Britannia does rule the waves.
But sometimes the waves win.
Brit adventurer Nick Hancock is returning to western Scotland after inclement weather thwarted his attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall. Hancock had intended to spend 60 days in a survival podule atop the Atlantic granite outcrop – some 480km off the west coast of Scotland – in aid of Help for Heroes. Speaking …
Recently been reading more and more about the overcrowding at Everest due to crowds of "me too" people.
Also recently didnt Fienes try and go across the antartic in winter (really difficult) and fail.
Now this dude wants to do this when the swell is worst and has failed.
Why is everyone trying to do needlessly impossible things and failing? Maybe you all are not superman and should just do a fun run instead.
There is nothing 'me too' above the South Col, you cube dwelling prick.
Its called challenging yourself, and many do fail - finding their edges
On the swell, I once tried to get off a trawler in Tierra del Fuego to climb a cliff. Even a 1 meter swell makes it touch sphincter loosening. 8 meters I would go and drink coacoa.
Erm, a 1 meter swell would have me reconsidering my approach to the problem and even money, reconsidering the problem as a mental one.
8 meters is right out.
One meter can be attained, at some significant degree of risk, as one can easily mis-estimate. Eight meters requires airborne access and anchoring to the rock.
If I chose to do it, I would. As a proof of concept for all weather, all terrain habitats for emergency conditions or even space travel.
One only need have a habitat three times larger than his joke of a pod, deliver it by air, anchor it solidly into the rock, have sufficient provisions and water recycling and an RTG for an energy source.
Utterly workable, not difficult to engineer, but stupidly expensive.
And unnecessary to prove out.
Mark my words, if the idio-, erm, man continues, we'll eventually read about his acquiring his yearned for Darwin Award.
Fiennes got frostbite and had to drop out, but the rest of the team are still plodding along. They've been posting some really rather spectacular photos to their blog and Twitter feed.
One of the (many) science projects on The Coldest Journey trip is White Mars - looking at human performance in extreme conditions to understand how well (or not) humans will fare on Mars. There's also a variety of geophys studies, and one about the diversity of extremeophile bacteria down there.
Time was when you'd read about this on TheRockallTimes, but the march of mega portals has driven these local publishers to focus on niche topics like IT to scrape a living. A once proud news site has fallen victim to cybersquatters and fine cotton Rockall apparel can only be found in vintage clothes (&strategy) boutiques or festering in the bottom of a journalists laundry basket. how could we let this happen?
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