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Expedition Mississippi: a Krazy, Kayaking Adventure Film

We’re making a video of our 2 month, shoe-string budget kayaking expedition down the Mississippi. The crew will be Jordan Sanders, Matt Lowers, and Daniel Lowers. Besides making an entertaining video, one of our primary goals is to raise environmental awareness and also motivate kids to get away from the screens and go outside. In order to do that, we’ve teamed up with two great non-profit organizations, Leave No Trace and Paddle4Peace. (See an earlier post for more info about these organizations)

 Some people have been asking, “why would people watch this?? Is it just a video of you guys kayaking down the river?”

The short answer: NO.

That’s been done before, and by professionals (with film crews!) with way more experience than us.*

And THAT’S the whole point.

The fact that we’re inexperienced kayakers, going on such a crazy expedition should make this video ridiculously awesome! Jordan has kayaked maybe twice in his life, for about an hour or two. Matt, his brother, and his friend Chris have kayaked a handful of times for a fun afternoon. That’s it. Seriously. With that being said, we’re still taking a couple kayak safety training classes before we leave (gotta be safe!)

We’re willing to bet we’ll encounter more than our fair share of misadventures, problems and hilarious situations. During the course of the expedition, there’s sure to be all sorts of surprises in store for us (there always are!). The film will focus on us overcoming these obstacles.

 And that leads to another point. We’re also doing this to show you that if WE can do it, with practically no kayaking experience, YOU can do it. Or any sort of adventure for that matter.

Below is a special, limited time discounted price to pre-order our movie. Click on the button below to pre-order the digital copy of our film for $11.95.

Thanks for your support, we are extremely grateful!!!

*(Please note that the movie won’t be released until October/November)

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Camping and Kayaking Tips from Experts

FUNNY STUFF

  • When kayaking, hold your breath when you see fish, breathe when you see birds 🙂

-Brandy Nethery

  • In your query for “kayaking tips”, it’s worth mentioning that a kayak generally has two tips. There’s the front tip, and there’s the rear tip. They’re also referred to as the “bow” and “stern”, though front and rear “tip” will get the point across with less confusion for some.It would be a mistake for a person who happens to be a bit tipsy to get into a tippy kayak; particularly if that kayak were of the type to tip.When kayaking, you will often find yourself ravenous with hunger, whether you’ve tipped over or had a “dry run”. Though you may be tempted to snack along the way, snacking in a tippy kayak may cause you to tip excessively, which among other things will increase your appetite; so, finding a restaurant where your hunger may be mitigated following a kayak trip, filled with tips, is of the first order. In doing so, be certain to leave your waitstaff an ample tip.

-Keith Benoist kayakmississippi.com

 

KAYAKING & PADDLING TIPS

  • Make sure you have a comfortable seat when paddling. It can make a long trip not seem so long. The gel seats & pads made by Skwoosh.com are great! The company began by making pads for bed-ridden folk, so you know they do it right.

-Paddling Fan paddlingfan.com

  • Take a tarp, and keep it in your day hatch. When you land for the evening put it up first, it gives a great dry space to get out of your drysuit or wetsuit and then un-pack your kayak. A Siltarp packs down into less than a liter and is worth its weight in gold on a cold rainy day it transforms camping.

-Christopher Crowhurst  http://qajaqrolls.com/

  • [What to wear when paddling:] Above 70 degree water doesn’t require a wetsuit or a drysuit unless the air is under 50 degrees. Wear a rash guard and have a paddling jacket or drytop ready if it gets chilly. For 50-70 degree water, a Farmer John or Jane wetsuit, one without arms, will be the most comfortable. For 45-55 degree water, A full 4/3 wetsuit or a drysuit will both suffice.  For water below 45 degrees, wear a drysuit with a base layer and multiple mid layers, plus protect the hands, feet and head.Bryan Hansel

–           Bryan Hansel paddlinglight.com

  • Pre-pack your boat before you leave so you know where you want everything to go. Important stuff should be within arms-reach.
  • Waterproof hatches may claim to be waterproof, but murphey’s law can always happen. Plastic ziplock bags are your friend.

–          Hungry Hikers hungryhikers.com

GENERAL CAMPING RELATED TIPS

  • If I were taking this trek I’d be sure to bring loads of bug repellant! Mosquitos find me tasty.

