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The outdoor magazine from Transa WINTER Issue 20


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3 Editorial 3 Photo: Ruedi Thomi View of the new children's area in the Transa branch on Europaallee. All information about the anniversary event and the offers: ch / jubilaeum What can be improved there? After three years, Transa is converting and expanding the Zurich branch (see also pages 18 and 56). Branch manager Philippe Mesmer tells the success story of Europaallee and reveals what customers can look forward to in the future. Philippe, how do you look back on three years of Transa on Europaallee? It was a very successful year. The response from customers exceeded our expectations from day one. This also led to the fact that we almost doubled the workforce from the beginning of 65 to now 120 employees. A great team was created in the process. From the trainees to the colleagues shortly before retirement, they all share the basic values ​​of Transa: a sense of responsibility towards people and nature. And they share the desire to be outside: Just think of the four colleagues here from the branch who went on a paddle expedition to Siberia (see 4-Seasons.ch # 17). How do you explain the economic success of the branch in times of growing online trade? The branch concept envisages: Customers should be able to try out the products on site in a realistic manner, in exchange with our expert and experienced sales advisors. Our e rucksacks are filled with weights, you can lie on mats, you can not only try on shoes, you can even have them adjusted. All of this is paired with an enormous variety of products and very good availability. Every customer finds the right product for their needs, receives valuable tips and can take it home straight away. If everything is going so well: Why did you decide to partially renovate it? We knew from the start that we would get an additional entrance after three years. We used this opportunity to rethink the entire layout of the branch and to adjust it if necessary. The service area is now more customer-friendly, with more acceptance points. The children's department is also given more space and becomes a kind of cozy play den. But why did you remove the gold sink in the children's area? Most of the children had great fun in the pool, including wet sleeves. A few children got themselves wet from head to toe, which the parents didn't find that funny. In order not to endanger the family peace during the cold season, we decided to dismantle the pool. There is now a new climbing net and a slide for that. So the children won't get bored.

4 Issue 20 The outdoor magazine from Transa WINTER Contents 6 IMPRINT 4-SEASONS.CH is the customer magazine of Transa Backpacking AG. 48 Frame X Frame Films SEASONS.CH is sent free of charge to active TransaCard customers and is available free of charge in the Transa branches in Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich (while stocks last). PUBLISHER Transa Backpacking AG Josefstr. 53, CH-8005 Zurich RESPONSIBLE FOR Transa Backpacking AG PRINT CIRCULATION:, of which direct mail. READER SERVICE Service Center Transa Backpacking AG 96 EDITING & CONCEPT red-gun.com Editorial office Provinostr. 52, D Augsburg Tel / 821 / EDITORIAL TEAM Stephan Glocker (Editor-in-Chief), Michael Neumann, Ingo Wilhelm, Julian Rohn, Ingo Hübner, Philip Baues, Sebastian Lüke, Moritz Schäfer, Manuel Arnu, Lars Dammann, Claudia Meyer, Gotlind Blechschmidt. Content Winter Interview: Jane Goodall A tireless fighter, not only for the welfare of animals. Current news and information from the world of Transa. Projects: David Bittner New top pictures from the bear whisperer. Readers' trip: Alp Flix A Transa team tried it out on snowshoes and in the yurt hotel One swing, one jump: Freerider Marc Hartinger shows a clear edge in Chile. Photo: Michael Neumann. State of the Art: Trek n Eat Jambalaya Everything that goes in the bag. Special products The offers for the Transa anniversary. Dream destinations: South Africa At the Cape of the Happy Children. Colleague: Chris Rupp From deaconesses to alpinists. Tours: Powder paradise Switzerland The best tips for beginners and climbers. GRAPHICS & PRODUCTION B612 GmbH, Werner Bauer, Daniel Bognar, Florian Baumgartner, Tübinger Str. 77-1, D Stuttgart WORKING ON THIS ISSUE Daniel Humbel, Saskia Stock, Ruedi Thomi, Nicole Schenker, Yannik Hartmann, Iris Lemanczyk, David Bittner, Daniel Bally, Reyhan Demirbas, Franziska Horn, Jonas Jäggy, Daniel Faust, Stefanie Dietrich, Martin Hänni, Veronika Holzmeyer, Fabian Emmenegger, Karin Schärz, Urs Steiner, Alois Ackermann, Chris Rupp, Markus von Glasenapp, Nicolas Fojtu, Jerome Blösser. ADS OUTDOOR INDUSTRY, TOURISM COOPERATIONS 4-Seasons Marketing Sarah Jentsch Provinostr. 52, D Augsburg Tel / 821 / Fax / 821 / DRUCK Vogt-Schild Druck AG, 4552 Derendingen. 44 Manufacturer: Ortovox In the footsteps of Swisswool. 72 Trip: Oman Desert trekking in the Rub al-khali. 48 Buying advice: Snow & Safety How to protect yourself from avalanches. 82 There and away transa will take you out. And properly.

