Two months in a barrel: South African man to break world pole position record | World News


Vernon Kruger has been sitting in a barrel suspended 25 meters above the ground for more than two months.

Overlooking the South African city of Dullstroom, the 52-year-old is about to break a Guinness world record … created by him in 1997.


"Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy," said Kruger, who usually works as a diver.

"It is a very small place to snuggle up and I have to stay in a fetal position."

Kruger's "house in the sky" is equipped with a drainage system for "all the garbage".


He is washing twice a week in a small basin and surviving on food hoisted by his team in a wicker basket.

"A little frustrating up here": an aerial view of Vernon Kruger in his barrel. Photo: Antoine Demaison / AFP via Getty Images

The idea first came about when climbing a palm tree on an island while on vacation.


"Someone said … why don't you break the record of sitting in a tree? First, it was a joke and then I got a challenge from my friends to really do that," said Kruger.

After some research, however, Kruger found that a man from Indonesia had already broken the record sitting on a tree for 28 days.

He dismissed the idea and one of his friends suggested "sitting on a pole".

"The record was 54 days," said Kruger, who decided to accept the challenge and was "on pole" for 64 days.

Despite the cramps and back pain, Kruger repeated the experience more than two decades later.

"It gets a little frustrating up here, especially as I can't do a lot of things for myself," he admitted. "I need to trust other people for absolutely everything."

On Monday, Kruger will have spent 67 days in his barrel.

And to his team's dismay, he plans to stay longer.

"Vernon doesn't fall when he breaks his record," said organizer Fiona Jones. "He'll be staying a little longer."

"We are concerned," he added. "Because we have to take him down."

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