Tilbake til Elva 5 - Geitbåtmuseet / Husasnotra - Valsøyafjorden

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Etter min omvisning til Drammen & Elverum var jeg i e-post samtale med Jon Bojer Godal som holder til på Geitbåtmuseet / Husasnotra i Valsøyafjørd. Jeg ba om at jeg kunne komme på besøk. Vi ble enige...

Tilbake til Elva 4 - Skogmuseum SJF.00830 & SJF.12056

Saturday, 8 January 2022

08h00 - Kaffekrus fylles opp av elva venninne Ella Camilla og drar fra huset hennes i Geithus og drar nord-øst til Elverum. 3 timers kjøring i restene fra dagen førs vinterstorm.

12h00 - Foto...

Tilbake til Elva 3 - Drammens Museum / Fjærholmen Båtbyggeri

Friday, 7 January 2022

Forferdelig vær for kjøring og -12 temp for fotografering og måling (Veldig klok avgjørelse for Jon og Hallvard som må forlate å tar kjøreturen i siste minuttene).

Torsdag - 6 Jan

Tilbake til Elva 2 - "Det kan vera ei stor oppgåve du går laus på"

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Fra og med 18. desember 2021 er tradisjonen med å bygge klinkerbåter blitt skrevet inn av UNESCO på Representative List of the Imtangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Det er nå krystallklart at...

Tilbake til Elva 1 - Ideen - Nersetter

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Det var en gang for kort tid siden (august 2021), jeg ble meldt inn på Hjerleid Håndverkskole i Dovre for å studere og praktisere tradisjonelle byggeteknikker. Mens jeg bladde i bøkene på skolemottaket...

Orange River - The River Guide

Monday, 15 January 2018
Orange River - The River Guide

Sympathetic, empathetic, observer, debater, natural beauty appreciator, ferry-glider, river reader, confident swimmer, vehicle and trailer packer, long distance driver, all day paddler, helper, sharer,...


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Zeptrons Super Six (costume design by Avalancha & Paddlers First), caretakers to the realm of rivers and all sensible things managed to hold off the hordes of neo-kayak-dervish-river-zombies as they...


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

17HOO meet at Go Rafting - parking available
sign-up/collect bibs/change into river gear/walk to Sjoa Kajakksenter
17H30 Race Brief & Group Photo at Sjoa Kajakksenter
18H00 Race 2 timed...

Rob & Armando @ XCreek 2014

Monday, 7 April 2014
Rob & Armando @ XCreek 2014

The kayak racing season carved a slice off the end of winter and took a bite into summer. First event of the Norwegian Whitewater Cup at the X2 Festivalen. 
4th April. 
A relaxed sunny afternoon...

SJOA SUPER SUNDAYS - White H20 Race Series 2014

Monday, 17 March 2014
SJOA SUPER SUNDAYS - White H20 Race Series 2014

Planet River is going to host a series of 5 races for whitewater kayakers this summer 2014. All will be on a Sunday evening. With an easy-going vibe, rad prizes, free entry on fun sections of the river...

World Rafting Championships in New Zealand

Monday, 9 December 2013
World Rafting Championships in New Zealand

World Rafting Championships in New Zealand, November 2013. 
Story by Ine Skjørten Wilson
Norway was represented with a team in the Open Women category in the World Rafting Championship in New...

Summer Photo-Boaters

Sunday, 1 December 2013
Summer Photo-Boaters

The Season:
1 May to 31 September is the season to photo-boat on the Sjoa & Otta Rivers, Norway. Ine and i contract our photography services to Heidal Rafting. May normally starts off nice and gently...


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

by Rob Wilson / PLANET RIVER
images by Ine Skjørten Wilson & Rob Wilson
Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland were only lands of passing through on my 7500km journey to and from France &...


Monday, 10 June 2013



Friday, 1 March 2013

We came home two weeks ago, after an 8 week, 8 and a half 1000 kilometre roadtrip. Roadtrippin’ as we like it with a tent, toys and one spoon each for all meals We enjoyed the family gathering for xmas...


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

EVENT - The Norwegian kayak race scene kicked off this last weekend on the Bygdaelva (a.k.a by the locals as Korsbrekkelva) near the village of Hellesylt on the northern west coast of Norway. Part of...

Orange River - PADDLE THE SENQU !!!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Orange River - PADDLE THE SENQU !!!

