to upload them in near real-time at the exact
location on the map where they were recorded. And fans of the adventure can
follow John's ups and downs on Facebook (
http://www.facebook.com/swissborders). Before the start of the alpine
section of Border Stories, more than 21,000 people from around the world had
already decided they 'like this', and could receive the latest Border
Stories updates directly on Facebook.
John Harlin began his tour de force on June 23, 2010, on the southern
shore of Lake Geneva in the village of St Gingolph, which borders France.
His goal was to round Switzerland in three months, but he suffered a setback
after about 10 days: he broke both his feet while climbing the Aiguilles
Rouge du Mont Dolent on the French border. The intrepid mountaineer was
determined to resume his journey once the bones had healed, and at the
beginning of October 2010 he was back, paddling along Switzerland's northern
border with Germany (the Rhine River and Lake Constance), mountain biking
its wild western frontier with France and kayaking across Lake Geneva.
Harlin now begins the final and toughest chapter of his frontier odyssey -
John Harlin III was born in 1956 and grew up in Germany and Leysin,
Switzerland. After his father died attempting to be the first to climb the
direct route up the north face of the Eiger in 1966, his family returned to
the US to live. He finally climbed the Eiger north face himself in 2005, a
feat that was the focus of the popular IMAX film, The Alps. John is the
editor of the American Alpine Journal (published by the American Alpine Club
since 1929) and a contributing editor to Backpacker magazine.
Border Stories live on swissinfo.ch: http://www.swissinfo.ch/harlin
Swiss Borders Page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swissborders
swissinfo.ch - a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR
The nine-language platform informs an international public and Swiss
living abroad about events in Switzerland. From Switzerland, about
Switzerland - beyond the cliches.
Contact: Dale Bechtel Project coordinator E-Mail: [email protected] Tel.: +41-31-350-95-83 Christophe Bruttin Online communication E-Mail: [email protected] Tel.: +41-31-350-95-17