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Medway: Rise of the Mamiks

MRS Nomad Index Page I really want to go with you Really want to show you, Lord That it won’t take long, my Lord Hallelujah, Hare Rama…. Picked up while scanning the radio on the drive to Tonbridge, there were … Continue reading

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Kayaking the Swanage Stacks

Swanage Bay, 7.30am Ten minutes after a paddling away from a tranquil Swanage seafront bathed in a Turneresque light (above), we found ourselves battling a stiff breeze towards Ballard Downs on the north edge of Swanage Bay. The odd whitecap scurried … Continue reading

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Tested: Ortlieb Duffle RS140 review

In a line: A huge wheeled duffle which manages to tick all the boxes for packboating. Cost: £180 (shops from £230) Weight: 3170g (verified) Where tested: Up and down the hall  • Durable wheel design • Rolls up • Waterproof TiZip • … Continue reading

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Urban kayaking: East London

The plan was simple. Put the IK in at Limehouse Basin where I finished up last week, and take an easy canal-paddle up around what are collectively known as the Bow Back Rivers threading through the Olympic Park, then portage over Three Mills … Continue reading

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Repairing a Gumotex Seawave

The other day, while lashing the Gumotex drybag backpack to a chopped-down trolley I foolishly wore two holes in my Seawave ;-(( Pumping away like a donkey on Limehouse jetty (above), I assumed the non-standard PRV was playing up; probably a grain … Continue reading

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Urban Packrafting: London’s Regent’s Canal

See also: Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare Urban Packrafting: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel Kayaking through London Urban canals have long been rediscovered as quaint, idiosyncratic backwaters for boat dwellers, joggers and cycle commuters, or have seen adjacent industrial wasteland redeveloped into glitzy … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio DeckPack

See also: Packraft Deckbags In a Line Easily fitted, low-profile 22-litre bag with waterproof zip Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store  (supplied free for editorial work) Weight, Size & Volume Bag: 224g; straps 11g each (verified) 59cm wide, 43 cm long … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio Fly ultralight paddle

In a line: Cheap, light and fully adjustable but may have too much flex for heavier paddlers/ boats or against headwinds Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store (supplied free for editorial work) Weight: 451g (verified); length: 178-210cm, shaft 24mm; blades 34cm x 15.5cm Where … Continue reading

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A Packboat in your Car

  Overlanding with Packboats Expedition Portal / April, 2019 Packboat is my made-up word for easily portable boats that roll into a bag but deploy in minutes, in contrast with hardshell kayaks or canoes in aluminum, plastic, or composite. I’m here … Continue reading

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