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A kayaking adventure in Pakistan

This will be an expedition to keep any eye on, and if this photograph is anything to go by, the scenery is going to be absolutely stunning:

Yosemite? No, Pakistan

Kayaking in Pakistan

photo courtesy of Khalid Bukhari

Three Aberystwyth University students are going to spend from June to late November 2012 working their way down from Pakistan through most of the countries (except Bhutan) paddling as much as possible of the big volume rivers of Pakistan.

Most of Pakistan’s great rivers were paddled back in the 80’s and 90’s in spring and autumn. Joe Rea-Dickins, Chris Griffiths and James Smith plan to tackle the rivers of Pakistan at their full summer flows. They will begin above Gilgit town, allowing themselves a few days to acclimatise and getting used to the idiosyncrasies of a Pakistan river and will then begin a multi-day descent of the Gilgit putting in as high as possible and kayaking all the way down to the Indus confluence.

“Watch out for the Pin!” – upper reaches of the Gilgit River, Pakistan

Kayaking on the Gilgit in 1992

Photo courtesy of Martin Burgoyne who “cut my teeth on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado the year before” tackling the Gilgit in 1992

From there, they will explore the tributaries of the Gilgit, heading north to the Hunza river basin to see what they can find and then, time allowing, they plan to cross the Shandur pass and explore the Mastuj river basin and the Chitral area. They will then continue east finishing in Arunachal Pradesh in eastern India.

And why, you might ask, what for?

Well, they feel that Pakistan is a much misunderstood country and people because of the current climate. They also feel that recently it has all too often been labeled by paddlers as a destination which, if you chose to visit, is only viable in lower levels – safety ofoneself being a priority. “We’re looking forward to going out there and documenting a side of Pakistan that few people have seen,” says Joe Rea-Dickins. “We hope to really put Pakistan back on the kayakers map by sharing stories and footage of our paddling, documenting the incredible scenery and culture.”

You can follow Joe and the team on their own website … It might be worth noting that apart from the introduction, the site will not be fully operational until closer to the time. Alternatively, keep an eye out for updates here.

In the meantime, a little eye candy I think. This is where the lads honed their skills:

Kayaking the Welsh rivers around Aberystwyth and beyond

Fabulous kayaking footage from the past year of uni boating with Aberystwyth University Canoe Club. The rivers paddled are the: Croesor, Mynach, Rhuddnant, Conwy, Glaslyn, Pryddyn, Mellte, Mawddach, Nedd Fechan, Einon, Upper Ystwyth and Gamlan.

Grrrrreat video! Thanks again to Joe Rea-Dickins who made sure it landed on my plate.

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