Paddling Planet

February 24, 2017

Sea kayaking with
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.

A low point on the horizon but not in our spirits on Loch Shiel.

I have not updated the blog for some time due to ill health but I do make more regular posts on my Facebook page. Ian has started to post on his blog about a great trip we made back in October 2016 and this has prompted me to help create another of our stereovision adventures. Mike and I travelled from SW Scotland and Ian and Lorna travelled from the NE. Sadly Lorna's husband Allan was

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:52 pm

Progress down Loch Shiel was impeded by frequent photo opportunities.

As we made our way SW down Loch Shiel the sun broke though and despite it being mid October the temperature soared.  Due to glaciation the west coast of Scotland is riven by many U shaped valleys which were cut by glaciers moving to the SW where the melted into the sea. Some of these valleys are flooded by sea water and some by fresh water but the bodies of water are both called lochs.

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:50 pm

So many views in Loch Shiel, you had better take a seat!

As we paddled SW down Loch Shiel, the sun began to...  ...occasionally break through the cloud creating ever changing patterns of light and shade on the crags above and...  ...the forests below.  Although there are many attractive shingle beaches the camping behind some of them is difficult due to bog and tussocky grass and we intended getting well down the loch before being stopped

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:48 pm

Stags on the high tops joined us in roars of approval.

Just as we arrived at Glenaladale, the estate boat Fionn Aladail (Fair Aladale) left the rickety wooden jetty with a shooting party aboard. Her helmsman courteously kept the engine revs down until they were well past us. We were right in the middle of the Glenaladale red deer stag shooting season. As we paddled past the delta of the Aladale river the glen stretched away into the distance

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:45 pm

For whom the bell tolls on `St Finan's Isle.

We arose well before dawn. It was cold in the still morning air by the shore of Loch Shiel. That cold of course is what kept the midges away. A few months earlier and a windless morning like this would have been Shiel hell with midges. We left the tents up till they were nearly dry and...  ...loaded the boats all before...  ...the rising sun's rays hit the beach. Soon we were back

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:43 pm

A pier with the site of a Viking slaying at one end and a pie shop at the other.

Leaving St. Finan's Isle we entered the outer, lowland section of Loch Shiel. At  Dalelia we spotted a tall stone cross, almost hidden by the trees. It is a war memorial erected by Dalelia's then owner, Lord Howard of Glossop, to his son. Lt. Philip Howard. Philip was only 23 years old when he died in action in France in 1918, near the end of WW1. His family's wealth could not protect him

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:30 pm

Where the river ends and plunges to the sea.

It is difficult to say where Loch Shiel ends and the River Shiel begins but... by the time you arrive at the triple arches of Shiel Bridge (1935) the current leaves you in now doubt that this is now the river. Slightly downstream is the older single arch bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1804. In higher flows a little rapid forms just out of sight and downstream of the bridge. On opur

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:28 pm

Tourists fled from Castle Tioram on our approach.

We were quite hot by the time we had finished the portage and manoeuvred the boats over a salt marsh to the edge of Loch Moidart where we...  ...joined these mallard ducks on salt water (for the first time in this trip.)  I always love that feeling of weightlessness when you paddle a heavily loaded boat away from the shore.  We were not going very far. We still had to do second

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:27 pm

More sea eagles than you can shake a stick at in Loch Moidart.

From the ancient walls of Tioram castle we... ...proceeded to explore the inner recesses of Loch Moidart with the flooding tide. The local sea eagle put in another appearance, soaring above the steeply wooded slopes.  A series of delightful channels separate the many isles that dot the inner loch. As we paddled deeper into the wilderness, clouds streamed out from the summits of

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 07:25 pm


Prossimi corsi 3* e 4* British Canoeing

Ecco le date dei prossimi corsi proposti da Tatiyak secondo gli standard della British Canoeing:
1 e 2 aprile 2017 a Nisca, Portofino in collaborazione con Outdoor Portofino
8 e 9 aprile 2017 in località da concordare
30 settembre e 1 ottobre 2017 in località da concordare
26-28 maggio 2017 a Lefkada (Grecia) in collaborazione con Odysea
15-17 ottobre 2017 a Minorca (Spagna) in collaborazione con Menorca en kayak
8-10 dicembre 2017 ad Arzachena (Sardegna) in collaborazione con Sardinian Discovery

Siamo molto presi dalle presentazioni del viaggio dello scorso anno alle Isole Cicladi e soprattutto dalla preparazione del prossimo viaggio estivo alle Isole Ioniche e al Peloponneso: per quest'ultimo impegno, che ci terrà in mare da maggio a settembre, non abbiamo la possibilità di dedicare ai corsi più incontri di quelli indicati. Partecipare ad uno dei corsi 3* in programma offrirà comunque l'occasione di praticare durante l'estate le tecniche necessarie per partecipare ad uno dei corsi 4* previsti per il prossimo autunno /inverno.
Tutte le specifiche relative ai corsi 3* e 4* British Canoeing sono riportati sulle relative pagine della scuola nel sito di Tatiyak seguendo i link in rosso di questo post.

by Mauro Ferro ( at February 24, 2017 07:15 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Go februarifredag med skidor, bad och lite paddling

  Ett par minus och vitt ute i morse, finfint. Stack till Vallåsen och for nerför ett par timmar, helt okej i backarna och inte tokmycket folk förrän vi stack hemåt. Mer svenskar än danskar idag, märks att det är skånesportlov och kanske inte danskvinterlov längre. Tog oss ett lunchdopp från en brygga i Västersjön,...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 24, 2017 06:34 pm


Ritorno sul Lago Maggiore

Dopo quasi un anno, domenica scorsa siamo ritornati a pagaiare sul Lago maggiore.
Il lago, in una bella e tiepida giornata di sole, dopo tanto mare, ci ha regalato il suo fascino, cosa che quasi non ricordavamo più.

Tatiana, Mirella, Mauro, Andrea, Gianni e Michele
L'imbarco a cerro di Laveno
Mirella alle prese con un cardinale ovest...

I Voyager sono in "clinica riabilitativa" da Kayak Rescue e quindi abbiamo rispolverato i kayak compagni di tanti altri viaggi: Tatiana il Baidarka ed io il Sirius.
Sei amici, dopo un rapido giro di telefonate della sera prima, si sono ritrovati al "solito posto", a Cerro di Laveno, anzi, al bar di Cerro per una seconda abbondante colazione e per programmare nei dettagli l'escursione della giornata.
Questa uscita è nata dopo diversi sabati pomeriggio passati a studiare navigazione costiera, e l'occasione è buona per verificare in pratica gli argomenti trattati, ed il percorso scelto ben si adatta allo scopo.
Verso le 16.00 siamo ritornati alla base, avevamo un appuntamento importante con Hanry che è appena ritornato in Italia dalla Scozia e che non vediamo da parecchi mesi.
Come era prevedibile, la serata è finita tutti insieme in pizzeria e, tra una birra e l'altra e qualche grappa abbiamo concluso in allegria la serata.

L'assurdo ritrovamento di Tatiana...
Il percorso della giornata: 18 Km

Grazie a Mirella, Andrea, Gianni e Michele per aver reso perfetto il nostro ritorno sul Lago Maggiore, e ad Hanry per l'amicizia che sempre dimostra verso tutti noi.
Alla prossima...

by Mauro Ferro ( at February 24, 2017 05:58 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Eagle and Eigg

 We entered the North Channel which sepearates Eilean Shona from Moidart at about an hour before HW, planned so that there would be plenty of water (which isn't always the case!) and so that we wouldn't be paddling against any appreciable tidal movement.  The view through the channel neatly frames one of the most distinctive silhouettes of the west coast.....

...An Sgurr, highest point of the island of Eigg, which has a presence out of all proportion to its modest 393 metre/1289 ft height and gives the impression of a great ship sailing the Sea of the Hebrides.

