At home with a daredevil
Unusual home matches couple’s intriguing business helping people explore their inner adventurer
THE DOOR TO HELL in Turkmenistan may share the same planet as the Elora Gorge, but the two big holes in the ground might as well be worlds apart.
The Elora Gorge is, of course, a wellknown local tourist attraction. Roughly two kilometres long, its steep limestone cliffs reach up 22 metres. The scenic wonder lures outdoor enthusiasts with activities that include camping, canoeing and climbing.
The Door to Hell is considerably less hospitable. Located in the former Soviet Union, it’s a natural gas fire – roughly the size of two football fields and 10 storeys deep – reeking of sulfur. Temperatures reach 400 C at the bottom and it has burned continuously for at least four decades.
But when George Kourounis, a modernday explorer and host of the TV series Angry Planet, wanted video of himself zip lining over the Door to Hell, the planning led him to Elora-based adventure guide Frederick Schuett.
Schuett and his wife, Christa Niravong,