(Newsdesk / Press Release Kokatat) In July, three paddlers will depart on a 2,000 km expedition attempting to be the first team to successfully circumnavigate the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Titled Ice Bears and Islands, Kayak Around Svalbard 2015, the expedition is expected to take 60-90 days to complete.
“Svalbard has attracted numerous attempts, and is one of the last great firsts left in expedition paddling,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat PR/Promotional Marketing Manager.
The three-paddler team is made up New Zealanders Jamie Sharp and Tara Mulvany and Norwegian explorer Per Gustav Porsanger. Sharp, the expedition leader, is an accomplished paddler and guide, and is the co-founder of World Wild Adventures, an international guiding and adventure company. In 2013 Mulvany became the first woman to paddle around both the North Island and the whole of New Zealand. Along with local knowledge, Porsanger brings military and cold weather expertise, which will be useful in warding off polar bears and surviving in the extreme environment.
To fend off the frigid water and cold air temperatures, the team will be relying on Kokatat GORE-TEX® dry suits and insulation apparel. The team will also be using the new Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD, which along with Kokatat’s exceptional fit and comfort features multiple storage options so the paddlers have quick and convenient access to gear.
Besides the challenging weather conditions of the archipelago, the team will encounter a 300 km uninterrupted stretch of glacial cliffs, polar bears, and potential ice pack. As a result of these challenges none of the previous attempts to circumnavigate Svalbard have been successful.
To learn more about Ice Bears and Islands and follow the expedition progress visit www.svalbard.worldwildadventure.com. END
From the team’s blog:
Safety is their main concern during the expedition. Being well prepared and capable is a key to succeed with this expedition. This includes proper planning, being well-equipped and carry out good decisions in the field.
Safety wise they bring several means of communication equipment with:
• A satellite based Iridium GO system will be the main communication system throughout the trip.
• One Delorme Inreach Canada system for tracking our position. This could also be used for short messaging.
• Two PLBs for emergency situations.
• Two signal pens and one signal gun with flares could also be used in such matters, for attracting any inbound rescue teams.
• All team members will have their own maritime VHF radio, to ensure internal communication if separated, or to get in contact with occasional ship traffic for assistance and updates.
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