The North Channel is bounded on both sides by rugged, steep slopes which fall right to the water.  Above the woods at Bad an Dobhrain (Otter Bay), Lorna spotted movement high up on a crag - a great shape which unfurled itself and soared effortlessly along the ridgeline - a White Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

A conservation success, the White Tailed Eagle has been reintroduced from 1975 - a programme that is continuing.  The species was hunted to extinction in the early 20th century and there are probably still less than fifty breeding pairs of these huge birds in Scotland - it's always a thrill to see one.  We watched the bird manoeuvring to keep us in sight,its  head swivelling as it wheeled to ride the updraught.  A difference in behaviour between the two eagle species found in Scotland is that Golden Eagles will usually fly away for some distance if they see humans, whereas the White Tailed Eagle usually flies just far enough away to feel comfortable and then will often land again.

We paddled out of the North Channel and onto the open sea of the Sound of Arisaig with a view ahead to the island of Rum beyond Eigg.  Right at the entrance to the channel I knew there to be a considerable amount of driftwood washed up among the rocks- we could use some for the fire we intended to light at our camp.  The tide was now full which would have made for a very awkward landing on the rocks so we paddled on, noting where we might be able to land once it had dropped a little.

Heading north up the coast we were bathed in warm early evening sunshine and just a breath of breeze moving the air - it was a perfect autumn evening and despite the fact we'd had a fairly long day our movement felt effortless.

Our intended camp site was visible from quite some distance, a flash of emerald green grass and dazzling white sand among the rich autumn brown of the heather and bracken slopes.  There can be few better places to have been on this lovely evening.....

by Ian Johnston ( at February 24, 2017 03:41 pm

Sea kayaking with
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.

A celestial fire in the sky over Ardnamurchan

Once we got the tents up there was not much time till dark but Ian and I went back out on the water. Ian had been here about three weeks previously and seen a decent sized deciduous tree washed up on the rocks. Armed with a Silky Supper Accel folding saw we soon cut it to pieces.  We filled our hatches and tied the bigger bits onto the back decks.  We returned to the sea just as the sun was

by Douglas Wilcox ( at February 24, 2017 12:55 pm

February 23, 2017
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Fjälldräll i Trysil – februari 2017

Vi drog till Trysil en runda, sista dagarna i januari och en bit in i februari. Hade blivit lite utförsåkning på Vallåsen och en kortkort skridskorunda på Västersjön men i övrigt snålt med vintern hemma. Förra året trodde vi en runda i januari och sen i mars skulle räcka men det kändes lite för långt...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 23, 2017 07:29 pm
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Cape Wrath Packrafting and Fat Biking Trip

It’s one of those days when I have a pile of work to do, but just want to watch videos about paddling. And then I stumbled onto this Cape Wrath packrafting and fat biking video. After about two hours of dreaming up trips to do with a fat bike and packraft, I think I better get back to work! This is a fun video.

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by Bryan Hansel at February 23, 2017 07:12 pm


Nuovo sponsor per il prossimo viaggio: Bertoni.

Come avevamo scritto sul blog del recente viaggio alle Isole Cicladi, la nostra tenda, i materassini ed i cuscini, hanno sofferto parecchio e non ce l'avrebbero fatta a sopportare un altro lungo viaggio.
Per la prossima estate alle Isole Ioniche e al Peloponneso si imponeva quindi un rinnovamento!
Per capire cosa offriva il mercato, abbiamo consultato diversi siti di produttori specifici e ben presto abbiamo individuato in Bertoni l'azienda che poteva offrirci tutto il materiale che ci serviva.

Bertoni ci ha concesso una sponsorizzazione per il materiale da campeggio, che è arrivato proprio ieri. Siamo ora impazienti di testare il nuovo equipaggiamento e coglieremo la prima occasione utile per trascorrere qualche giorno in campeggio nautico, anche prima di partire per la Grecia.
Questo è quello che abbiamo scelto di portare con noi nel prossimo viaggio:

Una tenda a igloo autoportante a tre posti, con ottime caratteristiche di tenuta all'acqua ed al vento (così riusciremo a stare asciutti e a non bagnare ogni cosa all'interno quando piove).

Tenda a igloo Nordkapp 3

Due materassini auto gonfianti a sei tubolari, in materiale morbido e resistente (dormiremo bene anche se il fondo sarà sconnesso).

Materassino auto gonfiante Rider

Due cuscini gonfiabili a quattro tubolari, in materiale morbido e vellutato (i validi completamenti dei materassini).

Cuscino Relax

Due sacchi a pelo con imbottitura in micro fibra e temperatura di comfort a 7° (staremo caldi anche nei primi mesi di viaggio).

Sacco letto Microtech 150

Due sgabelli a tre gambe di "giusta" altezza, leggeri e resistenti (staremo comodi per cucinare e mangiare).

Sgabello Tris Black Alu

Con questo nuovo materiale il viaggio si preannuncia più rilassante e comodo.
Grazie Bertoni per la fiducia che ci hai accordato.

by Mauro Ferro ( at February 23, 2017 11:22 am

February 22, 2017

snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Blog from Antarctica

“It’s hard to leave it, isn’t is”, I heard Lonan whisper to Gry. I had just crawled inside my tent and snuggled into my sleeping bag for the night but my tent is still unzipped and I gaze out the door at a dozen dark fur seals curled up on the rocks 50 metres away, […]

by Justine at February 22, 2017 11:17 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Layered light at Loch Moidart

We paddled away from the mouth of the River Shiel on salt water for the first time on this journey.  Ahead of us Castle Tioram was lit by the afternoon sun ; we paddle this area quite frequently and I've noticed that when the sun isn't shining - a rare occurence on the west coast of Scotland :o) - the castle seems to recede into the background and can be hard to make out when paddling from the mouth of Loch Moidart. No such difficulty today and we aimed straight towards the castle and its small island.

The castle takes its name from Eilean Tioram (dry island) and this probably refers to the fact that at low water the island is connected to the mainland by a sandy spit which disappears at high tide.  A stone built castle is recorded here from the 1200's but the present building probably dates from the 13th century.  For most of its history a Clanranald stronghold, Castle Tioram is currently the subject of a stalemate between its owner who wishes to convet it to a private dwelling and Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) who wish to consolidate the ruin and preserve it for the nation.  It's a difficult situation but there may be a way forward following recent negotiations - lets hope so because while the dispute rumbles on the fabric of the building crumbles.

 At the seaward side of the island is a beautiful little beach of shell sand and coral - complete with a rocky arm to form a sun trap.  Second luncheon was proposed and carried by a unanimous majority...  We took off layers of clothing as we sat eating lunch in the warm sunshine, Douglas took this to the logical conclusion and enjoyed a swim in water which he reported as warm (for a given value of warmth - and as compared to the chill of deep Loch Shiel!).  We three joined Douglas in taking a restorative dram of Jura 10 year old, after all, we were in no hurry as we were waiting for the tide to rise sufficiently to allow up to paddle through the north channel of Loch Moidart.

 The southeastern tip of Eilean Shona still bears scars from the severe winter storms of a couple of years ago which blew down trees, stripped branches and even lifted the thin layer of turf on the shoreline rocks.

 We'd left some of our own layers off in the warm afternoon sunshine and as we passed behind Riska Island and into the wide inner part of Loch Moidart, layers of low inland cloud building in the warmth began to produce an unusual effect......

 .....of alternating light and shade - at first confined to a narrow area.....

 ...but widening gradually to encompass a sweep of tree, water and hill in layers of light.

Tranistory and unusual, my photographs don't really do justice to the alternating effect and it lasted just a few minutes before the clouds moved enough to change the scene.

We paddled on towards what appears to be a closed corner of Loch Moidart, but where we knew the North Channel lay between sun and shadow.

by Ian Johnston ( at February 22, 2017 10:06 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

En eftermiddag på berget

Idag tog vi oss en go promenad ute på Kullaberg. Skapligt blåsigt men lä i skogen och på ost/nord-sidan där vi hängde. Kul att traska ner till Nimis, Arxs och Ladonien igen, länge sen vi var där. Nimis brann i slutet av november 2016 men det fanns mycket kvar. Tänkte tanken att det kanske skulle...

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by Pia Sjöstedt at February 22, 2017 06:38 pm


Quando gli allievi crescono...

