Beyond Rescue: Kayaking the Aleutians

Photo by Justine Curgenven.
Photo by Sarah Outen.

 

Rough seas and remoteness don’t tell the half of it. If you’re kayaking the Aleutian Islands – which stretch from Russia to Alaska – you’re probably beyond rescue. Last summer, explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago – alone for 101 days in one of the windiest places on earth. The friends were swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas, and approached by bears.

 

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“Being self-sufficient and immersed in such a wild, beautiful place as the Aleutian islands and the Alaskan peninsula has left a lasting impression on me,” says Curgenven. “I have so many memories from sea lions snorting their way up our beach at 4 o’clock in the morning, Sarah’s naked swim being interrupted by a curious bear and the gut-wrenching realisation that we were being carried away from land faster than we could paddle.”

 

Photo by Justine Curgenven.
Photo by Justine Curgenven.

Jon Turk calls their journey “perhaps the greatest, as yet undone, technical sea kayak expedition in the world.”

“It is incredible that not only did they make it, but that they were able to create a high-quality documentary without a film crew following along,” adds Colin Angus. “Their film not only communicates the hardships and dangers of the expedition, but also conveys the rich backdrop of wildlife and culture in this region. ”

Justine Curgenven is speaking about her film at the Toronto Outdoor Show on Feb 21. There’s a Vancouver showing on Feb 26 at Deep Cove Outdoors.  She will speak at the Ottawa Outdoor Show on March 21 and 22, and there’s a screening in Montreal on March 23. Film tour details here.

You can purchase the film here.

 

Photo by Justine Curgenven.
Photo by Sarah Outen.

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