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These 2 pictures sum up the whole thought process around this trip perfectly for me….
So the idea to paddle down the Mekong started, I guess, in 1999 when I was on honeymoon backpacking through Asia - amazing honeymoon I highly recommend travelling for a year instead of a week in Tenerife if you can!
Anyway we were on a small boat heading north through Laos towards the Chinese boarder and I kept seeing the small wooden fishing boats on the Mekong. I decided it would be a great idea to try and buy one of these boats and go back down the river on it.
I guess I bottled the idea. It would have been a great adventure although without a tent it would have been tricky! I have never forgotten the idea and it had bugged me ever since. But I didn’t really see it as a possibility anymore. Especially when I have a wife and 2 kids.
But then we discovered the @BillboardSup adventure boards on our Thames trip and it occurred to me that maybe it was possible to do this trip. Just standing instead of sitting…
So here it is. The successful SUP idea hanging out with the not so successful ‘small boat’ concept idea! Mekong boat brothers. #SUPtheMekong#TouringSUP#BillboardSUP#MekongRiverSUPadventure#OverboardBags#active360#chooseadventure#expeditionsup#laos. #nevergiveuponanidea#livingthedream#middleageadventure#standuppaddleboarding#thegrayl#OverboardBags#mekongriver@andrew_strachen
Houay Xai to Luang Prabang. 310kms in 6 days.
If I have one addiction besides adventure itself, it would have to be my gear. Bad enough that when I’m feeling down I go out to the garage just to sort and organize it. Stoked to be getting the last piece of the puzzle! @spot_llc just introduced their new Spot X two way satellite messenger!!! I’m out of cell service for at least %80 of the time I’m outdoors and even more when traveling abroad. Now I’ll be able to keep in contact with anyone at anytime as well as post to social media on the fly. I’ll keep y’all updated.....
Weighing in the kit bag. Before and after putting it on. 26.5kgs. That’s only the kit that has to go in the hold. SUP board, Ropes, gaffer tape, knifes medicine etc etc. Everything else will have to be hand luggage. 20kgs on the Bangkok airlines flight unfortunately! No room for clothes I guess... #expeditionSUP#mekongadventure
@rhino1605 and her crew made the first descent of the Neuse River in April of 2016, paddling 200 miles on their first ever SUP trip. “We were the first to do it on stand up paddle boards and we did it in 5 1/2 days. Bryan, Roman and I were the only ones up for it lol. It was an epic trip :).” #ExpeditionSup
Looks like the trips are already piling up for this year!
March 1st: Big wall climbing in Mexico
April: Green River SUP expedition
May: Escalante river SUP/climbing expedition
June: Climb Capital Peak
July: Moab moto/climbing/highline
Plus all the micro adventures in between
What are some of the things y’all are doing this year?