Have you ever considered paddling the Senqu River in Lesotho. Start planning your trip now, because other folks are planning to build dams on it. see the following links for news on DAM building on the...


Friday, 8 July 2011

River clean-up successful on the Sjoa Normal/Play run ! The total amount of junk FILLED up the back of Ine´s van. 
Wire, cellphone, car parts, carabiner, lots of plastic and 3 paddle blades was...


Monday, 11 April 2011

Our first publishing project is currently in progress. 
Senqu Oranje Gariep . A River Travellers Guide to a Southern African River.

Published by: PLANET RIVER ®
Printing & Binding:...

Orange River - 1 WEEK - 4000KM - 2 NEW KAYAKS - FIRST DESCENT

Thursday, 10 March 2011
Orange River - 1 WEEK - 4000KM - 2 NEW KAYAKS - FIRST DESCENT

Monday 28 February : Depart Cape Town at 1pm in a 1000cc motor car, fortunately only 2 of us in the car. The car is the kind of size where you have to take off your shoes to drive, sounds like another...

PLANET RIVER ® - Registered trademark

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
PLANET RIVER ® - Registered trademark

PLANET RIVER ®, the name and our logo have been approved as a registered trademark.
Original concept by Rob Wilson.
Ine Skjørten expressed the idea with illustrations.
Final image and...

Sjoa & Driva Expedition - BRANCHES

Monday, 30 August 2010
Sjoa & Driva Expedition - BRANCHES

Scott, Ine and Rob successfully descended the full length of the Sjoa and Driva Rivers, this is our first insight to continue documenting these rivers for published guide books.
 The branches of...

Sjoa & Driva Expeditions - FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, RESPECT & HUMOUR

Thursday, 26 August 2010
Sjoa & Driva Expeditions - FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, RESPECT & HUMOUR

I have been asked how we did as a group the three of us, are we still friends? I have been asked how Rob and I deal with being boyfriend / girlfriend on a trip like this? 
I believe the topic at...


Monday, 9 August 2010

The Driva River has also successfully been descended, returned a few days back and have been working on getting photos, video and stories out to you all. We are happy, tired and have slowly been cleaning...

The Driva Expedition Journal - 15 Days on D´ RIVA

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Low, misty clouds, seagulls, an alluminum factory with a mirrored fjørd were our hosts as we floated into our journeys end.
The washroom at last nights camp at Furu Camping had a 3 dimensional,...

The Driva Expedition Journal - The lower valleys

Monday, 2 August 2010

Slow to wake up and get moving, my body felt tired. We arrived at a steep rapid, the volume of the river had increased. Mostly read and run rapids with waterfall after waterfall on either side of us....

The Driva Expedition Journal - Romfo.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The river has more volume now after the confluence with Grøvu. We are traveling through farmed areas, and more waterfalls than i can count. The clouds are low, and mist is moving fast along the mountainsides....

The Driva Expedition Journal - Fishing Path

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Avocado, Blue Cheese, Pasta, Fried Veggies, Coffee, Chocolate, Cookies and Fresh Bread .... was a styling dinner on a saturday night whipped up by Scott after stopping at the supermarket in Gjøra.

The Driva Expedition Journal - a slow day filled with smiles

Friday, 30 July 2010

We all woke with big smiles after a restful sleep, morning coffee was spent discussing movies and filled with laughter and sunlight. I trolled upstream to shoot ( Bjornaa –Lianhjell- ) a waterfall tributary....

The Driva Expedition Journal - Ishol to Liahjel, non stop rapids in the gorge.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

This is the best! I really enjoy this section of river. Fortunately i was done “popping the oars” the day before. With a solid rock the oarlocks were tightened and the oars stayed in place through drops...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Tough day at the office

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Scott was brave getting up this morning, he had a tough night last night. Must have been something he ate that we did not, or picked up a 24hr bug. Poor guy was bent over a few times, his guts were screaming...

The Driva Expedition Journal - The Commercial Section

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

We rigged the raft and reshuffled gear. Ine was in the raft and myself and Rob in kayaks. We descended down the commercial section of the river, Opplev Oppdal, use for their trips.
After lunch we...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Magalaupet to Granmo, a brutal portage.

