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Windpaddling to Achnahaird

The packboat sailing page We decided to lap the tip (left) of the Coigach peninsula. Doing it clockwise put us in the lee of the afternoon’s southwesterly once in Enard Bay and better still, we’d catch high tide at Achnahaird, … Continue reading

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Walking with Sharks – kayaking Shark Bay

Looking for shark attacks? – go here Sea kayaking on the Ningaloo?  It’s here Packrafting the Fitzroy River – this way please Originally written in 2010 “Why doesn’t anyone paddle around Shark Bay, Jeff? It seems ideal for beginners like us.” … Continue reading

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Summer Isles Kayaking ~Tanera Beg

Tanera Mor description here The calm continued and with it the paddling. Today we tried the Grabner Amigo two-up around Tanera Beg island out of Old Dornie. I’d camped on the island with Jon one time but have never been right round it. … Continue reading

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Testing the Sevy Slackraft

Finally I got round to trying the Sevy ‘packraft’, a cheapo PVC dinghy with the outer hull cut off to make it less wide and hopefully more functional. Compared to the single-chambered Alpacka, blowing it up takes a while. The … Continue reading

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Skinning the Sevylor slackraft

As promised, I’ve invested in a Sevylor Caravelle PVC dinghy. Cost: £34 delivered complete with pump, oars, repair kit, manual in ten languages and a box which is bound to come in useful one day. The heavy-duty Super Caravelle model, … Continue reading

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Packrafting Fitzroy – Gear

Fitzroy 1  • Fitzroy 2  • Fitzroy 3  • Fitzroy 4  • Fitzroy 5 Access One reason I chose the Fitzroy was that it seemed easy and safe by Kimberley river standards. It was easy to get to Mornington; the river covered mostly … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy – 5/5

Fitzroy 1 Intro • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4  Today, our fifth on the river, we expected to break out of the clogged-up side streams of the last two days and get on the deep, open channel which led right … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 4

• Fitzroy 1 – intro • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 5  Soon after dawn we stood on a small hill overlooking our camp down on the sandbank (middle point map left or picture right). For the last couple of days we’d spent most of our time … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 3

• Fitzroy 1 [intro] • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 We were up again with the light, ready for more ankle-twisting boulder portages like those which had slowed us down yesterday afternoon. Little did we know that the day would turn out to be … Continue reading

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