2014: A year of big (secret) plans

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) performs during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Peille, France on July 18th, 2013
© Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool

We asked our favourite athletes what plans they have for 2014. Here's what they told us.

Paul Guschlbauer’s longest hike-and-fly ever
We're calling it the Adriatic Circle. It's going to be the biggest hike-and-fly in Europe. I'll make it with Tom de Dorlodot around July. It will be more than 1,600km, clockwise from Italy to Croatia, linking three mountain ranges and then travelling 360km back across the seas by paramotor or sailing. The exact details are still to be confirmed. I want to do something similar to the Red Bull X-Alps, but longer!

Portrait of Paul Guschlbauer during a shoot in Lienz, Austria.
Portrait of Paul Guschlbauer in the Alps© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Christian Schiester runs the jungle
I am in preparations for my next race, the 'The Coastal Challenge Rainforest Run' in Costa Rica in February. I've run a jungle marathon in Brazil and the jungle is a special place. In Brazil, you have to worry about all the snakes and crocodiles, but that shouldn't be a problem here! The jungle is so beautiful. The race is 235km over six days.

Christian Schiester runs through the woods during a training session in Bad Radkersburg, Austria on November 25th, 2011
Christian Schiester, training© Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

Will Gadd heads up Helmcken Falls
It's a really hazardous place, super dangerous. There are 1,000 daggers up there that can drop and kill you. It's gnarly. There's one line there that will be the gnarliest mixed route in the world. It's a line I've long wanted to do but couldn't figure out how. Now I think I've found a way – it's something I've dreamed of my whole life. I want to get this route done and mark the end of this period of my life as an athlete!

Will Gadd poses for a portrait
Will Gadd portrait© Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Axel Naglich does the Alps
My dream project is a ski-touring traverse of the Alps in a straight line with two friends, alpine style, with as little gear as possible. I hope for the right conditions, and I hope for enough time when conditions are right!

Axel Naglich taking a well-deserved break
Axel Naglich hopes to cross the entire Alps© Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool

Aniol Serrasoles sends the Indus River
I am dreaming about completing a full descent on the Indus river in Pakistan. It’s one of the most remote, hardest and biggest rivers in the world. To be able to paddle and experience that place has been in my mind for many years. Hopefully the stars line up in 2014!

Aniol Serrasolses performs at Las Nubes, Chiapas, Mexico on March 19th, 2013
Aniol Serrasolses - Action© Marcos Ferro/Red Bull Content Pool

Cedric Dumont has some secrets…
I want to fly my wingsuit above and around the biggest cloud formation on Earth, score some extreme lines in the Alps this summer, and, finally, fly above some unique landmarks in Japan and South-America. Where exactly? I can't tell you now!

How a wingsuit works© Content Pool

Rafa Ortiz won’t tell either
There's a few! But I don't like to talk much about stuff until it’s done. One involves fire, another involves flooded streets, and another a natural wonder.
 

Rafael Ortiz dropping down the Big Banana Waterfall
Rafael Ortiz at Big Banana Waterfall 2010© Lucas Gilman/Red Bull Content Pool