I want to paddle to Papua New Guinea
Posted by: old_user on Jan-22-13 12:57 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
From flicking through here it looks as though this is largely an American community. So, (at the risk of this becoming TLDR) I'll provide a bit of background; I'm right into camping and 4wheel driving, I've been planning a trip to Cape York ever since I heard of the place. (Actually, since even before that). Cape York is the northernmost point on the Australian mainland, and it's kind of the 'holy grail' of 4wd trips.
More recently, I've been finding myself casually kayaking around Lake Macquarie (it's a lake/estuary about 2 hours north of Sydney), and rather enjoying myself. I only ever go for an hour or 2 at a time, and I really don't know how fast I'm moving or what kind of distance I'm covering - Which is part of my question. I'm really something of a newb.
So, Papua New Guinea. That's the new goal. It seems ambitious to the point of ridiculous, but even so, I want to do it. The ultimate trip - 4wd to Cape York, and kayak to another freaking country.
Do you think this is possible? I've been looking at the maps around Cape York and Papua New Guinea, and from what I can gather it's a relatively small distance, about 150km (93 miles) between the 2 mainlands (as the crow flies) - it's not all open seas though. The longest stretch that I can see that doesn't have any sort of camp-able land is about 26km (16 miles), and by the time you wind through all the little islands it looks like it'd be a little over 220km (136 miles) total distance. So the trip would be broken up over multiple days with camping in between. I'm guessing that the more days trip, the more stuff you need (food wise etc), and carrying capacity on a kayak is obviously less than that of my long wheel base Nissan Patrol.
So the main thing I'm hoping to find out is, how much distance could you reasonably cover in a day? Assuming that we'd be travelling for about 6-10 hours of the day, is it reasonable to assume we can cover the longest stretch of 26km? And furthermore, is it reasonable to assume we could cover the 220km before we run out of food/drinking water?
This idea might sound crazy.. Or it might not. Maybe people paddle to Papua New Guinea all the time! But it seems insane to me. Hoping that someone who knows a bit about long haul paddling will be able to tell me exactly how insane it is, and whether or not I should abandon the idea entirely.
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Posted by: VK1NF on Jan-22-13 1:33 AM (EST)
Lots of variables|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jan-22-13 1:54 AM (EST)
Lots of variables - your skills and strength being a major one, as are your choice of gear. But these daily distances don't seem out of line. I usually figure 10-15 miles a day as an average for my trips.
tons of variables|
Posted by: radiomix on Jan-22-13 9:02 AM (EST)
I would try very hard to search for local info.
Talk to some boat people.|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Jan-22-13 12:04 PM (EST)
Find out about the tides and currents around the islands you are paddling near. Bad currents could be a major problem.
No one has said it yet, so I will|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jan-22-13 12:19 PM (EST)
Watch out fer dem thaar headhunters|
Posted by: fatelmo on Jan-22-13 12:19 PM (EST)
warm up trip|
Posted by: nickjc on Jan-22-13 12:45 PM (EST)
after getting the required skills, do a warm up trip along a coast. There is lots more cushion just following a coastline than crossing between islands. But it gives you time to work out all those things like what to have handy on long crossings, how much water and food you consume and what your average speed is for a day.
Agree 100% with Above|
Posted by: WaterMark on Jan-22-13 4:03 PM (EST)
I would suggest having Papau New Guinea as a long-term goal, and build up to it.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Jan-24-13 11:24 AM (EST)
'd build up to it.
Posted by: ppine on Jan-24-13 5:14 PM (EST)
Nothing wrong with thinking big. I have paddled salt water in the San Juan Islands and was amazed at the currents and tidal rips that can appear out of nowhere and get to be 4 feet.
Google a bit ...|
Posted by: seadart on Jan-24-13 8:45 PM (EST)
It's been done many times ...