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January 23, 2018

josebelloseakayaking

BCU tres estrellas en Andalucía

Empezaré diciendo, que la tecnificación y la mejora de las capacidades en disciplinas deportivas como el kayak de mar, no es una opción, es sencillamente imprescindible.


Como en cualquier deporte, la adquisición de las habilidades personales básicas nos permitirá la ejecución de las diferentes técnicas o maniobras, necesarias para la práctica. A lo anterior, se le suma que desarrollamos nuestra actividad en un medio natural especialmente cambiante, el mar, que a veces puede ponerse complicado. Por ello, no solo hay que dominar la técnica para desplazarnos y disfrutar de las olas, también hay que tener conocimientos teóricos del entorno y capacidad de actuación ante imprevistos, que nos permita salir airosos de posibles incidencias.


En nuestro entorno, cada país ha confeccionado su propio programa formativo para los diferentes deportes, que en la mayoría de los casos tiene un desarrollo curricular dirigido hacia el técnico deportivo/entrenador, no a  la cualificación del deportista practicante, esto es el resultado de un enfoque competitivo del deporte y la actividad física, que en mi opinión es muy limitante, y cada vez se encuentra más desfasado. Por supuesto, hay excepciones a esta filosofía, generalmente en actividades que vienen de culturas diferentes, incluso de competición (los cinturones en las disciplinas derivadas de las artes marciales por ejemplo). Pero vamos a lo nuestro...


Dejando de lado el Ocean Racing, el kayak de mar es una actividad lúdica y de aventura, que nos permite la navegación, como cualquier otra embarcación, con sus propias connotaciones. Cuanto mayor sea la competencia del palista mayores serán los retos (o más complicadas las condiciones de navegación) a que podrá enfrentarse, aumentando además de manera directa su seguridad. Los niveles más avanzados de competencia (habilidades y conocimientos) capacitan a los palistas a asumir la responsabilidad de liderar/guiar a grupos en el agua.

Internacionalmente, diría que mundialmente, la acreditación del nivel de capacitación de un kayakista de mar más reconocida es la establecida por la British Canoe Union, que por medio de una escala de estrellas clasifica al palista hasta un máximo de 5. Los dos primeros niveles son transversales a las diferentes modalidades de piragüismo, a partir del BCU 3* ya es específico para la modalidad, en nuestro caso seakayaking. El 3* es el de un palista competente para formar parte de un grupo en una travesía o expedición, con  domino de determinadas técnicas y maniobras  en condiciones moderadas de mar. El 4* (Sea kayak Leader) ya te faculta a ser guía del grupo en esas condiciones. El 5* (Advanced Sea kayak Leader) acredita tus capacidades de liderar grupos en condiciones duras.


La cualificación se obtiene por medio de exámenes reglados, en los que se evalúa con mucho detalle cada uno de los estándares establecidos para esta acreditación de nivel por parte de la BCU. En este país ya hay un buen grupo de palistas acreditados con BCU 3*, con titulación BCU 4* ya son muchos menos y los que tenemos el nivel 5* pueden contarse con los dedos de una mano.

¿Para que sirve tener este tipo de titulación? De entrada creo que es bueno conocer tu nivel, que ha sido contrastado, tanto para ti mismo como para los demás. Si, ya se que los kayakistas somos gente que nos gusta ir a nuestra bola y valoramos especialmente la independencia y autonomía, pero lo cierto es que en reuniones, symposiums y actividades organizadas, cada vez es más frecuente que se distribuyan las rutas por niveles, y en muchos países incluso te piden que justifiques tu nivel para poder participar. En otros, y según en que lugares, te piden que tengas el BCU 3* para poder alquilar un kayak o incluso formar parte de una expedición comercial.


Hasta ahora no era fácil realizar exámenes de la BCU fuera del Reino Unido, ni formarse de manera específica en los contenidos y habilidades requeridas. Por ello hemos diseñado un programa para ello en Andalucía por primera vez, accesible y sencillo y dirigido a obtener la titulación BCU 3*. La formación y el examen final se concentra en cuatro días, repartidos en dos fines de semana, para grupo máximo de seis alumnos. 


Yo seré el formador y Anna Moreno la examinadora. Las prácticas y pruebas se llevarán a cabo en la bahía de Cádiz. Interesados/as contactad a través del correo: joserbello@telefonica.net



¡Nos vemos en el agua!

SUROESTE ESCUELA DE DEPORTES NAUTICOS

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at January 23, 2018 12:01 am

January 22, 2018

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

Inn i granskauen

Søndag pakket jeg for en tur i marka, selv om det var svinkaldt. Jeg så for meg en liten tur med bål, selv om jeg ikke tok med meg noe til grilling. Men den tjukke fjellduken, speilreflekskamera og diverse. Trugene så klart, i tilfelle skaren ikke bar. Men som bildet i og for seg viser antydning til, så gikk jeg litt opp i høyden. Jeg ombestemte meg nemlig i bilen.

Svinkaldt, som nevnt. Det ga jo fin rimpynt til både grantrær og annet. Jeg gikk på truger fra bilen, til jeg kom til trakket sti der det var steinhardt. Da hektet jeg de på sekken.

Kule kongler lå strødd rundt.

Sola nådde toppene, men jeg fryktet at jeg var seint ute. Det var i og for seg ingen krise, jeg har sett sola i år så jeg vet jeg har overlevd den verste vinteren denne gangen også. Turen, derimot. Jeg hadde fått for meg at jeg skulle opp mot Strandheia. Sånn som jeg husket det så gikk det ganske fort å gå opp denne granskogen. Saken er nok mer at jeg har fortrengt hvor kjedelig det var sist. Granskog, granskog, granskog.

Kult nok så kom redningsskøyta forbi, akkurat i et glimt av omverdenen.

