Grateful, Again

Grateful, Again

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to focus on non-profit organizations and the valuable work they do, and an opportunity for those organizations to raise money to make that work continue. The Ikkatsu Project relies on this funding for programs in Washington and Alaska and this particular day is a chance to shine …

Tue 30/11-2021 Day 635

Tue 30/11-2021 Day 635

Pos: Pos: 15.8592,-97.0644 Loc: Puerto Escondido/ Zicatela Acc: Hotel Ines Dist: 36,7 km Start: 07:15 End: 14:40 A quiet night and a launch with no problem – what do I need more? The scenery is still the same – endless long beaches with not much to see, and unfriendly landings on calm water with low […]

December paddling headlines

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tides: High water in December and January can take you places where you’ve
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Snorklipping i Stokmarknes

Snorklipping i Stokmarknes

 Det blir lite padling for tiden, ettersom det er svinkaldt. Men nå var det i ferd med å bli for lenge siden sist, jeg hadde dessuten ærender i Stokmarknes, samtidig som det var ønsket at noen skulle komme padlende når de klippet snora til den nye kaia. Der er det nemlig lagt ut ei lita kajakkbrygge  også, etter initiativ fra ett av styremedlemmene mine. Kudos, både til initiativtaker og ikke minst havna der borte, som reagerte raskt på forslaget. Så da tok jeg og nestlederen turen bortover, tidspunktet klaffet rimelig bra med det flotte lyset vi har om dagene – fargetiden er i gang!Jeg hadde heldigvis en isbryter i front. Vedkommende som sjekket hadde konkludert med at det bare var slush, så det skulle gå lett å komme seg ut. Litt mindre med i beregninga var at det ble litt fastere utover, så det ble en litt tyngre manøver en planlagt. Men det gikk, tror ikke det gikk hardt ut over utstyret heller, så da er det greit nok. (I alle fall når man kommer bakerst, he he.)Så snart vi var kommet ut av den harde «slushen» var det imidlertid silkeføre! Rett og slett skikkelig fint på havet, selv om det var litt kjølig. Foto: Wenche EdvardsenMidt i bildet, på andre siden av sundet skulle vi på snorklipping. Men vi var ute i god tid, så vi padlet innom skulpturen «Dager og netter» på Børøya. Den kledde i grunnen snøen ganske godt, må jeg innrømme. Jeg er jo ellers ikke så glad i snø.Museum, skulptur, nisse og fargetidpyntet kajakk i samme bilde. Full pott, med andre ord. Foto: Wenche EdvardsenBilde tatt motsatt vei.Så padlet vi over til brygga som skulle «åpnes», her ser vi snora har kommet opp. Kajakkbrygga er den lille fjerten på siden av betongen her, som hang litt over vannet. Til stede var både havnestyre og havnesjef og journalist, og muligens flere. Vi fikk spilt inn et ønske om litt beskyttelse på de skarpe metallkantene i nærheten av der man eventuelt skal opp med kajakk, så det får vi se nærmere på til våren. Nå var det rett og slett for kaldt til at jeg vurderte å teste den i praktisk bruk. Man holder greit varmen så lenge man sitter i kajakken (med totredobbelt liggeunderlag i cockpit og masse ull!), men så snart man kommer ut – grøss. Best å være på havet ja.Etter markeringa padlet vi litt videre bortover mot Hurtigrutemuseet. Men der snudde vi. Foto: Wenche EdvardsenDet begynte å bli på kanten lite lys til å ta bilder, men når det ble høvelig skarpt så ble det jo fint da.Vi sneiet innom skulpturen på returen også, vi fulgte nemlig Børøya bortover.Her ser vi ganske tydelig en eling i bakgrunnen. Vi var kjempeheldige sånn, det gikk elinger på begge sidene av oss, mens vi ikke bare hadde oppholdsvær, men også litt klar himmel over Hadseløya det meste av turen. Skikkelig flaks.Foto: Chipo TendelandDa vi nærmet oss båthavna igjen dro vi kjensel på noen som kom gående. Det var Chipo som hadde observert oss, og kom med telefonen klar for å ta bilder. Foto: Chipo TendelandEkstra artig å få noen bilder fra land også, det er det jo alltid.Foto: Chipo TendelandSynkronforsøk på å komme i land. Litt mer plunder opp enn ut med sånn tjukk seigslush i fjæra. Men det gikk, helt uten skader. Så da var det kun den ene lyslenka mi vi gikk i minus på denne turen. Den holdt i flere år, så det var allerede over forventning.Etter turen fikk Chipo oss med inn i varmen, og sørget for at vi fikk både varm drikke og mat. Det ble jo rene luksusturen, dette her! Avslutta med å dra fra besøk til klatring, så var det hjem for å jobbe. Litt bakvendt på en måte, men da fikk jeg utnytta lyset på dagen. Det var visst det som måtte til for å få meg ut på tur igjen i kulda, rett og slett.

