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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 05 Nov, 2018 6:33 pm

The cost involved would be far greater both in support crew as well as equipments.
Just move it!
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Tue 06 Nov, 2018 8:33 am

jmac wrote:
Nuts wrote:
Nuts wrote:I see, yes, had thought there would be more detail somewhere but it doesn't appear that way. So iv'e asked her what routes she took (just out of curiosity).

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In the meantime, I think Lou-Phi has unfinished business in Tasmania. You need to come back and swim around Tassie, Lou-Phi!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-05/ ... er_Organic


He used no buoyancy aids "in the true spirit of endurance swimming", just gloves and thick wetsuits and head covers.


A wetsuit is a buoyancy aid, even if it's not specifically designed to be one.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby louphi » Mon 31 Dec, 2018 10:32 pm

Hi all, last day of the year. I bet you're all half tipsy and/or enjoying time with family/friends in town or in the bush.

So small update of the past months:
@peregrinator: thanks for the "genius". I indeed think it's more a brain than a physical effort. In brain I mean smart enough to plan (thanks for those who helped, they know who they are), calm in the face of adversity. And slow enough to decrease the amount of energy lost per km of progress... all obviously to avoid a fall that would lead to a large enough injury that would have stopped the expedition. So a lot of luck somewhere and of course some bad luck and decisions especially with the loss of most of the videos/photos.

1) Memory card was sent by my friend nearly 2 months ago back to Belgium. Still not arrived. He went in Sydney to the company but as we thought impossible to retrieve deleted data on the microSD.
Lessons learnt: copy twice the data before sharing with journalists. Problem: journalists are always in a hurry to get things fresh. I'd love to have 1 day to process these kind of urgent matter.
2) TOES: recovered. Feeling is back Thanks to those 3D printed soles that have kept blood in my toes and removed pressure points. Just 2 toes where the tips are not 100% ok but I consider by healing here.
3) Had to remove 80% of the big left toenail. Is is very slowly growing back from what I just checked now. It was in fact black because of dried blood between the nail and the flesh. No pain at all.
4) Weight: 78kg, pretty good. I've been eating much, especially nuts, found hemp seeds here and started 3 weeks ago to go to a gym. My aim is to do 4 hours of sport per week (after zero since I was 17) and focus on the legs, especially quadriceps. My flatmate is in the 3rd year physiotherapist so she's started stretching me so she trains and I scream :) because I'm stiff. I just bought a massage table so in january she can stretch me for free, better, train and make me as flexible as a ballerina :)
5) book: nothing done :(
6) job: got one until end march.
7) setup newsletter: not done yet either
8) next expedition? normally not before 2021 or so. But If no job this summer... I'm thinking of an attempt to cross the Pyrennees unresupplied. Only of my legs are strong because the HRP route (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_Randonn%C3%A9e_Pyr%C3%A9n%C3%A9enne)
Scary with the distance and elevation. Especially with a massive backpack. Currently my draft idea is: possible with a max 45kg pack at the start. No packraft, no winter, no stove...just food and lightweight gear. 45-50days max. The idea would be to do the same daily distance recommended but the way I do...walking long hours.
9) My Death Valley first crossing will be completed by a second person in a few days. It took me 9 calendar days but 8 days in duration. It's his 5th attempt. Doing it 2 months later than me (less warm) I think he'll make it in a duration of 6,5-7 days. https://share.garmin.com/RolandB
10) BEST NEWS: TasmaniaWinterTrek earned #3 place of the Top10 expeditions of the year on Explorersweb (even beating the Antarctica crossings done by 2 solo people): https://explorersweb.com/2018/12/29/top-10-expeditions-of-2018-3-first-winter-crossing-of-tasmania/
The means I can use this info to perhaps get National Geographics to hear about me. Would be great to be nominated in their yearly pickup of 7-10 Adventurers of the Year.
11) Total distance. I've been struggling to get the data of my GPS Garmin Inreach Explorer out to be then imported in GoogleEarth. Even if my route is still online, I cannot figure out yet how to do it. All I found is that it's a pain in the *ss and that many people struggle then don't remember how to do. Seriously. It should be a 1 button to download the route grrrr. When this is done, I'll also complete the list of gear and food in excel and upload on my site. Would be great beofre the end of this year.