Monday, 26 July 2010

A big day for sure with a long and tough portage. Good call from Rob to go with empty boats but lunch and pick up the rest of the gear when getting to Granmo camping where our car was waiting. This section...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Tandsaetra to Skrea Bru

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Late start waiting for gear to dry, we were camped in the narrow shaded Drivdalen valley. No rain, but heavy cold dew, camping close to cold moving water also ensures moisture is heavy in the air.

The Driva Expedition Journal - Cold Nights, clear skies and sunny days

Saturday, 24 July 2010

We woke to a very cold morning, frost covered everything and I put on my boating thermals on top of my camp thermals. We warmed up in the morning sun with a hot coffee.
We paddled a great section...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Snøheim to Storbekken, mountain paddling.

Friday, 23 July 2010

What an amazing day! Clear blue skies, clear sight to far away. Mount Snøhetta proudly reaching for the sky. Rested crew. Happy crew! Started the day carrying the backpacks down to Svone confluence....

The Driva Expedition Journal - SNØHEIM

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Up at 10:00 am, after deciding the night before to let the weather move through. We got some info from the builders that it would be good weather moving in, the following day.
The day was spent...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Expeditions are filled with surprises

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

“Scott, coffee’s ready, bring your mug”, Rob called, over the hissing gas stove.
I flung on my rain gear and moved out into the cold, misty rain. Our 36 hours at Snohetta was as much fun as 36 hours...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Istjønn to Istjønn, a day in the tent.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

We needed a resting day, and the weather gave us a hand. Woke up with snow on the tent and it was freezing for paddlers without gloves. Spent the whole and a lovely day in the tent sleeping in warm dry...

The Driva Expedition Journal - ... ding ... ding ..... Round 2

Monday, 19 July 2010

Packed the night before, so this morning was slow and relaxed. Awesome. We are on our way to The Driva River. We dropped Scott at the Otta train station at about 9:00 am. Ine and i were in the loaded...


Sunday, 18 July 2010

Greetings from the Planet River team !
We have successfully negotiated the Sjoa River, Norway from source in Jotunheimen to the Lågen confluence.
We are currently packing to depart for the...

The Driva Expedition Journal - Shaky my limbs

Sunday, 18 July 2010

This is our last day to make final arrangements before we head into the mountains again. I spent some time grinding the last of our incredibly delicious Kinetic coffee and decanting it into zip lock...

The Driva Expedition Journal - @ Home, Packing and socialising.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

There are no resting days. There is always a lot to do. We are at home today, doing laundry and packing for the DRIVA Expedition. Packing food takes a lot of time. Fortunately Scott had packed all the...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - A Beer and 3 Cigars

Friday, 16 July 2010

Had a good sleep in the wood cabins at the Heidal Rafting Wilderness camp. When we arrived here yesterday there was a can of beer and  3 cigars on a bench. Co-incidence or what, i don´t know. A big thank-you...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Still Raining

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Woke to a grey and gloomy day. The river was high, we stopped at the kayak camp to register for our event, the Sweet Rumble prelims.
We continued to the Heidal Raftings’ Wilderness Camp. Rob and...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Faukstad to Faukstad, Raft Race

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Today was a little different than the other days. With good help of friends in Kongsberg Paddleklubb and Oslo Elvesportsklubb, we organised the annual downriver raft race from Harlaug Bridge to Faukstad....

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - River is up

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

By the time we went to bed, the river was high, into the tree line and still raining. Was raining whilst packing up this morning at the confluence with the Rinda creek. We are camped at home. We live...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - A great boating day

Monday, 12 July 2010

Spent the morning walking around Ridderspranget collecting images. The river gorge is narrow enough to jump across. A classic Norwegian folklore took place here. A Prince jumped across the river with...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Nedre Sjodalsvatn to Ridderspranget

Sunday, 11 July 2010

We are spoilt with very good coffee on this trip. We are now drinking more coffee than water... Had a big cup this morning, and then did the first leg of the portage past the Grinningsdal bridge. It...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Øvre Sjodalsvatn to Griningsdal Bru

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Tail wind across the Upper Sjodalsvatn Lake, kept us moving at a swift pace in the morning. Loaded river kayaks are not fun to drift across a lake in steady winds, windcapping the surface. Without a...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Lake crossing, food drop, recharge, boat change

Friday, 9 July 2010

2.30am I heard something large sniffing on the side of my tent. I slowly unzipped the rain cover, peered out and was face to face with a cow. Cow, please don’t stand on my paddle!
I was hoping the...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Gjendebu to Memurubu, surfing the lake.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Gjende lake is 18 km long. It’s color is clear emerald green. During the summer season the Gjende ferry runs back and forth the length of the lake, and takes tourists to DNT huts and to Norway’s...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Hellerkampen to Gjendebu

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

the 3 of us pretty quiet packing up.
Day 2 of the expedition and we are feeling our bodies reaction to expedition life. a little stiff in areas and the overdose of fresh air is contagious.

