Monthly Archives: August 2009

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Video Blog: Kayaking Bear Glacier Alaska

Video of my kayak adventures: Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Enjoy! – FP

Glorious Sydney Sunshine Paddling

Nothing can contrast paddling Alaska more than a paddle on Sydney Harbour in balmy conditions under an almost Spring sun. To go from icebergs to harbour rocks and aqua waters…

Fat Paddler above the Bear Glacier morraine

Alaska Backcountry Part 1: Bear Glacier

My Alaskan adventure was always about one thing – paddling amongst icebergs. It had taken a six hour flight from Chicago, a 4 hour train ride from Anchorage, and a…

Help get my Alaska photos exhibited

I received a random note via Twitter that perhaps I should submit some of my paddling photos to the Panasonic Lumix Life photography competition (I use a Panasonic Lumix FT1…

Folbot Cooper on the "beach", Seward Alaska

First Alaskan Paddle in my Folbot Cooper

It is very hard to describe Alaska in words. It is a place of extremes, both harsh and beautiful.  Green forests that simply stop part way up mountains, to be…

Kayaking Chicago River at night

When I arrived in Chicago I was greeted by hot, humid, muggy weather. And in the space of the cab ride from the airport, it rained, heavily, on four different…

Paddling Santa Cruz, California

My paddle in Santa Cruz was going to be the maiden voyage of my new Folbot Cooper kayak. And had I not smashed about 300 shots of Cabo Wabo tequila…

First impressions of California

It’s pretty weird to fly for 14 hours to the other side of the world, only to find it is the same as where you’ve come from. I mean there…

Tour USA 2009

Leaving the sunny shores of Sydney, the Fat Paddler is about to embark on a quick tour of the USA, taking in Santa Cruz (California) and Chicago (Illinois) before heading…

Sydney Sunrise Paddles

One of the real joys of getting out early in the kayak is seeing sunrises from the water. There is something magical about a dark horizon turning gold and then…

Paddling with friends – Burnsie

I spend a fair bit of time kayaking the waters of fair Sydney, which means mostly I’m paddling on my own. But occassionally I convince a mate to come along,…

The Magic of Morning Mist – Bantry Bay

My addiction to mid-paddle coffee invariably takes me up Middle Harbour to Bantry Bay, a beautiful and quiet bay which most mornings has fine a layer of fog sitting just…

Passing Middle Head

Bridges, Penguins and Ocean Swell

A few weeks ago I missed a paddle after a rare night out to farewell a work colleague left me in no state to get up early. And as fate…

Coffee Boat Man Unmasked

Take a long hard look. This is he, captain of the boat of legendary Harbour chases, the unwavering saviour of caffeine-seeky paddlers the world over, Mr Coffee Boat himself. After…