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7 Interview 7 The indefatigable Jane Goodall was already the world's leading chimpanzee expert when she broadened her life theme: We need comprehensive protection of life for animals, people and nature. And everyone can do something! "If environmental protection had rock stars, Jane Goodall would be Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Elvis rolled into one." Quote from the documentary film “Jane's Journey”. the Jane Goodall Institute / Ivan Sainz Pardo With this message, the 81 year old travels around the world, starts projects, gives lectures, collects supporters and donations. 4 Seasons.ch met one of the most extraordinary people of our time. Interview: Iris Lemanczyk

8 the Jane Goodall Institute. Above: the Jane Goodall Institute / Fernando Turmo In 1960, Jane came to the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania for the first time to research chimpanzee behavior on her own. To this day, researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute and game rangers take care of the monkeys.

9 Dreams Living an Interview 99 Dr. Goodall, Ms. UN Ambassador for Peace or Dame Commander of the British Kingdom, how exactly may we address you? Oh, just say Jane. With pleasure. Jane Goodall is known today as a world-famous scientist and conservationist. But we would also be interested in the beginnings: What made a little girl from southern England long for Africa? As a child I was fascinated by all animals: earthworms, snails, chickens, dogs. And I devoured the books on Dr. Dolittle. He had a parrot that taught him the languages ​​of 498 species. I also wanted a parrot like that. Then Tarzan became my hero. I wandered through the rainforest with him in my imagination. Well, he didn't choose me, he chose the other Jane. Nevertheless, it was clear: I will be an animal researcher in Africa! How old were you there Ten years. My mum understood that there was probably more to it than childish raving. She said: "If you really want something, work hard for it, take your opportunity and don't give up, then you will succeed too." It was the post-war period, we had little money. Studying after school was out of the question. But Mum said secretaries were needed everywhere, maybe I could get a job like that in Africa. She was very pragmatic. So I learned shorthand and typing. A former school friend actually invited you to Kenya. Sometimes you have to be lucky, don't you? Right, but there were still a few s in the way of this happiness. That was I had saved a long time and finally got the money together. But then came the Suez crisis and the Suez Canal was closed. The ship route to Kenya now led around the Cape of Good Hope, it became longer and more expensive. So I had to postpone everything and continued to work as a waitress, secretary and postman. In March 1957 I was finally standing at the port in London. Shortly before leaving, I noticed that my passport was missing. It must have fallen out of my pocket. Horrible! But someone found the passport, took it to the Cook travel agency, and an employee wiped me away in time. Finally we went on board the «Kenya Castle». What plans did you have in mind? I don't think I had any real thoughts at all and had no idea how it would go on. I was just happy to come to Africa. There I followed my mother's advice and looked for a job. The well-known paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey worked in the Natural History Museum of Nairobi. I just called: "Hello, can I speak to Louis Leakey." Gruff answer: "I'm Louis Leakey, what do you want?" And then Louis Leakey actually gave me a job as a secretary. Good old mum. «Chimpanzees are similar to us in many ways. They greet and hug, beg and threaten. They wage war and can be brutal, but also very »tender. > INNOVATIVE CANADIAN BOOTS waterproof and warm thanks to GORE-TEX Insulated Comfort Footwear & real lambskin, non-slip rubber profile sole with EVA soft step wedge warm lambskin inlay, removable upper made of robust nubuck leather Garmisch PRO GTX Sportco AG, 3063 Ittigen, ECHTES PRO GTX Lady Lambskin

