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14 Days Kayaking Antarctica

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

 

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Sophie and Ewan just returned from a self-supported 14 day expedition on the Antarctic Peninsula. These two explorers took their Watershed Drybags on an amazing adventure indeed!

Quite simply, they had a journey of unimaginable proportions – unimaginable scenery, unimaginable wildlife encounters and unimaginable memories. They were tested by Mother Nature and blessed by her. Thankfully their thorough preparations, careful planning, professional support and educated decision making led to an extremely successful and safe expedition for them both!

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They covered almost 100 nautical miles along the Antarctic Peninsula from Petermann Island south of the Lemaire Channel through to Wilhelmina Bay off the Gerlache Strait. Out of 14 days, they paddled ten and were forced to the confines of their tent for four.

They departed from the Akademik Sergey Vavilov at Petermann Island under blue skies, a warming send-off from all aboard – One Ocean Expeditions staff, passengers and crew – whales abound and a blast from the ship’s horn. Throughout the ensuing 13 days they had intimate encounters with humpback whales, scaled mountain peaks for stunning vistas, paddled through dramatic, mountain-clad channels, fought their way into 25 knot winds, glided across oil slick-like glassy bays, watched penguins waddle past their tent door as they cooked dinner and so much more.

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The best part… they filmed the whole expedition!!! From the very start back in New Zealand undergoing their initial preparations through to the rousing reception they received from all aboard the Vavilov when they rendezvoused with her on Feb 2nd, deep in Wilhelmina Bay – again with whales abound. E&S Expedition (50 of 73)They have amassed gigabytes of footage, which they are now going through with some very good friends and professional film makers. What may come of it?……at this stage we’re not sure. But rest assured we’ll keep you posted.

“We just wanted to say thanks for Watershed´s support of us… Other than the two military largo tote´s you sourced for us and my Oocee bag, we were kindly lent a Watershed kayak deck bag together with another Watershed bag we already owned.  All up, a great collection of bags for stuff that really had to stay dry – no questions asked!  We both had one for our emergency grab bags containing bits and pieces for emergency survival in Antarctica and others were used for important documents, day bags etc etc. We look forward to many more years of service from our bags.” – Sophie and Ewan

If you’d like to see some more images of their expedition, feel free to take a look at their Facebook photos here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152968135260081&type=1&l=d80f8d8464

FISH. DRIVE. SURVIVE.

April 9th, 2015 No comments

The Motiv Fishing Team

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It started out as an idea between a few adventurers and fishing friends years ago. While on a 5 month expedition across Patagonia… it became a vision. These experienced fishermen decided to put their vision into action, and the Motiv Fishing team was born! They then set out to document an epic 20,000 mile vegetable oil fueled fly fishing journey through Mexico, Central America, and South America. They are still traveling the world with one focus… getting off the grid as far as possible with a fishing rod in one hand and camera in the other!

The Motiv Fishing crew teamed up with Costa to produce an award-winning series called GEOBASS. This series is now back for a second season of wild adventures! The boys will continue to look for undiscovered locations and new ways to find and catch fish like no one has before. The teams success and sometimes even their lives depend on the gear they use on a daily basis.  They’ve discovered that despite the skill and experience one might have, success or failure usually depends on the equipment you bring along for the ride.

Carlson_GEOBASS_GY_-99They’ll keep risking life and limb to make their dream of catching bass around the world a reality with the aid of the best outdoor gear on the planet. Season two’s first episode takes the boys deep into the sweltering jungles of Brazil’s Amazon River. The fish deep in the outer reaches of Guyana, The Solomon Islands, Texas, Australia and Papua New Guinea are beckoning. Red bass, black bass, large and smallmouth bass, and barramundi are all in their sights. If the team can avoid third-world jail cells, deadly waters with crocodiles, and the armed drug cartel, we might even see a third season!

“The watershed bags will be indispensable, as we will be living out of them the entire trip.”  – Brian Jill

It makes us proud to hear praise from these extreme adventurers, taking our bags as far off the grid as they can with the drive to catch the biggest bass on the planet!