See You at Camp

See You at Camp

You made it through Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Cyber Monday is in the rear-view mirror and we are almost halfway through Giving Tuesday. (If you haven’t had the chance to donate to the Ikkatsu Project, it takes but a minute. Literally. Just click here.) All of this is prelude, of course, and brings us to …

Utenatt november

Utenatt november

I vanlig ordning blev det en utenatt i slutet av månaden. Märkligt att det ska vara så svårt att komma ut när det alltid är så gott när vi väl kommer ut 🙂 På väg hem från gårdagens paddling körde vi inom vindskyddet vid Lervik/Grytskären och kollade läget men det var lite vind rakt in … Läs mer…
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Indigenous Water Travel in the 1300s: Live Streamed Event

Indigenous Water Travel in the 1300s: Live Streamed Event

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is hosting an event which may be of interest to those in the paddling community. See below:Indigenous Water Travel in the 1300s and Beyondby Rick RevelleHosted by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at KingstonDate: Thursday, 2 December 2021 from 7:00 PM (EST) 9:00 PM (EST)Rick joins the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes to share his knowledge of Indigenous water travel in the pre-contact period. Join us as we explore the Great Lakes region before the building of roads and bridges, when knowledge of the waterways was a means of survival. Rick touches upon Indigenous trade routes, warfare and the role of the canoe using an extensive collection of artifacts.About the Presenter: Rick is the author of The Algonquin Quest series. The series follows an Algonquin Native family unit as they fight to survive in the harsh climate of warfare, survival from the elements and the constant quest for food during the pre-contact period of 1320-1350s. The series takes place in the St Lawrence Valley, the Great Lakes and the Rocky Mountains. Rick introduces readers to the Algonquin, Anishinaabe, Lakota, Mi´kmaq, Mohawk, and Lakȟóta, languages as they are used in the vernacular in the four novels. The last of the series, Algonquin Legacy, is set to release in 2021.Rick is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and is a Knowledge Keeper with the Limestone District and Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic School Boards.Tickets for the event (for both in-person and virtual attendance) can be purchased through the following link:https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/marine-museum-of-the-great-lakes-at-kingston/events/rick-revelle-indigenous-water-travel/

Solig novembermåndag på Skälderviken

Solig novembermåndag på Skälderviken

Efter en rätt så gråruggig helg kom novembersolen! Go förmiddagspromenad hemomkring som de flesta dagar, lite häng hemma så stack vi in till ÄSSS i Ängelholm och Skälderviken och paddlade en liten sväng. Riktigt fint väder. Lite svag men sval vind. Paddlade utåt Skepparkroken och Magnarp och sen tillbaka. Suveränt! Och så sägs det att … Läs mer…
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Jersey Kayak Adventures gift vouchers. Save 30% this Christmas.

