Paddling Planet

July 30, 2014

Arne's kajak blog
Deze blog gaat voornamelijk over de tochten die ik met mijn zeekajak maak. Ik vindt het leuk om meerdaagse kampeertochten te maken. Een kajak is daarvoor een prima vervoermiddel. Het gewone leventje is me druk genoeg. Met mijn kajak zoek ik de rust op en kom ik op mooie plekken waar ik anders nooit zou komen.

De Wieden

Een 3 daagse tocht door het gebied 'De Wieden'. Ik ben gestart in het plaatsje 'Belt-Schutsloot'.


De route.
Ik start in het plaatsje 'Belt-Schutsloot'. Daar is een parkeerplaats naast een slootje vlak bij de kano route.
Er zijn in dit gebied drie zogenaamde 'kanokampeerplekken'. Daar mag je kamperen, er zijn geen voorzieningen.



Zoek de hond......
Tweede vaardag.



Het plaatsje Dwarsgracht. Net zoiets als Giethoorn, maar minder toeristisch en daardoor leuker.
Er is een terras aan het water..., ik lust wel een uitsmijter!



Camping 'De Muggenbeet' is het einddoel voor de tweede vaardag.
Ik kan kiezen uit macaroni......, of...........
Geen geknoei met de Trangia vandaag, er is een restaurant naast de camping waar je erg lekker kan eten.
's Avonds loop ik wat rond. Ze zijn rondom die camping druk bezig met natuurverbindingen. Ik heb zo'n idee dat dit het einde betekent van de kleine camping. Volgens mij gaat het er dwars overheen.Ik dorst het niet aan de oude camping beheerder te vragen.
Geen last van buren.
De volgende ochtend. Ontbijtje maken, broodjes bakken in de grote pan. Als er iets met eten gebeurt dan zit Toby op de eerste rij!
Derde vaardag. Het gebied is prachtig.

Dit was nieuw voor me. Een 'zelf bedienings' stuw. Nu buiten gebruik.

Nog een pauze op eiland 'Kerkhof, ik verzin het niet.
Het plaatsje Belt-Schutsloot. Ik ben bijna terug bij de auto en kom terecht in een schoolklas die een dagje aan het kano varen is.

Het was een mooie tocht, de foto's spreken voor zich. Ik heb lekker rustig rondgekeken in het mooie rustige gebied. Ik heb heel veel geslapen: eerste nacht 10 uur en de tweede nacht 9,5

Dit was een selectie van de foto's, alle foto's zijn te zien in mijn Picasa album. Klik op onderstaand plaatje.

click the pic below for the whole Picasa album

De Wieden

by Arne (noreply@blogger.com) at July 30, 2014 05:03 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.

Jackson Square

Jackson SquareCamera Settings

Jackson Square – Summary

Although I’m fortunate enough to travel with my jobs and hobbies, I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like with my family. This trip to one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, with wife and daughter were one of those rare wonderful exceptions. Seeing the look on Shantee’s face as she absorbed all the very different sights, sounds, and smells made the trip all the more memorable. Much of it was, I suspect, overwhelming for her, but without a doubt she enjoyed the experience and I was happy to share it with her.

The post Jackson Square appeared first on Essex Media Exploration.

by Steve Weileman at July 30, 2014 02:17 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Primus ETA Lite – smidig vattenkokare

Primus Eta Lite

Primus Eta Lite

Primus Eta Lite kom i en ny version i våras. Ett toppmonterat kök med mycket kompakt brännare, piezotändare och kokkärl med Primus ETA-teknik, alltså med inbyggd lameller/värmeväxlare i botten.

Egentligen inget supernytt det här med kompakta allt-i-ett-kök, där JetBoil var först ute (tror jag) för drygt tio år sedan. Med detta Eta Lite har Primus gjort brännaren ännu kompaktare vilket gör köket lägre och därmed mer stabilt och mer kompakt att packa. Primus har även en smidig ”bajonett”-koppling mellan brännare och kastrull vilket gör de lätta att dela på och sätta ihop.

Vi har använt Eta Lite under några helgturer- och dagsturer senaste månaderna och det funkar riktigt bra. Kan inte jämföra med andra liknande kök då det nog är 7-8 år sedan vi hade ett ganska tidigt JetBoil. Den här typen av kök är klart smidigast att använda som just vattenkokare, då grytan är ganska liten och smal för att möjliggöra någon mer avancerad matlagning. Men kör man bara påsmat funkar det perfekt, köket värmer snabbt upp en halvliter vatten. Väldigt smidigt som kaffe- och tekök när man ”måste” ha dryck snabbt. På dagsturerna är det perfekt, då det är lätt och knappt tar mer plats än än mattermos.

Brännare, lock och kastrull

Brännare, lock och kastrull

Vi har haft lite strul med piezotändningen som bråkat och det är ju klart irriterande och tar bort en del av charmen/vitsen med denna typ av kök fast jag och pizeotändare på kök brukar inte vara kompisar så länge. Det är kanske mer ett handhavandefel än produktfel ;)

Förutom kök och brännare medföljer ett lock som ser lite märkligt ut. Det följer även med ben till gastuben för extra stabilitet och snöre för upphängning. En liten gastub (100g) får plats tillsammans med brännaren i kastrullen och handtaget på kastrullen låses över locket för enkel och säker transport.

Köp Primus Eta Lite hos Outnorth, Addnature eller Outdoorexperten. Läs mer hos Primus.

Primus Eta Lite med horisontvy

Primus Eta Lite med horisontvy

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 30, 2014 12:43 PM

Tatiyak

3 star course in Trieste

C'è sempre una prima volta.
La mia prima volta in kayak sotto la grandine è stata a Trieste!
Lo scorso fine settimana sapevamo tutti che avrebbe piovuto. C'era anche un'allerta meteo per il rischio di forti temporali... insomma, le solite bizze di un'estate che non ne vuol sapere di smettere di piangere!
La grandinata, però, non l'avevamo prevista... mi era già capitato, e più volte, di pagaiare sotto la pioggia, anche sotto la neve, persino con pioggia mista a neve in un bel vento teso e gelido di epifania... però la grandine non mi era ancora mai capitata! E la grandine in kayak fa male, specie sulle braccia, anche se sono coperte dal doppio strato di maglia tecnica e giacca d'acqua...
Mauro e Gregorio si sono spinti fino a Marina Julia e sono rientrati col vento in poppa, filando sulle onde fino a 14 chilometri orari, godendo come due ricci e tornando col sorriso a 42 denti: il Voyager si è comportato egregiamente, tiene il mare che è un meraviglia e adesso che ha anche la deriva è perfetto!
Il corso 3 stelle BCU di Trieste s'è così svolto in condizioni meteo marine decisamente avverse. Ma i quattro del gruppo non sembravano minimamente turbati e vestiti di tutto punto hanno continuato ad eseguire manovre, salvataggi e traini sotto la pioggia battente. Il sole ci ha ricompensati delle fatiche solo per qualche ora nel pomeriggio dell'ultima giornata, quando ormai eravamo tutti zuppi per appoggi ed eskimi!
Un corso molto particolare, molto bagnato e molto divertente!

Il venerdì di sole ci ha permesso di praticare tutti i diversi tipi di salvataggi... 
Il sabato mattina abbiamo persino esplorato le foci del Timavo...
Ma all'ora di pranzo la pioggia è caduta copiosa!
Mauro e Gregorio erano laggiù, a volare sulle onde...
Grandinata del 26 luglio al Villaggio del Pescatore!
Corriamo al riparo...
La quiete dopo la tempesta....
Il gruppo al completo sotto la pioggia: da sinistra Giulio, Nicola, Rolf e Marco
Il regalo di Patrizia, l'infaticabile Lupa di Mare che abbiamo ritrovato in kayak!
Questa spiaggetta è un incanto, come tutta la costiera triestina!
There is always a first time.
My first time in kayak under the hail has been in Trieste!
Last weekend everybody knew that it would be a rainy week end. There also was a weather forecast talking about strong thunderstorms... but we are getting use to this unusual summer that doesn't want to stop crying!
The hailstorm, however, we didn't have any idea about it... it had already happened me, and more times, to paddle under the rain, also under the snow, even with mixed rain and snow in a strong icy wind on Epiphany time... so that was my first time paddling under the hail! And I realize that the hail hurts, especially when you're paddling, especially on your arms, even if they are covered by the two-tier layer of technical sweater and waterproof jacket... I also putted on a storm cag!
Mauro and Gregorio paddled up to Marina Julia, on the west coast and they came back with the wind pushing up their stern, spinning on the waves up to 8 knots, enjoying the paddle and arriving at the slipway with a huge smile on their faces: the Voyager, the sea kayak designed by Mauro, was tested for the first time in a strong wind and was a very good and fulfilling!
The 
BCU 3 stars course in Trieste was so carried out under adverse sea and weather conditions.
But the four students of the group didn't leastly seem disturbed and continued to practise maneuvers, rescues and towing under the rain. The sun has appeared for a couple of hours only in the afternoon of the last day, when by now we were all soaked for doing and redoing braces and rolling!

A very particular course, very wet and very amusing!

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at July 30, 2014 09:56 AM

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

Sark to Jersey

After a superb day and evening on Sark it was time to head home.  A memorable meal on the terrace of Stock's Hotel followed by an evening in the Mermaid Disco is something not to be missed.
It was a relatively early start as The Tower Hamlets Canoe Club members had flights to catch back to London and most of the Jersey paddlers had work on the Monday morning.
We chose an earlier departure time than normal and what a good decision.  The first two hours were relatively straight forward as we headed towards the Paternosters, although Brittany Ferries did pass a bit closer than I was happy with, paranoia from earlier crossings in my kayaking career.  Just to the north of the Paternosters we switched to a more south westerly track to take advantage of the tide, which helped push us along at over 6 knots.
Landfall in Jersey was just under 3 hours for the 12 mile open crossing and then we spent a bit of time was dawdling along one of the most spectacular sections of the Jersey coastline before landing at Stinky Bay.
A quick beer at the Watersplash was followed by a dash to the airport for our London paddling friends.  A delightful weekend.
 There are some things which make you realize that you are in Sark, including the size of the bank.
 The Avenue.  This is the main shopping centre in Sark.
 The Tower Hamlets Canoe Club members prior to departure.  What a great weekend to choose to come over from England.  Channel Island sea kayaking at its best.
 Just leaving Dixcart Bay looking along the east coast of Sark.
 
 Sark gradually starts to fall away.  We had left from Dixcart Bay, on the left of the photograph where the boats are anchored.
 Brittany Ferries from St Malo to Portsmouth did pass fairly close by, but its appearance out of the haze did help with our forward paddling speed!
 Landfall was between Grosnez Castle and Les Landes bunkers.  When we turned near the Paternosters, to take advantage of the tide, our speed increased to over 6 knots.
 Although we had been aware that there was a slight swell running as we crossed from Sark, it wasn't until we started to head through some of the reefs that we became aware of its impact.
 Just heading south past the Pinacle, one of Jersey's most distinctive physical features.
 Toby coming into Stinky Bay, a well named landing spot.  The decomposing sea weed, clung to our legs, clothes and kayaks with amazing tenacity.  Not the best place to land but a memorable arrival after a memorable few days.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at July 30, 2014 08:38 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

The devil you know

“Splat”, the unseen bird flew off the rock, leaving his gift as he went. I was on my way to the tide line to leave my own morning offering and now I had three white circles on my thermals adding to the other pungent smells. It felt like a blob landed on my forehead too […]

by Justine at July 30, 2014 06:33 AM

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!)

Yonkers Yarn Bombing!

I was glad to have a reason to get up to Yonkers tonight - my fabric-maven friend Pat has been involved in a couple of yarn bombings and it was fun to get up there to see them. Click for slideshow view. 









by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 30, 2014 04:11 AM

rounditaly cruise
Rounditaly Cruise, la circumnavigazione in kayak dell'Italia, della Sicilia e della Sardegna. Una navigazione di 3200 miglia in solitario e senza assistenza, per presentare il patrimonio naturalistico e paesaggistico del litorale italiano e per salvarlo da ogni forma di abuso e degrado.

2 kayak intorno alle Isole Tremiti

3 giorni lungo il litorale delle Isole Tremiti: San Nicola, San Domino, Caprara e Cretaccio. Una storia molto antica (abitate già nel III secolo a. C.) e anche un po' inquietante alle spalle ma scogliere rimaste bellissime e selvagge grazie alla loro inaccessibilità.

Scogliera NW di Caprara
















Caprara

Caprara verso S

Litorale di ponente di San Nicola

Costa nord-occidentale di San Domino

Caprara da San Nicola

Macchia mediterranea e pineta di San Domino

San Domino

San Domino

Scogliera occidentale di Caprara

Fanale speciale Riserva Marina Area B.
Qui ho incontrato un banco di tonni.

Fanale speciale corrispondente sull'Isola di Caprara






Cretaccio

Spiagge a San Domino

Numerosissime le grotte su tutte le isole.

