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Brit sets new hot-air balloon record

British explorer David Hempleman-Adams has just broken the world altitude record in a hot-air balloon. He went up over Alberta, Canada, and attained six miles in his wicker basket. At 32,500 feet that is higher than a jumbo jet. Presumably he was warmly dressed.

In June 2005, according to Wikipedia, he staged the world's "highest" formal dinner party:

Hempleman-Adams, Alan Veal, and fellow explorer Bear Grylls ascended to 24,262 feet in a hot air balloon. Grylls and Veal, wearing formal attire, then climbed down to a dinner table suspended 40 feet below the balloon and dined on asparagus, salmon, and summer fruits, and finally parachuted down to earth.

Hempleman-Adams was the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, and the first person to reach all four poles, true and magnetic. We’ll have to see about adding him to our HEROES & ADVENTURERS section, which features some wonderful men and women.