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April 23, 2014

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Update from sat.phone

Wed 23. -02.4576 -43.5548 6.05 to 15.45 34.7 km Strong headwind, current, choppy seas…business as usual!

April 23, 2014 09:00 PM

calkayak
California Canoe & Kayak Staff Blog

Epic V6 Surfski Review

Interested in the new Epic V6 Surfski? Check out this video featuring Epic Expert Kenny Howell surfing it on a test run in Half Moon Bay.
For a complete review of this boat by Kenny, just click on the link below.

http://www.epickayaks.com/article/article/epic-v6-review


by CCK Staff Blog at April 23, 2014 08:18 PM

Greenlandorbust.org
Greenland Or Bust - Helen Wilson & Mark Tozer

The Ladies Paddle Symposium, an aqueduct, a couple of islands and some whiskey

Earlier this month, Mark and I made our way to the Ladies Paddle Symposium, which is based out of Bala in North Wales. This was our first year at the event, and it was an absolute blast. One of the things that makes this event unique is that it provides instruction in so many disciplines. Classes were categorized into skill levels, and the disciplines to pick from were white water kayak, open canoe, sea kayak, White Water Safety Rescue (WWSR), freestyle and raft. Mark and I instructed beginning sea kayaking on Saturday and intermediate sea kayaking on Sunday. On Saturday evening I ran Yoga for Paddlers, which was so popular that we ran out of space. All in all it was a great event and wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic ladies.

Balancing exercises.

There are lots of ways to play around in a kayak.

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Limits were tested.

After leaving the event we headed to Llangollen, also in North Wales. Llangollen is a charming little town with a canal that runs through it. Part of the canal system contains the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which caries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee at an astonishing height of 126 feet. Of course, we paddled it, because how often do kayakers really get to paddle over a river?

Don't look down.

Don’t look down.

Or do, the River Dee is a long way down.

The River Dee is a long way down.

After that adventure we headed north to Islay, Scotland. Islay has been on our wish list of places to go for awhile, and it was wonderful to spend a couple of days there, soaking up the peaceful island and a few of the distilleries. It was lots of fun to explore by land and then paddle along the coast for a distillery tour kayaker-style.

Mark checks out the barley which is spread on the floor of the Laphroaig malting house to germinate.

Mark checks out the barley which is spread on the floor of the Laphroaig malting house to germinate.

Whiskey is matured in oak barrels.

Whiskey is matured in oak barrels.

At the end of our tour we did a tasting.

At the end of our tour we did a tasting.

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The following day we went for a paddle.

And visited my favorite distillery one more time.

And visited my favorite distillery one more time.

After leaving Islay we headed to Oban. Oban is another wonderful place in Scotland, and one that we’ve visited a few times. It was great to be back and to catch up with some of the locals. It was also fun to paddle around Kerrera with a stop for lunch at the Gylen Castle, which was built in 1582.

A gorgeous day to paddle around Kerrera.

A gorgeous day to paddle around Kerrera.

For the first half of the trip the water was undisturbed except for the wakes from passing ferries.

For the first half of the trip the water was undisturbed except for the wakes from passing ferries.

A castle is always a good place to stop for lunch.

A castle is always a good place to stop for lunch.

After a couple of days in Oban I flew back to California to run classes locally, while Mark stuck around for a few days to run classes in Scotland.

by helen at April 23, 2014 08:08 PM

Pratique du kayak en Bretagne
Articles qui relatent une pratique technique et sportive du kayak en Bretagne. Randonnées, formation, organisations, et portraits de kayakistes.

Actus et brèves... avril 2014

23 avril 2014

Wikimapia : mesure de distances sur une carte

Une question que se pose tout kayakiste en préparant une navigation est la distance à parcourir, ou après-coup la distance parcourue.

En kms ou en miles*, Wikimapia y répond très facilement.
Il suffit de reproduire son trajet en joignant une succession de points que l'on place directement sur la carte :

1 : entrer le lieu recherché
2 : prendre l'outil "Calculer la distance" et joindre les points du trajet par clics successifs
3 : lire le résultat en kms ou miles*

wikimapia-utilisation

Et voilà le tour est joué ! Wikimapia est très pratique et très rapide pour calculer une distance de navigation et très facile d'utilisation ;-)

(*) Il s'agit du Mile international (ou mile) : unité de longueur utilisée dans les pays anglophones mesurant environ 1 609 mètres.
A ne pas confondre avec le Mille marin (ou mille ou nautique) : unité de longueur utilisée dans la navigation maritime et aérienne mesurant 1 852 mètres.


23 avril 2014

Rivière argentine

Prenons le frais dans les eaux blanches argentines (3'50) : The lost Futaleufu


16 avril 2014

S'initier à la navigation dans les courants

C'est ce que l'on proposait les 12-13 avril à travers le week-end "CK/Mer Initiation à la navigation dans les courants du Golfe du Morbihan" avec des coefficients 65-75.

Progresser en se faisant plaisir était le 1er objectif du weekend, le succès a été au RDV avec 18 personnes présentes.

D-BRETON-Golfe La balise du Grand Mouton dans le courant de la Jument

Programme

Ainsi pour naviguer en mer dans les courants, avec efficacité et sécurité, nous avons abordé plusieurs points (voir le glossaire) :

  • Observer le plan d'eau et comprendre la mise en place des courants et contre-courants
  • Faire un bac, et se rendre compte que le plus court chemin n'est pas le plus rapide, ni le plus facile
  • Faire une reprise de courant, au fait c'est quoi et à quoi ça sert ?
  • Savoir s’arrêter en faisant un stop dans un contre-courant
  • Faciliter les manœuvres par le contrôle de la gîte et de l'assiette
  • Remonter une pointe à contre courant le plus facilement possible
  • Apprendre à repérer les dangers éventuels dus au courant
  • Faire un remorquage dans le courant...

Le niveau technique initial de chacun, couplé à la dimension émotionnelle, donnent une panoplie de besoins spécifiques à chaque individu. On l'a pris en compte et on a essayé d'y répondre en proposant des programmes variés, par groupe.

L-MALTHIEUX-Golfe Pause à l'île Méaban

Plaisir

Nous avons été récompensés par une météo calme se prêtant bien à la lecture des courants, doublée de temps de repos et de plaisir à être ensemble dans la bonne humeur et la convivialité.

Au camping de La Fontaine du Hallate, nous avons retrouvé un havre de paix verdoyant, dans lequel les kayakistes sont les bienvenus à prix modique.

A relire pour compléter :
15 avril 2013 - Weekend CK/mer - Initiation aux courants du Golfe


15 avril 2014

Une semaine kayak au collège

Je vous ai déjà parlé de ces chanceux collégiens qui ont des profs de sport qui leur proposent une activité kayak approfondie : Chic c'est la rentrée kayak ! (03 Sept. 2011)

L'apprentissage continue en s'amusant et en visitant les professionnels dans le Morbihan (56), une vidéo relate cette semaine sur le site de Asqajaq.


15 avril 2014

Le premier Kayak fabriqué en 3D !

Grass-roots-kayak-3D a completely 3D printed, customized Kayak

Il a fallu 42 jours à un ingénieur de l'entreprise 3D Systems pour réaliser un kayak fonctionnel grâce à une imprimante 3D. On savait que l'imprimante 3D permettait de réaliser des projets utiles, originaux, parfois fous, parfois dangereux, et parfois tous à la fois. Mais, un kayak, personne n'avait osé y penser. Personne, mis à part Jim Smith. L'ingénieur de l'entreprise 3D Systems... lire la suite

Voir aussi le blog du "constructeur"


10 avril 2014

Des bretons chez les normands...

L-Malthieux-Normandie-1 Plage de Ravenoville

Dans le cadre des rencontres organisées par les membres du forum kayakdemer.eu, c'est un weekend dans le Cotentin, dans le secteur de Grandcamp-Maisy (14), qui nous a été proposé les 5 et 6 avril.

Qui l’eut cru ? les bretons étaient nombreux à faire le déplacement ! Et on n'a pas regretté, car la Basse Normandie nous a offert un temps printanier pour découvrir de beaux sites de navigation du côté des Plages du Débarquement, entre Cotentin et Bessin.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-3 Saint-Marcouf, fort de l"île du Large

Ce sont 2 belles navigations, très différentes, qui nous ont fait découvrir ces côtes chargées d'histoire.

L'archipel Saint-Marcouf

Il s'agit de deux îles, l'île du Large et l'île de Terre.

Carte_Bloc-Cotier_Saint-Marcouf Extrait du Bloc côtier

L'île de Terre est une réserve ornithologique abritant de nombreux cormorans et goélands.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-12 Cormorans aux îles Saint-Marcouf

L'île du Large abrite sur toute sa surface un fort ceinturé par des douves creusées dans le rocher à même la mer. Avec nos kayaks nous avons pu les emprunter à marée haute et faire ainsi tout le tour du fort.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-2 Saint-Marcouf, à l'abordage du fort de l"île du Large

Les 2 îles sont interdites d'accès, nous avons pu mettre pied à terre sur l'île du Large car nous étions accompagnés de membres de l'association qui la gère : Les Amis de l'Ile du Large Saint-Marcouf.

Les falaises du Hoc

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Au départ de Grandcamp, le soleil est bien présent ce dimanche, le vent aussi. Nous allons longer les falaises jusqu'à Omaha Beach.

Carte_Bloc-cotier_Falaises-Hoc Extrait du Bloc côtier

Très vite nous arrivons à la Pointe du Hoc, elle sent les ajoncs en fleur qui la surplombent. Émotion, car ici nous sommes sur un haut lieu du Débarquement, point clé des fortifications allemandes. Nous passons au ras de la falaise prise d’assaut le matin du 6 juin 1944 par les Rangers.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-6 Falaises du Hoc, colonie de mouettes tridactyles

Nous continuons à longer de splendides falaises abritant une grande colonie de mouettes tridactyles et de nombreux fulmars boréaux. Plus au large, nous avons aperçu un grand labbe.

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Arrivés à Omaha beach le groupe s'est scindé, certains avaient mis une navette en place et sont rentrés, les autres ont fait le chemin inverse, avec un 5 Bft dans le nez.

Une belle ambiance

Nous étions 30 kayakistes de Normandie, Bretagne et Région Parisienne principalement, mais aussi des Pays de Loire ou encore d'Ariège !

Ces rencontres ont été amicales, culturelles et gastronomiques, humm les fromages normands...

Parmi les belles rencontres, il en est une particulière avec un trio en K3 : un couple et un chien guide qui ne quitte pas sa maitresse non voyante.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-9 Fakir, chien guide, la mascotte du weekend, prend sa place dans un K3

Et puis côté intérieur aussi, il y a de nombreuses découvertes à faire dans ce pays, comme des cigognes perchées dans les marais du Cotentin...

L-Malthieux-Normandie-10 Cigogne des marais du Cotentin


01 avril 2014

Journée sécurité en kayak de mer

Dans le cadre des "weekends échanges" CK/Mer, j'ai participé à la journée "autour des problématiques de sécurité" proposée le 23 mars dans le Golfe du Morbihan (56).

Une session sécu de plus, à quoi ça sert ?

  • Réviser ce que l'on sait et peaufiner les détails qui font la différence. Il y a la règlementation d'une part, mais aussi des moyens plus ou moins adaptés au kayak de mer d'autre part
  • Rassembler des personnes d'horizons variés qui vont partager leurs expériences et connaissances acquises dans d'autres contextes, en France ou ailleurs
  • Repérer ses points faibles
  • Faire le point sur son matériel : l'état et les dates de validité
  • Être plus serein mentalement lorsqu'on doit faire face à une situation de récupération

Un contenu inépuisable

Remorquages
Nous avons fait le point sur les différents systèmes : ceintures de remorquages, bouts lovés sur le pont, bouts courts. En les testant, on peut en déterminer les avantages et inconvénients et les cas dans lesquels ils sont le plus indiqués.

Ceinture remorquage Ceinture de remorquage largable

Un point important est que ces systèmes doivent toujours être largables, et là encore différentes possibilités existent.

Récupérations
En pratiquant les récupérations, même les plus basiques, on s'aperçoit qu'on a toujours besoin d'entrainement pour aller vite, et qu'il y a des détails qui permettent d'être plus efficace.

On a particulièrement travaillé les récupérations à 2 : chacun son tour à l'eau, ou les 2 à l'eau.

On a aussi expérimenté le cas où une personne a du mal à remonter dans son bateau par des méthodes classiques. CKMer-recup-personne-fatiguee CK/Mer faire remonter une personne en difficulté

Enfin, les auto récupérations nous ont bien occupés, différentes techniques existent : remonter à cheval sur le pont arrière, ou bien avec l'aide d'un paddle-float, ou encore en reentry-roll... toutes demandent de l'entrainement.

Kayarchy-re-entry with paddle float Kayarchy re-entry with a paddle float

Matériel
Il y a le matériel règlementaire, mais aussi il y a le matériel recommandé pour le kayakiste.

