2017 – a year in review

With 2018 in full swing, it’s time to take stock of what happened last year. After finishing up the winter season guiding in Finland I flew out to Morocco, to help teach on my first International Rafting Federation workshop since  passing the instructor course. Based in the Atlas Mountains, we put the candidates through their paces in both guiding and rescue skills, finishing up with an overnight expedition on the Ahansal river.


After Morocco, I flew to Uganda a day later, to finally get the chance to paddle the Nile, before the completion of the upcoming Isimba dam project. I was lucky to meet up with Addie again out there, a friend from my rafting days in Canada.

In May it was time to start work, this time as a rafting and canyoning guide in Bovec, Slovenia – home to the beautiful Soca river. The highlights included a high water rafting run and kayaking the siphon canyon section.


Away from the river I tried to learn how to horse ride, as a way to spend time with my girlfriend, Annina. It wasn’t very successful, much to her amusement. 



austria horse

I managed to achieve my main goal for the year – becoming a Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician Instructor. Both training and assessment courses were held on the Dora Baltea river, in Aosta, Italy.

strainer drill

After the season in Slovenia ended, we headed to Austria, where Annina and I watched the Adidas Sickline competitors train and rafted the Imster Gorge with FeelFree Rafting in Otztal.



Once back home in the UK, I took a quick trip to Wales, to observe a WRT course with Llangollen Outdoors, on the river Dee.


At the end of the year I found myself having come full circle, back in Finnish Lapland, guiding for a snowmobiling company and helping with the training of the new guides.



guide team

As for what 2018 holds in store, it’s too early to say – but I’m curious to see what I’ll be writing this time next year…

Stay safe and enjoy your year.


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Throwback Thursday!

This week we take a look back to last summer, paddling on the river Tungufljot in southern Iceland.

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Making a kayak rear gopro mount

Some of the best kayaking videos use footage taken from many different angles, breaking away from the first person view that we have become used to over the past few years. I have tried using my GoPro on different mounts attached to my boat, (here) but was never really happy with the result. After seeing footage taken from a pole mount on the stern of the boat, I decided to have a go at making my own. 

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White Water in the desert?…

Dubai has a reputation for going one better than anywhere else, aiming to build the biggest, most impressive attractions in the world. Iboutdoor takes a look at what this means for all the white water paddlers out there…

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How not to lose your GoPro

GoPro cameras have changed the way kayaking films are made. With cameras mounted on helmets, kayaks and even paddles the viewer can now get closer to the action than ever before. Most kayakers are using the adhesive mounts to attach the GoPro to their kit and although they’re pretty tough, they’re not 100% reliable if they take a big hit.

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