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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
12 central coast • new south wales Kilimanjaro in a hurry After a 21-hour flight to Africa, Pophfer and Wise met up with their guide, a porter and cook, and set off at lunchtime for an ascent which typically takes visiting climbers between five and eight days to complete. They were less than a day into the journey when the local guide soon realised that Pophfer and Wise were the real deal. "We were carrying our own 20kg packs, and we'd trained for it, so we were fit and coping well," Pophfer said. So when the guide asked the two strong Aussies if they were up for a challenge, they didn't need to be asked twice. CRAMPONS: Adventurer Shane Pophfer at his Charmhaven home with the footwear of choice for serious mountain climbing. Picture by Aaron Brown. Bamboo Flooring - Save the planet one step at a time. Bamboo flooring has the most wonderful natural warmth you can't help but notice and comes pre finished in matt, semi-gloss or high-gloss for easy installation. See our website for an extensive range of renewable and sustainable products and find a showroom near you. Trade enquiries welcome. styleplantation.com.au 20/30 Karinta Rd, Erina, NSW - Tel 4367 2422 • Environmentally friendly • Retardent against termites, fire, scuffing and indentation • Very stable under humid conditions • Allergy free • Colourfast and abrasive resistant • Beautiful and durable • Easy installation c8706500-4Mar ACENTRAL Coast adventurer has embarked on an extraordinary mission to scale the world's seven highest mountains. Shane Pophfer, 42, of Charmhaven, will partner his mate Darren Wise, of Sydney, on the six-year quest which would culminate atop Mount Everest in 2014. In 2008, the pair crossed Kosciusko (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) off their to-do list. This month they plan to conquer Aconcagua (Argentina) and Elbrus (Russia). The climbs will be made back-to-back over just five weeks, and the pair is bracing for winds of more than 150kmh, temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees, and a climbing speed of just 100m per hour. Vinson (Antarctica), Denali (Alaska) and Everest (Nepal) will complete their odyssey over seven continents. Pophfer and Wise are both former paratroopers with the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment, Australia's elite airborne infantry battalion. It's where they met, and where they honed the mental toughness and physical fitness that is underpinning their assault on the summits. Their sense of adventure, however, was instilled long before they enlisted. It comes from a childhood spent jumping off the tallest trees and bridges, and pushing their skateboards and bikes to the limit. By DAVID STEWART No excuses FUEL STOP: Pancakes, honey toast, bananas and biscuits were among the key items on the menu.
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