Enter the exclusive 30% off code; Christmas_Special when you reach the checkout page. Go to the gift voucher page via this button (opens in a new window).  If (for some reason best known to your internet browser) you land on our main booking page you can also buy gift vouchers via this button (opens in a new […]
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The Moray Gravel Triangle – information for bikepackers

The Moray Gravel Triangle – information for bikepackers

It was Sean who devised this route.  I’m not shifting blame you understand, I’m giving him the credit, because we ended up with one of the best four-day Autumn rides I’ve done in Scotland.We’re fortunate enough to have some epic bikepacking routes in this country – An Turas Mor, the Highland Trail 550 and Badger Divide to name but three.  They take cyclists deep into Scotland’s wild heart, far from villages, roads or… help.  If the weather isn’t right, or you or your bike are not quite up to the challenge, then you can have serious problems.  The Moray Gravel Triangle is different.  While the cycling is excellent it’s not so committing.  The route passes through towns and villages where you can find hot food and a bed each night. Our initial plan was to ride only the intersecting sections of three long-distance walking trails – The Speyside Way, the Moray Coastal Trail and the Dava Way.  From the beginning we called it The Moray Gravel Triangle, because we had a feeling this would be a top gravel ride.  It’s close to what walkers and runners call The Moray Way but with a few tweaks to accommodate cyclists’ needs.At around 100 miles this seemed a little short for a multi-day ride, so we planned to ride the full length of the three trails rather than just their intersecting central triangle.  That’s when things started to get a little complicated.  Traditionally, The Speyside Way started in Aviemore.  In recent years it has been extended to Newtonmore, but somehow that didn’t feel right for us and anyway, we had a place to leave our vehicles at Badaguish Outdoor Centre just outside Aviemore, so we stuck to the traditional option. When we started investigating the Moray Coastal Trail, two quite distinct routes emerged.  A walkers’ route clings to the coast but not all of it is rideable.  The cyclists’ route follows Sustrans NCR 1, and while easier to follow, we felt it might skip some of the best coastal scenery before it veered off inland.  Our solution was to cycle both.  We tackled the walkers’ route in one direction, then after an overnight in the town of Cullen, rode back along the cyclists’ route.  When we reached Lossiemouth, we enlisted the services of two local cyclists to keep us on track.  Mark and Martin are the founders of a cycling ‘club’ that’s not really a club, called The Moray Gravel Collective.  We had a bitter, brutal headwind that day and I’m not ashamed to admit I spent a mile or two drafting the pair as they led us on the best, rideable sections of the spectacular coastal trail. The Dava Way, the third side of our triangle, came as the biggest surprise.  I secretly suspected this would be a boring, 25 mile flog down an old railway line, nothing more than the least worst off-road return route.  I was delighted to find a varied trail that took us into higher, more open moors than we’d seen since leaving Aviemore.  So while the central section of our Moray Gravel Triangle remains a cracking 100 mile route, the whole tour is a fantastic way to spend a few days on a bike.  If it’s too early in the season (or too late) to tackle one of Scotland’s excellent long wilderness trails, or you just don’t fancy the exposure and risk which comes with being in such wild places, our longer tour is a great option.Our accommodation and meals were paid for by Visit Moray and Speyside for which we’re grateful.  While there are obviously other accommodation providers, I’ve listed the ones for which we have first-hand experience.We cycled the three trails in September / October 2021 and we are aware things change, so what was open and/or closed when we cycled might be different for you.  Certainly the diversion for cyclists on the Speyside Way might have changed.  The section between Cromdale and Ballindalloch should be improved and open to cyclists by Spring 2022.Guidebook: Walking the Speyside Way, the Cicerone guidebook, is useful background reading on the places through which you’ll pass and has the additional advantage of also covering the Moray Coastal Trail and the Dava Way.  Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon UK.    Bike: A gravel bike is ideal for this route.  Technical off-road tyres are not needed – Panracer Gravel Kings proved ideal.  Kit: Obviously be prepared for bad weather.  You can camp, but we used the following good hotels and consequently travelled much lighter.MAPPINGWe plan and share our routes on Komoot, and you’ll find all the options here.Direct download of Zip files with all .GPX filesACCOMMODATIONThe Visit Moray and Speyside website is the best place to find accommodation and places to eat and drink.  They helped us with both when we cycled the route and we weren’t disappointed.Craigellachie – The Highlander Inn.  Phenomenal whisky bar, good rooms and wholesome food although limited vegetarian options.  Website.   Cullen – The Royal Oak.  Lovely hotel with superb rooms and outstanding food.  Cullen Skink soup as it’s meant to be made and they organised an early breakfast for our long day.  Website.  Forres – The Carrisbrooke.  A motel-like feel to the rooms which were comfortable and warm.  Food was good although the kitchen closes at 8pm so don’t hang about or, like us, you’ll miss pudding.  Facebook.

