Norway article in Ocean Paddler VI

Somehow the cover of the Ocean Paddler 6 seems well known to me :-)

Me and my two friends Cahtrin nad Carsten where paddling in Helgeland Norway for nine days. We where inspired by the pictures from Erik Sjösted´s Blog who has been there several times before and shown the area to the internet community. The place in really magical as the mountains rise directly from the sea level sometimes for more than 3000 feet.

Despite the rough looking scenery you can find sand beaches and meadows to pitch up your tent around every corner of the small islands. Funny was that we met two british paddlers, that where featured in Ocean Paddler 5....

More pictures from this trip you can find here:


Kayaking Denmarks Limfjorden & more

Searching in my old file libary I found some pictures from kayaking, biking and hiking in Denmarks Limfjorden. A trip that we did 2004. As I have not shown it on the web I thought some of the ipressions might be interesting to watch.

The area is perfect to rent a typical danish holiday cabin. From the "headquater you can go sea kayaking in the arms of the Limfjorden or on the beaches of the north sea. If the wind is right you might get some of the best waves of nothern Europe in Klittmöller, Hanstholm or Nörre. But once the waves get bigger they might be not suitable for sea kayakers anymore. Then you better keep in the inside of the breakwater shadows. But there is more than kayaking. Sand beaches with high dunes that strech over 60 kilometers and that are are empty even in the peak season of august. Thus we took our mountain bikes to explore the nice area from the land side too.
We plan to be back for a long weekend 2008 again...

More pictures of that trip you can find here


glazed frost on the lake shore

As usual we dont´t get much winter up here in northern Germany. A strong high pressure system was bringing cold temperatures the last days, though. The pretty warm water of the sourrounding lakes was producing fog that froze into the arms of the trees along the shoreline. A wonderful day for an lazy circle with our open canoe.


Kayaking with wales in Quebec, Tadoussac

It was nat the first time we encountered wales in a sea kayak. Whe had see harbour porpoises in the Geman North Sea occationally. But the mouth of the saugney fjord in Tadoussac Quebec is known as a rich feeding for differnt wale species. So we where haeding out in a rented double oil tanker like doulbe kayak. But who cares the boat if you have the prospect of seeing beluga and minki wales? So against the tide to the main spot, and we are lucky! A minke wale is surfacing 20 Meter to our right. We keep paddling against the tide, thus kann keep our positin. It surfaces again on a totaly unexpected place again. Something that we later learned, was a characteristical for mink wales. Next we turned around, out with the flow into the sait lorent river.

And incedeably lucky again. 6 Belugas are heading straight into our direction. We stopp paddling and wait excited. Like a in a paddlers dream the beluga group is coming closer, popping up and blowing. Soon the reach us. 2 of them dive directly under our kayak. The one on my side seems to wacth me. Its great the water is so clear. That short moment is surely one of the highlights in my 20 years kayaking. Hao my wife is happy too and wants to rent a kayak the next day too, watching wales...
More pictures you can find on my main page in under the button " seekajak":
http://www. liquidmedicine.de


Batlic Sea sea "surfing"

When the wind comes from The right directions and strength, you can even find some waves on the small western baltic sea. In that case it´s ahrd to bear to sit down in front of a computer not going out. Sometimes my friend Sebastian and me have the time to go out into the windy conditions.

If the wind comes from south-south east, then The Habrbour of the small village Burg is a good place to feel the energy of the waves. At force 5 The waves are small. Like on the day in the upper picture. At Force 7 The Waves get bigger and break on the sandbars in front of the Harbour. Nice but exhausting conditions to paddle into the wind.

Start of the new Blog

Actually I am wirting an outdoor activity blog since 3 years. But i built an own HTML site. This way I will miss beeing part of the blog community. Thus I will seperate the blog Part form my page to this blog. In the beginning I will put here some older pictures and story from my old blog to not make it look so empty here in the beginning.