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About

The Story

What started as the Juneau Tea Party, two Jon’s who enjoy drinking tea and sea kayaking, has evolved into Riding Tide. Over the past five years, we’ve paddled throughout Southeast Alaska in every season. From day trips out of Juneau, to enjoying a pot of tea on a nearby island, we paddled in every direction, with camera in hand. Drawn to the endless waters, our friendship was forged while riding tide. On our extended trips it became apparent that we innately share the philosophy of being grounded in constant, fluid motion, indebted to our surroundings, and always in the present. After a summer of balancing full time jobs and being on the water, we committed to spend five months, without interruption, paddling the waters of Southeast Alaska.

This is Jon.

This is Jon too.

The Trip

We will spend 140 days paddling through the coastal fjords and arms, the outer waters of the Gulf of Alaska, Glacier Bay, The Stikine River Delta and “The Fortress of the Bears,” Admiralty Island. 

Section One: North from Juneau on Lynn Canal to Skagway, AK, then to Haines, AK and following the Chilkat Range southwest into Excursion Inlet, and past Gustavus, AK into Glacier Bay National Park.

Section Two: Leaving South from Juneau we'll enter into the Taku Inlet, Slocum Inlet, Limestone Inlet, Tracy Arm, Endicott Arm, Windham Bay, Hobart Bay, Port Houghton, Farragut Bay, Thomas Bay, LeConte Bay, The Stikine River Delta and end in Wrangell, AK.

Section Three: Starting in Hoonah, AK we will paddle a full circumnavigation of both Chichagof and Baranof Island

Section Four: Starting from Juneau, we will paddle a full circumnavigation of Admiralty Island.

These four sections will all have very different personalities.  From big open water off the coast of Barnof and Chichagof Islands to tight, glacier-lined walls in the fjords and inlets, contrast will a be a vivid theme. 

The Film

Through the use of time-lapse photography we will capture the natural rhythms- the tidal swings, maritime weather patterns, transitioning seasons, and aurora borealis - as well as how wildlife and humanity interact with the landscape and terrain of Southeast Alaska. We believe time-lapse photography is the most evocative way to show and share the rhythms, cycles, and grand scale of our playground. This project is driven by the desire to share the unique and striking beauty of this region with those who may never get a chance to witness it themselves.

The soundtrack will be composed by Rumtum (John Hastings) out of Denver, CO from 1320 Records

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The Photo Book:

The Riding Ride photo book will be full color 11 x 8.5 " soft cover book.  It will include all the best images from the trip.  Our goal is to reach out to publishers but we are prepared to self-publish using createspace.com.

Example Photography:

More photos can be viewed at my website www.JonathanTadross.com

Funding

Although we have a solid foundation of gear, additional funding will go directly to equipment upgrades to enhance the expedition's overall production quality and safety. In addition to the production costs for both the film and photo book, our budget includes upgrades to camera gear, dry suits, and safety equipment necessary for an expedition of this magnitude.

The Guide Book

After the trip, we plan to take all our data and compile the first comprehensive guidebook for paddling Southeast Alaska.  It'll include campsites, gear shops, historical markers and other necessary information for you to take to the water and ride tide with confidence.

Risks and challenges

Sea kayaking in remote parts of Southeast Alaska comes with inherent risks and challenges. First and foremost, the rapidly changing weather of the region has a profound effect on the ability to navigate large bodies of open water. Paddling the rugged, exposed coastline of the Gulf of Alaska with its active water and inclement weather also presents challenges. In addition, we will endure prolonged periods of exposure to the natural elements and weather in Southeast Alaska. These risks, to the extent that they can, will be mitigated by our , extensive knowledge of the region, route flexibility and over twenty years expedition experience.

On land, over half of the route will be in brown bear habitat, including Admiralty Island, which has the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. Having lived and paddled extensively throughout this area we have the necessary experience and equipment to travel through brown bear country safely and respectfully while minimizing unwanted exposure to the risks they present.

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    Come paddle with us! Join us for a three day paddle trip towards the end of our trip. Come see glaciers, mountains and whales from the intimate seat of a kayak. Gear and food provided, dates are negotiable.

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Funding period

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