In a much publicized incident, Hendri Coetzee passed away earlier this month while kayaking Congo’s Lukuga River on a First Ascent expedition. The expedition itself, and the detail of the incident intrigued me so I did a little more research on the man. I stumbled upon his blog, and was blown away. It’s elegantly written, and puts you right there. Furthermore, it’s not just about the expedition, but dealing with fear, uncertainty, and the unkown (which obviously pertains to his lifestyle). A short excerpt from his final post:
“It is hard to know the difference between irrational fear and instinct, but fortunate is he who can . Often there is no clear right or wrong option, only the safest one. And if safe was all I wanted, I would have stayed home in Jinja. Too often when trying something no one has ever done, there are only 3 likely outcome: Success, quitting, or serious injury and beyond. The difference in the three, are often forces outside of your control. But this is the nature of the beast: Risk.”- Hendri Coetzee
I encourage you to check out the rest of his posts, although there are not many, they’re all inspiring. As I said, they’re elegantly written and really captures what it’s like to be at the forefront of one’s field. Sadly his life was cut short, but it’s obvious that it was a life well lived.