Paddling Planet

September 20, 2014

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.

Plucky paddlers work their way to weather past Pluck Point.

We awoke to a beautiful morning in Saddell Bay. Unfortunately so did the midges and their morning was made by our presence (not to mention blood).  As a result we did not dally and were on the water below the old castle walls by 07:50.  Initially we were in the shelter of the lee of Pluck Point but...  ...as we rounded the point we were me by a north wind which blew straight down..

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at September 20, 2014 10:36 pm

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

The Sherford River

The Sherford River is a quiet and little frequented corner of Poole Harbour. A friend and I worked our way up this secret creek, as it became increasingly narrow and jungly. Eventually we reached the upward limit(?), a bridge that we regularly drive over; I hadn’t even realised there was a river beneath!

We were joined by a number of kingfishers. At one point, I rounded a corner to find one just a few metres away sitting atop a branch spanning the river, lit up by golden evening light. He sat and watched me long enough to get the camera out and focus…and then departed. I will never manage to take a photo of a kingfisher.


Filed under: Birds, Dorset, Kayaking

by Mark Rainsley at September 20, 2014 08:54 pm

josebelloseakayaking

Europeo de footbike-cross

Poco a poco van apareciendo competiciones para los que nos gustan cosas raras. Los que practicamos el kickbike o footbike, convivimos generalmente con las MTB, porque es difícil encontrar "locos" que compartan nuestra afición.


Por aquí, no hay tan siquiera competiciones específicas, por lo que hay que apuntarse a las de bicis.... no veas la cara que se les pone a los bikers cuando te ven en la línea de salida con el patinete ..........


Ya este año tenemos el primer Campeonato de Europa, en Alemania. A ver si se van acercando las carreritas por aquí abajo ......

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at September 20, 2014 09:10 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.

Sunset on fire in the Mull of Kintyre.

After we had eaten Tony and I set off to explore the environs of Saddell Bay. We came to the little locked bothy at Port na Gael.  It was unoccupied but looked sound and dry. We set off from Port na Gael across exceddingly rough ground  to... ...Pluck Point where we soaked up some great views in the sunset.  The great basalt columns and sill at Drumadoon Point on Arran reflected

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at September 20, 2014 09:01 pm

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

Turledersamling og øvelse med RS Kjørstad, Grøtavær

Harstad padleklubb inviterte til turledersamling i Grøtavær sist helg. Remi og jeg tok turen fra Vesterålen, for det var et supert opplegg de hadde snekret ihop. Øvelse med RS Kjørstad til og med - redningsskøyter liker vi. Her gjør vi oss klare på Elgsnes.

Aldeles flott vær da vi krysset over Toppsundet. Ikke helt til å tro at det skulle blåse opp i 14-15 m/s dagen etter? Men det var det faktisk meldt.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Sånn ble Remis bilde. Utrolig kult mønster på det fjellet.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Og her kommer jeg, i misfosteret. Som det nå er over ni måneder siden jeg fikk, fortsatt har det ikke kommet ny. Har ikke hørt noe angående den nye (som jeg skulle få i sommer) siden 6. mars, ikke noe som helst pip fra forhandler siden 2. april såvidt jeg kan se. Dette til tross for konkret forespørsel på epost for seks uker siden, og ny epost for fire uker siden. Men på avstand er den forsåvidt fin!

Fredagskvelden gikk med til røverhistorier rundt bålet. Den ble forøvrig ikke så lang, vi regnet jo med en strabasiøs dag dagen etter. Tidlig kveld, med andre ord. Jeg hadde med Exped-teltet for vær-testing, sov greit i det.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
 RS Kjørstad ankommer. Det har blåst opp så det holder, her er vi jo i rimelig skjermet område.

Før øvelsen starter tar vi en runde så vi blir litt bedre kjent med hverandres utstyr og slike ting.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Vi demonstrerer litt teknikker som vi kan bruke i forskjellige situasjoner. Her ser vi forøvrig de nye radar-refleksene på Tom-Einars åre. Dessverre glemte man å se hvor godt de funket da vi var ute i bølgene.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Men på flatt hav like bortafor kom han opp som en prikk på radaren, mens han ble helt borte der om han la åra i vannet. Så til en viss grad funker de i hvert fall - akkurat hvor godt, vites fortsatt ikke for sikkert.

Sånn så slepet ut fra "innsiden" av flåten.

Demo av kajakktømming og kameratredning.

Markøransvarlig Tom-Einar til høyre, briefer markører Morten, Jan-Erik og meg. Siden ikke alle symptomer er like lettsimulerte, fikk de hver sin laminerte lapp med symptomer festet på seg. (Neida, jeg skulle være oppegående i dag. Jan Erik skulle bli fast i kajakken under og drukne, og så hadde jeg klart å snu ham men for seint, så han var blitt bevisstløs.) Smart opplegg.

Så padlet vi av gårde, ut i vinden. Steike for en vind. Den ble så kraftig et øyeblikk at jeg begynte å tenke på Andøya. Og det var et rent slit å holde Nordkappen opp mot vinden - ikke fikk jeg skikkelig til å padle heller, med VHF-n foran skuldra. Den ble rett og slett i veien der. Jeg finner ingen gode plasser å sette den, smarte tips mottas.

Til slutt hadde jeg så vondt i skuldrene og de andre markørene var attpåtil bak meg igjen så jeg regnet ikke med at de hadde det så mye bedre, så jeg valgte å stoppe selv om vi bare var halvveis. Det var ikke verdt å ødelegge seg helt for, så vi satte i gang øvelsen. (Dessuten hadde jeg ikke sjans å snu opp imot den vinden igjen, når jeg først var falt ned.) Her har de andre funnet oss (ikke så vanskelig, vi blåste jo rett ned til dem i en fart), og er i ferd med å legge en slagplan.

Vi satte (liksom) i gang med pustehjelp, men kompresjoner var litt vanskelig for det var jo litt bølger og han satt i kajakken. Men vi måtte slepes, det var klart. Det ble satt i gang et slep. Filmsnutten nedenfor er det halvannen minuttet fra slepet settes i gang (trodde vi).

Jeg hadde gitt beskjed før vi satte i gang øvelsen om at jeg har VHF, men det er en lytte-VHF. Den snakkes kun i dersom det står om liv. Jeg antar det var derfor det gikk som det gikk...

På mystisk vis (jeg fikk egentlig aldri med meg HVA som skjedde) forsvant altså slepet like fort som det kom. I bølger og stress kan mye rart skje av seg selv. Det var ikke annet for meg å gjøre enn å hive meg på VHFn og gjøre oppmerksom - etterhvert måtte jeg ta opp kommunikasjonen med Redningsskøyta - det var forbausende enkelt for noen som aldri hadde tenkt å prate i VHF før det eventuelt sto om liv. (Men det gjorde det jo liksom, i øvelsen.)

Foto: Remi Nyheim
- Vi testet et par ganger å holde inn knappen på VHF for at RS Kjørstad skulle få peilet oss.

Hjelpen er nær.

Lave, små båter i litt bølger viste seg imidlertid å ikke være en kjempegod kombinasjon med redningsskøyta. Helst ville kajakken min inn under den røde greia her - og båten er jo av metall. (Her har de fått ut fender imellom, takk og pris.) Nytt selskap/hjelp har ankommet.

De fant ut at det beste ville være rett og slett å slepe oss til roligere farvann. De festet riktig (men knøt fast) i dekksriggen min - men ups. Kun i min. Så her ligger Pippi Langstrømpe (aka meg selv) og holder fast den bevisstløses kajakk, med en padler hengende utenpå der igjen bare for å gjøre det riktig så tungt.

Sånn cirka da han forsvant (sier ingenting på det om han ikke klarte mer - det var ikke enkelt) skjønte jeg at dette klarer jeg ikke hvor lenge som helst, så jeg meldte ifra (igjen på VHF!) at nå var det hakket før jeg måtte slippe den forulykkede...

Så da var det stopp, og vi fikk ham ombord i skøyta. Det gjorde vi ved den bevisstløses hjelp, for han ble dratt rett fra siden så hvis han ikke hadde gjort det hadde nok beina gått ad undas. Vi testet etterpå å gjøre en omvendt scoop for å få ham ut og over til skøyta (som da må være på andre siden), og det fungerte rimelig bra. De har jo et sånt nett som de kan fiske folk opp i. Greit å vite, da lærte vi dét.

Foto: Remi Nyheim
Her har den bevisstløse (og sikkert etterhvert nedkjølte) kommet ombord i skøyta, og får nødvendig behandling. Ja, det er bobleplast man ser på bildet. (Tror RS Gjert Wilhelmsen må vurdere å tipse dem om de der fancy greiene som de har skaffet seg.)

Etter sånne øvelser må man selvsagt debriefe og diskutere det man har gjort. Nyttige erfaringer i massevis, både for mannskapet på skøyta og for oss. Det er alltid noe nytt, og i forhold som de vi hadde skal det vel noe til før alt går som smurt. (Men det er jo nettopp da slike ting skjer, så veldig fint at vi fikk øve i realistiske forhold! Kjempebra!)

Så ville noen ut og padle mer - hipp hurra! Remi har vond skulder så han hadde vært fotograf på skøyta hele dagen, han ble nå med. Padleabstinenser, sikkert. Her har jeg bestemt meg for å ta på hjelm, for vi skulle ut i bølgene! Og der hadde jeg tenkt å øve på rulle og sånt.

Jag trivs best i öppna landskap!!! Den ljomet gjennom hodet da vi kom utover.

 Nära havet vill jag bo...

Jeg var litt nervøs for hvor mye vind som skulle til før Nordkappen blir umedgjørlig, det er nok rundt 6-7 m/s når jeg ikke har annen last enn det vanlige standard i dagsluka. Ergelig. Det blir jo ikke helt riktig å slenge førstehjelpsutstyr og denslags i framluka.

På turen innover var det god fart, men jeg fikk egentlig ingen skikkelige gode surfer. Men hmmm... Jeg hadde jo glemt...

Sculling og rulling. Best å teste litt.

Rulling gikk greit, sculling var det litt verre med. Men hadde jeg prøvd hadde det sikkert gått greit, det var bare så mye enklere å svippe seg opp helt fra setup enn med scullings.

Takk for turen - det var herlig!

Søndag begynte ikke så bra, verken for denne her eller meg. Den hadde kommet seg innunder ytterteltet, og var fanget mellom det og innerteltet. Ergo - jeg var selv fanget i innerteltet. Den ene utgangen hadde jeg plugget igjen pga. vinden dagen før, og denne svirret rundt ved den andre utgangen en halvtimes tid... Jeg pakket imens.

Så, omsider flyttet den seg ut, og jeg kunne rømme. Remi meldte seg som vepsedreper og gjorde kort prosess! Jeg var befridd. Takk for hjelpen.

Tom-Einar står her med restene av slepelina til Siri. Vi vet rett og slett ikke hvor resten av den ble av - den ene mistenkte vi har er vannjet'n til Kjørstad. I tillegg til at den forsvant, sleit vi dekkslina mi, og røk et dekkslinefeste på Jan-Erik sin kajakk. Nei det gikk ikke HELT som smurt under øvelsen, men vi knuste i hvert fall ingen folk eller kajakker.

Campstedet var et fantastisk bra sted for å arrangere noe sånt. Dette hører til leirskolen på Grøtavær. Her var det lavvoer og bålplass med benker, og det var i le for de aller fleste vindretninger. Vinden var rimelig kraftig, men vi merket nesten ingenting til den nedi leiren, da det var en god del skog som tok av. Utrolig bra.

Søndag sto litt teknikk- og bølgetrening på programmet, med de bølgene som var igjen fra dagen før. God steming! Klar for moro!

Kameratredning utføres i bølgene, Remi er på plass som vanlig. Hvordan klarer han å alltid være nærmest? Er det rett og slett han som padler rundt og skremmer folk i vannet? Hm, det der må jeg sjekke nærmere.

Vel, vi var nå bare et sted og padlet inn og ut, padlet ikke rundt noe som helst. Så jeg ble fort lei. Så jeg la meg noen ganger med lukkede øyne for å teste balansen. Nordkappen er en fantastisk båt, slår jeg fast igjen. Den er bare HELT fantastisk. Den bare gjør, liksom. Så får det bare være at jeg må passe på å pakke tyngst framme. Jeg har ikke vært borti nærheten av så herlig oppførsel i bølger.

Så var det lunsj og kryssing av Toppsundet på tilbaketuren. Akkurat passelig bevegelse, flott lys og i det hele tatt. En fin tur - og ei sabla bra helg med Harstad-gjengen. Kjempearrangement på alle vis.

Tommel opp!