Prenons le cas des fusées : les fusées de détresse sont requises au nombre de 3 par la règlementation, pourtant elles ne suffiront pas si vous êtes masqué par des rochers par exemple. Il est donc recommandé d'avoir en plus des fusées parachute qui montent à 100 m.

Autre cas : celui de la VHF. Même si la VHF reste le moyen indispensable pour appeler les secours en mer, il est conseillé de disposer en plus d'un téléphone portable, la VHF ne passe pas partout, le portable non plus d'ailleurs...

Otter box Otter box : boite étanche et flottante

Une mise à l'eau en mars ?

A la sortie de l'hiver, pendant lequel on a généralement évité de se mettre à l'eau, il est bon de se préparer aux randonnées qui vont se présenter au printemps ou à l'été. La préparation doit se faire suffisamment en amont pour remettre son matériel au point et s'entrainer sur ses points faibles.

Avec un équipement adéquat, une session sécu dans l'eau se fait très bien : une combi sèche ou une combi néoprène intégrale sont requises pour être confort.
Mars ou pas, la température de l'eau sera toujours un prétexte pour échapper à ce type de session, car en Bretagne, même en juin, il faudra le même équipement.

S'entraîner c'est répéter

Répéter chaque année les sessions sécu c'est s'entrainer et se donner plus de chances de bien répondre à une situation qui se présentera et sera fatalement plus ou moins différente de ce que l'on a appris.

Il est important de se sentir concerné quand on pratique une activité nautique, car en mer l'hypothermie est le vrai danger, et ce en toute saison. Il vaut mieux pouvoir compter sur des techniques éprouvées pour ne pas rester dans l'eau...et si ce n'est pour soi, c'est pour être en mesure de porter assistance aux autres...


01 avril 2014

Haro sur le kayak de mer !

Mauvaise nouvelle pour le kayak de mer : les projets de modification de la D240 arrivent en cours de finalisation et ne sont pas bons pour notre activité.

Voilà ce qui se trame : le kayak de mer serait cantonné dans la bande des 300 mètres de la côte comme tous les "engins de plage" !

Voici les nouvelles prérogatives pour aller au delà : naviguer à 10 minimum, être accompagné par un guide de la nouvelle "Agence de l'eau salée" et un bateau accompagnateur.

Cauchemar, je vais arrêter cette activité ! Laissez un mot dans les commentaires (lien en bas de page) pour dire ce que vous en pensez !


>>> Mars 2014 :

Retour en Iroise
L'Irlande en kayak

by arzhela at April 23, 2014 07:43 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Daddy Daycare

An evening where I stayed ashore and played Daddy, whilst Mummy went for a paddle.

I had no objections…


Filed under: Dorset, Kayaking

by Mark Rainsley at April 23, 2014 07:35 PM

Océanos de Libertad

El arco de la isla Erbosa (Cabo Peñas, Asturias)

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A la izquierda de la isla, podemos apreciar su imponente arco.


Tras andar jugando por los islotes frente a Peñas, y recorrer la base de sus acantilados, decidí poner rumbo a la vecina isla de la Erbosa, un lugar magnifico donde poder navegar, siempre atento a los cambios del viento y del mar.


A la hora de meternos entre cuevas o arcos de piedra, o simpre que estemos cerca de rocas o rompientes, el casco se hace imprescindible.


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Varios de los arcos que encontraremos dentro del arco principal. Antes de entrar, el casco puesto.
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A la derecha del arco principal, existe un arco por el que apenas podría pasar el ancho de un kayak, pero hoy no era el día para filigranas, prudencia.

Este es el arco de la isla Erbosa, situada frente al cabo Peñas, en la costa asturiana. Recientemente se ha dado ha conocer en los medios por la triste noticia del naufragio del "Santa Ana" tras embarrancar en la misma.  Una pena que esta triste noticia acompañe a un lugar tan hermoso.

El arco presenta a su vez otros arcos más pequeños por los que podemos pasar sin problemas con nuestro kayak, siempre que la mar lo permita.

Puede llegar a resulra embriagador, el fugor de la mar rebotando en las paredes del arco y de sus cuevas interiores y una vez fuera el sol parece darte la bienvenida e invitarte a dejar de palear y dedicarte a la simple contemplación.

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Una vez en el interior, podemos seguir de frente, o meternos a la izquierda en otro arco interno.






by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 05:01 PM

Tatiyak

Easter around Argentario

Tornare all'Argentario è sempre molto emozionante.
Ho sognato per settimane di svegliarmi davanti al mare, sulla lunga spiaggia di sabbia del tombolo, tra la montagna e la laguna.
La primavera inoltrata ha profumato l'aria di fresco e le ghiandaie ci hanno spesso tenuto compagnia durante le solite interminabili colazioni.
Le previsioni meteo erano tutt'altro che invitanti: venti forti e piovaschi diffusi. Ma come spesso accade siamo stati baciati dalla fortuna: una pioggerella intermittente è caduta solo durante la notte, i venti hanno sfilacciato i cumuli in cirri ed abbiamo pagaiato in maniche corte per tutto il tempo.
La navigazione è stata sempre molto divertente, a tratti anche impegnativa, ed il Voyager, benché ancora senza deriva, si è comportato egregiamente, confermando l'attitudine al mare mosso ed alle onde...


Il nuovo copricapo... ed altri indispensabili amuleti...

Le ultime mareggiate hanno riversato sulla costa detriti di ogni tipo e tra tronchi ritorti, canne lunghissime, formine di plastica, ricci e conchiglie, abbiamo trovato anche degli altri interessanti copricapi, ideali per il nuovo gruppo di kayak di cui stiamo vagheggiando da tempo la costituzione... a breve ulteriori notizie!


... ed eccoci alla partenza...


Il primo giorno, venerdì, incuranti delle previsioni di vento contrario, ci siamo imbarcati dal Tombolo della Feniglia e abbiamo costeggiato il promontorio dell'Argentario verso nord, pagaiando per oltre 30 km tra Porto Ercole e Porto Santo Stefano. Le baie che si aprono lungo la costa sono molto suggestive, con l'acqua chiara, i fondali rocciosi e la macchia rigogliosa. Le ville della zona, pur numerose, sono spesso ben mimetizzate tra la boscaglia: ci ha colpito solo un muraglione di contenimento che non è stato capace di contenere una frana ed una nuova diga foranea a protezione di un villino bianco costruito sul livello del mare: i massi sono stati diligentemente incatenati, uno ad uno e tutti tra loro, con una catena dalle maglie così larghe da poterci passare dentro con tutto il braccio... sembrava un gigantesco lavoro ad uncinetto ed i sub impegnati nei lavori di rifinitura dell'opera ci hanno confermato che serviva per evitare che il mare si riprendesse ogni anno gli spazi che con tanto accanimento gli uomini tentano di sottrargli...



Il promontorio è aperto sul mare, incoronato tra le isole di Giannutri e del Giglio, il cui profilo grigio steso sulla linea dell'orizzonte ci ha accompagnato per l'intera giornata. Siamo arrivati alla meta poco prima del tramonto, mentre rientravano in porto anche i pescherecci col loro stuolo di gabbiani al seguito.
Già prima di doppiare il faro del capo settentrionale ci eravamo attardati a giocare con le onde di ritorno, facendo planare i kayak tra gli i riccioli del mare e quegli sbuffi di acqua fredda che una volta sbalzati dalle onde si confondevano con le nuvole bianche del cielo. Il divertimento era assicurato dal continuo vorticare del vento: per doppiare il primo capo abbiamo faticato parecchio, neanche fossimo entrati nel tunnel del vento, speravamo poi di poter sfruttare la costa frastagliata per ridossarci di tanto in tanto, invece il vento si intrufolava in ogni anfratto e ci rendeva l'avanzata sempre più spettinata... abbiamo navigato contro vento ma inseguiti dal vento, cambiando assetto di pagaiata dopo ogni punta, adattando l'andatura alle frequenti intemperanze del mare e ridendo dei trucchi adottati di volta in volta da Mauro, Marco e Francesco...



Allo sbarco ci siamo rifugiati al ristorante e ancor prima di montare le tende avevamo spazzolato le pizze gommose di cui il cameriere aveva appena finito di tessere le lodi culinarie. Fortuna che le scorte di liquori erano degne del futuro gruppo di kayak di cui dicevamo prima e di cui diremo ancora...



La mattina del sabato abbiamo nuovamente sfidato le previsioni: vento da Sud-Ovest in aumento, sempre contrario alla nostra rotta. Volevamo però tornare a tutti i costi al Tombolo della Feniglia per incontrare il quinto uomo, Tomaso, in arrivo col treno delle 16. Doveva insospettirci il fatto che la regata velica in corso nelle acque imbiancate dal Libeccio era stata presto annullata per il vento forte. Appena doppiato uno scoglio appena oltre Punta Lividonia, subito fuori da Porto Santo Stefano, le condizioni del mare ci hanno fatto capire che il gioco diventava serio...




Recupero dal terzo gavone l'anemometro, stavolta mi sono ricordata di stivarlo in kayak, e l'occasione sembra ideale.
Sollevo un braccio al cielo, con l'altro stringo bene la pagaia e a fatica cerco di mantenere la prua all'onda. Le previsioni, ormai, non sbagliano più. Le onde si gonfiano ed imbiancano, le folate si intensificano, sembrano volersi pavoneggiare ora che impugno l'anemometro: vento costante a 20 nodi, raffiche ad oltre 30. Sorrido, eccitata. Ma faccio subito un rapido calcolo: in queste condizioni, significa restare bloccati in mare per almeno 5 ore, col vento contrario, sempre. Inoltre, da almeno 20 minuti, non avanziamo di un metro rispetto al capo. Francesco mi urla dal largo: "siamo forse saliti su un tapis roulant".


Mi concentro per riprendere il sincrono con le onde, difficile ora che la "lavatrice" ha inserito il programma "centrifuga". Le collinette d'acqua si sollevano di un paio di metri, quando siamo nel cavo dell'onda scompare dall'orizzonte sia il Giglio che l'Argentario stesso, il mare sembra voler risalire le scogliere fino a lambire le belle ville signorili nascoste tra i giardini terrazzati. Scorgo una piccola spiaggia di ciottoli, poco oltre il capo che ci sta calamitando da tempo, ma è esposta al vento e battuta dalle onde: andrebbe bene per la pausa pranzo ma lo sbarco potrebbe risultare molto impegnativo, specie per via dei kayak carichi di tutto l'occorrente per il campeggio nautico. L'ultima volta che sono sbarcata su una spiaggia in condizioni simili ho poggiato il mio vecchio Sardinia su uno scoglio poco levigato e gli ho procurato uno squarcio nello scafo grande come una palla da tennis. Non credo che Marco sarebbe contento di mettere a così dura prova il suo Baidarka nuovo! Faccio appena in tempo a formulare il pensiero che lo vedo traversato sull'onda, rovesciato e... rollato! Marco è diventato un'esperto dei rolling in mare mosso, ma Mauro mi guarda severo e da l'ordine di rientrare. Saggia decisione.



In pochi minuti, surfando ed urlando, siamo di nuovo a Porto Santo Stefano. Sbarchiamo euforici come bambini appena usciti dal Luna Park. Siamo solo un poco dispiaciuti che il divertimento sia durato così poco, neanche un paio d'ore, ma ci confessiamo che questa breve avventura da sola valeva tutto il viaggio!
Ora non ci resta che incontrare Tomaso: ignari, stiamo per vivere un'altra piccola avventura.


Sbarchiamo poco a nord del porto, pranziamo al sole e ce la raccontiamo per un po'. Poi fiduciosi ci avviamo a piedi verso la Feniglia, convinti di trovare un passaggio. Invece, qui nessuno ha l'abitudine di caricare gli autostoppisti, ci consumiamo i piedi per quasi 10 chilometri, troviamo Tomaso che vaga tra le auto, facciamo con lui il percorso inverso in meno di 10 minuti, rischiamo una doppia multa per l'ingresso vietato nella zona a traffico limitato, ci sperdiamo per i vicoletti claustrofobici del centro storico, saliamo e scendiamo per il promontorio un paio di volte prima di infilare la stradina giusta, magheggiamo per fare entrare la Mauromobile nella cruna di un ago, troviamo un parcheggio striminzito vista mare e sudiamo sette camicie a testa per riportare i kayak (sempre carichi!) sui rispettivi portapacchi. Ci meritiamo un'altra cena al ristorante, no?



La mattina dopo è Pasqua.
La "santifichiamo" con una pagaiata rilassata verso Ansedonia, gustandoci all'andata qualche bel cavallone che sui bassi fondali frange spumeggiante e che dopo molti tentativi falliti riesce a rovesciare Mauro, sempre in cerca di nuove prove cui sottoporre il suo Voyager.
Per pranzo minaccia pioggia e ci rifugiamo sotto dei frondosi ginepri coccoloni sulla duna del tombolo: ricompare presto il sole, la sabbia fine si scalda all'istante e sorge spontanea l'esigenza collettiva di una bella pennichella.
Al ritorno, invece, una leggera brezza ci sospinge verso riva: in mezzo al golfo ci scambiamo chiacchiere e risate e capiamo una volta di più che la terra vista dal mare è molto più bella!