Spiaggia a San Domino

San Domino

Caprara da Cretaccio

Questa volta non ero da solo.

by Guido Grugnola (noreply@blogger.com) at July 30, 2014 01:44 AM

Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde: Nouvelles
Cette section du site Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde présente les nouvelles et actualités qui touchent de près ou d'un peu plus loin, le kayak de mer, le milieu marin, la faune et la flore, l'environnement, des trouvailles et nouveautés d'équipement de kayak et plus.

Une fin abrupte pour l'expédition Coup de pagaie pour le Saint-Laurent


by Radio-canada.ca at July 30, 2014 12:05 AM

July 29, 2014

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

Wanigan Lid Tree Shelf

While dabbling around on the net, I stumbled on this thread regarding Lightweight Camping Tables on the BWCA forums. Seems like some folks have come up with neat plywood tables that setup on trees to get some basic gear off the ground...


  deancamp's camping table


okinaw55's suspended camping table



Turns out that there are some commercial versions out there including the Coleman Gear Station complete with lantern hooks...





I'm also familiar with the much more elaborate Mason Kitchen designed by Paul Mason. It's described on his site here.  Kevin Callan & crew often feature them in their many canoeing adventure videos. Here's a youtube video link of the gang using it in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.


Mason Kitchen


Anyway, while dreaming about future backcountry trip I thought about the idea multi-purposing the leather tumpline on the wanigan to suspend the lid as a sort of tree shelf. I'm sure seasoned trippers have done something like this before, but I haven't found any pics online showcasing this concept.

There's a spot on the cottage property that has some nice trees and I often set up my Hennessy Hammock to get a bug free afternoon snooze. This time I brought along the wanigan for the experiment. The leather tumpline was slipped off without untying all the knots. The headband was placed over the hammock's suspension straps around the tree. A low hanging branch could've also worked. The remaining leather loops which normally go under the base of the wanigan were used to support the wanigan lid and I ended up with a functional & sturdy elevated table.

Here's a view from the side...

Wanigan lid "shelf" suspended from Tump

Loaded up the shelf with some of the typical gear I might carry. On the left is a Trangia Mini cookset with an extra stainless steel bowl found at a thrift store. On the right is a separate SS kettle I like to use for the constant boiling of water for hot beverages. Can't tell, but there is a homemade alcohol stove underneath it along with the SS plate. My trusty flask of bourbon rounds out the shelf. 


Loaded up in the practice camp

Anyway, seems like a feasible way to temporarily rig up some usable work space in camp. Of course, the lid would have to go back on at night to prevent the critters from getting into the food supply. The lid can be easily removed to snap back on at night and the tied tumpline simply slipped back around the wanigan when it's time to break camp. One of the benefits of lugging a cumbersome wooden box on a trip is the flat surface in camp. Put it on the ground and you have an instant bench for food prep & entertainment. Now that there's this hanging shelf option, I'm looking forward to getting some backcountry time with it.

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at July 29, 2014 09:20 PM

GOTT UTE OCH INNE

I hetaste laget

Dagarna innan vår veckopaddling kollade vi som vanligt in vädret. SMHI:s prognos såg så bra ut att vi knappast vågade hoppas … de förutspådde något enstaka regnstänk på en av nätterna, sedan bara sol och lagom go vind – heeeela veckan!!! :-) Ni vet förstås alla vad som hände – det blev hur mycket sol som helst, inte en enda ynka droppe regn och sanslöst med värme! :-) Så mycket att vi för första gången använde tarpen som skydd mot solen!

Turen gick i lagom zig-zag ToR Arkösund-Fyrudden. Vi höll oss alltså i tre skärgårdar, Arkösund, St Anna och Gryt. Det dröjde bara någon dag innan vi jysterat dygnsrytmen efter solen. I säng när solen gått ner och upp i tidig morgon när solen gått över horisonten. På så vis fick vi skön och sval morgonpaddling och kunde ligga och bada på goa öar när det var som varmast.

Smolket i glädjebägaren var naturligtvis den enorma algblomningen som kom efter halva turen. På onsdagen hade vattnet formligen exploderat. På nätet har vi kunnat läsa att detta var den värsta algblomningen på länge. Inget tvivel om den saken. Hög temperatur i kombination med väldigt svaga vindar har skapat enorma gula sjok av alger i skärgården och långt ut i Östersjön. Ett fenomen som man definitivt inte blir glad av att se.

Trots allt – vi är jättenöjda med en fantastisk vecka med alldeles otroligt väder. Som tur var hade vi ostlig vind hela veckan, vilket innebär att västsidorna på öarna hade klart och fint vatten. Dessutom fick vi ha de goaste badställena i fred. Algblomningen gjorde nämligen att alla motorbåtarna som som sticker ut på dagsutflykt höll sig i hamn. Himla bra! :-)

Övernattning på Låga Örskär, Södra Gyllklabben, Stockskär, Stora Örskär, ”Lilla” Långskär, och Stora Stångklabben. IMG_1274 Första natten på Låga Örskär, halvmilen söder om Arkösund, en supergullig liten ö med mjuka hällar stt sätta upp tältet på. P1020813 När vi passerade Melskären fick vi syn på den här märkliga skapelsen. Något slags husbåt med en utombordare på gaveln och hela kalaset med rejäl slagsida. Den låg förtöjd mellan öarna, men såg fallfärdig ut. Har den slitigt sig i någon storm månne? Någon som vet? IMG_1283Magplask! :-) Andra natten på en annan godbit, Södra Gyllklabben som ligger öster om Stora Tallskär i St Anna. Vi var osäkra på om fågelskyddet verkligen gällde på ön, inga skyltar, spår av avsågad skyltstolpe. Den fanns i fågelskyddet på Gröna Kartan, men inte på Eniros sjökort. Vi bestämde oss för att det var OK att övernatta. Hoppas vi gjorde rätt för det är en härlig liten ö! P1020822 Klart godkända badklippor på Gyllklabben. IMG_1312 Badläge igen, nu på Stockskär sydväst Harstena. IMG_7327 Algerna blommar på flera sätt. IMG_1308 Klart bra cigarrläge. Mer vindstilla än så här blir det liksom inte. IMG_3200 På väg in till Fyrudden paddlade vi förbi den här viken där en riktigt läskig och dyster soppa samlats… usch!  IMG_1315                              Bra vatten här! Bad och övernattning på Stora Örskär efter proviantering i Fyrudden.

IMG_1327 Bacardi Breezer – jysst fynd bakom skäddan – låg kvar sedan förra paddlingen. Inte dumt! IMG_3204 Morgonpaddling på väg norrut. IMG_1301

Läbbig typ!

IMG_1340 Vi tog oss allra längst ut till den lilla grannön till Långskär, några kilometer nordost Harstena. För första gången använde vi tarpen som skydd mot den stekande solen – skönt!   IMG_1366 Helene mellan doppen. IMG_1341 Grön hatt, rött tält , solbränd Helene och en fantastisk utsikt. Allt på ”Lilla” Långskär. IMG_1408 Efter några timmars paddling med en hel del badpauser nådde vi så småningom Stora Stångklabben där vi hittade dessa fantastiska hällar. Ön ligger inte så långt från kungens lilla fiskestuga på Melskär. IMG_1398Vi var långt ifrån ensamma på Stångklabben. På en av hällarna visade det sig krylla av röda myror – och de BITS! Gissa var vi satte upp tältet… ;-) Som tur var gjorde myggmedlet bra nytta. Lite mörk sirap höll dem sysselsatta på grannhällen. IMG_1410 Med barskrapade matväskor fyndade vi sista lunchen på Birkö – nyrökt laxsida. Med ”köpebröd” (huuuhh) och resterna ev ett smörpaket blev det  till en formlig lyxlunch! :-) IMG_1415Sista stoppet innan retur till Arkösund blev ön där vi började paddlingen, fina Låga Örskär. IMG_7365That’s all folks! :-)


Postat i:Övrigt Tagged: algblomning, arkösund, fyrudden, gryt, st anna

by Christian Cronberg at July 29, 2014 07:57 PM

Océanos de Libertad

Training BCU 3 Star en Palamós con SeaKayakSpain

P1120427
Juanjo semioculto bajo el oleaje.
P1120432
En algunas zonas, la mar, batía con fuerza.

P1120429
Marc habla con Pau bajo la mirada de Helen.
Tras llegar el viernes a Palamos  a eso de las 12 de la noche, tuvimos que dormir en el maletero del coche porque el camping en el que teníamos reservado cerraba a las 10:00 la recepción así que a dormir como podamos...¡¡Menudo calor!! No pude pegar ojo, del calor que pasé en el coche...ufff

 A la mañana siguiente, la cosa parecía haber mejorado algo, y al menos el viento corria...así que tras desayunar, nos fuimos a La Marina de Palamós, donde Sea Kayak Spain  tiene sus instalaciones.


P1120437
Pau negociando un paso bajo nuestra mirada.


P1120444
Pau y Juanjo cerca de la cala de Castell.

P1120448
Pau en uo de los arcos próximo a cala Castell.


 Allí nos estaban esperando Pau, Juanjo y Marc Martin "The Boss". 
 Tras una introducción, sobre las condiciones del día, y lo que iabamos a trabajar, nos dirigimos al hangar donde Helen y yo al no llevar kayak, pudimos probar algunos de los kayaks de Nigel Dennis , en concreto yo probé el Romany y Helen el Pilgrim. (Por cierto, una maravilla de diseño y calidad en la construcción, con detalles muy cuidados) Del Pilgrim por cierto, comentaros que Helen lo sintió como un guante, y yo que lo probé más tarde, no puedo sino corroborar que es un kayak que te lo enfundas como un guante, al menos para mis características 176 cm y 79 kg. El Romany, todo un clásico del que sobran comentarios)


P1120435
Juanjo

 La navegación tuvo lugar con unas condiciones idóneas para el asunto que nos traíamos entre manos, pues para el que lo desconozca, la BCU exige unas condiciones determinadas para poder obtener las correspondientes certificaciones. Así que con un mar alegre nos dispusimos a navegar y a trabajar.
 Marc en todo momento pendiente de todos y cada uno de nosotros, haciéndonos las correcciones oportunas de forma individualizada, un lujazo poder tener a un profesor con esta experiencia y este buen hacer, sin duda, merece la pena, y si no estas interesado en las titulaciones BCU, puedes optar por un curso personalizado para trabajar diferentes aspectos técnicos.

 Aquí os dejo un video, que  por supuesto no graba los momentos precisos de la práctica, porque la GOPRO me la dejé, y no se puede estar a todo, o grabas o practicas...

 Bueno al finalizar la sesión, tras una ducha reparadora, nuestro profe hizo de anfitrión, y nos fuimos a tomar algo por los locales de Palamos, lo cual no hizó sino bordar el estupendo día que pasamos.

Palabras textuales de Helen: " ¡Qué bien me lo estoy pasando! "


P1120475
junto al faro de Palamós.
P1120491
Jilar, aquí tienes el Norsaq de Helen.






by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at July 29, 2014 05:07 PM

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Cowabunga

First test paddle this morning. I think it will work out all right, but you never know until you actually get it in the water. I usually overbuild things (the Hyas yiem is a good example), but with the plastic bottle SUP, I went for light weight over invincibility. The knock on the kayak is that it is too unwieldy and heavy to really get much use now that the trip it was designed for is over. Which makes it hard to keep the public conversation going. With the SUP, I’ve definitely got the weight down to something that is easily manageable… the only question is whether it will fold up on me like some post-industrial taco once I get on board.

All questions will be answered this morning: 10:30am, Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park. Bring a camera… you never know how this will all play out.


by Ken Campbell at July 29, 2014 01:15 PM

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Sea Trials

Having seen at first hand what a versatile day and (particularly) multi-day capable boat the P & H Cetus MV is, I was very happy when the opportunity came up to purchase a very well cared for example.





Regular readers of the blog may previously have noticed this particular boat in Orange with Golden Yellow graphic in quite a few posts; whilst readers of this blog will certainly be familiar with it!  It has seen some outstanding adventures already and I hope it will continue to see many more :o)

The boat feels comfortable, alive and capable right from the start and sea trials have been underway with the aim of getting the personalised fit "just so"......




Image courtesy of Chris Sugden


......whilst paddling along the Moray Firth coast......







....during some interesting luncheon stops.....






......in the swirling tidal waters around Buchan Ness.......






....and along the stunningly colourful Angus coast. 

The boat has a custom bulkhead, a real bonus in my opinion, and the final few adjustments have been made to a minicell foam block (thanks Douglas!) which now forms a footrest at just the same angle as the footplate which I've found so comfortable in the Tiderace Xcite.  There may be a couple of adjustments still to make around the seat, but the Cetus MV really does feel superb on the water.

The Xcite will continue to be the boat of choice for tight rockhopping and rough stuff, while the Cetus seems the logical "go to" boat for longer paddles.....  I'm very fortunate to be able to be able to choose between two such boats, but of course there's another important aspect to the choice of boat for a particular paddle.....





......a yellow view from the cockpit.....






......or an orange one ?!

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 29, 2014 11:07 AM

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

Sleepy whales, old camps and the like.


