5/09: Dynafit Team sets new record for the "Symphony" (NZ)

Javi, Grant, Lorenzo on Graham Saddle, with Mt Cook (NZ highest peak) behindJavi, Grant, Lorenzo on Graham Saddle, with Mt Cook (NZ highest peak) behindA Dynafit team consisting of Spain's Javier Martin, Italian Lorenzo Holzknecht and local kiwi Grant Guise set a new speed record for the "Symphony on Skis", a 46.7 km long, 4000m vertical, east-west crossing of New Zealand's Southern Alps this past Saturday.

Javi skiing onto the Franz Josef GlacierJavi skiing onto the Franz Josef GlacierDescribed as the Kiwi version of the European Haute Route, the Symphony was pioneered by Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, along with Franz Waibl and Daniel Frey in 1985. This original trio did the trip from Rankin’s Hut in the Godley Valley to Chancellor Hut on the Fox Glaicer, via Armadillo, Tasman and Graham Saddles and West Hoe Pass in an amazing single push, taking 18.5hrs.

The Dynafit Team, equipped with all the latest and greatest offerings from Dynafit's SkiRunning range slashed over 5.5hrs off this time, taking only 12hrs 58mins to make the journey!

Javi skiing onto the Franz Josef GlacierJavi skiing onto the Franz Josef GlacierUnlike many speed attempts, the team was completely unsupported, carrying all their own food and water, as well as setting all the track themselves, covering ground for the first time, at times, over heavily crevassed terrain.

Grant, Javi, Lorenzo, Rankin's HutGrant, Javi, Lorenzo, Rankin's HutA special thank you to Dynafit for supplying the team with gear to get the job done, and to Yoli, Vio and Fred who meet us at Chancellor with much needed warm food and dry clothes.

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