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Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dr Robin » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:25 pm

I was planning a trip to the Arunachal Pradesh region of India in November. However, my paddling partner has dropped out, for reasons that are nothing to do with me. I have already bought a non-refundable ticket to Calcutta. Should I..?

1) Cut my losses and throw my ticket in the bin.
2) Try to find someone else to go with? I've already asked everyone I can think of. Anyone fancy it?
3) Go with an organised group? I can find a group with space. I've already spoken to "All india overland".
4) Go with a rafting group? I have had some joy with "Aquaterra". However, a raft escort is not cheap. Also, would it take away some of the adventure?
5) Go to a kayak festival on my own and wing it. I'm trying to find out about the kayak festival in Megahalaya. Anyone know about this? I've done this kind of thing in Norway and Italy, but it's a very different prospect in a third world country.
6) Ditch the second leg of my flight and go to Nepal. Of course this doesn't solve the questions above...

Suggestions?

Thanks, Robin.

Edit: This looks interesting...
http://www.shillongwhitewatervillage.com/#Home

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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dr Robin » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:44 am

I've since found out that the Meghalaya kayak festival is on October the 12th.

I can change the dates of my ticket.

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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Poke » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:02 pm

When I went to Meghalaya a few years ago (2015) then there was a good number of people I knew (maybe a dozen) that were out there at the same time - didn't even know half of them were going to be there. I don't know if it's maintained it's popularity over the last few years, but the All India guys should be able to advise on that. THe release of the guidebook last year may have boosted interest again.

October seemed to be better than November in terms of water levels. Still plenty to do at the start of November, but October sounds like it is primo season.

It'd probably be quite expensive as a solo trip, as most of the drives to rivers are long, and jeeps rather than busses seem to be the way to go.
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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dr Robin » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:53 am

I've gone with option 5, flights have been rearranged. If anyone wants to meet up then please get in touch.

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Post by Poke » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:43 pm

Good luck!
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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dr Robin » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:14 am

I'm back.

In general, it was a success. Nothing went wrong, and I paddled some good sections. Ideally I would have paddled a little more, possibly I was a little cautious, but I feel happy that I made the right decisions in the circumstances.

A big thank you goes out to all the other paddlers who made me feel really welcome. In particular I would like to thank: Dan Yates, Dave Janes, Alec Bannon, Al Wager, Dave Hardcastle, Johanes Schamp, Fraser Gillies, Gareth Lake, Leslie Simpson, Ben Johnstone, Dewet Michau. They all made a huge difference to my trip, even though I didn't know any of them (except Dan).

By the way, at 42 am I the oldest person to have ever paddled in Meghalaya? Not sure I'll be doing many more expedition-style trips...

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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dan Yates. » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:54 pm

Good to paddle with you Robin, sorry it was only for 1 day. Did we work out you are older than me then? As a fellow 42 year old I am planning on loads more expedition (holiday) type trips.

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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by Dr Robin » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:40 am

Dan Yates. wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Good to paddle with you Robin, sorry it was only for 1 day. Did we work out you are older than me then? As a fellow 42 year old I am planning on loads more expedition (holiday) type trips.
We are both 42 but I will be 43 next month, while you have to wait until 2020, correct? I was born in '76, you were born in '77.

I'm sure that you will do many more expeditions but, you are Dan Yates. As your strength decreases and your paddling deteriorates you'll still be better than the (majority of) people around you. I won't be.

We can all name famous exceptions but the fact remains that Olympic kayakers are 25, not 45. Endurance may persist but strength deteriorates. I intend to continue paddling short technical sections into my 50s and even 60s, but kilometre after kilometre of heavy white water with back-breaking portages over boulders? I don't know.

I wouldn't eliminate anything, and perhaps you'll see me in India next year, but I feel it's becoming unlikely.

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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by jmmoxon » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:42 am

Birgit Fischer retired from Olympic sprint kayaking at age 42 after winning K4 gold (she also won K1 at age of 18 & another 6 gold / 4 silver over 6 games, making her the oldest & youngest canoe champion)!
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Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Post by BigPhil » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:37 pm

Did you read the recent Scott lindgren article. I thought it was pretty interesting.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2403789/s ... aker#close

Good on you and Dan for getting out there. You can't be that unfit surely unless you've been letting yourself go :-)

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