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Category Archive: Expeditions

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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22
Jul

The Snowdon Kayak Challenge

This year our charity, The Children’s Kayak Charitable Trust based in Evesham will be completing their latest fundraising event by doing something that has never been attempted before….. Running to the summit of Mount Snowdon carrying a 40lb kayak. On the 11th October our group of volunteers will begin their run in the Steam Railway car park …

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10
Jun

Kayaking round and about Rishikesh

After 10 weeks in Nepal paddling the Humla Karnali and Thuli Bheri, then helping out with the earthquake relief effort, it was amazing to arrive in India for some more kayaking. I had 2 weeks with Rory woods and Lee Royal before I flew home and left the guys to continue their Indian tour.  With …

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09
May

Interesting times in Nepal

  As Rory Woods, Lee Royle and myself were about to travel from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to fly into the Thuli Bheri the earthquake hit.  There was total panic as buildings fell down around us.  Communications were down so it wasn’t until we got internet in Nepalgunj that we realised the scale of the disaster. …

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03
May

A Grand Canyon Christmas

For the fifth time in six years, in December 2014 I found myself climbing into a Pyranha boat and sliding into the waters of the Colorado River at Lees Ferry, Arizona.  Previously I’ve paddled the Grand Canyon with raft-support in an Everest, Burn II, and Shiva; and one self-support trip in the Fusion.  This time …

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