To my shame I still haven’t been near a sea kayak in the past month! Hopefully I will escape to the sea in a couple of weeks when the school term ends.
We haven’t been wasting our time, however; we’ve been planning the work and travel that we’ll need to do in 2009 for Savage Shores. The photo above was taken tonight on a new 600mm zoom lens I’ve acquired expressly for the purpose of photographing wildlife (seals, sea birds etc) for that book. Now I just need me something to point it at that’s alive and closer than 250000 miles away!
Other news … South West Sea Kayaking is selling well for Christmas, many thanks indeed to all who’ve shelled out for a copy! It’s now possible to get a detailed preview of the book, courtesy of Google. Also in print this month is an article I wrote about my big summer trip, where I’ve tried to convey some of the very real highs and lows of a long solo paddle. The article is published in the January issue of Canoe Kayak UK. I hope that it’s an enjoyable read.
This last weekend was the annual Adventure Paddler Weekend (APWE) down in Dartmoor. It’s a get-together of expedition whitewater paddlers with talks in the evening. This was the first year in a while that myself or one of my mates wasn’t doing a talk, so we were able to focus on the beer, with devastating and inadvisable results. The final photo of those below shows Heather looking rather pleased with herself. Not only had she completed her first ever running race that morning (the heinous looking Grim8 near Aldershot), somehow she arrived at the APWE and won the raffle for the expensive new helmet that she’s wearing.