Flotte farger i dag. Når man kom litt ut av granskogen.

Omsider kom jeg over hele granskogen, også.

Men det var fortsatt et stykke igjen til toppen, og jeg var slett ikke sikker på at jeg ville rekke sola der uansett. Jeg snudde her, jeg hadde det egentlig litt travelt.

Men jeg kom meg ut. Da jeg kom til bilen sa den 15 minusgrader. Da er jeg egentlig godt fornøyd med å ha kommet meg ut av huset i det hele tatt. Og nå har jeg jo fortsatt ikke vært på toppen der siden lenge siden, så da har jeg jo mer motivasjon neste gang. Hvis jeg holder ut granskogen. Den er uliiidelig kjedelig. (Men går nok fortere med lettere sekk, og om man husker å ta stavene med.)

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2018 09:13 pm

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ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Bad & skidmåndag

Idag blev det ett skönt bad i Rössjön. Kändes extra svalt idag och vi behövde inte ligga i alls särskilt länge för att få svalka 🙂 På eftermiddagen blev det några varv i längdspåren vid Hulebäcksröd. Inte superfina spår men helt okej med skånska mått mätt. Spåren var nog finare i helgen. Imponerande att Hjärnarps...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at January 22, 2018 07:09 pm

Tatiyak

Un altro corso di prova di CNTP: l'ultimo prima dell'esame!

L'accoglienza dell'associazione locale non poteva essere migliore: ho avuto la possibilità di svolgere un altro corso di prova sulla navigazione costiera con un gruppo di allievi preparati ed interessati, uno dei più numerosi con cui mi sia mai capitato di cimentarmi in questo lungo periodo di tirocinio.
Inoltre, la sala era talmente calda ed accogliente che sulle prime mi ha lasciato a bocca aperta e anche un tantino intimorita. E' la più bella sala in cui mi sia mai capitato di tenere dei corsi, e dove non a caso torneremo per il mio esame finale da Provider CNTP!

La bella sala messa a disposizione dall'ATLS Iseo: grazie di cuore!
La comparazione tra carte turistiche, mappe cartografiche e mappe nautiche...
I "miei" segnalamenti marittimi, una dei momenti più divertenti del corso!
Pianificazione dell'escursione ad Anglesey: cosa uscirà dallo studio dei diamanti e delle maree?!?  

L'ATLS Iseo ha una sede ben attrezzata che affaccia sulla sponda orientale del Lago d'Iseo, proprio a due passi dal centro storico del paese rivierasco che dà il nome al lago e dalla riserva naturale delle Torbiere del Sebino, dichiarata zona umida di protezione speciale per la sua importanza internazionale. Le altre tre donne del gruppo hanno girato a piedi tutti i sentieri serpeggianti ed i camminamenti sospesi sull'acqua e nascosti tra i canneti: noi invece ci siamo avventurati in kayak, nonostante le forti raffiche gelide provenienti dai quadranti nord, che le previsioni davano in aumento.
Dovevamo dare seguito, con una prova pratica di navigazione costiera, al corso teorico che si è svolto nella giornata di sabato: gli oltre dieci partecipanti che il giorno prima si erano cimentati nello studio delle previsioni meteorologiche, del calcolo delle escursioni di marea e della lettura delle carte nautiche, si sono poi impegnati nella programmazione e gestione di un'escursione guidata sul lago...

Briefing al riparto dal vento!
Prime pagaiate nel canale interno per evitare il forte vento contrario...
Pausa pranzo presso la bella sede del Canoa Club Sarnico quando ormai il vento era calato...
Continui esercizi di valutazione delle distanze, previsione dei tempi di percorrenza, correzione di rotta e...

Nonostante la buona visibilità e la temperatura mite, il vento forte che imbiancava l'intero specchio d'acqua con onde ravvicinate e nervose ci ha costretto a modificare i nostri piani e ad elaborare in pochi minuti un programma alternativo. Del resto, le prove di navigazione, teoriche o pratiche che siano, servono proprio a questo: ad essere sempre pronti con un piano di riserva per assicurare a tutti un'uscita divertente ed in sicurezza. Come è diventata la nostra: prima di volata fino Clusane, poi in traversata verso Sarnico, poi lungo Predore fino al Corno ed infine, con una seconda traversata senza più neanche una bava di vento, verso il nostro punto di partenza.
Tornata a casa con tante emozioni e tanti suggerimenti, mi sono subito rimessa a studiare in vista dell'esame finale del 24 febbraio... finger crossed!

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2018 05:00 pm

SimonWillis.net
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Challenge 2 - Can I Cure My Sinky Swim Legs

Sinking legs are the curse of many triathletes who didn't start swimming at an early age.

We rely on the buoyancy of our wetsuits to lift our legs.  Training in the pool we can't wait to put the pull-buoy between our legs and get extra lift.

My legs just sink.  Seriously, it's like towing a truck through the water.

Since I'm taking on challenges during this, my 60th year, I decided that 'curing' this affliction was one I had to tackle.

This will not happen quickly.  Some of my challenges, such as my first, will have instant results - success or failure.  This is quite different.

Learning to swim has been likened to learning a language.  At the moment I have the equivalent of holiday French, where I just have to get roughly the right word - details such as tense and declension are absent.

Fixing my sinking legs and improving my catch will be like aiming to become fluent in the language.

I've started with an instructor.  I did a three-hour session with Emma Levy in the endless pool of Edinburgh Swim Studio.  I did very little swimming.  Mainly I was pushing off from one end, and trying to engage my core to stop my legs sinking.

It sort-of worked.  Now, as with learning a language, I must practice practice practice.  So as the title asks, can I cure my sink swim legs?

I don't know, but I'll give it a damn good try.  A worthy challenge for 2018.

