Newcomers Richard Müller (1969) and Svein Yngvar Willassen (1974) have vast experience as guides, skiers and mountaineers. They have been team mates on many different occations for the past 27 years. Now they're aiming at establishing themselves as a team to be reckoned with in long distance snow kiting.
Richard has varied snow kiting and skisailing experience since 2008, centered around BaseCamp at Filefjell, Norway. He's been on many daytrips in the area as well as longer trips such as Jotunheimen from Tyin to Beitostølen and from Finse to Hemsedal.
Richard has been interested in the outdoors his whole life. He completed the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association’s Summer and Winter Guide (“sommerturleder & vinterturleder”) course in 1992/93, and has since then guided more than fifteen short and long long trips summer and winter. Later, he's been an instructor on the same guide course.
In 1995, Richard became a Glacier Instructor (“breinstruktør”) and has participated as instructor on many glacier courses. He also has education/courses in first aid, avalanche avoidance, avalanche rescue and glacier rescue.
Richard has taken many winter tours on skis with outdoor camping. Worth mentioning are: Haute Route (Chamonix-Zermatt), crossing Jostedalsbreen and crossing Jotunhimen from Finse to Hemsedal. He also camp outside with his kids, summer and winter.
In the Alps he has climbed more than ten peaks above 4.000 meters, including the beautiful Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and Weisshorn.
Svein has been snow kiting since 2011, centred around base camp at Beitostølen, Norway. He's been on many daytrips in the area as well as longer trips such as Jotunheimen from Tyin to Beitostølen and Langsua National Park from Beitostølen to Vangsjø.
Svein has been interested in the outdoors his whole life and has been in many trips both summer and winter. He took the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association’s Winter Guide (“vinterturleder”) course in 1993 and has since then guided more than twenty week long trips summer and winter. He became a Glacier Instructor (“breinstruktør”) in 1995 and has been an instructor on a large number of glacier courses. In 1993-1994 he attended Øytun Folkehøyskole in Alta, Norway, where he was educated in sled-dog-racing. He also has education/courses in first aid, avalanche avoidance, avalanche rescue and glacier rescue.
Svein has been on many winter tours on skis with outdoor camping. Worth mentioning are: Crossing Finnmarksvidda with sled-dogs, crossing Jostedalsbreen from end to end, crossing the Svalbard mainland and staying outdoors in snow caves with his kids. He has also cycled from Nordkapp to Lindesnes and has climbed more than 100 peaks over 2000 meters in Norway.
Svein is currently the leader of the Skiing Club, Bækkelagets Sportsklub, Oslo.
"Having a lot of kiting experience from Jotunheimen, we believe that we are especially skilled in kiting in difficult terrain. The team members also know each other very well, as they have been team mates on many different occasions for the past 27 years!"
"Having a lot of experience from the winter outdoors, it is our ambition to expand this experience into the realm of kiting. We plan to cross Greenland from south to north with kites in the spring of 2018. Participating in VAKE is part of the preparation programme for this crossing. Our motivation is to establish ourselves as a team to be reckoned with in long distance snow kiting".