TASMANIA 1.0 - MORE THAN ABSOLUTE MADNESS
Story telling often lives more from what could have been than from what really was. The most fascinating stories are those endless epics without a happy end where the brave protagonists gloriously fail but still return home safely. It is not known why Andy and Chris travelled from Munich to the end of the world to climb the entire length of the river bed of the New River right to the top of Federation Peak. The fact is that they did not make it. Too unfit, mentally not strong enough, under-equipped for the icy waters of the New River, not enough food and with way too heavy loads for such a physical climb. End of the story? Not for Andy and Chris...
TASMANIA 2.0 or THE CONQUERING OF THE USELESS IS NOT IN VAIN
Under the apparent influence of an overdose of Bavarian beer the two friends decide to return to Tasmania and to challenge the New River once again. For months they train with heavy loads, they climb every damn wood struck gully near Munich, they learn to drink disgusting oils and fats, shop for seriously thick neoprene underwear, reduce their camera equipment drastically and sweet talk David into making them two superlight but sturdy custom fit BACH packs.
On February 27th we received a text message.
“We are physically, well… completelynackered. Food and booze in Melbourne are great. Looks like we really were thefirst to get through. Crazy feeling. Love it”.
And what do we learn from that story?Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Or maybe that the conquering of the useless is utterlyand truly useless. But very rewarding.