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at January 22, 2018 07:30 am

January 21, 2018

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

In the wake of the dead: a sea kayaking pilgrimage to Oronsay and Colonsay via Jura.

For those who would like to follow the thread of this great trip to Oronsay and Colonsay via Jura from start to finish, I hope this index will be useful. We launched from Carsaig Bay NR735877. We paddled 136km over four days. On the outward trip we portaged the 2km over the Jura isthmus from Tarbert Bay in the east to Loch Tarbert in the west. We returned through the Corryvreckan. Read

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2018 09:50 pm

kajak.nu
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Sälspaning vid Grytskären

Idag blev det lite gott häng och dräll på Skåneleden innanför Grytskären. Gråväder och helt stilla på Skälderviken, nästan så vi blev lite paddelsugna 🙂 hade väl hoppats på lite skidor men Vallåsen har haft för snålt med minusgrader för att få ihop snö trots snöfabriken 🙂 Spår fanns dragna på åsen men det verkade...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at January 21, 2018 08:42 pm

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

Baked Bramley apples at a Shian Bay Sunset.

As the sun in the west sank behind distant Colonsay...  ...it illuminated the moors of Jura to the east with a warm red light. A full moon rose into a cold blue sky above the misty hills beyond the moor. We gradually gathered round the fire with our sports recovery drinks. Camp raconteur David kept Sam amused with tales such as how he had rolled more cars than kayaks!  We were all

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 21, 2018 07:54 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Three Weeks Down

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already into its fourth week, that time flies so much faster when we’re not looking at it.

The boat is close to being wrapped, which is where I hope it will gain some more rigidity. The foam itself is fairly brittle and it’s hard to trust the glue in any structural sense, but I think that wrapping it all and painting it should provide a unifying touch. We’ll see. I’m also going to be adding a small plywood deck and a rudimentary amount of wood framing. There are no instructions for this process.

As for the South Kuiu Cleanup, planning continues. It’s like a daily game of Whack-A-Mole at this point – every problem that gets solved leaves two different problems behind – but it will all come together as we go, I’m sure. I am very much looking forward to the trip already and eager to see what the data tells us about the mature and deposition rates of marine debris in that part of Southeast Alaska. There are no instructions for this process either.

Also thinking about Calvin Croll this morning. There’s some massive storms hitting the west coast of Vancouver Island at the moment, 30-foot waves and 65-knot winds. He’s been stuck on the same stretch of coast for the past six days (of course, it looks like he’s at Hot Springs Cove, which doesn’t sound all bad, eh?) Check out this awesome video from Calvin of the storm hitting the shore… easy to see why he’s not paddling right now. Watch the whole three minutes; some of the best boomers are at the end

 

by Ken Campbell at January 21, 2018 04:16 pm

January 20, 2018

Paddling and Sailing

She gets worse before she gets better.

We just visited the Mother-ship and were glad that she floated and started.  We heard stories of other boats in the area sinking. Their engine cooling water strainers cracked when they froze and the boats sunk when they thawed.  Luckily it appears our heater system worked well with our other winter preparations.  So far so good. She started and ran fine.  We charged the batteries,  removed some more broken electrical, installed a step some other hardware.  So many fun boat chores on a sunny day, and it was so warm for a moment I thought about taking off my outer shirt.

The interesting thing about the Mother-ship is that things often look worse before they get better. 

For Example:


Here is our electrical panel before we bought her.  Clearly the AC power breaker panel on the left if not ready for anything but starting fires and explosions.  And in two years I have gotten to this stage:


So the bad panel is out making a big hole on the left where I can put a new DC panel in and slowly replace the currently working DC panel on the right which works fine but is 41 years old so I think it is time for all new.

I'm not certain this boat will ever see an AC panel.  Occasionally AC devices are run on board with an extension cord and a ground fault interrupt device. 

I think a lot of time is going to be spent kayaking before any time is spent considering AC power on the Mother-ship.  Her purpose after all is to facilitate more coastal and inlet paddling.  And for that she is wonderful.

by Canoe Sailor (noreply@blogger.com) at January 20, 2018 08:06 pm

January 19, 2018

kajak.nu
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Egmont köper Outnorth

Egmont köper friluftsehandlaren Outnorth som till stor del varit ägt av Verdane Capital fram till nu. Egmont är väl mest känt för tidningar på papper men har även ehandel på programmet och är tidigare delägare i Tinderberg och Fjellsport inom friluftssegmentet. Blir nog ingen större skillnad för kundernas del. Har svårt att tro att det...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at January 19, 2018 07:48 pm

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

End of day in Carsaig Bay.

As we left the lonely rock of Ruadh Sgeir the tide was still carrying us back towards Carsaig Bay and as it was nearing the end of our expedition, it was nice to take a break from paddling. The light was beautiful and...  ...we enjoyed views to the Paps of Jura which had dominated the horizon on much of our trip. Nearing the end, we broke out of the tide into the sheltered inlet behind

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 19, 2018 04:27 pm

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

Historical Paddle Illustration: Peachey - View of Three Rivers

Here's more historic artwork by military artist James Peachey. This broad vista is entitled, "A View of Three Rivers Taken from the Road leading to Pointe du Lac" and dates to 1784.

A View of Three Rivers Taken from the Road leading to Pointe du Lac
James Peachey
1784

Difficult to spot, but in the foreground is an overturned canoe with a group of First Nations people huddled around a cooking fire. Some paddle blades with a tear drop design are just peeking out from the left side.

Closeup


The paddles are coloured a distinctive earthy red colour, much like another work described here.