Tom Einar har forresten redigert en liten film, den kan du se HER.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at September 20, 2014 04:43 pm

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

Ben and the boat with mussels

Another note from Ben, who has spent the late summer exploring rivers and streams in the Okanagan valley, when not picking fruit. He reports that Fish and Wildlife officers have politely asked him to not fish for salmon this year because the spawn is depleted and they want the ceremonial allowances not to come up short. Any first nations traditional harvest feeds the community in lots of ways, Ben knows, and so do at least some fisheries workers -- at least enough of them to actively recommend he eat trout instead.
Ben went on to add:
ben: I met a couple modern day vikings who want to kayak the northwest passage. A Finnish guy and his half Aleutian wife.
We met when an American tourist pulled in at a gas station pulling a boat that had mussels on the hull. We had a short talk with him.
 me:  mussels on the hull? Bad boat hygiene!
That's how zebra mussels end up in lakes!
 ben:  precisely. We mentioned the concern, the extreme fines levied over such problems, and his licenseplate. The couple gave him a card for a local marina service that cleans and inspects. 
Glad to hear that Ben and his viking friends were good neighbours, with practical advice for the dirty boat owner. It's so important for us small boat users to clean our boats well. There's really no excuse for letting our boats carry kingsfoil weeds or zebra mussels into all the lakes we visit, y'know?

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at September 20, 2014 08:47 am

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

River Grace's Kennebec & Northwoods Paddle

The current fall edition of the Wooden Canoe Journal has a stunning cover photo of a young Teen paddling a beautiful little canoe. Turns out the main article features 15 year old River Grace of Florida and his restoration job on a 12 foot Kennebec canoe dated to 1926. It was a lovely story of his patient restoration efforts which took over 4 years to complete. Unfortunately, no details were provided about the beautiful looking Northwoods paddle with that scalloped grip.  For anyone interested, there's a brief online article in Florida Today about this young lad and his canoe story.


River Grace navigates the St. Johns River.
(Photo: Dr. Michael Grace/for FLORIDA TODAY)


 

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at September 20, 2014 09:27 am

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Canoeing on the River Wye

Back in August, we loaded up our canoe with camping gear and small child, and launched from Glasbury in Herefordshire. Back in February, I knocked off 45 miles in six hours before gales and floods forced us off the river. This time, we spent three days ambling along a rather shorter distance. The river was at all times stunning, with endless small riffles and drops as it wound through the hilly country along the Anglo-Welsh border.

We met many other paddlers on this most popular of UK rivers; families, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, individuals, pensioners! Yet there was always plenty of space for all to experience their own adventure.

Somewhat unexpectedly, the River Wye inspired us; it helped to remind us what paddlesport is all about. We will be back in the Autumn to explore more of it…


Filed under: Camping, Canoeing, River Wye

by Mark Rainsley at September 20, 2014 07:30 am

September 19, 2014

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

A stroll around Steep Holm Island

It was good to be back atop the high limestone plateau of Steep Holm Island. We explored abandoned sites ranging from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. Although I’ve been here five or six times, I discovered a few nooks and crannies that I hadn’t previously seen, hidden in the sprawling overgrown undergrowth.

There was nobody home…


Filed under: Bristol Channel, Castles and Defences, History, Holm Islands, Islands, Somerset

by Mark Rainsley at September 19, 2014 08:41 pm

Tatiyak

Sea Kayak Estonian Gathering 2014: such a special experience!!!

E' successo quasi per caso, una di quelle fortunate coincidenze che ti fanno sorridere alla vita.
Renè Valner mi ha invitato a raggiungerlo in Estonia quando eravamo entrambi ad Anglesey, lo scorso mese di maggio. E' stato bello ricevere l'invito e ancora più bello partecipare alla quinta edizione dello SKEG!
L'incontro si svolge ogni anno in un luogo diverso e stavolta la meta era il piccolo ed accogliente arcipelago di Kolga Bay, ad est della capitale Tallinn, nel Golfo di Finlandia, lassù nel Mar Baltico.

Almost ready to start from Kaberneeme...
Quest'anno le condizioni meteo sembravano avverse: un inusuale e forte vento da est, basse temperature dell'aria e dell'acqua ed un mare scuro sempre increspato... Non mi aspettavo di trovare nessuno all'appuntamento di venerdì sera a Kaberneeme: ed invece i quasi 40 partecipanti sono arrivati tutti alla spicciolata, impazienti di stivare in kayak l'essenziale e partire all'avventura! Ed un'avventura è stata!

First breafing with the 3* group...
Non solo perché all'imbarco il pozzetto di un kayak, traversato dalle onde, è stato forato dalla poppa di un altro kayak, e neanche perché alle 22.00 ora locale eravamo ancora a metà del percorso, e neppure perché siamo sbarcati che era quasi mezzanotte, cominciava a far freddo e dei compagni di viaggi si intravedeva solo il profilo scuro sull'acqua nera. Ma anche perché il vento teso dei due giorni successivi ci ha costretto a rimanere sulla splendida isola di Aksi, senza poter raggiungere la più lontana e piccola isola di Keri, di cui abbiamo potuto solo ammirare il faro distante all'orizzonte ed ascoltare i racconti della sua sauna seminterrata...

Guessing where excactly we were...
E soprattutto perché la traversata del ritorno è diventata lenta e faticosa: un ragazzo ha iniziato ad avere la nausea e conati poco dopo la partenza, è stato zatterato e trainato da tre compagni per quasi due ore. Quando il nostro gruppo ha raggiunto il suo, un'altra ragazza ha sofferto il mal di mare, che come l'ipotermia è contagioso. Sono arrivati i soccorsi e tutto si è risolto per il meglio, ma è stato impegnativo. Ed istruttivo, anche. E' stato importante per tutti sperimentare dal vivo una situazione di reale emergenza, rimanere compatti e concentrati, aiutarsi a vicenda quando necessario. In kayak si è soli ma in mare non mai!

Paddling at the sunset... around 11 p.m.!
Per questo e per altre mille prove di buona competenza tecnica (e di grande solidarietà umana!) i sei ragazzi del nostro corso 3 stelle BCU sono stati tutti promossi a pieni voti: Mariell, Kessu, Toomas, Juri, Indrek e Rainer sono stati tutti meravigliosi, entusiasti e positivi!
Come positiva ed entusiasta è stata la partecipazione di tutti gli altri insegnanti presenti: Trenk Muller con cui ho condiviso non solo la tenda e la cucina, ma anche la gestione del gruppo in acqua; Johan Wagner che ha coordinato gli aspiranti 4 stelle e ha sempre avuto un aneddoto adatto ad ogni situazione; Marc Martin, Anna Moreno ed Eva-Lotta Backam che hanno gestito il più numeroso gruppo di aspiranti 3 stelle, in una straordinaria mescolanza di lingue e stili d'insegnamento, perfetta per un symposium internazionale.

Trenk showing the sweep stroke...
I padroni di casa Rene Valner e Mariell Jussi sono stati perfetti e si sono occupati di me anche dopo il symposium. Sono molto riconoscente ad entrambi. Ci sono solo due voli diretti da Bergamo a Tallinn, il lunedì ed il giovedì: mi sono concessa qualche giorno di vacanza per visitare il paese baltico. Mai avrei immaginato di immergermi tanto nella cultura e nello stile di vita estone! Grazie a Rene e Mariell, che mi hanno condotto nella loro nuova casa di campagna, ho scoperto il lato nascosto e più attraente della vita rurale estone e non sono mai stata tanto bene durante un viaggio "da sola"...

Individual feddback...
Ho ammirato un kayak esposto in una teca del salone centrale dell'aeroporto, tra i divanetti imbottiti e l'angolo del book-crossing. Ho sgranato gli occhi nei bagni per signore, dove porte e pareti sono state riempite con brevi racconti bilingue sulla storia dell'abbigliamento (chissà quelli per uomini!). Ho girovagato senza meta per il centro storico di Tallinn, Patrimonio Mondiale dell'Umanità dal 1997 come "esempio eccezionalmente completo e ben conservato di una città commerciale del Nord Europa Medioevale". Ho abbracciato i tigli secolari del belvedere di Hirvepark, tra le cui foglie a cinque falde si ammira la più bella torre superstite del castello di Toompea.

Lunch break with bit of sun...
Ho sgranocchiato noci caramellate alla cannella mentre curiosavo tra i cortili interni delle botteghe artigiane. Ho camminato sui ciottoli irregolari e levigati, fotografando le porte in legno decorate con cornici colorate e le doppie finestre che accolgono come in piccole serre orchidee e piante grasse. Ho dormito accoccolata nella cuccetta di una barca a vela per ricerche scientifiche su foche e cetacei. Ho osservato il lento movimento dei traghetti per Helsinki e Stoccolma sprofondata nelle poltroncine di un ristorante ricavato nei vecchi magazzini del porto turistico. Ho passeggiato lungo la pista ciclabile ricavata da una dismessa linea ferroviaria per raggiungere uno sbocco al mare tra i sobborghi popolari.

Session about first aid kit and incident managment...
Ho apprezzato la cucina locale pranzando e cenando in un locale incantevole stretto tra la ferrovia e la vecchia zona industriale (che tanto mi ha ricordato Christiania a Copenaghen). Ho letto le insegne italiane di alcuni negozi del centro, "Benessere" e "Vita di moda", e l'incipit della Divina Commedia impresso in lettere d'argento sul muro in pietra di un museo. Ho ascoltato il vento tra i boschi di betulle. Ho bevuto un liquore forte ed aromatico ascoltando intorno al fuoco il suono dolce della lingua estone. Ho imparato le prime 7 delle oltre 30 figure della danza tradizionale Tuljak (uno spasso!). Ho mangiato per la prima volta un gelato alla vaniglia guarnito con le fragole e "condito" con quadretti di pane tostato, olio d'oliva e pepe nero (giuro!).

Socializing is the most important moment in a symposium!
Ho fatto la sauna finlandese prima e poi quella a fumo, tuffandomi ogni volta in fiumi per me troppo freddi. Ho sudato sette camicie per mantenere l'equilibrio (fisico e mentale!) nell'attraversare il ponte sospeso di Karuskose. Ho seguito il sentiero di assi di legno che serpeggia nel bosco fino alle piscine naturali del Parco Nazionale di Soomaa. Ho fatto un bagno solitario in quelle acque arancioni immerse in un paesaggio a metà tra la palude e la savana. Ho raccolto fiori di campo ed intrecciato mazzolini da seccare per un'intero pomeriggio. Ho lottato strenuamente contro le zanzare, perdendo la battaglia sin dalla prima sera. Ho apprezzato le zanzariere sul letto nella mia stanza al pian terreno nella casa di legno colorato (che mi ha ricordato quelle dell'isola rumena di Mila nel delta del Danubio!).

Real situation: seaskness and hypothermia beaten!
Ho cucinato uova al tegamino sulle braci della pignatta allestita al centro del cortile. Ho pagaiato in canadese su un'affluente del fiume Parnu e nel silenzio ronzante della foresta ho ammirato il volo di cicogne ed aquile reali. Ho letto appollaiata nell'amaca appesa al melo del cortile mentre Rene falciava l'erba e Mariell preparava il te con i fiori di tiglio. Ho fatto lentamente ritorno in città e ho  consumato uno spuntino sul tetto del Museo Marittimo a base di aringhe essiccate, grissini speziati e noccioline. Ho visitato il Museo Mikkeli e mi sono emozionata davanti ai dipinti di Konrad Magi. Ho raggiunto a piedi il museo di arte moderna Kumu un quarto d'ora prima della chiusura e sono rimasta a bocca aperta davanti alla sua struttura a mezza luna in pietra, vetro e rame incastonata in un giardino ad anfiteatro che ospita altre installazioni futuriste... Un giorno, dovrò tornare a visitare le sue sale disposte su sette piani!

Six new happy 3* Estonian paddlers!
Ho ripreso l'autobus, l'aereo, ed il treno per il ritorno a casa. Ho guardato dall'alto cumulonembi possenti come grattacieli e campi coltivati a losanghe multicolori e laghi alpini color verde smeraldo. Ho volato con la fantasia e sognato di vivere una vita di viaggi continui e continue scoperte. Ho fatto incontri interessanti: nonostante la proverbiale riservatezza nordica gli abbracci sono calorosi e gli sguardi sinceri. Come sempre, forse, tra uomini e donne di mare. Ho pensato. E ho dolorosamente ripreso contatto con la realtà (che notizie orribili dal mondo!). Mi sono sentita fortunata: il kayak mi regala una vita diversa e pacifica e il mare non ha confini da difendere! Dovremmo tutti vivere così, in contatto permanente con l'acqua...

Blue springs in Saula...
... and natural swimming pool in Soomaa!
Renè Valner has invited me to join him in Estonia when we were both to Anglesey, last May.
I was really happy to receive the invitation and even more to participate in the fifth edition of SKEGThe Sea kayaking Estonia gathering is organized by Rene, every year in a different place, and this time the destination was the small and pleasant archipelago of Kolga Bay, on the east coast of the capital Tallinn, in the Gulf of Finland, up there in the Baltic Sea.

Paddling an open canoe while fighting mosquitos...
The weather conditions seemed adverse: an inusuale and strong east wind, low temperatures both of the air and the water and a crinkled dark sea always around... I didn't expect to find anybody at the meeting point in Kaberneeme on Friday evening but I was wrong and all the almost 40 partecipants arrived in time, impatient to start the adventure! And that was an adventure endeed!

The result of my hard job during a whole evening in Karuskose...
Not because at the early beginning one kayak, crossed by the waves, has been perforated by the stern of another kayak. And not because at 22 p.m. we were still fifty-fifty of the route, and not because we were landed almost at midnight, when the dark profile of the paddlers was glimpse on the black water. But also because the tense wind of the two following days has forced us to remain on the wonderful island of Aksi, taking of the plan the most distant and small island of Keri. We have been able to admire only its distant lighthouse far on horizon and to listen the stories about the sauna someone have built there...