E' sempre molto emozionante veder crescere i propri allievi, specie quando sono motivati, appassionati e determinati a fare sempre meglio. Giuseppe s'è avviato da oltre un anno lungo il percorso per diventare 4 stelle sea kayak Leader e si è impegnato a fondo: dopo un incontro a Genova prima delle feste, un lunedì di gennaio ci siamo incontrati anche a Portofino per mettere a punto le tecniche di conduzione del gruppo prima dell'esame finale previsto a Jersey a fine mese... Diventerà un grande kayak. Anzi, lo è già!

Giuseppe dirige il briefing d'inizio giornata con Angelo e Luca...
Giuseppe sotto le scogliere di Portofino...
Giuseppe salvato da Luca in una voluta inversione di ruoli
It's always ggod to see growing up your sea kayak students, expecially when they are passionate and motivate. Giuseppe is one of them, involved since last year in the 4* sea kayak Leader process: he paddled every single week and he organized a first meeting in Genoa before Christmas and a new one near Portofino just after the holydays. He wanted to work on leadership skills: he will become a great kayaker. Well, he's already very good! 

by Tatiana Cappucci ( at February 22, 2017 05:04 pm
Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

Kokatat – SGS USA Presenting Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Kokatat Watersports Wear will be the major presenting sponsor at Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in 1971 and has since gone on to be one of the most trusted brands of sea kayak clothing and equipment internationally. Today, more than 90% of Kokatat’s global sales are generated from apparel and accessories manufactured locally by locals in Arcata, CA.

Both Helen and Mark have been Kokatat Brand Ambassadors since 2008, and throughout all our teaching and travel adventures, we have found that Kokatat is the finest and most durable paddling apparel in the world.

Kokatat has also been supporting both UK Storm Gathering and Storm Gathering USA symposiums as far back as 2008, and we feel honored to be continually connected with this great Humboldt-based manufacturer.

This year, Kokatat will be opening up it’s factory to symposium participants, providing a unique insight into how it’s all done behind the scenes.

Jeff Turner, Kokatat’s Sales/Marketing/Design Manager will speaking on the Saturday evening about the history of the company and it’s continued impact on the paddlesports community.

Kokatat has also provide some major prizes for the event raffle including a Passage Anorak, a OuterCore Habanero Liner, a Poseidon PFD, a Tactic pack AND hydration reservoir, and Woolcore Long Sleeve Shirt.

So now is the time to get into the water with Storm Gathering USA 2017 and Kokatat this March in Trinidad, CA. See you soon Storm Paddlers!


by helen at February 22, 2017 03:01 pm

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

Kokatat - Pure Gold

We are pleased to announce that Kokatat Watersports Wear will be the major presenting sponsor at Storm Gathering USA 2017.
Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in 1971 and has since gone on to be one of the most trusted brands of sea kayak clothing and equipment internationally. Today, more than 90% of Kokatat’s global sales are generated from apparel and accessories manufactured locally by locals in Arcata, CA.
Both Helen and Mark have been Kokatat Brand Ambassadors since 2008, and throughout all our teaching and travel adventures, we have found that Kokatat is the finest and most durable paddling apparel in the world.

Kokatat has also been supporting both UK Storm Gathering and Storm Gathering USA symposiums as far back as 2008, and we feel honored to be continually connected with this great Humboldt-based manufacturer.
This year, Kokatat will be opening up it’s factory to symposium participants, providing a unique insight into how it’s all done behind the scenes. 
Jeff Turner, Kokatat’s Sales/Marketing/Design Manager will speaking on the Saturday evening about the history of the company and it’s continued impact on the paddlesports community. 
Kokatat has also provide some major prizes for the event raffle including a Passage Anorak, a OuterCore Habanero Liner, a Poseidon PFD, a Tactic pack AND hydration reservoir, and Woolcore Long Sleeve Shirt.
So now is the time to get into the water with Storm Gathering USA 2017 and Kokatat this March in Trinidad, CA. See you soon Storm Paddlers!
Contact us directly if you still wish to attend the event.

by Mark Tozer ( at February 22, 2017 03:00 pm

Who’s Teaching You? Ben Lawry.

The rather bodacious Ben Lawry will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Storm Paddling Essentials (with Mark Tozer)

Session 3: Moderate Water Boat Handling (with Jeff Laxier)
Saturday Evening: Master of Ceremony
Session 4: Developing Boat Control

Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

by Mark Tozer ( at February 22, 2017 02:58 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

A Salutation

It will still be an hour or so before the sky begins to get lighter. The rain has stopped for now, but the sky is only gray, lumpy clouds and there’s no reason to think that we’ll actually see the sun at any point today. Everything is at least a little damp, a little cold, and the forecast for the next few days calls for it to get down below freezing again. Spring has not sprung here yet, not quite.

As part of the kayak guidebook rewrite process, I’ve been looking through some of the things from years ago that I’ve written about the area. Shades of Gray was the book that came out in the time between the South Sound and North Sound guidebooks and it has been a little like time travel to see these areas again through my descriptions of 20 years ago. There are places that have grown and changed and those that have not, just as some things about myself have evolved while other things have remained constant. There are some interesting comparisons.

I don’t remember exactly why I included an ancient salutation to the sun on the dedication page at the beginning of the book, but I did. And this morning, before the day really gets started, I’m glad I did. It’s worth reprinting here…

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.



by Ken Campbell at February 22, 2017 12:59 pm

February 21, 2017

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Going with the flow

We left Eilean Fhianain with a brisk easterly breeze at our backs - one of the reasons we'd chosen this particular trip was the predominantly easterly wind which was forecast - it would either be at our backs or we'd be sheltered on the west coast.

A last look back towards the mountains of Loch Shiel.......

...and then steadily onwards along the stretch of water which isn't quite Loch Shiel and isn't yet ruly the River Shiel.  Shallow water lined with salt marsh, this is a great place for waterfowl and waders to feed and to rest.

Talking of feeding and resting.....

....we landed near the jetty at Acharacle in order to check out the options for first luncheon.  Acharacle (Torquil's ford) is named for a Norse leader who was killed here along with all his men in a battle with Somerled, Lord of the Isles in 1120.  Torquil's men found the water too deep to cross and they were killed making a last stand near this spot.

We walked up the small road which leads from the wooden jetty to the village shops......where we had a choice of eating in at the Acharacle Tearoom or purchasing lunch to eat outside the Bakery. 

As we were in our paddling clothes - and it was anyway such a nice morning - we chose to eat outside the Bakery.  The coffee and Foccaccia bread are particularly recommended by your reviewers!

Acharacle is a handy stop in this area, it has a couple of options for food, a shop, and public toilets with a tap outside for topping up water.

Fuelled up and rested, we got back on the water, our boats being drawn along by the now noticeable current towards the fine triple arched road bridge over the River Shiel, built in 1935.  The footings of the bridge supports were clear of the water which certainly hadn't been the case on our winter trip, and the river flow was markedly less too.

Shortly after the road bridge the river narrows quickly and swings into a rocky gorge.  At the end, the old bridge crosses the river at the point of a ninety degree left bend.  Built by Thomas Telford in 1804, it was too narrow to carry motor vehicles and was replaced as a road bridge by the 1935 version.  You can walk from the road to this bridge and cross it, but the south side is private property.

Beneath the bridge is a small rapid where the water runs over a rocky shelf - with more water in the river it can prove exciting, but as the level was quite low it was little more than a quickening of the flow.

The rapid marks the end of the narrow section, the water slows and the river becomes wide and shallow.  A wooded hill makes a lovely backdrop to a very relaxing section of the trip where we were able to just go with the flow in the literal sense.

If making this journey when the water level is relatively high, it's good to know that there are a couple of potential egress points to allow a portage around the tidal fall where the river empties into the sea.  The first is at a gauging station marked by wires crossing above the water - we used this during our winter trip when the river was quite full.

The second point is a small patch of flat grass jutting out into the river, which Douglas, Lorna and I used to land and carry our boats up to the track alongside the water; Mike found a spot further down again, but after that there's just one option immediately above the falls - miss it and you're committed....

We put the boats on the trolleys we carried specifically for this section and portaged along the estate track through woods of beech and pine - despite pulling the boats this was a very pleasant section.  Once again the trolleys (three KCS Expedition models and one Lomo model) proved their worth and performed faultlessly.