THE DUBCAST WITH DUBSIDE: Special Guest Tim Gallaway

IN THIS EPISODE: Greenland-style kayak instructor Tim Gallaway competed in the 2018 Greenland National Kayaking Championships, bringing along a crate full of kayak parts to build a custom skin-on-frame kayak during the few days before the competition. He shares his…

Mysteriumtur på åsen

Mysteriumtur på åsen

 Det har blitt (hersens) minusgrader igjen, så kajakken forblir på biltaket. Jeg gikk heller en tur på åsen her om dagen. Jeg var spent på om det var siste gang jeg så sola sist helg, eller den ennå sniker seg over fjellet midt på dagen.Fargene var i hvert fall fine da jeg gikk oppover, allerede. Det var mystiske spor i snøen allerede i første bakken. Det er da ikke storfe i marka på denne tiden? Så da måtte det være elgspor? Noen var mistenkelig små – elg med kalv, kanskje? Her var i hvert fall en «klømaskin», hvem enn sporene var fra.Dette flyet laget ekstra dekor på himmelen, var på vei mellom New York og et annet stede jeg har rukket å glemme allerede. Hm, enda en klømaskin for dyret. Det går hardt ut over naboens trær, dette her.Flotte farger mer nordover også. De første sporene hadde stoppet, men litt lenger opp kom det nye spor fra en annen retning. Det var i hvert fall ikke menneskespor, fikk jeg slått helt fast her.Denne «elgen» hadde vært alene, men det var litt mistenkelig hvordan den subbet, til å være elg, syntes jeg? Joda. Jeg gikk videre opp, men siden jeg ikke hadde sjekket termometeret før jeg gikk ut så hadde jeg litt for lite ull på meg, dessuten har jeg gått for lite i det siste så jeg ble ganske sliten tross null oppakning, så jeg fant ut at jeg skulle snu før jeg var helt oppe dit jeg hadde tenkt meg. Gjorde det, og skvatt, for der sto denne karen midt på sletta nedenfor og glodde åpenbart på meg!Nå var det heldigvis et stykke ned dit den sto da, men jeg skvatt skikkelig. Og gikk bort fra planen om å gå ned igjen… så her tas bildet fra et hakk lenger opp. Gikk til målet likevel, for å slippe å treffe på den. Dessuten så det ut til at den fulgte sine egne spor (altså har den tydeligvis kommet opp bak meg…), så slapp den å gå ut av kurs også.Den var helt alene, en stakkars høylandsfe. Jeg trodde ikke disse skulle være i utmarka på denne tiden av året, men ifølge naboen pleier porten å stå åpen til dem fra innmarka der de får mat og har skjul. Så da gjør de litt som de selv vil, og da har denne her tydeligvis en liten runde den liker å gå. Jeg synes jo de er kjempekule, og var mest bare irritert for at jeg ikke hadde med meg speilreflekskameraet. Jeg er egentlig ikke så redd dem, bare skvatt når den sto så synlig helt plutselig, midt på hvit bakgrunn. Haren hadde vært på åsen før meg, men ellers var det ikke andre som hadde gått her helt i det siste så det ut for. Nei, det er nok blitt for sent å se sola ja. 24. november var dette, er litt usikker på om det var skyer som lå i veien eller jeg uansett ikke ville sett den, men. Jeg så i hvert fall ikke annet enn strålene oppover i skydekket, selv om jeg var litt i høyden. Da mått jeg nok ha gått helt opp på fjellet, mener jeg så sol på vindmøllene.

