All three of them have quite the experienced track record in the realm of skiing. Countless peaks around the world have been tainted with the tracks of their skis, multiple 8 thousander’s have experienced their speed climbing prowess, and many classic ski-touring races have witnessed their determination. Although they’ve explored almost every mountainous corner the globe has on offer, they have never set foot on an active volcano nor have they ever climbed from sea to peak.
The kick-off line for the “Etna Speed Rush” sets off from the grey beach of San Marco. It’s at that moment, when the gun goes off, where you clench your teeth and just go. “30 kilometers of tarred, dusty, and irregular trails is a truly unpleasant experience”, explains Patrick while hinting a sign of amusement, “the thighs are given a thorough workout and by the time the skis are strapped on, the first few steps are pretty painful.”