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Thuli Spirit

The Rivers of Nepal have long enchanted my imagination. The adventures they provide seem endless. As we progress in life we sort after new challenges. Dreams lay plans like eggs waiting to hatch. The idea of Soloing a longer river has captured my imagination for sometime now.

Thuli Spirit

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UNVERGLEICHLICH – Short Film

UNVERGLEICHLICH is a short film by Jonathan Brunner.

UNVERGLEICHLICH - Short Film

UNVERGLEICHLICH is the German word for “incomparable”. This edit had its premier at Olaf Obsommer’s Kajakfilmfestival, a month ago.

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Seven Teacups – 4K Aerial Perspective

Water can do some amazing things. Check out this edit from Matt Skuta. It shows the Seven Teacups waterfalls on the Kern river. Simply awesome.

Seven Teacups

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Kayak Expedition Peru

In September 2016 Jan Praprotnik, Andrej Bijuklič, Matjaž Lužar and Jure Stan went to Peru to kayak multidays. Alonso Compana ”Rambito” (Apuramic explorer rafting agency) kindly hosted us in his house (gracias amigo). First we stormed to the Urubamba to get the feeling of Peruvian rivers. It is there were we all met. Next on the menu were some clasics. Paucartambo to warm up (3 days), Apurimac abismo canyon (3 days), Pachachaca (3 days).

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Andrew Morrissey South America Highlights

Andrew Morrissey South America Highlights

It’s been a long ride with many ups and downs but in the end I’m beyond stoked with the outcome. 34 new rivers, 10 first descents, and many new lifelong friends. South America has provided the experience of a lifetime, I’ll be forever grateful and glad for all the long hours of work that paid for this adventure. From the jungles of Brazil to the deserts of northern Chile then South down the country to deep Patagonia.

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Humla Karnali 2016

Kailash, that proud mountain in Tibet, the source of the mighty Indus, Karnali, Sutlej and Siang. These rivers carving deep from the high Himalayas, draining all the way to the lowlands. The lofty heights are a sacred site for 4 of the world’s religions, Buddhism, Jain, Hindu and Bon. The mighty Karnali flowing, as it does, in the Hindu country of Nepal can easily be seen as coming from the throne of Shiva. It is no wonder that just to go kayaking the Karnali, the Humla, or the tributaries offers the chance for spiritual awaking. It is a place that offered more than a simple set of strokes. A place where thoughts can come without the stress of modern life.

When Lord Krishna manifested before Arjun, before the words were stolen by Oppenheimer, when the Gita was pure and undiluted, its sole intent to motivate Arjun, ‘Now, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds’. That’s what this river did.

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A Canadian

Its a Canadian aka a Canoe

Paddling down under in New Zealand is wonderful. Amazing water, brilliant people and fun all around. It also is pretty fun when someone pulls up beside you and refers to your boat as “a Canadian”.

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Car Park of Dreams – Kaituna River

“And here is a Magical Place, where the Warm Water flows and Laughter Abounds.”

Car Park of Dreams - Kaituna River

For the past couple years, I have heard about the Kaituna river. How it is a great training ground and how its just an amazing river. Showing up and spending time there, I came to realize that yes, the river is amazing. But even more awesome is the small community of boaters living at the take out. Day in and out, waking up and paddling together. Living in this weird, wonderfully strange community. A magical place where the hour or the day is irrelevant. A place where swimming the river or number of laps down is the only relevant thing from day to day.

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A Return to Nepal – Episode 2: The Bhote Koshi

A Return to Nepal - Episode 2: The Bhote Koshi

Luke Partridge and Jamie Greenhalgh return to one of their favourite White water kayaking destinations on the planet, Nepal.

This time with a big objective in mind, the mighty Humla Karnarli!

Follow this series of episodes as they prepare for their expedition and tag along on some of the best whitewater in the world!

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Tsarap Chu And Zanskar Descent

It’s been only a short while since the one day Tsarap Chu and Zanskar descent. In Ladakh, India. The 20hr50min paddle. The 240km descent, the boxed walls, the long rapids, the silent cries in the night.

I get asked daily, why? What pleasure was in it? Is it worth it?

I’ve not come up with a real answer before – Mallory’s quip unsatisfactory – it’s always going to be there.

Perhaps I can sum up why I enjoy the isolation of a long paddle, even with peers, perhaps it’s also an explanation for those that don’t understand solo paddling as a concept. They both run as parallels for me.

Tsarap Chu And Zanskar Descent

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Scotland: The Sequel Part 1

The Scottish mountains are old, older than the furthest reaches of comprehension. They do not expend their energies on the frivolities of spires and sharp peaks as their younger brethren do. Instead they simply rise out of the ocean and sit there obstinate, old and awe-inspiring. They are indifferent to your fleeting existence and this is all too clear as one stands in their shadow.

Our last trip to Scotland did not go to plan and was probably best described by the term ‘compound cluster-fuck’. This year we were keen to reduce the expletives used to describe our trip.

We arrived in much the same way as we had before; at night. In the darkness the mountains were shrouded by cloud illuminated only by our headlights and the ominous glow of the fuel light reminding us of the regrettable decision to not stop off in Glasgow. Despite this when the sun rose in the morning we were greeted by a sight I never believed I would see – Blue sky in Scotland. Looking out across the Loch we weighed up our options and decided with such beautiful weather the Etive would probably be the only river running.

Scotland: The Sequel Part 1

A beautiful and sunny Glen Etive. Photos by Tom Clare of Tom Clare Photography

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GoPro: Nick Troutman Runs Cane Creek Falls

As a little warm up ready for Movie Monday tomorrow check out – Nick Troutman Runs Cane Creek Falls. It looks bigger from the top!

GoPro: Nick Troutman runs Cane Creek Falls

Jackson Kayak’s athletes Nick Troutman along with Dane and Eric Jackson head to Fall Creek Falls State park to check out the famous Cane Creek Falls.

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