Equal Adventure has a long history of combining Expeditions with the development of equipment. The expeditions listed below form the foundation of our continuing people led design and development.
1997 Coppermine River Expedition
Six men with seven legs undertaking a 370-mile journey down the Coppermine River in Canada’s North West Territories, 8,000 miles from home.
An unsupported, canoe based expedition on a wilderness river, by a team of three disabled and three able bodied people. A 340-mile journey over eighteen days from Point Lake to the Arctic Ocean at the settlement of Kugluktuk.
The project gathered data on the postural support requirements of disabled people in watersports in partnership with Cando, an organisation that provides sea kayak opportunities for disabled people in Israel.
The project focused on the development of kayak equipment for disabled people. The project involved disabled and non-disabled people from both the UK and Israel. The research involved user trials of postural support systems for people with spinal cord injury and for amputees. Safety equipment was also trialled. The trials involved both male and female participants over a nine-day period. The trials were run by the Adventure Designs project at the Design for Life Centre. The project was hosted by ‘Cando’ an Israeli charity based in Tel Aviv providing Sea Kayak opportunities for disabled people.
A team of five men and one woman able-bodied and disabled Ambitious project that brought together scientific, educational and design disciplines,centred around a journey by an integrated team of able bodied and disabled men and women that would take six people four months to travel the Ganges
During the team’s four months in India it managed to complete the majority of the proposed journey down the River Ganges, experiencing Indian life both on and off the river. The team however was not able to travel the whole length of the river for two main reasons; logistical problems involving getting medical supplies into India for day to day use by the disabled member of the team slowed progress, in addition security problems in Behair during the team’s journey made travelling through that region impossible. The time available for pre-expedition fund-raising for WaterAid was limited as expected, so as a result the post expedition educational activities have concentrated on raising the money and awareness we aimed to generate for WaterAid. During the fieldwork phase the team collected images, data on water quality, recorded sounds and documented its experiences on a Web site during the travels. The information in its range of formats was then used to support the educational objectives of the project throughout the expedition and post expedition activities. When measured against its aims the expedition can be said to be a success.
The team maintained itself during the journey adapting and evolving to meet the needs o the project in a changeable environment. On two occasions when the team was forced to portage sections of the river that decision was reached for the safety of all members of the team and to ensure the cultural objectives of the project were upheld.
Reports contained within Paul (210)
- 2000 Iceland
- 2001 Canada Alaska