TOPtoTOP started in 1999 with a small group of friends in Switzerland who wanted to do something for their beloved mountains. They decided to climb the highest point in each canton and then went to classrooms to tell kids about their adventures hoping to inspire the children to enjoy nature.
From there it was a small step to decide to take TOPtoTOP global and visit all the climate zones of the earth. Their mode of transport between continents is a custom-built, 15-metre-long aluminum sailboat. The hull, mast and sails were donated by a generous supporter, while the rest of the equipment and provisions were put together through the Schroeder’s own savings and donations.
With less than $2,000 in their pockets, the couple left France in 2003 on their sailboat Pachamama (Incan word for “Mother Earth”) under the patronage of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and the government of Switzerland.
So far they have sailed over 60,000 nautical miles in their expedition vessel, climbed over 400,000 vertical metres, cycled over 18,000 km and visited more than 70,000 students!
Read more on their adventure.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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