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Confluence tells the uplifting non-fiction story of the Duzi canoe marathon partnership of Piers Cruickshanks, a seasoned paddler who had won multiple gold medals in the Duzi, with Siseko Ntondini, a paddler who had come up through the ranks of the Soweto Canoe Club, whose dream was to win a gold medal in the Duzi.
The two men agree to paddle together and start training towards their gold-medal goal, but in order to get to even the start line, they need to overcome cultural and physical challenges to create a winning combination.
Timed to be released at the same time as Beyond The River, a movie based loosely on their story, this is a book that will have wide-ranging, feel-good appeal.
This is one of two strip maps for anyone wanting to explore the river Wye by canoe. Designed by canoeists for canoeists, it is very much a 'hands on' map - waterproof and easy to use whilst paddling down the river - it even floats! It shows all the essential paddling information as clearly as possible at a large scale - 1:36,000. There are two maps in the series - this map covers the section from Hoarwithy to Chepstow (the section from Glasbury to Hoarwithy is a separate map - 9780995751309). This map includes Hoarwithy, Ross on Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth and Chepstow.The two maps cover all 161 km of the most popular canoeing stretch of the river from Glasbury to Chepstow. These are 'strip maps' - with 4 convenient sections on each map showing the river and the countryside on each side of the river. The base mapping uses O.S. geodata which has been edited and enhanced to show essential information as clearly as possible. The maps show roads, towns, villages, footpaths, rivers, streams, lakes, churches, farms, houses, woods and hills. Physical relief is shown with a contour interval of 10m.Canoeing information is highlighted with colour boxes and symbols to show recommended launch sites, rapids, campsites, pubs, cafes and canoe hire bases. There are brief guidance notes on paddling the river Wye and essential information for key sections. There are also up to date notes on other information sources - websites, books, etc. It should be invaluable for anyone planning a single or multi-day trip. Printed on polyart waterproof paper.
This is one of two strip maps for anyone wanting to explore the river Wye by canoe. Designed by canoeists for canoeists, it is very much a 'hands on' map - waterproof and easy to use whilst paddling down the river - it even floats! It shows all the essential paddling information as clearly as possible at a large scale - 1:36,000. There are two maps in the series - this map covers the section from Glasbury to Hoarwithy (the section from Hoarwithy to Chepstow is a separate map - 9780995751316). This map includes Glasbury, Hay on Wye, Hereford and Hoarwithy.
"She's all my fancy painted her, she's lovely, she is light. She waltzes on the waves by day and rests with me at night. But I had nothing to do with her painting. The man who built her did that. And I commence with the canoe because that is about the first thing you need on entering the Northern Wilderness". Thus opened Nessmuk's first commissioned "letter" for Forest and Stream in 1880. For years thereafter, George Washington Sears, under the penname Nessmuk, contributed a glorious series of pieces on canoeing the Adirondacks, exploring rivers and streams, climbing the many mountains and peaks, and chronicling his long relationship with one of the greatest canoe builders, J. Henry Rushton.
This volume shows the outdoors in all its moods, from swollen brooks in springtime to white-capped autumn lakes, from the wandering Oswegatchie River to the dark tarns of Nova Scotia. The author promotes the pleasures of his excursions yet cautions against encouraging too much human impact.
This beautifully illustrated book covers the commonly-used knots and splices. In full colour, it illustrates clearly how to tie each knot using sequential diagrams and a step-by-step approach. Topics covered include the ten knots everyone should know (plus many others), splices and whippings, how to choose the right rope for the job, the use and benefits of each knot and times where special care is needed.
A book of ideas collected by the coaches at Plas y Brenin. Over 300 top tips to help canoe and kayak coaches fill their own 'coach's toolbox'.
Though geographically close the two areas covered in this sea kayaking guidebook are as different in character as it is possible to conceive. The South East of England has a varied landscape of chalk cliffs, pebble beaches, vast expanses of sand, mudflats, and river estuaries. At one extreme the tidal Thames runs through the densely populated City of London and at the other the deserted North Norfolk coast. Conversely the Channel Islands are a small number of large islands and a vast number of islets and reefs. Here we are talking pink granite, white sandy beaches and very strong tidal streams. They are closer to France than to England (a mere 12km between Les Ecrehous reef and mainland France). Many of the routes here are very committing but there are also a good number of gentler paddles.
Teasing out the history of a place celebrated for timelessness where the waters have cleaned the slate of countless paddle strokes requires a sure and attentive hand. Stephen Wilbers's account reaches back to the glaciers that first carved out the Boundary Waters and the pioneers who discovered them. He does so without losing the personal relationship built through a lifetime of pilgrimages (anchored by almost three decades of trips with his father). This story captures the untold broader narrative of the region as well as a thousand different details sure to be recognized by fellow pilgrims, like the grinding rhythm of a long portage or the loon call that slips into that last moment before sleep.
