About Us

Fundraiser turned annual event

In 2013, we organised a fundraiser for paraglider Pierre Carter and supporter James Braid from South Africa to help cover their cost to participate in the RedBull X-Alps race in Europe. The organisers, Linda, Pierre & Alistair, realised that the handful of paragliders willing to take on the challenge was not enough to raise sufficient funds, so they invited their running and cycling friends to come join the fun in challenging Pierre in his backyard, the Drakensberg. Linda landed the job as meet director at the inaugural event with Alistair competing on his bicycle alongside teammate Guy Pitmann. Mountain bike team Piers Pirow and James Pitman took first place podium, with Alistair & Guy in 2nd place for this event. The race route kicked off at Oliviershoek in the northern Drakensberg and finished in Underberg with the winning team doing approximately 280km cycling in a time of 34:23:10.  Participants of this unique adventure instantly fell in love with the race concept and begged the trio to organise another one… and so the X-Berg Challenge annual event was born.

Linda Willemse

Founder & Event Manager

Linda has been organising unique travel & events for more than two decades, predominantly in Africa. She is an adventure junkie herself, from jumping out of hot air balloons with only a paraglider attached at her back to rock climbing, hiking, sailing and cycling. She has also been involved in organising world-class events such as the Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls Marathon. With a passion for giving to the needy through her outdoor endeavors, she’s the leading lady co-ordinating the X-Berg Challenge. Throughout the rest of the year she manages Between Heaven and Earth’s head office. She’s at her happiest surrounded by wildlife in some off-the-beaten-track environments in Africa.

Pierre Carter

Founder & Race Route Designer

Pierre’s main focus for the past few years has been to climb and paraglide off the highest summit on each continent (7 Summits 7 Flights). A former National Team Paragliding member, and one of only three SA pilots ever to participate in the RedBull X-Alps, Pierre has years of experience in adventure sports. The Drakensberg has been his back garden since he was a young boy…needless to say he knows this part of Africa intimately! You can find Pierre climbing, hiking, paragliding, cycling and simply just being in these mountains with every available opportunity. Pierre sets the race route for the X-Berg Challenge each year hoping to make it equally tough for all those who dares to come chase the Dragon.

Alistair Stuart

Founder & Business Development

Alistair can usually be found sailing, paragliding, cycling, hiking or kite-surfing when not slaving away at his “real” engineering job. He is a qualified spinning instructor, loves the Drakensberg, and has taken part in various sporting competitions around the globe. He has a way with words and can take decent photographs from time to time. He is well travelled and offers valuable guidance during the planning stages of the X-Berg Challenge, being the voice of reason and master of finance for the event.

Event Managed by:

Between Heaven and earth (pTY)lTD