Komperdell exploring Ecuador with our athlete Philipp Ausserhofer

Our athlete Philipp Ausserhofer went for his first real trailrunning and mountain climbing adventure. His goal was conquer high peaks and run through epic landscape in Ecuador/ South America. And for sure, I took the lightest poles on the market with me.

Ecuador is an incredible playground for passionated trailrunners. With endless backland, technical trails and exposed ridges, Ecuador provides everything for what a mountainrunner hearts beats for. Honestly, who of you was ever running in such overhelmingly beautiful landscape?

Ecuador is not only perfect for trailrunning, but also for extreme alpinism. Climbing the highest volcanoes in Ecuador is an unforgattable experience: sulfurous air, strong wind and cold temperatures are demanding the ability to suffer. Technically those peaks are not as difficult as the high mountains in Europe, but they are perfect to gain some experience with climbing on high altitutes. Passing trailrunning or trailkraxl, how Philipp calls it, on the big mountains, is one of his next years plans.

Wonderful landscapes and heartful people made this first adventure abroud an unforgattable one. On the other side I also experienced the shocking and eye- opening parts of South-America: pollution, especially plastic waste everywhere and water that costs more than fuel where eye-opening for me. I will come back for sure one time, because the beauty of this country outweights all the hassles and there ist still so much to do. But first some other running- adventures are waiting all over the world and I want to discover more. Before that, it´s time to focus on the upcoming season of competition. Some highlights of trailruns are waiting and I am super motivated.

For more informations, follow him at Instagram: @flyingflip


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