 Otter's swimming under bow as I launched into a sweltering afternoon. Studying and books put aside; perhaps not the wisest choice with an exam on Wednesday; however onto the ocean I went. An afternoon of strait paddling, stopping only briefly to fuel the system up with some food and coffee.


After near 40 km's of coastline and open crossings I had arrived. A babbling brook, the light lapping of ocean on stone, a setting sun. My camp for the night. I set up my tent and bed on a soft patch of grass. My stove roaring coffee water to temperature as I walked the beach collecting fire wood.




 Coffee in hand and camp set I sat on the beach watching Minkies; as the sky and ocean turned purple.Flinching each time a whale surface close by; loud blow of brine.


 Supper of steak cooked on a rock and garlic mashed potatoes marked the coming of dark. The cracking fire the call of a loon far off on the breeze. Clouds rolled in providing a blanket of warmth as I tucked into my tiny abode.


The cool calmness of morning came quick with blackness of deep sleep. I decided to activate my spot and paddle the 8km's back into spread eagle for pick up....then I spotted it. A detour out into the bay



Sound asleep just chilling ontop of the water. The first time I've ever seen such a thing.

...a fine start to a new day

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at July 29, 2014 09:24 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Blowholes and broken boats

“It’s windy round here, be careful”, the fisherman warned me today. He was reiterating what another boat skipper and a local pilot had told us about this area. In a north westerly, the winds funnel out of the valleys in the many big bays we need to cross. We’ve been told to add another 10 […]

by Justine at July 29, 2014 07:59 AM

Blowholes and broken boats

“It’s windy round here, be careful”, the fisherman warned me today. He was reiterating what another boat skipper and a local pilot had told us about this area. In a north westerly, the winds funnel out of the valleys in the many big bays we need to cross. We’ve been told to add another 10 […]

by Justine at July 29, 2014 07:49 AM

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

Circumnavigation of Sark

Sark is one of the truly special sea kayaking destinations and this weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to complete a circumnavigation of the island in all almost perfect conditions.  Parts of the island have been covered in an earlier post in relation to Mervyn Peake and Sark but there is a lot more to the island.
We launched from Dixcart Bay, a convenient bay on the east coast, which provides relatively easy access to the main facilities on the Island, via a wooded valley.  The circumnavigation was clockwise meaning that we headed south first. Unusually there was very little swell so we were able to wander through the reefs and channels off the southern tip with relative ease.
Possibly the most challenging, but also most rewarding, part of the circumnavigation is the area around the Gouilot Passage.  To the west lies the privately owned island of Brecqhou, whilst to the east are the Gouilot Caves, through which the tide runs at quite a considerable pace.  The ability to perform a hanging draw, in the semi darkness, is a vital skill in this area.
To the north lie a variety of coastal erosion features such as the arch at Port au Moulin and the stacks at Les Autlets, interspersed with a huge number of caves, the presence of which were document by the Latrobe brothers in the early 20th century, a copy of their book is essential research for anybody exploring the coastline of Sark, by whatever means.
Bec du Nez the most northerly point of the island was missed as it was possible to cut through a channel to the south of the headland.  Heading south along the east coast we passed underneath Point Robert lighthouse before reaching Maseline Harbour.  This was completed in 1948 and was designed to take larger vessels than the original harbour at Creux, in the hope of increasing the number of visitors.
Creux Harbour lies just to the south of Maseline and was the original harbour.  It was destroyed in the winter storms of 1865/66 so the present jetty dates back to 1868.  We popped in for a quick visit, noticing the rack of sit on tops belonging to Adventure Sark, a specialist outdoor provider based on the Island.
From here we threaded our way through some very narrow passages before arriving at Derrible Bay, the Creux, a distinctive geographical feature is at the back of the bay and a must visit location, particularly if the tide is in.
Dixcart Bay is next, our starting point 8 miles earlier.  A memorable 3 hours of sea kayaking behind us. 
In the evening as we walked from the restaurant back to the campsite there was an intensity to the darkness which you don't get in many places, which is why the island was awarded Dark Sky Status. The clarity and number of stars was quite exceptional.  Just another reason to visit this sea kayaking heaven located about 12 miles north of Jersey.
 The view south from Dixcart Bay.  L'Etac is the island offshore, that is the usual landfall when crossing from Jersey.
 
 Paddling through the cave, just to the north of La Coupee, the narrow bridge of land which joins Sark to Little Sark.
Moie de Breniere, off the south east coast of the island
The whole of the coastline is pretty rugged, with easy access to the water only possible in a few places.
 Heading towards the Gouliot Passage.  Brecqhou is the island to the left.  The tides run up to 8 knots in this area.
 Looking across La Grande Greve towards La Coupee.
Entering the Gouliot Caves, the tide was running north through the caves, with a speed which created some interesting conditions.
Looking across the Gouliot Passage towards Brecqhou.
Toby sitting under the arch at Port au Moulin.
Paddling through Les Autlets
 Creux Harbour on the east coast was the original harbour for the island.
Looking out from the northern tunnel in the Creux de Derrible.  The conclusion of the circumnavigation is only another few hundred metres.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at July 29, 2014 07:23 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Högsommarvärme kring Havstensund och Fjällbacka

Havstenssund

Havstenssund

Förstakväll på Ulsholmen

Förstakväll på Ulsholmen

Vi körde från Kajakkalaset till Havstenssund via ett kort matbutikbesök på vägen. Sjösatte i gott kvällsljus. Var länge sen vi startade i Havstenssund. Tokigt varmt trots att det började bli kväll. Paddlade förbi Havstenssund och bort mot Ulsholmen. Inte mycket båtar ute men en del solspanare på Ulsholmens norrsida. Vi gick iland på västsidan, hade aldrig bott där innan men passerat både på land och vattnet. Superfina klippor och supergo vy. Blev några goa dopp, lite klippdräll och fotonörderi. Ljum kväll och svaga ostliga vindar så vi lät tältet ligga kvar i kajaken, rullade ut liggunderlagen och sovsäckarna och sov under bar himmel.

Finmorron på Ulsholmen

Finmorron på Ulsholmen

Under bar himmel är verkligen gött. Att somna i gött kvällsljus, vakna till under natten och spana lite stjärnor och sen vakna till gott soluppgångsljus. Fantastiskt helt enkelt. Kom nån vindpust under natten, jag hade sovsäcken som löst täcke så den åkte nästan iväg ;)

MiniKännskär

MiniKännskär

Morgonen var superfin, blev mer dopp, långfrukost på på klipporna innan vi kom iväg. Paddlade söderut via Ulsholmens sydsida, via Väcker och så pausade vi på miniKännskär, där kollade vi Facebook och såg att kompisar från Hbg låg på St Måkholmen så vi paddlade ditåt. Hängde några timmar kring deras jättetält (störst tält vinner ;) ). Gott om folk på St Måkholmen, lite skillnad mot off-säsong när vi brukar vara där.

Horisontsnorkling

Horisontsnorkling vid Ulsholmen

Störst tält vinner :) Malin, Joar, Magnus och Idun hängde på Stora Måkholmen

Störst tält vinner :) Malin, Joar, Magnus och Idun hängde på Stora Måkholmen

En hel det badbåtfolk på Stora Måkholmen

En hel det badbåtfolk på Stora Måkholmen

Så småningom drog vi vidare, paddlade bort mot Långeskär för att se hur mycket båtar där var. Det var många. Sen över till Lyngö där det säkert låg 40-50 båtar, helt galet trångt. Vi fortsatte bort mot öarna utanför Vedholmen. Efter lite snurrande där gick vi iland på MiniÄngeln, kanske inte en femma men egen ö och horisontvy är ju verkligen inte helt fel. Bad, klippdräll och mat innan vi så småningom rullade ut liggunderlagen och kröp ner i säckarna.

Dagen efter var det ännu varmare, vi hängde med varsin bok i skuggan så länge det gick, sen lite snorkling, bad, lunch mera bok och så kom vi iväg på eftermiddagen. Paddlade via Bogen och Gluppö för att spana på alla båtgalningar i klasar :) Sen förbi Norra Dyngön och upp till miniKännskär där vi återigen fick egen ö med finfin horisontvy. Bra ställe eftersom vi dagen efter skulle in till Grönemad för Tångdag. Ännu en go kväll. En och annan båt passerade men väldigt lugnt här med. Liten ö och riktigt bra spanläge utåt.

Onsdagsmorgonen var vi igång lite tidigare men tog fortfarande långfrukost och långslöande innan vi kom iväg. Kort paddling på helt platt vatten in till Grönemad där vi la kajakerna på stranden och var med på Catxalots tångdag hela dan sen tillbaka i kajakerna igen framåt kvällningen. Passerade Tjurpannan på helt platt vatten och tog oss sen över till Ulsholmens utsida igen.

Blev en go kväll där igen. Vaknade till en lika go morgon och bestämde oss för att dra hemåt. Hade egentligen tänkt vara ute ett par dagar till men sån här värme är inte riktigt vår tekopp. Vi paddlade lite norrut och sen in mot Havstenssunds insida.

Riktigt go utflykt, det goa med svaga och ostliga vindar var att vi inte använde tältet alls. Riktigt lyxigt att bara lägga sig ner på klipporna på liggunderlaget och dra sovsäcken över sig.

Havstulpaner med vy

Havstulpaner med vy

Solnedgång över Lilla Kännskär från MiniKännskär

Solnedgång över Lilla Kännskär från MiniKännskär

Black Light made in tyskland

Black Light made in tyskland

Båtar i klasar som proppar igen skärgården ;)

Båtar i klasar som proppar igen skärgården ;)

Mat på gång

Mat på gång

Det blir snabbt rörigt på klipporna

Det blir snabbt rörigt på klipporna

Horisontvy på MiniÄngeln

Horisontvy på MiniÄngeln

På väg in i trång Gluppöbassäng

På väg in i trång Gluppöbassäng.

Inte bara stora fulbåtar, en del mindre och finare också

Inte bara stora fulbåtar, en del mindre och finare också

Trutbesök

Trutbesök

Pia vid en inte så tjurig panna

Pia vid en inte så tjurig panna

Utanför Ulsholmen

Utanför Ulsholmen

Precis iland på Ulsholmen igen

Precis iland på Ulsholmen igen

Solnedgång på Ulsholmen

Solnedgång på Ulsholmen

Utanför Tjurpannan. Väcker i bakgrunden

Utanför Tjurpannan. Väcker i bakgrunden

Morgon under bar himmel. Supergött

Morgon under bar himmel. Supergött

På väg mot Havstenssund

På väg mot Havstenssund

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 29, 2014 05:52 AM

Océanos de Libertad

Pilates Stand Up Paddle y Helen ( Club Nautico Deportivo Guadalix de la Sierra )

P1120645
Al fondo un grupo de piragüistas y las instalaciones del club Nautico deportivo de Guadalix de la Sierra.

P1120659
¡¡ Ahí está !!
P1120649
Un poco de paleo...

Ayer sábado menudo día de calor aquí en el centro penínsular...y las opciones para pasar el día se van reduciendo, salvo que busquemos una actividad refrescante...

 Bueno pues ayer con mi Mujercita y la tita Helen nos fuimos a visitar al tito Isma que anda este verano atareado un magnífico proyecto deportivo en el embalse de Pedrezuela la idea es relanzar el Club Deportivo Guadalix, y ofertar a los vecinos y madrileños en general, la posibilidad de realizr actividades nauticas.

Con la idea de Actividades Familiares,  para todos los miembros de la misma, va tomando cuerpo...
Vela, Windsurf, Stand and Paddle y Kayak son de momento las actividades que ofertan, tanto alquiler de material como cursos de iniciación o perfeccionamiento...sin importar la edad ni el estado físico, lo importante son las ganas!



P1120664
Trabajando el abdomen...

El entorno es precioso, con la Sierra como telón de fondo, y con la profesionalidad de todos y cada uno de los miembros de este proyecto, para lo cual, cuentan con profesores titulados por las federaciones españolas de vela y piragüismo.
Y lo mejor seguro que está por llegar, un sinfin de proyectos rondan sus cabezas...así que esperamos que lleguen a buen puerto.

Por nuestra parte el día transcurrió entre los kayaks de mar,  donde estuvimos practicando un poco los reembarques, los esquimotajes y las tablas de Stand and Paddle....ufff  al final acabamos en el agua remojándonos de lo lindo.

Helen aprovechó para hacer un poco de pilates, y la verdad es que al trabajar sobre un medio inestable como es la tabla sobre el agua, aumentamos la propiocepción y eficacia del ejercicio.
¡¡ Qué gustazo !! ¡¡Y para la semana que viene ya tenemos previsto regresar...que no nos mojamos lo suficiente !!

Por si alguien quiere más info:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Puerto-Deportivo-Guadalix/254842551386551

Carretera M-608 de Venturada a Guadalix Km3.
Horario: 11:00-20:00 h.
 Tlf:        644 38 38 40
Correo electrónico: puertodeportivoguadalix@gmail.com


P1120656


Video Pilates Stand and Paddle

 

by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at July 29, 2014 12:58 AM

July 28, 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!)

