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Thursday, 2 October 2014. Linder Auditorium, Parktown. JHB

Meet the first speakers

To the 507 people who have booked their FEAT tickets without knowing who any of the speakers are... Thank You.

While I love keeping the speakers secret, it's time to let the first cat out of the bag.

Meet your first speakers - a double-feature with RYNO GRIESEL and COBUS VAN ZYL.

Photo: Kolesky_Nikon_LexarRYNO is a passionate mountaineer, trail runner and adventure racer. He has climbed various mountains in Africa, Europe and Nepal. He currently holds the record for the Hobbit 100km mountain trail run after back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013.

Since 2006 Ryno has competed in international expedition adventure races with Team Cyanosis - achieving top finishes. Race destinations have included Africa, Europe, the Moab dessert in Utah and the ice bergs of Patagonia.

Ryno actively competes on the World Rogaining Champs (WRC) circuit (pair; 24-hour navigation runs) with Nicholas Mulder. They achieved a 2nd place at New Zealand WRC 2010 and a top 5 finish at Czech WRC in 2012.

Ryno currently co-holds the record for the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) with Ryan Sandes at 41hr, 49min (March 2014). He held the previous record with COBUS, which they set in 2010.

Photo: WordofOFour-year ago COBUS spoke at the very first FEAT event after he and Ryno set the record of 60 hours, 30 minutes for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. It was on this FEAT stage that he suggested that a 40-hour time for this 210-kilometre distance was theoretically possible. Scroll forward a few years and we see Cobus teaching Ryno how to navigate. He worked with Ryno and Ryan to establish an optimal route and prepare them for their record-setting attempt. (Watch Cobus' 2010 FEAT talk)

Like Ryno, Cobus hails from a climbing, mountaineering, trail running and adventure racing (local and international) background with strong involvement in orienteering as a participant, mapper and event planner.

Together Ryno and Cobus will speak to us about just what went into setting this record on the Drakensberg Grand Traverse.


Details of how to claim your FEAT ticket are on the FEAT website.
When you purchase goodies to the value of R500 or more at Outdoor Freedom, your name will go into a draw to win two tickets to FEAT. The draw will take place on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 and the winner will be notified and announced on Outdoor Freedom's Facebook page.

You can find the Outdoor Freedom store (Shop 102) in the Mall@Reds in Centurion (Cnr Hendrik Verwoerd Weg / Rooihuiskraal Weg). They are open late, until 19h00, on week nights so that after work you can take advantage of their special offers on shoes, apparel and outdoor equipment.

* * * COME TO FEAT * * *

Tickets  can be booked online through 

When you go to the FEAT page on EntryTickets, you're presented with a seating plan. First, click on the zone - Stalls, East or West Mezzanine or Balcony. You'll then be presented with seat options for that zone. Red means booked; green seats are still available. There are still some seats in Stalls. There are many available in the other zones.

Tickets are R190. If you do a group booking (10 or more) you get a Buy 9, Get 1 Free deal so that the person making the booking and arrangements gets their ticket FREE.

The first 200 tickets booked (snapped up in two days!) received R100 Discount Coupons from Trappers. Remember that you have until 31 October 2014 to use your vouchers.
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