Up and Under are sponsoring and supporting a fundraising event for a group of students from Ysgol Dyffryn Taf to go on a canoe expedition to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario this Summer.

The event is a talk by  Robert Egelstaff - Britain’s leading Expedition Open Canoeist, whose exploits include: the 1st kayak crossing of the Bering Strait, “In the Wake of Shackleton”, 1st Circumnavigation of Wales by canoe and many descents of wild rivers in Northern Canada and Alaska including the 1st descent of Wilberforce Canyon on the Hood River.

Here he talks about the Palm Equipment British Hood River Canoe Expedition in

The Hood River –

remote, whitewater jewel of the Arctic

This audio-visual presentation by Robert Egelstaff is a personal account of the the first British descent of the Hood River in Northern Canada, from source to sea. The Hood has the most challenging and exciting whitewater anywhere in the Arctic and the river includes Wilberforce Falls the highest waterfall in the Polar Regions. As the river is frozen solid for most of the year it is only possible to canoe it for 4 - 6 weeks at the height of the Arctic summer. Far fewer people have ever canoed the Hood than have stood on the summit of Mount Everest. The Hood watershed will, in the fullness of time, be recognised as one of Planet Earth’s most amazing and special places – this remote, whitewater jewel of the Arctic will become much more widely known as the premier whitewater destination of the Polar Regions – ice-locked for most of the year but raging wild and uncontrolled for a few short weeks in the land of the midnight sun.

Enjoy an evening to remember and explore this extraordinary, remote and precious part of the world, where the landscape and wildlife interact in a way that hasn’t changed for thousands of years. Today this fragile ecology is threatened by major mineral extraction and may no longer exist for future generations. You can share Robert’s journey of exploration and discover, for yourselves, why this part of the world needs to be protected.

Ysgol Dyffryn Taf

North Road, Whitland

Carmarthenshire

SA34 0BD

19th April 2012 starting at 7.30pm

Tickets £10 (Adults), £5 (Students)

All proceeds to Dyffryn Taf Adventure

Tea & Cakes, Raffle with Prizes

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