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Half baked potatoes with Source

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

I woke at 4am, poked my head out my tent to check the light, same as yesterday, grey and gloomy. Tried to fall asleep again but couldn’t put my head to rest so decided to go for a walk.
We slid...

The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Faukstad to Øvre Høgvagltjønnen, the source!

Monday, 5 July 2010

We are at 1600 masl standing next to the glacier river coming out of Høgvagl glacier in Jotunheimen Nationalpark. This is where the furthest away water running into the Sjoa river comes from. The source...

The SENQU.ORANGE.GARIEP expedition - Appreciations

Monday, 25 January 2010

The SENQU.ORANGE.GARIEP expedition, has ended with a descent of the 1st 100km´s of the river in a 9 day mini-expedition. We are currently in Maseru, Lesotho in the search for missing maps and returning...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - As luck,magic or belief would have it ...

Friday, 22 January 2010

Our little cave/shelter had visitors in the early hours of the morning. A man on a horse and his dog. We lay in the tent shallow breathing at the unknown outside. A few sniffs, a touch of the the tent...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - (THE ART OF) WALKING THE BOAT

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

When pulling the horse coming up to the source of the Senqu the day before yesterday, i remember having an image quickly passing through my mind of pulling a kayak. Little did i know...
When the...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - River is low...

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Day 3 of the tug and pull continued, starting to get used to the deal. Sometimes you get water and you go boating, we had little and the only way to get back ´home´ for us is to drag our gear down the...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - The View

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The view from the Ledges Cave is tremendous, the cave is kind of how i expected it to be. More of a ledgy-square-roofed shelter. Great place to be when the weather is good. I am not too sure if i want...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Molumong Lodge

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Organised a ride for tomorrow, sponsored a lighter by Noel and Pam, met a hip taxi chic, Ine made an awesome boerie/cheese/toast/sauce with fried eggs for dinner.
Had a chat with Noel at dinner...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Give me sweeeeets....

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Give me sweeeeets ...... getting used to hearing this from just about every kid along the road. Don´t know when this originated in Lesotho. Teachers, missionaries, colonialists or ignorant tourists....

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Little Blue Car

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Ma-Tommy told us yesterday, he would meet us at 7 this morning with his taxi(van), and it would take 2 and a half hours to get to Patlong. He was apologetic on arrival, but when he pulled the mattress...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Entering Lesotho

Saturday, 2 January 2010

As we are approaching Herschel from Aliwal North, the landscape changes. First you see the mountains at a distance. There is a change of several things when moving from the flat, long, straight roads...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Tussen-die-Riviere Game Farm

Friday, 1 January 2010

Rushed breakfast, after awakening at 6am on this fine day of the 1st of the year. The fellow who made and served us breakfast looked like the breakfast.
Back onto the GPS as we departed at the 4...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Dankbaar

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

We departed the Dankbaar farm after a lazy start of writing and coffee on the stoep, visited the few sickly lambs. Lucky looked he was gonna make it. A chatty breakfast with the family, discussing the...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Rolfontein Reserve

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

On the 29th of December we camped at the Vanderkloof Dam Campsite, so far the most expensive site we’d been too and also a slightly run down place. But we had great view to the dam water where some people...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - ` Vat my bakkie ´

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Easy swift waters got us down the 12 km in 2 hours to Hopetown via the Klokhuis, the historic contol post for the railway across the Orange. We had covered a larger 35km the day before through mostly...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Four friends travelling the Orange

Friday, 25 December 2009

How did this come about? i ask Kevin. He had called Rob the night before saying they thought they had seen us passing on the bridge where they were camped for xmas evening. How are the odds... Rob and...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Boegoeberg Dam

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Finally moved on from Oranje Rus campsite to Upington; drew cash, filled up with diesel and got a few shots on drive through.
Cruizy day in the car checking out small towns along the N10 motorway,...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Ine-mission, Rob-coffee