Il lunedì di Pasquetta siamo ancora sul tombolo a goderci il mare. Passeggiamo sulla battigia ricoperta di detriti, sorpresi che un parco naturale sia penalizzato da tanta incuria. Mauro trova una soluzione semplice ed efficace, che io subito metto in pratica: per avere la spiaggia pulita basterebbe chiedere ad ogni visitatore di tornare indietro con una busta piena di plastica (l'ingresso è libero ma, all'uscita, senza un sacchetto di plastiche raccolte, si paga profumatamente il biglietto). Detto fatto, raccolgo diligente palline colorate e secchielli ammaccati. Si potrebbe formalizzare la proposta all'ente parco, a pensarci!



Sembra voler piovere, ma poi tutto si dissolve: le nuvole corrono in cielo cariche dei colori del tramonto e ci accompagnano morbide verso casa. Ognuno di noi segue un pecorso diverso, con gli occhi carichi dello stesso mare... è sempre bello tornare all'Argentario!

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 04:31 PM

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California Canoe & Kayak Staff Blog

Jackson Karma RG Review

Jackson Karma RG Review

CCK instructors Bill Vonnegut and Lily Kelsey took Jackson’s latest kayak out for a spin on our local coast. Here our some of there thoughts about the Karma “RG (Rock Garden/River Guide)”

Three Karmas Playing:  Chris, Bill, DonLeft to right: Chris Ketner, Bill Vonnegut, Don Barch out enjoying the Karma RG on the coast. Photo by Morris Ho


by CCK Staff Blog at April 23, 2014 02:47 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Salvad til Skuldelev

IMGP212623. april 2014

Lidt blæsevejr i dag skulle ikke ødelægge en god kajaktur, så jeg stod ud fra Salvad Parken nord for Risø, hvor Hove Å løber ud i Roskilde Fjord. Parken er et shelterområde med to sheltere og god plads til telte. Der er også et toilet på stedet, der i øvrigt gennemskæres af Fjordstien, der er en gang- og cyklerute rundt om Roskilde Fjord.

Problemet med isætningen på stedet er, at det skal gøres i Hove Å, der er noget blød i bunden – men der er et par OK sandbredder, så det kan godt lade sig gøre. Vanskeligere er, at mundingen af Hove Å i Roskilde Fjord er meget lav. Jeg slap igennem uden at skulle ud af kajakken, den den skrabede let på sandbunden et par steder. Hold dig midt i udløbet, for her er der dybest.

Efter at have fået lidt vand under kølen, roede jeg mod nord for at holde mig lidt i læ for østenvinden. Men da turen var planlagt at gå øst om Eskilsø, betød det også roning i lavt vand – og med fare for at kysse sten. Og det blev jeg da heller ikke forskånet for. Blandt andet lige ud for Eskilsø, hvor munkene havde deres vadesti (siger historien) til Jyllingesiden. Her sad jeg fast på et lille rev. Heldigvis uden skader på kajakken, men det sandblæsningstape jeg monterede i weekenden, blev godt revet i stykker. Så det opfyldte da formålet og skal nu skiftes igen-igen.

IMGP2129Der var mange fugle på vandet i dag. Jeg så en enkelt gravand – det er ellers sjældent – og en hel del edderfugle. Svaner var der også en del af og enkelte terner med deres karakteristiske sorte kalot og delte hale. Jeg forsøgte at tage et billede, men de er ret sky, så der måtte zoomes en del.

Ved Jyllinge Havn blev jeg enig med mig selv om at ro en kam. Det er jo så populært at bruge et GPS-spor til at tegne figurer, så zoom ind på mit GPS-spor i slutningen af denne artikel og find kammen. Ps.: Jyllinge og den røde klump der, er et godt bud.

IMGP2127Efter Jyllinge roede jeg inden om Lilleø og forbi Jyllinge ‘fiskerihavn’. Et par kajakroere var ved at pakke sammen, så de må godt nok have været tidligt oppe, når roturen er forbi omkring klokken 10 – respekt. Jeg skulle imidlertid videre og roede til mundingen af Værebro Å, hvorefter jeg roede over til Skuldelev for at holde pause. Det betød et lille kryds, hvor fjorden er smal og i medvind. Bølgerne var desværre ikke store nok til rigtige surf’s.

Efter pausen besluttede jeg mig for at ro mod syd langs vestkanten af fjorden. Det betød kraftig sidevind og sidebølger. Sjovt og man lærer at holde balancen – lidt lave støttetag måtte der til – men især ved Østby blev det spændende. Havnemolen gav en del refleksbølger, hvor bølgerne gik op og ned i stedet for at rulle mod vest. Sjovt.IMGP2128

Ved strømstedet – eller Østskoven – besluttede jeg mig for at ro tilbage til østsiden af fjorden. Jeg havde planlagt at ro syd om Eskilsø, men så ville jeg ro i modvind over et større stykke. Så jeg roede i stedet nord om Eskilsø for at dele strækningen op i to dele, og udnytte læ fra Eskilsø. Det gik fint, og de store sten nord for Eskilsø kender jeg jo, så der kunne jeg godt undgå sten-kys. Og på østsiden af øen er det jo bare at ro efter de tre bundgarnspæle, som er anbragt, så der er dybest muligt langs østsiden af øen, hvis man ror fra den ene til den anden.

Ved sydspidsen af Eskilsø var det tid til at krydse over til Salvad Parken igen og finde udløbet af Hove Å. Jeg måtte lige finde GPS’en frem for at bekræfte retningen. Den var heldigvis rigtig, så jeg roede uden problemer op i åen og landede ved udgangspunktet. En god dag med behov for lidt kraftige rotag flere steder. Det skal nok styrke armene… Og netop som kajakken var pakket på bilen og jeg havde startet motoren, begyndte det at regne kraftigt. Tal lige om timing!

Rute: Salvad til Skuldelev og retur
Isætning:    55° 43.281′N,   12° 6.683′Ø (Google)
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 21,40km
Vejr: 11 grader. Vind 9 m/s fra Ø. Solskin.

by KajakGal at April 23, 2014 01:52 PM

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

La Push

La Push Sunset

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by Steve Weileman at April 23, 2014 11:52 AM

josebelloseakayaking

Training de BCU 5* Sea Leader en Anglesey

Ya pasó la Semana Santa... lástima. Han sido unos días estupendos en Anglesey de puro sea kayaking.


Aprovechando las fiestas, montamos un buen grupito de estas tierras, inquietos por su formación kayakista, que nos desplazamos a UK para trabajar tres de los niveles de la BCU para sea kayaking 3*,4*y 5*. Para algunos su primera visita a la "Meca" de esta disciplina. Otros ya habíamos estado aquí en varias ocasiones con anterioridad. Para cualificarte es obligatorio palear en tide races con buena técnica, tener soltura en rescates y resolución de problemas en este escenario y saber planificar la navegación con su influencia. Todas estas son cuestiones fundamentales para la BCU.
Este es el grupo que estábamos allí para el entrenamiento del 5* (obligatorio para presentarte al examen…… junto a unos cuantos requisitos más…..) Alfredo, Jorge, Juan y un servidor.
 
 

Foto tomada desde el faro de las Islas Skerries, a 7,5 millas de distancia de la costa que se ve (de donde venimos), es una zona de fuertes corrientes. Estábamos en la práctica de navegación en aguas abiertas. Este día también teníamos 20 nudos de viento de cara. A pesar de la distancia se aprecian los hileros de la marea sobre la superficie. No hay ninguna foto en el agua (era poco recomendable soltar la pala para coger la cámara).


Con nuestro instructor, Nigel Denis. A su lado Eila Wilkinson, que junto con Stu y Pit estaban con los 3* y 4 *.

   
Un día completo de clase teórica, planificación de rutas con corrientes y demás, aquí Alfredo 5* y Ainhoa 4*, en el club náutico de Holyhead.

 

El entorno es extraordinario, la zona es famosa por sus cuevas. Mucha vida también, las focas son curiosas y se acercan a los kayaks.

 
El tiempo ha sido muy bueno, fresco pero sin lluvia. Fundamental el traje seco y llevar bebida caliente para las paradas, el agua estaba algo por debajo de los 9 grados.

 
Como cada vez que venimos por aquí, no se para en todo el día, la logística es fundamental.



 Continuará....

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 10:22 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

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helloooo world! If you are reading this then I can now email a post to my blog… Just like that! Wahey!

by Justine at April 23, 2014 08:53 AM

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Thanks to all our kickstarter backers!

Thanks everyone, what started as an experiment that I really thought would fail, was a tremendous success. I saw a lot of support from friends, family, and acquaintances from several different worlds I have occupied - from outdoor education to photography. I am really touched by the support.

Some Standouts.

Scott Got the ball rolling the very first morning!
Mary was our last supporter, which put us at 172%!
Holly got us over our funding line, guaranteeing success!
And Adam was our largest Backer! Doubling the next highest pledge.

While these people stand out, each and every one of you are as important, and I can't thank you enough.

In 32 days it will all begin. We will load the little toyota for another round trip to Alaska. With three boats on the roof, and a ton of gear.

Stay tuned! Exciting things to come!

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 09:47 AM

Sarah's Soggy Scenarios
A light hearted insight into my paddling trips in and around Scotland - and beyond!

Big Bash

Looking down under the Ballachulish bridge
From our room with a view
Perfect paddling conditions? No, the car park!
Ever since joining LSKC, we have been told we should attend their annual Big Bash up at Ballachulish, seems it is a really good weekend away. The thought of a couple of days paddling, meals included, comfy bed and a shindig at night sounded good, so we signed up.
 
Good Scottish paddling weather!

For our first days paddling, a day with Seakayak Freedom was arranged for the Falls of Lora. My previous memories of paddling this area was when we were doing the 4* training, specifically being towed by Hubby dear and another paddler in a V tow. Normally this would be lovely, sitting back enjoying the view, however, they had other ideas, paddling on either side of a large dry rock!
This time, Tony took us out. The large dry rock was on the other side of the bridge and safely submerged! We were doing lots of breaking in and out of the flow, giving it a bit more edge before heading over to the north channel, doing the same again in the opposite direction. Helped to unwind us.
 
Dry run edging!
Mark and Laura grabbing a breather
 

This was where things went downhill/downstream for me. Having been getting good edges on one side, I went in this time a bit hesitant (why, I still don't know!) and unsurprisingly ended up going over. Unsurprisingly, whilst still in the swirly area my roll failed. I'm saying unsurprisingly as my river boat roll is OK, unfortunately my sea roll went AWOL quite some time ago now!!!, however I have some tips from Tony I'm hoping will miraculously make it return! Something which did surprise me was my damp pants! My wee swim was obviously too much for my beloved drysuit!



Back in the boat, we finished off a fantastic, if not exhausting days paddling, before heading back to the hotel in time for the evening ceilidh.
On Oban slipway


Heading up the Sound of Kerrera
Looking over to a snowy Mull
 Next morning, Alice had organised a trip down to Oban to go round Kerrera. A lovely refreshing paddle with some bouncy waves round the north of the island. Lunch on the south of the island was accompanied by a sunny hail shower.
 
Coming round the south corner

 
Me!

Not a boat to play chicken with!
  For those of you who commented on the contents of my now famous wee blue sweetie bag containing sweets of various vintages, stickiness and saltiness, the bag has now been cleaned and replenished with new ones where you won't have to sook the wrappers off!
A few new sweets!
The only major incident of the day was not getting back to Oban before the ice cream shop shut! A whole weekend with no ice cream but a great Big Bash!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 09:30 AM

Padlemia
En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Bossaround og bølger på Taen, påskeaften

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Fredag var vi, Boss'n og jeg, ute på Taen og sjekket forholdene. Det så ut som det drev og fyrte bra opp, så vi inviterte til bølgepadling der på lørdag. Foruten oss kom det dessverre ingen i kajakk, men Gunn kom og hilste på og kikket en stund, og Remi kom etterhvert utover han også - og var fotograf på land. Det er litt stas, for de bildene blir jo litt annerledes enn de vi selv tar på havet - så derfor er det nok ekstra mange bilder med i bloggen denne gang.

Av en eller annen grunn jeg ikke lenger husker, hadde Boss'n fra Bergen fått gavekort på å bosse meg rundt. Det hadde han (dessverre) på ingen måte glemt, og nå fant han det for godt å veksle det inn. Jeeei... Not. (Det verste er, at jeg glemte nok å kreve selve kortet innlevert! Så nå risikerer jeg strengt tatt at han gjør det en gang til, senere. Skitt.)

