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Packrafting the Fitzroy 2

• Fitzroy 1 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 The video above covers Day 1 (previous post) and Day 2 which is this post. By 5am the sun had risen somewhere behind the ranges and it was light enough to get stuck into … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 1

• Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 A few minutes after the plane took off from Fitzroy Crossing (see maps or video) Jeff taped me on the shoulder and gave a thumbs up. A thousand feet below, things were looking promising. Sam … Continue reading

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Kayaking Ningaloo – Part 2

Part 1 is here. Gallery at the bottom of the page. After a spell of snorkeling in Coral Bay and reading in Exmouth, I drove round to the ocean  side of the Cape and met up with Jeff and Sharon near … Continue reading

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Kayaking Ningaloo – Part 1

After a great paddle in Shark Bay with Jeff and Sharon a few years ago, we’d vowed to try the more exposed transit of the Ningaloo Reef, from the small resort of Coral Bay, north along the west side of … Continue reading

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Packrafting in NW Australia [video]

Our 2011 Fitzroy River packrafting trip I used to visit northern and western Australia regularly to update a guide book (right) and years ago, before I knew about packrafts, I had an idea to float down part of the Lennard River in the western … Continue reading

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Watershed Bags: Chattooga, Mk1 Ultimate Ditch Bag, Westwater

‘One Dry Bag to rule them all’ Roll-top dry bags (right) – even the best ones –  aren’t really submersion proof, are they. That’s fine for a SinK with hatches (unless they get flooded), but no so good for an … Continue reading

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Kayak and packraft sails

To see how I made a disc sail click this This is how it worked first time out in a packraft This is how it worked first time out in my Incept kayak And this is a proper Pacific Action ‘V’ sail fitted on my … Continue reading

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Feathercraft Java kayak review

In early 2016, Feathecraft dropped the Java/Gemini and Aironaut to stick with folding kayaks. In 2017 Feathecraft closed for good. In 2007 I was looking to move on from my Sunny to something a bit longer and self-bailing. The two boats that … Continue reading

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50,000 hits and no shark attacks

Over fifty thousand hits in the eleven months since this blog started. And in the year up to August 2012 that more than doubled to 110,000 a year and now in 2016 it’s over 800,000. Sounds impressive. Some days I … Continue reading

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