A short detour to view the tidal fall is well worth the effort - if only to assess whether you feel it could have been paddled.  The drop from river to sea is the result of isostatic rebound, the continued rising of the land in this part of Scotland following the release of ice from the last ice age.  The fall itself is affected by two things; the amount of water in the river and the height of tide - in simple terms, when the tide is low the river has further to drop.  On neither occasion we've been here have we felt the slightest inclination to run the fall in fully laden sea kayaks......

This is the fall in comparatively low river levels but also a low tide.......

.....and this is the fall on our winter trip with more water in the river but a higher tide. 

Immediately beyond the point where the river ends, we arrived at the shore of Loch Moidart.  We carried our boats down over a patch of saltmarsh to place them, for the first time on this journey, into salt water.

by Ian Johnston ( at February 21, 2017 09:23 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
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Launching date for North America is Saturday, March 25th 2017!

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Hmmmm, I’m sure I had already written such a post about my planned launching date? Somehow gone…here it is once again:

My first launching for my North American circumnavigation will be on Saturday, March 25th 2017, 9am, Eddie Vine Boat Ramp in Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, WA.

All paddlers and friends are very much welcome to join me on my first miles up the Puget Sound!

Any motivated paddler who likes to spend any time of my trip more than a few miles beside me is also welcome to send me an e-mail! Ladies preferred 

That picture is from my New Zealand circumnavigation 2007, where I was happy about the help of two friends to get through that massive dumper…in the last picture, John is looking a bit stunned about where I might have been gone? I was inside that small shower…upright…

Bild könnte enthalten: eine oder mehrere Personen, Ozean, Wasser, im Freien und Natur

Bild könnte enthalten: eine oder mehrere Personen, Ozean, im Freien, Wasser und Natur

Bild könnte enthalten: eine oder mehrere Personen, Ozean, Wasser, im Freien und Natur


by Freya at February 21, 2017 11:26 am

The journey begins!

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At least for my first kayak…

I dropped it yesterday at the export wrapping company KLEX Klaus Exportverpackungen GmbH who volunteered to put it into a wooden box for maximum protection on the cargo flight to Seattle. Thanks very much to Martin Klaus and his team!

Now ILG Interline Luftfracht GmbH with Mike Böttcher, organized by René Fritsche, is in charge for the cargo flight! Thanks to both!

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by Freya at February 21, 2017 10:54 am

“Lady of Liberty”

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“Lady of Liberty” – see you back in New York in about 8 to 10 years or such!


Every BIG TRIP starts with a small step…my flight is booked now, arriving March 9th in Seattle.

My talking dates prior to my launch are also all set now:

Vancouver 16.3., thanks to Bob Putnam and Amy Harris from Deep Cove Outdoors for organizing!

Victoria 17.3., thanks to Brian Henry and Stephanie from Ocean River for organizing!

Portland 21.3., thanks to Paul Kuthe and Suzi Elle and Dave Slover from Alder Creek Kayak Canoe for organizing!

Seattle 24.3., thanks to Donald Cheyette from Seattle Adventure Sports for organizing and Outdoor Research Retail Store for hosting!

Thanks to my good old friend Chris Christopher Cunningham/ ex-Sea Kayaker Magazine editor, hosting me and looking after me in Seattle!


by Freya at February 21, 2017 10:52 am

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

1860s Woodland paddle update

Here's an update regarding a beautiful antique paddle dated to circa 1860...

circa 1860
74 x 6 1/2 in.
Estimate : $500 - $700
Realized : $1,600
Traces of red and grey paint.
Engraved and stained decoration of top of grip

Originally listed as sold on the Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers auction site (May 23, 2009 Past Auction catalogue), the paddle appears to have been resold though Antique Associates at West Townsend, Inc. Scrolling down the AAAWT's Native American Folk Art page the identical paddle, previously listed as "Woodlands Canoe (Ottawa?)", has now been identified as "Probably Maine, Likely Penobscot".

Woodlands Indian Canoe Paddle
Length 74-1/4"
Probably Maine, Likely Penobscot, Circa 1860
Chip, notch and scratch carved decoration, ridged; birch, thinning red stain - SOLD

This paddle has been also been featured in a dated exhibition catalog. Pleasing the spirits : a catalogue of a collection of American Indian art  by Ewing, Douglas C (1982) described this paddle on page 384, plate 473. Both the exhibition catalog and the previous Stair listing showcase a delicate etchings on one side of the grip face - a triangular etchings with a linear motif culminating in a round pattern encircling a diamond motif. Tiny round notches occur along the sides of the grip at approximately the half way point where the grip scallops down to the shaft.

The new listing has closeups of the grip but only showcase the upper portion...

Fortunately, the listing also includes the decoration on the other side, previously undocumented to the best of my knowledge. This pattern features some scrolls at the top with chip carved notches carved in a border pattern.

by Murat ( at February 21, 2017 09:41 am

February 20, 2017

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Stones, bones and clear tones on the island of Finan the Leper

We were up and about early at our camp on the shore of Loch Shiel, the cool air of post dawn a reminder that the season was turning.  It was cool rather than cold though and there was no sense of needing to get moving to warm up.

 The morning sun was beginning to rise above the hills on the east shore of the loch as we finished packing, though our beach remained in deep shade. 

 By the time we were about ready the morning clouds were beginning to burn off....

 ....and it looked set to be a fine autumn day. 

 After a short distance we came to the narrow twist which marks the end of Loch Shiel proper, and a distinct change in scenery.  We'd been journeying through rugged and wild mountain scenery, ahead lay lower ground with wider views towards the sea.  The narrow bend as the loch finds its way from the mountains is almost blocked by a small island - the terminal moraine of the glacier which ground out Loch Shiel.

Eilean Fhianain (Finan's Island) may be small and unspectacular from a distance, but it has a wealth of interest and history and there was no way we were going to pass by without exploring a little of it.  Finan was an early Celtic saint who is believed to have lived from around 520 to 600AD.  Details of his life are uncertain but he seems to have followed Columba from Ireland and became Abbot of a small monastery on the island now named after him.  He is believed to have evangelised much of Argyllshire, but considering that his name crops up all over Scotland - as well as the obvious Glenfinnan and Kilfinnan, there is a St Finzean's Fair in Perth and a Finzean as far away as Aberdeenshire, he must have travelled extensively

Known as "Finan the Leper" from the disease which afflicted him, he seems to have favoured small islands on lochs; he is also recorded as the founder of at Inisfallen on Lough Leane in Ireland's County Kerry.  Finan died, it is thought, at Clonmore in his native Ireland.

 We'd visited Eilean Fhianain on our winter trip in 2014 and found it to be a gem of a place.  That visit had been made in brilliant sunshine, this one in quite different lighting, but the place still had an air of peace.  We passed the gravestones which appear very old but in fact are probably 18th century......

 ....and stopped to admire the cross commemorating Rev Charles McDonald, priest of the diocese of Argyll and the Isles.  I hadn't noticed on our previous visit, but many of the trees on the island are Rowans, the tree of protection. 

 The sides of the column bear fine sculptures in the distinctive Celtic style, and there's a clear difference between the weathering on the western side of the cross which faces the prevailing weather.....

 ....and those on the more sheltered eastern face, these tail-chasing beasts and intertwined snakes are still in sharp relief. 

Note: Our friend Leif  has pointed out that the bodies of the snakes seem to form the letters "V" and "M" - it would be fascinating to know whether this was deliberate or a coincidence of pattern; and if deliberate what the letters represent.

 The ruined chapel near to the highest point of the island has an intact altar slab, behind which a very old stone cross occupies the niche, and a wooden boat-shaped object upon which small offerings of coins had been left.  A rummage in our pockets produced some coins to add to the amount.

But it is the bell which captures the imagination -  seamlessly cast in bronze, it has lain here for almost eleven centuries.  It takes a moment for that to sink in....produced in the 10th century, it has survived all the long tumult of history intact.  Nowadays secured by a small chain, one can clearly see the marks on the altar slab where the bell has rested.

Not only is the bell still intact, it remains fully functional -  Douglas' video of it being rung catches the clear tone.