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Som ventet hadde det fyrt passelig opp utenfor Taen, det var også litt vind der ute. Retningen var imidlertid helt perfekt! Helt innerst kom vi i le, sånn at det gikk greit (man måtte være litt obs, men) å sette ut. Så var det bare å padle akkurat så langt utover som det passet, etter hvor mye bølger man ville ha.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Ja man behøvde ikke dra så langt ut for å finne litt fres, altså. Men vi skulle jo ikke padle de aller største bølgene, vi skulle jo bare holde på med alskens rariteter etter Boss'ns forgodtbefinnende.

For eksempel kunne han plutselig hoppe uti for å bli reddet.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Jaja, da måtte jeg til med redning da...

Værsågo.

Bare for dét, tar jeg med dette bildet. Kjekt at han hoiet når han gikk rundt, sånn at jeg fikk snudd meg i tide til å få bilde av velten. (Eller i hvert fall opprullingen. Dog - morsomt for meg!) (Nei når han fikk bosse en hel padledag så er det ingen mercy med sånt i bloggen.)

Dette er ikke egenredning etter ufrivillig velt, men en demo. (Vi hadde blitt enige om en slags forutsetning for rundtbossingen at alt jeg skulle måtte gjøre, skulle han også gjøre. Grei deal, forsåvidt.)

Så her sitter han på sin (min!) høye kajakk oppå bølgen der, mens jeg er min tur uti. Det gikk jo ikke så veldig bra det da, Nordkappen var ikke helt som jeg hadde tenkt når det gjelder egenredning. Der er det nok definitivt mer å hente.

Mye enklere å reentre og rulle opp, for å si det sånn. Det gjorde jeg første gangen, men tror dere Remi tok bilde av det? Niks. Vel, det var i hvert fall greit å gå rundt og komme seg ut av kajakken - jeg har nemlig omsider fått tilsendt spruttrekk til kajakkene. De var så stramme at jeg dagen før var livredd hele tiden for å gå rundt og ikke komme ut. Så nå gjorde jeg det flere ganger - gikk bra faktisk å komme seg løs med én hånd til og med. Takk og pris!

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Kule kajakker. De kuleste.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Mer redning. Nå var det like greit å ta pause - nå var jeg en smule lei. Og noen var sikkert kald på nevene som vanlig.

Lunsj er en god idé når man er lei. Remi fikk seg også en pause i fotograferinga med det samme. Fint med bord og benker som man kan slenge seg ned på. Det var forresten andre folk her også, nesten hele tiden mens vi holdt på utpå. Et populært utfartsområde dette, også i dårlig vær.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Men så var det ny runde med bossing igjen, og nå skulle jeg gjøre alle mulige slags rare greier. Kanting hit og kanting dit, padling sånn og sveiping sånn. Mas mas mas. For et styr på den fyren.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Jeg er så fan av nedoverbakker i motsjø. Jeg hadde forresten egentlig planer om å surfe litt andre veien et øyeblikk. Det burde gått fint, men plutselig så jeg bare baugen på Nordkappen (!) forsvinne under vann! Sånn som på Inuken! Det har jeg aldri sett før, jeg ble helt sjokkert og satte bremsen fullt på. Hjelp. Når Inuken går under på det viset der så er det bare et par kjappe åretak så er det fin surf - men med denne Nordkappen, hvem vet hva som skjer... Det er neppe det samme.

På stranden stinket det forresten. Det ligger store mengder med disse greiene her, svarte ting som stinker død og pine. Og fullt av fluer som holder til oppi de samme greiene. Blæh.

Utpå havet ble det etterhvert tid for tauing. Late bergenser, gadd ikke padle selv skjønte jeg, men jeg hadde jo lite jeg skulle sagt når han hadde fått lov til å bosse.

Selvsagt måtte det være i DE oppoverbakkene jeg skulle slepe.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Jaja, det er nå ikke akkurat direkte vanskelig å padle bare fordi man har noen på slep (det var heldigvis mer bølger enn vind), så det var bare å holde ut til han ble lei av å sitte i ro og kjede seg der bak.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Her måtte han tømme kajakken for vann. Det har jeg ingen som helst forhåpninger om å få til selv, så det gidder jeg ikke prøve på en gang - boss eller ei. (Det må da være mye enklere å lære seg å padle med vann oppi...)

Så veldig misfornøyd kunne han nå ikke være. Eller så sitter han og godter seg, hvem vet forsåvidt... Ikke godt å si, egentlig. Noen ting bør man kanskje helst ikke vite?

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Neste gang skal jeg lenger utover, i forhåpentligvis litt roligere vær. Det er nemlig havsuler på en holme langt uti her - de skal jeg se på.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
- Men denne dagen var det litt for heftig for akkurat dét. Boss'n ble etterhvert fornøyd (eller lei) så vi avsluttet og padlet inn til land igjen.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Alt av utstyr, da mener jeg ALT av utstyr, var fullt av sand. Og svarte, stinkende greier. En liten dam hjalp på det aller verste - men selv etter vi kom hjem og hadde spylt alt rimelig grundig, var det evig nok sand igjen... Jaja, denne dagen var det faktisk verdt det!

Jeg kan forsåvidt takke meg selv, for jeg så da jeg kom inn mot land at det kom til å gå galt, men jeg gadd ikke gjøre noe med det... Så jeg ble skyllet sideveis inn, grundig i de heslige greiene.

På vei hjem stoppet vi for en tur ned til uværshula på Teigan. Her målte jeg drøyt 12 m/s i snittvind, og over 15 m/s i de kastene som var mens jeg målte. Gjorde ikke det spesielt lenge da, det var svinkaldt på hendene å holde måleren opp mot vinden. SVINkaldt!

En og annen har visst glemt vottene sine på besøk i hula. Noen som kjenner dem igjen? Kan sikkert hentes der.

Så fikk boss-fotografen også tatt seg noen uværsbilder før vi kjørte hjemover.

Taen liker vi. Den er jo på yttersia, så det gir seg forsåvidt selv…

- Det jeg ikke likte like bra, var at jeg begynte å bli sjøsyk. Det har ikke skjedd i kajakk før, og glad har jeg vært for dét. Men i sånn her pass bølger, må jeg altså ikke holde på med ting som gjør at jeg ikke ser rundt meg, da skal det plutselig lite til. - Ikke akkurat en gladmelding! Nei og nei.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 09:11 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Tar Sands Oil Wins Over Whales

Despite scientific evidence on the issue being mixed at best, yesterday the Canadian government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper moved to remove humpback whales from its list of threatened species. Humpbacks will instead be classified as a "species of special concern." The end result of this decision by the Harper Government, well-known for its anti-science bias, is that the government is no longer required to protect habitat for the humpbacks. The endangered species legislation declares that “no person shall destroy any part of the critical habitat of any … listed threatened species”, however such legislated protections are denied to species listed as a "special concern" and the Harper Government is no longer obligated to protect humpback habitat. The fact that the Harper Government, in its zeal to turn Canada into a third-rate petro-state, is pulling out all the stops to promote the Northern Gateway pipeline project which will result in increased oil tanker traffic and an increase in the risk of oil spills in humpback habitat on the west coast is, I'm sure, simply an astonishing coincidence. The government acknowledges in a statement that the downgrade "could result in small benefits to industry in the form of cost savings." Happy Earth Day from the Harper Government.
Needless to say, reaction has been swift and fairly negative. Even the generally conservative Globe and Mail issued a less-than-supportive editorial (and if you're a pro-business government and you've lost the support of the Globe, that's saying smething). One environmentalist echoed many of the sentiments of his peers (as related by the Vancouver Sun):
“There are outstanding questions about the scientific reliability and sufficiency of the information (the committee) used to make the determination to down-list humpback whales,” said Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
“The proposed change in status for humpback whales would place them in jeopardy, particularly given the impending threats” posed by Northern Gateway and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to Burnaby, would increase the number of arriving tankers from eight to 28 per month.
Check out the graphic below from the Globe and Mail, and tell me it's not about oil profits over everything else as you consider the closing words of the Globe's editorial:
When it comes to weighing the environmental impact of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the government should err on the side of caution. In the case of the humpback whale, it is not even coming close to giving the impression of doing so.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 23, 2014 07:30 AM

OCEANPAX Paddle / Run / Be
Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Treasuring every single precious moment...because life can turn on a dime.

Joan, treasuring a precious moment.
This Easter Monday was another "blue sky Scotland" day and the perfect opportunity for test-driving the body after a couple of weeks of not getting out into the hills much. A rather annoying, non-specific internal source of inflammation had resulted in discomfort of sufficient nature that "outdoor pursuits" were significantly curtailed, which was probably just as well as it's been a busy time with pastoral duties.

Thankfully, however, an excellent local doc and the National Health Service, have been able to "hit the spot" with a short course of meds.

So today, with blue skies and warm winds beckoning, it was time to get back out into Cairngorms National Park...for the "hill performance test". Several variables needed to be met: close proximity to home in the event of "test" failure; reasonable elevation gain (714m) in order to provide an adequate physical "stressor" as the primary evaluation tool; and a small reward at the end (assuming all went well...or not). First choice venue: Return to Glen Clova, for the full Loch Brandy circuit - with the Glen Clova Hotel as start-finish point.

Feels a little like...Canada! :) 
It was simply a perfect day with the mountains rising on three sides, and very prominent, despite the haze. A steady cool breeze of about 30 mph, served as an excellent counter-measure to the heat buildup from the climb up.

Up on top, high above the loch, the winds died down and the sun warmed up the heather-covered moorland - and made for some fun, in the patches of "corn" snow!

It just makes you feel like...running! :)
There were quite a few others out today - there's a warmth in every greeting here, and there were lots of shared conversations, comparing notes on hometowns and the like. It was good to be back in the hills. And the body cooperated.

Cairn at top of Brandy.
The surface of the deep, cold waters of the loch glistened.

The loch...a long way down.
Tucked into the crags, the evidence of winter resists leaving this remarkable place.

More residual evidence of winter still, amidst the crags.
Having burned a few calories, it was time for a light lunch before heading back down.

A light lunch under a warm sun.
At the trail head, there would be a cup of coffee in the old hotel.

The hotel.
In the meantime, the (about-to-be-converted) Moderate Terrain Outdoor Pursuits Transport Vehicle (MTOPTV) patiently waited, amidst the daffodils and the lush green grass. ("Conversion" details to follow in a subsequent posting.)

Faithful MTOPTV.
The "hill performance test" was successful, the body "worked" again. To be honest though, in the grand scheme of things it was probably much ado about nothing. A pain in the body that cramped (albeit literally) hill walking is not to be compared with "real" suffering.

As a parish minister, I am often called to homes and hospitals where life "flickers" and then, sometimes ends. At such times, we all wish that there had been more time. Sometimes there just isn't. It's more than heartbreaking for the young victims and families of the ferry disaster in South Korea. Closer to home (back in Canada), it is impossible to imagine the anguish of the families affected by the unexplained act of violence in Calgary. The sadness felt there, reaches across both a continent and an ocean.

The expression, "life turns on a dime", has deep meaning. Why? Because life does, turn on a dime. One moment, life is full and vibrant and full of hope and possibilities. A moment later, it can be gone forever.

Equally sad, is the amount of precious time we humans waste - filling it with unnecessary anxiety, fretting, regretting, angry, wishing time away, wanting to be somewhere else, or someone else. We put in time, we waste time, we fritter it away, we ignore the passage of time. Yet, time is so precious.

It was good to be out in the hills again today. There was opportunity to think about the immeasurable value of time and the fact that no moment in time offers a second chance. Each present moment is all we have, and truly, all we can ever count on having. 

Embrace life, cherish it...moment by moment. It is infinitely precious.


Postscript: 

Finishing this posting, an email arrived from a dear friend - a brand new "Nana". ("L" is also a hill walker and often comments here.) In the image below, we are happy to share a most precious moment in time...

Warmest wishes and congratulations to "G's" mom and dad, and to Nana L. 

