Journeys

Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 4 – Setting Camp In The Dark

The Spey saga continues. We take a side trip to walk to some ancient standing stones. Kevin underestimates the haggis but his obsession with filming sheep means we end up paddling the last part of our route virtually in the dark. And then we still have to set up camp… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety

The adventure continues on the River Spey. In this section the river starts moving, Kevin needs to negotiate some rapids and Ray talks safety and signals so everyone is on the same page… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks

The off-the-wall journey down the Spey with Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven continues with the morning after the night before. Pancakes, bacon and maple syrup are on the menu but the priority is coffee. First, though, I need to get the fire going… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven – part 1

Ray Goodwin and I take Kevin Callan and Justine Curgenven down the River Spey on a magical mystery tour of water, whisky and wild haggis… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The River Tees – One Day Tandem, One Day Solo

Recently I was able to spend a couple of days paddling on the Tees. The first day I paddled tandem from Cotherstone to Barnard Castle, a run I have done multiple times before but the water levels are always different so there is no lack of variety. It’s also a very picturesque section of river… Read more >>

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Post image for Hooks, Handles And Hangers: Using Nature’s Shapes

By necessity, much of the materials of remote cabins have to be transported to the location. Some of the smaller, finishing details, however, rely on more immediately available resources. These details reflect the personality of the people who put them there, their decisions and their handywork… Read more >>

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Wash Day On The River Spey

by Paul Kirtley

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Every year Ray Goodwin and I lead canoe-camping trips on the River Spey in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a lovely river to paddle in an open boat and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. Travelling in such a fantastic natural environment, there are many highlights. Amongst the highlights of a watery nature are several rapids which […] Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 009: Leon McCarron & Tom Allen On Making Meaningful Journeys, Off The Beaten Track

In this podcast episode, adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron join me to talk about making independent, long distance, human powered journeys off the beaten track. Both are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. Both have made seriously long human powered journeys. Last year they teamed up to undertake a couple of adventurous journeys trips, one in Patagonia, Argentina and the other in Iran… Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure

Award-winning adventure film-maker Justine Curgenven joins me to talk about the incredible, unprecedented sea kayak journey she and Sarah Outen made along the Aleutian Island chain and Alaskan peninsular, which resulted in a rich wilderness experience of wild, remote islands, unpredictable seas, isolated native communities and abundant wildlife… Read more >>

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Post image for Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure

Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. “Fjelltur” translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in the mountains. Being a northener I appreciate the… Read more >>

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