about us

Markus Leppänen

Surname: Leppänen
Prename: Markus
DOB: 16.06.1976
Birthplace:: Augsburg (Germany)
Residence (if not on a mountain or river): Munich (Germany)
Job: Online-Marketing-Manager
Hobbies: Kayaking, SUP, Climbing, Slacklining, Skiing, Randonee, Cross-Country-Skiing, MTB, Trailrunning

What can I tell you about myself in a few sentences. I started kayaking around 1996 as a summer-training form for cross-country skiing which at that time was my main passion and which I was doing at competitional level. I was hooked to kayaking from the first second and from then on it became my main passion until now! So far I was honoured to have been able to compete at two freestyle kayak worldchampionchips. Since 2006 the biggest part of my daily life was dominated by my job in the online-marketing business and therefore the competitive side in sports was put aside and pure joy and adventure took over as my main motivation in my sport endeavours. As I met Maria, my girlfriend, she encouraged me to go climbing on a regular basis and since then it has become one of my most favorite sports. In April 2012 we started out to our big one year adventure, where we spent as much time doing the sports we love and at the same time start our project time4charity. Read more on our Trip-Page.

Maria Stelzig

Surname: Stelzig
Prename: Maria
DOB: 16.09.1980
Birthplace: Weilburg (Germany)
Residence (unless on tour): Munich (Germany)
Job: Civil Engineer
Hobbies: Kayaking, SUP, Climbing, Slacklining, Snowboarding, Randonee, Cross-Country-Skiing, Taekwon-do

Since I was a child I loved all kinds of sport, but mostly played tennis in summer and went skiing in winter. When I turned eighteen I even became ski instructor and spent more time in the Alps. With fourteen I started with the martial arts of Taekwon-do, achieved the black belt in 2005 and stuck with it until now. During high-school I made a climbing course and from then on went climbing whenever I found someone to join me. With Markus I finally found the perfect climbing partner with whom regular climbing made me love it even more and push me to higher limits. About three years ago Markus introduced me to kayaking, especially freestyle kayaking, and I fell in love with it with my first paddle stroke! In a short space of time I learned to surf even big waves, did my first small tricks and ran some terrific whitewater.