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at January 19, 2018 04:09 pm

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Fynda på Facebook

Att fynda friluftsprylar på Facebook har börjat bli en trevligt nöje. Ofta är det väldigt billigt och  nästan nya prylar ibland. Exped madrass med stol tillbehör är två fynd. Ett annat är exped Orion expedition tält till sjukt billigt pris och det är i nyskick . Palm bogserbälte var ett annat fynd.

by Bengt Larsson at January 19, 2018 03:59 pm

IKEA dörrmattan ydby

Den här Ikea dörrmattan är ett fantastiskt bra tillbehör till din kajak. Har delat den till två bitar som passar under fötterna i sittbrunnen. Fantastiskt skönt och avlastande för hälarna. Det andra användningsområdet är när du ska dra upp kajaken på land, glider fint på mattan…

by Bengt Larsson at January 19, 2018 03:27 pm

January 18, 2018

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

Dødmannshånd

Dødmannshånd, Alcyonium digitatum, en bløtkorall som man relativt ofte kan treffe på når man padler. Den liker seg særlig på steder med en del strøm. Der står de og fanger opp plankton i vannet som strømmer forbi. Jeg synes den er litt artig.

Når vannet trekker seg unna når det går mot fjære, kan den nemlig komme over vannet. Ikke videre fin kanskje, men den lyser godt opp spesielt hvis det er sol. Konsistensen er hard men litt myk samtidig, litt som en moden mango kanskje. "Læraktig" har jeg sett den beskrevet som, og det stemmer i grunnen bra. Jeg har for øvrig lest at den finnes i hvit utgave også, men det har jeg ikke sett selv. Denne oransjerøde varianten er i hvert fall ganske så knall!

Under overflata er den noen hakk finere siden polyppene pynter opp, i grunnen litt kul. Hver sånn klump er en koloni, en slags boligblokk for masse smådyr.

Sånn ser den ut i død variant. I grunnen ganske kul da også, synes jeg. Det må innrømmes at første gang jeg fant Dødmannshånd syntes jeg den var litt ekkel, ikke minst fordi jeg ikke ante hva det var for noe. Når jeg fikk vite hva den het var jo navnet også litt ekkelt, men samtidig litt skøy. Noen må jo synes det ligner en død manns hånd i vann. Det kan godt være, det har jeg heldigvis aldri sett.

Jeg har funnet et sted det finnes masse av den. De skal visst kunne bli ganske så gamle, så jeg tror nok at det fortsetter å være store mengder her framover.

Som sagt - masse. Skal du på jakt etter denne, pass på når det er storfjære. Da er det også en del andre kule ting å finne i fjæresonen, sånn som den langarmede stjerna på kolonien i bildet.

Vær så god, dagens tips til deg som vil se denne på nært hold. Kaia på Kattneset i Myre havn. Under den er det stooore mengder. Den er det også fin konstruksjon på, så det er greit å komme til under, der disse bor - i hvert fall med båt. Du bør nok ikke prøvde deg på å komme hit til fots. ;)

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at January 18, 2018 11:02 pm

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

Taking a break at Red Rock.

After transiting the Corryvreckan, we arrived in the Sound of Jura. The ebb tide had built rapidly and we were making 10km/hr with little paddling effort. Our destination was our starting point at Carsaig Bay. This lay 12.5km down tide but 6.5km across tide on the far side of the Sound of Jura. It did not take a mathematician... ...to calculate that we needed to paddle across the sound at a

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 18, 2018 10:18 pm

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

DC Bound

I’m in the process of putting together the schedule for what has become a yearly trip to DC to talk with legislators and their staffs about the health of the oceans. It’s an opportunity to talk with the people who are actually making the rules, to raise the issues that might not otherwise be given adequate attention. This year’s Hill Day, set for next month, is being organized by the Surfrider Foundation and our State delegation is going to be pretty big – at least one person from each chapter here in the other Washington. With the latest offshore proposals and the general gutting of national environmental protections that are going on now, it is a perfect time to make our voices heard.

We’re pretty lucky here in Washington. Our representatives are pretty solid on environmental matters, with one or two exceptions. It could be a lot worse. (Looking at you, Alabama.)

by Ken Campbell at January 18, 2018 12:31 pm

January 17, 2018

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

A traverse of the Gulf of Corryvreckan disturbed only by a shoal of fish.

As we set off from Glengarrisdale Bay towards the Gulf of Corryvreckan which lies between the isles of Jura and Scarba... ...the morning's cold front began to clear leaving... ...Glengarrisdale in full sunshine. Colonsay and Oronsay were now distant bumps on the horizon behind us. All attention was now on the western entrance of the Corryvreckan ahead. As we approached, we could

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 17, 2018 09:08 pm

SimonWillis.net
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Wetsuit Repair Highly Recommended

 I did this while getting ready for our swim on 1st January 2018.

When I put on a wetsuit I wear soft cotton gloves to protect the neoprene from 'classic' half-moon thumb-nail tears, but this was something quite different.

Liz has previously sewn old wetsuits together with dental floss, but as this was in the thin shoulder neoprene, she didn't feel this was possible.  Frankly, I didn't know how to fix this.

I contacted BlueSeventy who helped with the repair, advising me to send it to Techneopro.
Their website shows several types of repair.  I was told they are fast and good.

Less than ten days later, back came my wetsuit.  The repair - well, judge for yourself.  Will it last?  I'll let you know.  For now I'd heartily recommend their services.

Repaired
Back view - before

Back view - after


by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at January 17, 2018 06:00 am

January 16, 2018

Tatiyak

Relax

Una domenica di completo relax sul Lago Maggiore: solito giro, soliti amici, solito piacere!

Sole all'imbarco...
Sole (e caffè!) alla sosta...
Sole a Santa Caterina del Sasso...
Sole anche alla "nostra" casa sul lago!
Questo anello di ormeggio vorrei tanto portamelo a casa!

Anche se restiamo lontani dal "nostro" lago per qualche tempo, lo ritroviamo sempre in splendida forma!

