River Guide Vest:
New materials, a better cut and fit are combined into a very smart looking River Guide Vest (£139).
I’m very fortunate to be in the position of getting hold of new kit well before it is released. This now includes the Intergalactic dry suit from Norwegian company Sweet Protection.
Sweet have been in the whitewater game for years but the Intergalactic marks their first and long awaited move into the dry suit arena. The Intergalactic is built from Gore-Tex Pro material and is backed onto a fabric that is both supple and tough. The Gore-Tex used is the 3 – layer Performance variety that is designed for extreme and extended use. I have a number of bits of kit, including a Sweet Shadrach made out of the same material and although it feels quite soft I know that it will take a beating and come back for more.
From Peak Design:
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What you essentially have is a quick release system that allows you to attach your GoPro to belts and straps. I’m thinking it could be a great addition to my GoPro mount kit as it will allow me to securely fasten the GoPro to the shoulder strap of my PFD.
I have a set on order and expect it very shortly.
As well as making sure I have all the necessary safety kit (PFD, helmet, throw line, whistle, pin kit) I like to have a range of kit with me that can be used in emergency situations. If a trip were to turn into an epic it is possible that someone may have been injured and/or we could be stuck out in the middle of nowhere.
Therefore my kit centres around three key elements/purposes:
I like to carry a range of kit that will help keep me and/or my paddling buddies warm and offer a little shelter.
If someone gets injured I’d like to go someway to help patch him or her up.
I’d like to ensure that morale stays high.
I have to weigh all of these needs against what is practically possible and the weight I can actually carry in my boat. Regardless this kit needs to be carried in my boat or on my person and needs to be kept dry. I am currently using an Exped Cloudburst dry sack for the bulk of the emergency kit that I carry. It is based around a traditional roll top dry bag but it has straps so that it can be used as a rucksack. It has a volume of 15 litres which means it is big enough to hold the essentials but will still fit in the back of my Liquid Logic Stomper.
Sam Crooks kindly edited his River Erme video for use on Unsponsored. Thanks Sam. It is well worth the watch and highlights the importance of undertaking whitewater rescue training.
Short video of a kayak becoming pinned on River Erme in Dartmoor UK. The video highlights the rescue of paddler and multiple technique attempts to extract boat. This video has been edited to remove faff time however I feel the essence of the rescue is outlined and other paddlers can learn from the techniques we used.
The D.C. A-Team headed to Tlapacoyan in Veracruz, Mexico for three weeks to escape the cold and run the shit. The Alseseca River provided numerous sections to keep us busy and never failed to put a smile on your face. This world class whitewater, combined with Aventurec’s awesome lodging and the ability to point at a picture in a guidebook and be dropped off there an hour later soon made it clear why Mexico is a kayaking mecca.
Paddlers: Wyatt Hyndman, Nathan Sass, Julio Danger, Dane Jackson, Kyle Burton, Jordan Poffenberger, Dylan Evans, Patrick Heindel
Unsponsored has had a presence on Instagram for some time. I really like the format and will be making a greater use of the site over the course of 2014.
A true test of trust – is following your friends / kayaking partners blindly down a river that is slightly above or just at your comfort level of running rapids blind (without scouting or looking at the rapids for yourself). Continue reading