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    • February 2015
    • SUP Wilderness Adventures Chantal Clarke (Dunbar) Avatar

      SUP Wilderness Adventures Chantal Clarke (Dunbar) at Vatthe Conservation Area Swamp, Matantas, Big Bay
      Espiritu Santo - Vanuatu
      Added on Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:36:57 +0000

      Session date : 11/10/2014

      Gear used : Santo SUPs custom inflatable Wills & Harry Air & a Spare & Santo SUPs custom inflatable Adjustable aluminium

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.67 km

      There's a WWII fighter jet submerged somewhere in the swamp. It it still has a body in it is anyone's guess, but the swamp is soooo chock-full of lilies that it's darned hard to push through. So we didn't get far in our searcch for tell-tale signs but it would be great to return one day with the right gear to locate the plane and repatriate any crew.

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      SUP Wilderness Adventures Chantal Clarke (Dunbar) at Jordan River
      Espiritu Santo - Vanuatu
      Added on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:54:29 +0000

      Session date : 10/10/2014

      Gear used : Santo SUPs custom inflatable Wills & Harry Air & a Spare & Santo SUPs custom inflatable Adjustable aluminium

      River

      42.57 km

      05:00:00

      8.51 km/h

      The Jordan is one of Vanuatu's longest and most sacred rivers. It runs through one of the most remote areas in the world; a place where warring "Middle Bush" tribesmen and pygmy tribes still live and few outsiders dare venture. A single dirt road provides pot-holed access to Espiritu Santo's volcanic interior and the Lape River causeway serves as the perfect drop in point. The current is extremely swift , but the water is clean and clear; filled with fish and with a black volcanic stone riverbed. The confluence occurred for us after sweeping past three hunters who were standing on the riverbank with a freshly butchered wild boar and machetes. There's a chute you're best to port around and an abundance of submerged logs, trees and other potentially terminal obstacles that you're best avoiding on the descent (especially if you're riding inflatables). Our two pumps both blew apart in spectacular fashion, so we ran the river on 2 and 6 psi respectively. We went in a few times; getting the skegs caught in shallow places (that soon became deep) and so all camera gear and electronics met a sad end. The valley is dense jungle and high limestone ridges that have caves where venomous snakes and bats live. It's not the kind of place you want to have a mishap as there are no rescue services anywhere on the island (or surrounds). Hence, I took along a local hunter who I knew could get us food and hike out out if worst came to worst. Phones don't work and the river can be extremely flashy; washing away villages when the heavens bust (as they did in the weeks leading up to our trip). This is not a trip to do unprepared or if you don't have a big diaper under your shorts. There are tranquil parts and it's a lot like being in Jurassic Park. But there are heaps of perils and you've got to get permission from village Chiefs, who you really don't want to piss off.

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