Grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand but now lives in Göteborg, Sweden with his wife Sara and kids Karin, Greta and Tor. Aaron joined team Silva in 2008. Aaron parents were some of the original multisporters, so he grew up with the sport and doesn’t know any better than to go out and race hard. Has been on the podium (often highest up) in most major international multisport competitions. Aaron’s role in the team is as navigator, he carries the map and compass while the others carry the heavy stuff! Aaron works as a Civil Engineer at Sweco in Göteborg.
Where did you grow up?
In Christchurch, which is the finish town for the Coast to Coast (Multisport World Championship for individual competitors) and a hub for multisport athletes.
I’ve got quite a few- firstly theres the guys I race with now:
Björn – fell off a cliff racing in Abu Dhabi and was lucky to survive. Now he’s back racing and apart from a few scars he’s stronger than ever.
Jossan – Jossan just keeps getting stronger and stronger, she is key to the team’s success.
Mattias – has unsurpassed organisational skills which have played a major part in us having largely trouble free races. He’s calculates in excel beforehand exactly how much darkness and energy we will use in the next week of race so we neither carry too little or too much.
Robert – the trouble with Robert is that he’s too big and strong. If you’re not sitting in the same double kayak as him be makes you suffer, even if his kayak partner has stopped paddling.
Aside from that I’ll have to say my family, between mum and dad they won all the major adventure races, they’ve both won the Coast to Coast and dad was second in the 100km World Championship in 6h 37min (that’s 3min 56sec per km!!!). Both are still active, mum still does adventure racing and dad still runs. Then there’s my 2 sisters who can both run pretty fast, Lara won the Australian cross country championships and stuff like that…
What was your first Adventure race?
The southern Traverse in 1996 in mum’s team. One of her teammates got pretty bad frostbite snowshoeing in Alaska and they needed a last minute replacement…
Little known / unlikely fact about yourself?
Well it’s actually a quite well known fact- I complained about having a sort butt and so Kathy Lynch told me I didn’t have a cyclists asshole. Now I try not to complain too much.
What you will do when your knees finally give out?
Hopefully I can start taking the kids to training before that.
Civil and Environmental Engineer at Sweco in Göteborg.
Worst Adventure racing experience?
Getting cold in on a ridgeline in the Takatimu Ranges in the Southern Traverse in 1998. After that I decided not to be a mountain climber.
Coast to Coast 2006, I can’t really remember the last hour then passed out on the finish line. After a night in hospital they decided that I hadn’t had a heart attack and let me out just in time for the prizegiving.
Favourite Adventure Racing food?
Olives or warm mountain house meals (they aren’t as good eaten cold).
Best support crew moment?
I still remember when I was seven crewing for dad in the Cost to Coast when he won, that was pretty motivational.
The best scenery was probably the world championships in Norway / Sweden in 2006. My favourite race must be TWALK.
3rd Wulong Mountain Quest, China
2nd ARWS GODZone, New Zealand (racing with Harraways oats)
1st The OMM Original Mountain Marathon, England
1st Stockholm Extreme Adventure Race, Sweden
2nd Adventure Racing World Championship, Australia
1st APEX Alpine Expedition Race, Switzerland
3rd Adventure Racing World Championship, Spain
1st European Adventure Racing Championship, Sweden
1st Swedish Multisport Championship, male
3rd Adventure Race World Championship, Portugal
1st Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, United Arab Emirates
1st Wulong Mountain Quest, China
3rd Raid World Championship, Canada
4th Adventure racing World Championship
2nd Primal Quest
3rd Adventure Racing World Championship, New Zealand
1st Southern Traverse, New Zealand