10 10 Interview Jane Goodall not only wants to learn about chimpanzees, but also from them. the Jane Goodall Institute / Michael Neugebauer Louis Leakey researched human development and came up with the idea of ​​observing great apes. He suggested three long-term projects, each of which was taken over by a young woman: Dian Fossey got the gorillas, Biruté Galdikas got the orangutans and Jane Goodall got the chimpanzees. Why the secretary without a degree? I wasn't just typing. Louis Leakey tested me in patient work, especially during an excavation in the Olduva Gorge. I spent hours on my hands and knees removing earth and rocks with my pick. One evening a young lion came near the camp. I think Louis Leakey was watching me and saw that I wasn't scared. Then I was allowed to go to Gombe, where the chimpanzee project started. For scientific training there was only the book “Mentality of Apes” by Wolfgang Köhler, who had already written in 1926 about the mental abilities of great apes. Is it true that your mother accompanied you into the jungle? The authorities did not want a 23 year old white woman to travel alone and do research. So Mum came with me. People always say I was brave to go to the rainforest. But the really brave one was Mum: She had to live in a poor tent with snakes and scorpions on the floor. Uncomfortable camp beds, two chairs, a table, a paraffin lamp, a few wooden boxes and a suitcase for our belongings. There was nothing more. Mum was never very physically strong and got sick several times. Malaria got us both. We lay side by side on our beds, glowing with fever. Our temperature was over 40 degrees for three days. Mum went through everything. Gombe National Park became famous for your chimpanzee project. What was it like when you arrived there? It was July 14th. We came across Lake Tanganyika in a small boat. A government official took us over. He thought we were crazy and tired of life. An impressive local welcomed us on the other bank: “Unfortunately, we were never allowed to swim in Lake Tanganyika. During the day, the local Muslims would not have liked that. It didn't work at night because of the crocodiles. "

11 Interview 11 Idi Matata wore a red dotted turbo n and a long white robe, over it a red women's winter coat. It was really hot, but he didn't care because the coat was the joy of his life. It wasn't until later that I found out that Matata was the most famous medicine man far and wide. Two African rangers had their huts nearby. They showed us where to pitch our tent. It was a good place because it was right in the middle of the chimpanzee area. How did you start in uncharted scientific territory? I got up before sunrise, took a cup of coffee from the thermos and a slice of bread. If there were still embers, I toasted the bread. Then I went looking for the hidden chimpanzees. I climbed up Hill or crawled through the undergrowth, always following the monkey screams. When the chimpanzees spotted me, they fled. But I didn't give up. Hour after hour I sat quietly and watched the animals poke through the field. Sometimes I would go out at night too. It may sound strange, but I felt safe in the beam of the flashlight despite the leopards and buffalo. Meanwhile, what was your mother doing in the jungle? She ran a small clinic with plasters, aspirin, and simple medication. While I was watching chimpanzees, Mum socialized with the locals. In the evenings we sometimes took our "candle light bath" in a small tub. There was the beautiful Tanganyika lake, but we weren't allowed to swim in it. The local Muslims would not have liked it during the day, and it was not possible at night because of the crocodiles. The research project lasted six months. Were you under pressure to deliver results? And how. At first I couldn't even enjoy the beauty of the rainforest. I knew if I didn't deliver, that was it. In time I had gained the trust of a chimpanzee with a silver-gray beard, I named him David Greybeard. A good five months had already passed when I saw David Greybeard pulling leaves from a branch and poking a termite mound with it. This is how he caught the insects. So he was using tools! I knew this was an exciting find. My research could continue because the National Geographic Society stepped in as a sponsor. We have now been researching in Gombe for 55 years. INTRODUCING MEN S SPORT MESH UNDERWEAR FOR OUT THERE The National Geographic Society gave you a husband too, right? (laughs) You could say that. The animal filmmaker and photographer Hugo van Lawick came to Gombe. There was an article for Nationa l Geographic and the documentary "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees," which brought chimpanzees into people's living rooms. Another result was a wedding, because two years later Hugo and I got married. What happened to David Greybeard? David came to our camp first. He helped himself to the bananas. Soon he brought more chimpanzees with him. By David>> QUICK DRYING PERFORMANCE Learn more at exoffcio.com/sportmesh

