Feeds

Sacred islet Rockall repels Brit adventurer's first assault

Attempt to land life podule for lengthy stay thwarted

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Heavy seas have thwarted Brit adventurer Nick Hancock's first attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall, and he's beaten a retreat to St Kilda ahead of a second pop tomorrow.

If he can get atop the remote granite outcrop - which lies 480km off the west coast of Scotland - Hancock plans to spend 60 days there in support of Help for Heroes. In the process, he'll break the previous Rockall residence record of 42 days, set back in 1997 by three plucky Greenpeace protestors.

According to the Guardian, Hancock had been expecting inclement weather when he departed the Isle of Harris on Thursday morning, "with swells as high as 8m forecast for Rockall over Thursday night and Friday morning".

Nick recently told El Reg he was expecting the landing to be the most difficult part of the operation. He said: "This is when there's the highest risk of injury and when the weather and swell will be crucial."

Indeed, on this hack's first trip* to Rockall back in 2003, shipmates Jamie Cambridge and Al Baker (a veteran of the Greenpeace occupation) were driven back by unfriendly seas.

The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

A touch of swell thwarts our 2003 assault on the sacred islet. Pic: Mark Alden

Jamie Cambridge and me after the attempt

Jamie Cambridge and me after the 2003 attempt. Pic: Mark Alden

We went back for a second go in 2005, and were rewarded by a mirror-like Atlantic - you can read about it here. Hancock now has to hope Neptune will similarly smile on his endeavour.

You can keep up with his progress at Twitter (@RockallNick), and on his blog (http://rockallsolo.blogspot.com). ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.