The Search for the Source.

It’s been four days now of winding our way up impossibly beautiful rivers that are flanked by curtains of lush jungle on both sides. Vines hang down from the trees like ropes and fallen trees often barricade our path and cause our little convoy to stop and work out a way through / under / over.

From the Wai Wai village we hired villagers whose knowledge of the jungle is nothing short of humbling. They hunt and fish with their bows and arrows and they can light fires in the torrential rain in seconds. We’re supplementing our food with fish caught by the men and occasionally other hunted animals such as armadillo. This is not a policy as much as it’s simply necessity – and how you do things out here.

As much as the first two days was breathtaking and I was just absorbing the rawness of the jungle – I’ve started to get restless. Sitting in these dugout boats with their little outboard engines all day is giving me too much time to think. Will we find the source? Is this taking too long? If I was bitten by that snake would I be able to be evacuated in time? I just want to physically get paddling now. I’m a person of action and this is too contemplative a period.

The team is a happy one but one that is aware just how remote we are. I don’t think any of us are what I would call relaxed. I’m sure once we start exerting ourselves the mood will change.

I will aim to update as often as I can. I hope we will start the trek on foot to the source tomorrow. Or maybe the day after.

I just saw my first ever jaguar foot print.

Laura 🙂

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My days are spent sitting at my laptop emailing. To an outsider it probably looks like I’m faffing because only 5% of my hard work gets a return. They just see that 5% and think the other 95% of the time your just secretly watching Netflix! As privileged and lucky as I know I am, I can assure you that an adventurer has to be putting in the hours calling, emailing and meeting potential partners. Its a stressy option at times – but an extraordinary one too.

Thankfully our hard work is paying off! We have successfully achieved about 40% of our sponsorship goal which feel phenomenal! We are getting there. So a huge thanks to Nuzest, the Transglobe Expedition Trust, and Mooncup for the support so far. 🙂

Laura x

Announcing our plan.

If you’ve landed on this page then it means you’ve taken an interest in finding out more about The Essequibo and our plan. So firstly, thank you for taking an interest.

The three of us, Ness, Pip and myself are cautious nutters. I fell in love with the idea of canoeing from source to sea, seeing the diverse life that resides within and around the river, all I had to do was mention the idea to my fellow friends and they were hooked too!

So we will leave the UK at the start of February and begin a two month journey to set a new world record!

Training

Training is a beast.

The Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre has kindly agreed to get up us to scratch. They have been training all three of us to get us to a level that we can move onto the white water training which we start on the 11th of November. I might add that we have booked ourselves onto the ‘cautious white water’ training. Hopefully there wont be any falling in the water as its becoming bloody chilly!