Paerdegat sunset, 7/24/14, and getting the post-work paddle habit back into my life

I've been thoroughly happy about reinstating my post-work paddles this summer, it's so nice to unwind after work with a couple of hours out on the bay. I sort of lost them last year; just when things were winding down from budget season and year end close and the weather was getting nice enough to be out after dark, two co-workers resigned, and with the extra work, it got to be tough to get out of work early enough to make it worth the trek to the club (I get part of the way there and all of the way home by bus, so if I leave too much after 6 it makes for a really late night) and I ended up doing more post-work walks for exercise than paddles. This year, we're back to full staff and having a much more normal summer.

I didn't get myself back into the swing of post-work paddles right away - I'm a person who tends to stick to her routines, and once packing up the gear and schlepping to the club in the evening was out of the routine, it didn't get put back in right away - but I got motivated in July because I'm planning myself a little adventure (or maybe I should say a nice trip, my favorite quote of TQ's being "It's not an adventure 'til something goes wrong") in August, for which I need to be comfortable with long daily paddles, and it's been great. Last winter's weather didn't permit much paddling, and my sitting-in-a-boat stamina was noticeably low this Spring (especially when we did the Manhattan circumnavigation in May - I made it, but wow, it was long) but I've been getting out for twelve to fifteen mile paddles and I'm feeling much more like my normal self.

I haven't been taking my camera on these post-work paddles because I wanted to focus on the paddling, but for some reason I decided to bring it last Thursday, which was a beautiful day, and look what a nice sunset the Paerdegat dished up for me! I was drifting past the rings from my own paddle drips and took a couple shots with the camera held very low to the water to catch the ripples and reflections. Came out pretty nicely, I think.

I'll tell you more about the August thing when I get back. It's a pretty low-key trip compared to some of the spectacular expeditions various friends of mine have done in kayaks, but it's something I've wanted to do for several years, suddenly everything fell into place nicely for me to do it this year, I jumped on it as soon as I realized that was the case, and I'm really looking forward to it. That's about all I'm going to say about it for now; there are a couple of reasons I don't want to social-media-ize it before I go. For starters, believe it or not, August starts this week and I have got TONS to do before I head out!

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 28, 2014 06:00 PM

Arne's kajak blog
Deze blog gaat voornamelijk over de tochten die ik met mijn zeekajak maak. Ik vindt het leuk om meerdaagse kampeertochten te maken. Een kajak is daarvoor een prima vervoermiddel. Het gewone leventje is me druk genoeg. Met mijn kajak zoek ik de rust op en kom ik op mooie plekken waar ik anders nooit zou komen.

Grensmaas van Borgharen tot Maaseik.

De Grensmaas is een rivier die voor een deel nog haar natuurlijke verloop heeft omdat er geen scheepvaart is. De boten maken gebruik van het Julianakanaal dat parallel loopt. Er wordt op het moment hard gewerkt om van het omliggend gebied ook stukken 'terug te geven' aan de natuur. Als voorbeeld dient de rivier de Allier en de Loire in Frankrijk, daar ben ik eerder geweest en het is er prachtig. De Grensmaas wordt op sommige plaatsen breder, je krijgt daar kiezelbeddingen die soms onder water staan soms niet. Voortdurend veranderende stroomgeulen. Er ontstaat een breed wild natuurgebied, prachtig voor de kanovaarder.
Oók qua veiligheid is er een goede reden voor het project. Het gebied heeft straks als 'waterreservoir' een grotere capaciteit dan voorheen. Hiermee is in de toekomst, als de Maas hoog mocht staan, de waterafvoer beter te reguleren. Dat is natuurlijk een prijzige operatie, die wordt gefinancierd door de verkoop van de ter plekke gewonnen kiezels.

De route.

Met de trein naar Maastricht.
Mijn rugzak met packraft, tent, slaapspullen, kookspullen, eten, water, etc voor 2 dagen (omdat ik onderweg niet in de 'bewoonde wereld' kom).

Vanaf het station in Maastricht loop ik naar de stuw bij Borgharen.
Je moet even omlopen via deze sluis waar het Julianakanaal begint.

Alles klaar en ingepakt..........
.....daar gaat ie.
Aan de belgische zijde deze bizarre villa.


Een packraft vaart natuurlijk anders dan een kajak. Bij iedere peddelslag die je maakt wil het bootje de bocht om. De zware rugzak voorop gaat dat wat tegen. De snelheid is natuurlijk minder dan die van een kajak maar valt me toch niet tegen. Er moet erg goed zijn nagedacht over de vorm van dit bootje bij 'Alpacka', de fabrikant. Met deze bootjes zoek je 'stromend' water op, dat scheelt.
Voorbereidingen om de 'natuurlijke' stroming straks een handje te helpen.
Een grote berg rivierstenen. Ik sprak de veerman van een pontje. De financiering van het project wordt gedaan met de verkoop van deze stenen. Net na de start begon de crisis en stortte de bouwsector in. De geplande vraag naar de stenen viel tegen. Hier ligt dus eigenlijk een soort 'spaartegoed' wachtend op betere tijden.

Aan de voet van het spaartegoed.

Hier zal straks (af en toe) het water stromen.


De stroomversnellingen zijn leuk om te doen, je hoeft niet zo op te passen als met een kajak.






Net nadat je onder de brug van de E314 bent doorgevaren kan je naar rechts een natuurgebied in. Tenminste met de waterstand van nu.

Volgens een verslag van Joery Truyen  moet er een bivakplek zijn aan de monding van het riviertje 'De Geul'. Ik heb dat gemist, toen ik dat doorhad was het te laat. Terugvaren tegen de stroom in is kansloos, daarom ben ik doorgevaren in de hoop vlot een andere geschikte plek te vinden. Die zijn er niet veel.

Een verlaten hippie project. Ze zijn hier ongelooflijk druk geweest. Ik denk dat de boswachter er minder blij mee was.


Ik vind een mooi bivakplekje op een totaal overwoekerd eilandje.

Uitzicht vanaf mijn bivakplek. Een packraft is ook een prima ligstoel.

De volgende ochtend. Ik heb prima geslapen.
Het is altijd leuk, als je de tent voor het eerst opendoet, te worden verwend met zo een uitzicht!


Zonsopkomst.




De 'Bush Buddy' is weer mee, een van mijn leukste speeltjes!


Ik haast me niet met inpakken, ik heb alle tijd vandaag.
Tijd genoeg voor foto experimenten.


Het 'dashboard'. Alles moet natuurlijk vast zitten en waterdicht verpakt zijn. De mok rechts werkt prima als opbergplek voor mijn camera. Die zit vast aan een lang touw, je moet hem snel kunnen pakken en je foto maken voordat de packraft alweer drie keer in de rondte is gedraaid. Zo ligt ie ook met de lens naar beneden (tegen spatwater) zonder kans te beschadigen.

Veel gebeurt er niet op de Grensmaas.
Voor deze dames zal het passeren van een man in een opblaasbootje waarschijnlijk het hoogtepunt van de dag zijn.

De pont bij Berg.


Hier krijg je toch al een beetje het 'Loire' gevoel.


Het fietspontje bij Grevenbicht. De veerman zit in z'n kleine hutje bijna te slapen. Door het sombere weer fietst er vandaag geen hond. We maken een praatje. Het pontje is van Belgie, het wordt door Nederlanders bedient. Op drukke zomerdagen heeft ie wel eens 400 klanten. Vandaag nog niks, dan duurt een dag lang.


Eindpunt!
Mijn plan was om naar het station in Susteren te lopen en daar de trein naar huis te pakken. Dit is dan de beste plek om te stoppen.

Inpakken. De rugzak is een stuk lichter. Geen water en 'andere' drankjes meer.

Hoogste snelheid 16,1 kmh

Ik kom langs een bushalte, het station is nog wel een eindje lopen. Hhhhmmmm....., ik geef me over!

Prachtige tocht. Ik wil hier zeker terugkomen als de natuur een tijdje haar gang heeft kunnen gaan. Het water was nu redelijk hoog, een beetje lager zou leuker zijn, dan zijn er wat meer stroomversnellingen.

by Arne (noreply@blogger.com) at July 28, 2014 05:08 PM

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed

Minnesota adventurers Dave Freeman and Paul Schurke, who have been in Brazil since late May canoeing the Amazon’s mythical “River of Doubt,” successfully completed their 400-mile expedition today. During this centennial year, they have retraced President Theodore Roosevelt’s epic 1914 first descent of the river that nearly cost him his life and now bears his name, the Rio Roosevelt.

Despite the challenges that plagued the 1914 trek, Roosevelt commented repeatedly in his diary about the stunning beauty of the jungle. Dave and Paul were pleased to find that although some areas near the river have been cleared for pasture, most of the Rio Roosevelt remains as pristine as it was in 1914. “We saw the same wildlife Roosevelt did – monkeys, caiman alligators, electric eels, cobras, peccaries, tapirs, capybaras, giant otters and even a jaguar. And the jungle supplemented our trail rations as it did his with piranha, catfish, heart of palm and Brazil nuts.” said Dave.

“Roosevelt was our greatest conservation president,” said Paul. “During his terms in office, nearly 250 national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and national monuments were established. It’s a tribute to his incredible public lands legacy that the Rio Roosevelt remains a realm of natural beauty.

Dave and Paul arrived in the south central Amazon one month ago with 6 Brazilian teammates and plans to begin their journey near the river’s headwaters just as Roosevelt did. But their arrival coincided with a violent outbreak of tensions between the Cinta Larga (the native people who control access to the upper Rio Roosevelt) and the Brazilian government. Therefore the team opted to paddle the lower section first. They launched from a downstream access point on May 30.

On the initial 18-day, 300-mile segment they ran many long stretches of rapids and endured a 2-mile portage through the jungle around dangerous water. But they avoided the numerous illnesses and mishaps in the rapids that befell Roosevelt’s team and nearly cost our 26th president his life.

The expedition team camped at four of the same sites that the president did and they found that life along the river among native homesteaders, who tap the wild rubber trees and gather Brazil nuts from the forests, remains almost exactly as described in Roosevelt’s journal. This lower stretch of the river took Dave’ and Paul’s team through the domain of the Zorro native people and they saw signs of their thatched-hut settlements along the shore. They actually paddled through a new reserve now being established on the lower Roosevelt to protect a primitive tribe that has only recently been sighted by aircraft but has had no contact with the outside world.

On Monday, June 16, the team reached the mouth of the Rio Roosevelt and the place where Roosevelt with his Brazilian colleague Colonel Rondon and their team completed their canoe journey 100 years before. Dave and Paul then renewed their contact with Cinta Larga and were granted access approval by a tribal chief. Dave and Paul paddled an additional 100 miles, beginning at the river’s headwaters near the approximate place where Roosevelt began his journey 100 years ago. After negotiating several challenging portages, including one in which this sizable river is funneled through a 5′-wide rock chasm, they recently arrived at the main Cinta Larga village, completing their journey.

Dave and his wife Amy are 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. School children from around the world followed this expedition via Dave and Amy’s website, http://www.WildernessClassroom.org. Paul, who is known for Arctic exploration including the 1986 North Pole expedition with Will Steger, operates Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely, MN with his wife Susan.

The post River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed appeared first on PaddlingLight.com. You can leave a comment by clicking here: River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed.

by Bryan Hansel at July 28, 2014 02:34 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Tångdag med Catxalot i Grebbestad

Hyfsade promenadomgivningar

Hyfsade promenadomgivningar

Dags att leta tång

Dags att leta tång

Dags att skörda

Dags att skörda

Förra onsdagen paddlade vi in till Grönemad och promenerade upp till Catxalot. Vi träffade på Jonas & Linnea förra året på Kajakkalaset i Uddevalla. De pratade sig varma om tång och om att använda tång i bland annat matlagning. Lät ju klart spännande. I år har de dragit igång tångsafaris, tångpaddlingar, tångdagar och produktion av diverse tångprodukter. På en tångdag lär man sig om tång, plockar tång, rensar tång och lagar mat med tång i. Plus att man får lära sig massa annat runtomkring.

Vi började med kort tånginfo innan vi for ut till Tjurpannan, promenerade i högsommarvärmen ner till bra tång- och badställe. Efter lite span från land och i vattenbrynet blev det att hoppa i och börja samla. Spännande och efter ett tag hade vi fått ihop Blåstång, Knöltång, Sockertång, Rörhinna, Sågtång, Fingertång, Sudare med mera. Fika och lite tjöt på goa klippor innan vi traskade tillbaka.

Tillbaka vid Catxcalots högkvarter blev det tångrensing, i skuggan, det var tokvarmt, och lite svalkande dryck på det. Efter rensning och mer tånginfo var det dags att använda tången till nåt och det togs fram recept och råvaror, inte bara tång alltså :)

Efter pysslande i och kring kök stod ett bord färdigt med flera finfina rätter. Jonas och Linnea hade på välkänt tv-maner förberett lite innan.

Det blev, inte helt oväntat, supergott och en trevlig måltid med potatistångsallad, tångsallad, lök- och tångstuvning, tångsmör, tångig lax, tångbröd och så chokladkaka med tång i såklart!

Efteråt satt vi kvar lite extra i skuggan innan vi traskade tillbaka till kajakerna och paddlade mot Ulsholmen på finfina vatten.

