Molly & Mattie ButlerMolly and Mattie Butler are two British junior ski racers with the world at their feet. Already proving class athletes in their age groups, both are clocking up brilliant times to win Junior races at both national and international level. They ski all season in Megève and train with the St. Gervais Ski race club. Additionally, they attend two race camps in France and Norway each year with world-class coaches, including GB’s former World Cup and Olympic racer Emma Carrick-Anderson. Molly has just been picked for the junior GB team, with her first race in Val d’Isère in early April. Go Molly! Web: Molly Butler and Mattie Butler
Joe AlexanderTurning his personal aspirations into a professional career, Joe has guided explorers to over 60% of the world while running his own company, Alexander Adventures. Born into an active military family from Wakefield, Joe Alexander was an outdoor adventurer from the start. From completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge at age 10, joining the Army Cadets at age 12 to kayaking major rivers in Nepal at age 19, Joe flexed his outdoor prowess from early childhood into adulthood. He has led expeditions in all seven continents, mastering mountaineering, mountain biking, trekking, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing and bespoke activities. Always pushing the envelope, Joe achieved documented first ascents and descents across the globe. Web: Alexander Adventures
Fiona QuinnIn 2018 Fiona SUPed the 800 miles (1,280 km) from Land’s End to John O’Groats. This was the third and final leg of a world record Length of Britain Triathlon. In 2017 she had both walked 993 miles (1,600 km), and cycled 1,200 miles (1,900 km), between the same two extremes of the UK mainland. Web: Fiona Quinn
Expedition 5Louis Nethercott and Ant Lambert are two ex-Royal Marine Commandos who call themselves the Mad Explorers. Completely unaided they are crossing the five largest islands on the earth, only using human power. Moving from jungles to arctic wastes, they have already crossed Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, and Greenland. Next challenge, Baffin Island. Charities: Help for Heroes and The Royal Marines Charity Web: Expedition 5
Passage AdventuresLucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon hail from Australia. In 2018 they completed a 2,042 km (1,270 mile) paddle from Glacier Bay, Alaska to Victoria on Vancouver Island. They did it single-use-plastic-free, in order to raise awareness of marine debris issues. This meant cooking, dehydrating and packing over 500 meals in newspaper and relying on high quality Aquapac gear to keep everything dry. This method worked even when they got flooded by the tide at 1am on their first night in Canada. They hope that the information on their website helps other outdoor enthusiasts cut down on their plastics when they venture into the wilderness. Lucy and Mathilde also want to show other young women that adventure is for everyone, and to get out there and DO IT! Web: Passage Adventures
Daniel WynnDaniel is attempting to be the first paddler to SUP over 1,400 km (870 miles) around the island of Sicily. Dan is a 28 year old environmentalist and adventurer. Following on from his Conservation degree, he has worked in the nature conservation field for the last 6 years. Like many of us, he is motivated by a strong desire to challenge himself. In particular he has a passion for wild, remote locations and exploring those areas in a different way. Web: Daniel Wynn
Benjamin SaddBenjamin is an award-winning filmmaker and cameraman. Aquapac first supported him on an Amazon adventure which led to the making of the film DugOut, which among other things won Best in Show at the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at the 2018 Mountain Film Festival and Best Film at 2018 Expedition Camera. In 2018 we are supporting his filming of the mission to rescue the worlds rarest bird, the Madagascar Pochard, for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Web: Benjamin Sadd
Dan CoxDan recently became the first paddler to Stand Up Paddle the length of the Maine coast. Back in 2008 Aquapac supported Dan and his wife Bethany when they became the youngest people to kayak, unsupported, the 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of the East Coast of the United States. Web: Dan Paddles
Australian Master Men’s Rafting TeamOnce again this year Aquapac is delighted to support the Australian Master Men’s Rafting Team. Currently they are training for the 2019 world rafting championships, to be held on their local river, the Tully, in Far North Queensland. Web: Australian Master Men’s Rafting Team
Rich Brand, Expedition InspireRich is attempting a quite extraordinary mission. To kayak 10,000 miles (16,000 km) around the eastern half of the USA. Started January 03, 2016 and finishing June 2019. In Leg 1 he took the coast route round the Gulf from New Orleans, through the Everglades and then all the way up the Eastern Seaboard to Portland, Maine. Leg 2 left Portland, around Nova Scotia, and up the St Lawrence River to Port-au-Persil, Quebec. Leg 3 left Port-au-Persil, up the St Lawrence River, through the Great Lakes, down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, to Key West and finishing near Jacksonville, Florida. Web: Rich Brand
GBR Blind SailingAquapac is proud to support GBR Blind Sailing, a small charity for all blind or visually impaired.
They organise regular training sessions with coaching and help to enable novices to learn to sail. They also coach the more advanced to enable them to compete at both national and international events.