South Africans are world-renowned for their love of extreme endurance sporting activities and their ability to organise world-class events. Some of these events are recognised as the oldest, largest and toughest in the world. Held in locations that range from rugged coastlines, lush green valleys, berg, bush and dessert, they offer some of the most scenic countryside to be found worldwide. Each year, thousands of competitors pit themselves against the elements and test their mettle to take part in many of South Africa`s hardest physical challenges. From the cold of the highest mountains to the unforgiving heat of the desert, by foot, water or bike seemingly ordinary people take on these endurance sporting events.
Whether seeking to prove themselves as athletes, or attempting to escape the humdrum, one thing they all have in common is an unbreakable drive to test the very limits of their endurance. South Africa`s Toughest and Most Scenic Endurance Sporting Events, profiles 40 of the country`s toughest, unique, iconic and most scenic trail runs, marathons, swimming, off-shore and trans ocean sailing, canoeing, surf skiing, cycling, mountain biking, off-road motorcycling, off-shore ridged hull and multi-sports events.
Breath-taking photographs and detailed information about each event will thrill endurance athletes, extreme sports addicts, and outdoor adventurers of all types and disciplines.
Steve Camp describes himself as a social sportsman who loves adventure. He has reached the summits of four of the world’s highest seven continental peaks: Mts Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, McKinley and Kosciusko. He is one of only a handful of people who has competed in all of South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ events: ten Comrades, 13 Dusi Canoe Marathons, ten Cape Town Cycle Tours, 16 Midmar Mile swims and one Cape to Rio Yacht Race. He is also part of an elite group of international runners to have run a marathon on all seven continents, namely, the Great Wall of China, London, Inca Trail, New York, Sydney and the Antarctica marathons. Steve was a member of the South African teams that competed in expedition adventure races in the Raid Gauloises in Ecuador and Vietnam and the Eco Challenge in Patagonia.
He led the sixweek Powered Paragliding expedition flying a motorised paraglider from Kilimanjaro to Victoria Falls. He has also successfully completed the Roof of Africa Rally in Lesotho on a motorbike. While living in New Zealand, Steve set a Guinness World record for the longest distance travelled in a Zorb. During his military training he was an officer in the South African army and qualified for his South African paratrooper wings. He has since trained with and been awarded the military airborne wings of Israel, Burma, Estonia, Cuba and America. Steve is the author of 17 books, holds a Bachelor of Education and lives in Hillcrest with Sally and their two children, Sarah and Stuart.