Country – Wales and Nepal


I have a few sets of gear at the moment, I use a Mamba in Wales and a Phat, Everest or Remix in Nepal. I have a Gus in India and an RPM. I use a Jimi Styx on soul days, and use Lightning Gradients on expeditions (200). I wear a Sweet Wanderer on creeks and a Strutter in the sun/cruise days. Sweet drytop/pants and base layers. Chaco footwear, IR pogies in the cold. Snap Dragon/Playboater/IR/Palm skirt depending on boat. Pfd, I have a Langer AKC shape in Nepal, Nookie in UK, Peak in UAE and a Stolquist in India. I also have a Hydraulics. As for safety kit. I always carry 2 throw bags, a waist mounted Salamander or NRS Guide along with a longer line in my boat. All my lines are stripped and have Krabs and prussiks as part of the system held within.

On most of the international trips I ride a loaded boat, so I have food, pan, sleeping bag etc in the stern. I use a combination of OB and Ortlieb drybags along with a Watershed bag between my legs with money, cell/sat phone, spot find me and fist aid kit. In the stern I have splits Werner Wenatchee or Robson Greens depending on location.

Its quite unique having an expedition business as it allows me to have gear across the globe, this means I can choose the best gear for the job in hand – I am not tied to a sponsor so it allows me to flex real well with the gear I find works best. I use and abuse my gear, helmets get replaced every 18months, lines and safety kit every 12months. I float test pfds once a year, if they fail – they get binned. I live in a 80+ newton pfd for big water, but thats not always possible.

I love the phat for its simple out fitting, but it lacks loading space. The Mamba works well for this, although it’s yet to make the flight over to Nepal. The Remix is super fast but can become stern heavy when loaded, as for the Everest and Gus they work real well loaded on big water.


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