That scared and marvellous suspended bridge...
Above all, the gathering was a little adventure because the return crossing has become lengthy and fatiguing because a young man has had a bad seaseakness. They needed to be helped by rafting and towing for almost a couple of hours. When our group has reached his group, another girl felt seasick, that is as contagious as hypothermia. The rescue boat arrived few minutes later and everything was solved for the best. That was an instructive real situation of emergency rescue and we were all involved in an incident managment training. As team leader we were happy to see the group very closed and the paddlers very open to help each other when necessary!

Back to Tallinn after three days spent in the courtryside...
For this and for other thousand evidences of good technical skills (and great human solidarity!) the six kayakers of our 3 stars course have passed the assessment: Mariell, Kessu, Toomas, Juri, Indrek and Rainer have been all marvelous, enthusiastic and positive paddlers!
As positive and enthusiastic has been the presence of all the other coaches: Trenk Muller shared with me the tent on land and the sessions on the water; Johan Wagner coordinated the aspirants 4 stars leader and he has had always a proper anecdote to every situation; Marc Martin, Anna Moreno and Eva-Lotta Backam managed the big group of aspirants 3 stars, in an extraordinary mixture of languages and coaching styles, perfect for an international symposium.

Little Greenland kayak, paddle and harpoon in the Maritime Museum of Tallinn...
Rene Valner and Mariell Jussi have been perfect as organisers and promoter and they also took care of me after the symposium. I'm very thankful to both of them. They showed me the countryside, maybe the most attractive side of Estonia... I have had the chance to embraced secular lime trees and to listened to the wind among the birch treesI have drunk a strong and aromatic liqueur listening the sweet sound of the Estonian language, I've crunched walnut-trees candied to the cinnamon and I have eaten for the first time on my life a vanilla ice cream garnished with strawberries and toasted bread, olive oil and black pepper (it's true!).

My last brunch in Tallinn during a sunny light shower!
I have had both the Finnish sauna and the smoke sauna, I have had to walk on the suspended bridge of Karuskose and I have had an unforgettable swimm on the orange water of the natural pools of the National Park of Soomaa. I have picked up flowers to dry for a whole afternoon. I have paddled an open canoe along a tributary of the river Parnu and in the humming silence of the forest I have admired the flight of storks and royal eagles. I slowly came backn to the capital and I fell in love with the painting made by Konrad Magi. I have reached the museum of modern art Kumu 15 minutes before the closing and sooner or later I must fly back to Tallinn for visiting it! And I'd like to learn the other figures of the traditional dance Tuljak (such an amusement!)

Presents from Estonia!
At the end of the weeks I have caught the bus, the airplane and the train to come bach home. I have had a look on the cumulonimbus as tall as skyscraper and on the multicoloured farmed fields and green emerald alpine lakes. I have flown with the imagination and dreamt to live a lifetime of continuous trips and continuous discoveries. I have made interesting meetings: despite the proverbial reservation of the Nordic people, they are bright-eyed and they know what a warm embrace is. I have painfully recovered the contact with the reality (what horrible news from the world!). I felt my self very lucky endeed: kayak offers me a different and pacific lifestyle and the sea doesn't have boundaries to be defended! We all should live in a permanent contact with the water...

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at September 19, 2014 08:39 pm

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

Actus et brèves... septembre 2014

19 septembre 2014

La rentrée des pros

Planete kayak

Agnès Pénisson propose un stage pour apprendre à surfer en kayak avec plaisir dans des conditions et embarcations variées.
Cycle de 3 weekends : 1-2, 8-9 et 22-13 novembre 2014.

Peuple nomade

Yann Lemoine propose des stages et séjours initiation et experts :

10-12 octobre 2014 Bréhat ; 7-11 novembre les Abers, l'île de Batz et la baie de Morlaix ; 28-30 novembre archipel de Bréhat.

Et aussi des stages de construction traditionnelle : pagaie bois les 25-26 octobre, et kayak du 20 au 27 octobre.

Manche ouest

Christian Scalbert propose des sorties kayak et stand up paddle à Trégastel (22) dans un esprit où Le kayak de mer et le Stand up paddle sont avant tout des sports de fun explique-t-il dans cet article : Paddle et kayak de mer dans le vent

Fou de kayak

David Appéré propose un stage perfectionnement kayak de mer du 27 au 31 octobre dans le Finistère.

Caminokayak

Vincent Achard est basé dans le sud Bretagne, il a aussi un catalogue diversifié de prestations, visitez son site attractif.


18 septembre 2014

La rentrée des assos

CK/Mer

Des weekends variés sont proposés cet automne en Bretagne : "Échanges & Apports Connaissances Techniques ou Connaissances Environnement".

Le weekend AG aura lieu à Plévenon Cap Fréhel (22) du 8 au 11 novembre, au programme : navigations, débats, AG, projections, ateliers...

Programme et contacts : Calendrier 2014 des rencontres CK/mer

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Plusieurs sorties sont proposées à tous en cette rentrée : après les "Courants du golfe" les 6 et 7 septembre, puis le "Tour de Groix" les 20 et 21 septembre, une "Balade autour de Bréhat" est programmée les 4 et 5 octobre 2014.

Informations et inscriptions sur le forum Kayakdemer.eu

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17 septembre 2014

Le guide du kayak EN mer

Le Guide du kayak en mer donne les règles de base pour pratiquer cette activité, il est destiné aux débutants en sit on top, acheteurs ou loueurs, qui pratiquent seuls.

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Il est à télécharger sur le site du Ministère de l’Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie.

A noter que dans ce document il n'est nullement question de "kayak DE mer"... cependant il peut constituer un bon premier guide pour tout kayakiste débutant.

Le groupe de travail qui a permis sa réalisation a réuni des spécialistes.
Pagayeurs marins a apporté sa contribution et les conditions de sa rédaction sont relatées dans le dernier bulletin de la Fédération de la plaisance en kayak de mer.

La Pagaie salée N°45, qui vient d'être adressée aux adhérents, fait aussi le point sur la D240 et ses modifications récentes applicables au kayak de mer.

Pagayeurs marins, contact et info : fpkm@pagayeursmarins.org


10 septembre 2014

Retour d’Écosse (7) : le bivouac

La vie au bivouac est liée à une combinaison d'articles indispensables, nécessaires, et logeables dans le kayak. Selon la destination, et la saison, il faut savoir adapter son matériel.
On vous donne nos conseils, adaptés à notre façon d'être à terre, et au confort qui nous convient, à chacun de faire ses choix...

Le bivouac, un droit

La loi écossaise autorise à bivouaquer où bon nous semble, à condition de faire preuve de bon sens afin de n'occasionner aucune gêne ou désagrément à quiconque, homme ou bête. Il est autorisé de rester jusqu'à 3 nuits au même endroit.
Pour en savoir plus : The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-1 Lunga, îles Treshnish

L'accès aux grèves

L'accès aux grèves est assez compliqué d'une façon générale, il y a peu de débarquements chariotables en toutes conditions de marée.
Malgré le faible marnage (environ 3 mètres), beaucoup de grèves de galets ou de sable sont coupées du plan d'eau à marée basse par une large bande de blocs et rochers. Il est conseillé d'être vigilant à l'arrivée pour savoir où on met les pieds, et de tenter de privilégier des départs proches de la haute mer.

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-3 Staffa, grève accessible à marée haute

L'alimentation

Dans les îles, et particulièrement celles du large, il y a très peu de possibilités de ravitaillement, et encore moins à proximité immédiate des rivages.
Sur notre parcours, nous n'avons pu nous réapprovisionner qu'à Bunessan, à l'épicerie locale. A noter que nous y avons trouvé de bons fromages de l'île de Mull, présents aussi au petit point de vente de produits locaux de Loch Buie.

Peche-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-5 Inch Kenneth

L'eau

Elle est rare sur les petites îles comme les Treshnish. Pour cet archipel il faut prévoir une quantité suffisante, même si au printemps il peut être possible de récupérer un peu d'eau suintant des rochers sur Lunga.
Sur Mull, les cours d'eau sont nombreux. Par contre les accès ne sont pas toujours aisés, il ne faut donc pas hésiter à s'arrêter dès qu'une possibilité de débarquer au pied d'une cascade se présente. L'eau se boit sans aucun problème sanitaire et a bon goût malgré sa teinte brune typique des sols tourbeux.

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-12 Cascade à Gribun, île de Mull

Les réchauds

En plus de notre Trangia, nous avions un petit réchaud à bois Kuenzi. Celui-ci est hyper efficace, d'autant qu'il y a du bois flotté à brûler partout sur les grèves. La nouvelle version du Kuenzi permet même d'y intégrer le brûleur Trangia, ce qui permet de se passer du pare-feu d'origine de ce dernier pour un allégement maximum.

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-7 Réchaud à bois, Ross of Mull

Les midges

Ils sont surtout actifs les jours de pluie sans vent, en début de soirée. Ils adorent se réfugier sous l'auvent de la tente, bien à l'abri de l'air. C'était leur début de saison lors de notre randonnée fin mai début juin, ils n'étaient encore pas trop insupportables. Ils est indispensable de s'équiper d'une moustiquaire de tête adaptée (à tout petits trous) et de répulsif (en vente au magasin de kayak : Sea Kayak Oban).

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-4 Plage au sud de l'île de Gometra

L'hygiène

L'accès à l'eau douce a été rare lors de nos bivouacs, seulement 2 fois sur 10. L'eau de mer reste donc le moyen le plus fréquent pour se laver avec un savon qui mousse spécialement dans l'eau salée.
Il ne fait pas chaud pour se baigner ? Ce n'est pas un problème avec une cuvette pliable et des éponges, vous pouvez ainsi vous laver à l'abri, du vent ou des regards, sans vous immerger, et dans ce cas la température n'est pas un problème. Ainsi il est inutile d'emporter des lingettes et c'est bien plus agréable comme ressenti !

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-6 Plage au nord de Iona

L'humidité des sols

Pour se prémunir de l'humidité omniprésente dans les sols, ces articles sont indispensables :

  • une bâche bien épaisse et imperméable à glisser sous la tente pour assurer l'isolation avec le sol. Nous ajoutons, sur cette bâche, une couverture de survie pour l'isolation thermique.
  • un pantalon étanche, de kayak ou de type ciré. Même s'il ne pleut pas, ce pantalon est idéal au bivouac pour s'assoir ou poser un genou à terre
  • une paire de bottes. C'est l'unique paire de chaussures à emmener pour être à terre ! Les sols sont constamment humides et les chaussures de rando, même en gore tex, n'y résistent pas.

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-8 Port bheathain, Ross od Mull

En complément les articles suivants relèvent du confort ou de l'indispensable, c'est à vous de voir, nous on les a jugés indispensables :

  • un tarp : nous l'avons utilisé presque tous les jours. Indispensable, pour les repas quand il pleut, ou ne serait-ce que pour y stocker les affaires durant la nuit et pour les journées où on reste au même endroit. Laurent utilise ce montage pour abri : simple et efficace, il a amélioré le système en attachant l'avant du tarp en hauteur sur une branche ou sur des pagaies croisées, il reste juste à retendre les deux coins à l'avant et cela permet un bon gain de place en hauteur par rapport au montage original.
  • une cape de pluie : pour enfiler sur la tenue de kayak à terre, lors des pauses en journée
  • un parapluie : très pratique et facile à loger sur le pont, il permet de manger au sec, le midi par exemple, ou de protéger des affaires.

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-10 Gylen castle, île de Kerrera

La température

Même s'il fait beau, les soirées sont fraiches et les sols restent humides. Dès que le soleil n'est plus là, la température chute. L'équipement doit être adapté pour l'humidité, la pluie, le vent et le froid.

Conclusion

Trouver des emplacements de bivouac est plutôt facile. Les ressources, comme la pêche et le bois sont à portée de main. Les conditions les plus belles sont en principe en mai/juin.
Le bivouac en Écosse est partout autorisé, quelle belle liberté, pourquoi s'en priver ?

Bivouac-Ecosse-L-Malthieux-5 Highland cattle, plage au sud de l'île de Gometra


10 septembre 2014

Rentrée estivale !

Le blog reprend ses activités : retour avec des articles sur un été magique en Bretagne avec des moments aussi exceptionnels que surfer avec des dauphins... ah ça va encore frimer... ! ;-)

Et comme promis, la suite des articles relatifs à l’Écosse et plus largement à la randonnée en kayak. Et encore des actus, articles pratiques et techniques, récits, humeurs et envies...

L-Malthieux-Penmarch-2014 Street art à Penmarc'h (29)

Ce blog continue parce qu'il a des lecteurs, merci à vous de le suivre. Les marques d'encouragement et de soutien au fil de l'eau (si on peut dire...) sont toujours nécessaires.

Des suggestions pour l'alimenter sont aussi toujours bienvenues, n'hésitez pas à m'envoyer ce que vous souhaitez communiquer ou partager : photos, récits, annonces... c'est open !

