A Kiwi adventurer tackles a saltier Everest
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson is unquestionably a man of adventure – a Dirty Man’s kind of man: Who else would forge on in a kayak, even when ships throw in the towel because the going’s got too tough (or in this instance, rough)?
In the spirit of the great explorers – Columbus, de Gama, Polo – but perhaps even tougher, for crossing the Tasman in a kayak, Scott Donaldson set out in April to cross the Tasman in a bitty boat, and is now more than 80 days at sea and counting.
Donaldson and his son suffer from asthma and he is performing the feat to show that asthma isn’t a barrier.
So far, however, wind and waves are proving something of a barrier as storms drive him further north east, preventing him from making landfall.
Wife Sarah says they have indeed had “people compare him to people who have done massive feats, like Hillary. People can't visualise what he's going through but he has had waves two storeys high coming at him. This is a mental and physical feat,” she told the New Zealand Herald.
Dirty Man wishes Scott well and we hope he cracks a cold one when he makes it home – though he may prefer a hot cup of soup at this point – and naturally we hope he's looking after his skin too, because all that wind, sea and sun will be taking a toll! (Dirty Man Moisturiser anti-ageing protection with SPF 30 is perfect for the job).
NOTE: Suffering from head and chest injuries after being rolled several times in high seas, without radar and being blown further away from New Zealand with every passing minute, kayaker Scott Donaldson had to call for help and was plucked from the ocean by the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter on Friday July 11 - he had 83 kilometres left to go after completing more than 1,900 kilometres on his record breaking attempt.
He apologised to media after being late for the press conference because "the shower was just too good to leave" – now that we can relate to.