Fly by the seat of your pants

Written By miftah nugraha on Sabtu, 24 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

FLY LIKE A FOX: Ewan Ferrier, 15, of Launceston, takes a ride on the flying fox to be used in the Cataract Gorge Challenge. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN

HAVE you ever wanted to participate in an event such as the Mark Webber Challenge, but weren't sure if you would cut it?

The Launceston Eye Institute Cataract Gorge Challenge on October 27 aims to make thrilling adventure sports accessible to ordinary people aged 13 and up.

The challenge includes mountain biking, road biking, running, kayaking and rope climbing.

The ropes course was the brainchild of the late Bob McMahon, an adventure guide and anti-pulp mill campaigner who died in April.

It includes a flying fox ride from a cliff on one side of the gorge to the Cataract Walkway on the other side, and a monkey climb along the edge of King's Bridge.

Participants can choose to do all of the legs, or just some.

The event's co-founders, former colleagues of Mr McMahon Ian Ferrier and Cade Smith, are also aiming to promote Launceston, and its Cataract Gorge, as Australia's adventure capital.

"The Gorge is so accessible and under-utilised," Mr Smith said.

"The event is designed to capture the attention and imagination of the local and regional community and highlight Launceston's natural assets to a much wider audience."


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