Stort tack för en riktigt trevlig dag. Jätteintressant att lära sig mer om tång och att använda den i matlagningen. Riktigt kul att kunna ta tillvara på det som finns omkring oss både på land och i vattnet. Linnea och Jonas brinner verkligen för detta och är mycket trevliga och duktiga. Vi ska försöka komma igång med tånganvändandet både på paddelutflykter och hemomkring.

Catxcalot finns på www.catxalot.se och även på www.vattenbloggen.tumblr.com

Info t-shirt

Info t-shirt

Knöltång

Knöltång

Blåstång

Blåstång

Gott om folk på klipporna. Fyren Väcker i bakgrunden

Gott om folk på klipporna. Fyren Väcker i bakgrunden

Rensar och sköljer sockertång

Rensar och sköljer sockertång

Mera tångchips såklart

Mera tångchips såklart

Havssallad

Havssallad

Tång- och matpyssel

Tång- och matpyssel

Dags för mat

Dags för mat

Fika med tång- och havsvy

Fika med tång- och havsvy

Tångplockning

Tångplockning

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 28, 2014 01:54 PM

Biking and Hiking and Kayaking
Ramblings of an outdoor person trapped indoors.

From Back Surgery to Back to Hiking, Biking and Boating

Herniated-Disc

I often tease my wife that 20 year-old John would have hung himself if he knew that 57 year-old John would be at the hardware store on a Saturday night, or having disscussions about the bowel movements of pets.

Well, 20 year-old John also thought a ruptured disc was what happened when you left the Beatle's White Album on  your bed and then sat on it, and that sciatica was something that only people like Dennis the Menace's cranky neighbor Mr. Wilson got. 

20 year-old John probably would have at least jumped out the 3rd floor Russell A dorm window at UCONN if he knew that one day he would be hiking on the Catoctin trail and start to feel hot knives stabbing down his leg to his feet, ultimately leading to a surgeon punching a small hole in his spine and Rotor Rootering out exploded disc bits from his spinal canal, leading to a recovery that involved avoiding BLT (Bending/Lifting/Twisting) for 6 weeks.

Luckily, walking doesn't involve much BLT, so  I was able to get back to walking right away and hiking pretty quickly. Carl and I did a 6 mile out and back on the Appalachian Trail from I70 to the Washiington Monument (not that one, the other one):

AT I70

That is actually the connector "path"along an abandoned stretch of the old Rt. 40 that runs from the trailhead parking area to where the AT crosses I70 on a pedestrian bridge. It is probably the least scenic AT picture ever.

The next week, Carl and I did the Sugarloaf Mountain 6 mile loop early on Sunday:

Sugarloaf Cairn

That big pile o' rocks was once a gigantic cairn at the Northen Sugarloaf summit, but it has crumbled over the years. Now people are making tiny little cairns out of the tumbled stones - the "Cairn Circle of Life."

Turns out kayaking does involve a lot of BLT, so paddling will probably wait for next year - but boating with a motor that does all the heavy lifting is OK. On a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay, we took Jim and Jacquie up the Bay to Miles Creek for a very nice lunch at a local institution, Cantler's.

JJ

On the way back we saw the first cow nosed ray of the year, with its two fins skimming through the water, but didn't capture a picture.

 

by John P. at July 28, 2014 11:19 AM

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

Walking on Orkney Part 1

Pentland ferries
Cows.  That's my lasting memory of Orkney.  I was told there are more cattle on the islands than people and I believe it.

Every field is either full of graving bovine or grass being grown to feed them through the long, dark winter.

It's just as well the grass grows twenty-four hours a day during the long, light summer days.

Before describing the first of two walks I'll mention a couple of things which might be useful.

The locally owned Pentland Ferries are cheaper and have a shorter crossing than Northlink Ferries.

Walking on the Orkney and Shetland Islands is a pretty good book, but don't try walk 12 unless you want an angry dog chasing you.

Wild campsites for campervans are easy to find and there are showers at the travel centre, Stromness and Kirkwall sports centre.
Ring of Brodgar

The Italian Chapel is worth a visit.

The ranger-led walks around the Ring of Brodgar are excellent and I appreciated the stones much more this time than on my two previous visits.

You have to book to be shown around Maeshowe  Go for a latest 'twilight' tour and you might have the place to yourselves as we did.

Our second walk is on Hoy but this first one starts on the beach in front of the other big tourist attraction Skara Brae.

Every tourist who visits Orkney goes to Skara Brae, or so it seems.

The neolithic settlement is definitely worth a visit but don't expect to get it to yourself.

Skara Brae
Orkney is a top destination for cruise ships and this place is number one on the 'must-do' list for their passengers.

A few miles from here along the coastal path lies the Broch of Borwich, which is far less spectacular but you'll probably be the only folk here.

The thickness of the walls in this ancient building will set you wondering about the people who lived there for a thousand years until 500AD.

You can see the coastal walk in the map at the end and it's pretty hard to get lost.  Just keep the sea on your right.

Stacks and Geos
The high cliffs, scarred with Geos and Stacks, gradually give way to the heather hill of Black Craig where a remote camera monitors the offshore wavefarm, part of the marine energy test centre here on Orkney.  

You can continue around the coast, but we headed inland to Fletts (one of the most common names on Orkney), regaining the coast at Warebeth beach.

A little further along you'll find some of the best preserved ruins from the second world war, the defensive positions for searchlights and guns which guarded the entrance the vast enclosed natural harbour of Scapa Floe

Many Arctic Convoys sailed from here and it was a prime target for U-boat attacks.  The walk ends in the lovely town of Stromness, far more interesting a place visually than Kirkwall.

The walk is twelve miles long and just over 1300ft of ascent.  A taxi from Stromness back to Skara Brae costs about £15.  Our second walk coming Monday.

Route

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at July 28, 2014 08:30 AM

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Sea otters, paddlers, PBS find a special environment

Sea otter dines casually in the surf off a Monterey beach One of the best things about paddling is that it brings us closer to nature. Out on the water, you and your kayak become part of your...

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at July 28, 2014 07:52 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Joby Grip Tight Mount – Smartphonehållare

GripTight på ett Gorillapod

GripTight på ett Gorillapod

Joby Grip Tight Mount är en liten kompakt klämma med gängfäste som gör att man kan fästa telefonen på vanligt stativ. Smidigt för självporträttet eller supervyn som “måste” ut på Facebook, Twitter, Instagram m.m. för att göra kollegorna, kompisarna och andra följare avundsjuka. Funkar i nödfall som eget stativ/stöd på halvplana underlag.

Har haft och använt det nåt drygt år ungefär. Använder det oftast tillsammans med ett litet Gorillapod men det händer att det sätts på stora stativet också eller används som det är på rimligt plana underlag. Justerbart för olika bredder på telefonen mellan 54 och 72mm bredd gör att det funkar både med fodral och utan. Har använt det både med naken iPhone 5 men även med Lifeproof-fodralet som oftast sitter på, ska även passa flertalet Android- och Windowsmobiler. Joby Grip Tight Mount väger cirka 20 gram, smidigt att alltid ha med.

Joby GripTight direkt på klipporna

Joby GripTight direkt på klipporna

GripTight på lite större stativ med kulled

GripTight på lite större stativ med kulled

På minigorillapod

På minigorillapod

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 28, 2014 06:09 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Wind and sleep

The tent was shaking when the 5am alarm went off. A look outside confirmed the wind had pulled an all nighter and was at least 20 knots. No point in getting up early for that so we went back to sleep until 8am. The sea was all full of white caps so I turned my […]

by Justine at July 28, 2014 06:07 AM

July 27, 2014

Have Kayaks Will Travel
Paddlesport Coaching

Oh, the people you’ll meet (sorry, Dr. Seuss)

People-14

It’s easy to appreciate the places we go as paddlers. They’re beautiful and often have interesting histories, and our kayaks and canoes give us the ability to get up close for a uniquely intimate perspective. But we enjoy them and learn far more about them through the people we meet.

Lisa (right) and her family own one of the few Grand Island cottages on federal land.

Lisa (right) and her family own one of the few Grand Island cottages on federal land.

For example, Lisa (above right) came out to meet us when we landed on the Trout Bay beach on Grand Island. We already knew quite a bit about the island — how millennia of Native Americans lived there, followed by about a hundred years of settlers and loggers who chopped down all the trees and essentially abandoned it; how the Forest Service purchased it from the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in 1990, grandfathering in two tracts of private land and a few cottages on federal land that could only be passed down within the families who owned them.  And we already knew from paddling around the perimeter that this was a stunningly beautiful place, and were grateful for the views our kayaks afforded us.

The coast of Grand Island includes long stretches of sandstone cliffs with trees hanging precipitously over the crumbly edges.

The coast of Grand Island includes long stretches of sandstone cliffs with trees hanging precipitously over the crumbly edges.

But through Lisa, we learned about life on the island and what it’s like to spend extended time in a place where most people come and go after a few hours or a few days, and experience only a small fraction of the network of trails. Lisa has watched it as the seasons change and the years and decades go by, and has a long view of the island, its inhabitants and Lake Superior.

Blanche (left) grew up in the Upper Peninsula, an Jackie (right) has made it her adopted home.

Blanche (left) grew up in the Upper Peninsula, an Jackie (right) has made it her adopted home.

We met Blanche when we reached a dead end while looking for a campground in a forested area along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. She grew up near Gould City, but moved to Flint to work for General Motors and lived there for 25 years. When she retired, she moved back to the UP, where she can be outdoors all day and doesn’t need to lock her doors at night. She knows all the plants and bird, trails and creeks in the area.

The pristine northern shore of Lake Michigan bears little resemblance to its southern counterpart.

The pristine northern shore of Lake Michigan bears little resemblance to its southern counterpart.

Blanche led us down a gravely road to one of the free campgrounds hidden in the forest and warned us against wandering further down the meandering and rutted paths, lest we get lost. When we return, she promised to take us further into her beloved local wilderness.

Dick Sterk, who quickly felt like a close friend.

Dick Sterk, who quickly felt like a close friend.

We have a special place in our hearts for Dick Sterk, whom we met at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace. He was among the Native American elders working with some museum employees to replace the deteriorating Long House with a new one build according to traditional methods.

The old longhouse was held together with plywood falling apart.

The old longhouse was held together with plywood and falling apart.

Dick, 80, invited us to visit him at his cottage in the Les Cheneaux Islands and paddle around some of the 36 islands that comprise this archipelago in the Straits of Mackinac. We were intrigued by Dick and wished to get to know him better. So we accepted the invitation.

Dick's new tipi, which he purchased from Nomadic Tipi Makers in Bend, Oregon.

Dick’s new tipi, which he purchased from Nomadic Tipi Makers in Bend, Oregon. The hand-painted images of wolves reflect Dick’s clan.

It’s difficult to summarize what we learned from Dick. He gave us a much deeper understanding of this area’s history and the experiences of Native Americans who’ve lived here for generations. He told us about his father’s work as a ship’s engineer on the ferry that transported trains across the Straits of Mackinac, his experiences growing up, and his career as a welder and the work he did on bridges near and far. He introduced us to his neighbors, and told us stories that revealed his gentle and honest dealings with people. It was hard to say good-bye to him, and we’ll certainly be back to visit him again.

Setting out for a paddle among the Les Cheneaux Islands.

Setting out from Dick’s property for a paddle among the Les Cheneaux Islands.

Of course, we also stopped by to visit Jessie Hadley of Woods & Water Ecotours in nearby Hessel to say hello. Woods & Water Ecotours carries a nice selection of Valley sea kayaks, Werner paddles, Kokatat garments and kayaking essentials. Her tours range from an afternoon to a week or two, and can include paddling, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing and even dogsledding.

Jessie and her so, Calder, in front of her shop.

Jessie and her son, Calder, in front of her shop.

Les Cheneaux is a great area for birding, fishing and exploring, and Jessie makes it possible for people with little or no prior paddling experience to get out with knowledgeable and safety-conscious guides.

David and his new puppy.

David and his new puppy.

And there were others, too, whom we met more briefly, including David, who was taking his Black Lab puppy for a paddle.

Margie, looking for birds.

Margie, looking for birds.

And Margie, a biology teacher from Evanston, who was doing the Lake Michigan Circle Tour with her sister.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge, where we wandered with Margie.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge, where we wandered with Margie.

And Bunny, who is now running the general store in Webbwood, Ontario founded by her parents: “Tom Stuart and Wife.”

Bunny, minding the till.

Bunny, minding the till.

Each of these people was generous enough to spend some time and share some perspective with us. Meeting them transformed what otherwise might have been a superficial encounter into a deeper experience of the places we’ve been.

by havekayakswilltravel at July 27, 2014 07:40 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Kajakkalaset 2014

Kalaspaddling mot bron

Kalaspaddling mot bron

Vi drog till Kajakkalaset i Uddevalla förra helgen. Det var ju trevligt och finfint både 2012 och 2013 så det  kändes dumt att missa. Även i år blev det ett trevlig arrangemang, det paddlades, kantades, yogades, planerades, myspaddlades, spanades på tång och annat under ytan, trasslades, bogserades, rollade, räddades och massa annat. Mellan kajakpassen åt vi mängder med musslor från Klocktornet (tillagade på metermuurikka) på finterrassen vid Upplevelseladan i högsommarvärmen. Det ”hanns” även med lite häng i loungen, lite käkande av tångchips från Catxcalots pannor. Trevligt kalas med trevligt gäng och trevligt häng dessutom ekologiskt! Det blir säkert kalasbesök fler gånger.