 If St Finan's bell is the jewel of the island, nature has provided a few of her own.  It's amazing how often the walls of ruined churches are studded with the blue flowers of Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis), here growing intertwined with a fern.

We continued over the island from the ruined chapel and Lorna found a remarkable grave-slab half concealed below the grass.   We cleared the grass a little to find......

 ...a very definite image of mortality carved in stone.  It seems that our predecessors were altogether less reticent about portraying death in this way - it's a fascinating grave if a little startling to the modern eye.

 As we made our way back to the boats we passed a much more recent grave, well tended and laid with flowers, backed with a bush fired with intense autumn colour.

This small island had proved well worth a second exploration - and on future visits we'll stop here again without doubt.

We got back on the water as a breeze sprang up, clearing the cloud quickly.  The mountains lay behind us, and ahead lay a river and the sea.....

by Ian Johnston ( at February 20, 2017 09:56 pm

Essex Explorations
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Video Short – Cushman Lake and the Olympic Mountains

Cushman Lake

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by Steve Weileman at February 20, 2017 04:19 pm
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Video - The OMM and Ramsay Record Attempt on TV Soon

I'm delighted to say I shot quite a lot of this Adventure Show.

It's currently on the BBC iPlayer.

The OMM is a superb mountain marathon event which was challenging to shoot, so I expect it was fairly challenging to race!

However, the photo alongside comes from an extended feature which I'm really keen to see.  Donnie Campbell (the guy in front of my camera) was trying to run 24 Munro mountains in 24 hours - the famous Ramsay Round.

I certainly did not run the whole way!  I covered the bits where Donnie reached roads and stopped briefly to resupply.  My GoPro cameras went further in the hands of Donnie's support runners.  I also had the enjoyable task of shooting an interview with Charlie Ramsay, the chap who devised the challenge.  There's a little clip from this feature at the end of the trailer below.

by Simon Willis ( at February 20, 2017 03:16 pm

February 19, 2017

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

Påfyll med snø, og Vikøya i boks

I dag skulle jeg egentlig på trugetur i marka. Har en plan om å ikke bare padle i år, nemlig. Disse trege kajakkene man sitter fast i har fjernet all kondis, noe må gjøres med det. Men i dag var det så dårlig sikt ute, at jeg fant det bedre å ta en padletur langs fjæra, da vet jeg i hvert fall hvor jeg er. Dessuten var tørrdrakten enklere å få på enn gammelt turtøy som har krympet mistenkelig mye...

Hjemme var det ikke et vindpust, ellers fint.

Det var mye fugl å se i dag. Mange flokker ærfugl, skarv, teist, ørn, måker så klart, og fjæreplytter. Dessverre verken praktærfugl eller alkekonge. Nå er det lenge siden jeg har sett dem.

En liten pitstop ved Verholmen. Dro videre nokså tvert, her var det lite å finne på.

Jeg kom på at Vikøya jo er en 10 på skjæret-post, så jeg satte kursen dit. Bølgehøyden økte fra 0 til 15 cm, mer skal det ikke til før tempoet mitt øker. Alt er bedre enn peise flatt. 

Posten er i boks!

Dette er en annen furuklynge på øya. Neste gang jeg skal campe i hengekøye på øya, tror jeg sannelig at jeg skal prøve disse her. De så kule ut. Men den prikken til venstre i bildet, det må da være dagens ørn?

Joda. Og da jeg padlet bittelitt videre dukket det opp en ørn i et tre også. Det er nesten bankers å se ørn her på øya.

På enden av øya ble det nok en pitstopp, her med kakao. Den rare tingen oppi er en tangpinne som jeg brukte for å røre ut pulveret. Sto fint i stil til kakaoen. (Spork var glemt hjemme...)

Etter å ha rundet Vikøya satte jeg kursen til Jennestad Handelssted. Det var høyt nok vann til å komme seg under brua, men her har de jammen satt opp en sperre! Slipp meg inn! Niks. Nuvel, ser ut som det ligger en del is så det hadde vel ikke blitt så mye padling her uansett.

Det kom sigende noe nesten svart inn fra siden... Hm.

Tenkte jeg det ikke. Rart at skyer med snø er mer svarte enn kritthvite. Men snø var det.

Mye snø ble det. Men det var egentlig ganske fint, alt ble jo hvitt. 

Jeg kom ikke så langt opp her, dessverre. En eller annen gang skal jeg komme meg så langt opp at jeg får padlet under hovedveien. Men det ble ikke i dag heller.

Vinter-kamo på kajakken.

Wohoi!!! Et glimt av nesten blå himmel!

Pipipipiiip. Fjæreplytt. Så nesten ti stykker tilsammen på turen tror jeg.

Nå gikk det små elinger på andre siden av sundet, men de nådde ikke meg. Krysset ikke sundet i dag siden det var tidvis så tette byger. 

Bortover mot brua var det jo nesten så det klarnet opp, rett og slett. 

Dette skulle bli et kult bilde med veldig flott lys, men det skjønte ikke kameraet helt. Lavvoen er i hvert fall penere i vinterdrakt. 

Da jeg gikk i land hjemme viste det seg at den her hadde sneket seg innpå meg, helt uten at jeg hadde hørt den. Kanskje ikke så rart, for den lille vinden hadde snudd så jeg hadde et vindpust rett inn i ørene det siste stykket. 

Kom i land i tide, før denne nye elingen på tur inn nordfra. Fin tur, dessverre fikk jeg ikke invitert noen med, siden jeg trodde jeg skulle noe helt annet til jeg begynte å kle på meg drakten. Nuvel, neste gang kanskje.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at February 19, 2017 06:18 pm

vincent kayak

aukaneck weekend

no, not what attaches the head to the body of an extinct bird
.....but a new paddle from gearlab
i liked it over three surfs in one weekend
(the bare minimum to get you through a working week)
and have a feeling i will keep on liking it..... : )
check out the vid link below!
(for the curious, clips are mixed within the days but not between days....and yes, i did surf 2 boats saturday morning >>>> i just hate the way the fins on my surf kayak get stuck on the shallow sand bank as the tide drops)


by vincent ( at February 19, 2017 11:36 am

snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Justine awarded “Media Professional’ at World Paddle Awards

I am so excited to be able to finally tell you that I was voted the winner of the Media Professional category at the “World Paddle Awards” today. The organisers told me the fantastic news back in November so I would have time to arrange travelling to Portugal to pick up the ‘golden paddle’ award, […]

by Justine at February 19, 2017 09:00 am

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!)

Back to the Seals - another paddle to visit the seals at Swinburne!

I can hardly believe that it's been a month since I got to help organize a paddle with friends from Sebago and the North Brooklyn Boat Club to go see the seals who've chosen Swinburne Island in the lower harbor as their winter home. It ended up being a truly amazing paddle, there was no wind at all and shortly after we set out, snow began to fall heavily enough that compasses came in very handy. When we got to Swinburne, curious seals were popping their heads up out of the glassy calm water to check us out all over the place! Sealwatching paddles are funny that way, they wouldn't be nearly as much fun if the seals weren't evidently nearly as interested in watching paddlers as the paddlers are in watching seals.

The North Brooklyn folks were the ones to first suggest that trip, and in addition to seeing the seals,they were interested in seeing Coney Island Creek (specifically the Yellow Submarine) and getting in a little mileage, so we launched from Kaiser Park at the western end of Coney. This meant crossing the lower harbor from Coney Island to Staten Island a little ways below the Verrazano Narrows, which makes for a trip requiring rock-solid intermediate skills under good conditions. You are crossing a major shipping channel, the tidal currents can be very strong, and if the wind kicks up, you can get some very large chop building up very quickly while you're out there. Our forecast in January was for pretty much no wind, which was great (and part of why I was so eager to make it happen); our main weather problem was the low visibility caused by the snow, which we were able to handle. The other main challenge with that version of the paddle was that Swinburne and Hoffman are not takeout friendly, so anyone who wanted to go along had to be sure that they would be comfortable in their boat for the duration of the trip. With all of that, the group that ended up coming along was limited to more experienced paddlers.

