Spring Newsletter – O so good reading 2015

Auckland Sea Kayaks Newsletter spring 2015

Adventuring. The heart of being human.

Summer is on our doorstep and it’s time to go adventuring.

When I was first getting into the outdoor industry I studied at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre which was set up by Graeme Dingle. He was the first to climb the six most difficult north faces in Europe in 1968, then the first to traverse the Himalayas in the early 1980’s – 5,000 kilometres from Sikkim to Pakistan, then the first to trek the full length of New Zealand’s southern alps (which he did in winter), just to name a few.

Now it’s my generation’s time to push the expedition boundaries.

On the 5th of September, a team of three kayakers completed the first ever kayak circumnavigation of  the Svalbard Archipelago. The 2200km journey took them 71 days, during which they paddled north over the 80th parallel, encountered many polar bears, negotiated ice choked waters, survived gales, and endured days of freezing temperatures in the Arctic wilderness. Auckland Sea Kayaks was a sponsor for this expedition and we are stoked that it was completed safely. See some photos below.

Adventuring is not, however, all about being the first or going the furthest. This summer we have put together an expedition, our Great Barrier Island Wilderness Sea Kayak Trip, which is perfect for those seeking the next challenge in a stunning environment.
Remember – keep adventuring this summer.

Hope to see you out paddling,
Nic Mead

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 first ever kayak circumnavigation of the Svalbard Archipelago