Friday, 17 October 2008

getting closer....

The road has not really started yet, and the amount of people's willingness to help is amazing.

Just in the past week, almost everyone that heard of the upcoming expedition could look for and find the way he or she can be of assistance. And I'm talking about information, ideas, connections in Chile and more.
I can hardly think of a more boring thing then a "thank you" list, but I think that we can give a general idea of our preparations by mentioning some the people we met in the past few days.

So many of the people we know has offered their help in one way or another, so this is only a partial list from the past few days:

Food, hazards, and marine life-
Racheli Einav, a marine biologist and paddler, hosted us at her house for a great evening of wine, cheese and sea food. She introduced us to Alvaro Israel, a Chilean marine biologists that advised us of what sea food could be found in the fjords of Patagonia. He also connected us with people in Chile that monitor red tide- a dangerous blooming of micro sea weeds, which can cause death within 24 hours if you eat something that ate it…

Solar power:
Racheli heard we are having difficulties with building our solar power system. She immediately connected us with Hanan Levy, an alternative energy expert that was glad to spend a long afternoon on the phone with On, solving some of the issues he ran into while building the system.


Ariel Zilberstein,, who is kayaking at our club and practices to an iron man competition these days, has connected us with a sports nutrition expert ,Yair Karni,. So we all took blood tests, and went to hear from him about the right way of eating during a long distance challenge.

Psychological aspect:
Ohad Shafrir, also a paddler at "Optimist" and psychologist, offered his help in the preparation for spending long days in a small tent together…

Limor and Udi Steigman offered their help as logistics sponsors.

First aid:

Dr. Kobi Sade, who kayaked in north –west Greenland in 2008 spring agreed to help us with building a list of the necessary first aid for the trip.

Yet to come-
Meteorological experts, Israel's past represents in Chile and other adventurers that are willing to share their experience.

With every meeting, the anticipation grows, and it starts to look real.

3 weeks to go…

About Us

Roy Shatzki-(27) an air force officer, traveler and sea paddler. Lives in kibutz Regavim. On Arnon-(32) an engineer, outdoor instructor, and sea paddler. Lives in kibutz Gaaton in the north of Israel. Yosale Dror- (28)- sea kayak instructor at Optimist kayak club in Sdot Yam, student of Psychology, lives in kibutz Nahsholim.