Adrian Mattern has 9 tips to make your drysuit last longer.
I have been abusing drysuits for so many years now that I figured out a few key points which- if you take SOME care about, will maximize the lifetime of your drysuit by a lot! I have realized that just by taking a few caretaking steps there is absolutely no need to get a new drysuit every single season or so.
Things are crazy busy at the moment and Adrian’s laptop died with the Tibet 03 project file on it. Which means it’s going to be a minute or so before we manage to get him a new one and get that edit done. In the meantime we are in Oetz, having an absouloute blast on the Upper Wellerbruecke.
Bren and Adrian headed out to Tibet earlier this year. Check out their first video instalment.
Mid-July we left towards Southern Asia and joined an international group of kayakers to go and explore the whitewater in Tibet. Being known as the roof of the world and containing the tallest mountains in the world left us to wonder what rivers must lie deep in the heart of the Himalayas.
There has been a lot of expeditioning going on in countries like Nepal or India, but there are still a lot of places, rivers, and countries which haven’t necessarily been on the list of kayaking expeditions. There have been a few trips to Tibet done by kayakers, the most famous one probably being Scott Lindgrens and Steve Fishers trip to the Tsang Po, but the eastern part still largely remains untouched, just waiting to be explored. So we followed the call and sent it to Tibet.
Adrian Mattern has a few top tips on how to go about packing for a kayaking trip.
I have been travelling the world with my kayak and my belongings for more than five years now. Over the time you learn some things and optimize processes, so this is how I normally pack for a trip, hopefully there is some useful information for you in there!
Levels were low, people were either not motivated or injured to go kayaking but luckily Nouria was around so we decided to go kayak on the ultra river around Whistler, the Cheakamus. Many sections on this river, some are done multiple times 365 days a year, others people haven’t dropped into within the last 5 years. We decided to paddle them all! This video shows the Upper, the Balls2theWalls and the Daisy Lake section of the Cheakamus river. Happy days!
Late Summer Kayaking Adventures – Levels are low. Everywhere. That didn’t stop us to go up the Ashlu River and drop in even though levels were super low. Even though the river was bumpy at times it was worth going up there and a wee day out.