Water-to-Go supports the Darien Gap Project

My name is Daniel Eggington and I’m a solo traveller

So a bit about me:

After leaving the UK in 2010 and embarking on a backpacking trip to Indonesia, I found my love of exploring. I spent 12 days in the forest with three local guides, travelling through and camping at a new spot each night. This added some life-changing experiences for me as a naive 18-year-old alone in a foreign country, not knowing any part of the local language. When I got back to the UK, I decided that this is the career path I wanted to work towards.

I decided I wanted to work in the travel industry, where my passion in life truly lies. After that trip and immediately planned for other journeys. I decided to explore Latin America where I got I real feel of the indigenous culture. I planned and prepared for a journey to the Darien Gap Panama-Colombia border region which was a fantastic experience. I then began planning my return to head to Guyana where I canoed a river with 2 local guides, travelling for 12 days and covering 288km to be exact.

I knew that my dream job would now be to work as an expedition leader where I could live out my passion for leading in remote and exciting places. I now had an abundance of remote travel experience, the required knowledge and soon the qualifications that it takes to do this. I have now done my ML training so I am working hard to make this a career choice a reality.

So my next trip will begin from Jurado in Colombia, travelling north through the Choco Department of Colombia and into the Darien Gap which leads into Panama. The endpoint will be in Jaque and I will be following the Pacific coast of Colombia. I aim to make it a wholly solo project and document it on a daily basis on my return. I will be providing an educational perspective of a region in a part of the world that is relatively unknown. The trip will be around 50 miles in total which should take around 15 days. I want to push myself to my very limit, of my capabilities as an explorer.

The Darien Gap Project will involve visiting the Colombian Choco Department which is the least explored region of Colombia due to its notorious past. Quibdo is the capital of the chocò region where half of the population are said to live and work. The rest are in small communities scattered throughout the region where a majority are on the coast such as Nuqui and surrounding towns of Quibdo.

I also want to use this expedition as a platform to raise awareness for conservation and indigenous communities rights. I will be travelling, wholly unsupported, over a number of different landscapes from primary rainforest to high valleys and wetlands.

I use Water-to-Go for the simplicity and how effective it is.  It helps in a few ways from less weight and not having to carry a few litres of water in 2 or 3 bottles. I have used it from Guyana to Costa Rica.

Daniel Eggington

There are not many detailed maps of the region so it isn’t a journey for the faint-hearted. The journey will be documented via videography and photography and tracked at timed intervals through the Delorme device. As I will be entirely alone in the region, a tracking device will be essential.

The region has many issues from severe poverty to armed conflict between paramilitary and people.  The Colombian Chocò department is the least explored region of Colombia due to its notorious past.

I am planning to do this trip as it is something that I have always wanted to do and if successful, would be first of its kind. Where I will be raising awareness for a cause I am passionate about which is conservation and indigenous peoples rights.

The project will be in partnership with Alpaca Raft, Hennessy hammock, Water-to-Go as well as Backcountry Scot.

Keep up to date with everything Daniel is up to on social media.

£250,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Sam Greatrex has successfully raised £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support broken THREE world records and travelled over 10,000 miles (all with his Water-to-Go bottles).

29 year old cancer survivor, Sam, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma when he was just 10 years old. The help and support he received from Macmillan prompted him to embark on his incredible journey.

The trip began with a 2,700 mile cycle from Paris to Lagos in Portugal. After a quick Christmas break and some much needed weight gain, he rowed 3,800 nautical miles with a team of four other adventurers from Lagos to Venezuela in just 51 days (a new world record)!

Sam then hit the road again once more on his bike and proceeded to cycle a further 4,000 miles to Peru where he was informed that he had smashed his previous target of £240,000 and raised a staggering £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sam was kind enough to send us this email:

“Hope all’s well at Water-to-Go. Just to let you know that I arrived at the South Pacific coast at the town of Paracas, Peru, last week to complete the challenge, and just a few days earlier received the news that the expedition had raised £250,000 for Macmillan.

Thank you for all your support along with the motivational words to keep me going over the last few years.

The Thames river, the Amazon, and the deserts of Peru were no problem for the Water-to-Go bottles. They were an essential piece of kit from the very start of my journey in Birmingham to cycle through Europe and South America. The reliability of the filters and practicality to fill the bottles at almost any water source meant that there was one less thing to worry about during the physically exhausting times of the journey.”

Congratulations to Sam. We are all very proud here at Water-to-Go HQ.

You can read more about Sam’s journey on his blog: www.laptheworld.com