Tångchipstillverkning

Tångchipstillverkning

Sara Wagner rollar Ivalu

Sara Wagner rollar Ivalu

Morgonyoga

Morgonyoga

Finväder på stranden

Finväder på stranden

Lars från skåneland

Lars från skåneland

Viktoria & Sara

Viktoria & Sara

Malin & Pia

Malin & Pia

Genomgång på vattnet

Genomgång på vattnet

Grönskande paddling

Grönskande paddling

Kerstin

Kerstin

Jarno

Jarno

Rolltankar

Rolltankar

Blöta övningar

Blöta övningar

Industripaddling

Industripaddling

Kalasgäng - live to play, play to live - upplevelsebolaget

Kalasgäng – live to play, play to live – upplevelsebolaget

Koncentrerad tångchipstillverkare

Koncentrerad tångchipstillverkare

Supersmaskiga musslor - närodlade, kravmärkta och alldeles färska

Supersmaskiga musslor – närodlade, kravmärkta och alldeles färska

Glad musselman med största Muurikkan

Glad musselman med största Muurikkan

Kalaskväll på terassen vid Upplevelseladan

Kalaskväll på terassen vid Upplevelseladan

Kalasgeneral Jocke med Andreas som tittar fram

Kalasgeneral Jocke med Andreas som tittar fram

Kvällshäng i loungen

Kvällshäng i loungen

Marinbiologisk paddling

Marinbiologisk paddling

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 27, 2014 06:03 PM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough.

Vancouver Island Photo Update

Velella velella. photo by Rachael Bates
Navigation
Johnstone Strait without wind
Lowrie Bay Surf Session
Gerry at San Josef Bay
Catala Island
Estevan Point Lighthouse

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 05:30 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Skummeslövplask

Lyckades plaska tillräckligt ;)

Lyckades plaska tillräckligt ;)


Jacob & Hans från BBKS tjoade till att de skulle ut och plaska i Laholmsbukten. Och för oss som lätt fastnar i soffan var det perfekt. Blev nån timmes bad, roll, plask och lek i och kring kajakerna utanför Skummeslövstrand. Mörk himmel och åska gjorde att vi fick en välbehövlig paus, alltid bra att ha nåt att skylla på ;) Trevligt, blöt och go runda.

Uppochner

Uppochner

Mörkare utåt

Mörkare utåt

Vädervariation på gång

Vädervariation på gång

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 27, 2014 03:18 PM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough.

Circumnavigation Update

We have made it to Tofino! 30 days in so far, and approximately one week left. We have had a string of days fighting unseasonal southeasterlies, aka headwinds, but we feel good about being able to push on through and finish strongly. Cape Scott was gorgeous, with calm winds and moderate seas, Brooks Peninsula had calm winds and above moderate seas with high pucker factor. Hesquiat Peninsula and Estevan Point was so calm that we passed within 2 meters of shore. Gerry spent yesterday repairing his boat, and I got to go surfing in Tofino! Not a bad way to spend my days off...

I forgot the camera so if I make it back to the internet cafe today I'll post a few photos. Cheers!

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 03:22 PM

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

UK's 10 Highest Peaks Run in 13 hrs 10 mins

Driving to Nevis Range… eating!
Huge congratulations to Andrew Murray and Donnie Campbell for completing the first circuit of the ten highest summits in the UK in a staggeringly short time.  

Their stated goal, as I explained earlier today, was to complete the round in one day - 24 hours.  They've done it in just over half that time - utterly amazing! 

The Adventure Show, which is made Triple Echo Productions for BBC-2 Scotland, followed the runners.  You'll be able to see the whole thing in a future programme - we don't yet know when.  Follow on Facebook for details.  

I tripped over Andrew, who was sleeping on the floor, at 3:20 this morning when we started.  We saw them leave Ben Lawers car park at 4:20 in the dark.  We drove with them to the Nevis Range where, high in the mountains, one of our cameramen had bivouacked overnight.  Keith filmed the pair as they ran Aonach Mohr.  Then they tackled Aonach Beag, Carn Mhor Dearg and Ben Nevis - Marco Consani ran alongside with a GoPro.
5 down. 5 to go.

I was waiting in Glen Nevis to join them for the drive across to the Cairngorms where the photo alongside was taken.  

Five down, five to go.

Cairngorm and Ben MacDui came next, shot by Ross Lawrie who had already run to the first summit to be ready.  

A steep drop then tough climb to Braeriach, then a ridge circuit to Angels Peak and finally Cairn Toul completed their 'Big Ten'.

Another of our camera teams had hiked four hours to reach their final summit to capture their success.

It is a truly amazing time. The pair have earned a place in the record books (again!) and have established a record in a time which will take some beating.

As I write they're not yet down and back to their vehicles but they will be soon.  Aviemore should see some celebration tonight!

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 03:02 PM

Wiggins v Froome: Sky selection meeting for Tour of Spain

I know there are loads of these Downfall parodies, most of which are poor, but this one made me laugh.

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 02:59 PM

josebelloseakayaking

Otro año más

Pues ya pasó la concentración caletera gaditana de KDM de este año, creo que con récord de palistas en el agua, unos 100.
 

Travesía con nuestros kayaks de mar (y de otros tipos) y regata de colegas con los Surfskis, disfrutando de buena mar y muy "buen rollo"  entre los participantes, buena mesa y bebida abundante (sobró un barril de cerveza).


La gente aprovecho el día a tope, hubo quien llegó y se fue paleando, quien después de comer se fue otra vez al agua.... etc.
 

Buen reportaje en euskadizseakayaking.

 Nos vemos en la próxima 

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 02:06 PM

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

Jersey - rocks 'n' rolls

 
Slightly damp conditions

Tight squeeze


Tides turned, a bit more room!



Today is our penultimate day and is unfortunately chucking it down! So they do get rain in Jersey!
We made our way down to St Brelade's Bay to meet up with Natalie and the rest of the group to have a wee trip round to the bay at Rosiere for a spot of rock hopping, paddling  in, round, through and under the rocks with some spots turning into a watery highway with kayaks giving way to other kayaks going in all sorts of directions. It was then time to return for a bite of lunch before our afternoon session, still at St Brelade's.

Lots of wee nooks and crannies







It's no secret that rolling and me have somewhat parted company, so when a rolling session came up for that afternoon, I reckoned it wouldn't do me any harm to have yet another try at resurrecting my absent roll!
Health and safety seen this ladder?
Agnes stand up paddle kayaking!
Agnes and John took a group of us out into the bay, giving us more hints and tips. We all stated what sort of stage our rolling was at. I'm pleased to say I wasn't the only one with an AWOL roll. My partner Kay and I spent a wee bit time practising different exercises (Hubby dear was keeping his distance, I've had plenty personal rolling coaching/nagging from him!) Kay then went for a roll and managed a couple of times on one side, not the other. So with a bit of trepidation it was then my turn (Yes, I know, it's all in the head, but the more it goes wrong, the more I expect it to go wrong and as a result it will go wrong!!!) I really concentrated on slowing it all down and I came back up easily! funny how you just know it's right! So I decided to go on the other side, I came back up easily again! So maybe my mojo has returned! - until I need it!
Happy, frozen and soaking (did I mention I didn't have a drysuit with me?) I decided to call it a day and finish on a high.
The washing lines
After rinsing our kit and a hot bath to thaw out we then made our way over to Greve de Lecq for a BBQ. Thankfully the weather had returned to Jersey weather, dry and warm.
A lovely finish to yet another great days paddling!

A lovely selection of nosh!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 12:57 PM

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

Gustad-Skårvågen, huler og ASKR

Opphavet er journalist, så ble jeg med ham på oppdrag sist mandag. Vi skulle fotografere lang ramble på ASKR på sin vei - vi gamblet på Mårsundodden, og jammen padlet de gjennom. Film, og bilder fra her og seinere på dagen, finnes HER.

Mesteparten av feltet. Ca. 40 padlere. Det var så stille og lite drag i sjøen at jeg lurte på om de hadde tenkt seg innom hulene også? Hm. Når jeg tenker meg om - kanskje JEG skal dra innom hulene, rett og slett?

Javisst skulle jeg det. Her har jeg akkurat satt ut ifra Gustad. Det var i grunnen ikke verst plass å sette ut, så fikk jeg parkert bilen hos ei jeg kjenner som ikke var heime. Fine Inuken sto jo igjen på taket, så greit å ha den litt unna veien.

Jeg padlet av gårde langs holmer og skjær - plutselig ble stillheten brutt av mbrrææææ, mbrrææææ. Der lå det en gjeng geiter og søkte skygge i små sprekker og sånt. De har det nok også varmt. (Jeg padlet i t-skjorte selv.)

Motsatt vei fra der jeg skulle, ligger Engnyken, teisten og Spjøten. Innenfor der ligger Sandviksanden - sikkert masse folk der nå i dette knallværet. Men nei, dit skulle ikke jeg - i steiksol er det mye bedre med kalde huler enn varm sand! Ja!

Den her lå i overflata og koste seg til den kjente ferten av meg. Da strakte den seg, snuste i lufta - snudde seg rundt og kastet et foraktelig blikk bortover, før den senket seg sakte (og demonstrativt) ned i vannet og forsvant.

Denne grønnfargen lyste så herlig opp sammen med det brune og blå.

Flaskfôret. Et av mine favorittsteder - ikke særlig fint for å gå i land med kajakk, men det er en fin spasertur ut fra Straumsjøen forbi Vikan. Forsåvidt også en ok tur videre rundt til Åsand også (samme vei som jeg kom padlende fra), men det er litt ulendt noen steder. (Ikke tungt, bare kjipt med høy/tuete vegetasjon.)

Her oppdaget jeg noe jeg hadde glemt - ei lita strand på andre siden. Hm, hvorfor har vi aldri dratt hit på tur tro. Ser ikke ut som den er velsignet med navn en gang, på kartet. Mystisk.

Hurra, jeg fant den første hulen! Den var litt videre forbi der vi lette sist. Så stille som det var nå padlet jeg inn selv om jeg ikke hadde hjelm på. Den var ikke spesielt stor, men null problem å padle helt inn i den og snu der inne.

Fine farger var det der, også. (Eller om dette er neste hule, jeg husker ikke helt. Var inne i to.)

Pretty cool, rett og slett.

Padlet videre inn til den ene stranden i Skårvågen. Det hadde såvidt begynt å blåse litt etter jeg passerte hulene, så jeg vurderte å ta på meg tørrdrakten før retur. På stranda var det folk, deriblant ei dame som sto med hendene godt plassert i siden og glodde bort i min retning, så jeg passet på å bli en del lenger enn jeg hadde tenkt. (I tilfelle hun prøvde å sørge for det motsatte - sånt må ikke belønnes.)

Bergodden. Ikke riktig like kul som Knivskjelodden, men kul.

Tyvjo. Den har jeg sett mange av de siste dagene, litt pussig for jeg har ikke sett noen før det i år. Men nå herjer den villmann og stjeler mat fra de andre fuglene.

Mulig jeg fant ut hvorfor den tilsynelatende fine stranda er så upopulær. Den lå plutselig i skygge - og gjør antagelig det store deler av dagen. Dessuten var det klegg her. Kleggstranden hadde det blitt om jeg skulle sette navn på den.

Jeg er veldig god på å ta bilder av fjell med meg selv inkludert - dette er da det beste av x antall bilder.

Maneter er det visst også blitt skikkelig tiden for nå. Både glassmaneter og brennmaneter i massevis. Den her var rimelig stor også!

Da jeg kom tilbake til Åsand, var det bare to damer der. Ingen padlere. Stilig. Det innebar at jeg hadde allverdens med tid. Jeg rigget meg til på Husøya for å ta bilder når de kom, og her ser vi altså en av de første.

Resten fulgte - vel, ikke like bak direkte, det var laaangt strekk i feltet. Men de kom, alle sammen.

Her er de første kommet seg i badingen. Ikke vanskelig å skjønne hvorfor dette er fast leirplass?

John hang fremdeles med han også. Misunte ham ikke helt å padle den kajakken, men. (Sånn blir det fort når man må leie.) Ellers bra.

Noen var mer slitne enn andre, da de svingte rundt siste neset.

Malene og Magne var i hvert fall i strålende humør fortsatt. Malene har kul kajakk, svart og hvit. Den husker jeg fra det året jeg var med selv - damen husker jeg først fra en senere tur.

Her bæres det ved til den årlige badstua. Jeg skal passe på å nevne at jeg var med og bar ved, så ingen kan komme her og si at ikke damene også bærer ved.

Badstuovnen var intakt, ryktene om dens død var det nok ingenting i.

