My plan for Guyana is an expedition up the Essequibo river which covers a huge area of land, through dense rainforest never explored before and that is rare to say in this day and age. I am going as far south as Apoteri and Kumaka which are indigenous lands I have had to gain permission to travel there but potentially further onto Rewa depending on overall goals attempted or completed. It will be travelling against the flow of the river which has its own physical demands. Also the geographical issues such as the countless waterfalls and rapids which will have its own individual approaches as I and the team will have to disembark the boat and travel through dense forest which is extremely likely, a path will not be present and a path will need to be cut out with equipment being carried amongst team members. Also what I believe to be some of the main
The expedition will be traveling against the flow of the river which has its own physical demands, also the geographical issues such as the countless waterfalls and rapids which all will have their own physical demands as I will have to disembark the boat and travel through dense forest which is an extremely likely issue, as a path will not be present and will need to be cut out with equipment being carried amongst myself and team. Also what I believe to be some of the main highlights of the trip which will be the falls, encountered there will be in the order of occurrence kumaka, warupta, pot falls and rapids, and murrays falls.
A FEW FACTS OF THE ESSEQUIBO
- The Essequibo has a 12-mile estuary which is the mouth of the river near Georgetown
- Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers are amongst its tributaries.
- The river was discovered by son of Christopher Columbus, Diego Columbus in 1499
- ‘fun fact’ Also a song has been sung about this River Here it is.
Also, an update as of 27th of July I have now partnered up with adventure science company, whose aim is to involve adventures very similar to my own and give them the tools and advice to assist with science projects worldwide which allow me and others to be at the forefront of scientific research, their website is here.
So my sole aim and I believe the most important is an educational message aimed at the conservation and biodiversity of the region, to bring back to the UK. As so little is known of this area, how I intend to do this is travel south upriver along the Essequibo and explore the areas, of the true interior of the dense Guyanese rainforests where very few people have travelled or explored in any depth.
I am also intent on bringing people along with me to share a fully immersive expedition experience I have done a similar project but on a smaller scale earlier this year where I was in Costa Rica, as well as the Darien gap on the Panama and Colombian border a small video reel, can be found here. I have also recently been interviewed about my expedition on big centre tv, which is a popular local to the Midlands tv channel.
I am also in partnership with a charity known as the size of wales, whereas an aim they purchase tropical forest all over the world to equivalent size to wales in size, I have got on board as they have done this within Guyana for the wapichan community. Which has been extremely successful as I intend to help with the success of this project by helping out in my own individual way by travelling to Guyana, to head off on my own expedition, to find out more about the Wapichan people of Guyana?
My planned route although it could change due to any number of things in the field.
Also as followed a detailed information reference document.
notes on Guyana
So the project to Guyana went swimmingly (literally) there were few tweaks to the final project. When I actually got to meet local people on the ground in Guyana as they knew the lay of the land, local area and people and best ways to go about getting to the region and then getting out, from people to meet in the beginning who knew about light aircraft flights to the area to then meeting people at the end of the journey.
My maps recorded via the spot GEN3 device.
So the main alteration was the route which was advisable and a lot more easier logistically. To do was to do it in reverse so, begin from Apoteri to Bartica which seemed logical but was hard to do as to get to the region to begin with. With the lack of supplies being able to be carried as it would have extended the trip for a possible 10 to 14 more days as it was against the river flow. Aswell as larger boats along with the extra costs needed such as fuel and then more people to pay for as the larger boat to be manned as well as the rapids along with countless falls which myself and the team mainly the team. Was all too familiar with now and we became tuned to the sound of falls approaching in the distance.
I will put a video of mine up now which recorded the daily life for 11.5 days on a traditional canoe down the Essequibo. video
I will be doing a lengthier write up in the near future hope you enjoyed the video.