O nas

Magda: Moja przygoda z górami rozpoczęła się na dobre na studiach, jednak w pamięci mam historię z wczesnego dzieciństwa kiedy starsi bracia trzymając za ręce moje bezwładne ciało wciągnęli je na górę Ślężę (718 m n.p.m).
Kolejnym górskim wspomnieniem jest wycieczka szkolna do Głuchołazów, na której pierwszy raz zobaczyłam ludzi chodzących z wielkimi plecakami i też tak chciałam. Po maturze ze znajomymi pojechaliśmy do Wetliny i wtedy przepadłam, kiedy człowiek na przystanku bezinteresownie oddał nam cukier. Zrozumiałam, że “ludzie gór” są tak po prostu dobrzy.
Potem byłam w Familiadzie jako drużyna “Podróżników” i to było dla nas jak zobowiązanie, etykieta tożsamościowa, która przylgnęła do najgłębszych pokładów serca, potwierdzona żartem Karola.
Na drugim roku studiów pojechałam na pierwszy rajd, a mama kupiła mi kurtkę, prawdziwą, górską, która kilka dni później spłonęła na kaloryferze. Od razu kilka osób zaoferowało, że ma jakąś inną kurtkę do oddania. Było pięknie, deszczowo, były śpiewy przy ognisku i majowy Beskid Niski. Na przemian kochałam i nienawidziłam góry. Ta ambiwalencja towarzyszy mi do dziś, czyniąc pasję tak silną.

Urzeczona ideą studenckiego przewodnictwa, freaków gotujących na ognisku w XXI wieku, zbierających patyki po nocy, dla których grupa jest najważniejsza, napisałam nawet magisterkę na ten temat.

Pięć lat temu na dworcu PKP Zakopane - zobaczyłam księcia na białym koniu i od tego czasu wędrujemy razem.
W górach lubię stan bezmyślności osiągany w kolejnej godzinie tępego marszu, wyłączanie czołówek o wschodzie słońca, przestrzeń, uczucie wolności, a przede wszystkim prostotę relacji, które tworzą się podczas wyjazdów. Z mojej strony jest to zazwyczaj żądza mordu.

Schodziłam Pogórza, Beskidy, Tatry. Byłam w Małej i Wielkiej Fatrze, Górach Rodniańskich, Bukowinie Rumuńskiej, Ala Archa National Park i innych górach w Kirgistanie, Alpach Walijskich, na Mont Blancu (drogą papieską), na Elbrusie i Kazbeku, a także El Plomo w Chille i na Aconcagule od strony argentyńskiej. Zdobyłam kilka pięćsetników, sześćsetników i jeden siedemsetnik na Spitsbergenie oraz liczne islandzkie pagórki i góry (w tym przeszłam Góry Tęczowe). Okrążyłam ze wszystkich stron szczyt Damavand w Iranie ucząc się na nowo szacunku do gór i pokory.                  Z ostatnich osiągnięć mogę wymienić Główny Szlak Świętokrzyski Winter Expedition oraz Główny Szlak Beskidzki na diamentową odznakę PTTK. Później Kilimandżaro, drobne wspinaczki tatrzańskie i alpejskie, raczej jako forma umęczenia psychiki niż wyczynu. Ładnie jest na GR221 na Mallorce, której większość przeszliśmy.
Michael: To start with I love to try new things and learn new skills. I believe the sky is the limit, so the more you do the more you learn about yourself and the world around you. That's why I am always interested in a trip or ready to throw myself into a new challenging environment. At the same time I love to be as prepared and aware as much as possible- what naturally contradicts the pure need of exploration in me. As a result I try as many things as possible (but not all of them - yet) and prepare myself just bit over the average (depending on the situation) which make me say every time -”its last time I go for it not prepared enough”/”I will prepare better the next time”. After all I try to be creative in dealing with whatever comes and am having fun not worrying too much. Quess I am just the optimistic type and it works.
As for my passions and background. I started as a curious kid who were encouraged by others to follow my dreams and try to do what I like. That's when my passion for outdoors started. Getting to know the nature, the place or kids next door, smaller and bigger trips that's what I liked from the beginning.
First trips on smaller mountains, into a forest, to new city were with my family. Next step was school, my bicycle, friends and scouting, which opened up a bigger world and perspective.
As I grew bigger and could try more things I tried lake and sea and eventually became a sea skipper. That just encouraged my passion for travel - by foot, bicycle, hitchhiking, boat.
The era of cheap flights arrived so I went crazy and tried to see as many cities and as much in them as possible- making me a horrible partner in sightseeing- not only exploring a new place make me walk up to 20h a day, but I can forget about being tired or worse about the need to eat and drink during that time 😉 To top it up - I want to see best spots during the day and then again later during the night (coz they look so different ofc!)- I know that can make almost anyone mad at me. For that reason I tried to go on my crazy sightseeing rages (mostly) alone.
In the meantime I started my studies (international relations) which were interesting and gave me again a new way of looking at things in the world- showing a bigger picture how everything in the world is connected and works. And that was the moment I realized I don't want to live a regular, organized life. So I went to live in the US for almost a year and later in Switzerland for almost five...and I loved starting over, meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things (skiing, fencing...), working new jobs, getting involved in great ideas (ESN), studying whatever I just wanted and getting to know local culture way deeper than on weekend trips.
But eventually I came back home, finished my first studies (yay!) and started (a bit by accident) guide course at SKG. That was another life changer, as it appears, since not only I learned a lot but made lots of new great friends among whom was Magda - my future wife 😉
Sure meeting someone special makes you settle down (so hoped my family 😉) but just a bit. Since I found someone who had similar way of looking at things, passion for exploring the unknown and same hobbies-maybe without sailing ;( - we started to do what we love together 😉 As my almost perfect (still need to eat and drink while sightseeing) travel companion we venture into new smaller or bigger situations and adventures together. And we do it a lot. Whenever possible we try to go for a ride on our bicycles (we use them all year long), go kayaking, camp in the forest, hike in the mountains, hitchhike to new places, paraglide in exotic countries, scooter around smaller islands, go for a run, go skiing, go climbing, travel and visit new cities thinking what to do next
We tried higher mountains and eventually started 7summits (or 9) challenge. So far we climbed the highest peaks of Europe (Elbrus/Mt.Blanc), South America (Aconcagua) and Africa (Kilimanjaro). Up next is North America with freezing Denali. And since we love hiking/backpacking, tried and enjoyed several longer distance trails and are always looking for new challenging adventures we decided to combine climbing Denali with thru hiking the longest North-South trail in America - CDT (Continental Divide Trail). And that's what we are now up to;)
We hope that gonna be quite a journey and would love to share it with our friends and all others. After years of neglecting to report from our adventures we decided to finally put up NomadExplorers as this fanpage/our website where we will share our adventures. Hopefully you will like it and would want to be part of it.