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By Joe Glickman

Like the moment vintage The final American guy, Fearless is the tale of a outstanding person who accepts no own limits—including worry. Freya Hoffmeister, a forty-six-year-old former sky diver, gymnast, marksman, and pass over Germany contestant, left her twelve-year-old son in the back of to paddle on my own and unsupported round Australia—a year-long event that almost each specialist assured might get her killed. She deliberate not just to outlive the 9,420-mile journey via large, shark-infested seas, yet to do it quicker than the single different paddler who did it.
As journalist and specialist kayaker Joe Glickman information the voyage of this Teutonic strength of nature, he captures interminable days at the water and nights camped out on abandoned islands; hair-raising encounters with crocs and nice white sharks; and the bold 300-mile open-ocean crossing that shaved 3 weeks off her journey. For 332 days Glickman Freya’s trip on her blog—along with a far-flung viewers of awestruck, even lovesick, groupies—as she took on one terrifying ordeal after the subsequent. finally, he says, “her self-importance and pigheadedness paled subsequent to her approximately superhuman skill to grasp worry and persevere.”

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The unfastened Parking issue: throughout the evening birds landed on her with brilliant regularity. “They most likely suggestion i used to be a good log floating within the water! ” The Flying Fish issue: Flashing inches above the water like slimy UFOs, flying fish smashed into her. while one hit her face “it left a pungent, fishy spot which stored me wakeful. ” The Crick issue: As she drifted and not using a sea anchor, her boat floated parallel to the waves. “To keep away from taking waves within the face, I grew to become my head in a single course simply. ” The Oxygen issue: to guard her face from rain and spray, she cinched the hood of her Gore-Tex jacket tight over her face. The trick used to be to go away enough space to respire. “I pulled my neoprene visor over my eyes and in simple terms my nostril caught out. ” whereas a pert nostril is a bonus in a attractiveness contest, it lacks the hood clearance of a true schnozzola. The Oh Shit issue: while the wind kicked up, tremendous waves that she dubbed “lovely breakers” could crash over her head each ten mins or so—just some distance adequate aside so she might doze off in among. “If i may listen them coming i may flip my face away, yet occasionally i used to be fairly quick asleep! ” at the plus aspect, there has been a near-zero hazard of a ship working into her at midnight. there have been no boats. And, hence, no likelihood of rescue may still she run into difficulty. On day 5 she handed the midway mark—189. five miles down; 167. 7 to move. After logging greater than 3,000 miles during the last 100 days, Freya had calluses in the entire correct locations. nonetheless, she knew that McAuley had suffered open sores and abscesses all over the place his physique, and did what she may to prevent them, utilizing pads and garments to reduce rubbing. She constructed zits on her face from donning sunscreen all day (“next time I’ll have a few scrubby stuff convenient! ”) and pink welts sprang up on her calves. yet she suffered in basic terms “a moderate little bit of chafing within the butt fold the place the completely rainy epidermis rubs opposed to one another and this used to be no longer bothering me on sitting or paddling in any respect. ” the following her concentration, realization to element, and talent to spend never-ending hours within the boat have been crucial. “Caring approximately your individual wishes on one of these crossing calls for a few sturdy balance,” she acknowledged. “You can be in a position to consume, drink, pee, wear footwear and alter your blouse or pants with out placing up the stabilization floats first. ” She had some time past deserted her funnel for the easier perform of peeing within the cockpit: “There is a few water within the cockpit besides all day from paddling. After a pee, you squeeze clean water over your crotch and sponge or pump every little thing out of the cockpit. If it’s too tough, the task easily has to attend. ” New used to be facing “No. 2. ” yet, as she proudly informed me, “I used to be even in a position to do this with out floats the 1st day! however it used to be calm. It’s certainly extra enjoyable with stabilization floats. ” i might have notion the simplest method will be just to leap within the water whilst nature referred to as. She chanced on the belief of sharing the sea along with her personal poop too icky, yet there has been additionally the potential for sea creatures being attracted, food-wise, to 1 or the opposite of them (the woman or the poop).

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