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How I Accidentally Became A Guide

Darren Clarkson King of Pure Land Expeditions is making a short lecture tour at the beginning of 2018 before he heads back to the Himalayas.

How I Accidentally Became A Guide

4th Jan 2018 7pm http://www.bradbingcc.co.uk/daz/ (Bradford & Bingley CC)

27th Jan 2018 6pm North East Kayaks & Paddles

1 Feb 2018 time TBC AS Watersports

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River And Soul – Best Of Both Worlds

River and Soul is an up-and-coming Adventure and Cultural Tour company operating in Nepal and they are gearing up for the new season! Launching some epic White water activities whilst also getting people into the depths of ‘the real Nepal’. River and Soul Adventures will take you off the beaten tourist track to really experience life in rural Nepal while fuelling your adrenaline needs. Callum, the owner of River and Soul has spent a lot of time in Nepal, both as a river guide and living with locals. Not only guiding adventures on the rivers he has worked with local communities in schools to develop education and build a great relationships. So when you visit, it’s not just another village visit, it’s as if you’re walking into a friend’s hometown.

In April 2018, the spring season is opening with one of River and Soul’s favourite tours ‘Best of Both’. Not only offering an awesome mixture of epic white water rivers and cultural experiences, it is kicking off with a whopping 25% off the tour cost! Running for 13 days the trip offers Cultural Homestays, 5 days rafting some epic white water, day treks and city tours.

Callum Running Harkapur – Nepal’s largest commercially run rapid

Callum Running Harkapur – Nepal’s largest commercially run rapid

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Silverbirch 2018

UK Canoe specialists Silverbirch have been developing some exciting new products for 2018.

Silverbirch 2018

This includes a new composite material.

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Paddle Pickup

Paddle Pickup – A 300km Kayaking expedition tackling plastic pollution

In 3 weeks, a group of women will come together to Kayak coast to coast from Bristol to London via 300km of waterways. Along the way they will be collecting plastic rubbish from the canals, carrying out research and raising awareness on the problem of plastic pollution.

Paddle Pickup

Bex Band

Paddle Pickup

Erin Bastian

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Mama Russia 2 – SBP Whitewater Series Ep 5

Mama Russia 2 is the second in the series from SBP. Great editing showing some crazy whitewater action.

Mama Russia 2

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NRS 2016 – Part 1

NRS were well represented at Paddle Expo with a fairly sizeable stand. If you aren’t familiar with NRS stand by. They produce pretty much everything for paddle sports and now have a base in Europe. This will mean that we will be seeing a great deal more of their gear in the UK and across the rest of Europe.

Crush Watershoe:

We have had pair of the original Crush shoes here at Unsponsored HQ for quite some time and they are holding up well. For 2016 NRS has beefed up the cushioning within the insole, have toughened up the fabric around the toe/sides and have improved the traction offered by the rubber.

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Rio Suarez

Rio Suarez

This is the second edit from my trip to South America. From our 4 day trip down the Rio Suarez, we had pretty low water but still turned out to be awesome trip starting in low volume bedrock finishing in big water good times all round enjoy a few shots a got along the way.

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The Lost Valley of the Merced – Episode 3

The Lost Valley of the Merced - Episode 3

Steve Fisher takes on the Toxaway River, which is like a one-day version of the Merced in Yosemite. A few trees and bumps in the rapids up the ante on this fast-paced run.

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Mania And How We Got There

The British Universities Kayaking Expedition is a biennial event that sees a small had picked team of some of the UK’s finest white water paddlers organise and undertake an extended trip to a location of their choosing. Often very remote and undiscovered, there aim is to generally find new stretches of world class white water.

Previous expeditions have explored: Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia & Siberia, Vietnam, Venezuela and Ethiopia. In June 2015 a team of paddlers from British universities set off to explore the rivers of Madagascar. This is the first edit from that trip.

Mania and How We Got There

Blog post for the journey to Madagascar.

Blog post for River 1: The Mania.

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Self Supported Inflatable Kayak Expedition

John Nestler has recently released a film about a self-supported IK (inflatable kayak) expedition down the Tatshenshini & Alsek Rivers, which flow through the Yukon, BC, and Alaska.

Self Supported Inflatable Kayak Expedition

John has kindly submitted his edit for all readers of Unsponsored to see. Enjoy!

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Running the Merced River – Episode 2

Steve Fisher and Pat Keller continue their journey down the Merced River in the Yosemite National Park.

Running the Merced River -  Episode 2

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Canadian Built Nova Craft Canoes

Nova Craft TuffStuff Testing

This is a great edit that has gone totally viral from Canadian based company Nova Craft. Since the supplies of Royalex have dried up canoe firms have been looking for a viable alternative. Nova Craft have developed a composite material called Tuffstuff which seems to be doing its job very nicely.

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