A few days before MRF 2018 started we went upstream of the race course in order to explore and first descent an epic stretch of whitewater! Exploring new rivers in Kerala/ India.
Welcome to Movie Monday 8 January 2018 here at Unsponsored. We have well over 20 edits for you to get your teeth into.
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.
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
The Ladakh River Festival takes place on the Indus River (India) on August 19 to 20th 2017. This is the worlds highest kayaking competition.
Here in Ladakh we have amazing, world class whitewater kayaking – big rivers, huge rapids, cold water and all in an environment like nowhere else in the world.
The Rivers of Nepal have long enchanted my imagination. The adventures they provide seem endless. As we progress in life we sort after new challenges. Dreams lay plans like eggs waiting to hatch. The idea of Soloing a longer river has captured my imagination for sometime now.
It’s been only a short while since the one day Tsarap Chu and Zanskar descent. In Ladakh, India. The 20hr50min paddle. The 240km descent, the boxed walls, the long rapids, the silent cries in the night.
I get asked daily, why? What pleasure was in it? Is it worth it?
I’ve not come up with a real answer before – Mallory’s quip unsatisfactory – it’s always going to be there.
Perhaps I can sum up why I enjoy the isolation of a long paddle, even with peers, perhaps it’s also an explanation for those that don’t understand solo paddling as a concept. They both run as parallels for me.
In 1992 Green Slime and a team of explorers set the first paddle strokes on the Tsarap Zanskar combo – an expedition in little Tibet. Opening up what has become a world classic.
Slime turned 70, and like the Queen, had one of his parties on the roof of a hotel in Leh over looking the Indus – perfect.
As Nepal came to terms with the after effects of the Quakes in the spring of 2015 one woman shone like a beacon of hope for the emerging nation. Assisted across the border to India by returning aid convoys and a network of friends. Goma Sunuwar made her way to the Malabar River Festival, paddling the Ganga and Coorg along the way.
Prejudice is always high and female kayakers in India and Nepal are a rare sight. ‘Should you be married now?’, can you imagine.
We caught up with Goma in India and followed her progress later as she trained for Slalom competition in Indonesia.
Big rivers and first descents – Siberia looks like an awesome place to paddle. The guys from Two Blades Adventures took full advantage on this trip.
In summer 2014 we managed to get to one of the most remote rivers in Sayan Mountains in Siberia/Russia. Here is the RAW GoPro video from some of the major rapids of the river including the first descent of the 15m waterfall.
Nepal is a place that I would really like to visit. This edit from my good friends over at Creative Adventure simply re-enforces this.
Thank you Pyranha Kayaks Astral zerogram SMITH KOREA Spocam – GoPro 노스페이스 (The North Face) 카라반캠프 카약의 모든것 카약가이 2014 Park Junghun Cross Himalaya Expedition BABU Adventure HQ 지리산카약학교 Jirisan Kayak School.
A great edit and start of a series showing just a small % of what Nepal has to offer to the whitewater kayaker. Continue reading