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2018 08:53 pm

BLSD: un aggiornamento sempre utile!

E' sempre utile tenersi aggiornati, specie quando si tratta di questioni di vita o di morte.
Il CCM di Milano ha organizzato lo scorso sabato 13 gennaio, presso la sua accogliente sede a Castelletto di Cuggiono, un interessante corso di aggiornamento sul BLSD (Basic Life Support and Defibrillation - sostegno cardio-respiratorio di base e defibrillatore).
L'incipit del libretto fornito agli allievi è indicativo dell'importanza di (ri)conoscere i primi sintomi di un possibile attacco cardiaco e di eseguire le previste manovre di emergenza per attivare nel più breve tempo possibile la catena dei soccorsi: "ogni anno, in Italia, circo 60.000 cittadini (persone!? sic!) muoiono in conseguenza di un arresto cardiaco, a insorgenza spesso talmente improvvisa da non essere preceduto da alcun sintomo o segno premonitore".
L'uso del DAE (Defibrillatore semi-Automatico Esterno) è previsto da una specifica normativa del 2001 che, nelle sue successive integrazioni, autorizza anche il personale non medico a somministrare lo shock con il defibrillatore in condizioni di sicurezza per se stesso e per le tutte le altre persone presenti, compresa la persona che in quel momento necessita di cure sanitarie. E' sufficiente seguire una serie di regole condivise, dettate spesso dal buon senso e dall'esperienza, e restare aggiornati seguendo i corsi di formazione specifica.

La corretta posizione per un efficace massaggio di rianimazione cardio-polmonare...
L'uso del defibrillatore semi-automatico sul manichino...
La gatta del circolo rende la sede del CCM ancora più speciale!

Per noi canoisti il brevetto BLSD diventa particolarmente importante, non solo in ragione dell'ambiente in cui operiamo, all'aria aperta ed in specchi d'acqua dolce o salata spesso lontani dai centri di primo soccorso (e dove un'ambulanza può impiegare più dei dieci minuti garantiti dal sistema di emergenza sanitario del 112 e del 118), ma anche perchè il Ministero della Salute ha disposto, a partire dal 2012, l'obbligo della dotazione e del corretto uso del DAE a tutte le società sportive professionistiche e dilettantistiche e "ai soggetti gestori di impianti ove si svolga una rilevante pratica sportiva amatoriale anche da parte di non soci". Quest'ultimo caso potrebbe interessare molte scuole di canoa italiane e molti centri di promozione e diffusione della cultura del kayak da mare tra i tanti presenti lungo lo stivale del nostro Bel Paese.
Ho capito una volta di più l'importanza della sicurezza e della prontezza degli interventi di primo soccorso, specie quando si tratta di aiutare persone in difficoltà (non è più consigliato definire "vittime", non solo per un senso di velato ottimismo ma anche per rispettare l'eventuale capacità di collaborare del pericolante): in mare può accadere spesso di dover prestare soccorso...
Ringrazio il CCM ed il suo Presidente Massimiliano Milani per aver fornito agli oltre venti partecipanti l'occasione di questo aggiornamento utile e prezioso: non bisogna mai smettere di imparare!

by Tatiana Cappucci (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2018 08:46 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.

A White Christmas In Lighthouse Park

Bald Eagle

With the kids grown and out of the house we’ve used the Christmas holiday season to stow the trailer and pamper ourselves while we explore. Both the Capilano Suspension Bridge and  Lighthouse Park have been on my list of places to visit for some time. Theresa had seen that the bridge would be decorated with […]

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by Steve Weileman at January 16, 2018 03:57 pm

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

January 16th - Discovery Island and Orcas (#8)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a "regular" morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were nice, not much current and not too much wind. I had misplaced my sunglasses so I had to squint quite a bit against the low winter sun! The tide was high and I had not been into the inlet in east Chatham Island for some time, so we made a short detour to check on the prickly pear cactus on the islet. They seem to be doing well (and are a tad smaller than the Galapagos ones!). There was a nice group of male Steller sea lions at Seabird Point as well as a few seals along the way. We saw Cheryl in her boat and went over to chat with her for a bit about the wolf. She has had some good sightings recently. On our way back across Baynes Channel we were treated to a nice display by a small pod of orcas. You can see the "blip" in my track where we stopped to watch them. They looked like they were feeding and at one point one of them did a spyhop!
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16 km, YTD 88 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2018 02:23 pm

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

The skulls of Glengarrisdale, Jura.

We made our way up to the former shepherd's house which is now a well maintained MBA bothy. The last shepherd left the glen in about 1947.  On this occasion the bothy was empty but we soon... ...had it feeling homely by lighting the fire with a bag of charcoal and the last few logs which we had brought.  We also lit the macabre skull candle holder on the mantle-shelf above the fire.

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 16, 2018 07:25 am

January 15, 2018

Northwest Explorer

Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train, Fall 2017

Since my destination was located within easy walking distance I checked out of my hotel and in the early morning hours made my way on foot down to the iconic Alaska Railroad depot. I sorta hated to leave, I was enjoying the Historic Anchorage Hotel’s quirky architectural details and turn of the century décor, but I would be back there again in two days. 


The Alaska Railroad’sAurora Train travels in the winter months between Anchorage and Fairbanks leavening every Saturday and then returning the following day, a journey of 356 miles one way that would that take approximately 12 hours. During its course the train passed over a vast expanse of northern boreal forest, up and around several mountain ranges and connected a number of small isolated Alaskan communities. When I got my boarding pass at the ticket window I was given a small map of the route ahead. 




