These projects only go ahead with the generous support of our sponsors. For this challenge, we have teamed up with a number of great companies to help us build our canoe, keep us dry, charged up and safe. If you would like to help support the project or have any questions then please contact us!
Tropic Eco provided the ground logistics and support in Ecuador. They are brilliant fixers, with great local knowledge and contacts with communities in the Amazon.
Gränsfors have been making quality hand forged axes and tools for over a century. We visited their factory in Sweden to stock up on axes and adzes for the trip, and have a look at the process of making the tools that will be used to chop and hollow our canoe.
The tool makers at Hans Karlsson welcomed us to their workshop and kindly supplied us with the smaller tools we need to finish the canoe and see us through the Amazon. A family run business, they offer a wondrous array of tools crafted with the aid of their ingenious self-made machines.
While the tools and the journey itself demands little in the way of electrical power, documenting and filming the adventure is going to be quite intensive! We will be taking two of Voltaic's excellent 20 watt charging kits to keep all the filmmaking toys juiced up. So that's two cameras, a laptop, lights and a drone, all powered through solar power. Not bad!
Staying dry, or at least keeping the camera equipment dry, is going to be one of the hardest things about the trip. Thank goodness then that Aquapac make a fantastic range of products for exactly this sort of challenge!
Hand made saws. I have no idea how we are going to be getting it on a plane but we will be taking a 6ft two-man saw to help construct the canoe... going to be interesting!
For our own peace of mind, and to keep family and friends in the loop, we will be taking a Fast Find Ranger emergency beacon, just in case things get a little too crazy.
Durham University Archaeology Department.
Thanks to masters student Jake Newport for all the advice on building canoes!
For all those essential little bits and bobs, right up to the last minute, it really is a great store!
See the camera & tools we used