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“It’s the most extreme adventure of life,” the adventurous traveler says of being a mother

Karina Oliani is a doctor and presenter […]

Doctor and presenter Karina Oliani is the first South American, the first Brazilian to climb K2 and the first South American to climb both sides of Everest.

And she’s also a first-time mom (this is one of her biggest challenges).

“I wanted to become a mother, but I didn’t want to give up my career,” says the doctor, during a video recorded for the release of the documentary Kora in the worldwhich will be on display this Mother’s Day.

On Sunday 12 May, at 8.30pm, Karina and her husband Max Kausch, also a mountaineer, will premiere on Canal OFF this medium-length film about their travels with their daughter Kora, just over two years old.

Since she received the news that she was going to become a mother, Karina knew that “it would be a great adventure, probably the greatest of all”. “When she grows up, I want this girl to be proud of the woman who mothered her, and not just the mother who mothered her,” she describes.

Karina has already ziplined across a lava lake on the Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia, was part of the first team in the world to climb Brazil’s highest waterfall, El Dorado, more than 350 meters high, and swam with great white sharks , in South Africa and with crocodiles in Mexico.

With 110 countries under her belt, Karina accumulates experiences that are not always pleasant, such as the 12 leg immobilizations due to an accident while climbing a mountain in Jordan, in 2020, and the grueling work on the front line, in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, as she herself warns, “everyone will have a view of the mountain they will climb”.

And, to remember what Kora’s mother was doing out there, who even made her first parachute jump at the age of 12, Travel by fare remember Karina Oliani’s madness around the world.


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Karina Oliani is also the first South American to fly with the aircraft jet suit (“jet backpack”, in Portuguese).

The title, won in England in 2020, came after the doctor managed to control a 27kg “backpack” (without fuel) with five turbines attached to the body capable of making the user reach 60km/h, on flights with autonomy of approximately 10 minutes.

Dangerous child

In 2021, this traveling mother joined the Guinness World Record for doing the longest zip line across a lava lake.

In this crossing just over 100 meters long, recorded in 2017, he crossed a constantly scorching crater, in Ethiopia’s most active volcano, Erta Ale.

It took three full days just to find safe places to install the points for the safety devices, which took a minute and a half to cross.

As her mother likes to say, Karina was “that dangerous little girl who reached for the highest objects.”

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Explorer of the Year

In 2023, Karina was elected from the select group The Explorers Club one of 50 explorers who changed the world with their work in different areas of knowledge.

This almost 42-year-old doctor is one of the creators, together with Andrei Polessi, of the Dharma Institute, which brings specialized medicine to remote areas of countries such as Uganda and India, and Brazilian states such as Piauí and Amazônia.

“This title ties together everything I have done in my entire life,” he told journalist Eduardo Vessoni at the time.

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Forces of nature

The traveling mother also made its debut last year Forces of naturea series that lasted three years, which tells of extreme experiences, in unconventional settings.

Among the challenges was not only the dangerous zip line in Ethiopia, but also heliskiing in the Canadian Rockies (an activity where skiers arrive by helicopter at remote spots) and whale shark diving in the Maldives.


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Source: Terra

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