Tipper det smakte rimelig godt med mat etter fire mil i kajakken i løpet av en dag. Min tur var ikke riktig så lang, men lenger enn jeg trodde ser jeg i ettertid. Tøft, jeg teller jo kilometer.

John og Rachael slapper av, de hadde visst ikke fått mye søvn natten før.

Mystisk engelsk mat.

Og jada, man måtte smake. Her er bevis for at det ble smakt.

Så var det tid for å komme meg hjem igjen. Det gjensto bare å krysse over fjorden tilbake til Gustad. Selvsagt kom det en båt ut fjorden akkurat da jeg var utpå der. Hm. Bli kjørt ned av redningsskøyta ville kanskje ikke ta seg helt bra ut for noen av oss. Jeg stoppet. Kanskje interessant å høre når de faktisk så meg? Tok fram telefonen og ringte. Feil nr så klart, jammen bra jeg ikke ringte for et hasteoppdrag...

Jaja, de kjørte meg i hvert fall ikke ned.

Dagens rute sånn cirka.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 12:52 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Tävla med Naturens Bästa och vinn presentkort

naturens-basta-logo

Naturens bästa / Ekoturismföreningen kör en tävling med temat Sommarens bästa paddling.

Man skall svara på några frågor samt rösta fram sin favorit bland sommarens paddlingar (ur Naturens Bästas utbud) med motivering. Tre vinnare vinner presentkort som gäller i ett år.

Naturens Bästa är en märkning av upplevelser och arrangemang. Tanken är att det ska vara enklare att hitta de bästa naturarrangemangen i sverige.

Tävlingen hittar man här: http://www.naturensbasta.se/nyheter/detalj.asp?ID=882 och den pågår till den 21:e september.

Sommarens bästa paddling är ett samarbete mellan Ekoturismföreningen, Västsvenska Turistrådet och Åre Turistbyrå.

Naturens Bästas presentkort gäller i ett år och ger dig möjlighet att njuta av Sveriges bredaste utbud av kvalitetsmärkt ekoturism. Välj mellan tjäderspel eller timmerflottsfärd, fjällritt eller hundspannsäventyr, samiska upplevelser långt bort eller viltsafari i Bergslagen eller något annat.

De tre vinnarna vaskas fram bland de bästa motiveringarna från de som har svarat rätt på tävlingens frågor. Juryn består av personer från Svenska Ekoturismföreningen och beslutet kan inte överklagas. Vinnarnas namn publiceras på Naturens Bästas webbplats. Eventuell vinstskatt betalas av respektive vinnare.

Kvällspaddling vid Tjurpannan

Kvällspaddling vid Tjurpannan

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 27, 2014 06:00 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

The early bird catches more than a worm

It's always so tempting to ignore the alarm at 5am but when we make the effort we are rewarded with a few hours of magical calm paddling. Under a pink sky, we paddled in rippled mercury, past jagged peaks glowing red and golden. Around us birds of all shapes and sizes chattered away and otters […]

by Justine at July 27, 2014 05:39 AM

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Astonishing Ailsa Craig


We had deliberately left kayaking around Ailsa Craig until the afternoon in order to get the best light on the cliffs of the south and west coasts.  It was around 5pm when we started our clockwise circumnavigation and still very warm.  In distance it is just 4.5 kilometres around the island but what an extraordinary hour of paddling it is.





 

Leaving the lighthouse, the first point of interest is the south fog signal.  This is one of two fog signals installed at about the same time as the lighthouse was constructed, one at the north and one at the south of Ailsa Craig.  They were powered by gas engines until 1911 when oil driven engines were introduced and these continued in service until 1966 when both signals were permanently discontinued and replaced by a single Tyfon fog signal situated close to the lighthouse.  This was itself discontinued in 1987 along with most other coastal fog signals.







A little way past the south fog signal the cliff scenery begins to dominate the view, first shattered basalt then more structured basalt columns.  Also here are some of the few Elder (Bour) trees which are the only type of tree to be found on the island.







Farther along and the columnar basalt gets really impressive; some of the individual columns are 120 metres/400 feet high.  The slight lean of the columns is quite strange whilst close in and looking straight upwards!

But then, as a corner is turned the scene goes from dramatic to truly jaw-dropping.....







Stretching away up the west coast of Ailsa Craig are cliffs covered in birds.  The sight, noise and smell seem to arrive almost simultaneously; this is the greatest and most impressive sight on the whole island and it's only when the eyes adjust to the scale that the true impact hits home.  The specks above the 300 metre cliffs are Gannets with a two metre wingspan.  Douglas has paddled here several times and says that it's the same each time - absolute astonishment.







The cacophony and smell can't be conveyed in an image, but the whole is so overwhelming that it is as much felt as heard or smelled.  And that's even before you look upwards........






.....into a sky which is simply full of Gannets.  Streaming from the cliffs, wheeling around and sometimes crashing into the sea around us; it's a stupendous sight.  Looking up comes with a fair risk - there is a steady rain of guano and our boats and clothing were soon liberally spattered, but it's a small price to pay for one of nature's great spectacles.





There are about 36,000 pairs of gannets breeding on Ailsa Craig, together with Guillemots, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Cormorants and Puffins.  The cliffs of St Kilda are higher, but the Gannets on Ailsa Craig are more concentrated in one area... there are more Gannets at the Bass Rock, but the cliffs of Ailsa Craig are three times higher.  It's pointless to compare sites; all are magnificent but perhaps here at Ailsa Craig the combination of a sudden revealing of the cliff, the noise and the smell have the most effect.  We were particularly pleased to see good numbers of Puffins; they formerly bred here in huge numbers but were almost completely wiped out by Rats which arrived on the island on ships.  A comprehensive programme to eradicate the Rats has been successful and the "Tammie Norries" are, happily, breeding again and increasing their numbers.






While I moved off a little to get a sense of the scale and perspective of the west facing cliffs Douglas moved in close and captured some wonderful and intimate images of the birds close by the shoreline.  As we approached the end of the western face of the island the cliffs rear ever steeper until they are vertical and even overhanging; even the seabirds can't find nest sites here.






The astonishing cliff scenery culminates in the Eagle's Seat, an impending  230 metre/750 ft crag which looms over the north tip of the island, making paddlers feel very small.  White Tailed Eagles once nested here, finding good hunting amongst the seabird cities.  Maybe the great birds will return one day; it's good to think that they might.






Turning the corner on the last leg of our circumnavigation, we passed the Swine Cave and the north fog signal.  This twin to the signal at the south end of Ailsa Craig points towards the Arran coast; we reflected that it was only a few weeks previously that we'd looked down the bearing of the Pladda fog signal towards Ailsa Craig.






All too soon our circumnavigation was completed and we landed back at the lighthouse for a leg-stretch prior to the 14 kilometre crossing back to Lendalfoot.  The paddle around had been an astonishing wildlife and scenic experience, but not all of the interest had been avian......







For most of the way we'd had close company, and as we got on the water to  start the crossing back to the mainland we were again the subject of intense scrutiny.  A swirl of water, a snort and a fleeting underwater shape seemed to be leading us out......







.....this is "Gollum", the Grey Seal who followed us closely and probably the same animal with whom we shared the water whilst swimming earlier in the afternoon.  After the widescreen wildlife of the western cliffs, this was an enchanting and intimate experience.  We were followed for several kilometres on our crossing of the Firth of Clyde before the seal turned for home.

There aren't any images from our paddle back to Lendalfoot.  Soon after heading out into open water a dark squall line to the west brought a rising wind and a short, tricky swell from just on our beam.  The wind was from ahead of the beam and we experienced some interesting conditions as we crossed great swirls of tidal movement, sometimes the swell helped and sometimes it definitely didn't, requiring a couple of sharp and energetic brace strokes on occasion.  It's this distance from the mainland, the exposure to the prevailing weather and the potential for conditions to change rapidly which combine to make Ailsa Craig one of the more challenging paddles, even on the most benign of days.

We made the 14.2km crossing in under two hours and at an average speed of 7.4km/hr; it's amazing how a bit of adrenaline can increase the paddling rate!  We arrived about 12 hours after setting out from Lendalfoot and though I still had a four hour drive home I was absolutely buzzing from a superlative day.  I got home at 0130, having set out at 0430 the previous day, so it was a day trip but not actually in one day!

Much as I love the far north of Scotland for its mountainous and wild scenery and the north east for cliff scenery and bird life, Douglas and I are in complete agreement; we don't believe that there is a better combined day paddle and hillwalk to be enjoyed anywhere in the UK than the astonishing, awesome Ailsa Craig.


by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2014 12:23 AM

July 26, 2014

Canadian Ckayaker
Paddle for the joy of it!

Visiting Old Haunts and New Arrivals


Got out on the lake today after a long absence. It was good to check out the old haunts, nooks and crannies which I've been to so many times over the years. Checked Black Point and replaced the geocache I have hidden there. The tree root it was attached to ended up underwater when the tree tumbled into the lake during the spring.


Heading across the lake and then down north and over again to Hovey Manor, I paddled up the Glen Villa brook. All was in order including a family of Mallard ducks getting some training in boat avoidance by their mother. The old log off the point is still in place. It has been their since the Glen Villa hotel in the early 1900's, still looking for a shear-pin to break should a prop get too close. It's deeper in the water these days, but still there to catch the unsuspecting...

I also came across this Bonapart Gull on the lake. Not a common visitor, but not unknown either. Always good to see the lake being shared by those from far away.

by Michael (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2014 10:10 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Fort Myers Beach i Florida

image26. juli 2014

Endelig blev det tid til en lille kajaktur her i Florida. Det er jo lidt ude af sæsonen, der er i foråret, men mange udlejer sit-on-top kajakker hele året. Vejret kan dog blive en udfordring. Således også i dag, hvor en stormfront er på vej mod Fort Myers med både lyn og regn. Og da en blev dræbt her i området forleden, er det ikke for sjov, når det tordner. Så formiddagen var sagen. Det første sted havde ikke flere ledige kajakker, men efter lidt kørsel lykkedes det at finde en udlejer, der havde helt nye ener-kajakker i plastik,noget korte, men senere manøvrebare. Og til $15 pr. kajak inklusiv vest og pagaj for en halv dag! var prisen jo til at overse. Det er dog dyrere i højsæsonen! Vi lejede hos Marina Mikes Boat Club and Rentals ved Fort Myers Beach.

image

Efter at have udfyldt de sædvanlige papirer med “på eget ansvar” og “jeg kan ikke stævne kajakudlejeren” fik vi udleveret helt nye veste med formodning om, at de skulle medbringes, men ikke nødvendigvis bæres, søsatte vi kajakkerne ved en lille bro. Vi beholdt vestene på hele turen – det siger jo sig selv.

image

Billederne er iøvrigt taget med min telefon i en vandtæt pose, så bær over med kvaliteten. senere vil jeg indsætte en lille video, når den er redigeret.

Turen var ikke så lang, kun 3 1/2 kilometer på grund af det kommende uvejr og Rikke kunne heller ikke ro længere, men det blev da til passage under en lav bro, roning i mangrovesumpen og lidt naturliv i form af springene fisk, hejrer og pelikaner.

Er du i Florida, må du ikke snyde dig selv for en kajaktur i mangrovetræernes skygge.

Rute: Metanzas Pass
Isætning: 
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 3,5 km
Vejr: 30 grader. Vind 3 m/s fra øst, men stigende. Sol men efterhånden mere overskyet.

 

by KajakGal at July 26, 2014 06:54 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.

Apparitions and "gloups"...a subterranean paddle through the mists of time.

Into the mist, from the ruins of Arbroath Harbour.
Back home, the sun was blazing in the clear skies. The temperature was unseasonably hot for this part of Scotland. 19.2 miles to the east, it was much cooler and the meeting of the chilly North Sea waters and the summer air were creating foggy conditions along the Arbroath cliffs. There was hardly a breath of air. The sea was unusually calm - a perfect day to be on the water.

Leaving the harbour at Auchmithie, a sandstone headland that overlooks Castlesea Bay draws the eye - the site of an Iron Age defensive fort, known as Lud Castle. A narrow spur or "neck" of land connects it to the mainland proper.

Gliding beneath what was once an ancient fort some 2000+ years ago, in a narrow craft whose essential design is possibly 5000 years old, gives one a perspective on the passage of time. My sleek new kayak, a red Valley Etain 17.5, has significantly older roots than the "blueprints" of an ancient hill fort. Imagine. A case could easily be made that our tiny, one-person vessels are "pre-historic", at least in design.

The site of Lud Castle, an ancient promontory fort...
and a narrow vessel with a history, twice as long.
On this day, the North Sea was relaxed, as if in a pensive mood, even moody. Perhaps it was contemplating the violent, wind-whipped, winter storms it will have to accommodate in just a few short months. Its silky surface parted cleanly and effortlessly as we paddled along the cliffs and around skerries.

"Skerry" is an Old Norse word that means "a rock in the sea" - and that's exactly what they are. Massive skerries or reefs, such as the nearby Bell Rock require lighthouses. Even these tiny ones, when submerged, require a vigilant eye for breaking water.


Around the skerry.
A small pod of five dolphins passed by going in the other direction. It was all rather magical.