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

With a delay in the vehicle of a day, things happen slowly out here in the Northern Cape heat. Temperatures of 40+ degrees celsius are a part of your day here at this time of the year.
So, Ine dropped...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Good Service

Saturday, 19 December 2009

The rear shocks are fucked for sure, confirmed by mechanic @ fitment centre in Kakamas. A quick call from Craig after having Charmaines´ out-the-oven green banana bread with a SweeT chilli tomato jam...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - The Snake Lady

Saturday, 19 December 2009

We have pulled into a garage to have the vehicle´s shocks checked in Kakamas. Rob is dealing with the mechanic, and i am hanging out with his helper. She tells me she has lived here for a year, and she...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Surprise Pool, Droeval Channel

Friday, 18 December 2009

Our final day in the Gorge started with a hike up Droeval Channel. This ancient, northern arm of the falls is little known.
An hour and a half and we emerged into Paradise. A football field sized...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - 4 Otters

Thursday, 17 December 2009

I am sat by the river on a prominent rock. Its dusk and the shadows are long. I am about to leave when i see something moving in the water. At first glance it looks like a snake. Then i see fours heads...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Augrabies Gorge

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Enjoying the canyon wall shade in the morning, we dozed and awakened to our wonderland. Coffee first was the plan, but for some unknown reason the stove refused to work. I spent the next hour cleaning...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - The Descent

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

We spent all of last night packing for this 3 day river expedition. Packing light was key. We knew we were going to walk, scramble, carry and lower the boats 150 meters from the top of the gorge and...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Richie Falls Gorge, Onseepkans

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Misjudged the time and distance from Onseepkans Bridge to the left channel of Richie falls known as the Orange River Gorge, and for a brief moment thought that Ine and I had paddled past it. After a...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - Goodhouse to Onseepkans

Friday, 11 December 2009

Several hours on dirt road from 11h00am-17h30pm got us here in Onseepkans. Rutted and corrugated roads slowed us down to 20/30 km/h. We passed only 3 vehicles between Goodhouse and Pofadder. Very Little...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - ON THE ROAD!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

After 2 hectic weeks in Kaapstad we are, Yeah on the road! City life included work for Frixion Adventures, family dining and a good few and repeated visits to different offices to organise operative...

The Senqu Orange Gariep Expedition Journal - THE MOUTH

Thursday, 10 December 2009

A 2 km walk up the beach at Alexander Bay brought us to the beginning of our trip. The MOUTH of the Orange River !
Was an absolute pearler of a day to be there. If you know this area, you will be...


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Cape Town, South Africa 
 `The SENQU.ORANGE.GARIEP Expedition´ is an eight-week fact-finding expedition from the 4th December 2009 till the 25th January 2010 crewed by Rob Wilson(ZA) and Ine Skjørten(NOR)....

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Raspberry Cream Cookies

Friday, 17 April 2009

With only about 2 hours of restless sleep , I sit bolt upright as my alarm screams at 3:30 am . I then have a few cups of tea in bed and a packet of raspberry cream cookies for early breakfast.

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Change in scenery, Camp 68

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Was a pretty cruizy day with good strong flow , only touched the sandy bottom a few times today with the blades in the wider sections . i still have a river full of water .
The scenery changed considerably...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Getting there ....

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Wow , tis all looking good so far , about 100 km’s to go and plan to meet my mom and dad on Friday 17th . Was originally going to be the 18th , but the lure of the end is pulling me in .
Was a freakin...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Commercial madness

Friday, 10 April 2009

Got out the camp of commercial madness before most folk knew they were awake .Dozy rafting guests trying to stuff 40 litres of gear into 20 litre drybags , whilst guides were instructing that less is...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Easter river holidays

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Sun on the tent , and a commercial rafting trip getting ready for their 4 day Orange river adventure awoke me.
4 hot-x-buns , bowl of muesli , 3 coffees and a relay of updates to my mom , quick...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Waitin for the bus

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Ine and i awoke to being soaked by the nights dew . We also had shade in our camp , so had to wait a while to dry gear before departing . An easy mornings paddle with a combination of flat pools , wide...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Breakfast to go

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Got up out of the sleeping bag at 6:30 a.m., rushed out of camp - we had little shade this morning.
Into a swift current right away and floated down, eating breakfast of oats, raisins, powders of...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - 2000km