Power for our journey was supplied by two SD70MAC diesel locomotives, number 4324 and 4320 respectively, both were manufactured by GM Electro-Motive Division and were pulling a kitchen car, a dining car, a snack and lounge car, two passenger seating cars and a luggage/freight car.  The Aurora travels the same stretch of tracks as the railroad’s better known and slightly more luxurious Denali Star, but on this outing the views of the passing scenery were none the less first class. Nature’s palette in Alaska is always changing from the luxuriant greens of summer to the fiery colors of fall and then inevitably by the snowy whites of winter. And in the darkening winter skies landscapes can become hauntingly illuminated by the swirling colors of the Aurora Borealis that gives this locomotive its name.


Curious as to the history of the railroad and its economic impact on Alaska I gathered some information while waiting at the station. A small booklet from the gift store provided a brief outline of the company’s evolution over the years. In 1903 the first 50 miles of tracks were laid north from the territorial settlement of Seward, then in 1914 the US Congress provided funding for construction of the line all the way to Fairbanks. Carving this route through the wilderness lasted until 1923, but although the tracks had been laid the company’s continued development was limited by Alaska’s small population. World War II brought substantial profits from hauling military and civilian supplies and materials and two tunnels were built through the Chugach Mountains to allow rail access to the strategic port of Whittier. After the war passenger service was expanded and the company shifted to diesel locomotives. The company survived the Good Friday earthquake of 1964 despite extensive damage and in the 70s was instrumental in hauling supplies for the oil pipeline project but financially the railroad continued to struggle. So in 1983 the railroad partnered with the State of Alaska and under this public/private charter overall service and infrastructure was greatly improved. By the late 90s the corporation was back in the black and business was expanding. Today, according to some well-placed sources I talked to, the corporation is doing well and passenger service is now second only to hauling gravel as the company’s primary revenue source.

Built in 1942 the Anchorage train station typifies mid twentieth century architecture as fireproof concreate and steel replaced wooden structures in the last frontier. Though not particularly ornate, this building, due to its historic importance to Alaskan transportation, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.




Our train crept slowly across the Hurricane Gulch Bridge in the early morning light. Our conductor informed us that this was both the longest and tallest bridge on the entire railroad, a breathtaking 254 feet above Hurricane Creek. Passengers craned their necks to peer into the chasm below.




The rail line north to Fairbanks closely follows four major Alaskan rivers, the Matanuska and the Susitna Rivers that flow south into Cook Inlet and the Pacific Ocean, and to the north the Nenana and Tanana Rivers that complete their journey in the Bering Sea. These wide braided rivers carry rocks, sand and silt ground down by the glaciers of the Alaska Range and create the soils and hydrology necessary for these extensive deciduous forests. Though not at their peak the late fall colors along this stretch of the Susitna were still quite vibrant.  



The train passed through several types of ecological zones during the course of our journey. Changes in elevation and eventually latitude were noted by changing plant and animal groups. Slightly less obvious were plant cover variations that had been caused by fire (pyro-diversity) and it was interesting to try and guess the last time any given area we were passing through had burned. As we passed Summit Lake where high elevation and winter storms determined the ecology we were informed that Broad Pass between the Talkeetna Mountains and the Alaska Range was also the top of the watershed. From here on all waters we would travel along would be flowing north to join the Yukon River.




The Aurora Train has few scheduled stops along the way but passengers can disembark at prearranged “whistle stops” or can be boarded by “flagging” the train along various parts of the route. This is the only railroad in the US that still offers this kind of flag stop service to rural residence. And while there were a few rugged individuals loaded with hunting and wilderness supplies that got on and off along the way the vast majority of the passengers on this train were heading north with a very different agenda.  


With the train packed to capacity most of my fellow passengers were visiting from Asia, where it is a popular belief that a child conceived under the northern lights would have special powers and good fortune. When we finally arrived at the Fairbanks Station, with no other luggage other than my backpack, I sprinted for a cab. At the hotel the front desk staff asks us if we would like an “aurora wakeup call”, I opted out, but wished the young folks the best in their endeavors. I however needed my sleep, tomorrow, early, I had a train to catch.

   

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” Anthony Bourdain









by Art in Alaska (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2018 09:25 pm

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

Historic Paddle Photo: Naskapi (Innu) Paddlers - 1928

As mentioned in this previous post, the Field Museum has some paddles collected during the Rawson-MacMillan Subarctic Expeditions of 1927 and 1928. Acquired by Ethnographer William Duncan Strong, the paddles and other artifacts of material culture are thoroughly discussed in James VanStone's publication, Material culture of the Davis Inlet and Barren Ground Naskapi: The William Duncan Strong Collection

Recently, The Field Museum posted all 975 photos from these two expeditions onto a Flickr album. One particular photo taken at Davis Inlet, Labrador, offers a rare glimpse of the traditional Innu paddling method.

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Davis Inlet, Labrador
Taken August 23, 1928

The bow paddler is using a typical high aspect ratio (i.e. long and narrow) paddle consistent with those in usage in the area. His grip hand is holding the small bulbous grip laterally in the indigenous paddling technique described in this post here

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2018 07:57 pm

Northwest Explorer

Welcome to Northwest Explorer


Our mission is to explore Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia and to share this region’s remarkable natural beauty, ecology, history and unique culture with the world. It is our hope that through these images and stories we will inspire and inform others to chart their own adventures. Below is an index of our more recent journeys and a few skills that we have found helpful for wilderness travel. - Art and Brenda



by Art in Alaska (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2018 05:20 pm

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

Waiting for the Corryvreckan tide at Glengarrisdale.

