Mountains, volcanoes and ultras: they're what Patrick Müller Suárez lives for. A winner of our #SuuntoAdventure selfie contest on Instagram, he tells us about his love of exploring new trails.
How does it feel to win?
I feel very fortunate. I am a faithful Suunto user and have had my Suunto Ambit for about two years now. It has been with me on all my training sessions, races and adventures. When the new Suunto Ambit3 Sport arrives, it will be my new companion in future adventures. I can't wait.
Patrick's winning selfie
Tell about the photo:
The photo (above) was taken in the mountains of Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain. It was during a tough training session conquering the mountains Veleta 3,396m and Mulhacen 3,478m. It was 9pm in a stunning, spectacular sunset. This was part of my training sessions in preparations for the 2014 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Chamonix.
What are your sports?
I enjoy running in general – trailrunning and ultras, preferably in the mountains or the volcanoes of the Canary Islands. I also like to swim in open waters, mountainbike, windsurf and ski & snow board.
What adventures are you most proud of?
Since January 2014 all my training and adventures have been towards completing the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Preparations have been everything from Transgrancanaria (126 km), sessions in Sierra Nevada, different Canary Islands, different climates, terrains and altitudes.
The two finishing lines I am most proud of are Transgrancanaria in March 2014 and of course recently, the UTMB (168 km) August 2014. In all my training sessions I like to explore and discover new routes. Where I really enjoyed this was in the mountains of Sierra Nevada and there it was great to trust my Suunto Ambit, which was a faithful companion.
What Ambit3 features are you looking forward to?
I can't wait to try out the new features such as Bluetooth and mobile communication. Now I will be able to update my moves without cables and computers. Besides this, I look forward to measuring cadence and the multisport function, features that the original Ambit doesn't have.
At this instant moment I am enjoying my recent finish at UTMB. But in the pipeline I have exciting projects like filming the best trail and mountain routes in all eight Canary Islands. Maybe I'll give the next Tenerife Blue Trail (101 km) a go, climbing mountain Teide 3,800 m above sea level. In November I'm planning on doing the Ultratrail de Corsellola in Barcelona. Of course I am looking forward to all adventures with my new Suunto Ambit 3 Sport.
All images ©Patrick Müller Suárez