Nana and "G" - a very precious moment.

by Duncan and Joan (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 07:40 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Portugal to Florida by Kayak

Polish adventurer Aleksander “Olek” Doba completed his amazing 6,000 mile solo kayak voyage from Portugal to Florida over the weekend. Battling winds and mechanical troubles, the 67 year-old Doba completed the continent-to-continent crossing in 195 days.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 23, 2014 02:06 AM

GURUGUKAYAK
CLUB DE KAYAK EN BENICARLO

Navegando entre lineas


A veces, y con un poco de imaginacion, las lineas de texto en un libro son como las olas que se acercan a la playa, y a veces , a las rocas. Parrafos donde surfear interminablemente, capitulos enteros donde hacer SUP sin tropezar con ola alguna, lineas cortas y escuetas donde hacer un esquimo sorpresivo. Todo un mundo.
Tratar de explicar en un libro toda una vida dedicada al deporte, al piraguismo, a las sensaciones en el agua, alrededor del mundo, puede ser un revolcon entre lineas, o bien una ola perfecta donde dejarse llevar sin casi apoyos.
Marta escribe a Carme, o viceversa. El proximo 12 de Junio en Lleida sabremos el desenlace.
Esto para hacer boca, "a contracorriente", toda una declaracion de intenciones.
( texto extraido de la propia autora )

¿Qué haces a partir de enero?- me preguntó Carme en el turno de preguntas.
-Aún no lo sé, vivo muy al día. Tengo un par de propuestas entre manos pero no descarto volver a dejar que la vida me sorprenda, como acostumbra a hacer conmigo -contesté ante un público expectante.
Había llegado a Lleida para presentar mi primer libro en el Centre Civic de Balafia en las jornadas contra la violencia de género. Recordaba perfectamente que Jos me había hablado de Carme, una mujer que tenía que conocer por su fuerza y espíritu de lucha. Había dedicado toda su vida al deporte, y su pasión y amor hacia el piragüismo habían convertido este ejercicio en su motor de vida, llevándola a viajar por todo el mundo, unas veces como piragüista, otras como entrenadora, dirigente y tantas otras como conferenciante o voluntaria.
Sus días siempre transcurrían entre las aguas, unas veces tranquilas y otras bravas, del deporte. Pasaba por la vida como si se deslizara en su kayak, paleando fuerte y sin rendirse. Se había recorrido el mundo cargada con su piragua, lo que le había permitido conocer gente que, al igual que ella luchaban por un ideal, sin condicionamientos ni prejuicios. Individuos, algunos con discapacidades otros sin ellas, que poniéndose el mundo por montera, nadaban contracorriente para demostrar que la fuerza de un corazón puede superar cualquier barrera. Involucrada por completo en el apoyo a las personas con discapacidad, su lucha se centraba en organizar la representación española de los Juegos paralímpicos de Paracanoe en Río de Janeiro 2016.
Luchadora perseverante y con un sentido del humor que parecía pegado a ella cada segundo de su vida, seguía trabajando y esforzándose cada día por el reconocimiento del piragüismo. Una vida consagrada hacia una meta. Quería gritar al mundo que probasen a subirse a una piragua y disfrutar de la sensación que es adentrarse en el agua, avanzar y flotar para gozar de la libertad que solo la naturaleza es capaz de transmitir. Mujer de aguas tranquilas en competición, mencionaba, “-El kayak de mar no es sólo competir, es salir con amigos, descubrir lugares nuevos, disfrutar la naturaleza, poder desplazarte y defenderse entre todos. Llegar a pesar de las dificultades, es una competición contigo mismo, pero no de salida y llegada. Escuchar el silencio, oscilar con sus corrientes, dejarse mecer por sus bailes y seguir adelante con la única fuerza de tu cuerpo que se traslada suavemente por encima del agua.”
Reinaba en ella una necesidad vital de vivir de acuerdo a sus impulsos, a su naturaleza con independencia de las normas establecidas. Indomable y vigorosa, transmitía su energía a todos aquellos que la rodeaban, dando impulso a muchos de ellos a seguir sus pasos. De mayor quiero ser como tú, le decían.
Aquella tarde, encontré una mujer de acción, con arranque y decisión que me propuso de soslayo escribir sus vivencias. –No me voy a poder negar- dije para mí-. Su determinación y firmeza, fortalecidos por los años, eran tan intensos que supe desde el primer momento que en enero estaría pegada a su piel para trasladar y escribir la historia de un espíritu libre que nació para el deporte y que, gracias a él, ha podido vivir momentos brillantes con la intensidad de quien sabe lo que quiere y disfruta de lo que hace. 
Y la vida me sorprendió de nuevo.

by Rafa (noreply@blogger.com) at April 23, 2014 01:54 AM

April 22, 2014

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Update from sat.phone

Tue 22. -02.5488 -43.7904 Itapera 7.05 to 16.30 41.8 km tough crossing, current pushing in sideways and strong headwind

April 22, 2014 09:00 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race 2014 #1

My friend Jen and I are not looking too fresh in the picture above.

We’d set out four days previously from the other side of England, on a tiny canal in a small Wiltshire town called Devizes. Arriving 125 miles later on the tidal River Thames at Westminster Bridge was quite a culture shock, all things considered.

Somehow we had placed second in our category (‘Endeavour’ – Senior K2 paddlers too wimpy to do the distance non-stop)…not bad for a 53 year old lady and a 43 year old bloke only padding a K2 for his 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th times.  Mainly though, we were just elated to complete this amazing and unforgettable event.

More rambling on this theme when my wrists are functioning again, and my hands are less blistered…


Filed under: Marathon kayaking, River Thames, South East England

by Mark Rainsley at April 22, 2014 08:11 PM

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Comfort Paddling Tuilik Deal and Win a Hoody

Just wanted to send out a quick note about Comfort Paddling’s tuilik. Until April 30th, Paulo is running a Win a Hoody Contest if you fill out a questionnaire. After you fill out the questionnaire, you get 12% off the purchase of everything that you buy. That could save you over $100 on the purchase of a tricked out waterproof breathable tuilik and pants!

If you’ve never used a tuilik before, I highly recommend that you give one a try. Here’s my review of Comfort Paddling’s tuilik and you should also read my article:  The Tuilik: a Perfect Bit of Kit for Winter Kayaking.

Click the picture below to be taken to the Win a Hoody Contest.

Win A Hoodie

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by Bryan Hansel at April 22, 2014 07:09 PM

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Spring in Aberdeenshire

 After the best part of five months spent away from home, it's good to be back.  Waking up to sunny and warm mornings has been a bonus; often there is lying snow at this point in April.  Spring is everywhere - the first sounds heard on waking are birdsong; the wild bubbling call of Curlews and the metallic "kleep" of Oystercatchers which come inland to breed on higher moors and farmland add to the more usual garden birdsong.

Spring flowers are much in evidence too...


The woods alongside the River Don are carpeted with beautiful drifts of Wood Anenomes (Anenome nemorosa)




By the riverbank and in the damper areas, Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) makes a cheerful sight, the bright yellow flowers set against the glossy green of the leaves.






Amongst the banks of Celandines is a patch of Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), a plant found mostly near rivers and unusual in that the cone-shaped inflorescences develop well before the leaves, in fact it often seems to flower when everything else is dormant.





Back into the woods and the first of the Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is flowering in sunny open areas.  The leaves of this plant can be chewed to freshen the mouth, they have a pleasant lemon flavour.  Like the Wood Anenomes it's an early Spring flowering plant, taking advantage of the light before the spreading canopy of the trees puts the woodland floor into shade.

Wood Sorrel flowers are things of delicate beauty, and it has one of the loveliest and most descriptive of Gaelic names - Feada-Coille; "Candle of the Wood".





On sunlit banks, Speedwells are beginning to brighten the grass.......





......while above them, Birches in full sunlight are just starting to open brilliant jewel-green leaves less than a centimetre long from the buds which have blushed the wood with purple throughout the winter.





Returning along the riverside, a meadow area is covered with Cowslips (Primula veris), more common here than in many parts of Scotland where its close relative the Primrose is abundant.





Even our garden has small Spring flowers - Cuckooflower (Cardemine pratensis) - also known as Lady's Smock, has sprung up from newly cut grass.  Most years the snow shovel is a more useful garden tool than the lawnmower in mid April!





...and if the frosts stay away for a while, the abundant blossom on our Plum tree bodes well for late summer fruit.

There will no doubt be some harder weather to come before Spring moves into early Summer, but the new growth and life everywhere is so uplifting.

by Ian (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 07:42 PM

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Kayakers find purple paradise on American North Fork

It's a long walk to the waterline, and well worth it -- at least, on the way down Just can’t get any better, we agreed as we paddled back toward Rattlesnake Bar on the North Fork of the American...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 06:56 PM

Sea kayaking with SeaKayakPhoto.com
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Assisted re-entry after a capsize with a Flat Earth kayak sail.

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by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 06:13 PM

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Cold Water Kills - But First It Makes You Into A Total Silly Geek!


Or at least it made ME into one. I mean seriously, everybody else looks pretty good, but what a doofus I was!

But there's nothing wrong with being a little goofy the first time you try something, and dang it was fun!

The lady beside me is actually a co-worker - the Bears meet at the NY Aquarium's Education Hall and she came running up and said "I work with you but you don't recognize me because we're not at work!", which cracked me up because IT'S SO TRUE - I'm sometimes shocked at how hard I have to work to place someone when I meet them outside of places where I expect to meet them. She turns out to be a veteran Polar Bear, and one of the brave people who volunteer at the famous annual New Year's Day plunge at Coney Island - that's how this troupe gives back, they organize that whole thing.

Boy, some of the Polar Bear women had cute suits. If I'd planned this better I might have gotten a replacement for this Tyr I've had forever, but as I rhymed yesterday, this was a swim on a whim.

The guy who tell me to scream was one of a number of people who were giving me suggestions - I got there a full hour early and so obviously full of nerves and everyone I talked to was really nice about hints on how to do this and have fun. This guy said "If you want to scream, just scream!". There was absolutely no competitiveness - I was told go in as much or as little as I wanted to, just being there and enjoying it was the main thing. Great stuff.

Here was my writeup on YouTube:
Pardon the HEINOUS camera work, this was my first cold-water swim without a drysuit EVER - with all the whooping and hollering, I figured I would hit "record" and see what I got, but my attention was far from entirely on the camera! 

This was a fun personal experiment, I've participated in so many cold-water safety talks but never really tried actually dunking myself in water under fifty. It was actually a lot of fun, but the 10 part of the 1-10-1 rule (1 minute to get your breathing under control, 10 minutes of meaningful activity, 1 hour until you are probably not going to make it) definitely held true for me. The shaking was more the inherited shake that I have that gets exacerbated by stress or excitement (oddly enough, the cold shake actually set in the worst later on, after I was out of the water), and my hands didn't stop working because they just weren't really in the water much, but just after the 2nd traditional circle-up, which happens at 10 minutes, I suddenly began to feel lightheaded, which my friend Capri (aka the Polar Bear Princess, she's one of the most dedicated of the Bears) said is the sign that you need to get out immediately. Here, that just meant walking out of the water and bundling up, no problem - if I'd been away from shore trying to get back into my boat, I suspect that the point at which the spins set in would be the moment it would start to be very tricky to coordinate one's efforts. 


Here with the Bears, though, it was all good fun! Glad they let me come play, what a great group.

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at April 22, 2014 04:29 PM

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Okay we are almost done!

16 hours left in our kickstarter.

I am almost done talking about it.

I am truly flattered by the friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and strangers who have come out to help us make this film, and have this adventure.

With 16 hours left we are at $1195, far exceeding our goal of $700. But, we would like to use this time remaining to see what else we can manage. Literally every penny counts.

If you have done a trip like this, then you know that expenses just appear in the final prep time. If you haven't done a trip like this, then here are the purchases I have made in the last 24 hours alone.

Fuel
Service for a SPOT connect
SD cards
A new battery charger.
And Batteries, lots of batteries.

with 33 days to go, here is what my desk looks like:


So what I am trying to say is, its the crazy time. The time before a trip when you are compiling all of the little things you will need. Think about everything you will need for the next month. Now put it in a dry bag, and hope you didn't forget anything. 

So if you have supported us, thank you. If you haven't yet, now is the time. Tomorrow at around 9:30am (EST) we are all done. Then I just have to focus on getting us all in place to paddle. 

Thanks

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 05:18 PM

Océanos de Libertad

buscando la picada entre las rocas ...a rockear!!

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La zona de juego, se encuentra justo frente al promontorio del cabo.
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Hay que andar con cuidado y extremar las precauciones.
El sábado pasado, era mi último día de disfrute en mi Asturies, así que pa Llumeres y rumbo a cabo Peñas  a ver si me hacía con unas Xardas para mi mujer...pescar, no pesqué, pero pasarmelo bien...uffffffff

Me dedique a costear el cabo y la isla Erbosa, o como en el video a probar un poco de spinning  y curri entre los islotes Merealvarez frente al Cabo.

Una gozada poder sentir el latir del mar. Es lo más parecido a las aguas bravas, incluso entraña una dificultad añadida, pues el ritmo de la mar, dentro de sus ciclos, no sigue siempre una pauta exactamente idéntica...amen de que un kayak de más de 5 mts, no es un creeker de 2, 5 mts!!

(Eso si, con casco, por si las moscas...y extremando las precauciones, hay que tener un buen control del kayak, saber leer el mar, algo de serenidad y esperar el momento propicio...y ante todo saber aceptar cuando retirarse)


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El "timming" es imprescindible, un error de colocación, en el espacio y tiempo, puede dar con tus huesos entre los percebes.
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video cabo Peñas
 

by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 04:47 PM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

The High Road

We all have choices in life. I feel lucky that most of my choices are between 2 ‘good’ options. For example do I take the low road or the high road? Should I stay or should I go? Given those options – I usually take the high road, and I usually go. Right now I’m […]

by Justine at April 22, 2014 01:13 PM

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Waterfalls and wildflowers greet spring kayakers

The falls at Jenkinson Lake -- a popular destination for hikers and paddlers in April  ‘Tis the season for waterfalls and wildflowers. April usually brings a boatload of scenic kayaking to Northern...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 11:22 AM

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Gavnø rundt

Jens havde pr SMS inviteret til tur. Vi var 6 m/k der mødte op og fik en herlig tur rundt om gavnø og Lindholm.
Der var igen, igen mange gæs på Lindholm. Jens betragter de mange fugle på behørig afstand - vi er nu i den periode af året hvor fuglene på de mange øer og småholme på fjorden skal have fred til formering
På den første del af turen havde en behagelig rygvind hjulpet os af sted. Da vi rundede Gavnø fik vi at mærke at vinden ikke var helt så behagelig længere. Vi måtte arbejde pænt i modvind indtil vi kom i læ af Vejløskoven - der var ved at blive grøn. Jens havde Svaneke Brown Ale og Lis havde kage med, så det blev en dejlig pause i sol og læ.
Det var ikke det sidste vi fik at mærke til vinden. På den heldigvis korte tur fra Gavnø til Gammelåen måtte vi igen tage godt fat i årene, da vinden havde taget yderligere til - og vi stik imod os.

