My Canadian Wooden Paddle

. . is a work of art. Made of Beech, Birch, Cherry and Maple wood, it has a hollow laminated oval shaft, the oval at right angles so each hand has its own correct oval. The blade is also laminated, then kevlar-clad and teflon-tipped. Bruce the Moose Clark of Gauteng and Umko paddling fame wasContinue reading “My Canadian Wooden Paddle”

Tugela Gorgeous; Boats n Boobs

Bumbling down from Ngubevu through the legendary Tugela Gorge. Here’s Bernie Garcin (Bernie and the Jets), Doug Retief (Doug the Thief), Dave Walker (Lang Dawid) and me preparing to spend the night at Fig Tree Sandbank campsite, one of the planet’s most beautiful spots. Three plastic Perception Dancers and one Perception Quest. We tripped inContinue reading “Tugela Gorgeous; Boats n Boobs”

Desperately Seeking Miss Estcourt

We were camping in the Estcourt caravan park on the banks of the Bushman’s River when we heard there had recently been a beauty pageant in the dorp. The crown had been awarded. A Miss Estcourt had been chosen, and she was in town. But where!? Our source of this local knowledge was Doug theContinue reading “Desperately Seeking Miss Estcourt”

Lake St Lucia and Dukandlovu

Dukandlovu rustic camp was underutilised. Parks Board wanted to increase its use and were looking for new ideas. It was a walk-in or cycle-in rustic camp and they were reluctant to open it up to drive-in access, so wanted to try other ideas first. Rustic, but splendid, it’s a four hut, eight bed camp withContinue reading “Lake St Lucia and Dukandlovu”

Berg River Freeze

“Please tell him not to. He’ll never make it”. That’s what Jacques de Rauville told my business partner when he heard I was going to do the 1983 Berg River Canoe Marathon. He had come across me one evening on the Bay and I’d asked which way to go, it being my first time outContinue reading “Berg River Freeze”

Kayak the Canyon

Crystal rapid on the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon