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by Mikhail
Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Stories & Blogs
Topic: Review: Advanced Elements Convertible versus Innova Swing II
Replies: 1
Views: 6229

Review: Advanced Elements Convertible versus Innova Swing II

While on a two-week paddle in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island's West Coast (British Columbia, Canada), I have had a chance to compare Advanced Elements Convertible and Innova Swing II side by side. The review is here: http://www.focusonwild.com/Writing/AEvsInnova/AEvsInnova.html Happy paddles! M...
by Mikhail
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: One-month solo kayaking trip in Queen Charlotte Strait, BC
Replies: 10
Views: 14461

Many thanks everyone for your kinds comments -- they are definitely more than my trip notes deserve, but I do hope that the National Geographic is reading this forum! :wink: diemonde: Thanks for sharing the link to my trip. Also, enjoying your blog! Robert: I was also thinking about recording some v...
by Mikhail
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: One-month solo kayaking trip in Queen Charlotte Strait, BC
Replies: 10
Views: 14461

diemonde and Mike: many thanks for your kind feedback.

diemonde: could you post your blog address again? I have not been able to find it.
by Mikhail
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: One-month solo kayaking trip in Queen Charlotte Strait, BC
Replies: 10
Views: 14461

One-month solo kayaking trip in Queen Charlotte Strait, BC

I have promised to post this diary much earlier, however it took me longer than I anticipated to process the images and prepare the text. Here is the link: http://www.focusonwild.com/Writing/KayakingQCS/Content.html This trip was again in British Columbia, Canada, in the AdvancedFrame Convertible. F...
by Mikhail
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 15874

Re: Camping Gear

Mireille - apologies for a delayed reply -- I just came back from another solo kayaking trip, this time a month-long. It was also in BC, but a bit up north, with more open water and rougher conditions. I will post an illustrated diary as soon as I finish typing it up and processing the pictures, hop...
by Mikhail
Sun May 23, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 15874

Ian - many thanks for your comments. Glad that you liked the pictures and the story. Before buying my kayak, I had researched the AdvancedElements forums and found tons of great information and recommendations. I wanted to share my experience in a hope that my story would also be useful to the fellow kayakers.

Regarding the amount of stuff that I had with me: some of it was inevitable -- the camping gear, the food, the water etc. Some was for the photography -- two DSLR cameras plus the lenses and other photo gear, including the tripod. Some I could have left onshore, if I had a place to store it -- for example, I had to carry with me four large empty duffel bags, taking quite a bit of space. I also had one “luxury itemâ€￾: a portable fish smoker, similar to a thick book in size. However, I would tightly pack it with food and kitchen utensils, so it did not require significant extra space. Looking back, I realize that I could have managed without certain items, hiking boots being one example, so next time I hope to reduce my load to some extend.

Happy paddling!

Mikhail
by Mikhail
Sun May 23, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 15874

Boris – many thanks for your feedback. My biggest concern during this trip was the motorboat traffic; everything else (the tides, the weather etc.) were to some extend predictable and therefore manageable. However, it was hard to predict how fellow human beings would behave on water. I have checke...
by Mikhail
Fri May 21, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 15874

krystofr -- thank you for your kind comments. The solo trip was partially out of necessity: I had to move slow, to dedicate enough time to my photography -- I doubt I would have found anyone patient enough for a company. The bald eagles are numerous here on the island. I think that they stick to the...
by Mikhail
Fri May 21, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 15874

Three-week BC solo trip in AdvancedFrame Convertible in 2009

I have posted on my website a photo diary of my three-week solo trip in the AdvancedFrame Convertible that I completed last summer. This was in the straits off North Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. http://www.focusonwild.com/Writing/Kayaking%20NVI/Content.html With the last year experi...