Fortunately for those who would've liked to come but didn't feel comfortable with that day's float plan, Steve H. (Sebago's "Paddling Chef", I've blogged about many great paddles with him, love paddling with him!) decided that it would be fun to run a quieter version of the same trip, launching from Staten Island and cutting out the whole channel-crossing ringmarole. He'd first tried to do it the day after the longer one in January (I was fine with that, I kind of liked the idea of two levels of paddle going on the same weekend) but he'd decided to try just a day or two before the weekend, and I guess people already had plans, because it didn't go off. I was hoping he would give it another try, and when the weather forecast starting showing some really nice weather for the President's Day weekend, he did! This time he got the notice out much earlier in the week, and we had a great crew go out today. It was a special treat to paddle with Sebago commodore emeritus Phil G again - he and his wife moved out of NYC a few years back and he now primarily paddles with the excellent Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, and we all miss him at Sebago - and he brought his signature Fig Newtons to share, just like the good old days! So much fun.

The weather was amazing, the sky was a glorious blue with wispy clouds, the sun sparkled on the surface, the water wasn't quite glassy this time but I don't think the winds even got up to the low end of the 7 to 11 kts I'd seen when I checked the forecast last night, and yes, the seals were as inquisitive about us as they'd been in January. In fact when we rafted up for an on-water lunch break, they seemed to get especially curious - we don't know if they were more comfortable with us when we were all sitting still in one place, or if the noise of our hulls bumping together got their attention, but it seemed like all through that break, there were always at least two or three little round heads in sight, and they got a little closer than they'd been when we were underway. We paddled about 5 miles all told and were on the water for about 2 and a half hours - with the cruising speed of a trained kayaker generally being about 3 knots per hour, that will tell you how much time we spent just sitting and looking! What a wonderful day.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the day. Click any picture for a slideshow view. For more, click here to visit my Flickr album. 

by (bonnie) at February 19, 2017 05:03 am

February 18, 2017


Nuevo patrocinador personal .... Omei

En el terreno de la esponsorización, hay dos modos de patrocinio, a proyectos o a personas. Desde el año pasado, cuento con el patrocinio de Fun Run kayaks, en lo referente a las embarcaciones, colaborando con la marca para eventuales mejoras de sus productos. Ahora se completa el proceso con la esponsorización de Omei en lo referente al equipo personal. 

Poco hay que decir de Omei, una institución y referente en kayak, unos apasionados de esto de palear, que empezaron construyendo embarcaciones en un garaje en 1980, y que con el paso de los años han ido ampliando instalaciones y líneas de negocio. Actualmente su baza más fuerte es la importación y distribución de kayaks y equipamiento, de marcas de reconocido prestigio, con más de 100 puntos de venta de sus productos en España. 

Con Patxi, en las instalaciones de Lezo.

Ya hablando de cosas concretas, diseño de equipo, opiniones etc..

Para mi, es un auténtico honor llevar su marca conmigo a partir de ahora en todas mis actividades. 

by Jose Bello ( at February 18, 2017 11:26 pm

La radio en el chaleco

A lo largo de los años he gastado bastantes chalecos.... Hasta ahora he usado modelos específicos de kayak de mar, siempre de alta gama (me gusta lo bueno, es un problema que tengo). En estos momentos sin embargo he cambiado a un modelo de aguas bravas muy técnico, pues tiene una distribución de volúmenes muy buena, y es perfecto para maniobras y meterse en líos, por su comodidad. Eso si, prescindo del arnés, pues los remolques largos y cortos en mar no lo precisan, al usar mis propios cabos. 

Los buenos chalecos de mar tienen un espacio destinado al walkie, que suele ser un bolsillo específico, con salida para la antena y además la opción de llevarlo fuera en algún enganche multiuso (cuchillo walkie etc...).

En mi opinión la radio, como elemento de seguridad que es, debe estar accesible en todo momento y utilizable con una mano, pues es muy posible que necesitemos la otra para otras cuestiones. Además, el mayor problema que tenemos los kayakistas en el uso del VHF es nuestra poca altura sobre el agua. Independientemente de la potencia de salida de nuestro equipo, el alcance y la recepción está fundamentalmente condicionadas por la altura de la antena, pues las ondas de radio se propagan de manera que hay comunicación entre dos puntos si no hay ningún objeto entre ellos. Basta con que tengamos olas para tener problemas. Por eso, la antena debemos llevarla siempre lo más alta posible. Para mi, el sitio está en la hombrera del chaleco, lado izquierdo preferiblemente, pues esquimoteo normalmente por la derecha.

Los chalecos de aguas bravas no suelen tener espacio para fijar el walkie, por lo que hago esta entrada para mostrar una de las muchas maneras que hay de preparar un sistema para llevar nuestro equipo de radio.

Soy bastante maniático con el material, normalmente, cuando estreno chaleco, lo primero que hago es ajustarlo a la mayor comodidad, y le doy un par de puntadas a las correas para que ya no se muevan. El chaleco lo llevo muy alto, necesito la cintura libre para los movimientos en las maniobras y espacio para que el cabo de remolque que llevo en su bolsa a la cintura no tropiece con el chaleco y moleste.

Pues bien, entrando ya en materia, lo más simple para disponer de un enganche para la patilla del walkie es usar una hebilla sencilla de la medida adecuada. Puede ser metálica o de plástico.

Hay diferentes formas de sujetar la hebilla a la hombrera, para mi la mas limpia es utilizar una cinta cosida a la hebilla, que fijamos por detrás de la hombrera haciéndola pasar por el mismo canal de las cintas del propio chaleco.

La cinta negra de la hebilla la cosemos por detrás, a la propia cinta de la hombrera. Podemos ajustar la longitud a nuestro gusto. Todo queda recogido, sin posibilidad de enganchones. En nuestra hombrera izquierda ya tenemos una pieza plástica en donde entra la patilla del walkie, y queda a la altura que mas nos conviene. 

Aún nos queda una última cosa. Para asegurar que el aparato no se mueve de su sitio, aunque estemos dando volteretas bajo una ola orillera con mala leche, lo mejor es disponer un poco más abajo de la hebilla de un anillo de cabo elástico. Para mi el diámetro ideal es 4 mm, la longitud será la que de un buen ajuste al cuerpo del walkie, una vez en tensión.
Para evitar nudos, lo mejor es coser el cabo elástico, cubriendo el empalme con un trozo de funda termorretractil, que nos asegura una buena terminación. De todas maneras el empalme no se verá pues queda detrás de la cinta. Si somos muy mijitas, un par de puntadas aquí también lo dejan en el sitio para siempre. 

Se puede ver el resultado, sin walkie, que estéticamente no es malo. El anillo de cabo elástico queda recogido cuando no está en uso por debajo de la hebilla grande de la cinta.

Con el walkie sujeto, la situación es muy accesible y no molesta en ninguna maniobra.

by Jose Bello ( at February 18, 2017 11:26 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Uppsprickande på Skälderviken

I morse/förmiddags tog vi en skridskosväng på Västersjön. Minusgrader i natt men annars plus. Igår när jag kvällsåkte var det 5mm vatten på isen, kändes som att åka på öppet vatten. Idag lite skrovligare men fortfarande fint även om isen börjar ta stryk. Dimmigt som tusan. På eftermiddagen tog jag en sväng på Skälderviken, skapligt dimmigt där...

Inlägget Uppsprickande på Skälderviken dök först upp på

by Erik Sjöstedt at February 18, 2017 06:19 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Two Steps Back

For all the giant steps forward that have been taken with regard to cleaning Puget Sound, there is always the threat of taking twice as many steps backward. It is sobering to think about how the long-term efforts of so many can be undone by the forces of nature and the collective unwillingness to do more.

