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Chris Dewhirst Chris Dewhirst i(28051424 works by)
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'In the 1960s and early 70s, Dewhirst was at the forefront of Australian rock climbing, making numerous first ascents throughout the country. In 1980 he established commercial rafting on Tasmania's Franklin River, then went on to pioneer commercial hot air ballooning in Australia, and in a world first, over Melbourne, a metropolis of 5 million people. After successfully over-flying Mt Everest, Dewhirst was awarded the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia Oswald Watt Gold Medal, the FAI's Diplome Montgolfiere and the UK Royal Aero Club's Salomons Trophy. The National Geographic film of the Everest expedition FIRE IN THE WIND is an all time classic. Dewhirst has also been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to adventure tourism.' (Everest, Guns and Money)

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