A Dynafit team consisting of Spain's Javier Martin, Italian Lorenzo Holzknecht and local kiwi Grant Guise set a new speed record for the "Symphony on Skis", a 46.7 km long, 4000m vertical, east-west crossing of New Zealand's Southern Alps this past Saturday.
Described as the Kiwi version of the European Haute Route, the Symphony was pioneered by Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, along with Franz Waibl and Daniel Frey in 1985. This original trio did the trip from Rankin’s Hut in the Godley Valley to Chancellor Hut on the Fox Glaicer, via Armadillo, Tasman and Graham Saddles and West Hoe Pass in an amazing single push, taking 18.5hrs.
The Dynafit Team, equipped with all the latest and greatest offerings from Dynafit's SkiRunning range slashed over 5.5hrs off this time, taking only 12hrs 58mins to make the journey!
Unlike many speed attempts, the team was completely unsupported, carrying all their own food and water, as well as setting all the track themselves, covering ground for the first time, at times, over heavily crevassed terrain.