Sorry for all those fires on the island. I also saw the news about the pilot crash near Federation Peak.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Overlandman » Tue 01 Jan, 2019 12:30 am

Thanks for the update Lou-Phi
Checking up on your blog each day and when you completed the treck was the highlight for me for 2018. Happy New Year.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Warin » Tue 01 Jan, 2019 6:43 am

Thanks for the up date ... happy new year to you and good luck with the next walk Lou-Phi.

Re the memory card.. the procedure I have been advised to use is;
  • Copy (in those days it was to a CD, might be cheaper these days to a memory stick) and send home.
  • Once it is home have some one check that the photos are there and they copy the photos to some thing else.
  • Then you can reuse the card.
Humm I may have posted this before :oops:

For the 'press'? Humm I think I'd copy the memory card a few times, let them have the copies (except for the one you send home) ... As above don't let the original card be used for anything else untill you have 2 confirmed copies at home.

Re Lost gear ... any reports of people looking for it?

Re fires.. they happen. Some think we should have them more frequently.. I don't know. We have lost a lot of knowledge from the Aborigines about what they actually did land management wise.

Re Lost pilot. Accidents happen, most of the time people get away with it. Hopefully they will find out what happened and be able to avoid future ones.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Overlandman » Wed 09 Jan, 2019 1:44 pm

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15 Sept. Crashing waves made me capsize passing the tip of the peninsula. Fun! Relaunched and padlled. Later on the wind was too strong, with 2m waves. Had to stop on island. Now, please, Tasmania, send Margot Robbie with pizza & beer.

Lou-Phi to Audition as Ken :D

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-09/ ... m/10702240
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby tastrax » Wed 09 Jan, 2019 2:22 pm

:D :D :D Rugged handsome type, well travelled .... what more would she need!
Cheers - Phil

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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby louphi » Fri 25 Jan, 2019 9:06 am

Haha. Need more muscles for Ken and the need a really really handsome one, a dream guy, which I'm not.
I'm in Paris, I finally met back with the psychologist at the university where we were filmed by a FRANCE2 TV crew to explain the tests "Decision taking under stress in extreme environment".

France2 will come later in a few weeks to Belgium to shoot more.
Meanwhile, got an email from Daniel (living near the Derwent bridge). The water was still high on monday, he want to already search a bit with his son but they wait for the water level to drop.

My Gopro memorycard 1 sent in November from Syndey to Belgium hasn't arrived yet. I fear it is lost (forever).

For sure the day I have more "budget" I'll think of having USBkeys bought in advance to copy before giving to journalists. My bad in fact for not thinkin of it. During the expedition, not something my brain was focused on or thinking like "oh, i should ask the people to get me to bring 300gb of memory to save my data". I wish i would have made such a mistake on a shorter previous trek , not on this one.

I also joined all distance of offtrack+lakes+river+adding the known distances of the PenguinCradle(PCT)+Overland+PortDavey&SouthCoast track.
It is 470km. The excludes zigzagging and real distance is hence for sure above 500km. That's also without counting the week or so on the PCT where I did 3 times the journey dividing the load. I calculate/estimate this later, I guess it will be around 550km.

I applied to TEDxLondon, by 20 feb, I should know if they accept my talk about TasmaniaWinterTrek and the "decision taking under stress" talk.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Sat 26 Jan, 2019 5:57 pm

OK.

Yesterday, just for something to do while on the way back from a walk with an interesting end, I stopped at Derwent Bridge and went looking for the capsize spot on the river. Easy to find and identify. Water is fairly low and gentle right now, so I waded around the log in question, both sides, and checked the river and banks on both sides down to the confluence as far as was practical. No sign of anything on the bottom or the banks that shouldn't be there, although I could have missed it even with the polarised sunnies. It could have been washed all the way down to Lake KW, which gives you far too big a search area for any prospect of success.

Two things I'd like to add:
1) Red, yellow or orange bags, always. So much easier to see.
2) if you tried paddling over that log you aren't just crazy you are *&%$#! stupid. Definitely a major incident to analyse for your "decision making under pressure" study and talks.
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