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Fernie, B.C., resident Dr. Paul Attalla departs for Northern Africa on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, to prepare for what is sure to be the most arduous and epic adventure of his life: a solo rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 05:29

There's life after amputation or trauma

Nigel RogoffTwo days ago I wrote about The Africa Challenge; a massive expedition in which Simon Blackburn is going to attempt to paddle around Africa to raise awareness and money for AIDS/HIV.

Another expedition was recently announced. Nigel Rogoff is planning to paddle around the British Isles with a distance of 4500 km. It is remarkable feat for anybody to do that as only a very small number have ever completed. I heard 19 but I can't find the proof.

The key difference with this expedition is that Nigel lost a leg due to a televised skydiving accident in 1998.

Nigel is goal is to raise awareness that there is life after amputation. He wants to raise funds for British limbless ex-service men so that they reach their full ambulant potential with the use of prosthetics.

"There is life after trauma," said Rogoff. "I‘ll also be flying the flag for South Africa and its issues, and amputees everywhere, who need encouragement and support. If one person says bloody hell, if he can do it, then I will have accomplished something."

More info: Our Journey 2008

Monday, 29 October 2007 17:31

Solo Tripping with Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber My friend Rob sent me this photo of him on a recent solo canoe trip. Well, I don't know if it was technically solo since Larry the Cucumber came along for part of the ride.

If you don't know who Larry is, then it is quite obvious you don't have kids. Larry the Cucumber is one of the stars of the animated series, VeggieTales.

Rob works as an animator and helped out on the latest VeggieTale movie, "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie".
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) recently tested waterproofing products for waterproof clothing, looking for perfluoroctyl content. Perfluoroctyl-based fluorocarbon water repellents biodegrade over time to PFOA, which is persistent in human tissue, and has a half-life of eight years. PFOA at even very low levels has been associated with birth defects in tests with rats. All human beings now have this chemical in their blood.
Sunday, 28 October 2007 17:55

Split in the Kayak Island Quest

Wendy Killoran Just saw the posting of the split between paddlers Wendy Killoran and René Seindal who are currently on the Kayak Island Quest.

Both paddlers were working together to circumnavigate the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily this Fall.

According to a post by René, it seems that there have been some disagreements around speed and time that were irreconcilable. They are both going to continue the quest, but separately.

I have no idea of what went on, and I would never want to take a guess. When I was younger, I used to read about many of the great expeditions across Antarctica. Those were rife with stress and heartache and very much the same issues.

It also reminds me of recent expeditions that had similar stresses even before the trip got off the ground.

Simon BlackburnThe Africa ChallengeSimon Blackburn of Durban, South Africa has just announced plans to attempt to circumnavigate Africa to help raise awareness and money against the devastation of AIDS/HIV.

He has the support of several big name activists including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who is already praying for the mission's success and calling on sponsors to give financial and technical support.

"This Africa Challenge will be a physically gruelling and dangerous journey, given our coastline, which is often inhospitable. But we, too, as Africans, are in dangerous and uncharted waters as we face up to the challenges of HIV/Aids. We have experienced nothing before like this. We cannot afford to become tired in our campaign to overcome it," says Tutu.

The total trip's distance is approximately 32,000 km. Blackburn feels that if he can paddle 80 km a day, it will take 18 months plus an extra 4 months time for rest days and bad weather.

He hopes to be back in Cape Town for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Video footage and more info if you click the "Read More" link.

Friday, 26 October 2007 20:19

Paddle To Be Free

A 12 year old boy describes the adventure of an arctic canoe trip with his family. Numerous wildlife encounters with caribou, wolves and muskox happen along the way. Ancient aboriginal artifacts found along river. He also spends idle time carving a canoe.

Friday, 26 October 2007 20:07

Canoe Paddling - Canadian Style

A short demo reel for a planned "how to" video that will help understand the principles of how to paddle a canoe in the traditional Canadian style of paddling.

Produced by: Rolf & Debra Kraiker

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