Here a humpback, there a humpback, everywhere a humpback

On day two of my swim in Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) territory in the Great Bear Rainforest this year I  continued my journey down Fisher Channel to Kvai (Koeye). We started in the spot where I had landed the day prior. It was 9:42 AM, the air temperature 15C and the wind calm in the small cove….

What I learned from the Ocean as I swam to Koeye

Each time I swim in the Inside Passage in Heiltsuk territory in the Great Bear Rainforest I learn. The ocean teaches me. Last year as I swam to Namu I learned that nothing is truly disposable. Sometimes we go to great lengths to hide things we don’t like, that are difficult to deal with or we…

As I Journey to Koeye

This year will be my-forth year swimming through the traditional territory of the Heiltsuk in the Great Bear Rainforest. My journey started in April 2016 when I first jumped in the water in Cusins Inlet at Mirron Valley near Ocean Falls. I remember it like it was yesterday. Friends Colette and Kevin Hennigan and Dale…

Not Disposable

“Disposable: designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up” My swim into Namu was close to two months ago.  It has taken me this long to look back at the photos. My heart bled when I landed at the deserted fishing cannery and town – and it still bleeds when I…

Day 3 Namu Part 2 – Choices

Day 2 of my swim to Namu left me much further from my intended destination than I had originally envisioned. This swim was proving to be much more difficult than I had anticipated; not just because of the water temperature, but also the currents. That evening my crew and I had some serious decisions to…

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…