Seattle’s combined stormwater/sewer system, like all the others like it in the Puget Sound watershed, is not an acceptable model for the populations and the risks involved. This news article is a few days old now, but the rain is still falling and we, as a region, are still fouling the water at a pace that will make it difficult to fully recover.

by Ken Campbell at February 18, 2017 03:26 pm

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

February 18th - Discovery Island (#11)

Dan, Rob and I went out to the Islands on a relatively calm and lightly rainy day. There was a bit of a building ebb, but not too bad. We ran into Lanny out near the boat house and paddled with him until we got to Jemmy Jones. We were treated to a nice view of the wolf in Rudlin Bay. He made no attempt to try to hide from us and did a bit of barking and howling after a while. The howls echoed around the bay! He still looks to be in great shape. We saw the Songhees patrol boat with Ian at the helm speeding along in between the islands and also a group from the Songhees that appeared to be looking at some midden deposits at the NW end of west Chatham.
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15 km, YTD 115 km.

by Mike J ( at February 18, 2017 02:25 pm

February 8th - Cadboro Bay with Gordon Brown (*#11)

I joined a group of SISKA paddlers for a intermediate paddling skills clinic with Gordon Brown of Skyak Adventures . The day was cold, windy and snowy so we tended to hunker down in the NW corner of the bay as we practiced and learned our sweeps and draws Gordon is a wonderful teacher and we all came away with things to practice and work on. It was a good experience to work on a skills clinic in less that ideal conditions!
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6 km, YTD 100 km

by Mike J ( at February 18, 2017 02:17 pm

Fotos,videos y relatos de mi navegaciones en kayak de mar


Este es mi chaleco desde hace un tiempo y en esta prueba te cuento cosas por si te interesa tenerlo tú un dia para hacer kayak de mar o pesca leer mas

February 18, 2017 12:01 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A roaring fire on the shore of Loch Shiel

Moidart's Loch Shiel is a wild place with steep slopes falling to the straight to the water- a typical glacial form.  Native deciduous woods of Oak, Rowan, Birch, Alder, Aspen and Holly clothe the lower slopes on the western shore.  The eastern shore has dense conifer forests in the upper part of the loch and mixed woodland farther down.  We kept to the western side and enjoyed warm sunshine and rich autumnal colours as we made our way down the loch.

 Passing Glenaladale, the view extended through very clear air to the hills at the head of the glen.  It was near here that Douglas, Mike and I had camped on our late winter trip in 2014.  That had been a particularly cold evening and we all added camp chairs to our kit afterward - there's a lot to be said for getting one's beam end off the ground when winter camping!

We were passed by the Glenaladale estate launch near the mouth of the river as it set out to cross the loch carrying the estate stalkers.  October is the end of the Stag stalking season and a time for estates to realise much of their annual income from guided stalking.

Looking up, we caught sight of the distinctive shape of a Golden Eagle circling in a thermal above a patch of sunlit hillside.  Douglas caught a nice image of the bird as we watched it rise effortlessly, circling coil over coil until it crossed the summit of the hill.  We could clearly see the up-tilt of the wings and the tail "feeling" the air as the eagle soared.  For all the power and impressive size of a White Tailed Eagle, the grace and mastery of a Goldie in flight is a better spectacle, I think.  In all likelihood it was searching for the "gralloch" - the intestines and stomach of the deer which had been shot.  The carcasses are usually brought from the hill but the gralloch is left.

All afternoon there had been an almost stroboscopic effect as bright sunshine alternated with fast moving clouds and one such cloud bank obscured the sun as we approached the tiny Eileanan Comhlach (possibly Islands of the Council or Meeting-place, small islands were often used as neutral meeting points in places where friction existed between neighbouring clans as any attempt at ambush was limited). 

The lighting we experienced in this spot on our winter trip had been quite different; on that day the islands had appeared to float on the water in the exceptionally calm conditions. Today couldn't match those conditions....

...but as we watched, a gap in the clouds allowed the sun to light up the island - it seemed to glow against the darker background.

One possibility for our evening camp had been a bay on the western shore of Loch Shiel, but last time we'd passed there had been cattle grazing there.  We discussed the options and decided to head for a bay on the eastern shore.  Although we'd not previously been there we felt we'd find some suitable spot to pitch our tents.  Crossing the loch gave a long sight-line back up towards Glenfinnan from where we'd set out some hours previously.

The wind began to drop in the late afternoon and we slowed down to enjoy the colours of the trees, the sun warm on our backs.

With the breeze now gone, the sounds of rutting Red Deer stags became more noticeable; an atmospheric and wonderful autumn sound.  Despite the fact that evening was rapidly approaching we felt no need to rush and stopped frequently just to absorb the wonderful light and sound show all around - it was a great evening to be out on the water.

We reached the bay we'd seen on the map with an hour or so of daylight remaining.  We found the only difficulty in finding a camping spot was choosing between a number of possible options!  Decision made, we pulled the boats a little way out of the water (no tide here, though the level of the loch can change a bit) and pitched our tents. One of the advantages of  camping in October is that there are no midges - a still evening in July or August on this spot would be a much less comfortable experience!  Prior to dinner we spread out to collect firewood, which we added to some of the logs we'd stowed in our boats........ make a small but hot fire, around which we gathered to cook our dinner.

As we intended to be out on this trip for just two nights there was space in our boats for plenty of food options.  Dinner on this evening consisted of an aperitif (a beer or glass of wine according to preference), a main course of home-made venison casserole, then potatoes baked in the embers of the fire and served with butter and salt, followed a little later by a dessert of pears, poached in brandy and served with clotted cream.

Sat around our fire, we listened to the stags roaring from the hillsides above us and from across the loch - a roaring fire in one sense.  We enjoyed the warmth of the fire long into the evening before retiring to our tents as the temperature dropped.  I slept deeply, waking just once when a stag bellowed from the opposite shore.

by Ian Johnston ( at February 18, 2017 10:09 am

Torso Rotation
An Oregon Coast Blog and Kayaking Journal


Somewhere in the Arizona desert, I pull the white whale to a crunching stop on a patch of roadside dirt, on the crest of a small hill, north of Paulden Arizona. “What are we doing out here?” “Is something wrong?” “Hey! What’s going on?” “Stars,” I say. "We have stopped to see the stars.”

by Paul Steinberg at February 18, 2017 06:44 am

February 17, 2017
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Norges vackraste kust – Helgelandskysten

För två veckor sedan frågade den Norske Turistföreningen sina facebookgillare vad de tyckte var Norges vackraste kustpärla. Redan tidigt i omröstningen stack Helgelandskusten ut och när omröstningen var klar och resultatet räknades hamnade Helgelandskusten etta och hade fått mer röster än tvåan, trean, fyran och femman tillsammans 🙂 Kul! Ja, vi gillar också Helgelandskusten men...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 17, 2017 07:25 pm

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

Historic Paddle Illustration: National Maritime Museum Mi'kmaq paddle

The  National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London has an historic illustration in its collection that might be relevant to those with an interest in traditional paddle designs.

Dated to 1750, it is thought to be the earliest accurate representation of a Mi'kmaq birchbark canoe. Included in the scale drawing is a pole gripped paddle with recurved shoulders and a pointed tip.

Description Scale 1:19.2.
A plan showing the body plan, sheer lines, and longitudinal plan for an 18ft bark canoe brought back to England for Lord Anson by Captain Henry Barnsley of HMS America (1749), in November 1750. The plan includes the outline of one of the paddles.
Date made 1750
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Additional information on the backstory of this remarkable illustration is provided by an excerpt from Adney & Chappelle.
"The early English settlers of New England and New York were acquainted with the canoe forms of eastern Indians such as the Micmac, Malecite, Abnaki, and the Iroquois. Surviving records, however, show no detailed description of these canoes by an English writer and no illustration until about 1750. At this time a bark canoe, apparently Micmac, was brought from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to England and delivered to Lord Anson who had it placed in the Boat House of the Chatham Dockyard. There it was measured and a scale drawing was made by Admiralty draftsmen; the drawing is now in the Admiralty Collection of Draughts, in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. A redrawing of this plan appears opposite. It probably represents a war canoe, since a narrow, sharp-ended canoe is shown. The bottom, neither flat nor fully round, is a rounded V-shape; this may indicate a canoe intended for coastal waters. Other drawings, of a later date, showing crude plans of canoes, exist in Europe but none yet found appear as carefully drawn as the Admiralty plan, a scale drawing, which seems to be both the earliest and the most accurate 18th-century representation of a tribal type of American Indian bark canoe."
Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America, p12 

Adney documented that Mi'kmaq and other Wabanaki canoes were well known for their elaborate ornamentation of winter bark. Shame that that the original Admiralty draftsmen didn't document if any such decoration existed on the canoe or the paddle, but that's not surprising since their obvious purpose would've been documented the lines of the hull.

