“There is nothing more beautiful than the moment before a voyage, the moment when tomorrow’s horizon comes to visit us, to announce its promises.” Milan Kundera
- While waiting for the Northwest passage
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- First steps behind the camera
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- Alone you go faster… but two together, we go further !
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- Only time and ice are the ultimate masters
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- The calm comes after the storm
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Just to get a taste of the trip to come… These images were made during our Greenland expedition, “The Great Drift”.
(arrangements Gauthier Mesnil-Blanc).
At the end of last week, I picked up my customized kayak at the Nautiraid headquarter, as well as a second “Grand Narak”, a loan from Eric and Véronique Flambard, the company’s managers. This will give Gauthier the opportunity to come and do some training with me in Brittany when he has the time. Our budget doesn’t allow us the purchase of a second kayak, so this loan is a godsend, that enables us to move forward in the planning of the project. Our thanks to the Nautiraid team for their confidence. Beyond their seriousness, I salute their enthusiasm.
Having rarely known the comfort of a closed budget, 8 months before the launch, I find myself in a familiar … »
We first met in the Summer of 2010 inGreenland during the “Grande Dérive” expedition, then for weeks on end we camped on ice floes, left to drift in relatively extreme conditions. That was quite a “first” for me as solitude was my only ocean going companion.
My most important preoccupation then, was the idea of living as a group in situations where stress, fatigue and cold weather changed our behaviour. Fortunately, there was good chemistry between the … »
Time goes by as fast as sand slips through our fingers and it has been more than a month since I wrote my last post. Not that I sat around watching the tide roll away, but to be honest, my computer stayed disconnected most of the summer. I took full advantage of the great weather we had along the coast of Brittany and spent hours on the water testing some pieces of equipment I had just received.
Although away from the virtual world, I followed with great interest some expeditions in the Arctic region : “La Voie du Pôle”, “Rêve de Glace” … »
After many weeks spent at the Grain de Soleil Headquarter in Locmiquélic, researching for the missing crew of three young men, we had to get on with our lives, even though none of us were up to go on with our personal projects.
Despite a dark and rainy start to the summer season, July has been extremely hot in Brittany, and I was glad to go back to some training sessions mixed with kayaking in the bay.
Reed Chillcheater Company, (http://www.chillcheater.com/), a british technical partner came and join the project Arctic Passage. They provided me with brand new equipment I will enjoy kayaking with in the … »