Friday, September 19, 2014

looking towards the end of summer, or no more skills sessions

Thursday at 5pm, time for skills sessions during the summer. Now we will soon change the clocks and loose an hour of daylight. It will get darker earlier and the summer will slowly disappear. The water will still be warm enough  and we will continue to paddle all winter, but the skills sessions are over and what a lot of fun they were.

The only way to get better at seakayaking is to paddle a lot and to practice the lessons you learn. To challenge yourself in rough water and have good instruction.

Every time you go out you should practice something, either rolling , self rescue or any of the steering strokes, if not used all the time these skills become rusty and not part or your routine movements

Sometimes you have to create scenarios

sometimes you can tow your friends

whenever there are waves or surf you can practice 

               surfing is always fun and useful when landing  through waves

self rescues are vital to safety more so in rough water, but the basics are learnt in quiet seas

bracing is fun in the small shore breakers

assisted rescues in windy conditions are a bit more difficult




Don`t know what this is good for , maybe there`s something unpleasant in the cockpit

bracing in the waves


rolling takes time and patience but is the ultimate self rescue

launching from the beach and getting in your kayak while in the surf is also helpful

sometimes you have to swim yourself to the reef



Cheers for now, it was a great season

Friday, September 5, 2014

looking around narsaq town

The supermarket where you can get anything from butter to a new rifle

Information about the local goings on 

Inside the fish market

Supper

local canine

good place to have a drink and contemplate 

welcome to the souvenir shop

Frederick has a set of scaled down hunting gear

inside the museum


The museum consists of a number of buildings housing artifacts from the past. the kayaks are fascinating, much smaller than expected and the paddles and harpoons are all authentic. As a group of kayakers we were all very excited to see these kayaks and paddling clothes, they gave us a feeling of being connected in some way to an ancient tradition.


If you are in any way interested in kayak building then seeing these kayak frames in real life  gives you an appreciation of the genius of the old kayak builders, how they managed to make their frames with incredible joints held together with bits of sinew and wooden pegs.




the paddles I saw were all very narrow

protection 

Inside one of the little houses were these daily products

this was a store







heres a great underground house.









 It was a great experience spending time in Greenland, paddling in the wilderness and visiting the town . I sure hope that I get a chance to go back sometime. Meanwhile I can look at the photos and remember just how beautiful, remote and clean it is.

























Saturday, August 9, 2014

Greenland continued

We were lucky to have good weather, in fact some days were too hot, causing us to shed our drysuits and paddle just in fleece tops. The water is cold and though the rule is dress for the water we just couldnt 


Someone asked me what distinguishes Greenland, mostly I think its the icebergs

They are hypnotic in their beauty and none are the same

The landscape changes all the time

sometimes its soft and grassy, and sometimes rock cliffs make stunning backdrops


more icebergs

camping is easy as there is plenty of space, and easily accessible landing spots 

Mosquitoes abound, you definitely need your net


Fully loaded kayaks are heavy and everybody was willing to assist when getting back into the water or landing and dragging them away from the waterline

The views were always fantastic, sometimes I just had to stop, listen to the silence and look around and remind myself that this was a magic trip


At the end of the fijord the icecap was always visible, it always looked closer that it really was, the super clean air made judging distance difficult

Impressive waterfalls

drinking water was always within easy reach

seagulls made their homes on the rocky cliffs

We always stopped for lunch in the middle of the day, mostly a cold meal, but now and again something hot was also served

We were never far from an iceberg

and we took thousands of photos of each other

Greenland is very clean, the water and the beaches are free of any debris, and we were very particular about not leaving any garbage behind

the kayaks were all good, we had 2 doubles and 13 singles, very stable and high volume, good enough to take all our equipment and food too. 

all of us except 2




we did have a bit of rain, it was not too hard and it was a relief from the heat



the shades of blue in the ice was astounding, form pale blue to real dark blue


chocolate spread on round bread was a favourite




hearing the ice breaking off the glacier face was like hearing thunder in a storm

these guys dont seem to feel the cold

and still more  icebergs

we found a great place for Assaf to go fishing, he managed to catch fresh trout for 2 great meals

menu...cerviche, fried trout and rice and fish soup, nothing went to waste





eventually we returned to Narsaq, the dream was ending