1,800 Miles by Stand Up Paddle Board for Water Aid

On the 1st March 2016 Kate Davis and Andy Bartlett will leave London and head to the Black Forest of Germany to start their attempt at becoming the first people to stand-up paddleboard the entire length of the Danube River. From the source of the river in the small German town of Donaueschingen, they will then travel over 1800 miles, passing through 10 countries and 4 capital cities before reaching the rivers end at the Black Sea on the border of Romania and Ukraine. Carrying all their supplies with them on their boards (including a Water-to-Go bottle each) the trip is expected to take 3 months covering an average of 25 miles a day.

Both Kate and Andy have left their respective jobs and homes to take on this adventure and have never attempted anything of this scale or challenge before. The trip is fully self-funded and will be unsupported once they start paddling relying on their own skills and the kindness of those they meet along the way.

They will be raising money for Water Aid in the process.

Kate, a 30 year old former Internal Communications Officer for VSO says, “this is not a race for us and we are keen to ensure we take in all the river has to offer and especially connect with the locals who live along the rivers path, to find out how it impacts their daily lives.”

Andy, a Former Director of an event management company says,”Huge thanks to Water-to-Go for supplying us with bottles for the upcoming ‘SUP The Danube’. We’re never going to be short of water and having their amazing bottles and filters means it will all be safe to drink.

A brilliant and simple solution to getting clean water and yet a huge reminder of why we’re raising money for Water Aid. Clean safe water is something we take for granted even when heading out on an incredible adventure and yet is still not accessible to millions of people around the world. Take a moment to look at the work Water Aid are engaged in and find out how you can get involved”

The adventure will take the pair into 10 Countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and pass through 4 Capital cities (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade).

Follow their SUP adventure: www.supthedanube.com

Photo Credit: www.tanyaraab.uk

Cycling from London 2 Cape Town

Our water bottles are no strangers to adventure travel. We’ve been taken pretty much everywhere in the world; used for all sorts of amazing journeys and expeditions far and wide.

One such adventure is a journey filled with courage, determination and strong cycling legs. Adventurers Emily Conrad-Pickles and James Davis are half way through an incredible 20,000km cycle from London 2 Cape Town.

Their route will take them through 3 continents, 27 countries and they aim to do it all in 12 months. The duo will be battling temperatures of up to 55°C in the Sahara Desert; conquering 10,000ft of mountain passes in Ethiopia all whilst raising £50,000 for the World Bicycle Relief.

The World Bicycle Relief empowers people across Africa by donating bikes. They believe in mobilising people through the power of bicycles so that distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic activity. So far they have provided over 200,000 bikes to people in a number of African countries.

We caught up with James to find out how they were finding they were getting on:

“We’re only 4 months in to our yearlong expedition to cycle from London to Cape Town and we’ve already learnt that our Water-to-Go filtered water bottles are one of the most important pieces of kit we have with us.

Admittedly, we were a little nervous the first time we filled the bottles from a more ‘suspect’ water source. But, ever since, we’ve topped up from loads of places where we would never considered drinking from before – including taps in the street, cattle drinking troughs, a leaking water pipe in the desert and even straight from the river Danube – close to where we later found a dead frog floating in the water.

Even at visitor attractions we’ve scoffed at tourists who’re forced to pay for overpriced bottled water whilst we’ve topped our Water-to-Go bottles from the taps in the loos. The bottles themselves are tough and sturdy and the recently improved design of the filter makes drinking on the go even easier.

As we leave Egypt to continue south into rural Africa we have confidence that our Water-to-Go filtered water bottles will safely filter even the most questionable of water sources keeping us hydrated on our quest to cycle from London to Cape Town.”

You can follow the journey and donate to this wonderful charity at www.london2capetown.org