12 12 Interview the Jane Goodall Institute / Hugo van Lawick Good old mum: Jane's mother Margaret fearlessly moved into the rainforest. I also discovered that chimpanzees eat meat. He ate a young river pig. Until then, chimpanzees had been mistaken for herbivores. My best experience with David Greybeard was when I held out an oil palm kernel in my open hand. He looked at the fruit first, then at me. Then he took the fruit. But he also took my hand and held it gently in his. How are chimpanzees similar to us? Oh, in so much. They greet each other, hold hands, hug each other, beg, threaten each other with a fist, and have long, intense bonds between mother and child and also between siblings. They are at war, mostly because of their territory, and they can be brutal but also very tender. When your son was born, did you get some advice from the chimpanzee mother Flo. What could you learn from her? I saw that good chimpanzee mothers are tolerant, loving, easy-going, playful, and protective, but also disciplined. They support their boys in what is important for their development. “To this day, Dian Fossey and I are confused. Sometimes people come: "I saw your film Gorillas in the Fog, you are great!" Yet at the end of the film, Dian is dead. Is primate research still as exciting as it was in your early years? There are completely different equipment and methods today. Urine and fecal samples, for example, can be quickly examined for gender and stress hormones or pathogens. The samples also provide DNA, which can be used, for example, to investigate whether fathers maintain relationships with their offspring or avoid mating with their own daughters. We are also studying SIV, a virus that is believed to be the ancestor of the HI virus, and thereby learning how HIV is transmitted. Perhaps this will help find a cure for AIDS. Is that a taboo on chimpanzees in the zoo? It depends on the zoo. If there is enough space there and the animals have something to do, then it can be okay. Boredom is terrible for all animals, not just chimpanzees.We often have a transfigured, romantic view of the wilderness. However, due to poachers, deforestation and increasing populations, life in the wild can sometimes be dreadful for chimpanzees. Who knows, maybe these stressed and persecuted chimpanzees would actually prefer a life in a really good zoo. In 1977 you founded the Jane Goodall Institute. What was the idea behind it? The number of chimpanzees barely recovered. That is why I founded an international animal and environmental protection organization to draw attention to the concerns of chimpanzees and also to protect their habitats. Always in cooperation with the locals in the local villages. And I wanted to attract young people to our ideas. There are now Jane Goodall Institutes in 28 countries. And the scientist has become an activist It all started in 1986 when I was attending a conference in Chicago. Researchers from all over Africa reported how bad things were for the chimpanzees. Especially in regions where the population has grown and the forest has been cleared. The chimpanzees were even hunted. Chimpanzee children were caught in large numbers and the mothers killed before the children were taken to medical laboratories or as bushmeat>

