A Twin Billing…Multi-Day Trips in the Broughton Archipelago in BC Canada (North) and Isla de Coiba in Panama (South) by Folding Sea Kayak

August 30, 2012

The TRAK Files video series is moving into maturity! Episode 4 focuses on multi-day tripping, and has been rolled out in two parts…with a trip on Vancouver Island in Canada and one down in Central America in Panama.

Part 1 – We explore a more temperate climate up in British Columbia’s Broughton Archipelago area. It is a beautiful part of the world, especially when seen from the water! Joining Jaime Sharp on this trip was Johanna Nylen from Sweden and Jocelyn Sorbara of Canada. The three of them embarked on a 6-day self-supported kayak trip from Telegraph Cove out to the islands, and back from the Johnstone Strait with gale-forced winds! The purpose of this trip was to explore the pros and cons of the TRAK folding kayak on these types of multi-day trips in this kind of environment. They evaluate and discuss packing methods, rocky shore travel, hard shell performance comparisons, and what to do to ensure safe food storage. They came across some incredible wildlife, including sea lions, humpback whales, and bald eagles.

Kayaking with Whale

A Breathtaking Close Encounter

The quote of the trip came from Johanna who talked about her encounter with the HUGE whale…..she said, “That was a big animal. And it was close. And it was big. Right on my tail…..”. Amazing footage at the end – enjoy! (and thanks to the Banana Sessions for great music accompaniment!)


Part 2- This story takes us to the Galapagos of Panama in Central America. Allie Carroll joins Jaime Sharp to paddle 13 days in and around Isla de Coiba, which is a 70 nautical mile circumnavigation and another 30 to complete the trip.

Paddling Panama - Isla de Coiba

Entering the Estuary by Folding Kayak

The purpose of this segment of Episode 4 is to explore the considerations of paddling the TRAK folding kayaks in tropical environments, exposed coasts and surf, as well as looking at maintenance and repairs in the field and customizations to improve the ease of traveling multiple days in the TRAK. They carried 18 litres of waters EACH to make the trip workable in a tropical environment. They really pressure tested the carrying capacity of the boats, which was a nice discovery and great for all TRAK owners to know.Along this journey, they come across crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, and sea life that would take your breath away. Check out the footage of Allie reluctantly launching in surf with her friend alongside, a 6-foot crocodile!

                                                                                                                                                          WATCH The TRAK Files – Episode 4 (Parts 1 & 2)

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