Retired firefighter takes on epic kayak challenge for charity This week, a retired Bath firefighter has embarked on a 700-mile solo sea kayak adventure, all in aid of charities close to his heart. Colin Wood, who recently retired from Bath Blue Watch, left Plymouth on 13 May for an estimated two months of sea kayaking […]
Sea P&H Scorpio HV MKII scudder Werner Corryvreckan cranked paddles Shuna straight back up paddles Playboater Deck Kokatat Odyssey dry suit Kokatat Hustle r PFD Peak Combo dry top Spot Gen 4 Icom VHF Garmin 76 GPS Flat Earth Kayak Sail GoPro 8 Land Trangia, Storm Kettle Terra Nova Laser competition tent
I first planned this trip for a start in May 2020 . Leading up to it my fitness was on track and my logistic arrangements and sponsorship had gone well. Most of my kit had been pledged. Then the problems started. A mole which I had checked the summer before looked bigger. I was at […]
Trip details (for the Kayakers)
This trip has been a lot of effort to plan and put together. What makes me think I can do it? My skill set (I will find you) is based on the following: My paddling CV. Originally it was white water. I was a reasonable grade 4 paddler and have done a few rivers you […]
Preparation – how much?
It has been debatable – how much preparation should I do spending weeks on small warm up trips. Testing all the kit, completing a shake down of techniques and skills. The trouble is you can over train, stress your body and get knackered. Worse, get fed up with the small tent and lack of food […]
If you’re going to take on a big challenge, its worth a moment or two to think about the risks. We all have different views and thresholds of what is acceptable. Then it’s worth deciding if your skill level, experience and equipment matches those risks. I hope that a career working on the sea and […]