Suspended in a barrel, man set to interrupt “pole sitting” report

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DULLSTROOM: Vernon Kruger has been sitting in a barrel suspended 25 metres above floor for greater than two months. 

Overlooking the South African city of Dullstroom, the 52-year previous is about to interrupt a Guinness World report… set by himself in 1997.

“Sleeping on this barrel is just not very simple,” mentioned Kruger, who often works as a diver.

“It’s a really small place to twist up in and I’ve to lie in a foetal place.”

Kruger’s “house is the sky” is supplied with a drainage system for “all of the waste”.

He has been washing twice per week in a small basin and surviving on meals hoisted up by his staff in a wicker basket.

The thought first sprung to his thoughts while climbing a palm tree on an island throughout a trip.

“Any person mentioned… why don’t you break the report for sitting in a tree? First it was a joke after which I received it dare from my mates to truly do it,” mentioned Kruger.

After a bit a analysis, nonetheless, Kruger found {that a} man from Indonesia had already damaged the report by sitting in a tree for 28 days.

He scrapped the thought and certainly one of his mates urged “pole sitting”.

“The report was 54 days then,” mentioned Kruger, who determined to tackle the problem and sat “on pole” for 64 days.

Regardless of the cramps and again pains, Kruger repeated the expertise greater than 20 years later.

“It does get a bit irritating up right here particularly as a result of I can’t do many issues for myself,” he admitted. “I must depend on different folks for completely all the pieces.”

By Monday, Kruger may have spent 67 days in his barrel.

And to his staff’s dismay, he plans to remain extra.

“Vernon is just not coming down when he breaks his report,” mentioned organiser Fiona Jones. “He’s going to remain a bit of longer.”

“We’re involved,” she added. “As a result of we’ve received to get him down.”



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