Gavnø rundt i Black Pearl

Efter en rulledag* i svømmehallen hvor jeg fandt ud af at sædet og lændestøtte i min BP var gået løse, syede jeg den sammen med en gjord. Nu skulle jeg teste om sædet kunne sidde fast uden de burrebånd, der tydeligvis ikke kunne tåle vand. Det kunne det, og jeg valgte Perlen til en tur rundt om Gavnø. Godt nok var der lidt langt til fodklodsen, men det gik jo nok. Turen var sammen med Jens, Ulla og Tom.Det gjorde det ikke. meget hurtigt fik jeg meget ømme sener i lysken. Og dem døjede jeg med de næste par timer. Jeg har bestilt et sæt fodspark til kajakken, for jeg har længe været træt af at fodklodsen ikke passede efter jeg har rykket sædet lidt baglæns. Og det kan også en gang imellem være rart at kunne ændre lidt på afstanden til fodsparket. Det bliver spændende at se om det løser problemet med de ømme sener.Heldigvis var der også lyspunkter på turen. Det bedste var da en havørn fløj lavt forbi lige foran os på Fladstrand – og da vi fik medvind de sidste kimoleter.Turen var på 16 km.* trods lkængere tids rulleøveforsømmelse gik det fint med at rulle. Jeg prøvede Jespers Current Design, og den var godt nok nem at komme rundt med.

Just Try It

Just Try It

I’ll be buying a ferry ticket in the evening, so I guess that’s technically a violation of the rules, but life is made of many such little inconsistencies. It is the idea that matters, anyway. To change the tone of a single day from one of frenetic consumerism, where spasms of greed and operatic rage …

Thanks

Thanks

There are not many places in the world where a day is set aside, given National Holiday status, as a time to reflect and give thanks for what you have and who you have near you. It’s a strange and beautiful holiday, one that we definitely take for granted. And we shouldn’t. It’s not a …

Måla om paddel

Måla om paddel

Att det finns många tråkfärgade prylar är inget nytt. För några år sedan köpte jag mig en ny paddel. Lätt och superskön att paddla med men svart. Så vill man såklart inte ha det. Köpte en sprayfärg med finfärgad kulör på Biltema. Tvättade av paddeln och sprayade lite. Vips så var paddeln både roligare, finare … Läs mer…
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Beat the Rush

Beat the Rush

If you’re planning on making a contribution to the Ikkatsu Project during this year’s Giving Tuesday fund drive, you don’t actually have to wait until November 30th to make it happen. It’s an easy click of the fingertips to send in your donation and it all counts, even if it’s early. Thanks to those who …

Prima presentazione del Sud Italia Kayak Tour 2021 a Latina!

Prima presentazione del Sud Italia Kayak Tour 2021 a Latina!

Il Gruppo ANMI di Latina ospita e presenta, presso la bella e centralissima sede della Casa del Combattente di Latina la presentazione della navigazione in kayak da mare di Tatiana Cappucci e Mauro Ferro lungo le coste del Sud Italia durato 55 giorni nei mesi di luglio, agosto e settembre 2021…”Il kayak da mare è una delle imbarcazioni più piccole al mondo, una delle più sicure e versatili, una delle più antiche e ricche di storia…”. Tantoperiniziare!Ci vediamo venerdì 26 novembre 2021 dalle ore 16.30 con l’esposizione del kayak e delle attrezzature di navigazione e con la presentazione del viaggio a partire dalle ore 18.00!

