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Feb 25, 2014

Steve Moffat & Frankie under sailFrankie goes to Hollyford - Part 3: Cook Strait & French Pass by Kayak

February 1890 and George & William Park set off from Plimmerton, Wellington to Picton before continuing on to Nelson. After making landfall at Mana island to wait out some rough weather they continued their journey in their Rob Roy canoes to land on the South Island.

They weren't the first Europeans first to attempt it, but they were the first to succeed. Their clever use of sail & paddle along with their huge mass of adventure experience gave them the skills to make it where others had failed.

Steve Moffat & I are about to recreate their journey from Mana Island to Picton and Nelson. This is the third of our historical recreations - I will be using the best modern gear available, Moffat will be using equipment faithfully recreated in identical materials to match the gear used by the Park's brothers in their crossing 125 years ago.

Campbell live will be airing a segment on our journey from Wednesday 25th Feb onwards - if conditions allow we will be setting off from Mana Island in a few days time.

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Feb 11, 2014

Sled dogs resting but ready to goCurt has stopped in Carmacks for a six hour rest break.  The dogs are looking good but it hit -50° Celsius.

Feb 12, 2014

Surfing the internet in the Air New Zealand lounge at LAX I read with horror that two more mushers have activated the help buttons on their SPOT beacons: Cody Strathe and Dave Dalton.

Feb 10, 2014

Brent Sass medical evacuation - Whitehorse StarBad news! Brent Sass has activated his SPOT rescue beacon.

Rumour is that he has fallen off and hit his head. Brent and Allan Moore were cat-n-mouse for the lead over the last 2 days, and they were less than a day from the finish of the race, so this is dramatic news!! (secretly we were hoping Brent would win, as Allan won last year, it’s Brent’s turn and he’s a friendly, approachable and intelligent guy)

Feb 09, 2014

Steve Gurney wearing only undies and snowshoes in the Alaskan snow.We had a lot of fun today taking promo shots for our sponsors.