Welcome to Social Media Saturday – 21 April 2018.
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The Balkan river systems is Europe’s true freshwater biodiversity hotspot. There are 69 fish species endemic to the area and over 40% of all Europe’s endangered freshwater mollusc species can be found in a Balkan river.
This paradise is under threat, these last great free flowing rivers of Europe will be lost in our lifetime unless we act.
Right here right now – 2018 Hurley Classic Freestyle And Inter Services Championships.
Painspotting: Choose Kayaking has to be one of the best things I have seen this year. Very nicely done.
Hypoxia 1 – A classic video from almost 20 years ago. No GoPros and no HD. I still have it on VHS somewhere.
Kayaking adventure around the world 1999-2001 by Rob Coffey and Nick Doran. Featuring the Zambezi, White Nile, Coruh in Eastern Turkey, California, Canada and Europe, including the first Irish kayakers on the White Nile before it was dammed. Kayakers Rob Coffey, Nick Doran, Dave Carroll, EJ, Nico Chassing and many others
Canoe or kayak sledging is a winter sport first developed in the UK in 1822. From its humble beginnings a number of small clubs developed and have maintained this traditional sport.
On the corner of Thamel Chowk, Kathmandu, sat a fruit and veg seller. His stall covered in bananas, spinach, peppers and much more. That stall is gone now. It’s a supermarket. This stall holder knew the comings and goings of most of the river guides in town. It was a time before cell phones and the internet. If you wanted to message a friend, you left a note at the stall. That is how I first began guiding in Nepal. I had already had my ‘gap year’ kayaking in Norway and working down in Evje for Troll. I learnt lots, I made mistakes, but I never thought I would be guiding again – I thought I would have a proper job. More than twenty years later, this has not come to pass. Each career or job I have taken I have sacrificed or halted in order to get a flight east. I know the streets of Kathmandu better than I know my home town, and as time progressed the same is true of Rishikesh, Leh, Manali and now Paro.
The Kali Gandaki is a River and Soul favorite! This river is named after the Goddess of Destruction, Kali, and known for sixty rapids in 60 minutes. The Kali Gandaki is normally a 3 day trip however you can up it to a 4 day trip by starting further upstream if you are keen for it. It is full of thrills, twists and turns, ending in a calm jade green reservoir.