Kent Couch of Bend, OR, floated 193 miles at an average height of 11,000 feet to La Grande, OR, in a lawn chair attached to 105 balloons. It took him almost 9 hours. He equipped himself with all the essential high-tech equipment to make the flight—a cell phone for communications and a knife to cut the balloons.
Couch also carried a GPS device. This allowed his chase crew to track him and, eventually, pick him up. While Couch says enjoyed the flight he was disappointed to not reach his goal—Idaho. (Read more publicity stunt stories.)