Rough seas may have prevented him from landing last year, but adventurer Nick Hancock is now on Rockall!
Nick hopes to spend 60 days on the rock, around 260miles west of the Outer Hebrides – which will beat the current occupation record of 42 days set by three Greenpeace campaigners in 1997.
A message beamed via satellite through Nick’s GPS device to his support team at 8.12am today, Thursday, June 5th, said: “Message: If you’re reading this then Nick and the RockPod are successfully up on and attached to Hall’s Legde on Rockall.”
For the next 60 days, Nick, 39, will live in the RockPod, a converted eight foot yellow water tank on Hall’s Ledge, a small flatter part of the rock just 11ft by four foot.
The RockPod will be powered by a small wind turbine and solar panels for charging his satellite communications; and the adventurer will be surviving on army rations amongst his survival items.
“I will be keeping in touch with my wife Pamela and my son Freddie, who is two, through Skype,” said Nick. “I will also be in regular voice and text contact with my support team on the mainland.”
The first solo occupation record set for Rockall was by SAS veteran Tom McCelan in 1985 who lived on Britain’s loneliest outpost for 40 days.
If Edinburgh based chartered surveyor Nick manages to live solo for 60 days he’ll go straight into the record books.
Nick is hoping to raise £10,000 for Help The Heroes charity and has asked for the public to support his aim by donating through www.justgiving.com/rockallsolo