Two SAs in Canada’s Nunavik Adventure Challenge

Two South Africans, Juan Botes and Hugo du Plessis, are participating in the International Nunavik Adventure Challenge. The event starts on Sunday, 25 March and runs over three days. This is a staged race. Disciplines included are: backcountry cross-country skiing, winter trail running, snowshoeing, ropes and mountaineering, orienteering and backcountry snowboarding.

This is an introduction video of the two guys.

Team South Africa : Hugo & Juan from Media Endurance Aventure on Vimeo.

And this is a teaser video, in English.

NAC INTERNATIONAL RAID TEASER from EnduranceAventure on Vimeo.

The event website is

From a media release:

The first Nunavik Adventure Challenge International will take place from March 25 to 28, 2012, near the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq, which borders the beautiful parc national Kuururjuaq. Nunavik is a vast territory the size of France, with a sparse population of barely 12,000 people – mostly Inuit – who thrive in one of the most challenging climates on the planet.

This event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for endurance athletes and a tribute to the Inuit and their ancestors who have made this land their home for more than a thousand years. Teams of two from South Africa, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada will come to compete, not only to push their personal limits, but also to immerse themselves in the beautiful landscape and rich Inuit culture that Nunavik has to offer. With the towering Torngat Mountains serving as a backdrop, teams will test their skills at backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, winter-trail running, mountaineering, ropes activities, snowboarding and orienteering. Competitors will also have to camp out on the tundra as a part of this exciting three-day adventure race designed to test the endurance of even the most intrepid explorer.

The village of Kangiqsualujjuaq is proud to be hosting an international event of this calibre, and as an added element, they have hand-selected two local teams of Nunavik youth to challenge the visiting elite international athletes.

The Nunavik Adventure Challenge International is a partnership involving Endurance Aventure, the Kativik Regional Government, Nunavik Parks, the Northern Village of Kangiqsualujjuaq and the Nunavik Tourism Association.