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.

Adventurers kayak the length of the Amazon

Between June and October 2015 Adventure Athlete Tarran Kent-Hume and teammate Olie Hunter Smart travelled the length of the Amazon River, 6,800km’s (4,300 Miles).

Beginning this expedition at the Mantaro River which turns into the Amazon River. This is the furthest and most distant source of the Amazon River.

They travelled 4,300 miles in under 5 months, beginning in the Andes of Peru hiking over the peaks and valleys sitting some 4,500 meters above sea level. They experience hot days and freezing nights with the temperature rising to over 44 degrees and dropping to a chilly minus 4 in the night.

ball-gowns-promEn route they passed through the most dangerous part of South America called the RED ZONE, where over 70% of the worlds cocaine production comes from. This meant being confronted on the river with shotguns being pointed at them. Being able to interact with some of the native tribes including the Ashkaninka tribe. Being shot at by pirates and dealing with the constant threat of robbery as well as some scary 15ft waves as they approached the Atlantic Ocean.

As they passed through some dangerous areas on the river the Peruvian and Brazilian Navy and Marines would at times follow them in gunboats for safety. Sleeping on Sandbanks and in small communities they encountered all types of Amazonian animals including a close encounter with some crocodiles.

Tarran said, “ This is scary and very real, but what an incredible experience”.

For all the danger, they we’re taken in by the people of the river and encountered much kindness and friendliness as the river passed through Peru, Columbia and Brazil.

Travelling some 80km and 10 hours per day, the river went from a close small stream with the jungle in Peru to the huge Amazon expanse in Brazil where there is not a dot of land in sight, using GPS and maps as a guide.

The pair held Google Hangouts with classrooms from around the world talking about their challenges and experiences on the river with an aim to inspire many of their young followers to embrace life and follow their passion.

GOPR2625Tarran & Ollie were both armed with Water-to-Go water bottles to ensure safe drinking water throughout the expedition.

“In planning for my Amazon Expedition I knew getting access to clean drinking water was going to be a headache until I met Water-to-Go and this was just what I was looking for”, Tarran explains.

“The Waters along the Amazon River and tributary the Mantaro River are not clean enough to drink and with space and weight being a major concern, carrying a large pump style water filter seemed excessive. The water to go bottles are simple and easy to use. Kayaking along I’d simply dip the bottle into the water and start drinking, so simple. The fact that they not only have a great product but have an environmentally conscious outlook that helps to reduce the amount of plastic we use fits great with my personal values.”

The last 22 hours was spent in the kayak as they pushed to finish at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Beginning at midnight and kayaking through the night, tying their kayaks to a mangrove tree for hours whilst they waited for the tide to turn, battling huge waves and string winds they eventually made it to the Atlantic on October 29th 2015. In the process Tarran Kent-Hume became the first Australian to travel the length of the Amazon River from its furthest and most distant source.