Day 2 Namu Part 2 – Fisher Channel (unedited)

Is it me, or is it cold? Day two’s swim started from a tiny little alcove toward the end of Lama Pass; right where I ended the day prior.We were off to a bit of a “oopsie-daisy” kind of start. We were all so keen to get started that we started one man short – Matt!…

Day 1 Namu Part 2 – Lama Pass

Lama Pass is a very interesting body of water. You think it’s going one way only to find it it’s going the other, so you change your plan and then find out you are wrong again. I’ve been asking myself if it’s a body of water with a mind of its own or is it…

Spot me as I swim to Namu!

This year’s planning has been a bit of a whirlwind. We have picked some great tides between June 5 and June 8- there’s little difference between high and low which means slower moving water from that perspective. I originally thought the deciding factor would be the air temperature and rain, as the water is sitting at…

Getting closer to Namu

One of the things I love about open water swimming is all of the stories I run though in my head, and my thoughts around how to share them. I encounter so many interesting people and see so many beautiful things, not just when I am at the site of my swim, but also along…

Testing the waters in preparation for Namu

Wow, what an incredible week. First, huge thank you to my partner Ray and my good friend Kevin for making this past week possible. No girl should train alone in the cool waters of Great Bear.  It is super nice that Kevin hosts me at Drifter’s Cove when I swim on the central coast and makes sure I…

Cold Water Training for my continued Journey to #Namu

I decided to give myself a good kick-start to cold water training for my swim to Namu (part 2) and attempt at a double crossing of Juan de Fuca Strait summer of 2018.  Early November 2017 I headed up to Heiltsuk waters just outside of Bella Bella in the Great Bear Rainforest for a week or repeated dips in…

Journey to Namu: Day 2 of the swim

As with day one I think we started about an hour late. The crew was pretty beat up from the previous day. Someone was meant to put coffee on for 7am but it never happened. I think I started to hear people milling around about 8am. The nice thing was that I would be leaving…

Humpbacks in Lama Pass!

Each year hundreds of humpbacks travel the waters of the Inside Passage through the Great Bear Rainforest and Heiltsuk territory. I knew this before I began my journey to Namu but I will be the first to admit, I didn’t really understand the magnitude of what lay ahead. Before I share what happened I day…

Journey to Namu: Day 1 of the swim

Pre-swim activity It’s day four in our journey to Namu and day 1 of the swim. I woke up at about 6:30 an lay in bed thinking about what lay ahead. I like laying quietly in the morning and since I had about an hour before I had to get up I used the time to mentally…

Day 2 – Journey to Namu

Wow! We made it. It was quite a long day yesterday but I am here on Denny Island with my crew. We had a bit of a sleep in this morning but once finally up the crew enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. MJ is not only a spectacular swim manager, but also an amazing chef. After…