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14 14 Interview the markets landed. I was totally shocked at the time. At the end of the conference it was clear to me: I had to do something. Many people feel this urge, but only a few are ready to turn their lives upside down. How did you start I had some black and white photos and some tools of the chimpanzees. At that time I organized an exhibition and traveled around Africa. Fortunately, I had a well-functioning network and many supporters. I realized very quickly that you can only save chimpanzees if you also take care of the local people. Just like Mum had done before. Since then you have been serving your cause around the world 300 days a year. From the loneliness and naturalness of the rainforest to the hectic pace of modern civilization. What a contrast. How did you make the move? I dont know. Maybe now I'm trying to carry the rainforest inside of me. The noise level in the west is bothering me. Cars, planes, machines, noise everywhere. It is never silent. The youth organization Roots & Shoots has existed since 1991, in German "Roots & Sprouts". In Tanzania I visited a camp for refugees from Burundi and the Congo. The children and adolescents were nervous and had no prospects. They wanted to do something, but had no options. With twelve students from a high school in Dares Salam, we began to think of projects that anyone can do. Projects for people, for animals or for the environment. From kindergarten to university, groups can visit old people or grow and plant trees. Or run dogs. No matter what. Anyone can do something and change it. There are now groups in over 130 countries, even in North Korea. Wherever Jane Goodall goes, she touches people and motivates them to participate. «Everyone can do something and change something, at any time. There are now "Roots & Shoots" groups in over 130 countries, even in North Korea. " You are committed to forest conservation, sustainable development and reforestation. But that means that locals have to give up their farmland. Are you feared or loved by them? You love my co-workers and me! There is an agreement that the villages around Gombe give ten percent of their land for reforestation. Together we worked out a land use management system. In return, people get jobs, microloans and scholarships. And the chimpanzees have more space to live again. Environmental destruction, population explosion, host of refugees - these are not good prospects. Do you still have hope? Naturally! You give up without hope. And I'm betting on the human brain. We can cure many diseases, we landed on the moon, then we can also use our brains to solve the problems that endanger our survival. The ability of nature to renew itself also gives me reason for hope and very important! the determination and energy of young people. You are now 81 and tirelessly on the move. What would have to be achieved so that you could take it easy? A generous gift or foundation! Then I would no longer have to worry about the Jane Goodall Institute / Ivan Sainz Pardo

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16 16 Interview taking care of funds and donations for all the projects. It's getting harder, I'm no longer a young hopper. But when I see the tears of emotion in the eyes of the audience, I am still happy about all the rainbows that then arise in their hearts. This is how changes take place in us. Like a viewer from Holland who wanted to buy an expensive sports car. But after my lecture he must have lost his interest. In any case, during the test drive he cursed: "Damn Jane!" and preferred to donate the money to us. Roots & Shoots: visiting a school class in China. Jane Goodall Institute Switzerland Daniel C. Hänni from the Anthropological Institute & Museum of the University of Zurich heads the Swiss Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). «I became aware of Jane Goodall as a child in the late 1970s and wanted to go to the wild animals in the jungle. It wasn't until much later that I founded the JGI Switzerland to support Jane in her work. And I actually went into the jungle to analyze chimpanzee populations, ”reports Daniel C. Hänni, Managing Director of JGI Switzerland. Jane Goodall in Switzerland The website of the Swiss JGI provides information on research, projects and work in Africa. The institute also offers group trips to the wild chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in Uganda, because ecotourism is a way to protect the habitat of the animals in a sustainable manner. Tourism offers jobs and sources of income for the population, who often live on the edge of nature reserves and national parks. The locals recognize the value of animals and support nature conservation activities because they are integrated into the programs. "Only if the population experiences an improvement in their own living conditions can nature conservation projects function sustainably," says Daniel C. Hänni. Roots & Shoots With this program Jane Goodall wants to activate the offspring. All over the world, children, young people or school classes set up groups and design their own local projects in nature and animal protection or human interaction. The JGI of the respective country helps with ideas and implementation. Inquiries by e-mail to "Jane s Journey" the film The award-winning documentary (103 min.) Tells Jane Goodall's fascinating life story. Villagers in Gombe have their say as well as companions or celebrity supporters like Angelina Jolie. The film is available from JGI Switzerland or from specialist retailers as DVD and Blu-Ray and is also available on many streaming portals such as itunes. Donations If you want to support the JGI directly, you can donate: Jane Gooda ll Institute Switzerland. Foundation for research, education and environmental protection. Account: PC project-related donation opportunities Or contact the institute via: Your colleague Dian Fossey was murdered in Africa in 1985. Nevertheless, she and her work for the gorillas are still very present to many people. Was she a sister in spirit to you? Dian and I knew each other very well, but we would proceed differently. While I involved the people from the neighborhood in the chimpanzee project and gave them jobs, Dian didn't let the people with the gorillas. She was terrified for the monkeys and even attacked poachers with a metal pole. Did Dian's death stir up fears in you back then? No, precisely because I include the locals. But my poor mother, who got a call from the BBC: "Have you heard, Jane was murdered!" What a shock. It took a few phone calls to clear up the misunderstanding. To this day, Dian and I are confused. Sometimes people come: "I saw your film Gorillas im Nebel." "Really?" "Yes, you are great at it!" "Then you know the ending too." At the end of the film, Dian is dead. Dian Fossey was played by Sigourney Weaver. Who would you wish for as Jane Goodall, should Hollywood film your life? Oh, I don't know actors well from Shame, I was hoping you would name Meryl Streep. But why are you laughing? There are vague negotiations about a film, nothing is ready to be said yet. But Meryl Streep may play my mother in it. Good old mum. > Rajah Bose / Gonzaga University.