Bonne rentrée kayak... ;-)


>>> Juillet-août 2014 :

Retour d’Écosse (6) : la loutre d'Europe
Retour d’Écosse (5) : les Garvellachs
Retour d’Écosse (4) : la pêche

by arzhela at September 19, 2014 07:04 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Ricoh lanserar sin första actionkamera – pressmeddelande

Även Ricoh ger sig in på marknaden för actionkameror och hjälmkameror. En marknad där jag tror GoPro är vanligast och nästan blivit en standard. Ricoh WG-M1 heter Ricohs första modell och den ska kosta cirka 3000:-.  Den finns dessutom i finfärg :)

Ricoh har redan sedan tidigare modeller för tuffa tag och många använder dem som actionkameror, eftersom de är stöttåliga och vattentäta, men det som verkligen utmärker de renodlade actionkamerorna är ju de extrema vidvinkelobjektiven. Det har Ricoh nu tagit fasta på och lanserar en renodlad action-modell, WG-M1.

Tuff stöttålig, köldtålig och vattentät design. Kameran är vattentät ned till 10 meters djup, utan något extra UV-hus, i upp till en timme (motsvarar IPX8 eller JIS Class 8), stöttålig för att klara fall från upp till 2 meter, dammtät samt köldtålig ned till -10º C.

Kameran levereras med karbinhake så den enkel kan fästas på t.ex. en ryggsäck.

Kameran kommer i två färger, svart & orange.

Läs mer: Pressmeddelande: Ricoh lanserar sin första actionkamera – 2014-09-11 – Focus Nordic AB – Nordens största fotogrossist.

by Erik Sjöstedt at September 19, 2014 01:23 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.

Mendo Madness 2014

The Bay Area Sea Kayaker's annual Mendocino Madness Weekend is coming.  For those planning to come to the Mendocino Coast this fall, we thought we would pass along some local info -

Earth is moving in both Fort Bragg and Mendocino - Glass Beach is getting a visitor center and coastal trail.  Please note that the regular parking area and path to Glass Beach is closed.  Big River Haul Road is getting new culverts.  The trail is closed to the public; however, one can still paddle on Big River.  The Noyo Harbor Boat Basin's new dock system is nearing completion.

North Coast Brewery has brought back their pub menu and is now open 7 days a week.  Bar opens at 2 and restaurant at 4.  They also have jazz on Saturday nights.  For those interested in brews, on Saturday September 27, there is a  Beer Bison Bluegrass Festival in Fort Bragg.

If you are kayaking on the Noyo River, you might want to stop by the Dolphin Isle Deli.  They have homemade soups and daily specials for both breakfast and lunch (and of course have a tasty beer selection and locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee).

Did you forget something or need some fresh goods - 
Get fresh goods at Mendocino County Farmer's Markets.  The Fort Bragg Farmer's Market is Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6pm.  Mendocino's farmer's market is Friday from noon to 2pm.  The Outdoor Store on main street in Fort Bragg carries sporks and other camping and outdoor essentials.  Subsurface Progression on Highway 1 south of Fort Bragg carries a variety of kayaking, fishing, and diving equipment.  If you forgot your spraydeck or need another one, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a variety of skirts in addition to paddles and kayaks in our annual used gear sale.  Here's a link to our online yard sale of goods.

Of course if you are looking to improve your kayaking skills, Liquid Fusion Kayaking are the local paddling professionals.  Liquid Fusion Kayaking's classes are taught by Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne who are both certified whitewater and sea kayak instructors.  We teach sea, whitewater river, and surf kayaking in our home waters of Mendocino County and are guest instructors at symposiums including Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium and Lumpy Waters.  We love teaching rock gardening because it is Liquid Fusion Kayaking - fusing the elements of sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking into FUN!!!


Saturday September 27 - Rock Garden Class - build confidence and skills in the rock gardens with our systematic approach.  From specific strokes in the rocks to water reading, positioning, and play this is a class that will accelerate your comfort and skills in dynamic waters.  This is full day class held from 9am to 4pm. $110/person.  Here is a link with more information.

Sunday September 28 Whitewater of the Sea - rock gardening in a whitewater kayak - Come play with us and learn the whitewater and surf specific skills for rock gardening in a "short boat."  On this adventure, we will share some of our favorite play spots and tips for maximizing the performance and fun of whitewater kayaks in rock gardens.  This lesson/tour will have paddlers learning and applying concepts and skills for boat control specific to whitewater kayaks as well as general skills like water reading, timing, etiquette, and safety/rescue.  All skill levels will enjoy and benefit from this class (we have had class V boaters and athletic non-paddlers have a blast in the same class).  This class will go from 10am to 2pm and is $70/person.  Here's a link for more information.

Call us for more information and/or to reserve a space. (707) 962-1623  (Liquid Fusion Kayaking offers kayak rentals for LFK classes only)

We look forward to seeing everyone so please drive and paddle safely.


by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at September 19, 2014 11:04 am

josebelloseakayaking

Más sobre señales de marcación...boyas

Ya hemos hablado aquí bastante de señalización marítima. Para completar el catálogo de las diferentes boyas que podemos encontrarnos, nos quedan un par de ellas significativas.  




Marca de Peligro aislado
 
Las marcas de peligro aislado se colocan sobre un peligro de pequeñas dimensiones rodeado por todas partes de aguas navegables. Su marca de tope está formada por dos esferas negras superpuestas y la luz es blanca con un ritmo de grupo de dos destellos.

Marcas de aguas navegables 

Estas marcas están también totalmente rodeadas de aguas navegables, pero no señalan ningún peligro. Pueden utilizarse, por ejemplo, como marcas de eje de un canal o como señales de recalada. Las marcas de aguas navegables tienen un aspecto muy distinto de las boyas que balizan un peligro. Son esféricas, o de castillete o espeque, y su marca de tope es una esfera roja. Es el único tipo de marca con franjas verticales (rojas y blancas) en lugar de bandas horizontales. Cuando están provistas de luz, su color es blanco y los ritmos isofase, de ocultaciones, destellos largos, o el correspondiente a la letra Morse "A".

 
 
Foto Juan A Vico
Como comenté, en las entradas anteriores, hay que estar atento a las señales de marcación a la hora de su interpretación, pues están básicamente dirigidas a embarcaciones bastante mayores que las nuestras. Esto hace que la interpretación la mayoría de las veces sea opuesta en nuestro caso. 
                            
 

Foto Coco Castañeda

Por ejemplo, si vemos una señal de "aguas navegables" no significa que podemos relajarnos en nuestra navegación, más bien lo contrario, pues por ahí navegarán los grandes barcos, y además a su velocidad (que son muchos nudos).....

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at September 19, 2014 10:40 am

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

The Wynnchester Adventurer Bedroll

Ska prova något nytt och kanske lite speciellt !

En canvas påse att sova i som även kan bli ett minitält eller typ bivack. Inte så lätt och kompakt men ska nog funka i kajaken, ska bli otroligt kul att prova, får paket på posten om några dagar…

 

http://www.wynnchester.co.uk/bedrolls/canvas-adventure-bedroll/

 

The Wynnchester Adventurer Bedroll

 

 

 

 

by Bengt Larsson at September 19, 2014 09:37 am

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

Whale on a SUP

Okay, so the whale is not on an SUP, but a guy off of Malibu was on an SUP when he was overtaken by a couple of whales. I'm thinking humpbacks, but what do I know from whales? And of course, he had a GoPro with him. Check out the video below:


Whales go where they want, of course. But how close is too close?
Fisheries and Environment Canada recommend that vessels (and that includes kayaks) should stay a minimum 100 metres away from whales. Don't approach from in front or behind, only from the sides.
What you should do if you see a whale? You can get more info from Be Whale Wise.

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

The Dash Point Pirate
I love wooden kayaks

“A Hospital in the Pines” Premieres at the Vancouver Alpen Club

Watch it now on Vimeo!

Katya and I premiered our short documentary, “A Hospital in the Pines” at the Alpen Club in Vancouver, BC this past Saturday. The event was a fundraiser for the Canadian nonprofit organization GO-MED, to help support their 2015 medical mission to the Philippines. A Bavarian-themed restaurant was an interesting choice of venue for showing a documentary about the Philippines. The place looked like something you would find in Leavenworth. A bar was conveniently located right outside of the large dining room and filled with elderly German gentlemen who sounded like they were all having a fine time. The very first thing I did after we showed up and tested the projector and sound system was to order myself a beer.

We ran a slide show as the servers were still setting up the tables. The slide show was a last minute idea. I thought it would be good to show some of the images of the Philippines we took on our trip as people showed up. Katya dug into her hard drive and came up with about 300 images and I added a few of my own. I was pleasantly surprised because I hadn’t seen most of her images before. She probably snapped a couple thousand during the trip and never had time to go through them more than once. So we spent about 45 minutes just sipping beer and watching the slide show, editing images on the fly before the first guests showed up. We let the show run through dinner until GO-MED president Lisa Bruhm got up to introduce the film.

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Katya and me with GO-MED mission coordinator Cindy Moreno.

I have become a bit of an advocate for medical missions ever since I went to the Philippines two years ago with the Canadian non-profit group, GO-MED. At first I was primarily attracted to the challenges of practicing medicine in a developing country, but later I realized that you really gain a lot from volunteering, in terms of gratitude from the staff and patients, and friendships and connections you make along the way.

A few of the nurses, surgical technicians, and doctors I got to know make time to travel on missions every year. They do it for various reasons, including a love of travel and a genuine desire to help other people. I think volunteers are also attracted to the autonomy of working within a small organization, unencumbered by the onerous rules and regulations imposed by the large hospital systems in North America, the opportunity to wrestle with unfamiliar, advanced pathologies you would rarely see here, and the "meaningfulness" of the work.

I attribute some of the growing popularity of the medical mission experience to an eroding sense of purpose that comes from working in a health care system which increasingly fails to value and respect its professionals, is obscenely expensive, wasteful, environmentally destructive, burdened with bureaucracy, geared toward raking in profits for pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, and biased toward high-tech, expensive interventions for chronic disease, rather than the prevention of disease by low-tech, comprehensive changes in lifestyle and diet. When doctors and nurses find it more fulfilling to fly halfway around the world to work for free in a developing country rather than in their regular jobs in the US and Canada, it should be a clue that we have a real problem.

GO-MED is unique in that it not only provides free surgical care, but also is focused on teaching local nurses and doctors . Shirley Pinlac, the nurse who founded GO-MED, trained at Baguio General Hospital, which is why this hospital has been host to the mission for the past six years. As GO-MED moves forward with plans to serve at other locations in the Philippines, I think it is appropriate that the times spent at Baguio General Hospital are commemorated in this film. Although the documentary deals entirely with the 2014 mission, the experience is typical of previous years.

Back to the premiere: we were thrilled that a lot more people showed up than were expected. At least twenty people came without prior reservations so the restaurant staff were running around to find more chairs and an extra table to seat people. It was great to reconnect with the team members with whom we worked on the past two missions, and to meet in person others who we only knew online. We are hoping that publicity from people sharing this movie online through social media will not only encourage people to donate to GO-MED but also inspire nurses and doctors to volunteer for future missions. It's easier to donate when you know what your money is being used for, and to volunteer when you can see what you are getting into.

GO-MED mission volunteers.

I always imagine that people watch my videos alone on their laptops or tablets, so I don’t think I was prepared to watch this movie with a large audience. Nothing can compare to the experience of showing your movie to a room full of strangers! It is the true test of whether a movie works or not. I was totally blown away by the reaction. People laughed and cried — seriously! I now believe that the secret to a good premiere is to feed your audience dinner and make sure they have all had a few drinks and are surrounded by good friends (On the other hand, Katya was afraid that people were going to fall asleep after having eaten dinner once the lights went off). It might help to serve strong coffee with dessert.

We set up a page on Facebook for the movie and I invite you to "like" it and follow along as we post news related to the movie. 

If you enjoy this film please consider contributing toward GO-MED's future missions. Since our volunteers personally pay for their own airfare and accommodations, donations directly fund patient care. Donations are processed through CanadaHelps, a registered charity that processes secure, online donations on behalf of Canada's 80,000+ registered charitable organizations. Within minutes of making the donation, you will receive an official electronic tax receipt emailed to you.

To donate to GO-MED through CanadaHelps.

For information on GO-MED.

by aelizaga at September 19, 2014 04:39 am

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

looking towards the end of summer, or no more skills sessions

Thursday at 5pm, time for skills sessions during the summer. Now we will soon change the clocks and loose an hour of daylight. It will get darker earlier and the summer will slowly disappear. The water will still be warm enough  and we will continue to paddle all winter, but the skills sessions are over and what a lot of fun they were.

The only way to get better at seakayaking is to paddle a lot and to practice the lessons you learn. To challenge yourself in rough water and have good instruction.

Every time you go out you should practice something, either rolling , self rescue or any of the steering strokes, if not used all the time these skills become rusty and not part or your routine movements

Sometimes you have to create scenarios

sometimes you can tow your friends

whenever there are waves or surf you can practice 

               surfing is always fun and useful when landing  through waves

self rescues are vital to safety more so in rough water, but the basics are learnt in quiet seas

bracing is fun in the small shore breakers

assisted rescues in windy conditions are a bit more difficult




Don`t know what this is good for , maybe there`s something unpleasant in the cockpit

bracing in the waves


rolling takes time and patience but is the ultimate self rescue

launching from the beach and getting in your kayak while in the surf is also helpful

sometimes you have to swim yourself to the reef



Cheers for now, it was a great season

by Steve Gordon (noreply@blogger.com) at September 19, 2014 05:29 am

Océanos de Libertad

Cabrillas y Patelos en Cabo Peñas.

