We will complete a remote paddling expedition into the wilderness in pursuit of a better perspective of our lives and our relationship with nature. We will create a short film about it. We want ourselves and others to grow and live in tune with nature, and learn from her wisdom.
We will canoe from Norway House, northern Lake Winnipeg to York Factory, Hudson Bay, for a total of 25 days and 380 miles (610 km) in August, 2014.
Our society needs more people living closer to nature, we need to get out there, and reconnect. We need to live in congruence with the natural world. To start we must change our thought patterns in order to foster better relations within our global community.
Who we are
We are two ecotourism and outdoor leadership university students about to graduate. We both feel an innate need to be in the wilderness and explore. We believe that it is necessary to confront the disconnection to our natural world that has been created by our culture.
Story behind Rhythm of the Hayes
The idea for doing this expedition came from the journey my dad did 40 years ago along the same route. It was a great accomplishment for him and since he passed away, I have aspired to do it.
We are feeling excited, determined, focused, and positive. The expedition is completely planned; we are training and paddling to get up to the skill level that we need, and doing practice trips. We know exactly what steps need to be taken in order to be prepared for the expedition; we have a plan laid out, and we just need to execute it.
We will make a short film about our experience and insights gained during this expedition into the remote wilderness. We feel very confident that this expedition will be a success, and that it will bring us a lot of learning and reflection.
Why we need your support, and how it will help our expedition
We need you to be part of our project; this is our only opportunity to embark on this ambitious endeavour and we won’t be able to do it without the support from people like you. Backing us will pay for transportation and safety equipment.
Our rewards are meant to inspire you. From our project, you will take away souvenirs which represent that you were part of something positive. We will send you a short film made after our expedition, along with other complementary photo and map prints. In exchange for your support, we will acknowledge you as a part of making the expedition possible in the film credits and our website. Large backers will also receive their name on the side of our expedition vehicle (canoe).
We will send you the short film download, photographs, postcards, copies of the journals, depending on the level of support; major contributors will receive a DVD, a topographic map used during the route, and the biggest supporters will also get a vial of sand from Hudson Bay and maps of the rapids (first 4 biggest backers).
Be part of a remote wilderness expedition with the purpose of sharing stories through our connection to nature. Be part of a dream; please share our story and back us.
We couldn’t thank you enough for you support. You are amazing; it is awesome to experience the giving nature and sense of community from others.
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges involved with an expedition, and many factors that could stop the project: from wildlife encounters to terrible weather, and broken equipment. We plan to prevent and tackle them by being thorough with our preparation and risk management.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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