Adventure News: Stormtrooper crosses Oz, Atlantic swim, 80-year-old sky diver harness trouble and more...
Welcome one and all to The Adventurists Adventure News: Edition Three. A bite sized chunk of partially digested news of the epic and pointless from the world of Adventure.
Stormtrooper crosses Australia
Being big fans of making-your-life-harder-through-fancy-dress, we were most pleased to read about Jacob French, a 21 year old Star Wars enthusiast who has recently completed a jolly jaunt across the entire of Australia dressed as a stormtrooper. Ever the honest chap, French admits "It might have been easier if I didn’t wear the suit… I don’t actually enjoy walking that much.”
9 months, 5,000km and a lightning strike later Jacob has raised $100,000 (AUD) for the Starlight Foundation. Watch his interview below or read his blog, peruse his route and donate on his website: TrooperTrek.com (via TravelDudes)
Mongol Rally veteran dinghys round UK
21 year-old Mongol Rally 2010 veteran Ludo Bennett-Jones has replaced his granny-mobile rally car with a 16ft sailing dinghy for a dual-record attempt circumnavigation of the UK. He's currently nearing the top of Scotland, if you happen to live up there perhaps some shouts of encouragement would be welcome. If you don't, you could thrust some monetary encouragement in the direction of his chosen charity to help him reach his £100,000 target.
1,000mph across 5 continents through 4 seasons on Google Streetview
Admire this super-speedy drive across 5 continents through 4 seasons. Compiled from quite a few Google Streetview images, this is actually a music video (for the music in the background of the video). According to the musician A Ghost Train: 'The video was made using panoramic frames from different parts of the world mapped as stereographic projections.' and 'If you have a fast computer with a powerful graphic card, make sure to try also the immersive, interactive version.' (Firefox worked best for us).
1 millionth photo taken on International Space Station
US Astronaut Don Pettit casually tweeted the below image saying it was the 1 millionth photo taken onboard the ISS. The photo shows two Russian spacecraft, a Soyuz and Progress cargo ship hanging above the Earth. The green wisps are the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Astronaut Ron Garan explains that: "Almost every photo of the Earth is taken in what little free time the crew has (in our off-duty time). The crew does that because it really is enjoyable to share the view of our Earth with the public and we understand that we have a responsibility to do that."
Photo credit: NASA
Ben Fogle to splish-splash wildly for 100 days across Atlantic
From dog show to doggy paddle, TV presenter Ben Fogle - not-very-well known from such scintillating programming as Crufts (the world's largest annual dog show) - is to swim the Atlantic. Kicking off in 2013, the swim is to be made into a 24/7 live TV series where viewers can 'follow him every stroke of the way'.
A true 'national treasure' is our Mr. Fogle and also it seems a true master of the cheese, judging by his promo video below. Cue gorgonzola piano music, shirt off, 2 hour stare into middle distance and voice over: "Life is like a long meandering river, full of twists and turns...". We do wish him luck though.
80-year-old almost falls out of harness during skydive - wrinkly skin flapping ensues
Not much more to say, watch this video - stomach turning.
SpaceX supply ship docks with International Space Station
SpaceX's Dragon capsule docked a few days ago with the ISS, the first time for a private spaceship. This was an unmanned mission to the Space Station delivering mostly food to the astronauts but also a few more elaborately named items such as a 'NanoRacks Module 9' and 'JAXA Multiplexer', whatever they do. Oddly also on-board were the ashes of Star Trek's James 'Scotty' Doohan who apparently wished to spend eternity resting in space.
Photo credit: NASA
Australian billionaire to build replica Titanic
Wealthy chap Clive Palmer has announced he has enlisted a Chinese shipyard to build a full scale replica of the Titanic, to be named... Titanic II. The line used at the press conference being: 'all of the luxuries, none of the flaws'. When asked if Titanic II could sink, Mr Palmer said: "Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it." It should be ready in 2016 if you are so inclined.
Chap skydives entirely pointlessly into boxes without parachute
Gary Connery became the first human to land a wingsuit skydive without opening his parachute and walk away unharmed. Wonderfully pointless.
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