With Love From Madagascar

Last year we supported The Shipwrecked Rambler, Klara Harden on a solo trip through Iceland from which she produced the film Made in Iceland. This year she has another film in the making, but first she must complete the cycle journey through Madagascar whilst visiting a number of charity and conservation organisations along the way. Herself and Karsten will be using some of our titanium cutlery, Gourdons drybag and lightweight Pipedream sleeping bags.

They are currently in Madagascar, but here's a quick bit of info about the trip from Klara herself.

WITH LOVE FROM MADAGASCAR

One of the most unique places on earth is definitely the great island of Madagascar. By a size not really bigger than France Madagascar inhabits 5% of all species in the world. Unfortunately over 90% of its original rainforest has been destroyed into an unrecoverable state hand in hand with the extinction of most wonderful and unique creatures. But what has been left is worth to be discovered and even more worth to be protected.

Klara Harden (24), cinematographer and photographer from Austria and Karsten Pruehl (28), filmmaker from Berlin, Germany are now in Madagascar in order to make an adventure documentary that is both an exciting beautifully shot story and a pleading for protecting the nature. In their film "WITH LOVE FROM MADAGASCAR" they will cycle through the island for two months and visit national parks, several conservation and charity programs, interview scientists and experts about the environmental issues of the island. Harden and Pruehl call their film an eco-adventure documentary in which both try to find out if there is still a way to save the island, or if it will end in the year 2050 having lost all of its natural source and social substance as some scientists foresee.

The entire project was financed by crowd funding. Over 160 people supported the project and thanks to sponsors as WIFI Steiermarkand a film funding of the cultural department of Styria CineArt the project was made possible.
Additionally solar panels from the Berlin based company Changers will get them some extra energy. Klara's father Gerhard Harden and Gianfranco Vallese built a dynamo on one of the bikes connected to a 3,8kg lead-acid battery that will give them the possibility to even charge a small notebook and - most important - camera batteries. Triple2 from Germany supplied them with sportive clothes for their bike rides and thanks to Alpkit they have great outdoor equipment such as sleeping bags, outdoor crockery and really really good dry bags that help to protect the technical equipment from humidity.


Harden and Pruehl launched their project funding in February. After three month of hard work doing PR, funding, web design, filming tests, outdoor equipment test, research, organizing and planning, they finally reached the necessary amount to make the film and startdt their journey immediately.

Since the whole production will last until december, one can still contribute to the project via PayPal or with Information or technical supplies and therewith support Pruehl's and Harden's aim to inspire people to experience and discover life and nature, pure and with curiosity, and try to help with dignity, respect and of course: fun.

We'll be sure to be keeping a check on their progress and can't wait to see the final film. In the meantime you can check out their Madagascar Blog.

By Alpkit