As we were finishing second breakfast, the chilly silence of Corpach Bay was broken by the rumble of engines. The SC Nordic, a Danish pallet carrier of 4,786 gross tonnage, was making her way NE between Colonsay and Jura towards the Sound of Mull. She was enroute from Greenock on the Clyde to Skogn in Trondheimsfjorden, Norway. Soon she was out of earshot and silence again fell over the bay of

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2018 04:46 pm

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by Pia Sjöstedt at January 15, 2018 02:05 pm

SimonWillis.net
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Our Local (Big) Pool

Pool swimming isn't easy living here.  It's an hour's drive to the Fort William swimming pool which has to be timed to catch the Corran Ferry.  The pool is used by the schools, so times are a little restricted.

So when we fancy a quick swim, we turn to Loch Sunart and go in at the Strontian slipway.  Two rivers enter the loch near here and after heavy rain the much colder fresh water sits on top of the sea water.  Recently it has even frozen.  However, all was good on Saturday.

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at January 15, 2018 06:30 am

January 14, 2018

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Memories of 2017

The turn of a year is a time to look forward to the possibilities and challenges ahead, but also to reflect on the year just ended. I've once again been very lucky to have enjoyed some superb days and nights in Scotland's great outdoors. As in previous years, I've absolutely failed to select just one memory from 2017 - so here are a few.... :o)






A change of work routine during 2017 has resulted in fewer longer trips; instead there have been more "local" adventures........





.....and really, there's plenty to go at - even very close to home!






The colour palette as the seasons turn has been a joy; one of the highlights of my year has been to be at home regularly enough to notice the subtle changes.....






...and some frankly jaw-dropping natural light shows.






There were some cracking hill days in 2017, spanning all the seasons (sometimes in the same day).  Whether on the bigger hills or the smaller ones, easy days or tough battles, mountains continue to be a gift that just keeps on giving.





I had no difficulty selecting the year's outstanding multi-day trip.  A wonderful journey to (and over!) Jura and then around Colonsay by sea kayak would have been a highlight of any year......





...in the very best of the early Summer weather when we seemed to travel under perpetual sunshine....





...and in majestic surroundings.  The story of this trip starts here, and you can follow our journey in "Sea Kayak Stereovision" on Douglas' blog (with much better photos than mine!) starting here.


But, if pushed, I'd have to say that the single outstanding memory from a year in the outdoors during  2017 is.....



...a truly fantastic encounter with a pod of dolphins on the Sound of Arisaig.  These captivating animals actively sought us out and played with us for hours; it was the most thrilling and intimate of wildlife encounters and all the better as we didn't seek it out......





...it's left us with memories to last a lifetime





But once again the year was made by people and by shared experience.  A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone with whom I've enjoyed the outdoors in 2017 - from struggles in tough conditions to nights around the fire - these experiences are all the better for sharing with friends - Slainte Mhath!

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2018 09:35 pm

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

January 14th - Cadboro and Oak Bays (#7)

Rob and I went for a morning paddle. Our original intent was to head out and around the islands but it was quite windy (Discovery was 15-20 kt  from the north all morning), so we decided to turn around at Cadboro Point when we encountered lumpy water and tour Cadboro and Oak Bays. We made it around Mary Tod (Jimmy Chicken!) islet and Oak Bay Marina and headed back. Lots of birds around including bufflehead, hooded and common mergansers, scaup and harlequin ducks and the highlight for me was a group of ancient murrelets!
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12 km, YTD 72 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2018 04:39 pm

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

A cold second breakfast at dead end beach, Jura

We woke on the morning of our fourth day of our trip round Jura and Colonsay on the machair of Shian Bay on the west coast of Jura. A cold NW wind was blowing  and it felt like spring had retreated to allow the return of winter. As we had no intention of paddling through the Gulf of Corryvreckan against the west going flood tide, in wind over tide conditions, we wanted to arrive at the west

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2018 02:46 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

More Thoughts on Oil and Water

The decision last week from the current administration that opens most of the US coast to offshore drilling (Florida used a combination of bravado and boot-licking to get its exemption), is a huge step backward for the country and for the ocean. It’s a rare moment of solidarity between coastal state Governors of both parties – none of them want it to happen – but it is a sad indication of the very real threat that continued fossil fuel dependence holds for us as a nation. A cautionary moment.

Other countries are taking different routes to the future. None of them are planning for long-term expanding fossil fuel consumption. Well, almost none.

The only way we can go is forward. There is no reset button, no way to return to the past, no matter how badly some people may want it to be possible. The Secretary of the Interior said that this proposal is part of, “a new path for energy dominance in America,” but this is a well-traveled road that we are speeding down, built at considerable taxpayer expense, not some bold exploration to find the future. Saying something doesn’t make it so.

by Ken Campbell at January 14, 2018 02:02 pm

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

Sola er tilbake, sola er tilbake!

Jeg tok turen til Bø for å kunne få se sola i dag. Hjemme kommer den ikke før etter den tyvende, og det er lenge til. I dag var det ikke så mye skyer i horisonten, så jeg satset på å få et glimt når den kom fram i Gimsøystraumen. Satte ut fra Vinjesjøen. Selve sola var ikke oppe nå, men det var flott lys på himmelen allerede.

Dette sjømerket synes jeg er blitt en artig skulptur etter hvert som den har falt fra hverandre.

En gang i tiden var det nok mye liv her. Nå står det til nedfalls, og har begynt å ramle fra hverandre. Men i motlys, med sollys igjennom, ser det slett ikke så verst ut.

Jeg padlet bort til Steinesjøen. Dette er en dyr kai. Den endte i retten, da den rett og slett ikke tåler forholdene her. Når uværet står på fra storhavet så får den god peising.

På andre siden av innløpet til havna holdt denne karen til, han var en smule skeptisk.

Han var meget skeptisk til meg. Han sto i le for den sure vinden, men da jeg dukket opp beveget han seg ut til enden av moloen for å få fluktvei.

Dermed kunne jeg få bilde av skarv på molo i fine farger. Nå nærmet det seg tid for sola. Mens jeg småpadlet litt rundt her og ventet, dukket det også opp en alkekonge, på få meters hold. Den var like fin som sist.

