On 30th April 2017, Colin Skeath and his nephew Davis Gould-Duff set off from Loch Sunart on the West Coast of Scotland in an open canoe, aiming to circumnavigate Britain.
Colin and Davis had already had many adventures together since Colin introduced Davis to the great outdoors when he was no more than a toddler. Their most notable joint climbing venture was an epic nine-day ascent of Muir Wall on El Capitan in 2010.
Climbing and mountaineering has taken Colin all over the UK, as well as to Europe, Africa and America. Colin has had three trips to Yosemite National Park where he has climbed multi-day “big walls” including The Nose and Muir Wall on the valley’s spectacular El Capitan.
Colin’s passion for the vertical started to give way to canoeing in 2010 when he bought a 17 foot canoe and learned the basics of paddling on Loch Sunart, and by 2012 climbing was a thing of the past for Colin.
Following many adventures by canoe around the West Coast of Scotland, in June 2015 Colin and his wife Katrina made an adventurous circumnavigation of Anglesey in North Wales by open canoe. This involved paddling through dangerous tide races and through the turbulent Menai Straits in the dark.
In 2015, in preparation for their planned Canoe Around Britain, Colin and Davis made the first circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye by open canoe. Their efficient use of paddle sailing was evident as the pair completed the adventure in five days.
A year later they completed a 174 mile canoe trip across the highlands of Scotland. They paddled the River Spey, the coast from Spey Bay to Inverness and the Caledonian Canal in just three days.
And so we come to the big trip in 2017 – the ambitious plan to canoe around Britain in over 2,000 miles of coastal waters…
I’m delighted to have Colin join me for this podcast to discuss this epic adventure, where the idea came from, the mindset required of them and what they learned from the experience.
Our conversation forms Episode 27 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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