October and November Posts 2021

October and November Posts 2021

To our readers: We recently had an issue with the RSS feed on our site. As a result, our subscribers did not receive notification of the October and November posts. We apologize for the inconvenience and are happy to announce that the issue has been resolved. The October post is a review of Jon Turk’s book […]

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Frej – Nicolás Ruzecki

Frej – Nicolás Ruzecki

“Hola Björnhe terminado el Frej lo he probado el pasado 8 de octubre estoy muy feliz con el bote y es extremadamente maniobrablepesa 16 kg y está construido en Madera de Kiri o Paulowniate envío unas fotos de el proceso y de las primeras pruebasGracias por tan hermosa creaciónen pocos días terminaré el Njordhasta entonces con nuevas fotosgran abrazo!”
(Google translate:”Hej Björn, Jag har avslutat Frej. Jag provade det den 8 oktober förra året. Jag är väldigt nöjd med båten och den är extremt manövrerbar. väger 16 kg och är gjord av Kiri eller Paulownia trä. Jag skickar dig några bilder på processen och de första testerna. Tack för en så vacker skapelse. om några dagar avslutar jag Njorden. tills dess med nya bilder, stor kram!”)

Hunting for the Hound of Wetherill

The best way to integrate the skills picked up at the Gales is to turn around a kayak the next weekend!! I’m not sure what H was thinking giving me a paddle pass two weeks in a row.It was a great day to paddle: sunny with a slight breeze and some swell coming up the bay.We worked our way south towards Beavertail hugging the coast and playing in anything that looked remotely interesting. I was feeling pretty bold, so I tried anything that looked passable. There were plenty of getting through ugly, but the conditions were gentle enough so that there was no carnage.The rocks just to the north of Mackerel Cove had a nice break over them, so we headed out there to do some surfing. It was a nice wave and just about everyone caught a good ride. I, however, just couldn’t get it straight. The first couple of times I was just out of perpendicular to the wave and my stern got pushed. After Tim G. explained to me that the trick was to see what the wave was breaking over and then point the bow towards it, I tried one last time….The wave broke and crashed right over a giant pointy rock. I just couldn’t make myself do it. At the last minute, I slid my butt just a bit and let the stern get turned by the wave and surfed away from the rock. Bold only goes so far some days…We lunched at Hull Cove and debated heading further south towards Beaver Tail. There was also some politics being batted about, but politics and paddling definitely do not mix.After lunch the swell and the wind disappeared. There was still enough going on to find some play spots, but noting quite as fun as in the morning. We managed to find some trouble though. I may have donated more gel coat to the water gods on the way home than on the way out.When we got back to Wetherill nobody was ready to get off the water, so we paddled around the bend to see if there was any action by the big house. It was a nice extension to the paddle, but conditions remained calm.After a quick photo shoot, we headed back to the put in and called it a day.A few rolls proved what I was suspecting at the Gales; my neck gasket needs to be replaced and the dry suite will need to spend a few weeks in the shop.The day was a great way to end a paddling season while I wait for my dry suite to be ready for some winter paddles.

Best Deck Bag for Kayaking

Best Deck Bag for Kayaking

The best deck bag for kayaking is no deck bag. Seriously, don’t buy one. They all are a terrible idea. Instead get an underdeck bag. See below for why you don’t want a deck bag, and for a recommendation if — and only if — you ignore everything in this article and decided you need …
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Ascensión al Petrechema 2371m

Ascensión al Petrechema 2371m

 

In Case You Were Wondering

In Case You Were Wondering

I’ve been sifting through older photos lately, part of a project that is taking much longer than expected. But still, the side benefits include this perusal of past trips and memorable moments. Some of the ones that stand out to me the most were taken in the San Juan Islands. It can’t be coincidence… this …

Gift Ideas for Paddlers

Gift Ideas for Paddlers

With the holiday season upon us, here are a few gift ideas for paddlers. For this year’s gift guide, either I used and loved the gear or I have it in my hands awaiting promising review. These items also tend to be items that I’d love to have, but probably wouldn’t buy for myself. In …
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