Thursday 15th March 2012 – Arabian Outdoor Social Evening

Please come and join us and the outdoor community for a social evening organised by Simon Cahill of Arabia Outdoors. Mike Nott is speaking about his extensive 4×4 adventures in the region and launching his new advanced offroading book. I’ll be warming up for him talking about my Musendam Circumnavigation Adventure that was, I believe, the first complete Khasab to Khasab circuit including the portage over the isthmus. It didnt go entirely to plan, 4 of us started and I ended up doing the journey solo due to a mild issue with deportation. Come along to the evening and I’ll tell you the whole story along with giving a guide to kayaking in this world class paddling destination.

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New Edition of Iconic White Water Nepal Guide now available

First published in 1991 the Third Edition of the White Water Nepal Guide is now available. This iconic rafting and kayaking guide book has seen a thorough update and there are some significant changes.

Benn planning adventures Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal

Firstly the original author, Peter ‘Green Slime’ Knowles, has been joined by co author Daz Clarkson who is one of expedition kayakings leading lights. Daz spends several months a year running trips in Nepal through Pure Land Expeditions and is the only person in the world to have kayaked all the rivers that flow from Everest. His current knowledge and expertise have helped bring the guide bang up to date.

Secondly the guide is now printed in Nepal. Daz says “As co authors we wanted to keep the style and feel of the 1st and 2nd edition, it is an iconic guidebook and we felt it mattered to people that they were able to return to it like an old friend. The book was made in Nepal, jointly published by Rivers Publishing in the UK and Himalayan Map House in Kathmandu.For me it was a great learning curve to be sat working in the publishers in Kathmandu, working away with traditional cut/paste. The finished product is perfect, it shows the great development in Nepal and the increase of river running in the Himalayas.”

The guide is an invaluable tool for anyone planning a rafting or kayaking experience in Nepal whether as a client with a rafting company or as a dirtbag boater planning an extended season. The book is packed to the gunwales with information, stories, cartoons and detail that will both entertain and inform both beginner and seasoned verteran.

Career Warning– Reading this book could lead you into the world of the expedition kayaker/rafter. It is a world of discovery including real adventure, cultural understanding, gobsmaking natural beauty and incredibile people achieving truly staggering things. If you’d rather sit in front of a screen of Column A and Column B than by a camp fire on a white sandy beach museing the days adventures while trying to spot satelites as they move across the sky in front of the Milky Way then this is not the life for you. Unfortunately these life choices don’t fit very well with a sensible career your Mother would approve of.

The Third Edition of White Water Nepal by Peter Knowles and Darren Clarkson-King (ISBN 978-0-9550614-2-4) is jointly published by Rivers Publishing U.K. and Himalayan Map House Nepal and available from all good book shops.

Where does an expedition lead to?

I’ve recently had as great a message through Facebook as I could hope to get, so much so that I asked Jess if I could share in on my blog. She agreed 🙂

In 2009 I took a school expedition to Peru and Jess was part of that team. When I run a school expedition I expect the students to take it on and to make it their trip. This team of girls did 100%. As their expedition leader I was soo proud of what they achieved during the trip.

Now 2 years on the team is spread out all over the country but Facebook is allowing me to keep in touch and continue to keep an eye on them and what they are up to. Some are at University and seem to be having a ball, some are about to go to university and I can sense the excitement and nerves that go with it. Many have travelled -Holly is now back from Thailand and Australia, Liv travelled to Morocco, Rebbie had her art adventure in Venice and Jess is now back from China.

I’ve had some fantastic messages from the girls and Jess’s seems to capture it all together brilliantly.

Hey Ian,

So I got back home from China last night and I’m having a bit of that post-peru shock at being back home. Despite the fact that I’d had about 2 hours sleep in the past 30+ hours I’m back in my bed now and it feels far too comfortable so I just managed 4 hours and now my mind’s wide awake again thinking about where I’ve been in the past month and how crazy it is to be home already.

I’ve had such an amazing adventure in the past 4 weeks, I definitely underestimated how difficult it would be at times (it’s easy to forget how much of Peru was actually pre-arranged for us) but I could never have guessed just how rewarding it would be too. At times we got the buzz off achieving the simplest things like booking train tickets or managing to find a bus to take us where we wanted to go. For the first time I think I got a taste of what it’s like to live on the move without a plan and not really know where I’m going to end up next, something which I know you wanted us to experience in Peru. It led me to some amazing villages that I never planned to see but was so lucky to stumble upon, places that may as well have been lost in time with their sleepy rural pace of life that hadn’t been affected by China’s insane rate of urbanisation. That definitely taught me the value of avoiding my lonely planet at times because just by following our own noses we managed to find somewhere off the tourist trail that the lonely planet seems to carve out for every single tourist who visits the country.

Another thing that made such an impression on me is the people who I met out there. Already I miss how many new people I would meet every single day with their own stories to tell and advice to give and the buzz I got from having my own advice to give after a few weeks out there. I’ve met such inspiring people, like one guy who has spent the past few months with the mission of getting from london to tokyo over land and sea without getting a single plane and he was only 19. People at home have tried to tell me that certain trips would be too dangerous or not possible and I can confidently say now that the only thing which limits what you can do is your own imagination and sense of adventure. My age and gender aren’t really obstacles at all.

China itself was such an amazing place. For one it is so huge and varied that I think there’s something for everyone there and I feel like in 4 weeks we only scratched the surface. Seeing first hand what communism has done to that country has made me value my freedoms at home so much. Everything is censored and you get the sense that the party actively discourage freedom of thought because so few people there seem to question the state that China is in. It’s sad to see how many people swallow the opinions that the party spoon feeds to them without ever thinking about how China could be better and I suppose everybody is just resigned to the fact that nothing can really change anyway. In a country that executes more people in a year than the rest of the world put together it’s far too easy to lose your voice if you dare to speak out.

Anyway, I could ramble on for ages but I just thought I’d share some of my post-China thoughts with you because without the impact you made on me in Peru I might never have done this, I certainly wouldn’t have had the confidence to at the age of 18. I think I can honestly say now that Peru and China have just been the beginning of years of adventures to come.

So thank you (probably for the 100th time but I’ll say it again) for being such a brilliant leader who really cared about how much we got out of Peru, it has made a massive difference to me!

Hope the UAE is treating you as well as ever!

I’m so proud of all the teams I’ve led and the people they’ve been turning into. Those of you (expedition students) who read this I hope you realise the impact you have left on me during our times together.

Surfari #7,Joe’s Point, Asilah, Oman. (AGAIN!!!)

3 day weekend, civilised temperatures, reliable surf, tough get ins at Knuckles and turtles nesting below the camp

I’m loving the weekend trips to Oman surfing. Here are some photos from this weekends trip. Click on the photos to go to the my Picasa album, there is a link to the photos on facebook at the bottom of the post and there is a slide show containing lots of the photos also at the bottom

Andy at Knuckles

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Pics from the weekends surf safari to Oman

Just a quick post to show some photos from the weekends surf trip to Oman. 4 fantastic days organised by Carl of Surf Shop Dubai and Surf Adventures UAE.

As you can see in the photos Joes Point was a beautiful location with a great variety of waves suitable for everyone- beginners (me), shredders (Carl), long boards, short boards and SUPs.

Carl has more trips running to Joes Point, Oman, as well as surf adventures to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. After this weekend I’d give a full thumbs up and recommend anyone to make the most of Carls expertise and get themselves on one of his trips.

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