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Category Archive: Expeditions

21
Dec

Meghalaya 2016

It’s been an absolutely awesome season out here in Meghalaya. A few of us headed out in July, a month or two before the conventional season kicked off, to see what gems were hiding in the monsoon months. During the rainiest part of this year’s relatively weak monsoon we headed to the Jantia Hills, home …

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14
Dec

British Universities Kayaking Expedition 2017 – Selection Event

The British Universities Kayaking Expeditions have been running every other year since 2005, and the teams selected have chosen all manner of interesting destinations to explore, from Siberia in the north, to Madagascar in south. Venezuela in the west to Vietnam in the east. Students from around the country are invited to submit paper applications which …

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03
Apr

The River Motu – North Island’s classic multiday mission

The New Zealand guidebook encourages paddles to “jump at any opportunity” to paddle one of North Islands finest multiday rivers. So, with 4 days off over Easter, I joined a 21 strong crew of friendly North Island kayakers to enjoy this jem. The river flows through the Raukumara Range which was the last area in New …

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18
Mar

Nass – The Sacred Headwaters

The Nass, what a mission this one turned out to be! 19hr hike in, 5 days on the river and a 250km hitch. This river is one of three veins flowing undisturbed off the pristine wilderness of the Sacred Headwaters Plateau. As most epic missions begin, a few quick phone calls, some minor talk of …

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15
Feb

Dominican Republic – Part III: Upper Rio Jimenoa

Below: Matthew Beauchamp making the 9R fly! Photo by Steve Krajewski. In December of 2015 Matthew Beauchamp, Steve Krajewski, Shannon Goshorn, and I headed to the island of Hispaniola to check out the rivers of the Dominican Republic. Although the island was experiencing a pattern of dry weather, we still found options to paddle daily …

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23
Nov

The Kynshi – The Best River in the World?

When I booked my flights to Meghalaya 6 months ago the Kynshi seemed like a thing of legends. Tales of an amazing river with hard white water, which had previously handed out a few beat-downs to some pretty good paddlers, made me both excited and apprehensive for the trip. Despite booking so far in advance, …

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10
Nov

You don’t know till you go…

Two years ago we attended our first Yampa river festival and fell in love with the small town of Steamboat, the local river and local kayaking community. Throughout our first visit the local boys had been telling us tall tales of a stretch of river located just out of town called the North fork of …

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13
Oct

Below and Beyond – Anacondas and Condors 2015

It’s been a while since we got back from the trip. It’s always great to have time to reflect. Can be quite a significant opportunity – a good chance to ask why did I go? There’s lots of reasons why we do these things. As far as the collective goal goes we were hoping to …

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06
Aug

Back to back adventures in the Pyranha Fusion – Selway River and Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

Over the past two weeks I have been on two very different adventures and seen so much variety from my Pyranha Fusion – 47 miles of the Selway River in Idaho and the tides, currents, and coastline of the San Juan Islands in western Washington. I ended up doing these two trips back to back …

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29
Jul

Battle for Rivers in the Balkan Peninsula – Vjosa: The Last Intact Gem

The basic idea behind the establishment of Leeway Collective in the start was to bring Nature closer to people again in order to feel the empathy towards her – something that is in every one of us but unfortunately gets distracted in these crazy times when everybody is chasing their dreams underlined with numbers… After …

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