After the phenomenal success of 'Top Tips for coaches', we decided that there was a need for this book. The top tips come from Franco and Loel's combined experiences of white water, sea kayak and open canoe. The experience is gained at home in the UK and abroad in places, such as The European Alps, Scandinavia, Canada, the USA, Peru, New Guinea, Pakistan and East Africa.
Following on from his hugely successful book Sea Kayak, Gordon Brown brings his vast experience and unique style to this latest publication Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue. Each chapter begins with a real-life incident which sets the scene and helps to emphasise what follows. The underlying principles are highlighted, practical lessons learnt and the hard skills explored in detail. Numerous colour photos complement and illustrate the text. This book is essential reading for any sea kayaker, and will be enjoyed and valued by both novice and experienced paddlers alike.
This is a high quality map of mainland Britain which shows the huge extent of canoeing possibilities on rivers, lakes, canals and coast. It is colour-coded to show clearly the nature of these waterways. Southern England and Wales appear on one side of the B1 sheet with Scotland and the North of England on the reverse. The base map is very detailed and shows roads, towns, villages, rivers, streams, lakes and canals with this detail in pastel colours. Over this is superimposed the canoeing information in bright colours so that this stands out. Paddling information includes: tidal rivers and different Grades of river - Flat, classes: 1, 2, 3, 4; Navigations (e.g. canals) used by motorized craft; especially popular canoeing trips are highlighted in yellow; and selected coastal paddles are marked, as are artificial white water courses. This is a new map for the 21st Century - created for the two million canoeists in Britain - to inspire, excite, dream and plan that next journey. Some paddlers will buy this map for the office wall whilst for the newcomer to the sport it answers the question "where can I go paddling next? Information panels give helpful information on access, recommended websites and guidebooks - designed to 'open the doors' to the world of canoeing and kayaking.
Loel Collins draws on his experience to help the readers learn to roll a kayak or improve the roll they already have. The approach is to illustrate the ideas with clear photo sequences, keeping the text to a minimum. Rolling is learnt by working through a sequence of exercises to allow the learner to 'feel' what is required. Once the initial sequences have been learnt, problems are identified and solved. The learners are then provided with exercises to prepare them for the challenges involved in rolling in rough water and given advice on how to cope when they get there. For those who wish to improve an unreliable roll, a flow chart helps them to plan a learning sequence and choose the appropriate exercises. Although aimed at kayakers, the book is also a mine of useful tools for the coach looking for tools that they can use when teaching rolling.
A GUIDE TO THE SPORT OF SURF KAYAKING FOR ALL ABILITIES OF PADDLER AND THOSE THINKING OF TAKING UP THE SPORT
The Wye Valley attracts many thousands of visitors each year and the river is a popular resource for sport and recreation. About 250km long, one of the longest rivers in Britain and perhaps the most popular for paddlers of canoes and kayaks in the UK. It is popular for long distance touring, recreational paddling and white water paddling - including the rapids at Symonds Yat which is a nationally important site owned by the British Canoe Union. This is the 12th edition of "The Canoeists' Guide to the River Wye", published by the Environment Agency Wales which is the navigation authority responsible for the Rivers Wye and Lugg - it is their job to look after the environment and navigation for these rivers. The guide provides a comprehensive overview and the latest practical information to help plan a trip
COLLECTIVE WINNER OF THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 'This is the book that has been wanting to be written for decades: the ragged fringe of Britain as a laboratory for the human spirit' Adam Nicolson Over the course of a year, leading historian and nature writer David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north to south: every cove, sound, inlet, island. The idea was to travel slowly and close to the water: in touch with both the natural world and the histories of communities on Atlantic coastlines. The story of his journey is one of staggering adventure, range and beauty. For too long, Gange argues, the significance of coasts has been underestimated, and the potential of small boats as tools to make sense of these histories rarely explored. This book seeks to put that imbalance right. Paddling alone in sun and storms, among dozens of whales and countless seabirds, Gange and his kayak travelled through a Shetland summer, Scottish winter and Irish spring before reaching Wales and Cornwall. Sitting low in the water, as did millions in eras when coasts were the main arteries of trade and communication, Gange describes, in captivating prose and loving detail, the experiences of kayaking, coastal living and historical discovery. Drawing on the archives of islands and coastal towns, as well as their vast poetic literatures in many languages, he shows that the neglected histories of these stunning regions are of real importance in understanding both the past and future of the whole archipelago. It is a history of Britain and Ireland like no other.
