I love everything about the recent story in the Canberra Times newspaper in Australia where people have been reporting the eerie sight of a man dressed as an undertaker while on a stand-up paddle board shaped like a coffin. I'm serious; you can’t make this stuff up.
Jeanne Mclauchlan was one seasoned paddler who spotted the man during an early morning venture to the lake on Saturday morning.
"In the distance, as we came towards the Carillon we noticed a figure emerge from the thick fog," she said.
"It was a figure of a man dressed in a tuxedo and top hat on a stand-up-paddle (SUP) coffin, complete with flowers, paddling toward us.
"We asked 'coffin man', 'Where are you going'? His response was, 'To Queanbeyan cemetery as I have a 3pm grave site to prepare'."
But of course some people have their coattails in a knot as some relatives of patients at Clare Holland House (a local hospice) felt that looking out and seeing him paddle by was both inappropriate and insensitive.
So the mystery lives on of who the paddler is and what I think is one of the greatest paddling costumes ever.
More info: canberratimes.com.au
Photo credits: Jeanne Mclauchlan
This is easily the craziest story I've read so far this September.
A young New Zealander who the press is only identifying as Ryan got trapped on Governor Island in the north end of Western Australia for two (yes two) full weeks because a six-meter (20 feet) salt water crocodile would stalk him every time he tried to make a break from the island. Yes, two weeks…
Luckily when he was originally dropped off he had lots of water and food since his original plans were to explore the island for a short while then paddle back to the mainland. Once he discovered the giant monster stalking him the situation changed.
He was finally rescued by Don McLeod who was passing the island on a fishing trip and found Ryan with no food and only 1 liter of water left.
Mr. McLeod told ABC Radio yesterday: "I saw a flash in the scrub. I went across and Ryan came out looking a bit distraught. He came down the beach. He said he'd been there a fortnight and he came to the conclusion very quickly that he couldn't get off there without attracting this crocodile.
"He was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along."
Mr. McLeod went on: "He said every time he got in his little kayak, this crocodile – who has lived there for many years and is a monster – has chased him.
"That croc is a very, very big crocodile. One of the biggest I know of around here and it followed him around for a while. So Ryan headed back to get under cover and left his kayak up on the rocks about two kilometres from where his camp was.
"I've seen that crocodile come past me quite fast a few times," Mr. McLeod said. "My boat's 20-foot long, so I know he's well up towards the 20ft mark."
More info: scotsman.com
Flickr Creative Commons photo credit: BMaco
Eight women, led by Kokatat athlete and former Australian Adventurer of the Year Tanya Faux, are set to embark on a 30-day unsupported river expedition through an uncharted section of the Kimberley region in North Western Australia. The Kimberley Whitewater Women Rafting Expedition aims to raise awareness for the Save the Kimberley campaign (www.savethekimberley.com) whose goal is to protect the cultural, historical, and environmental significance of the region.
“Tanya is a fantastic ambassador for our sport and the environment, and we’re proud to support her and her team on this historic and important expedition,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat Promotional Marketing Manager.
The expedition was inspired by Faux’s previous kayak expeditions in the region and the dispute over a proposed gas hub in the area. While the controversial industrialization in the Kimberley region has been narrowly resisted thus far, the Save the Kimberley campaign is petitioning to gain World Heritage Status for over 20 hectares of what has been deemed “one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth”.
The self-titled Kimberley Whitewater Women, depart from Melbourne to Broome on January 14th and will proceed into the Kimberley via helicopter to begin the first rafting leg of the journey down the Isdell River. Over the course of the expedition, the team will encounter class 5 rapids on the Isdell and Charnley rivers and will complete a 150km off-track hike in between. The team’s daily progress will be posted on their website www.kimberleywhitewaterwomen.
The eight women on the team are all current or past employees of the Outdoor Education Group in Eildon, Victoria, (www.oeg.net.au) and as outdoor educators, enthusiasts, and adventure seekers, all support and advocate for the protection of wilderness regions.
Kokatat has provided each member of the team with Ronin Pro PFDs and a selection of its Destination technical apparel. The Destination apparel which features UV protection in paddling specific designs will help protect them from the sun throughout the journey as they endure extreme tropical temperatures in a territory teeming with saltwater crocodiles in the midst of the mating season.
To date, the team has raised over $2000 for both Save the Kimberley and the Wananami Remote Community School at Mount Barnett Station. Donations can be made online at www.kimberleywhitewaterwomen.
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Canoe & Kayak Magazine posted a video interview with Freya Hoffmeister about her massive day-paddle expedition around Australia. For those who had their head stuck underwater to long, Freya was the first woman and second person ever to fully circumnavigate the 14,000 kilometer (8700 mile) shoreline of Australia. She was named Canoe & Kayak’s Magazine’s 2010 Adventurer of the Year.
I’m pretty sure I will be named the 2011 Adventurer of the Year with my circumnavigation of the Toronto Islands yesterday. It was a massive 12 kilometer expedition.
Thanks to The Adventure Blog for the tip off.
The boobie boobs were traveling by container ship to Australia to be a free gift in the January issue of the men's magazine, Ralph.
For many of you who followed he was within a day of landing when they received a garbled message to say that he was in distress.