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Ryno Griesel Extreme Lights Ambassador

Extreme Lights aim to Light up your Adventures. We’re outdoorsmen and women ourselves and each Extreme Lights product is designed to extend the time you can spend living in and loving Mother Nature. That's why we choose Ambassadors that live for spending time in the great outdoors. 

We're proud to announce that Ryno Griesel has joined as one of our ambassadors. Read all about Ryno here and why he's such a great fit for Extreme Lights. 

Ryno is a passionate mountaineer and trail runner. He has climbed various mountains in Africa, Europe and Nepal. He broke the record for the Hobbit 100km mountain run after back to back wins in 2012 and '13, as well as the record for the Skyrun 65km mountain run set in 2016.

Ryno has raced the Adventure Racing World circuit since 2006 with various top 5 international finishes. Race destinations include Africa, Europe, the Moab desert in Utah and the icebergs of Patagonia. He will compete in the Adventure Racing World Champs on Reunion Island in November 2018 as part of Team Jabberwock. AR World Champs

He actively competes on the Rogaine World Champs circuit (pair - 24-hour navigation runs) with teammate Nicholas Mulder. They achieved a 2nd place at the New Zealand World champs in 2010 and a win in the Ireland Nationals during 2011, followed by a 2nd place at the Czech Nationals in 2012 and a top 5 at the Czech World Champs in 2012.

Ryno currently co-holds the men’s FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse with Ryan Sandes at 41hr, 49min (March 2014) (Video Link) and the mixed record with Linda Doke at 63hr, 33min (March 2015). He also co-holds the 9PEAKS FKT with Ruan van der Merwe and Greg Avierinos (August 2017) (http://ninepeaks.co.za/fkts.html)

Ryno partnered with Ryan Sandes in March 2018 again to set an FKT along 1507km of the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal in a time of 24 days, 3hours and 24min. (http://www.rynogriesel.co.za/)  His focus going forward will be designing and setting new FKT’s (Fastest Known Times) powered by Extreme Lights in Africa and abroad.

Ryno is a bean-counter by trade. He is a registered Chartered Accountant (SA), Independent Auditor and Tax Practitioner. He is co-founder of the Gravity Group, specialising in Height Safety Training and solutions (www.gravitytraining.co.za, and www.gravityaccess.co.za) He is also co-founder of PEAK Sport Management with Ryan Sandes.

Photo Credit: Terence Vrugtman | Adventure Lights SA