Der var ho! Hurra! Når den kommer tilbake, er det som jeg kan puste lettet ut. Nå har jeg klart det, en gang til - vinteren. Det er flere måneder vinter igjen - men det er tiden før sola kommer tilbake som er definitivt verst, for de som verken liker å gå på ski eller andre vintergreier. Vinterstormene kommer nok, men dagene blir lysere, og man merker at vår og sommer etter hvert er underveis. Det verste er over nå, og fotolyset blir stadig bedre.

Sola hadde et kort opphold i Gimsøystraumen, før den dro videre bak de hersens Lofotfjellene som ligger i veien.

Det var litt vind, og den økte på. Så istedenfor å padle til mer utsatte steder, snudde jeg her og satte kursen mot Svinøya. Jeg hadde nemlig tenkt å øve litt rulling selv om jeg tok januarrulla forrige gang jeg padlet.

Nå var det blitt fine himmelfarger også inn mot land. Jeg tok en pause her på et skjær, for å få lagt ned speilreflekskameraet. Det var uansett for mye skvalp til at jeg turte å ta det ut av posen.

Virkelig flott dag i dag.

Denne båten tror jeg syntes det var litt mye skvalp. Han lå her ei stund, men ble ganske så snar.

Han Tykje i solnedgang.

Etter litt foto og påfyll av energi, satte jeg kursen videre mot Svinøya. Der var det høvelig vindstille også.

Gaukværøy til høyre. Dit skal jeg en dag det er litt mindre vind.

Ah! Svinøya er jo en 10 på skjæret-post! Herved dokumentert - og klar for rulla, som vi ser. Det gikk bare sånn passelig, men jeg holder i det minste vannskrekken sånn høvelig i sjakk ved å prøve. At jeg ikke går ut av kajakken når første forsøk mislykkes, betyr at jeg har kommet meg litt fra det verste. Men det gjenstår enda en god del, bra vi har bassengtrening straks.

Jeg hadde litt lyst til å padle ut i bølgene, for det var en del i dag utenfor skjærene, men jeg lot det være. Det var kjølig etter jeg hadde vært i havet.

Tilbake ved Vinjesjøen oppdaget jeg at deler av kaia var blitt "grønn". Et nett? Hva skal det være godt for? Lenger bort sto det en kar og pratet med noen, han ble visst noe forfjamset da det kom padlende en rosa hjelm forbi. "I hælvetta, kom det folk?"

GPSn tracka nøyaktig ei mil. Greit nok, målet var bare å se sola, og litt vind ga jo ekstra jobbing.

Temperatur - 5 grader i lufta. Vind - Laber bris, økende. Her en liten filmsnutt, tester ut film igjen. Må få hjelmkamera, det blir alt for mye dråper som ødelegger det meste av film og bilder på Goproen.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2018 10:36 am

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

From trickle to torrent in minutes -- a paddler's tale

Testing the new spillway at Folsom Dam (Youtube photo from late 2017) It began like another uneventful winter day on tranquil Lake Natoma….  Karen paddling into "big pipe" on a typically calm day...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at January 14, 2018 10:25 am

January 13, 2018

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

January 13th - Cadboro Bay (#6)

I led a group of 14 SISKA paddlers on the first club paddle of the year. Our original plan was to paddle from Cadboro Bay around to Telegraph Cove on the north side of ten mile point, but there was a bit too much wind and lumpy water when we got past ten mile point, so I decided to turn around and head over to Willows beach where we stopped for lunch. Though the day was cool and drizzly, we had a good paddle, followed by coffee at Olive Olio's! We saw a nice collection of birds, including oystercatchers, common and hooded mergansers, kingfishers, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, bald eagle, great blue heron, as well as bufflehead and harlequin ducks. (I am sure I have missed some!) A nice way to start the club's paddling year!
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13 km, YTD 60 km.

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at January 13, 2018 07:19 pm

January 12, 2018

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

UK SGS 9 – Is It For Me?



For UK SGS 9 event details and how to book a place, go to this link.

The UKSGS Team –  Mark Tozer & Helen Tozer-Wilson & Mike Mayberry 2018

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at January 12, 2018 07:50 pm

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Äntligen finfärgade skidhjälmar

Senast vi var uppe och fjälldrällde i Trysil tokshoppade vi nya skidhjälmar. Finfärgade såklart! Allting blir ju som bekant roligare med lite finfärg 🙂 Våra gamla hjälmar var lite obekväma och dessutom i ful-, tråk, sorg, gubb&tant-färgen svart. Hjälmarna kommer från Sweet, vi har, och har haft, kajakhjälmar från Sweet. Förutom hjälmar gör de en...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at January 12, 2018 07:28 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Two More Days and a Wake-up

Six days down, three to go for the Wilderness First Responder course that Marc and I are taking this week at UPS. (If you get your WFR, don’t let it lapse, kids. This is a good course and I am enjoying getting to know the instructors and my fellow classmates, but it is a brutal schedule that precludes just about everything else in life for the duration of the class. It’s not something to be undertaken lightly, for sure.)

Our motivation for getting certified once again is the South Kuiu Cleanup, scheduled for July of this year at Cape Decision, AK. The idea that we would be part of a group of volunteers operating in a remote location where hazards are many and medical attention is a long way off, is what drove us back to the classroom. We get fake blood and bruises for our training scenarios, we get soaked laying on the cold Washington ground but most of all, we get practice dealing with medical and traumatic accidents that will allow us to respond more quickly and accurately if the same situations should arise for real.

Perhaps more importantly, by being prepared for these accidents and emergencies to happen, we can actually learn techniques to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

by Ken Campbell at January 12, 2018 02:52 pm