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VISTA A NATURAL HIGH
VISTA A NATURAL HIGH Wooden structures are taking root across the world in an effort to reduce energy consumption HYBRID CRUISING Brand-new eco-cruise ships offer an environmentally savvy way to experience the world’s polar regions Two new cruise ships powered by hybrid battery technology are leading the way towards ethical ocean tourism. Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises’ MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen are capable of 30 minutes of pure electric operation. Touring the coasts of Norway and the Antarctic, they offer comfortable Scandi-styled cabins, locally VRXUFHGIRRGDQGDQRXWGRRULQƓQLW\SRRODQGKRWWXE([SHUWVRQ every voyage provide passengers with unique insights into the surrounding landscape. Hurtigruten also offers a Northern Lights guarantee: if Mother Nature’s spectacular light show fails to appear on any voyage, the company will provide another six- or seven-day voyage free of charge. hurtigruten.co.uk EFFEKT’s helical viewing tower (above); the Mjøstårnet (far left), and Canada Earth Tower (left) A drive for sustainability has given wood, once seen as a building material of the past, a new lease of life. Architects, engineers and GHYHORSHUVDUHH[SORULQJWKHEHQHƓWVRI building with high-tech natural materials that lessen the carbon footprint of built-up environments while setting new standards for safety and performance. This has meant a surge in ever taller, more technologically advanced wooden structures springing up across the globe. Currently, the world’s tallest timber building is the 85-metre Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway. Constructed from crosslaminated timber – an ultra-lightweight yet incredibly strong material made from glued layers of solid-sawn lumber – Mjøstårnet was built entirely from locally sourced materials. And it may not be the tallest for long. Now under construction, Vancouver’s Canada Earth Tower is employing the latest in wood technology. Using state-of-the-art engineered timbers, this 35-40 storey block will also boast triple glazing, photovoltaic systems and a JDUGHQDWHYHU\WKLUGŴRRU:KLOHZHFDQ marvel at the scale and technology behind these ever-expanding wooden skyscrapers, some new wooden structures captivate purely through their beauty. Above the treetops of Denmark’s Gisselfeld Klosters Forest is a new 45-metre hourglass-shaped helical viewing tower. Designed by architecture studio EFFEKT, its organically curved spiralling ramp and oak walkways integrate seamlessly into the natural landscape. IMAGES: DELTA GROUP & PERKINS AND WILL; MOELVEN; HURTIGRUTEN; JENSEN WALKER 24
VISTA EXPLORER ANGELIKA RAINER The world champion drytool climber explains how conquering peaks changed her life Angelika Rainer was just ten ZKHQVKHFRQTXHUHGKHUƓUVW peak in the South Tyrol, her home in Northern Italy. She is now one of the world’s leading ice climbers using dry tooling – climbing with ice axes and crampons. Winner of three Ice Climbing World Championships and two Ice Climbing World Cups, VKHLVWKHƓUVWZRPDQWRKDYH successfully ascended the ‘A Line Above The Sky’ route in the Italian Dolomites, one of the most challenging climbs in the world. When did you realise that iceclimbing was in your blood? 0\ƓUVWFOLPEGLGQŌWJHWPHUHDOO\ hooked, but a few months later a dry-tooling competition was organised in my home town. I decided to participate for fun and won. From that point on I became fascinated by using ice axes and crampons. How do rock climbing and ice climbing differ? If you rock-climb you can feel the ‘holds’ with your hands and immediately understand if you can hold on to them or not. When you swing your tools into the ice you don‘t get this direct feeling. That‘s why a lot of technique and experience are needed. Ice climbing and dry tooling rely more on upper body muscles than rock FOLPELQJGRHVVRVSHFLƓFH[HUFLVHVDUH used for this in training. What pushes you to succeed? Probably me. I’ve always been very ambitious. I always want to improve I like to practise different climbing disciplines – rock climbing in summer, ice climbing and dry tooling in winter – and try to evolve in all of them. 7KHƓUVWELJPRXQWDLQ\RXFOLPEHG" My mum took me on hikes in South Tyrol HYHU\ZHHNHQG,GLGP\ƓUVWŌYLDIHUUDWDō [a protected climbing route of embedded metal rails and rungs] when I was ten. This was when I realised that climbing and going into the mountains was what I wanted to do. How does climbing make you feel? I am a complete, happy person when I‘m climbing. It changed me from a little JLUOZLWKDODFNRIVHOIFRQƓGHQFHWRWKH independent woman I am today. What’s your training regime? I do exercises in the climbing gym, both for ice and rock climbing. I don’t stick to DVSHFLƓFGLHWEXW,WU\WRHDWLQDKHDOWK\ balanced way with fresh, homemade food. Do you have other ambitions? At the moment my life is quite concentrated on climbing. I have a degree in agricultural economics and worked in this area for some years before I turned professional. What’s your greatest climbing achievement so far? Climbing has given me some amazing moments. I’m very proud of being a three-time world champion and becoming WKHƓUVWZRPDQWRFOLPED' graded dry-tooling route. What’s next? I want to improve in the different disciplines I practise and try out other varieties of climbing. I’ve decided to stop competition climbing for a year in order to dedicate all my time to outdoor climbing on rock and ice. And twenty years from now? I hope that I’ll be climbing for many more years and going into the mountains for even more years. Ice climbing is fascinating. It feels a privilege to climb on a surface that is liquid for most of the year. 25
Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.
In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.