Yoshi Wada
Adventure Skier On A Mission

Introduction

Yoshi Wada has been an adventurer and extreme skier for more than 20 years.

With the spirit of a true adventurer and explorer, Wada undertakes to climb the peaks he targets for skiing down. This can sometimes mean trekking in for days to a mountain°«s location.

As part of a 10-Challenge Victory Series, Wada has conquered some of the most remote mountains in the world, including Mt McKinley in Alaska, Chinborazo in Ecuador, Mt Kenya in Kenya and Mt Altai in Mongolia.

Wada°«s 10th and final challenge is to trek to the live volcano Mt Erebus in Antarctica, climb it, then ski down the mountain to the base.

Initially, Wada undertook the Victory Series because of a desire to pit himself against the elements and overcome the extreme challenge of skiing down preferably unconquered mountains-the more remote and unexplored the mountain the better.

V9°°Greenland
Now, however, Wada is driven by a philosophical determination as well. During the days and weeks of isolation in some of the harshest environments on Earth, he has come to accept and understand the importance of mankind maintaining life in balance with the natural environment. This was brought home full force due to Wada experiencing first-hand polluted °»black snow°… and glacial retreat, which can be attributed in part to depletion of the ozone layer and global warming.

In an effort to communicate to the general public both his death-defying experiences in isolation and his concerns for the environment, Wada undertakes regular speaking engagements, holds photographic exhibitions and produces documentaries of his exploits.
Background

Wada was born in a mountain region of Japan°«s northern island of Hokkaido. As a child he often had to get through waist-deep high snow to school during winter and would spent up to six hours a day on skis-a solid grounding for his future as an adventure skier.

Wada became a professional skier at 21 and travelled to Europe on his first expedition. At 26, he became the first person to rock ski down Mt Fuji. This challenge initiated Wada°«s 10-Challenge Victory Series.

V7 Alaska


V5 Ecuador
Profile 1976became professional skier
1983rock skied °»Mt Fuji°… (3776m), world first
1985 V1°»Matterhorn°… (4479m) in Switzerland from the peak, world first
1988 V2°»McKinley°… (6194m) North America°«s highest peak
1990 V3°»Jaya°… (5030m) in Indonesia, first peak on the equator
1991 V4°»Kenya°… (5198m) in Kenya, second peak on the equator
1991 V5°»Chinborazo°… (6310m) in Ecuador, third peak on the equator
1993 V6°»Mt Altai°… (4200m) in Mongolia, world first
1995 V7°»Juneau Ice Field-200km°… in Alaska (skied glacier, three mountains and conquered a 67-degree downhill slope)
1998 V8°»Yushan°… (3950m) in Taiwan, world first
2000 V9°»Mt Gunnbiorn°… (3700m) in Greenland, highest point in Arctic Circle



Training on Mt Illimani (Bolivia)

Training on Mt Zermatt (Switzerland)


10-Challenge Victory Series
Active Volcano Mt. Erebus in Antarctica
Ę°ConceptReveal the wilderness of Antarctica and its environment
Ę°ThemeThe Earth-Forever Beautiful
Ę°Expedition TeamYoshi Wada, skier
John Svenson, leader of Mountain climbing
Support member (2 people), Photographer (1 person)
(separate team) TV production (3~5 people)




Mt Erebus research trip 1999
Iceberg in Ross



Mt Erebus


Wada has chosen to conclude his Victory Series on the active volcano, Mt Erebus (3794m) in Antarctica.

He selected this mountain for a number of reasons:
   Mt Erebus as an active volcano represents to Wada a sign that the Earth is a living, breathing entity and he wishes to see that °»life°… up close.
   Antarctica°«s fragile environment, like the Arctic Circle°«s, is threatened among other things by global warming and ozone depletion. Wada would like to draw public attention to this as there are already other signs such as the desertification in Africa and the glacial retreat occurring in South America that indicate Mother Earth needs our care and attention.
   As an adventure skier, Mt Erebus in this isolated part of the world offers Wada sufficient challenge for him to want to conquer it. At the same time, he can see and experience the beauty and wonder that is the extreme wilderness of Antarctica.


Schedule
  1992Planning to ski iceberg in Antartica
  1997Research trip to Argentina
  1998Select active volcano Mt. Erebus in Antarctica
  1999FebResearch trip to Antarctica and Mt Erebus
  2000JunePolar region expedition begins
Downhill ski from highest point in Arctic Circle, Mt Gunnbiorn,
  2000/01Mt Erebus expedition postponed
  2001JulyMt Erebus expedition training begins
Mountain bike across Japan (Kagoshima to Sapporo, approx. 2600km)
  SeptAltitude adjustment training in Bolivia, Mt. Illimani
  2001/02Expedition postponed due to 9/11 terrorist incident
  2002JulyTraining in Japan
  AugSki training in South Island of New Zealand
  SeptSki training in South Island of New Zealand
  OctTraining in Japan
  NovAltitude adjustment training in Switzerland, Mt Zermatt
  DecFinal training in New Zealand, Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier
  24 approxTo Hobart, Tasmania, final check for Mt Erebus expedition
  2003
  Jan 3Depart Hobart to Antarctica
  Jan 20Arrive Ross Island
V10 Challenge, Mt. Erebus
  Feb 14Depart Ross Island
  Feb 24Arrive Bluff, NZ