Julia: Hello Lukas! Thank you that you are here today to tell us about your greatest adventure so far. At the beginning it would be great if you could briefly introduce yourself.
I'm Luki, 25 years old and originally from the beautiful St. Pantaleon in Lower Austria. I moved to Graz 4 years ago and founded the startup REELOQ here last year.
Julia: How important is adventure in your life?
A very big one, because otherwise I get bored quickly and I generally see life as an adventure. It started after I graduated from HTL when I went to America for a year after my community service. Away from the small village to the big city of Chicago. That's when I noticed that adventures give me a lot of energy.
Julia: What role do adventures play in your everyday life?
I try to face new challenges every day, because for me these are nothing more than adventures. When everyday life becomes too monotonous, I have to break out and look out for new adventures.
Julia: What has been your biggest adventure so far?
I had my biggest adventure 3 years ago with my best friend Michi in Peru. We flew from Lima to Cusco to climb the Machu Picchu. What we hadn't taken into account was the 3,000 metres difference in altitude between Lima and Cusco and that it could lead to altitude sickness. For those who don't know how altitude sickness manifests itself: you get headache, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea - all at the same time. 😃
We were convinced that this would not affect us because we also went hiking a lot in Austria. That's why we booked a 4-day high-altitude hike on Machu Picchu immediately after our arrival. So we found ourselves only a few hours after our arrival at the starting point of the guided hike, which was only done with a tent and donkey. What we didn't know: the other participants have already spent 10 days at 3,000 metres to acclimatize to prevent altitude sickness.
Shortly after the tour started, I noticed that something felt wrong. As it had to come, I got sick of heights. And very extreme. Therefore, our first sleeping place on this tour at 3,800 metres was rather suboptimal for me. There I was now: at an incredible height. In Peru. At minus 20 degrees. In a sleeping bag that is way too small, as I am 1.97 meters tall. With 20 other (partly snoring) people in the tent. With shivering. And altitude sickness. And I had a frightening imagination because we wanted to hike to 4,600 metres the next day ...
In retrospect, it was one of the worst, but also most adventurous nights. The next morning I was of course completely tired and still had to keep up with the group. At times I had to ride a donkey because I was too weak to hike - certainly a funny sight for the rest of the tour group that the 1.97 metre tall guy needed the donkey to hike! 😂
When we finally reached the top, we enjoyed the breathtaking view and celebrated a ceremony of gratitude together. I just didn't notice much of this because I kept vomiting. But I can reassure you: with every single step I took on the descent, I felt better. I was just very weak because I couldn't eat anything the days before and we had been on the road for a week before this hike.
Julia: What was the most memorable moment of your adventure?
There is even a photo of that moment, with which I am still being blackmailed today. (Fortunately, Lukas made the photo available to us anyway, so if you ever need something from him: you know what to do 😉) I'm laying completely exhausted on the floor, with sunglasses and an inch-thick layer of sunscreen, because I didn't even have more strength, creaming myself properly.
Julia: What key takeaways would you give other adventurers?
# 1 don't think too much, just do it
Of course, something can always happen, that's why we did the tour with a tour guide. Before an adventure you shouldn't worry too much about the “What if ...?”.
# 2 Bad decisions, in hindsight, often lead to a great story
During terrible experiences everything seems very bad at the moment, but you should think about how you funny you will tell others about it. That only makes it half as bad.
# 3 prepare for altitude sickness
I don't think I have to say much more about that, we should have planned more time to acclimatize! 😃
Julia: Thank you very much for the interview and the insights, dear Lukas. Until the next adventure interview with exciting new guests!