18 km blev det til

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at April 22, 2014 11:08 AM

Vanerpaddel

Goldfish and Koi

Now it is time to move out the youngsters in the garden pond. All their “parents” and Koi are already moved.

Image


by vanerpaddel at April 22, 2014 08:42 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Påskhelg i Blekinge – Arpökalven & Slädö

Långfredagsljus

Långfredagsljus

Paddling verkar ju kul och påskpaddling är sällan fel. Väderprpognoserna visade fintväder vart man än tittade men det såg lite soligare och lite varmare ut i Blekinge så vi styrde ditåt på långfredagseftermiddagen. Fikastopp med trevligt sällskap lite norr om Immeln och sen kvick kajakpackning i Kuggeboda. Kort och fin solnedgångspaddling mot Arpökalven där vi stannade på norränden. Upp med tältet (Hilleberg Nallo 3GT) och sen lite kvällsmat i det sista ljuset i tältöppningen.

Solen på väg ner över Kuggebodafjärden

Solen på väg ner över Kuggebodafjärden

Natten var sen ganska sval, så jag fick minsann stänga sommarsovsäcken helt medan Pia sov sött i sin sovsäck med sådär 15 grader komforttemperatur till godo :) Morgonen var som väntat finfin och det blev en lååång frukost med kaffe först i tältöppningen och sen i värmande sol.

Morgon på Arpökalven

Morgon på Arpökalven

Äntligen påskbad. Rätt nöjda med att vi lyckades tajma så med självutlösaren på fånen :)

Äntligen påskbad. Rätt nöjda med att vi lyckades tajma så med självutlösaren på fånen :)

Västerut från Arpökalven

Västerut från Arpökalven

Finväder vid Arpökalven

Finväder vid Arpökalven

Soligt och gött

Soligt och gött

Bokläsning (Your money or your life & Den du inte ser) i solen och sen lite dopp på det, lunch och så kom vi i kajakerna så småningom.

Kanalen vid V Hästholmen

Kanalen vid V Hästholmen

Pia utanför Klinten

Pia utanför Klinten

Paddlade runt Hasslö med kort paus på Långaskär och långfika i solen på Klinten). Så småningom landade vi på Slädö, hade tänkt oss sydvästhörnet för att få mest vy och mest lä men där var lite väl mycket virkesupplag så vi tog oss österut runt udden och hittade en finplats, lite sämre vy men det fick duga ;)

Vitsipporna blommar fortfarande för fullt

Vitsipporna blommar fortfarande för fullt

Gött med ordentlig tältöppning. Hilleberg Nallo 3GT

Gött med ordentlig tältöppning. Hilleberg Nallo 3GT

Bad, slöande i solen och sen mat och kvällsmys med stjärnspan. Varmare natt och ännu en finmorgon på det. Träffade på husägarna på morgonpromenad och fick trevlig pratstund. Blev återigen en långfrukost, sen övarv och sen bad. Riktigt skönt när man kan soltorka på småvarma klippor.

Tältet uppe och go vy även om man bara kan ana Ljungskär

Tältet uppe och go vy även om man bara kan ana Ljungskär

Kvällsljus på Slädö

Kvällsljus på Slädö

Och angående Graceprojektet så har de nu röjt upp det mesta av riset/timret och börjat flisa, så det tar sig, liite större flismaskin än den jag kikar på för hemmabruk ;)

Flisdags. Kommer nog ta en stund att flisa upp allt på Slädö

Flisdags. Kommer nog ta en stund att flisa upp allt på Slädö

Det blommar för fullt

Det blommar för fullt

Paddlade en sväng runt Slädö och sen bort till Eneholmens sydspets för långlunch och bad i solen innan vi drog oss in till Kuggeboda igen.

En fårdugapåskhelg helt enkelt.

Lunchplats på Eneholmen. Finfin plats med horisont och fyrvy

Lunchplats på Eneholmen. Finfin plats med horisont och fyrvy

by Erik Sjöstedt at April 22, 2014 06:49 AM

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Big Outdoor News: Confluence Watersports Sold

Big Outdoor News: Confluence Watersports Sold
Big news in the outdoor industry today with the announcement that Confluence Watersports has been bought up by private equity firm, J.H. Whitney Capital Partners. Though you likely haven’t heard of J.H. Whitney Capital Partners you have likely heard of some of their other privately owned companies including, Eastern Mountain Sports, Pure Fishing (who make Berkley and Trilene fishing line and Igloo Products (makers of coolers). So what does this mean for Confluence Watersports? Mainly a major cash injection into the company so they can move to the next level of their business plan which includes a planned name change to Confluence Outdoor. "We are very pleased to be brought into the J.H. Whitney family," said Sue Rechner, who will continue in her role as President & CEO of the newly formed Confluence Outdoor. "Confluence has always been an active and invested member of the outdoor industry, and we are…

by no-reply@paddlinghq.com (David Johnston) at April 22, 2014 04:00 AM

April 21, 2014

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Rich Passage

On the south end of Bainbridge Island there’s a waterway that cuts in from the wider Puget Sound and branches off to Bremerton and up into Poulsbo. It’s a lot of water going through a tight spot and the currents can be considerable.

Of course, with the Hyas yiem, even a mild current running against me is a tough row to hoe. This next phase of the trip – beginning on Thursday morning in Southworth – is a four-day run that will take me up past the west side of Bainbridge Island, then on over to Edmonds and Mukilteo. It’s going to be an intersting section, with the chance of a night paddle and a whole lot more commercial traffic than I’ve seen so far.

Clam-Bay-Rich-Passage-Washington.12The sampling is going well. I’ve got a half-dozen to this point and I’m planning on another 10 or 12 before I’m done. Beach surveys will start on this next section too, so it feels good to be gathering the data again… I’m happy with the boat too; it does take water into some of the spaces between the bottles on the hull but overall, it’s paddling well. Forty miles in 3 days, which isn’t setting any records but it’s still pretty respectable, even for a legitimate kayak. So I’m happy with that.

So, next up is Rich Passage. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there… I remember it as a place where there was a lot going on. Ferries, current, all sorts of parameters. It’s going to be great!


by Ken Campbell at April 21, 2014 11:03 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Mon 21/04-2014 Day 662

Feeling the antibiotics making me tired… Pos: here Loc: Ilha do Curupu Acc: tent Dist: 37,1 Start: 6:20 End: 15:20 The doctor said better start on Tuesday…one day more for the body to adjust to the medicine, as I felt quite tired physically…but this would also be one more day to lose on the shifting tide. I [...]

April 21, 2014 10:00 PM

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
This is Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

Spring Run-Off 2014

Yep, we "run'd 'oft" again.  In 2010, we decided to start an annual spring run-off trip.  The goal was to have a spring break to enjoy some time camping and whitewater kayaking before our busy summer season begins.  (yes those of us in the recreation profession need vacations too).

This spring our options for California whitewater were limited by drought conditions.  Fortunately a couple of early April storms primed Northern California's Rivers giving us some options.  The day before we left, our new Jackson Kayak Karma RG's arrived.  We were jonezing for whitewater and some kayak camping so we loaded up the truck with our whitewater toys and camping gear and headed north into the Redwoods.

Our Spring Run-Off 2014 began with a 5 hour drive north to Northern California's Smith River.  It has been on our wish list for sometime, and we enjoyed 4 days of boating on its crystal clear waters.

We enjoyed runs on both the Main and South Fork.  (There wasn't enough water to run the North Fork so we will be back for sure.) We had fun paddling both of our Jackson Zen's and the Karma RG's.


Of course, with us it isn't just about the boating - we enjoyed some spectacular hikes and learning about the ecosystem of a different area.  Jeff was fascinated by the pitcher plants.

From the clear serpentine waters of the Smith, we journeyed through the redwoods toward home and the emerald green waters of the Eel River for a kayak camping trip.

With limited time and low water, we opted for a class 1 stretch of the Eel that would offer some great scenery and camping.

Kayak camping is really fun.  In a way it is a challenge of prioritizing what one can pack into a small boat.  Packing our RG's was a whole new experience.  With tons of storage, we got to take more than one book each and even a cooler of tasty beverages made it on this journey - including Eel River Brewing Company's Earth Thirst.

The best part is being fully immersed in nature - whether boating, hiking, or waking up in the morning in the forest - is being disconnected from the distractions of the outside world - no phone, no internet.  One has the time to enjoy the beauty and wonders of the natural world.


We are home now and trying to slowly assimilate back into preparations for our 2014 summer season.

by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at April 21, 2014 05:24 PM

Padlemia
En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Skjærtorsdag fra Offersøy

Skjærtorsdag fikk vi beskjed fra Tom Einar om at han og Hans Petter skulle utover mot Lødingen Vestbygd for å se etter bølger. Det hørtes ut som en bra plan - da kunne man få sjekket ut Erikstadstraumen også.

Den var imidlertid ikke helt med på notene (passet dårlig med flo/fjære/fart på den), så vi endte opp ute på Offersøy etterhvert, vi også. Der fant vi Harstad-karene ute ved en holme.

Så her lå de. Jeg forstår fortsatt ikke vitsen med å henge rundt stein, men det begynner å ane meg at det er noe a la ungene som løper att og fram på stranda når bølgene skyller inn og ut. En slags sisten.

Noen synes det er veldig morsomt.

Jeg er ikke med i den klubben ennå. Begriper ikke hva som er morsomt med det, ser rett og slett gørr kjedelig ut.

Etter en stunds henging der ute så fant jeg på å lukke øynene for å se om det ble mer fres hvis jeg ikke så noe. Såkalt balanseøving. (Det ble ikke det, overhodet.)

Omsider ble noen med på å padle utover heller, for å se om det ble noe kul surf tilbake.

Det ble ikke så veldig det, men litt smått innimellom. Bent har begynt å padle kajakk uten ror han også, det er ikke bare jeg som merker at det er en overgang. Men jeg synes i grunnen det er mest positivt, så langt.

Det tar bare litt tid å omstille seg.

Det hakkete sporet til venstre er der vi padlet inn og ut. Ikke så veldig langt, altså.

Dagens oppgave - hvem sitt hode flyter rundt bak der tro?

Foruten flytehoder som er urkule, er det også litt kult å padle nedoverbakke i motsjø.

Vi padlet en tur inn igjen og lunsjet på kaia mens vi slo av en prat med Harstad-karene som var på tur hjem.

 Det var imidlertid ikke vi klare for ennå, så vi tok en tur til.

Men denne gangen padlet vi innover, så det ble mindre og mindre både vind og bølger. (Så tror jeg vinden løyet hele tiden, i tillegg.)

Ved den ene øya vi passerte, fant vi en sunket båt.

Skipsklokka hadde imidlertid god klang fremdeles!

 

Vi tenkte å ta yttersiden tilbake - det ble ikke mye mer bølger av å gjøre det, men litt drag i sjøen var det fremdeles.

Såpass drag at det her ble en kul bølge. Mannfolkene syntes den var kjempestas, oyoyoy.

Den skulle visstnok surfes på. Jeg gjorde et halvhjertet forsøk som selvsagt gikk skeis og det holdt for meg. Det nytter lite med noen som ligger og gir beskjeder om venting, padle nå osv., når man uansett ikke hører HVA de sier. (Jeg hadde neoprenhetten på.)

Så padlet mannfolkene av gårde, så jeg fikk dette ganske fine bildet med to prikker i.

Jeg så dem igjen her borte ved lykten (som jeg IKKE fikk fine bilder av, til tross for X antall forsøk!), og det var vel rundt regnet det siste jeg så til dem før turen var ferdig.

Aner ikke hva de skulle eller hva de gjorde for jeg hørte ingen beskjed (uvisst om det var jeg som ikke hørte på grunn av hetta eller de som ga f@en i å gi beskjed, resultatet ble det samme - jeg padlet alene videre), men de kom seg nå velberget til land i hvert fall, jeg har nemlig sett begge to i ettertid.

