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Rockall pod-dweller Hancock beats solo occupation record

40 days atop North Atlantic islet

The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has broken the Rockall solo occupation record of 40 days – set back in 1985 by ex-SAS bloke Tom McClean.

Hanock tweeted his success today as he eyes the next record, which would involve surpassing the 42 days spent atop the North Atlantic granite outcrop by three Greenpeace activists back in 1997.

Hancock is due to exit the rock later this week, earlier than planned. He'd hoped to pass a peaceful 60 days in a survival podule on the world's remotest boulder, but a rather hairy storm claimed a good part of his food supplies during what the plucky rock-dweller described as "the worst experience of my life".

Nonetheless, Hancock posted posted a fetching selfie yesterday showing he's in pretty good shape, apart from suffering somewhat in the hair department.

Nick Hancock atop Rockall yesterday

Fret ye not, an appointment with the barber's chair awaits

Should bad weather prevent a seaborne extraction this week, Rockall's temporary resident has enough food for roughly another 5-10 days. ®

Bootnote

For those of you not familiar with the sacred islet, it looks like this...

The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

...and can be found right here:

Google map showing the position of Rockall

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