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Puerto y playa de Llumeres junto al pueblo de Viodo.
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Cabo Peñas el paso entre tierra firme y el Pegoyo.
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Cabrillas a tutiplen.
Bueno, esta entrada, en realidad es anterior al rock hoppiung previo por los islotes de Merenálvarez, ahora os cuento...

Como es habitual, salí de la playa de Llumeres, y pese a los casi 2 mts de mar de fondo, la playa permanecia abrigada al oleaje, por lo que embarque desde la misma playa, y no desde la rampa.

Comencé a cacear,  y tras pasar el islote de Castro, me dirijí hacia Peñas. Una vez allí di varias pasadas en espera de sorprender algún verdel, pero nada de nada...cambie de señuelo a ver si la fortuna me sonrreía pero tampoco...con lo que finalmente, decidí probar el light jigging.

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Cabrilla junto a los Merendálvarez.
No puedo decir que tuviera el exito esperado, pero al menos tuve varias picadas, todas ellas de cabrillas...posiblemente al final de la jornada unas seis, cosa que al menos desde el punto de vista de la pesca me entretuvo. En una de las pasadas que dí, me di cuenta que había algo en el agua...tras un vistazo me di cuenta que eran cientos de cangrejos patelos, nadando en las cercanías de los islotes...¡ Con tanto cebo junto, no me extraña que no hubiera picadas...jajaja! Los podías coger con la mano, no digo ya con la sacadera y a cada golpe de palada, alguno salía volando...Tuve la tentación de pillar alguno de cebo, pero finalmente pensé que por la zona las lobas debían estar empachadas, asi que me puse a rockear como ya vistéis...

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Cangrejos Patelos.
 Tras la jornada de Rock Hopping en los Merenálvarez hice lo propio con el Pegoyo del mismo cabo, para entendernos su base...pero esa es otra historia! jejeje (No me da pa tanto video...)

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Al fondo Cabo Peñas.

 Video Cabrillas y Patelos


by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at September 19, 2014 02:55 am

September 18, 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!)

Dr. Deb Walters, Kayak for Safe Passage (Maine to Guatemala) visits NYC

Photo swiped from Dr. Walters' Safe Passage blog - love it!

Just taking a quick blog-break from work as I just realized (duh) that Dr. Walters' first event here on her NYC visit is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 18th, at the REI store in SoHo, with another tomorrow at the EMS (Eastern Mountain Supply) store in SoHo and then a 3rd at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at Sebago Canoe Club in Canarsie (yes, my Sebago, woohoo!). All 3 are open to the public. Full event details here, and that link is to a calendar that shows her planned schedule all the way through to Summer 2015, so if you're stumbling across this down the road because you heard she was coming to your area and wanted to see if she was speaking (or even better, if you want to arrange for her to speak), head on over there, the info you want may be there.

Dr. Walters is boating from Maine to Guatemala, mostly kayaking although for safety's sake she will be riding on a sailboat through a stretch off of the Mexican coastline where attacks on small craft are unfortunately a major risk, as a fundraiser for Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), an organization in Guatemala that works to benefit at-risk children and their families. The organization was founded by one woman, Hanley Denning, who had gone to Guatemala to learn Spanish in 1996 and instead found her life's calling there when a Guatemalan friend asked her to go on a visit to the slums near Guatemala City's garbage dump. Her efforts began with setting up a small school for children whose parents could not even afford to send them to public school, and then grew to include an early childhood center and literacy programs for adults. Sadly, Ms. Denning was killed in a car crash in 2007, but her efforts live on.

Dr. Walters is on the board of this organization and according to the website, her reasons for embarking on this 2,500 mile expedition are:

  • To tell the story of the children living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
  • To share how inspiring the mothers are who labor with grit and perserverence for a better life for their children
  • To talk about the success of the Safe Passage model school that fosters critical thinking, self sufficiency and confidence.
  • To raise funds for additional grades for the school
A lot of the publicity focuses on her being a grandmother, which is cool, I bet her grandkids are all incredibly proud of their grandma - I'm also very impressed by the fact that she's a retired scientist; her bio doesn't say exactly when she earned her doctorate but it looks like it had to be late 60's or early, early 70's, when I think that a woman who'd chosen science as a profession was probably still running into masses of roadblocks set up by people who didn't want her there. She's also got one HECK of a paddling c.v. - makes my recent Waterford to NYC solo trip look pretty darned tame (well, it was pretty darned tame, that was kind of the whole point since this was my first ever solo multi-day camping trip, but still, we're talking, like, basket of week-old kittens tame here).

 To learn more about her expedition, click here, or visit her blog (link in the photo caption). 

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at September 18, 2014 08:17 pm

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

Eastpole Paddle test

10462874_722451724484299_1153354186761500752_nNot long after my recent article about my pursuit of my perfect Greenland paddle was published in Ocean Paddler Magazine, I was contacted by Eastpole Paddles, a Greenland paddle maker, to take a look at their paddles and give them feedback.
 
Eastpole Paddles are situated in the town of Miiduranna which is located on the south side of the Gulf of Finland at the Eastern end of the Baltic Sea. If they left the coast and paddled east they would reach Russia, north they reach Finland, west they would reach Sweden and behind them inland to the south is Latvia. With the Baltic Sea touching over 50% of the Estonian border it is only natural that this country is a hub of kayak activity.
 
One challenge with commenting on paddles, especially custom made paddles is that what you ask for, those things that you customize, greatly influence the paddle that you get. Obvious really isn’t it? Comparing my custom paddle with your custom paddle and expecting the similar result or experience is analogous to me trying on your tailored suit trousers and expecting them to fit well. So with that in mind I would like to make sure that I am clear that my comments only refer to the paddle I asked Eastpole to carve for me, if you ask for a different paddle you should expect a different experience.
 
Another truism of wooden paddle testing is that wood can be inconsistent. Part of the joy of paddling with wood is the uniqueness of each piece of timber. The uniqueness extends beyond simple aesthetics and impacts properties such as texture, flexibility and ruggedness. So as with all discussions of wooden paddles, my experiences relate to the pieces of wood Eastpole used to make my paddle, the wood used to make yours may vary from mine.
 
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When I provided Eastpole with the specification for my custom paddle I provided them the follow directions: Length 86″, Max Blade Width 3.125″, Loom length 20″, Shoulder-less, solid western red cedar. I left the rest of the specification to their judgment.
 
With my obsession with Greenland style rolling it is inevitable that I test rolling with a paddle, but it is arguably far more important to test actual paddling with the paddle! To this end I tested the paddle as rigorously as my schedule would allow, I used it for two rolling demonstrations and took it on two paddling trips in variable conditions with winds gusting 20mph and waves up to 2 feet. I used the paddle in both my Tahe Greenland LC and my CNC Kayaks Shrike-R.
 
The paddle blades are fairly thin at their tip. I really like the performance of blade tip profile, it enters the water very cleanly and quietly. As I have found with most Greenland paddles, a thin blade requires canting to prevent flutter during use, but that is how I paddle, with a canted stroke so this paddle felt very natural to me.
 
The loom has a pine strip laminated longitudinally along its length. The pine serves two purposes, first it is a lovely looking branding decoration, secondly it added strength and rigidity to the paddle’s loom, partially I am sure through the use of epoxy, but also due to the grain directions. Update: Based upon information provided in the comments below it would seem that the epoxy lamination may not add to the rigidity, just the beauty of the paddle.
 
When accelerating using the paddle I felt considerable flex in the blade and shaft, combine this with the classic Greenland blade shape and this is a very gentle paddle on your body. The shape and flexibility really protect your shoulders from damage.
 
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I was concerned that the flex might come at a cost of strength, so I was initially timid when rolling with the paddle. My concerns were unfounded and I found the paddle was able to withstand some vigorous rolling including some speed rolling practice using the continuous storm roll.
 
For sculling the blade could be kept flat on the water’s surface, no blade rotation was needed which makes it an extremely forgiving paddle to scull with.
 
The loom diameter is a bit too small for my hands I think it would have been more comfortable with a 3-4mm greater diameter, this dimension is obviously very dependent upon a person’s hands, this size works very well for my wife’s smaller hands. Being a custom paddle you get to set your own loom diameter, I simply didn’t ask for a specific one, I will know better in the future.
 
The paddle is very light, approximately 20 ounces, this made it a delight to use on longer distances where swing weight can increase fatigue.
 
Overall I found it to be an excellent paddle. The only change I would make to the paddle would be to increase the loom diameter as I mentioned earlier.
 
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FTC 16 CFR Part 255 Declaration: Eastpole Paddles provided the paddle tested in this article free of charge.

by Christopher Crowhurst at September 18, 2014 05:01 pm

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

Over The Sambaa Deh Falls

A kayaking couple from Colorado think they may have been the first to kayak over the Sambaa Deh Falls in the Northwest Territories last month. Leif and Natalie Anderson did a whitewater kayaking tour of the NWT and northern BC this summer, but describe their plunge down Sambaa Deh, a Class V, as a highlinght. Leif told the CBC, ​"It sort of drops into this mini gorge that's about 10 feet deep, 10 feet wide and you have to navigate a couple of bends there — a couple of S-turn kind of moves. Then it speeds up and opens up into this big fan and there's one particular spot that we wanted to hit on the righthand side there and you just drop into the fan and speed up."
A CBC report is embedded below and is worth watching, if only for Leif's awesome mullet.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at September 18, 2014 04:00 pm

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

Orange and Blue


A deep blue day. Near windless; the nexus between me and my day. The sickness has near run it's course, leaving me still bonked for energy. More of an annoyance to the active mind than actual discomfort.


It was late afternoon before I gathered enough will to move my carcass across my lawn. The sun was low in the sky; already lacking power in our ever shortening days. I poked around landing at near every beach along the way to beach comb.

Just before reaching Cumbys side I hauled into a little unnamed cove and had a boil up. A chicken curry rice thingy that was actually really good. After my evening meal was done I decided I would paddle back towards home; catching the sunset before rounding the headland back into Greens hr and home.


Stopping near the point I sat and just watched the sunset; something I hadn't done a lot during the longer days of summer. These shorter days sure do make you appreciate the days more.


As the waves crashed the sun made it's last appearance of the day....

...and slid off into the past.

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at September 18, 2014 10:51 am

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

Keep an eye out for a whale!

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre posted this important news yesterday -- kayakers and others be alert on the water:

Alert for anyone on the water around the SW end of Vancouver Island today. A humpback whale is entangled in fishing gear and looks to be in terrible condition. Call the DFO Incident Reporting Line at 1-800-465-4335 to report where you see it and when.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at September 18, 2014 05:55 am

September 17, 2014

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

CBC reports: German kayakers reach Bering Sea from Hay River

Bernie spotted this news story on the CBC, reporting that during this summer a pair of German kayakers have made an epic journey from Hay River in the Northwest Territories to the Alaskan shore of the Bering Sea. You can read about their trip here, on the CBC website.

The young men launched on May 14 at Hay River on Great Slave Lake, paddled down the Mackenzie River to the Gwich'in community of Tsiigehtchic at the point where the Arctic's Red River joins the Mackenzie. They then did a 160-kilometre portage through the Richardson Mountain pass to Fort Yukon. Once on the Yukon River, it was all downstream to the coast.
(and now it's time to ask: what did you do on your summer vacation? Suddenly my day paddling on the South Saskatchewan seems so tame :)
This map is from the article on the CBC website. Support your CBC!

Kudos to Janosh Hagen and Jan Kruger! They're high school friends who learned kayaking in order to make this trip. And get this -- not only did they not take longer to complete the journey than expected, they finished ten days ahead of their plans. I don't know what they ate, but I bet it was high-energy food.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at September 17, 2014 11:38 pm

The Hurricane Riders: The Art of the Skook

The Hurricane Riders just dropped a new short film. (That's how the kids today say it, right? Dropped?)
Anyway, The Riders were out at the world-famous Skookumchuk tidal race earlier this year and filmed some of their rides on the wave.
Check it out embedded below.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at September 17, 2014 04:00 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

En natt på Östra Bokö

Östra Boköhäng

Östra Boköhäng

Efter att vi var klara med kursen i Järnavik och Pia hade blivit färdigvinschad hade vi tänkt sticka ut och tälta. Precis när jag landade fören i Järnavik började det regna och våra torrdräkter var fuktiga (fast det är väl iofs det de ska vara) och allt var eländigt i största allmänhet ;) Nära att vi körde hemåt, men så kom vi ju på att vi har aldrig ångrat att vi stuckit ut, däremot tvärtom jättejättemånga gånger. Varmt var det ju oxå, nästan kvalmigt både i luft och vatten.

