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Senqu Expedition: Paddling Day 1

Monday (the 16th), saw the seconding vehicle arrive around 1:30 pm, and the afternoon was dedicated to packing the C-Kayak for the 430km Paddling stage of the Expedition.

Packing the Kayak for Leg 1

Packing the Kayak for Leg 1

The team standing in front of the seconding vehicle.

The team standing in front of the seconding vehicle.

Tuesday morning saw everyone up at 4 am, with Devon and Jurie on the water by 5:30.  The water level at the insertion point looked acceptable, the rest of day 1 was not to be so kind, with the boat leaking from 2 cracks it had sustained and the water level being low enough that the guys had to get out often to push.  There was a thunderstorm on Tuesday after lunchtime, which the duo had to wait out.  After which they began repairs to their damaged vessel.

Devon and Jurie (from the left) ready to go.

Devon and Jurie (from the left) ready to go.

Just launched and begining the paddling section of their expedition.

Just launched and begining the paddling section of their expedition.

Stage 1 of the paddlng is 110km, and should take them untill the 19th of December to complete.

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About jurie pohl

Life is what you make of it. I spend as much time as humanly possible, off the beaten track. where I do not have a choice though, I stay on the track. most of these tracks are within the Drakensberg World Heritage Site. I have been hiking and leading groups professionally for 6 years and have got well over a thousand hours under the belt. I have done more Passes and solo-expeditions than I can recall, most notably of them, the Grand Traverse. The Senqu expedition was an adventure I could simply not negate. I am sure however, that it will not be the last time I undertake a grand venture and am in fact, already dreaming of the next exploratory challenge! Milk it while you can!

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