Chris Hayward, who stopped in Echuca this week, is hoping to become the first person to paddle from the mouth of the Murray River to Mt Kosciusko.LUKE MCMANUS March 28, 2014 4:55am
Solo adventurer-turned-kayaker Chris Hayward has experienced plenty on his quest to become the first person to achieve a full ascent of the Murray River.
Mr Hayward has about 700km left before his expedition finishes.
By then the 20-year-old would have paddled about 2300km upstream and then reached the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.
The journey is part of Mr Hayward’s bid to raise money for an environmental charity called Greenfleet, mixed with a desire to quench his thirst for adventure.
In the past four months, Hayward has accumulated 1714km, paddled through a month of extreme temperatures, was struck down with mercury poisoning from copious amounts of tinned tuna and come across some furry (and not so furry) friends along the way.
Why does he do it?
‘‘It’s something different,’’ he said.
‘‘I get to see the country, see the world and meet a whole range of cool people.
‘‘I’ve witnessed some incredible stuff. I’ve rescued some animals. I’ve pulled a kangaroo and a sheep from the mud.
‘‘I had an Eastern Brown Snake sitting with me on the kayak for two days, that I rescued from a houseboat.
‘‘Cockatoos I’ve had on the kayak with me. One of them was with me for four days until I got him to rescue.
‘‘I had to stop for two weeks in Tooleybuc (near Swan Hill) with a bout of gastro and food poisoning. I’d eaten so much tuna that I simply reached a point where my body couldn’t cope.
‘‘The doctors tried to put an end to the trip but I couldn’t stop just like that.
‘‘It’s definitely been an incredible experience and one that I wouldn’t get if I was travelling by bitumen in a caravan.’’
Hayward has raised about $1000 in online donations but has ‘‘no idea’’ how much is in his money tin, which proudly sits at the bow of his kayak.
The adventurer, who became the youngest person to kayak the entire length of the Murray downstream in 2012, expects to finish the journey in May.
People can donate on Mr Hayward’s website,or through his Facebook page.
Goulburn Valley has mostly selected skips in its bid to reclaim the Norm Knopp Shield tomorrow.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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