12 September 2013

A lifelong dream on two wheels: Suunto Ambassador Jill Heinerth crosses Canada by bike

Jill Heinerth

 Jill Heinerth

Underwater explorer Jill Heinerth is famous for her daring diving exploits, from thrilling cave dives to adventures inside icebergs, but this May she set out on a challenge of an altogether different nature – to cycle across her native Canada spreading the word about water literacy along the way.

Jill and husband Robert set out from Vancouver, British Columbia in May 2013 with almost 7,000 km separating them from the finish line in Newfoundland. “My husband Robert McClellan and I arrived at "Mile 0", the Terry Fox Monument in St. John's Newfoundland on 15 August. The trip was one of the most challenging things either of us has ever taken on, and was very rewarding.”

Jill Heinerth

“Along the way, we met audiences large and small, sharing our mission of spreading water literacy through the project. We're incredibly grateful for all the continued support from our friends at Suunto who have embraced the project wholeheartedly,” says Heinerth.The fulfillment of a life-long dream, the trip was about much more than just adventure. The We Are Water project is aiming to build a movement that unites people in positive experiences in the outdoors – enjoying adventure and challenge, and fostering stewardship of natural resources.

Jill’s award-winning documentary, We Are Water, which explores the intricate and often overlooked ways in which clean water is essential to the health of the human race, picked up the Best in Show at this year’s Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival.

Read all about Jill's epic ride on here

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About Suunto

Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.

Suunto's headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, and Mavic.

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