Shane (also known as “Poff”) grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He had an adventurous childhood; swimming in creeks and rivers, climbing trees and bridges, roller-skating, riding his BMX or anything on wheels. One may ask, where does he get this zest for life? He says, “When it’s time to leave this earth, I want to be all used up and wrung out like an old sponge, with nothing left to give”. His enthusiasm for getting the most out life is infectious!
At the age of eighteen, Shane enlisted in the Army in 1986 and joined the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), Australia’s elite airborne infantry battalion. As a young paratrooper, there was adventure and excitement, but with the role came a deeper understanding of courage, discipline camaraderie, loyalty, physical and mental endurance. These skills and core values would guide Shane as he negotiated the future challenges in his own life and on his own adventure pursuits.
After his military service, he moved around with his family, making the seaside town of Port Macquarie on the east coast of Australia his family home. This is where he found the love of the ocean and would regularly spearfish surf, and ocean kayak. The surrounding area also gave way to mountain biking, road cycling and paragliding.
Shane now lives on the Central Coast north of Sydney and even though he’s now a grandfather, he still lives by the mantra of ‘Adventure is a Way of Life’ as he quietly pursues completing the ‘7 Summits’ which covers climbing the highest point on the seven continents.
Some Past Personal Adventures
Part of the Andes mountain range, Aconcagua is the second highest of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each continent), behind only Mount Everest in Asia. At 22,837 feet (6,961 meters), not only is it the highest mountain in South America, it is the tallest peak in all of the Americas, as well as the Southern and Western Hemispheres.
Denali, once called Mount McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America. Located in south-central Alaska, the mountain's peak is 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level, also making it the third highest of the Seven Summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents - following Mount Everest in Nepal and Aconcagua in Argentina. By one measure, it could be considered the third tallest mountain in the world.
Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. A dormant volcano, Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia. Elbrus has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes
Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 metres from its base, and 5,895 metres above sea level.
Approaching from the south of Kilimanjaro, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb to the summit. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
The Kokoda Track or Trail is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland - 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line - through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track was the location of the 1942 World War II battle between Japanese and Allied - primarily Australian - forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.