For anyone interested in recreating this unique paddle shape, offsets for this paddle design can be found in Graham Warren's 100 Canoe Paddle Designs book.

by Murat ( at February 17, 2017 11:19 am

February 16, 2017
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

First Look: MyCanoe Review

MyCanoe after being built

The MyCanoe is a foldable, origami-style plastic canoe designed for easy storage and transport. This 14′ 6″ canoe folds up in a similar style to the more familiar Oru Kayak, and it packs down into two cases. The first case, created in part by parts of the canoe, measures approximately 37 inches wide by 25 inches high and 8 inches deep. The second case is soft sided. It measures about half the height of the other case. Both cases easily fit inside the trunk of a compact car such as a Toyota Corolla. The entire package weighs about 52 pounds and has a claimed capacity of 400 pounds. I had a chance to perform a first look review of the MyCanoe last fall.

MyCanoe folded into the caseMyCanoe folded up fits inside two cases that are small enough to fit into a trunk of a car.

The MyCanoe is constructed of a double-layer marine-grade polypropylene. To picture what it looks like, think plastic corrugated cardboard. Because the hull needs to fold to fit into the case, about every few feet there’s a crease in the plastic. While some of the creases were easy to fold others tended to require a bit of force. After I left it set up into the winter months, the creases were hard to bend back into the folded position. In the fall when the temps were normal it seemed to bend back into place just fine. The lesson is don’t leave it set up for a long period into the winter.

To make the canoe, you unclip two plastic side release buckles and then pull the canoe’s ends out from the folds. It’s hard to describe how this exactly works, because the engineering needed to get everything to fit is amazing. It becomes the shape of a hull in the minute it takes you to pull it apart. Just check out the picture to see it unfolded. To help form the shape, you pull several cam buckle straps until the hull firms up.

Unfolded MyCanoeMyCanoe unfolded without the gunwales installed. Note the different creases and plastic panels they create.

After the rough shape of the hull takes shape, the sides of the carrying case becomes the canoe’s floor. Then you put in four metal ribs. We used the included rubber mallet to help hammer the ribs into place. A deck folds into place at each end and a stiffener is slotted on the deck.

Next, you need to assemble the gunwales. The gunwales are a thicker plastic connected together with a metal wire. You assemble them like you’d assemble tent poles. The gunwales snap into place of the edge of the hull and are held in place with velcro straps. As you work down the hull, you continue to assemble the gunwales. We tore a velcro strap off when assembling our demo unit by pulling on it to make the hull conform into shape. We later learned an easier method of assembly (watch the video first) and we learned that the velcro isn’t there to pull on.

The final step is creating the seats and clipping them into the ribs.

MyCanoe after being builtFull assembled. Just add water.

The setup process was straightforward, especially after watching the video. It took us about 45 minutes the first time. The next time was about 30 minutes. They claim 10 minute setup time and I could see achieving those numbers with practice. I took the canoe apart and packed it up without help and found that it was harder than setting up the canoe.

Due to a crazy busy travel schedule last fall, I wasn’t able to get the canoe on the water before the lakes froze up. I hope to get another demo unit in the spring to test out. The hull shape looks fine, but until I paddle it I won’t know.

As far as a first look, I liked the canoe. Thought it was an interesting concept and look forward to being able to paddle it. The biggest thought I kept having while assembling and disassembling the canoe was when are they going to launch a Yost-designed solo canoe?

Right now, MyCanoe is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. After a few days, it’s close to fully funded. There are great prices available in the rewards, so if you think you might want to buy one make sure you consider the campaign.

Check it out here: MyCanoe Kickstarter

Disclosure of Material Connection: MyCanoe sent me a demo canoe for this review. They are also an advertiser on this website.

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by Bryan Hansel at February 16, 2017 07:34 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Solen visade sig idag med

Väderprognoserna gissade på plusgrader och gråväder idag. När vi väl kom ut på isen på Västersjön visade sig dock solen. Helt okej! Blev en go runda. Träffade dessutom på paddelpolarna Lena & Lars, trevligt! Nu verkar helg- och lovvädret ta vid med plusgrader och allmänt grått, lite synd men än finns det hopp om lite...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 16, 2017 12:15 pm


Ultimando los proyectos para 2017

Este año va a ser un año "completito", con mucha sal en la cara y luz en los ojos. En estos días cierro el planning 2017. Podréis seguir las actividades en este blog.

En la península hace malo, pero esta semana en Canarias el clima es perfecto ...... disfrutando de la Isla Bonita.

by Jose Bello ( at February 16, 2017 12:12 am

El día después

Me encanta el día siguiente a un buen temporal. El agua aún está color café con leche, pero el viento se fué.

Las olas del mar de fondo (pica) están muy presentes, ya sin espuma, pero formando toboganes, estupendas para disfrutar.

by Jose Bello ( at February 16, 2017 12:11 am

February 15, 2017

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!)

Shared Waterways Report

A snowy day in NY Harbor, heading back to Coney Island after visiting the seals at Swinburne Island. Visibility was limited, but we knew where the channel was, we made a securite call before crossing, and we weren't about to play chicken with the big guys 'cause we know they can't stop. Everything went fine and it ended up being an amazing paddle.

With both commercial and recreational boating traffic growing across the country's waterways, though, interactions don't always go this smoothly. The National Transportation Safety Board has recently come out with some recommendations, and I thought I would take a break from the pretty pictures that I've mostly been posting of late and share a link to the NTSB's press release, which includes a link to the full report (80+ pages but much of that is appendices). Interesting read - one thing that I did notice about the full report is that lack of training actually wasn't a factor in the ferry-kayak incident that's mentioned at the beginning of the report, but it did draw attention to the general issues caused by increasing numbers of boaters in the harbor, which have been the subject of many a lively debate among New York harbor users for pretty much the entire time I have counted myself among that group.

Thank you to both Nancy Brouse at the New York City and Hudson River Watertrail Associations, and Carolina Salguero at PortSide NewYork for sharing the information - I think I saw the information from both of them within about ten minutes of each other!

Added note later - excellent suggestion from an engineer friend for low-vis situations like the one we were in in the photo above, received after I shared this on Facebook: "Some advice, there are a couple of vessel tracking app's the can be run on smart phone. All though larger vessels choose to avoid low visibility conditions,they are often caught by closing weather while underway. These app's will show you who your sharing the channel with. You also have a bette chance of radio contact since you can now call the vessel by name. I use "vesselfinder". I did know you can look at ship locations online but not having a smart phone myself, I never would've thought of using an app as an on-board tool when out in murky conditions. Good stuff, thanks Tim!

by (bonnie) at February 15, 2017 09:51 pm

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Breaking Waves [07-FEB-2017]

Look! Breaking waves ahead where the birds are circling! David calls out
from his vantage point sitting high on the rear deck. Moments later we
recognize the dorsal fins of a group of dolphins. The word Dolphins is
called out frequently and more and more gather on the deck to view the
spectacle of a group of hourglass dolphins riding the bow wave and
following astern. The water is very clear to see the typical stripes on
their bodies.

I was pleased that today I was early for my watch. For the last few day
I 'enjoyed' a 'comatose' sleep whenever I lied down. Very possibly the
side effect of taking the Stugeron motion sickness tablets. Not a moment
I felt any 'queesyness' that I experienced a few times before in the
past. The captain recommends to keep taking the pills every 12 hours,
just in case.

The ocean turns from almost oily flat overnight to a bigger swell making
movement below deck difficult again. I have bumped my head numerous
times now creating a sore spot in one place, and 'bang' again, ouch!

After my shift I helped Justine prepare a potato based oven roast.
Cutting the veggies and cleaning the dishes I realize I am quite lucky
with seasickness this time. I actually enjoy doing this, despite the
repeated head bumps and 'bracing for support'.

Justine reckons another twenty minutes to go in the oven. Another nice
meal breaking the surface.

by (Axel) at February 15, 2017 05:00 pm