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Ine and I worked it today, to get to 2000 clicks ... although I only realised its significance while writing this entry ... I used the number several times throughout the day to calculate distances,...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Rob and Ine

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Beer heads crawled out of sleeping bags and moseyed and shuffled around the camp from sun up until about 9 a.m.
The local Gravity rafting crew were at the river to see us off. Brett was looking...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Brett´s birthday

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Cruisy morning - letting Brett choose the time of his wakening - it’s the 39th year of his life.
A double coffee session ... the release of the previous evening’s captured scorpion ... and we immersed...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Friends

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Was ready and waiting at the bridge to see Ine and Brett.
They were ready and keen to get on the water. Hugs and kisses ... howzits ... smiles ... happy eyes ...
and YAHOO! - we were on the...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Pirates of the Caribbean

Friday, 27 March 2009

It was a long, hot day waiting here at Blouputs for Brett and Ine - spent the morning swimming and moving around as the shade shifted.
At about 2 p.m. I had had enough and walked up to the local...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Hanging out at Blouputs winkel(shop)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

A short paddle today to Blouputs - a little confusion with the map reading - the place has developed a lot since I was last here 11 to 12 years ago. A new tar road, new bridge, a new settlement on river...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - 2 rapids and a snooze

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Took it nice and slow this morning - it was pleasant, cool in the shade until about ten. Pumped water, ate breakfast and slowly packed the boat ... enjoying the vista upriver. I knew it was going to...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Inside

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Wowsers! I got into the canyon with little difficulty.
Several laps with gear and boat, a short rappel and even in the shade I was sweating bullets. I was spotted by two people at the Ararat lookout...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Camped up top

Monday, 23 March 2009

Up at 5:30 a.m., packed away tent and most of gear and took my boat for a 45 minute walk to the descent point. Quick return, and another load. The descent line has shade until 10 o’clock, so decided...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Scout for descent

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Got up early after a good night’s sleep. The weather is dry and cool at night, which is a relief from the heat of plus 35° during the day. I am also noticing a change in the season with cooler evenings,...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - That was full on !

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Sjoe! The nerves throughout the day were high strung, but also made me pretty focused. The river surprised me with the nature of its flow - I am always constantly alert to the sound of the river, to...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Decision Time

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Well, tis time to get moving again. The river is calling ... the journey must continue. I have been in Upington City for over 2 weeks now. The river flow is still at 900+ cumecs, but is slowly dropping....

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Appreciations

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Thank you very much, Baie dankie, Gracias, Shot, Tussen tak, Enkaliborwa
For the support, help, encouragement, new friendships I have received thus far on my trip:  
Mom, my website...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Hmmmmmmmm!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Upington has been walks down to the bridge to see if the level painted on the bridge pillar is at 3 and a quarter yet; on the telephone sourcing river info; coffee shop; laps in the pool; giving my website...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - River City, Upington

Thursday, 5 March 2009

After several days of covering longer distances and with the river starting to nudge a little at approx. 400 cumecs I arrived here at river city - Upington on the 1st March. On the whole thus far I have...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Weirs

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Up early this morning, knowing in the back of my mind that Upington is not far away (70 km).  I had originally planned to take 2 days to get here from Grootdrink. The river had risen about 3 foot overnight...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Meer as Genoeg

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Fanie and Magda van der Linde have a farm called ‘Meer as Genoeg’ (more than enough).
Kind of sums up the day quite well. There are more than enough ‘miggies‘. Similar to the little black flies...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Under the bridge

Friday, 27 February 2009

Am camped under the bridge at Groblershoop, cos there is f--k all campsites with the higher water and the ever consistent lining of the rivers steep sandy shoreline with reeds and thorn bush. Could be...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - 320 cumecs

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Long soaking rain through the night. Had a running battle packing with the 1 000 000‘s of ants who made camp in my most of my gear. They sense the water is coming up and I just happened to be the highest...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Orange View, camp 35

Monday, 23 February 2009

Woke up early with the dawn of a new adventure day. Had some things to do before departing Prieska: a photo mission at the church and the 1900 British fort on the hill overlooking town. Was pretty sad...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Storm chaser

Friday, 20 February 2009

Started off the day relatively slow to let gear dry. Water level was up a few inches. The day was all flat water except for Class 1 rapids on the bends, and huge reed channels.
Was amazingly lucky...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Chased by atom bomb storms

Thursday, 19 February 2009

A shower of rain at five and I thought I would be taking the day off, but it stopped soon after and I was on the water by eight.
Beautiful fun section through Vaalkrans. Huge flocks, 200 plus, of...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Vaal confluence

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

I got to the confluence at 10 this morning - no wind and the humidity is super high with random storms around, 36°. A great cloudy morning keeping the sun off the body but all to clear later.

