The Merrell Adventure Addicts and Sanlam Painted Wolf adventure racing teams are representing South Africa at the World Championships of Adventure Racing, which are currently taking place. They are expected to finish by Monday.

Photo: Kirsten Oliver

Merrell Adventure Addicts – Tatum Prins, Graham Bird, Hanno Smit, and Donovan Sims – are in the top 10 and chasing down the reigning world champs, Seagate. Sanlam Painted Wolf is currently just outside the top 10.

Photo: Kirsten Oliver

Teams have to navigate themselves along an unmarked 627km route in Australia, along the coast, through caves, and across the Shoalhaven region. Teams each have a compass, maps, and a GPS tracker (that tell supporters where the participants are, but don’t help the teams themselves).

Donovan Sims does some late night maintenance. Photo: Kirsten Oliver.

Merrell Adventure Addicts is supported by Black Diamond, Ocean Eyewear, and Island Tribe, among others.

To follow our two teams’ progress, visit Merrell Adventure Addicts is team 6 and Sanlam Painted Wolf team 13.