-LOLA of http://lolastravels.com/

  • Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit in a water tight container. Here’s a link to some first aid kits, the second one on the page is a waterproof kit approved by the Coast Guard.
  • I would also include a flask or two of whiskey, a shot in the evening will ward off any chill in the air.

-Corral Plastics http://corralplastics.com/

  • A must have is a thermarest for camping. Get the trail scout. It costs $50 but is very compact when not in use and will save your back sleeping.

-Shane Perrin paddle4peace.com

  • [While camping] I have Recoverite by Hammer Nutrition and that helped my body recover better from day after day beatings. It also has a nice subtle flavor and was part of my nightly routine. It was my sweet reward at the end of the day. Find out what your reward is at the end of each day. It gives you something to look forward to and signals that you’re all done for today.

-Jake www.hike734.com

  • Hydration is key! Drink at least 4 litres (1.6 Gal) of water per day. That’s about 1 quart for cooking, and 3 for drinking while paddling. Drinking enough water will ease the aches and pains from a long day on the water as well as maintain a steady core temperature.
  • Also, a great after-paddling drink is a cup of apple juice. It decreases the build-up of acids in the muscle tissues and aids in their repair. Dang, now I am thirsty!

-David Barnes kayakrogue.com

  • When pitching your tent, put a roll of duct tape around a tent pole. It will always be handy for any repairs you need to make to the tent.
  • When gathering firewood from some trees hands can get coated in sticky resin which is hard to remove. Use cooking oil to remove easily.
  • When looking for firewood in wooded areas look up not down, Wood on the floor will be damp but dead wood will fall onto lower branches. This dead wood will be dry and make for quick burning tinder.

-Kel Willis @kelaussie29

  • Yes that simple. That means if your mind is not set on the present moment emotionally and physically you’ll miss the opportunity of the best pic of your life. And also if your camera is at the bottom of your backpack in front of your boat or in the trunk of your car, then again you’re going to miss all the fun!

– Val KayakCanoeBlogger.com

  • When camping with kids…make lists! 🙂 With kids there are so many things you need (or really DON’T need) and it’s too easy to forget something important! That and invest in kid’s sleeping bags. They are smaller so trap their heat in better and everyone stays warmer!

– Amelia Mayer talesofamountainmama.com

  • I always take along my favorite roasted coffee (ground)- Trailhead Coffee and a cotton tea net. Put the right amount of ground coffee into the tea net add to boiled water, steep four minutes and you have an amazing cup of coffee to start the day.

– Hungry Hikers

In case you didn’t know, we’re making a movie out of our kayaking expedition AND raising environmental awareness too! Help us make our dream a reality by supporting our project (and get something cool in return!)

To learn more about our expedition and get all the latest updates, follow us on Twitter and check out the Expedition Mississippi Facebook Page!

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Why would you want to watch our video?

Some people have been asking, “why would people watch this?? Is it just a video of you guys kayaking down the river?”

The short answer: NO.

That’s been done before, and by professionals (with film crews!) with way more experience than us.*

And THAT’S the whole point.

The fact that we’re both inexperienced kayakers, going on such a crazy expedition should make this video ridiculously awesome! I (Jordan) have kayaked maybe twice in my life, for about an hour or two. Matt has kayaked a handful of times for a fun afternoon. That’s it. Seriously.

Keeping that in mind, I’m willing to bet we’ll encounter more than our fair share of misadventures, problems and hilarious/difficult/challenging situations. The film will focus on us overcoming these obstacles.

Matt encounters a monsterous, evil lizard while hiking the AT. Look at the fear in his eyes!

And that leads to another point. We’re also doing this to show you that if WE can do it, with practically no kayaking experience, YOU can do it. Or any sort of adventure for that matter.

I think the question should really be… Who WOULDN’T want to watch this video?!

Help us make our dream a reality by supporting our project (and get something cool in return!)

 

You can follow the adventure here:

Twitter

Expedition Mississippi Facebook Page

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*NOTE*  – There’s nothing wrong with pros making a high quality film documenting their journey. In fact, they’re often really fun and exciting to watch. (It’s just a different genre than what we’re going for). For example, see this video of Dave Cornthwaite. He set a world record by completing the 2404 miles of the Mississippi river all by stand up paddling! We have so much respect for this guy.

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