May 1

India 2011

Easter 2011; a short trip to the Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal)  region of India to paddle some steep Himalayan water on the Yamuna, Rupin and Tons rivers. Inspired by some reports of steep boulder gardens and clean drops, Chris Eastabrook and I headed out in search of some classic adventure paddling.

David Fairweather Yamuna River Day 1

Yamuna River

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Sep 1

Europe by Numbers

 

A nomadic trip through Europe following the whitewater season north as the summer progressed. Van living, whitewater kayaking and purposeful wandering. Four wonderful months. (more…)

May 1

Morocco

A short Easter trip to the rivers of the Atlas Mountains; eight kayakers, one Transit van, and ten days. In amongst the food, wildlife, and cultural experiences, we also managed to find some top quality adventure kayaking.

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Jul 1

The Great Glen, Scotland

To be considered for recognition as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, an area has to be pretty special.  That a bid was recently submitted for the entire length of the Great Glen and Caledonian Canal, from Fort William on the West coast of Scotland to Inverness on the East, to receive the same status as the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef suggests that people hold the area in high regard.  And rightly so.  A trip along the Caledonian Canal offers up some stunning natural beauty, enough interesting historical sites to keep a coach load of American tourists happy for weeks, a whole host of wildlife, and of course the chance of an encounter with the infamous and elusive Loch Ness Monster.

David Fairweather Loch Ness Kayak

A peaceful evening on Loch Ness

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May 1

Thule Bheri, Nepal

Sometimes the best laid plans sound a bit sketchy when you read them back to yourself. Take for example the following sentence:

“We met a large German chap in a back room of a rafting office in Leh, some rough Kashmiri rum appeared from somewhere, by morning those of us still capable of doing so had agreed on a trip to Nepal to paddle a great sounding river.”

My companions could be forgiven for doubting how smoothly this trip would run based on that information. As it turns out, saying yes to this trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Thuli Bheri is a classic Nepalese multi-day trip involving sketchy flights, stunning scenery, and world class whitewater paddling.

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Sep 1

India 2006

Some notes from a high water Tsarap and Zanskar trip in August 2006. A group of five paddlers from the UK made the trip to Ladakh and encountered some big water and tough descisions along the way.

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Oct 1

Kyrgyzstan 2005 – British Universities Kayaking Expedition

In August 2005, a group of nine students from universities in the UK flew to Kyrgyzstan on a month long expedition to explore and document some of the whitewater of this beautiful, mountainous, Central Asian country.  Over the month, we cruised about in a pair of outrageous ex-Russian Army trucks, paddled some incredible whitewater, and shared some unforgettable experiences. The notes below are extracts taken from the team’s (now defunct) website, more details can be found at http://kayakstan.rob.cx/.

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