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Wild west town

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I am camped on a river bend just above a weir and opposite the pump house to Douglas.
It was a cooker today - 37° - I am expecting a lot more of that over the next two weeks - in fact, all the way...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - No rain, no bites!

Monday, 16 February 2009

Departed the ant crazy camp at about 08h30 - heavy dew on the tent. Freaking ants everywhere - crawling all over me while I was waiting for the tent to dry.
Yeah! Awesome boating day. Rapids all...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Bridges and rapids

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Great day on my mom’s birthday - had a chat with her on the river just after departing.
Made a good distance - approximately 50 to 60 kilometres. Great flow all day - river was up in the morning...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Valentines Day

Saturday, 14 February 2009

It was good to wake up and hear raindrops on the tent - I thought I would sleep in and take the day off - but by nine o’clock the sun came out in its full glory and blasted me out of the tent. Yeah!!

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Big flat H2o

Thursday, 5 February 2009

The Big Brown Chocolate Conveyor Belt spat me into the Gariep Dam - South Africa's largest inland water mass.
It was an eventful 2 days crossing the 37 year-old man-made dam.
The first 10kms...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Big brown chocolate conveyor belt

Sunday, 1 February 2009

I travelled for approx. 300 kms on the swollen river. It dropped a little each day  but has been absolutely fantastic.
I have seen giant whirlpools with dark chocolate in the centre eye; 10 feet-high...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - A challenge

Friday, 30 January 2009

It started off with a well-executed run down a weir 200m after camp the next morning. The weir was ugly and burly huge, but a wide entrance tongue on far river left rocketed me down a steep chute through...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Flood warning

Thursday, 29 January 2009

January 29th I woke up to a stunning sunny morning, got up at about 4 am, after spending 2 days tent-bound. Passing storms would go on for 2 to 3 hours then break off for ten to thirty minutes. Then...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Quthing Monday

Monday, 26 January 2009

I began my journey well stocked with food and provisions. Creeks with pure water kept me hydrated and i had rarely ventured out of the river valley. But it was time to charge all batteries, get some...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Camp 10

Friday, 23 January 2009

Haha! - did not make it to the confluence of the Senqunyane today - ended up being a short one distance-wise.
Left camp at about ten. First section was flowing flat pools with funky rapids and then...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Camp 9

Thursday, 22 January 2009

I hear men and women singing in the distance - makes me think that I will be hearing and seeing more people now as I go along.
The river was busy today with several ferry points and weirs. The A3...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Floating Camera

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

I am 15 foot above the water line on a sandy beach, camped out under a rock overhang, almost a cave. The weather has been threatening. It rained around me this evening - good for the creeks. Water coming...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Dogs and fishes

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Started getting into some kind of a routine.Got so many dry bags and have to get them into some kind of order. Got off a little later than I wanted ... but all good.
Got chased by 2 dogs today after...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - How many things?

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

3am: Alarm bells hit the head - toilet paper, buckets - open both ends!
5am: Get up feeling weak. Where’s the nearest GP?
6am: Pass Ha Seromo, our last two night’s accommodation. But, still...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - The Source

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Three o’clock, wake up to round up some horses and depart 5am. Arrived at source at 4pm and returned to our previous night’s camp site at 7.30pm
At a small village, Tebelong, saw an old Toyota....

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Coffin Monday

Monday, 12 January 2009

I share a room with Jakob who is having a buttered roll with the pot of supper he has cooked. Oops, just can’t stomach the thought of food, maybe I will get into it
We arrived in the village a few...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - A shepherd, his dog, 5 cows, a lamb and 2 donkeys

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Molumong Lodge is where I am at. A 1423km drive from Cape Town over the last few days has landed me at base-camp where I have just spent a relaxing weekend with my family at the Lodge.
They depart...

The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Anticipation

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Party is over kids !  The annual 1 week reunion with friends, family and "bubbly and beer" has come to its end . Am sure you all had a good 1 . 
This is the first instalment of my updates for the...