Stu owns Stem Media, a film and TV production company, and Al invests in early-stage tech startups at BlueChilli. In 2016 Stu and Al produced The Big Smoke Bottle Boat, where we built a boat out of 5,000 little plastic wine bottles, drove it 4,000km across the Australian Outback to Darwin, where our four-man paddling crew placed second in the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta. At the time, we thought it was the first time anyone outside Darwin had entered a team in the race. The film about the project is currently in production for release in 2017.
Inspired by Bottle Boat we sought out other opportunities to tell the story of larrikin Aussies doing stupidly-adventurous things for the love of it.
This year, a small band of self-funded, foolhardy, adventurous Aussies will compete on the world hide-and-seek stage for the very first time.
Josh Stinton is Team Captain of the Nascondingos and a highly-experienced adventure sportsperson who specialises in entering extremely difficult and unusual sporting events with no prior experience, to raise money for charity. Here is he pictured learning to do cross-country skiing on roller skis, which was the only training he was able to do before competing in the world's longest and hardest cross-country ski race, above the Arctic Circle. Arriving in Norway he had never skied on snow before. He also learned to ride a unicycle so he could compete in the world unicycle trail riding championships and is currently back in Norway to compete in the world's longest mountain bike race, all for charity. Nutter.
Chanie Hyde (on the right with her friend Vee and some actor guy with ridiculous muscles) works in tech startups, blogs about eating extreme foods and is a keen Crossfit and Roller Derby competitor. You probably don't want to try and stop her getting to the safe zone, she'll take you down.
Alec Jones (seen here at left with Stu and Al) was a key member of the Bottle Boat documentary production crew in 2016. He is into cinema, esports, obstacle course racing and trekking in the Himalayas. He wants to focus his life on making and doing things "that make people happy".