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…

Finding Susan during the swim

Journey to Namu is currently schedulde to begin Tuesday, June 21 at approximately 10:00 AM. You can SPOT track me during the swim here. If you would like to follow me on Facebook you can do so here.

Journey to Namu – Day 1

Some stories are best told with pictures. Here’s what happened on our first day of the journey – from Victoria to Drifter’s Cove on Denny Island. 6:00 AM departure from Victoria, British Columbia with Ray, my partner and main kayaker. 7:00 AM picked up Matt, one of my pilots, in Lake Cowichan 8:30 picked up…

But the water is so cold!

When I swim Great Bear this year I will be following traditional marathon swim rules. This means I can wear no more than a swimsuit, cap and googles; in other words – no wetsuit. The water is currently somewhere between ten and 14 Celsius and the air temperature will likely be similar. The possibility of…

Planning for Namu

Day one of my swim will take me through the beautiful waters of Lama Passage in the traditional territory of the Heiltsuk Nation. There’s a public boat ramp in (Bella Bella), home to the Heiltsuk, and where Jill, Dale and I landed last year – I hope to start from there. We leave Victoria, British…

Taken

In my search to learn more about Namu I came across a short video about an Orca known as Namu. Please take a few moments to learn about Namu.      

Returned

In 1969 an archaeology team from Simon Fraser University dug up bones and artifacts that were 1,000 to 6,000 years old in Namu. They uncovered burial bones, artifacts and artwork that indicate human habitation in Namu as early as 11,500 years ago. Found in the traditional territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation, the remains were…