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18 18 Current Current Winter 2015 MINIMUM DISCOUNT To mark its anniversary, Transa is offering at least 30% discount on more than 30 selected branded products: see from page 56 onwards in this issue. ZURICH BRANCH Even more roads lead to Transa From November 26th to 29th, the Zurich Europaallee branch is celebrating its three-year anniversary (see program on page 20). On this occasion, the branch has been made even more attractive for customers and has an additional entrance. Here we'll tell you what's new in and at the branch. New Arc teryx-lounge The special area of ​​the Canadian cult brand has doubled and offers a significantly larger selection of products. Positioned directly between the women's and men's clothing departments, the special area is embedded between two lounge areas. New entrance Two ways have so far led to the Transa branch on Europaallee: from the shopping arcade and from Lagerstrasse. In addition, from the end of November customers will be able to access the branch from the new Jack Wolfskin store (see e below) and thus without detours from Kasernenstrasse. New Jack Wolfskin Store In the Sihlpost, in the immediate vicinity of Europaallee, a 321 square meter Jack Wolfskin brand store will be built by the end of November. The breakthrough to the Transa branch enables store customers to quickly discover the products of other outdoor and travel brands at Transa. Conversely, Transa customers will find an even larger selection of products with the paw in the connected Jack Wolfskin store. New basecamp The entrance area on Lagerstrasse becomes the basecamp. The tent department is moving there, with ten percent more sales area, additional shelves and even more space to set up the tents. In no time the area can be converted into an event arena for lectures, seminars or the like with seats for up to 60 people. New children's department The little ones now come out bigger at Transa. The children's area grows by ten percent. Above all, however, the completely redesigned department is made even more attractive for children and their parents, for example with a slide and a spider web for climbing. More service stations We are now at your side with help and advice at four instead of the previous two service stations. <

19 Current 19 The children's department has already been rebuilt. She got a climbing net. And there will also be a slide. Photo: Ruedi Thomi

20 20 Current ZURICH BRANCH The big anniversary event From November 26th to 29th, the three year old celebrations will take place in the Transa branch in Zurich Europaallee. A colorful program is waiting for you. Lecture and book launch by David Bittner The well-known photographer presents his new photo book and shows the most beautiful photos, not just of bears (see also page 28 in this issue). Please register in advance at jubilaeum. Children's activities Transa organizes surprise activities for the children at the big anniversary event. Lowa trailer experts from Lowa will do a free foot analysis with you and help you to find the right shoe. Fjällräven wax station Textile professionals use Greenland wax to make your G-1000 clothing weatherproof free of charge. Ski service demo Here you can learn how to make your skis fit for the upcoming winter. Gore-Tex laboratory You can take a closer look at the waterproof and breathable laminate in the test laboratory. Arc teryx near event With expert help, you can tailor your own, very individual Arc teryx product. Made of Gore-Tex laminate that Arc teryx provides. Will not be accompanied: David Bittner. Lecture by the Blum family The Davos family reports on their adventures in Canada, with little girls in a large landscape. Please register in advance. Photo: Daniel Bally The Blum family gives a lecture. Supervised sewing with Arc teryx. Eating and drinking A stand with food and mulled wine provides autumn-winter delicacies and inner warmth. For the detailed daily program, registration for lectures, etc. please go to