Som sporet lenger opp har avslørt for lenge siden så kom jeg inn igjen cirka der vi hadde holdt på litt tidligere på dagen. Det var nå mye roligere, men der det tidligere var mest bare hvitt vann som splæsjet, var det nå lett å se selve skjærene.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at April 21, 2014 03:19 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Sun 20/04-2014 Day 661

  Teaching Jadiel some rolling… Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment Jadiel took the family and me out for breakfast this Easter morning, a large buffet was pleasing everyone`s heart and stomach. Then high speed food shopping, at least once you know the offerings in a new country (from the first big food shopping [...]

April 21, 2014 01:00 AM

April 20, 2014

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Happy Easter (This Easter I went swimming!)

Hope it's been a happy one!

TQ was working so we missed our usual Easter visit to his parents, so I did something different -
I'd gotten a whim
for an Easter swim
Took a subway trip 
to a chilly chilly dip

Click here for pix!
It was actually really interesting actually going for a swimsuit swim in 45 degree water after all of the talking about cold-water safety I've done. You know that one-ten-one rule - one minute to get your breathing under control, ten minutes of meaningful activity, then an hour that you can probably still be saved if found? Well, I actually had a great time jumping around in the water for about 10 minutes. I was starting to fumble with my camera partway into it, though, and then almost immediately after the 10-minute circle-up, I began to feel ever so slightly light-headed, which my experienced cold-water swimmer friend Capri said meant "Time to get out of the water NOW" (same as winter rolling, actually - you really need to stop when you start feeling spinny).

I had a great time though. Fun to experiment with this stuff I talk about so much in nice controlled circumstances, and it was actually great to be back in the water, even if it wasn't summer-friendly. Boats are great but swimming really
 was my first love.

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at April 20, 2014 09:22 PM

Mackayak
What I talk about when I talk about kayaking.

Orkney History Tour

World War Two towers at Houton look out over Bring Deeps.
 A gentle 15km trip to start  the paddling season off in fine weather from Houton at Scapa Flow into the Loch of Stenness. After leaving Houton we passed the three lookout towers which are situated on one side of the Flow. Between Houton Head and Scad Head in Hoy, there were anti ship and submarine boom defence nets during the war the Second World War.  

Clear water and cold clear air. Great visibility above and below the surface.
It was unusually still and quiet - after months of incessant wind and rain it was unusual to hear sounds of so many birds - fulmars, swans, eider, merganser, shell ducks, gannets, black throated diver, greylag geese, redshank, turnstones, cormorants...
 
 
 The clarity of the water was mermerising. Tiny jellyfish bobbed along with the incoming tide.

Hall of Clestrain
 We passed the birthplace of the famous Arctic explorer John Rae.
He grew up here and developed his sailing skills in Scapa Flow.
 
Hoy hills.
 We stopped at Sailhouse Bay below the Hall of Clestrain. This must surely have been where John Rae and his brothers launched their sailing boats from, before racing each other between Orphir and Stromness.
 
Sailhouse Bay, with Hoy High Light on Graemsay, and Hoy behind.

Stromness ahead with the gateway to the Nor' Wast through Hoy Sound on the horizon. 
 On past a few sleeping seals on the skerries and beaches up to the Brig O'Waithe, observed briefly from the water by an otter which was gone as soon as I was certain it was indeed an otter and not a piece of kelp or a young seal. In fact it was the movements and manner of its disappearance that made me pretty certain it was an otter.

Easily under the Brig
 Around the corner and on to the Standing Stones of Stenness with a brisker pace for a change, just to check paddle fitness, or lack of...
 

 
 I have always meant to take this route -  there is something novel about paddling from salt water to fresh on an island with no rivers - a uniquely Orcadian trip, paddling past remnants of  WWII, the days of Hudson's Bay Company, to the neolithic.


by Mackayak (noreply@blogger.com) at April 20, 2014 01:07 PM

something to sink your teeth into
sea kayaking in Israel and kayak building

where the sharks live = carcharhinus plumbeus


We now have  new attraction  for kayakers, its a shark safari.
 There is a place where the water is warm and shallow just south of the electric company powerplant, the warm water runoff keeps the seawater pretty warm even in winter and so I guess this is what attracts the sharks

I know that there are lots of divers who can swim around with sharks, I am definitely not one of those brave souls. Even in a kayak there is a level of tension when you look down and see this huge fish lazily gliding just a short distance from your boat. 

It,s also not so easy to get good photos , this one is from Yosi Wolfson who has been visiting them quite frequently.
They belong to the species carcharhinus plumbeus or sandbar shark said to be one of the largest in the world.
Visiting the sharks is not a club activity, in fact its prohibited, only in a private capacity and private kayak do we got out there, all at our own risk and personal responsibility. I guess thats reasonable.

by Steve Gordon (noreply@blogger.com) at April 20, 2014 02:01 AM

April 19, 2014

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

April 19th - Cadboro Point (#25)

Sean and I went on our paddleboards out to Cadboro Point. I was using the oarboard which performed very well in the calm conditions. This is my third time out and it is feeling good! I have almost figured out the best way to wheel it down to the beach! Due to its width, it is a bit more complicated than a kayak...
click to enlarge
6 km, YTD 269 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:44 PM

April 17th - Cadboro Bay (#24)

Jenny is back in town for the weekend and we got out for a leisurely afternoon paddle together. We paddled two Tahes, which looked pretty nice together. Nice conditions and good to spend time together.
click to enlarge
5 km, YTD 263 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:40 PM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough. Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!

Plattsburgh University does the San Juans!

I just got back from a 6 day trip co-leading with Steve Maynard of Plattsburgh University, helping  a group of 13 students plan and execute a safe, efficient and fun trip around the San Juan Islands. They split in two groups to keep the groups manageable, and we left from Washington Park in Anacortes. The students planned the trip together, and with the help of leadership students (seniors), they executed the trip well. With the first group, we went from Washington Park to Jones Island the first day, 18 nautical miles, and the next morning made our way up to Matia, north of Orcas Island. Matia is the last state park island that I hadn't been to, so now I have been to every landable island in the San Juans! On our third day we left from Matia and headed over to Sucia for a day of rescues, skills, and balance development.  After nearly 30 miles in 2 days we had to remind ourselves how much fun playing in boats can be. Day 4 we met up with Steve and the other half of the group on Matia and switched groups.

Steve headed with his group down to Deception Pass to do some work in the eddies and current there, while I took the other group to Sucia for rescue practice and balance.  They planned on catching the early tide (4am!) from Matia to Cypress to spend some time hiking around the island, but when we woke up at 2:30, there were 25 knots of unforecast winds from the north-northwest bringing 2-4 ft swell into Rolfe Cove, which opened to the west and north! We went back to sleep and hoped for a change in weather. By midafternoon the wind did die down, to around 15 kts, and we made our with with the second ebb tide down quickly to Cypress. Crossing Rosario was quite exhiliarating, using ranges and markers to make sure we were not going to be run over by freighters or barges. Our last day, again we woke up at 2:30 for a 4am paddle, but this time the weather cooperated. Everyone's personal skills improved, and navigation skills were markedly better. Overall we paddled almost 75 miles in 6 days. Not bad! Here are a few pictures.


They brought Werner Paddles all the way across the country! Lots and lots of them!

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:25 PM

San Juan Outfitters Promo Video

This video is from San Juan Outfitters were I worked for 5 years. Check it out!

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:22 PM

"SKOOK-um-chuck" Sea Kayak Surfing

Check out Jason's video of our trip to Skookumchuck. Sweet edit.



by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 08:16 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Sat 19/04-2014 Day 660

  Got gas cans, a matching stove, and my serious infection and funghi medicine Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment Jadiel and his crew took me to a doctor friend´s apartment to consult again about my sores, and we eventually got the prescription for the antibiotics against the bacterial infections, some funghi killer pills [...]

April 19, 2014 07:00 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Københavns Havn

IMG_108019. april 2014

Det gode påskevejr blev udnyttet på det groveste med en tur i Københavns Havn. Christian har aldrig roet i havnen, så han ville gerne med. For ikke at gøre turen alt for lang, startede vi ved Christianias strand lige over for kanonbådsskurene. Her har christianitterne lavet en fin lille sandstrand, der kun skæmmes lidt af alle de småbåde og husbåde, der også er smidt i vandet af christianitterne.

Så op tidligt for at læsse kajakker, der dagen før var vasket, så de kunne fremstå pæne. Pigerne ville med, ikke for at ro, men for at shoppe, så bilen var fyldt op, da vi ankom til Christiania.

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Jeg havde planlagt en tur på 8-9 kilometer, og den blev lige under 10, så det var meget godt ramt. Desværre var jeg ikke så heldig med kameraet, da jeg åbenbart havde efterladt det tændt hjemmefra. Så der var ikke mere strøm. Så måtte iPhonen frem, men da billederne bliver dårlige gennem den vandtætte pakning, måtte den ud en gang imellem. Så denne gang er der ikke så mange billeder. Der er dog fortsat en film, for GoPro’en fungerede som planlagt.

Vi roede straks over til torpedohallen og ned til operaen. Her ville vi lige ud i havnen før vi vendte ind i Christianshavns Kanal. Det er jo altid en fin tur og turistbådene sejler så langsomt, at vi ikke er i vejen. Halvvejs gennem kanalen viste det sig, at pigerne havde valgt at drikke en kop kakao og se os ro forbi. Vældigt hyggeligt.

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Så Rikke tog et par billeder inden vi roede videre ned til Appelbys Plads med udsigt til det Kongelige Bibliotek – eller den sorte diamant. Her krydsede vi havnen for at ro rundt om Slotsholmen. Vi var lidt i tvivl om det kunne lade sig gøre, da der jo graves ud til en metrostation ved Gammel Strand, men det kunne det sagtens. Der var bygget en fin tunnel, som vi kunne ro igennem. Vi kiggede lige på Havmanden og Agnete samt deres børn, der jo er synlige i kanalen ved Absalons Torv.

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En masse turister tog billeder af os, mens de ventede på turistbådene. Så vi er nok i mange kinesiske fotoalbums senere på året. Efter at have rundet Slotsholmen roede vi over til Nyhavn, hvor vi roede halvvejs ind i havnen. Vi gad ikke slås med turistbådene, så vi roede ud igen. Til gengæld roede vi ind under det nye Skuespilhus og forbi de mange piller.

Nu var kursen mod den lille havfrue, der var planlagt som sidste stop på roturen. Der var naturligvis – som altid – en masse turister.

havfruen

Nu skulle der bare ros tilbage til udgangspunktet. Det vil sige forbi Toldboden og så krydse over til sydsiden af Nyholm. På den måde kunne det militære område undgås. Ved Toldboden var Københavns Brandvæsen ved at gennemføre lidt dykninger, som vi så på. Vi havde jo første-parket.

dyk  dykker

Det så sjovt ud og de grinede vist også selv over at dukke op ved siden af vores kajakker. Vi roede mod Nyholm og tilbage til udgangspunktet. Her kunne vi pakke kajakkerne igen, ringe pigerne op og spise vores medbragte mad, mens vi ventede på pigerne. En rigtig god dag i godt vejr.

 

Rute: Københavns Havn
Isætning:   55° 40.915′N,  12° 36.600′Ø (Google)
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 9,74 km
Vejr: 16 grader. Vind 6 m/s fra Ø. Solskin.

 

by KajakGal at April 19, 2014 05:29 PM

A whole bunch of Ing's.
Kayaking,camping,rolling, practicing,paddle making, ..Writing,blogging and nautical miles from a normal life

Dilatory day; a dart to Dildo island.


Exhausted after a very long couple of days; I pushed through the procrastination. Believe it or not paddling was the last thing I wanted to do....but knew that was a certain sign I needed it more than ever. Aboard the new kayak transporter; I was off to the resettled community of Spread eagle to explore the outlying islands.


Beautiful beaches and rocky shoals that reach like fingers out into the bay. As if this island is still grasping the earth; holding on from the times glaciers cut it from the distant shore. Fragrant crowberry bushes; tannin stained pools. 


The headlands commanding view of the deep dark water below. Stepping close to the edge I checked out the depths and distance for a future cliff jumping. While sunny and clear the air had a bite of winter left. After some internal grumbling; I decided to listen to that voice that screamed :not today!!" and deferred. 


Next in the chain was the island with the humorous name and inordinate history. Named by explorer Capt Cook "Dildoe island"; it still retains this unusual name. Of course there are many apologue's and anecdote's as to why someone would call a place Dildo. I find many stories/explanations a mere attempt to aggrandize a few sailors pointing out a phallic shaped Island. 


The island with the peculiar name has a wealth of history. More visible and recent being a rusting cod hatchery boiler. A project (1889-1896) to stock the bay with codfish to prevent a future stock issues. Near 100 years into the future Newfoundlands cod fishery would collapse showing just how forward thinking this project was. Then there's the less known history. Hidden beneath the boggy grasses lay signs of Queen Annes war. 204 people had spent the winter here on the island; defending against French attacks along the shore. 1612 Journal entries from John Guy's expedition mention a Beothuk camp near where the boiler now lay. A 1995 archaeology dig discovered Dorset  eskimo occupation at around 150AD.



1841 years of history on a tiny island with a strange name. 

