What does it take to be a pilgrim? A pioneer? Can we still achieve something today or has anything been done before? Does this stop us from leaving anyway? Horace and the rough stuff fellowship follows the footprint of three man, who go on one and the same adventure, over the period of 80 years… Watch the story unfold. And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the page!
1933 | Horace Dall
The engineer and astronomer from England loved solitude. When Europe had it’s roughest times, just in between two world wars, he set out to make the first wheeled crossing of Europe’s greatest desert Sprengisandur, a landscape so rough, raw and remote that it was used by NASA to train their astronauts for the moon landing only a couple of years later.
A piece of paper, not much bigger than his hand, showed the entire island of Iceland and was his only map. Dressed in a suit, with supplies, which would hardly have been sufficient for half of his planned trip, he crossed the river Þjórsá – and stood alone in the desert.
1958 | Dick Phillips
Four men set out from England to cross the vast deserts of Iceland on their bicycles. The rough stuff fellowship was a club destined to get off the beaten track and ride where no bicycle ever went before.
Even in summer temperatures hardly reach 15 degrees, the wind is howling constantly and sandstorms grind paint off of cars. And those are the rather mild conditions, if it comes to the extreme whole landscapes are getting changed overnight by apocalyptic flood waves, a sign that volcanoes don’t mix well with glaciers.
Not to mention the lava streams and large dust clouds darkening the sky.
Giveaway: Win FiveTen Freerider VXI shoes, a Heimplanet wedge tent and a Piko 4 Smartcore
Simply answer the question, leave your answer in the comments below and fill out the rafflecopter form. Are there still real challanges or has every trail been ridden already, and every mountain climbed? What would be the greatest adventure for you on your bike?
Words: Infinite Trials | Pictures: Sebastian Doerk