Dolphins and sea birds.
Approaching the dark form of the Deil's Heid, we saw, in the distance, a ghostly apparition coming towards us, out of the mist. Could it be? Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "ancient mariner"?

"A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
And still it neared and neared:
As if it dodged a water-sprite,
It plunged and tacked and veered."

"Someone" on the horizon?
As we paddled along, we were clearly on a "confliction" course...but it was by mutual design.

A fellow mariner!
It was a serendipitous encounter on the sea - three paddlers, two in kayaks and one on a SUP board. It was enjoyable to share a few moments together on the gentle swell. Can't imagine where the paddling fisherman was going. Auchmithie? Points north?

The passing "fisher" on a SUP.
Wishing each other well, we parted company, the "ancient" mariner to the north, and we to the south.

For several years, we've walked along the narrow clifftop path, around the deeply cut inlet, Dickmont's Den. Looking down, we had imagined what it would be like to be at sea level in this great chasm, a haunt of 17th and 18th century smugglers.

Dickmont's Den, from the path on another day.

Paddling into the "Den", the sandstone cliffs rising on either side, was exhilarating. Mixed with the screeching of sea birds was the deep sound of the sea's slow "breathing". It came from deep inside a dark cleft in the rock wall. This planet is so very much alive.

Inside Dickmont's Den, looking out.
There was one more place to explore before returning to the old harbour. A dark and broad opening in the sandstone cliffs invited, at the very least, "closer" investigation. Was this an invitation to the curious...or the foolish? The sea was calm, the tide was sufficiently high. The slight swell did not indicate any submerged obstacles at our minimal draught.

Tentative paddle strokes into the darkness.
Drifting into the entrance of the cavern, it quickly became eerily quiet. 

The mouth of the cavern.
It was very dark. Water dripped from the roof of the cavern. It was easy to wonder what else might be lurking in there - above or below us. A slight chill ran down my spine. Nothing like a vivid imagination. We were gently rising and falling in a subterranean world.

Paddling inside the earth...literally.
There was light at the end of the cavern...but we had not seen any exit on the other side of the headland. How could light possible penetrate? From above? But how?

Shaft of light from "above".
We sat in our boats, trying to take in all in. Time seemed to slow down, even stop. It was another realm, neither land nor sea. The tide was beginning to fall. We elected to have a closer study of the charts and maps from the less-mysterious comfort of home.

Paddling back to the mouth of the cavern and to the screeching sounds of hundreds of sea birds, we felt that we had been permitted a unique glimpse of nature's handiwork. It had been from inside the earth and through the mists of unfathomable time. 

We are always deeply grateful for such opportunities. A new "connection" was made to the planet that was both stirring and deeply emotional, on so many levels.

Back into the light...at the "beginning of the tunnel".
Later, after checking the maps, the cavern certainly did appear to lead to the giant blowhole, the Gaylet Pot. We must have walked by it, on the trail above the cliffs, countless times - and never noticed it. Formed by the collapse of a sea cave, it's located in the middle of a farmer's field. It was astonishing. We'd been 300 feet inland, and 150 feet below a farmer's field - in sea kayaks.

It is this giant "gloup", or hole in the earth, that permits the sun to shine through to the end of the sea cave. Through tens of millions of years, the cave has grown landwards and into a vertical shaft...and into the rays of the sun. A thrilling account of how stormy seas can penetrate this shaft and rise high into the air, can be found here

Apparitions, "ancient mariners", smuggler's coves, caverns, and gloups - another routine day, paddling on the North Sea, between Auchmithie and Arbroath. ;)


by Duncan and Joan (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2014 06:46 PM

Mackayak
What I talk about when I talk about kayaking.

Out from Achnahaird

 A few more pictures of the last day in the North West Highlands.
It got so hot we called it a day early.
 
At Garvie Bay.

Leaving Garvie Bay - perfect location for rolling...
 
Mountain backdrop.

Mobbed by a pair of aggressive oystercatchers.

Loch Garvie

cooling off

Journey's end
 
 
What a great paddle!
 
 

by Mackayak (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2014 03:48 PM

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Momenta

This coming Monday evening, July 28th, the film Momenta will be shown at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma. Showtime is 7pm, the evening is sponsored by the South Sound chapter of Surfrider and the admission is a paltry $3.00.

The film focuses on raising awareness about the environmental issues and societal impacts surrounding coal exports, something that anyone who’s sat 10 minutes or more at a crossing, waiting for the ridiculously long trains to finally pass, knows a little about. With American demand in decline, the coal industry has turned its attention to rapidly expanding Asian markets. The industry’s plan is to extract 140 million tons of coal per year from the Powder River Basin and ship it overseas via deep-water ports in Washington and Oregon. Each day, over fifty trains up to a mile-and-a-half-long, laden with Powder River coal, are planned to travel from Wyoming and Montana through hundreds of rural towns to ports in the Pacific Northwest. “This isn’t the current or future economy that Pacific Northwest communities are excited about,” says Brice Boland, Surfrider Foundation Washington Field Coordinator. The near-constant stream of escaping coal dust imposes toxic environmental pollutants and a myriad of health risks on the communities through which the trains travel

Momenta focuses on the issue of coal exports as they relate to the Pacific Northwest, including its impacts on our local communities, the environment and America’s energy future. Produced by Protect Our Winters and Plus M Productions, and presented by SnoCru, Momenta is narrated by world renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, and features activist and author Bill McKibben. Also on camera are professional snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Lucas Debari, and a host of community and environmental leaders from the throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Plains.

Additional information will be posted on the chapter’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SouthSoundSurfrider


by Ken Campbell at July 26, 2014 01:13 PM

Have Kayaks Will Travel
Paddlesport Coaching

Striking a balance, figuratively and literally

Photo credit: Trey Rouss

Photo credit: Trey Rouss

We love coaching, and we spend considerable time doing it. But after four days at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium, it was time for something completely different. We had a trailer full of boats and didn’t have to be anywhere for a few days, so we spent a day on the Sturgeon River with our friends Scott Fairty and Trey Rouss of The Power of Water.

First stop: the newly opened Sturgeon River Outfitters for some local knowledge.

First stop: the newly opened Sturgeon River Paddlesports for some local knowledge.

We got some helpful information about water levels and hazards from Sturgeon River Paddlesports owner Jamie Jacklitch, ran a car shuttle, and then set out in one tandem canoe, one solo canoe and one inflatable SUP.

Trey getting on the water.

Trey getting on the water.

We made a point of switching craft and, of course, playing on every feature.

photo_friday-4

photo_friday-8

photo_friday-6

 

photo_friday-9

Taking time to paddle and play, particularly in crafts that are less familiar, is both fun and productive. And doing so with friends who provide challenges and insights along the way makes us better paddlers. Thanks to Scott Fairty and Trey Rouss for the opportunity.

photo_friday-5

by havekayakswilltravel at July 26, 2014 01:00 PM

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

Ringstad-Ramberg, multer og ASKR

Sist helg var jeg sjåfør. John var blitt oppmerksom på ASKR gjennom bloggen min (som han ikke skjønner særlig av, selv med googletranslate), og kom til Norge sammen med padlevenninnen Rachael for å være med i år. Tøft! Det var bare at de hadde ikke helt funnet skyss fra Tromsø... Så jeg dro til Harstad lørdag og hentet dem, og kjørte dem videre til Kråkberget for registreringen søndag. (John diskuterer her Taran med Dag til høyre.)

På vei til Kråkberget kjørte vi forbi en bil med en dame som satt baki. Aldri sett henne før, så vi vinket og kjørte videre. Men da vi stoppet på en utkjørsel senere kom det forbi en bil med kajakk jeg kjente igjen - Lene! Hohoooi!!! Denne bilen kom like bak, det viste seg å være Kristin som jeg har fått med meg via Lene på internett. Da har vi henne plassert. I kategorien for "særs velorganisert bil"...

Registreringen startet ikke før nokså sent på Kråkberget, men det var knallvær så jeg hadde det i grunnen ikke travelt. Ikke spesielt fristende å stappe seg ned i en kajakk så fort som mulig, nei. Men bade? Niks. (Det tok da disse også en halv evighet å komme uti, etter sigende på grunn av kråkeboller og diverse.)

"Det er ganske varmt i overflaten!"

Etter langt om lenge og lenger enn langt, hadde britene mine fått registrert seg og ordnet leiekajakkene og i det hele tatt, og var godt plassert på Ringstad hvor lang ramble skulle starte i år. Etter en middag der var det blitt ettermiddag og såpass kjølig at jeg anså det kjekt å padle - her vinker John og Dag meg av gårde etter å ha hjulpet meg med kajakken.

Ja! Multene var begynt (såvidt) å modne!

De var ganske store også, faktisk, ville ikke trodd det etter en så tørr sommer. Men multene har vel røtter laaangt ned i torva. 

Den her var litt malplassert, men jeg tror også han var rimelig dau.

Disse her hadde jeg glemt av, men det er visst tiden for dem også nå.

Jeg tok en sving innom Ringstad igjen så utlendingene fikk smake på norske multebær, der var det begynt å fylles opp i bakgården etterhvert.

Så var det tid for en padletur. Jeg ringte en barndomskompis som var hjemme for tiden, og avtalte å møtes. Jeg skulle padle til barndomshjemmet hans, smart plan. Her ser vi Hongværan forut - ilandstigningsforbud der ennå, og det kan jeg i grunnen forstå. Der var den største ternekolonien jeg har sett så langt, blant annet.

Passet på å padle gjennom den lille passasjen, men det var så blikkstille at det nesten var kjedelig.

Her oppover gikk det an å padle siden det var flo - jeg kom faktisk helt opp til rett nedenfor huset. Men det var så grunt at jeg anså det rimelig risikabelt å bli værende. Bare vannstanden gikk ned 10 cm, ville jeg måtte gå laaangt på leirbunn for å komme ned til sjøen igjen.

Så, det ble retur til Ringstad og bil tilbake. :)

- Og ja, jeg skulle egentlig vært ute og padlet alfabetet nå, men på grunn av syk medpadler så sitter jeg heller hjemme i stua og råtner. Så da kan jeg like gjerne få blogget meg ajour imens.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2014 01:25 PM

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

Scalloped Grip Ebay Paddles

Another Ebay listing for a curious pair of paddles. Found at an estate sale in Maine, the seller believes they are from cedar as each is very lightweight (less than a pound).  They are just 53" long with 7" wide beavertail blades. The scalloped shape grips caught my attention...


53" decorated paddles

 Grip decoration


Wide blades with decoration


Don't know if the the seller has any other secret reason for the exorbitant price tag (currently at US $1,199.99). Maybe they got a whiff of the infamous eBay Poirier / Duluth Pack I posted on back in 2009 (then selling for $100 000 US). Apparently that seller has reduced the price down to $48 000...for one day only! 

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2014 10:54 AM

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Wrangling past Wrangel

A vast reef stretched out half a mile from our campsite this morning. We rolled the kayaks over logs to get them the 200 metres to the sea and tried to find deep water between grass like weed and rocks to the open sea. Strong NW winds were forecast so we hurried to cross the […]

by Justine at July 26, 2014 05:29 AM

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

Kayakers Rescued Near Anacortes

Nine kayakers were rescued near Anacortes in Washington State yesterday. According to reports, a "Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Navy aircrew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue, aboard an MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, were able to safely hoist all nine people, who were wearing life jackets, and transport them to Whidbey General Hospital in good condition at about 3 p.m. “The Coast Guard and Navy coordinated well and that resulted in a successful outcome,” said Mike McKiernan, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “These people also had the right safety equipment with them, including a VHF-FM radio, and they were wearing their life jackets.” An instructor from the kayaking group contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM radio at about 1:10 p.m., alerting authorities that the group had become separated. Coast Guard and Navy aircrews, a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, and a boatcrew from Skagit County Fire and Rescue launched to assist. Weather on scene was reported to be 3 to 4 foot seas with 15-knot winds, with a small craft advisory in effect."
So all's well that end well in this case. All the kayakers were reported in good condition.
The helicopter crew videoed part of the rescue. Check out the embedded video below:

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at July 26, 2014 02:39 AM

July 25, 2014

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Skitsommar

Solnedgång över Lilla Kännskär i Bohuslän härom kvällen

Solnedgång över Lilla Kännskär i Bohuslän härom kvällen

Det känns som om vädergnällarna blir fler och fler så vi tänkte haka på. Vilken jävla skitsommar! Vattnet svalkar knappt, man måste ligga i så länge så kroppen blir som ett russin för at få svalka. Och i luften är det tokvarmt hela dagarna. Vattnet är dessutom salt som tusan! ja, på ena sidan i alla fall. Klart är vattnet oxå så man ser massa läskiga fiskar och växtlighet! Sen har vi de vanliga sommarproblemen med att det är ljust för länge, skitjobbigt alltså att spana soluppgång och solnedgång man hinner knappt sova sin skönhetssömn. Åsså luktar det grill, kokos- och sololja och allmänt elände var man än kommer.

Tur det snart rättar till sig ;)

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 25, 2014 02:15 PM