Man in 100-balloons camping chair flight

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Media caption Ben Morgan described the flight since “magical”

A British explorer has flown 25km (15. five miles) across South Africa suspended through 100 helium balloons.

Tom Morgan, from Bristol, reached heights of 8, 000ft (2, 438m) while strapped to some camping chair, in scenes similar to the Pixar smash Up.

The 38-year-old spent 2 days inflating balloons ahead of the flight, which usually he described as “magical”.

The challenge moved to South Africa on Fri after several failed attempts within Botswana.

“The issue was finding a good weather windows and it was difficult to protect the particular balloons as they kept bursting, inch Mr Morgan said.

With just enough helium left for just one more attempt, the adventurer great team moved their base in order to north of Johannesburg.

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Image caption Mr Morgan took 2 days to blow up the balloons

Describing the feeling as “unbelievably cool”, Mr Morgan also admitted feeling “somewhere among terrified and elated” as he flower in the air.

As the balloons drifted towards the inversion layer from the atmosphere – where the temperature increases – he said the air travel started to accelerate very quickly.

“I had to keep my awesome and start gradually cutting the balloons. ”

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Image caption The particular flight had originally been because of take place in Botswana

Mr Morgan, who has resided in Bristol for 15 many years and runs an adventure business, wants to eventually set up a competing helium balloon race in The african continent.

“We will have to prevent areas with lots of spiky bushes even though, ” Mr Morgan said.

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Image caption Mr Morgan’s feat is similar to the film Up, in which helium balloons are used to lift a house

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