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 02:50 PM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Old School Kayak Racing

Here's a great clip from British Pathé showing a 1955 kayaking event. It takes place at the Marsh Lock, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. Talk about old school. My, how equipment has changed. I love the inflatable life jackets. Check out the embed below:

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 19, 2014 07:30 AM

The Last Wilderness
Nature, adventure and the written word

Earth 2.0

There are no Hallmark cards for Earth Day. At least, I don’t think there are. (It sounded authoritative, so I went with it.) Even so, it would be a good day to sit back and reflect a bit, maybe take stock of the health of the planet, if we had the time. We could learn from what we’ve been able to accomplish and  learn to not be afraid of what still seems so impossible, or at least unlikely, given the epileptic political and economic systems we’ve given ourselves. It isn’t likely that many people consider these topics on Earth Day – or any other day, for that matter – but it might not be a bad idea.

In 1969, there was a massive oil spill originating from an oil platform off the Santa Barbara coast. The images of slicks and fouled birds led Senator Gaylord Nelson to declare April 20, 1970, the first Earth Day. It’s been getting bigger every year and good things have come from the efforts of Senator Nelson and those who have followed, the many others who have spoken for the planet. Back in 1970, there were rivers catching on fire, freelance toxic dumping and lead in just about everything. Every year has seen progress, every inch of it made against the protestations of the loud and ill-informed, the greedy and the blind. (You know who you are.)

Even as the individual environmental successes have progressed, however, the larger picture has gotten more problematic. We know more now. We have more data. We’re watching the polar ice cap melt in real time via satellite, we are presiding over the demise of rainforest and coral reef alike and we have names for all the orca. Our world has gotten smaller in some ways, certainly with respect to the species that still call it home. We know so much about all the little things, but somehow our focus seems unable to rest on the larger truth: we have already made irreversible changes to the climate of the Earth. It has changed, is changing, because of all 7.1 billion of us and whatever the environment is going to become – even if we suddenly reverse course and start to live more responsibly – it will never again be the way that it once was.

That’s a fact, and we own it. What are we going to do about it?

Happy Earth Day

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by Ken Campbell at April 19, 2014 06:23 AM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Fri 18/04-2014 Day 659

  Decided to take antibiotics against all my skin infections… Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment I was all day inside working online, reading and repairing my gear. Nice and cool, but I always have to cover my ears and forehead in the constant cool air flow and blow, and my eyes don´t like [...]

April 19, 2014 02:00 AM

Thu 17/04-2014 Day 658

  Almost all day inside my cool a/c room…working… Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment The online work ¨backwards¨from the last weeks of my trip is done, I started to look ahead on satellite pics, maps and chart. Basically it´s all beach ahead, just a few last mangrove islands on the beginning. I assume [...]

April 19, 2014 02:00 AM

The Dash Point Pirate
I love wooden kayaks

The Legacy of War: The Aluminum Boats of Bolinao

During the few days after our medical mission in the Philippines, Katya and I had arranged to meet my cousin Viktoria in the town of Lingayen on the coast of the province of Pangasinan. We had taken a bus from Baguio in the morning and arrived in the town at midday. Viktoria was still on her way from Manila so we hired a tricycle to bring us to a beachside resort where she said she could meet us.

We arrived with five bags of luggage, and received a warm welcome from the resort employees. It was probably a slow day. When we informed them we actually were not checking in but would only be staying for lunch they carried our bags to the restaurant. They told us that the cast and crew of the popular daytime drama “The Legal Wife” was staying there and shooting a scene the beach.

Streets of Lingayen, seen from a tricycle sidecar. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Streets of Lingayen, as seen from a tricycle sidecar. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Our tricycle driver. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Our tricycle driver. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Other than a Russian family and two or thee resort workers who were taking siesta on the veranda, we were the only ones at the restaurant. They kept an enormous fish, a "giant arapaima", in a tiny pond by the entrance. After we showed some interest in photographing this fish, one of the servers came out with a bucket of chum to feed it. Although it had been floating motionless in the pool, it suddenly came alive and snapped up the chunks of meat with surprising speed when the server tossed them into the water.

Giant arapaima. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Giant arapaima. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Viktoria soon arrived, accompanied her driver, and my son Joel. We all drove to her family’s house nearby, actually a small compound consisting of a number of structures, including a single story main house, a smaller dwelling for the help, and a separate library which served as kind of a museum to her late father, a former governor of Pangasinan. The property extended about 700 meters to the beach, and included a couple large fish ponds, a covered dining area, and another cinderblock house that had been illegally built on the property. Viktoria’s family was in the middle of a lawsuit to have the owners evicted.

A carabao (water buffalo) cools off in one of the fish ponds. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
A carabao (water buffalo) cools off in one of the fish ponds. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Lingayen Bay is famous for being a launching point for the Allied assult to take back the island of Luzon from the Japanese during World War II. Across from the legislative building next to the beach is a park where an old WWII tank and fighter jet are on display.  There is also a small interpretive center which tells the story of the Allied invasion. The park is brightly illuminated all night long, and pop music constantly and inexplicably blares from hidden speakers. Just down the beach, the governor’s mansion glitters with Christmas lights, late into February. Since electricity is not cheap here, it is a conspicious and gaudy use of public resources.

A park and statue in front of the provincial government building commemorates the late governor Aguedo Agbayani, Viktoria's father. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina
A park and statue in front of the provincial government building commemorates the late governor Aguedo Agbayani, Viktoria's father. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina
A diorama illustrates the return of American forces to the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
A diorama illustrates the return of American forces to the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

On the eve of the Allied invasion, Filipino resistance fighters had informed the Allies that the Japanese opposition would be weak, and that there would be no need to bomb Lingayen. But for three days, Allied navy artillery and aircraft unleashed a devastating bombardment on suspected Japanese defenses anyway, destroying part of the town. Afterwards, the Allies landed without any opposition and established a 20 mile beachhead.

There is a lot of WWII history in the Philippines. The legacy of war can be seen on the most popular form of public transportation, the jeepney, which originally was built from American military jeeps that were sold or left behind after the war. The war also left a huge impression on the popular culture: Filipinos love WWII history, war movies, guns and violence as much as Americans, maybe even more so!

VIKTORIA-Wild Side Official Music Video (Trailer) from Apple Expedition Channel on Vimeo.

 

Another example is can be found in the aluminum boats of Bolinao.

Bolinao is the farthest western region of the province of Pangasinan. It is notable for the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, a number of caves, the 400 year-old church of St James The Great, and some very beautiful beaches. On a whim we all decided to spend a couple days there before returning to Manila. Although she had traveled extensively around the province in her youth while helping with her father’s political campaigns, Viktoria was not familiar with Bolinao. She had not been there since her days as a rising pop star, when one of her music videos was shot on location at the lighthouse. While we were checking in at the Puerto Del Sol Resort, the manager at the resort recognized her, and said his sister was a big fan of her music. 

Viktoria at Puerto Del Sol Resort, Bolinao. Copyright Katya Palladina.
Viktoria at Puerto Del Sol Resort, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina

 A long exposure shows the light trails left by fishermen hunting for octopus in the shallow waters.

A long exposure reveals the light trails left by fishermen hunting for octopus in the shallow waters. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
The 101 ft Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was built in 1905 by Filipino, British and American engineers.
The 101 ft Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was built in 1905 by Filipino, British and American engineers. It is the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Traditional wooden fishing boats on the Balingasay River, Bolinao.
Traditional wooden fishing boats on the Balingasay River, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
A boy in the fishing village plays with a toy model banca.
A boy in the fishing village plays with a toy model banca. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Sunset at the beach at Puerto Del Sol. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Sunset at the beach at Puerto Del Sol. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.

 

The Puerto Del Sol resort at Bolinao has a gorgeous white sand beach, and the water is very shallow and protected by a reef about couple hundred meters offshore. You can walk through the water all the way up to the reef from the beach. At night fishermen wade along the shore wearing headlamps to attract octopus. In the morning we saw quite a few people out there collecting shells at low tide.

Katya on a traditional wooden banca, Balingasay River Marine Sanctuary
Katya on a traditional wooden banca, Balingasay River Marine Sanctuary. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.

Katya and I were interested in taking a boat out and had hired a traditional wooden banca to take us to explore one of the offshore islands. It turned out to be a much longer trip then we had anticipated so we ended up directing the skipper to take us up the nearby Balingasay River instead. Along the shore we noticed a number of small boats with aluminum hulls that our guide said were made out of old WWII Japanese airplane parts. The aluminum apparently came from Japanese fighter planes that had either been shot down or abandoned. He said there were at least 30 of them along the river. The hull has a long teardrop shape, fitted with wooden thwarts and gunwales. These boats are paddled with a single blade paddle, like canoes. Since the hulls could be over 60 years old, I suspect that the boats probably have been rebuilt and the wooden parts replaced several times.

One of the aluminum boats made from parts of a WWII Japanese fighter plane fuselage
One of the aluminum boats made from parts of a WWII Japanese fighter plane fuselage. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Wooden features of the aluminum boats include thwarts, floorboards, bow deck, stern deck, and gunwales.
Wooden features of the aluminum boats include thwarts, floorboards, bow deck, stern deck, and gunwales. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Aluminum boat of Bolinao
Aluminum boat of Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
A couple paddles downstream into town among the nipa in an aluminum boat. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga
A couple paddles downstream into town among the nipa in an aluminum boat. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga

I admire the creativity of people who can repurpose junk and make a functional boat. This is typical of the Philippines, where I’ve seen sit-on-top "kayaks" made out of bamboo, fishing net and flotsam, and swimming fins made from plywood and bicycle tire rubber. They do it out of necessity, of course:  poverty and the scarcity demand creativity and resourcefulness. Our consumer culture seems obscenely wasteful in comparison.

The gang at Patar White Sand Beach, Bolinao. Copyright Katya Palladina.
The gang at Patar White Sand Beach, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

by aelizaga at April 19, 2014 12:09 AM

April 18, 2014

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Aftentur ved Ulvshale

Efter lang tid på land kom jeg igen på vandet. Denne gang i min fiskekajak, og målet var at fange en mønsk havørred. Det lykkedes ikke, men jeg fik en flot naturoplevelse.
 Mens jeg sad og fiskede, gik solen stille og roligt ned....
... og så kan man godt være lidt tilfreds med tilværelsen - selv om man ikke fanger nogen fisk.

Det blev til 6 km

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2014 09:55 PM

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Review - Goal Zero Sherpa 50 & Nomad 13

One of the many things on this trip, that is different than on the last trip, is the demand for power. Instead of shooting everything on one GoPro Hero, I now have two Hero 3+'s - which are significantly more power hungry. I will also have a long a DSLR for use in camp for video and for our final "side by side" shots of the glaciers. Which boils down to one thing. We need power, and it needs to be reliable.

I considered many options before settling on the gear that is coming with us. I thought about the Biolite stove, but was concerned that we would find enough tinder - that was dry - and would be able to run it long enough to charge camera batteries. It is also pretty big, and fairly heavy.

I thought about the Powerpot, but really this is just converting fuel to power - via a camp stove - and I didn't want to A) bring along that much more fuel, and B) have run a stove all night to recharge a camera.

This left me with Solar as my only option, and once that was decided I knew It was going to be a goal zero product. Currently they are the only company offering really innovative products.

I quickly realized most of the smaller units wouldn't do what I needed. And so I focused my research on the Sherpa 50. I got one in December and was immediately blown away by how small it was (4.5 x 1.5 x 5.25). The pictures on GoalZero's site make it look much bigger. It also isn't that heavy (1.2 pounds), but as a paddler that is of less concern for me. It fits easily in my hand and have just recently had time to start working with it. I have been exceptionally surprised with how well this unit has done, particularly considering how I am asking it to work.



So the first problem is that I need the unit to charge during the day while we paddle, no problem right? Just put it on the back deck of my kayak. Except, of course the unit isn't waterproof! After racking my brain as to how to make this work - waterproof, and transparent - I realized the idea was literally right under my nose. My Sealine Map case. Waterproof, Flexible and pretty transparent. Of course, I realize that anything between my Nomad 13 and the sun will decrease the panels efficiency, so when I first tested this out, I wasn't too optimistic.

I started paddling with the Sherpa 50 charged at 60% on a bright sunny day. I noticed pretty quickly that the map case it was in was covered with water droplets - which I am sure only slowed the rate at which the Sherpa 50 charged. But even so, I was surprised an hour and 20 minutes later to see that it was now charged at 80%.

Today, a 2 hour and 20 minute paddle brought me from 80% to Full. The next big question is how many times can a fully charged Sherpa 50 charge a Hero 3+, and that was what I did next.

I fully depleted a newer, larger Hero 3+ battery. Then plugged it into the sherpa 50. An hour and 40 minutes later, it was fully charged, about the same amount of time as plugging it into a computer.

All in all I am very impressed with the pairing of sherpa 50 and nomad 13 solar panel. We will see how they perform in rainy and cold Alaska.

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2014 09:25 PM