3) WHY ARE YOU NOT WEARING A PFD? (PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE). THIS CREW HAS POOR BOAT TRAINING AND UNDOUBTEDLY NO ONE HAS A CERTIFICATE OF BOATING COMPETENCY. GUESS THEY THINK IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO FOLLOW BEST SAFETY PRACTICES OR THEY ARE EXEMPT BECAUSE THERE IS NO MOTOR... JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THE ATTITUDE AND LACK OF TRAINING OF THE EXPEDITION LEADER - KEVIN VALLELY?
THE ARCTIC DOES NOT GIVE SECOND CHANCES...
The rest of the story not told by TheLastFirst.com, the crew and reporters trying to earn a living by publishing sensational press releases without checking details.
“It has always seemed to me that so long as you produce your dramatic effect, accuracy of detail matters little. I have never striven for it and I have made some bad mistakes in consequence. What matter if I hold my readers?”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
Agreed? Does the end results justify the means to get there? Is it ok to lie because no one will be there to see you cross the finish line? I disagree with Kevin Vallely because of multiple points he has twisted and lied about.
“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.”
― Hyman G. Rickover
“Tiny details imperceptible to us decide everything!”
The news media today reports what they are spoon fed from press releases... no checking of facts or figures etc... and here is a good example of their rhetoric... are four men in a rowboat really tackling the Northwest Passage?
No they are not - matter of fact they are not even touching the Pacific Ocean let alone they are not even traveling half of the required route distance.
The Northwest Passage is a sea route of some 3,500 miles (~5,600 kms) depending on the seven well documented routes between Davis Strait's Arctic Circle in the Atlantic Ocean to the Bering Strait's Arctic Circle in the Pacific Ocean. How important is this point? 1,500 people have climbed Mount Everest. Less than 200 boats have completed a Northwest Passage. You do not say you have climbed Mount Everest by hiking to base camp, nor by climbing to high camp... only upon reaching the top of Mount Everest are you entitled to say you have climbed Mount Everest. Kevin Vallely says its different for the Northwest Passage. Kevin, you are wrong. Your blatant disregard for the hundreds of men who gave their life to search for and document the Northwest Passage say YOU ARE DISRESPECTFULLY WRONG. You do not get to say you have done a Northwest Passage by rowing 1,500 miles between the hamlets of Inuvik and Pond Inlet.
Next, you repeatedly continue to show your true nature by not acknowledging that you have already been beaten by a single man rowing the Arctic about three times further than your intended trip distance. Mathieu Bonnier completed a 6,500 km SOLO row from Greenland to Nome Alaska in 2010-2011. It's all documented on website: http://www.expeditiontico.com
If TheLastFirst.com rowing is a world record I challenge you to have GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certify your record attempt. I'm sure you can find something noteworthy - maybe the 'First Man to Row in Arctic Global Warming waters'?
Above all - Be safe - your experimental rowboat failed to autoright when rolled over in the video you posted - you must be worried about putting your life and your crew's lives on the line with a boat designer and builder who does kayaks for a living. The Arctic doesn't give second chances so don't ask for it - remember Roald Amundsen says 'Adventure is just bad planning.'
The crew begins the journey on July 1 from Inuvik
Paul Gleeson, left, Denis Barnett, Kevin Vallely and Frank Wolf train in English Bay.
Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG , Vancouver Sun
Tackling the Northwest Passage - in a rowboat
Trip by four-man team highlights changes in the Arctic caused by global warming
But that could change as four men are set to embark Canada Day on an 80-day rowboat journey through the most cantankerous climate zone on the planet in the spirit of adventure and in an effort to reveal the shocking effects of climate change on the Arctic.
Meet the crew: There's Kevin Vallely, an architect whose adventure resume includes some of Canada's most harrowing expeditions; Paul Gleeson, an Irish cyclist and rower; and award-winning Canadian environmental filmmaker Frank Wolf. The fourth is Denis Barnett, also Irish and a team rookie who Vallely says brings "the wide-eyed enthusiasm of a neophyte" to the expedition
The 3,000-kilometre (MAYBE 2500-kms tops) journey in an eight-metre rowboat will begin in Inuvik and wind through Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories to Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Along the way, they'll contend with deadly threats such as unexpected storms, wild animals and bitter cold.
