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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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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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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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Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare

See also: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel We had a good look, then shot this underground weir and were spat out the other end, grinning and alive. Years ago I recce’d South London’s Wandle ‘River’ from Merton Abbey Mills to the … Continue reading

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Packyaking in Whitianga (NZ)

MRS Nomad Index Page At a Dive shop in Whitianga on the North Island’s Coromandel peninsula half a day from Auckland, I asked the teenage girl left at the till which way the tidal currents flowed around here. She smiled … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Wairoa River (NZ)

MRS Nomad Index Page The MRS Nomad S1 I tested last summer in Scotland is my new packraft. Goodbye to my great little Alpacka Yak. Like the Yak before, it held its value and I sure got my money’s worth out … Continue reading

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Trying out SUP paddle boarding

iSUP: a new way to get in trouble at sea (worth reading) Finally I got to try some of this SUP-ing everyone’s so crazy about, on a recreational inlet in north Sydney. Ideally it should have been an iSUP to satisfy … Continue reading

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Kayaking and packrafting the Allier (France)

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Tarn In 2005 the Dordogne and nearby Vezere were my first multi-day rivers in a Sunny IK, all helped by the discovery of the inspiring White Water Massif Central guidebook. The Dordogne … Continue reading

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