Stand Up For the Amazon
An international team of 6 conservationists lead by Dr. Mika Peck, have embarked on an amazing journey aiming to be the first group to descend the Amazon River using inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards.
The team will face a month of challenges on one of the mightiest rivers travelling over 1300 km through the Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Colombian Amazon before finishing at the border with Brazil. They aim to cover up to 80 km a day to raise funds for conservation and sustainable livelihoods while increasing awareness of the issues facing the Amazon basin.
The trip has been meticulously planned over the last 7 months and the team have been training hard in preparation on their Red Paddle Co boards, yet they have already had several obstacles to overcome including landslides and snow (and that is before they even started). You can follow their journey via their blog http://www.supamazon.blogspot.co.uk/ or live updates via twitter @SUPamazon. We will hopefully be posting regular updates to Standup Journal as the expedition progresses so watch this space!
The team are hoping to raise £6000 to buy a research boat to support the work of Entropika – an organisation dedicated to conservation of wildlife in the Amazon (www.entropika.org). They are currently nearly half way to this total but with still a long way to paddle and a lot of money left to raise, they need all your support and generosity. To find out more and to donate head to http://www.entropika.org/en/supamazon.html
We wish the team the best of luck and can’t wait to follow their progress for this truly great cause.