"This has never been done before because it never could be done before," he said. "The reality is there is less and less ice."
AN 'IMPOSSIBLE' DREAM
Fifteen years ago, Vallely was mulling over what he called the "last great firsts" left to conquer as an adventurer, and he came up with the idea of traversing the Northwest Passage by human power in a single season. But he didn't believe it could be done: there was too much ice, until now.
Last year, he and adventuring cohort Gleeson assembled the four-man team with the idea of making the trip in a rowboat - while filming a documentary to show the world what has happened in the region.
"We are hoping when and if we pop out the other end that people will say 'Wow 20 years ago you needed an icebreaker, now these guys rowed it in a thin-hulled rowboat? What the hell is happening up there?' That is what I am hoping we can show, then in a way we are taking our gesture of an adventure and connecting with people in a unique way."
Since no one has ever done the route quite like this before, Vallely couldn't train with the masters, but he's certainly not heading out unprepared. He has trekked through Alaska, Yukon, several jungles and holds the record for the fastest unsupported trek to the South Pole.
Their trip is sponsored by clean energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power and the team had a special rowboat designed and built for the harsh conditions by Vancouver Island kayak designer Robin Thacker. The hull is flatter and rounder than a traditional rowboat, explained Vallely. "If we are ever in 'a bit of bother,' as Paul would say, we could haul it up on the ice."
If all goes to plan, they'll row straight through, with two men taking four-hour shifts at the oars, while the two others rest. The boat, which has already been tested for capsize safety, is loaded with survival gear: an inflatable raft, drysuits, flares, guns and dried food, including more than 700 power bars.
A HISTORIC JOURNEY
Roald Amundsen made the first successful crossing of the Northwest Passage from east to west between 1903 and 1906. He finished by anchoring near Herschel Island at the mouth of the Mackenzie River and skied 800 kilometres to the city of Eagle, Alaska to send a telegram announcing his success.
Several explorers have done the trip under human power, but not in a single season.
In 1990, Canadian adventurer Don Starkell journeyed north by kayak from Churchill, Man. and then west to Tuktoyaktuk. The trip lasted three seasons and had to be terminated 50 kilometres short of its planned completion point at Tuktoyaktuk because he got frostbite.
Starkell lost the tops of his fingers and some of his toes.
Victoria Jason, the first woman to paddle the passage solo, did it in four years, while another paddler, Jonathan Waterman, did it in three.
Canadians Jeff MacInnis and Mike Beedell accomplished the first wind-powered crossing of the Northwest Passage over three summers in the late '80s.
"People have sailed it, but most people who sail do it under motor (power) and it's very different," said Vallely. "If you get into a dicey situation with ice and you're not sure it's really nice to have a motor because you can turn around and get out. When you are rowing you can't go faster than the ice. So we are exposed and vulnerable and that ramps up the difficulty and the commitment."
Vallely said the team hopes to add one more voice to the call for global action on climate change; maybe if enough people keep hammering the message, people will take notice.
"We have the capacity to think ahead for generations and, darn it, you know we have that responsibility to do something. I have kids. What do I say to them in 20 years, 'Sorry I just didn't care?'"
The expedition website is: http: //mainstreamlastfirst. com/. Vallely will blog for The Sun throughout the trek at van-versun.com/lastfirst.
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver SunRead more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Tackling+Northwest+Passage+rowboat/8546145/story.html
OH, ONE MORE THING THAT YOU REPEATEDLY LOOK THE OTHER WAY ON - VESSEL STABILITY AND SAFETY.
The Capsize Test as presented by you on Vimeo video:
Video link: http://vimeo.com/65757435
Capsize Test from Mainstream Last First on Vimeo.
You do NOT pull the boat back upright once inverted - the straps should be loose and slack - no tension - the boat should automatically without help from the crane winch turn-over back right-side up - looks like you have a problem boat which you are betting your life on to recover from a knockdown. OUCH!
Who designed this rowboat anyway? A kayak builder? Now go figure your likelyhood of success in the Arctic.