In only a little over a month since they left London, Kayaking the Continent paddlers Anna Blackwell and Kate Culverwell have now passed the 1,000 km mark, and are a quarter of their way through their 4,000 km expedition quest to travel by kayak from England to the Black Sea.
Paddling to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action they have journeyed around the Kent Coast, crossed the English Channel, and have since traversed the rivers and canals of Belgium and NE France including the Meuse and Moselle. They have now reached Strasbourg, and will next travel into Germany and down the Rhine.
They have endured the breakage of their portage trolley (an important piece of kit when you have a 7m fully-laden expedition sea kayak to transport around locks) and the theft of its replacement, together with torrential thunder storms directly overhead. They have also experienced incredible kindness, generosity, support and assistance from many of the people they have encountered both on the water and alongside their route.
As expedition paddling can be thirsty work, Anna and Kate have been making good use of their Pure Hydration drinking water purification systems, and demonstrating why an integrated portfolio of equipment makes great expedition sense.
The M.A.D.® InLine Purifier Assembly is shown above, peaking out at the rear of a Personal Floatation Device during the English Channel crossing. Since leaving the open sea for riverine waters Kate and Anna have been using the PFD-stored water as a reserve, and their primary device for day to day hydration has been the aquapure traveller™.
The aquapure traveller™ (in use above) can be easily squeezed to produce a thirst-quenching flow of water if you don’t want to put your mouth in contact with the cap and suck for reasons of hygiene, or you can combine both techniques if you’re really thirsty. The ability to squeeze the bottle also means that it’s easy to decant safe drinking water into other clean containers before setting off (especially when you know that your next ‘refill station’ may be some way off).
Being on water has meant that refilling on the go has been the modus operandi for Anna and Kate. Anna noted “The bottles and filters have been working out brilliantly. It can be quite entertaining watching people’s reactions as we dip our bottles into the water and start drinking straight away! It makes life so easy not having to worry about finding sources of clean drinking water, especially as we’ve had some incredibly hot weather along the way and that is set to continue over the coming weeks.”
More usually deployed for emergency humanitarian water purification, the Thirst Aid Station was an option that was selected as it was felt that, with minimal kayak storage space or weight impact, it would permit Kate and Anna to have safe drinking water to hand in volume when ashore at the end of each day. As it has turned out, they quickly discovered the additional advantages of clean water. Anna continued by saying “The Thirst Aid Station has been a great addition to our camp set-up as well, we’ve used it a lot for cooking and washing up… And even a few showers!”
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