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(27 Oct 2017)

The Adventurists

British Adventurer flies across Johannesburg with 100 Helium Balloons           

On Monday a British man successfully flew 24km across the skies of Johannesburg in a camping chair attached to 100 helium balloons.

What looked like a real-life recreation of the movie “Up” was actually a test-run for what aims to be Africa’s first competitive helium balloon race.

A group of British adventurers known as ‘The Adventurists’, led by Tom Morgan, spend their time looking for ways to make life more exciting in the form of wacky escapades and so far they’ve organised a rally race across Mongolia and a journey 3500km through India with modified rickshaws.

The Adventurists


This latest endeavour took two days of labour, filling the 100 balloons with helium gas, and resulted in Tom floating 2530m above the grasslands of Gauteng. To get back down to solid ground he had to gradually cut individual balloons loose until he gently landed.

Why The Adventurists would put their bodies through this level of risk is poetically summed up on their website:
“We live to find ways to make the world a bit more difficult. To bring chaos into our over-sanitised lives.  To create adventures where you don't know what will happen tomorrow or if you'll even make it to the end”

 


 
 


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