Welsh Canoe Classics is an illustrated guide to some of the finest tours of Wales' waterways. Scenic lakes, broad estuaries and whitewater rivers, as they can only be seen from canoe or kayak. Eddie, Adam and Wilf have chosen the best inland touring routes which are described in great detail and illustrated with numerous colour photos and maps. The selected routes are suitable for open canoes, sit-on-tops and touring kayaks, and include seven whitewater trips. Many of them can be tackled as a single voyage, others as a series of day trips with campsites en route. The journeys are all accessible but highly varied, travelling along lakes, estuaries, rivers and canals. This is a wonderful book for planning voyages and inspiring dreams or sharing your experiences with others.
A complete guide to Scotland's first formal canoe trail. Revised and updated in this 2nd edition. This guide is an essential resource to help you plan your journey through the Great Glen across Scotland. As well as the calm waters of the Caledonian Canal there are the challenging open waters of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. Here you will find advice on how to deal with the conditions as well as food, equipment, safety, communication and rescue. The best craft for the adventure are open canoes, sea kayaks or touring kayaks. There is advice on choosing the right craft, loading it, and the best ways of carrying it over portages. The coast to coast route can normally be completed in three to five days. We have split the route into a five- day expedition and each day is described in detail, including camping and other forms of accommodation. There are also numerous single day options and, for the more advanced paddlers, suggested routes that link stretches of river with lochs and canal sections.
True Stories of Outdoor Adventure and Inspiration All fans of whitewater sports have been impacted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in one way or another. In 1972, the NOC was the outgrowth of an idea that friends working together to pursue their outdoor passions could change lives for the better. Today, the center is a seminal Southeastern paddling hub. Compiled by Payson Kennedy and edited by Greg Hlavaty, NOC Stories is a collection of 62 entertaining stories by NOC staff veterans-memories that describe the center's first 25 years. It approaches the story of the NOC's inception, a time of exponential growth in whitewater sports and instruction, a time when the NOC's contribution to paddling technique and instruction reverberated around the world. It is both a history of NOC's leading role in the evolution of commercial river running and an overview of when kayaking, as a sport, exploded in the United States. The remembrances presented here blend history with adventure as they document the NOC's singular vision.
This book is a celebration of the life and adventures of Andy Jackson, Scottish kayaking legend. In December 2004 the kayaking community was stunned by the premature death of Andy Jackson. "Tall Stories" collates accounts and photos of the tall man's adventurous life. As we follow him around the world, Andy's gregarious good humour comes across at every turn. From his native Scotland to Nepal, New Zealand and North America on his 'World Tour' and on to Iceland and Chile, Andy made a friend of everyone he met.Every first weekend in September, kayakers from around the world gather at the Wet West Paddlefest to celebrate his life and paddle two of his favourite rivers. Andy will remain an inspiration for generations to come.Ron Cameron first encountered Andy Jackson in Tain, Easter Ross when Andy was 19 and he was 43 and kayaked, skied and climbed with him regularly until the time of his death, suffering no significant injuries as a result. He was stupid/smart enough to rent Andy a house for about six years. Sometimes he thinks he should have stuck to climbing but paddling and skiing with Andy was a life enhancing experience.
This is an illustrated guide to some of the finest tours of southern England's waterways, from the Grand Union Canal in the South Midlands to the River Tamar in the South West. Scenic lakes, placid canals and broad rivers, as they can only be seen from a canoe or kayak. Eddie and 'Wilf' have chosen the best inland touring routes. They are described in great detail and illustrated with numerous colour photos and maps. The selected routes are suitable for open canoes, sit-on-tops and touring kayaks. Many of them can be tackled as a single voyage or a series of day trips, with campsites en route. The journeys are all accessible but highly varied, taking place on lakes, sheltered coastline, rivers and canals. It is a wonderful book for planning voyages and inspiring dreams, or sharing your experiences with others.
If you've ever dreamed of paddling in Chile, you've found the book that can make your dream as real as it gets. Authors Tyler Curtis, Mariann Saether and Ben May provide a blow-by-blow account of each river, with precise directions, detailed descriptions, difficulty ratings, water level information, useful contacts, points of interest, and much more. "Whitewater Chile" also features valuable historical, traveling and safety information and includes enough fantastic full color photography to excite the most obsessed whitewater paddler. Whether you're planning a trip to Chile or just dreaming of one day doing so, "Whitewater Chile" is an absolute must-have guide book. The book includes: detailed descriptions of more than 60 rivers; GPS coordinates and clear directions to the access points; details about camping, lodging and restaurants; and, valuable information about traveling in Chile.
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