Körde till Nytäppet och packade kvickt i regnet som avtog enligt vår plan. På badplatsen i Nytäppet var det ett väldans pådrag med massa tält, tarpar, kåtor och kajaker samt en del paddlare på vattnet som plaskade hit och dit. Vi gled ut till Östra Bokös sydsida i svag medvind. Regnet hade slutat helt på vägen ut men vi satte upp tarpen oxå för det var inte så soligt :) Go kväll i tältöppningen och tidigt ner i sovsäckarna.

Söndagsmorgonen bjöd på gråväder, men med lite blåa inslag, och efter långfrukost började det spricka upp. Skön öpromenad, bad vid södra båtbryggan, en lur i tältet och då kom Kenneth och Kerstin förbi med båten så vi tjötade lite med dem borta på bryggan och i båten. Sen tog vi några mackor vid tältet innan vi packade ihop, badade i finvädret och paddlade en sväng. Blåste lite så öster om Bockö och Brorsö var det lite skrynkligt, skummigt och riktigt kul. Blåhimmel gjorde det superskönt. Blev bara en kortis och så bort mot Fölsö för lunch i lä och sol. Bryggan bjöd på Kebabgryta och Torskgryta, mumsigt värre! Bryggbad och solhäng och så plockade vi geogömman Fölsö innan vi paddlade in till Nytäppet. Tog ett bad vid badbryggan innan vi drog oss hemåt. Hann med lite besök hos urinvånare med skojiga djur oxå ;)

Go kortrunda i finfin skärgård. Tur att vi inte drog rakt hem till soffhörnet :)

Grågrön utpaddling. Men regnet lugnade sig ordentligt

Grågrön utpaddling. Men regnet lugnade sig ordentligt

Förmiddagshäng

Förmiddagshäng

Promenad innan solen

Promenad innan solen

Båtbesök på Östra Bokö

Båtbesök på Östra Bokö

Liite skum vid Bockös norra spets

Liite skum vid Bockös norra spets

Kepspaddling

Kepspaddling

Öster om Bockö

Öster om Bockö

Brygglunch

Brygglunch

by Erik Sjöstedt at September 17, 2014 01:37 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.

Steilacoom

Steilacoom in the Fog

Camera Settings

Steilacoom– Summary

For the last 25 years, I’ve been enjoying a 2 week vacation to the Pacific Northwest, but when you look at what the area has to offer is it any wonder? Most of that time is been outside a little historic community called Steilacoom. You wouldn’t know it to look at it know, but beside being able to lay claim to being the oldest incorporated town in Washington it was also the county seat at one time. It boosted multiple hotels, brothels and churches; all before Tacoma or Seattle were conceived.

A drive or stroll among the homes on the hillside overlooking the water will reveal the names of the various sea-captains who settled in the area after a life at sea. Although the ships taking lumber to San Francisco or gold prospectors north no longer anchor here, the ferries supporting Anderson, Ketron and McNeil do.

Yes, it’s no wonder I’ve stayed here.

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by Steve Weileman at September 17, 2014 01:11 pm

Paddle California
Thoughts from the world of kayaking centered in California. Ocean, whitewater, flatwater, wherever the paddling takes me. Trip reports, gear reviews, teaching and leadership, with pictures and video.

A Paddler's Journey - book update

I finished off a rough draft of my kayaking memoir, A PADDLER'S JOURNEY, a few months ago now. Since then I've sent it out to a number of folks to read and review and I've gotten some very encouraging and helpful feedback. I'm still waiting to hear back from some people, but the consensus is that it's fun and accurate, though a few folks thought it could be a little more personal. I've been busy pitching my novel to agents, but now I'm ready to get back to the memoir. I've got some good ideas for revisions and hope to be able to complete them in the next month or two.

For me it's a tough to balance the personal information with the kayaking information. I want stories that are fun to read, understandable to non-kayakers, and contain a little of the wisdom gained through the experience. It seems a little silly, but I don't want it to be all about me. My whole point is that my experiences may be unique in their particulars, but my experience in general is typical. The book is about what all paddlers get out of the sport and I want people to see themselves in the adventures and relate to what I've gone through. I don't want to impress people with how cool I am and what great things I've accomplished. At the same time, people do like to learn about the author and be invested in their story. They  like an insight into another person's world. Like I said, it's a tough balance.

In that vein, here's a little excerpt from the book about my experience as a beginner on the river. Even though I had a roll and plenty of surf zone experience, my learning curve in whitewater was steep and challenging, the same as everyone's, My first weekend involved lots of rolling and an injured shoulder - I wasn't sure I wanted to come back for more. This is what happened on my third day on whitewater:

Once everyone was on the water and headed down river, I noticed two things that were different from my previous river paddles. First, this wasn’t a class. Gilbert gave me some guidance, knowing every rock in the river like the layout in his pantry, but I wasn’t expected to blindly follow him. Everyone else was busy having fun and zipping around. It wasn’t about learning anything particular or practicing skills; it was paddling for its own sake. People looked out for me but only in the way they looked out for each other, not the way an instructor hovers over a student. I could do what I want; if I screwed up, no big deal.

Second, the scenery was beautiful. The run started in a quiet campground with a min-gorge of white granite walls, and while the road was nearby, it was always out of site. The river wound through a deep canyon, with riparian forest at the river’s edge giving way to brown, grassy hillsides above. This was kayaking in the wilderness, and once I felt comfortable enough to look up from the whitewater, I enjoyed every minute of it. I was hooked.

Another thing that greatly eased my mind was the fact that I wasn’t the only person flipping over. Even the most skilled members of the group were playing around, sliding up rocks and trying to get their kayaks vertical. In the process they frequently failed and flipped over. It was a part of the sport, nothing to be ashamed of. I played around too and flipped over more. Sometimes we rolled just because it was so damn hot. In the first big rapid I collided with one of the other guys and we both flipped over and rolled up laughing. This was fun.

At the end of the day I still sucked as a whitewater boater. It felt unnatural and I often leaned the wrong way or reacted too slow. It didn’t matter—I enjoyed it all. I lacked the skill to help in any significant way, but I hadn’t been a burden. I did what I could and had fun with the rest of them. That’s all they expected of me, that’s all anyone wants on an adventure. Maybe I did belong on the river. Too bad the season was over.

by Bryant Burkhardt (noreply@blogger.com) at September 17, 2014 01:30 pm

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

The New crop of watches.


I have worn a suunto vector for over a decade. I chose it because I wanted an ABC watch, that was a step above the Casio Pathfinders I had been using, and a decade ago it was the best ABC watch on the market. ABC stands for Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and for me, as paddler I won't hit the water without a barometer. 

Here is why. Barometric pressure is the pressure that the air is exerting on you, in a column from above, and it is what makes weather move. When you have an area of low pressure, bad weather - ie. stormy weather with rain - is drawn into it. Think of a Hurricane with an eye in the center drawing bad weather into that very low area of low pressure. As the air is drawn to a location with lower air pressure, it rushes to get there, creating wind. I don't mind paddling in the rain, but wind will really ruin your day. A lot of times, you will feel the wind, before the bad weather hits you, and it is usually a different temperature (cooler), so it is easily noticeable. 

High pressure pushes that bad weather away from you, giving you clear, cool skies. Think crisp fall mornings with a blue sky and just a bit of a chill in the air. That is high pressure doing its work. 

So that is why I wear a Vector, which has been replaced by the upgraded suunto core. I rarely use the compass, and only use the altimeter (which is really just a barometer with a differently calibrated scale) when I am hiking. 

But watches are changing. The first and biggest change is that most people aren't wearing them. I see this when I teach Wilderness First aid. Most people use their phones to tell time. But in the last couple of years we have seen some new watches hit the shelves in our favorite outdoor stores. 

In particular I am thinking about the Garmin Fenix and Fenix 2, and the Suunto Ambit and Ambit 2. These watches add so many features it is dizzying. They are of course ABC watches, but they add GPS technology. Giving you the ability to not only track your location, and plot it on a map, but to know your exact speed and distance and direction to a known point. I was skeptical of the Fenix at first, while it is waterproof I figured it didn't have any features to really make it usable by a paddler. Then I saw that you could switch your units of measure to Nautical. I was delighted, but refused to give up the $400 required to get into the Fenix game. There is now of course a Fenix (and ambit) 2 offering even more features. 

There is also the Garmin Quatix - dubbed "the mariners watch" by garmin, this does a lot of what the Fenix does, but they tout the ability to sight a distant point - and creating a waypoint and paddle towards it. It also has a number of sailing specific watches, it will interact wirelessly with garmin chart plotters, and it will feed NMEA data as well. It has a barometer and programmed tide tables as well - I am not sure if I trust watch based tide information, if you have used it let me know. I would like to try this watch but it is still $400! 

I could buy the new Apple watch for less than that. And speaking of... No mention of waterproof, or battery life, but if it runs apps - which it does - then there could be kayaking specific apps running while you paddle. We will have to see how this looks for real, not just in demo in a keynote. 

What watch are you wearing? 

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at September 17, 2014 09:00 am

September 16, 2014

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

A call for Citizen Scientists that suits paddlers well!

Louise spotted this call for volunteer Citizen Scientists, and passed it along to me. It will be of particular interest to paddlers living along Canada's west coast and Haida Gwai, in communities like Hartley Bay.
InFORM is a non-governmental organization of universities, groups, Health Canada, and citizens gathering data on the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan during 2011. They're listed on their website as 
Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring (InFORM) Network: 
A collaborative radiation monitoring network to determine and communicate environmental risks for Canada’s Pacific and Arctic Oceans from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident

I'll just add the note here, if the word "radiation" is giving you the willies, that everything I've heard (from newspapers, science journals, and the University of Victoria) says that while some radiation from Fukushima did reach Canada, it was only in very small amounts, measured and tracked. This call for volunteer Citizen Scientists is part of a program to keep gathering water samples to test. 
It's a great thing to know that our scientists are continuing to measure the tiny amounts of Cesium that drifted across the Pacific. There's not enough radiation to be a threat to our health, so we paddlers can take to the water with confidence.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at September 16, 2014 11:40 pm

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

Jamaica Circumnavigation Attempt

On Sunday, Dec. 28, sea kayakers Mark Tozer, Helen Wilson and Wes Moses will begin an attempted circumnavigation of Jamaica, the largest island of the Commonwealth Caribbean. To their knowledge, they will be the first people to attempt this circumnavigation, which totals 635 miles. They will start and finish in the historic Port Royal, and paddle counter-clockwise. Their plan is to finish by the end of January.

by helen at September 16, 2014 10:13 pm

The Gathering

This was my fifth year as a mentor at the Northern Lights Qajaq Society’s yearly event, The Gathering. I love this event for many reasons. First, the people are wonderful. Second, the location is perfect. And third, the event has a harpoon contest that is so much fun that it’s worth going just for that alone.

This year’s guest mentors were myself and Greg Stamer. All of the local mentors were wonderful to work with and made us feel very welcome, and it was great to catch up.

Throughout the four-day event, I instructed an informal rolling class, two Simplifying the Roll classes, a skin-on-frame rescue class and The Art of Teaching rolling. I also ran Yoga for Paddlers three mornings, and did a presentation called “South Greenland Expedition and the Greenland National Kayaking Championship.” Greg provided strokes instruction, and I had the opportunity to join in his Sunday morning class, which was very informative. He was the Friday night presenter, with a fun slideshow on his Newfoundland circumnavigation and some races that he’s been competing in. In addition to what we were teaching, other mentors were teaching everything from how to throw a harpoon, to on-land classes on qajaq construction.

The people are what really make this event special, and Michelle, Jeff and Tony did a wonderful job of putting it all together. Thanks for having me there again.

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At the beginning of an event it’s always fun to watch the kayaks appear.

There were some very pretty qajaqs and baidarkas at the event.

There were some very pretty qajaqs and baidarkas at the event.

We had the perfect weather for rolling instruction. Note the harpoon thrower in the background.

We had the perfect weather for rolling instruction. Note the harpoon thrower in the background.

Greg's classes included both on-land and on-water instruction.

Greg’s strokes classes included both on-land and on-water instruction.

Nick talks about his kayak design, the Shrike.

Nick talks about his kayak design, the Shrike.

Yoga for Paddlers is a great way to start the day.

Yoga for Paddlers is a great way to start the day.

Organizers Michelle and Jeff take a time out for lunch.

Organizers Michelle and Jeff take a time out for lunch.

There are many ways to entice participants to buy raffle tickets.

There are many ways to entice participants to buy raffle tickets.

Harpoon contest winners receive awards.

The harpoon contest awards ceremony was very entertaining.

Last year's harpoon winner hands presents this year's harpoon winner with his award. Congrats Kirt!

Last year’s harpoon winner presents this year’s harpoon winner with his award. Congrats Kirt!

Participants enjoy an evening of entertainment, which included a lively silent auction.

Participants enjoyed an evening of entertainment, which included a lively silent auction.

Enjoying the sunrise each morning was well worth getting up early for.

Enjoying the sunrise each morning was well worth getting up early for.

by helen at September 16, 2014 08:52 pm

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

Medicine


The exhaustion felt akin to a 4:30 pm boardroom meeting at work...on a Friday. A lingering affliction of a week long flu that just didn't want to go away. Sick I still took to the water today; after 6 days of no water time I was going stir crazy.


