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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
13 www.coastingtoday.com .au COASTING FEATURE RESIDENTIAL GOLF & SPA RESORT Open to the public 7 days, Kooindah Blvd, Wyong, Central Coast Ph 02 4351 0700 or visit kooindahwaters.com.au CORPORATE GOLF AT KOOINDAH WATERS CORPORATE GOLF PACKAGES Kooindah Waters is the perfect location for your next corporate golf function. Corporate Group Packages start from $49.00pp and include: 18 holes of championship golf Practice facilities including 4 nets, chipping green and putting green Full cart set up with personalised cart signs Microphone and lectern upon request for pre and post golf speeches Locker and shower facilities Organisation of on course activities Post golf presentation and prize set up with clothed tables and decorations Green Fees Per Person Individual Up to 19 persons Groups 20-28 persons Groups 28+ persons Monday-Thursday $59.00pp $54.00pp $49.00pp Friday-Sunday $69.00pp $64.00pp (After 12pm) $59.00pp (After 12pm www.coastingtoday.com .au Follow the Seven Summits adventure Coasting readers can follow the pair’s progress on the mountains at www.darrenwise.com.au . The pair is also raising funds for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Enough is Enough (the anti-violence organisation). Go to www.everydayhero.com .au./corporatemonk to donate. Pophfer said the pair’s adventures were fully self-funded, and that 100 per cent of donations would go to the charities. An employee at Doyalson-Wyee RSL Club, Pophfer said the pair would take an Australian RSL flag to each of the summits, to commemorate fallen ex-service personnel. MAJESTIC: Clouds shroud the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in this picture taken by Shane Pophfer during his climb in 2008. KINDRED SPIRITS: Shane Pophfer (left) and Darren Wise enjoying the high life atop Kilimanjaro. The guide suggested that if the party pushed on, instead of making camp, they could reach the summit in maybe four days. Always looking for new ways to extend themselves, Pophfer and Wise reached the summit in a record three days. “Then when we came down from the mountain, we came down in the dark, and nobody does that,” Pophfer said. “A lot of people didn’t believe that we could do it that quickly.” But the trek was no walk in the park. Pophfer lost 6kg during the journey, and admits that he and Wise were not properly prepared. “When we were training for Kilimanjaro, I thought I’d have to be muscular. But that was of no use. You needed to be aerobically fit, and you needed to be athletic,” he said. Pophfer also admits that the pair’s clothing was inadequate for dealing with the extreme temperature variations at the foot and top of the mountain. It was one of several mistakes they made. But important lessons were well learned. “ This time, my preparation for Aconcagua and Elbrus has involved doing a lot more breathing training to get my lungs working harder,” Pophfer said. The pair has also reviewed the clothing and equipment that they’ll need. Stay young As an avid kayak paddler, cyclist, surfer and jogger, Pophfer is a walking advertisement for leading an active life. The single father of three is enthusiastic about health and fitness, but his real passion – and the message that he most wants to share – is to challenge the boundaries of daily routine, and embrace a sense of adventure. “ Go exploring. Push yourself,” he said. “ When we’re kids, we’re curious and we like to explore. But as we get older – especially blokes – w e get into a routine with the mortgage and the family or whatever, and we lose that sense of adventure,” he said. “ Not everyone is going to be able to climb Mount Everest. But everyone has an Everest in their lives. It might be about losing weight, changing jobs, or walking away from a toxic relationship. Whatever it is, push yourself to make the change you need to make. Life is short.” Pophfer’s motto for the Seven Summits adventure is ‘No excuses’ . PUSHING IT: Pophfer with a member of the local climbing party who scaled Kilimanjaro in a record three days. Treks to the top of the mountain usually take between five and eight days.
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