Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Meet the team #4 Jim Krawiecki

Jim has paddled on many of the exciting white water rivers of England, Scotland and Wales, as well as many of those in the French Alps. A passion for Sea Kayaking combined with an interest in writing and photography brought about the first comprehensive Guidebook to the Welsh coast, for sea kayakers. This popular title is called 'Welsh Sea Kayaking' and was published in September 2006 by Pesda Press.

This trans-pennine journey links the east and west shores of northern England and forms part of the research for a new sea kayaking guidebook. The book will be called 'Northern England & the Isle of Man' and will be available in early 2010.

Meet the team #3 Jean Brown

Jean was brought up spending all of her holidays in the outdoors and has never looked back. Before becoming a keen sea-kayaker Jean knew the UK and other parts of the world though the eyes of a climber.

This has made kayaking trips to Norway and Shetland, in particular, all the more interesting. A keen spirit of adventure makes this journey an exciting prospect.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Meet the team #2 Glen Parry

Glen has over 8 years of both inland and sea kayaking experience. Having extensively explored the coasts of England, Scotland, Wales and Brittany, (northwest France) he is now looking further afield, to colder climes and is a keen supporter of the Greenland 'Kayaks to Schools' project.
More recently Glen has taken up sea kayak racing. Following a fair result in the 'Coquet Island Race' on the Northumberland coast, he managed to step up a gear and take first place in the 'Seaquest' event at Fleetwood in September 2008.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Meet the team #1 Liz Jordan

Liz is no stranger to long distance kayak journeys. In May and June of 2007 she completed a 200 mile journey along the west coast of Scotland to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Liz plays Clarinet for the Halle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras amongst others, and has travelled to far flung corners of the globe on a number of orchestra tours. Some of this world travel has fuelled a hunger for adventures into the mountains of Tibet, Nepal, Chile and Argentina. Fitting experience for a journey along the waterways crossing the backbone of Britain.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Plotting and Scheming

The plans for 'Kayak Coast 2 Coast' are gradually coming together. Distances have been measured, tides (for the tidal sections) have been checked and accommodation is being booked. This is a journey of exploration with a difference. Most sea kayak voyages take place in wild places far from our homes, often in different countries sometimes on the other side of the world. Running a close parallel to the walkers / cyclists 'Trans-Pennine Trail', our journey will pass right through the very cities and suburbs from which we, and thousands of other outdoor enthusiasts seek escape every weekend.

The idea that an adventure in the outdoors can begin from a city bound doorstep is not new. The idea for this journey came from my early paddling trips on the Bridgewater Canal. In the beginning I would take my kayak to the canal on a portage trolley and paddle 30km to keep myself fit in the winter months. The challenge in paddling 292km in 8 days means paddling an average of 36-37km per day. On days 3-6 we will encounter over 120 locks. We will have to lift our kayaks out of the water and carry them (portage) around each lock or set of locks. We will finish each day in a pre-determined place, normally a bed and breakfast or pub with rooms where we can stay for the night.