I breathed in the salty air, my lungs responded in violent protest. Coughing until lightheaded, warm forehead of a mild fever cooled by a cold northern breeze. A twisted joy not afforded to the dead. For here on the ocean, Fully aware ,awake, and alive here on the ocean; knowing just how lucky I am to only have mild discomfort in my day.


I landed with the white churning ripples of the ocean; to explore and take in this beauty at my own leisurely pace. Many of the songbirds have left; leaving the seaside quiet in the autumn air.; replaced with the low drone of algid North wind.


As I sit here in my seaside home, aside empty losinger rappers and various purple/red cough suppressants; I'm relaxed again. I couldn't take medication to make me feel any better than I do right now. As night falls here on the far reaches of North America in this warm abode; sleep is creeping in.

Best medicine a man can take.

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at September 16, 2014 08:12 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Helikoptervinschning i Blekinge

Jag hade egentligen tänkt slöa hemma medan Erik var i Blekinge. Men när Geir, en ur besättningen på en av de nya räddningshelikoptrarna i Blekinge frågade på Happy Kayaking om någon var övningssugen lät det för bra för att missas.

Släppte av Erik i Järnavik för lite kurseri och körde bort till Almö. Paddlade en kortis med Ulrika, Thomas och Torgny innan helikoptern kom inflygandes från Kallinge vid 12-snåret och då hade även Ola och Andreas anlänt.

Paddeltur öster om Almö

Paddeltur öster om Almö, Ulrika, Torgny och Thomas

Helikopter på ingång

Helikopter på ingång

Ytbärgare med kermitfärgad våtdräkt! :)

Ytbärgare med kermitfärgad våtdräkt! :)

Ut ur helikoptern klev två grabbar som ställde sig lite bredbent och koolt vid sidan. Ujujuj kom att tänka på filmen Top Gun :) Lite nervösa var vi allt, och ganska uppspelta. Detta var första gången för oss alla. Och det var alldeles, alldeles… Underbart kul!

Vi började med en genomgång. Av maskin och personer. Det var två piloter, en vinschansvarig och en ytbärgare. Mycket trevliga. Det snackades säkerhetsattiraljer som plb, vhf, epirb, spot, hur vi syns i vattnet mm. Regnet började ungefär när de kom och jag blev lite frusen i vinden. Men det gick över när det började bli dax för övning.
Det blåste en del och vi tänkte undvika kajaker denna första gång och bara vinscha. Först var tanken att bli i släppta från båt, men sjöräddningen kunde inte vara med denna gång, så plan två var att vi skulle gå i från stranden och simma ut en bit, men det blåste för mycket och vi skulle inte klara av att ta oss särskilt långt från land, så vi blev utflugna och avsläppta. Inte som jag först trodde, hoppa i från helikoptern, utan nervinschade och fick ligga i vattnet ett tag innan de plockade upp oss igen. Leendet gick från öra till öra resten av dan. Det var så roligt och inte ett dugg läskigt att bli upplockad på det viset. Själva vinschningen gick väldigt fort och jag tror att det var 20-30 meter som vi drogs upp. Hann inte uppfatta att det var något högt i alla fall.

Efteråt var det lite diskussioner om vilka färger som syns bra i vattnet, och jag fick lite backning på min blåa dräkt och flytväst. Jag får nog byta till en grön ;) Väldigt kulig och intressant övning, hoppas det blir fler tillfällen där även kajakerna får vara med.

Efter gofika hos Ulrika körde jag och hämtade Erik i Järnavik där det precis börjat regna?! Hur är det möjligt? Två mil bort hade det regnat sen kl 12… Själv var jag inte sugen på att krypa i blöt torrdräkt igen och hoppades att han skulle vara åka-hem-sugen ;)

men det var han visst inte…

Vinschning

Vinschning

Kul med Helikopter

Kul med Helikopter

Geir

Geir, vinschansvarig

Ola filmade lite:

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 16, 2014 06:25 pm

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Hard Landing on Steep Holm

The tiny landing beach of Steep Holm Island, this past weekend. We had a fairly rough crossing down the wind from the mainland, with stronger than expected tide flows…which might have been something to do with my mistake of adding British Summer Time to some tide times which had already had BST added, oops. Anyway, at the higher end of Spring tides the steep rocky landing beach is very small (rather smaller than is shown here) and is inconveniently located slap in the middle of a lively tide race.

We survived the landing, but it may be a while before the hulls of our boats forgive us.

As the tide falls, the beach grows much larger and the tide race moves away from the landing area. But then it’s a whole lot harder to reach Steep Holm across the amazing tidal river that is the upper Bristol Channel…

This was the start of an island-hopping weekend which eventually saw us finish our trip on the Welsh mainland, which was splendid but not actually where we’d planned to be.

All good.


Filed under: Bristol Channel, Holm Islands, Kayaking, Mobile phone photos, Open crossings, Somerset, Tide races

by Mark Rainsley at September 16, 2014 06:02 pm

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

Shark vs Kayak

Earlier this month, a kayak with two young women in it was attacked by a great white shark off Plymouth, Massachusetts. The shark rose up underneath the kayak, tossing them into the water. According to a report from KFOR:
The two teen girls were in separate kayaks about 110 yards off shore when they saw the fin of the shark. The next thing they knew, the shark’s teeth were just inches away from them.
“We were just talking and paddling. And I look over to talk to her and it came completely out of the water and got the bottom of the boat and flipped her over and knocked my kayak completely over,” said Ida Parker, kayak attacked by shark.
“I saw at least four feet of its head. Four feet of it came up out of the water,” said Ida.
The shark went after Ida and her friend who were out kayaking.
“It bit through the boat, there are bite marks all the way through the bottom of the kayak,” said Ida.
A neighbour heard screaming and called 911. Fortunately, the girls suffered nothing more than a good scare, while their kayak suffered small scratches and holes. One hole, pictured above by the Massachusetts State Marine Fisheries, suggests an exploratory bite by a great white, according to experts. A great white was widely known to be in the area, and the women had decided to paddle out and check the local seal colony, a decision they now admit probaby wasn't the wisest with a great white prowling around.
Apparently, the shark hung around the area for at least a few more days, and it appears to not have developed a taste for plastic.
More pictures are here, and local media video coverage is embedded below:




by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at September 16, 2014 04:00 pm

Océanos de Libertad

Curso de Esquimotaje con María e Iván.

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¡¡Iván ... un tio estupendo!! (De María no tengo fotos...sorry)
En mis más de 16 años dedicado a la enseñanza, ha habido momentos mejores y peores, pero si hay algo que realmente sea gratificante, es el poder influir en algún momento en el aprendizaje de alguien...muchos han sido los alumnos, y cuando estos alumnos se convierten en maestros y superan a su profesor, lejos de suponer un motivo de confrontación, es un verdadero motivo de orgullo, que un alumno supere a su maestro, y  poder haber aportado nuestro conocimiento y saber hacer, en su proceso de formación es lo más grande que a lo que un profesor puede aspirar.

 Bueno quizás si hay algo más grande, y es el conocer a bellísimas personas, de una valía humana incalculable.

 Desde que imparto clases, muchos han sido esos momentos por suerte, en los que lejos de mantener un distanciamiento entre profesor y alumno, la naturalidad y la cercanía han sido parte de mi forma de ser y de trabajar... Eso me ha dado la posibilidad de conocer algo más a fondo a mis  alumnos, mis amigos.

 En fin, y esto...¿A qué viene? Pues a que este domingo pasado, he tenido la inmensa fortuna de conocer auna pareja extraordinaria, María e Ivan, que nos solo son unos atletas excepcionales, sino que son de una integridad total, el domingo empezamos como profesor - alumnos y terminamos como amigos.

 En poco tiempo se que os voy a ver mejorando a un ritmo exorbitante, a una velocidad de vértigo...aunque ahora lo veáis lejos, estoy seguro que vais a ir incrementando vuestro nivel a un ritmo que pocos os podrán seguir.

Ánimo, el domingo pusistéis una primera piedra, a la que le seguirán muchas, seguiremos viéndonos, pues como os dije, nuestra relación lejos de acabar, acaba de comenzar y me tenéis para ayudaros en la medida de mis posibilidades.

 Perdonad por el video porque al estar pendiente de vosotros, no pude grabar vuestras mejores ejecuciones...¡¡para la próxima!!

Chicos, gracias por hacerme disfrutar de la enseñanza, humildemente os admiro por vuestra perseverancia y tesón.
Un abrazo muy fuerte!!

Video Esquimotaje

by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at September 16, 2014 04:35 pm

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.

One paddler's secret to slowing down the passage of time...do something difficult, every day.

Joan, on the beach, at Qualicum.

There's been significant time on the water recently...always so refreshing for body, mind, and spirit. It's an outdoor pursuit that also offers lots of "thinking" time. The rhythm of countless paddle strokes over many hours offers a contemplative experience. Such times are necessary, for they offer balance and provide renewed strength for what life calls us all to "do". 

It was good to be back on the Salish Sea again. Launching near the town of Qualicum Beach, Texada Island and the distant coastal range of the mainland of Canada formed a gentle horizon through the soft and shimmering air. It's truly an endless summer, here on Canada's "Pacific Island".

In these precious moments on the water, I thought about time, life's most precious commodity...and how we sometimes allow it to "vanish" in the passage and industry of each day. Sometimes, in fact, we even wish it away. It has been my experience, over the years, that "lost time" is the greatest regret most people have as they near the end of their lives. That difficult circumstance, however, is abundantly avoidable.


Most of us over the age of forty, which I am (but only slightly, well, OK, maybe by quite a bit) are familiar with the experience of time just "flying". Every year, it seems to pass by faster and faster and it is almost as if we are on a spinning carousel, the back drop of life's "scenery" flashing by. When that happens, of course, we miss out on so much.

"Pausing" time.
It seems like only yesterday, we were in Scotland, packing up for the almost five weeks here back in Canada. Now, at almost the half-way point, I am thinking about the challenges, projects and activities to come and even the extra "bits and bobs" to take back - mainly small items of kayaking kit. The time can surely "fly", if we're not careful. Nothing accelerates the passage of time more than living in the past...or the future. Neither one honours the present moment, the only moment that exists at all.


It seems like just a short time ago that Joan and I were getting married in a beautiful church next to the university that we were attending in Hamilton, Ontario. She wore a simple wedding dress that she had made herself. I wore a rented morning suit, with ascot, winged collar and white boutonnière - absolutely dashing! Haha! Almost forty-two years ago now, it does seem rather "sixties". Of course, it was. :)

But strangely, those days seem like just "yesterday".

Memories still so fresh!
Where has the time gone? Well, of course we know where it's gone and there have been many great adventures...and the memories of that special day are as clear and sharp as if no time at all has passed. (And yes, your reporter still has hair and it's still mostly brown!)

Time, however, didn't always pass this quickly. As little children, the hours and days and weeks were so long and delicious. Every day, in fact, could have been described as a "never-ending story". An afternoon adventure in the playground lasted a lifetime. Summer holidays lasted even longer.

A "sea monster", as long as Joan's kayak, looms darkly below.
When we slow time down, our imaginations are freed. :)
Most of us can remember, as high school students, the "interminable" Monday to Friday week in the classrooms. It seemed like the weekend would never (ever!) arrive. Sitting in classroom on a Monday morning, the "freedom" of 3:30 pm on Friday afternoon felt like a million years away!

Time lingered...and we didn't always appreciate it.


The older we get, however, the more rapidly time seems to fly by. Some would explain that this is because when we are young, our lives are ahead of us, stretching out into a distant future. But when we get older, the larger percentage of our lives are behind us, with the "sands" of time simply running out.


I'm not so sure about that. I think there's more to it. And it's rather exciting.

When we were young, we were constantly learning. We were literally growing up. And we were, for the most part, eager about the process of learning. Our eyes were as wide as saucers and our minds vacuumed up every bit of new knowledge. We ate it up, drank it in, relished it...and celebrated our successes and accomplishments, large and small. Even our frequent failures contributed to our growth, for every new experience tested us, and strengthened us. We didn't look so much for short cuts - sadly, that's an adult "thing".

Time does seem to pause when we are struggling to master a new skill. Whether it's learning to walk, or run, or ride a bicycle, master social skills, or grasp the elements of algebra and geometry, our minds are occupied and struggling...and growing.

It is in such moments that time slows down and permits the process of learning. In these "times", life reveals a beauty and an intricacy that can only be appreciated when our hearts and minds are open to the deliberate and sometimes painstaking process of exploration and discovery.


When we get older, however, our hunger for learning seems satiated, by our desire to be "comfortable". We think that we've learned all we need to know and sometimes we even avoid the tasks and responsibilities that we know will test our patience, strength, and will. We look for the short cuts...we stop growing and learning. The result: the passage of time accelerates, almost out of control...and we wonder what we have to show for it.

I've discovered at least one secret to slowing down the passage of time: it's doing something difficult, something you really may not even want to do, every single day.

When we were with kayaking coach Gordon Brown last month, on the Isle of Skye, he taught us to take the time to develop balance and confidence in the kayak...by getting out of the kayak. The exercises looked difficult. Surely, it would be a lot more fun just to paddle! We took his advice, however, and have practised faithfully since that time. It has been during these practice sessions, frequently falling in and having to get back in the cockpit, that we have discovered a most surprising gift. In the midst of the "struggle", we became as little children. And time...slowed down.