22 22 Latest book recommendations Transa Books READER SERVICE Hot off the press at Transa Books Photo: Fabian Emmenegger Reyhan Demirbas from Transa Books. With around 5,000 titles on 170 square meters, Transa Books in Zurich's Europaallee is Switzerland's largest travel bookstore. On this page in 4-Seasons.ch, employees present the most important new releases. This time the trained bookseller Reyhan Demirbas. The flu breaks out in winter and nobody likes it. In the summer, on the other hand, the rubber boat fever breaks out! So that everything runs smoothly and you don't always have to paddle the same route, there is a “rubber boat guide”. I'm absolutely thrilled with the book and I'm looking forward to my first trip with friends who don't go down the Limmat. Next summer is definitely coming ;-) «Rubber boat guide Switzerland», Iwona Eberle, Werden & Weber Verlag AG, ISBN, CHF «Jo »And« Cozy »have created a wonderful travel book for everyone who kites, skates or surfs. They traveled from Mexico to Chile and tell us about their experiences, the search for the perfect wave and reveal recipes for the delicacies they have eaten. You feel like packing your belongings. And if this is not possible, you stand in the kitchen and eat your wanderlust. «Travel, surfing, cooking», Johannes Riffelmacher, Thomas Kosikowski, Salt & Silver, Umschau-Verlag, ISBN, CHF Give your things your own note. What you need for camping, you can do yourself! From the hammock to the tipi, simple instructions explain how to do it. Even for people like me who have two left hands. If you are still missing something or if it does not work, we will definitely have it ready for you in the Transa Shop. «DIY camping. 25 creative instructions and recipes for outdoor fans », Maria Neumeister, Edition Michael Fischer Verlag, ISBN, CHF If you want to see the world through different eyes, then this world map is just right for you. The card is covered with a silver foil, as you know it from scratch cards. Regardless of whether you scratch the countries you have already been to or whether you determine your travel route: you will be surprised by the impressive illustrations underneath. Your grand prize will be the world! “Travel Map Scratch Edition”, Simon Schütz, Lars Seiffert and Karolin Vogt, Awesome Maps GmbH, ISBN, CHF Hiking is fun, but sometimes I miss that certain something. If, on the other hand, there is a little thrill, then I really enjoy it. If you feel the same way, then I have just the thing for you: routes to dizzying high suspension bridges and viewing platforms. There are 37 different routes in a new hiking guide distributed throughout Switzerland. "Suspension bridge guide Switzerland", Milo Häfliger, Werd & Weber Verlag AG, ISBN, CHF


24 24 Up-to-date Safe in the snow Whether with snowshoes or touring skis, anyone who is out and about in winter terrain needs the necessary basic knowledge and reliable equipment. Transa will help you. Avalanche information evening On seven evenings, organized by Transa and the Höhenfieber mountain school, the expert Rüdiger Flothmann brings avalanche knowledge to the point. The lecture lasts two hours and costs CHF 20 .. Registration at: Zurich 8:00 p.m. Basel 7:00 p.m. St. Gallen 7:00 p.m. Bern 7:00 p.m. Lucerne 7:00 p.m. Winterthur 7:00 p.m. Zurich 20: 12:00 am Avalanche training The mountain school Höhenfieber organizes basic avalanche courses with theory and practice in the snow on 15 weekends from December to March.The course lasts two days and costs CHF. Registration at: LVS updates If you have an avalanche transceiver from Mammut, Ortovo x or Pieps, you can update the software in the Transa branches. If you bought your device from Transa, this service is free, otherwise CHF 30. will be charged. Further information: Rent and test snowsafety Are you still missing equipment or would you like to test a certain item? Then you can get high-quality updates for your transceiver at Transa now at Transa. Rent equipment such as snowshoes, avalanche transceivers, probes, shovels, sticks and avalanche airbags. Further information and prices:

25 Current 25 Shooting on Mont Blanc The Swiss supplier Mammut films selected mountain tours with a 360-degree camera. 4-Seasons.ch accompanied the crew on the highest mountain in the Alps. First impression from the 360-degree camera on Mont Blanc. Two steps. Break. Breathe. Just below the summit of Mont Blanc (4810 m) the air is thin. The lungs are pumping, the heartbeat thunders. The small rope team climbs up here for the second time within 24 hours. The day before, sudden ice fog forced them to retreat, but now it works with the summit. In 2014, Mammut first sent the professionals Dani Arnold and Stepha n Siegrist through the north face of the Eiger, everything filmed by a 360-degree camera on a tripod on their backpack. The tour can be relived virtually on the Internet, as if you were climbing a rope yourself. Sucking deep view included. There are now more than 30 routes in the archive, which are gradually being published. The Mont Blanc was missing so far. But when the rope team now reaches the head of the white giant after the long Bosses ridge, a nervous glance at the camera confirms: It is still running. This increase is now also in the can. The 360-degree shots of Mont Blanc (from November) and other climbs are available at: project360.mammut.ch

26 26 News Experience the myth of the Panamericana The next overland trip by Transa and Globotrek will take you through South America in 2016 as a tour of up to 93 days along one of the most spectacular roads. T he famous Panamericana is passable except for a 90-kilometer section between the Panama Canal and northwestern Colombia, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The next overland trip by Transa and Globotrek will start in August 2016 on the South American part of this route. There the Panamericana presents itself as a string of pearls of cultural treasures, encounters and natural beauties. Famous sights such as the salt lakes of the Atacama Desert, the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the Patagonian granite giants such as the Fitz Roy or the Perito Moreno Glacier lie on the edge of the north-south travel route. The trekking tours, some of which last several days, offer intensive nature experiences. The participants have the opportunity to be part of the entire 93-day trip and thus experience the full diversity of the continent, from the rainforests of Ecuador to the stormy “Fin del Mundo”. Or you can book individual sections, because the trip is divided into four stages. You travel in a group bus, but you can also switch to public buses or a train to experience the country and its people up close. Accommodation is in hotels and guest houses, on trekking tours in tents for two. All information, such as the daily program with all activities and attractions, can be found at:

27 Traveling is our job. Advise our passion. Currently 27, your dream trip fulfiller Claudia Meyer, 1248 days of travel experience worldwide. Aarau H Baden H Basel H Bern H Biel H Brig H Chur H Friborg H Interlaken H Lucerne H Olten Rapperswil H Schafausen H St. Gallen H Thun H Winterthur H Zug H Zurich H globetrotter.ch

28 28 Projects Right here A grizzly gets closer to Bittner than he'd like. It is mating season and the bear is exploring to what extent the photographer could be a competitor.

29 projects 29 friendly! When the biologist David Bittner first traveled to Alaska, he was still interested in salmon research. But where the salmon is, the bear is usually not far. Bittner was intrigued. From then on, he devoted every free minute to researching Ursus arctos. His second book has now been published, and Bittner has revealed to 4-Seasons.ch how some of the sensational pictures in it were created. Text & Photos: David Bittner

30 30 Projects The ideal habitat for satisfied and satisfied coastal brown bears: the Katmai National Park in Alaska. How does a Nikon D4s with a mm wide angle taste like? At around 7,000 francs, it's an expensive bite. In contrast, the GoPro, which Bittner is using more and more often, is at best an appetite. However, the Nikon D800 seems to like the best.