Amidst the frustration, the failures, the successes, and the determination...time slowed down. And when these skills are mastered, it will be time to move on to other challenges. There are, of course, unlimited challenges in the world of sea kayaking!

Time out of the cockpit, the process...
...of slowing down the passage of time.
I am sure that it is the very process of learning that deepens, enriches, and lengthens the passage of time.

And almost in obedience to that process, the precious moments dutifully slow their otherwise (seemingly) frantic pace so that each can be truly tasted and savoured.


Becoming as a child is doing something difficult every day...and seeing time's each and every moment sparkle with fresh satisfaction and renewed meaning. Will there be frustration? Of course, but there is no better way to experience the length and breadth of time. It's very survivable. :)

The relatively brief four hours on the water made for a very long day...just the way it should always be.


by Duncan and Joan (noreply@blogger.com) at September 16, 2014 03:12 pm

Jimski's Blog

Winding Back

Over the last few days we re-traced our route to Sermiligaaq visiting our previous camps on the islands of Storø and Gruse. With time in hand we could explore the remains of old Eskimo settlements and hike up onto the high ridges to take in the expansive views.


Soon after we entered the network of channels that lead from Sermiligaaq to Tasiilaq we stopped to explore the abandoned US air base known as Bluie East 2.


Bluie East 2 was hurriedly abandoned in the early 1950s. The local hunting communities made good use of the furniture and fuel that was left behind. Some of the truck engines remain in use to this day on fishing boats. The trucks, mangled hangar and some 100,000 oil drums make up a bizarre rusting wasteland that stands as a decaying reminder of the 'Cold War'. A blot in an otherwise pristine sub-Arctic wilderness.

A forecast of poor weather combined with news of a volcanic eruption prompted us to make a dash for Tasiilaq in order to wind things up and sort out our kit before strong winds and heavy rain would make this task a great effort.


It was a bit of an anti climax to return early but the underlying memory is of an expedition to a majestic coastline with such scale that I could not have imagined. The glaciers, the cliffs, the bergs and the Northern Lights were all so much beyond what my dreams could conjure up. 


As for Lake Fjord and the Watkins memorial, they will be there for another time and another adventure... Finally, I'd like to pass on my thanks to Martin Rickard at Sea Kayak Adventures for his impeccable guidance and  logistics arrangements, Clif Bar & Company for keeping us all in healthy & nutritious snacks, Lyon Equipment for support with Ortlieb dry bags and Trek 'n Eat expedition meals, Mitchell Blades for my excellent 4-piece Bombora paddles and finally to Peak UK and P&H Custom Sea Kayaks for their continued support.

by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at September 16, 2014 12:58 pm

Tatiyak

New paddle and more fun!

Ho una nuova pagaia.
Celtic. Moderna. Divisibile in quattro parti. Perfetta per i viaggi in treno ed aereo.
Volerà con me a Minorca ai primi di ottobre e mi seguirà nei vari corsi 3 stelle in programma...
Eila e Nigel me l'hanno consegnata la scorsa settimana: "You're our ambassador in Italy!", m'hanno detto riempiendomi d'orgoglio e di timore... non ho (quasi) mai usato una pagaia diversa dalla groenlandese (salvo per il viaggio in Corsica), ho sostenuto tutti gli esami della mia carriera canoistica (compreso il 4* e 5* leader ad Anglesey!) e non ho mai viaggiato senza la mia preferita pagaia verde. Ma la curiosità è donna, anche in kayak: vediamo se scopro qualcosa di nuovo con la mia nuova pagaia Celtic dalla banda rossa!
Intanto, il fine settimana a Lavena Ponte Tresa sul Lago di Lugano è stato uno spasso!

My new Celtic paddle!
Lot of fun on the water...
Practising re-enter with and without paddle-floar and more balance excercises...
Is tha kayak too big for him?!?
What a smile!!!
I have a new paddle.
Celtic. Euro blade. Four peaces. Perfect for train and airplane.
It will fly with me to Minorca early in October and it will follow me in the planned 3* courses...
Eila and Nigel gave me it last week: "You're our ambassador in Italy!", they said, filling me of pride and fear at the same time... I have (almost) always used a Greenland paddle (except for the circumnavigation of Corsica Island), I have passed all the aasessments (4 * and 5 * Leader too) with a Greenland paddle and I have never traveled without my preferred green Greenland paddle. But! Curiosity is woman, we say in Italy: so let me see if I learn something more with my new Celtic paddle!
Last week-end on the Lugano lake was a perfect and funny start!

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at September 16, 2014 10:58 am

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Kurslördag vid Järnavik

Finfint trots lite grått väder

Finfint trots lite grått väder

Jag & Kenneth körde en kursrunda hos Paddelkompaniet i Järnavik i lördags. Prognosen gissade på duggregn hela dagen med inslag av skurar. Lät ju sådär men vindarna var gissade från nordost i alla fall.

Det kom dock inte en droppe regn förrän några minuter i fyra på eftermiddagen när vi landade med kajakerna inne i Järnavik. Bra turlig tajming :)

En go dag med entusiastiska deltagare från krokarna av Lund och Malmö. Lunch på Dragsö och fika på minifinstranden på Tjärös ostsida.

På väg in i Skiftessundet mellan Skiftesön och Skiftesholmen

På väg in i Skiftessundet mellan Skiftesön och Skiftesholmen

Klippig paddling

Klippig paddling

Tjäröfika

Tjäröfika

Och efter lite velande i regnet fick vi tummarna loss och kom ut med tältet oxå en sväng.

by Erik Sjöstedt at September 16, 2014 06:06 am

September 15, 2014

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Stand Up Paddle

My wife, enjoying her new toy, late one evening last week.

Apologies for the lack of posts of late…been rather busy with work, and more crucially, with paddling. More to follow.


Filed under: Dorset, Stand Up Paddling

by Mark Rainsley at September 15, 2014 09:35 pm

SimonWillis.net
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

An Independent Scotland?

One week from today, on 18th September, the voters of Scotland will decide whether we wish to live in an independent country.

The vote is the biggest constitutional decision any individual is likely to take.

It would be wrong for this blog to ignore such an event, especially since the title purports to chronicle our "Life in the Scottish highlands".

I have already voted by post a week ago.

All the last minute campaigning has no influence on my decision.  Our democratic system allows me to keep that vote private so if you think you can work out how I've voted by what I've written, then chances are you are wrong.

After thirty one years as a journalist - an avowedly neutral chronicler of events - I am unable to sit publicly anywhere except on the fence.  That can be a pain in the arse at times, but it's worth it.

The day after vote I have to be able to work with people who have publicly supported both sides.

How an individual voted may or may not become a genuine issue.  The divisions that have appeared during this two year campaign may be forgotten in the aftermath.

Yet how a person voted might be perceived to determine the outcome of a decision or the tone of a future relationship.  Could we hear comments such as, "We're going to employ someone more in tune with our thinking"?

If you're in any doubt, take a look at what the National Union of Journalists had to proclaim days before the vote.

In a job interview in 1983 to be a BBC TV reporter I told John Bird, the man who would become my first editor at BBC Newcastle, that my background in economics helped me see all sides of an issue.  Personally that was often frustrating because I found it difficult to form a strong opinion about even the most controversial subjects.  Professionally, I felt it would be useful for a TV reporter.  I got the job.

I stuck to those principals throughout my career.  Although I left BBC Scotland in 2009 and I have no day to day contact with the politicians and journalists whose world I once inhabited, the principals remain.

Over the last two years I have seen lots of spite and bitterness from both sides in the online independence campaign, but none at a personal level.

That said, the subject of independence is studiously avoided at most informal gatherings.

Go to a dinner party with strangers and everyone would rather tackle thorny subjects like abortion or religion before daring to utter the "I" word.

Passions which have run that deep are unlikely to fade quickly.

Let's hope there is no backlash regardless of the outcome of next weeks vote.

This country and its people are far too important for that.

Please don't troll me in the comments - I'll delete any which are rude.

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at September 15, 2014 08:01 pm

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

Kayak Kaddy

A few years ago, Paula posted about the Kayak Kaboose, a device that is essentially a floating extra cargo hatch for your kayak. Attached to the back of your kayak, the kaboose floats behind in carrying your extra gear.
Now, another company has come up with something similar called The Kayak Kaddy. This looks to be a more compact version, and, as seen in the video below, can be towed easily behind a sit-on-top or even a SUP. If you have to take everything with you when you go kayaking, this piece of gear might be just what you need.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at September 15, 2014 04:00 pm

Eko
in KAYAK DA MARE, bivaccando libera-mente

Serata Lariana di fotografie dal kayak da mare – a PLESIO, Sabato 27 settembre 2014

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IL RAMO DI COMO IN INVERNO

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VISTO CON GLI OCCHI DI UN CIGNO

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in kayak da mare, navigando e fotografando.

Da villa in giardino,

da giardino in villa.

Borghi, paesaggi e dettagli che si specchiano nelle acque del
Ramo di Como.

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Sabato 27 Settembre 2014  ore 19,30

P L E S I O

(Val Menaggio – lago di Como) 

Palazzetto Polifunzionale – Via alla Grona, 88
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La cultura … vien mangiando

 

“A Tavola sul Lario”

  • Polenta taragna di farina nostrana macinata a freddo in mulino,
  • filetto di lavarello,
  • pescato di lago in carpione,
  • zincarlino,
  • formaggio d’alpe.
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Euro 15
(bevande e dolci esclusi)
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POSTI DISPONIBILI 100
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PRENOTAZIONE OBBLIGATORIA*
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P1140535 Nel Golfo di Como+

Vento e onde, navigazione instabile, fotografia mossa.

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Il Ramo di Como d’inverno,

visto con gli occhi di un cigno.

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Costeggiando il Ramo di Como

Costeggiando il Ramo di Como

Dopo cena,

alle ore 21,

il percorso fotografico

verrà presentato e commentato

da Ekokayak.

* Informazioni e prenotazioni entro giovedì 25
Elena:   348.7654218     elymolteni1966@libero.it
un saluto da una vecchia darsena lariana.

Un saluto a tutti da una vecchia darsena lariana.

 

 
Ringraziamenti: Sorgente Chiarella di Plesio, Oleificio Vanini di Lenno, Mulino Mambretti di Carlazzo.

Evento organizzato dall’Associazione Pro Plesio in collaborazione con l’Amministrazione Comunale.

 

by eko at September 15, 2014 03:01 pm

Jimski's Blog

Waterfall Valley & Glacier de France

The combination of sheltered waters and sunny weather made for almost Mediterranean conditions in Kangertittivatsiaq Fjord. It it baffling to feel too hot whilst paddling amongst ice. 


We finished the day two thirds of the way up the fjord on a beach with flat rocks that were warm from the day's sunshine. Between preparing food and pitching our tents we spent an hour or so sunbathing. 


To add to the paradise feel of our camp there was a raging river cascading over ledges and sliding over smooth slabs. As paddlers, we spent a while discussing the best white water lines down there impossible rapids and drops.


Before the sun went down behind the northern end of the fjord we followed the river further up the valley and wondered when people were last here.

When morning came we paddled for almost three hours towards the calving face of Glacier de France. The scale of this landscape was difficult to comprehend. I gazed beyond the fragile ice cliff and across the surface of the glacier stretching, twisting and curving for mile upon mile towards the mountains in the hazy distance. The most distant mountains were well off our map and north of the Artcic Circle.

This place was peaceful and quiet apart from the 'snap crackle and pop' from the brash. As the strong morning sun warms up small pieces of ice, tiny pressurised air bubbles burst as the surfaces melt. The fizzing and popping sound is amazing. Like paddling through a giant bowl of ‘Rice Crispies’. The ice kept us buzy as we turned to paddle south and continue our journey. From now onwards we would be working our way back towards Sermiligaaq and eventually Tasiilaq.

by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at September 15, 2014 09:07 am

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

A Hullaport Problem.

I am a big fan of the Thule Hullaport. I don't have the desire to fold my J cradles down, so I stay away from the more expensive Hullaport Pro - or the Yakima Bowdown. I like the simplicity of the Hullaport. As I have mentioned before I particularly like them on shorter vehicles, I am not very tall, but it is hard to get your boat into a j cradle when the boat has to be lifted on top of a tall SUV.

I have been using the Hullaport for a long time. I am actually on my third set, and when I got my most recent set, I realized they made a design change.

Here is an old Hullaport:


As you can see this hullaport, is curved on both top and bottom. Simple. Classic. Easy to strap a boat too, should you choose to do it that way... You shouldn't but many do. Here is the new one:


Instead of being a loop, top and bottom, it is a loop on the top, and it dead ends on two plugs on the bottom. I am sure this makes manufacturing easier, but you can immediately see the problem. My boat rubbed one of the plugs, and it popped out. I didn't notice it, and have no idea where it happened. Actually, that isn't entirely true... I noticed it the first three times it occurred, picked it up, put it back in the opening, and said to myself "I need to do something to that to hold it in place." and promptly didn't fix it. I thought this was a PO problem, but in fact I am not alone. I parked next to someone at work the other day, and this is what I saw...


I am not alone, and if there are two of us, there are many more. Thule, could you do something about this?

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at September 15, 2014 09:00 am