Lake Titicaca Circumnavigation Completed in 38 Days

-

- Advertisment -

An Internet Technology project manager from Brussels, Belgium, and his Peruvian guide successfully completed a scientific paddling expedition around the shores of Lake Titicaca – the largest lake in South America.

Louis-Philippe Loncke and Gadiel Sanchez Rivera embarked on Aug. 17, 2013, paddling 684 miles (1,100km) in 38 days. Both were in solo sea kayaks.

The trip is being called the “world’s first tour of Lake Titicaca by kayak,” and their primary goal was to paddle close to shore in a unique mission to photograph the lake’s boundary with geotagging technology, creating a visual and digital inventory that future scientists will be able to use to study the lake ecosystem and coastal evolution.

Record cold temperatures in September made the trip difficult, but the 36-year-old Loncke persevered. Data will also be used to help scientists study the endangered Titicaca frog.

“Gadiel and I made it,” said Loncke on his website. “It took us 38 days to cover about 1100km. We have 9 hours of film rush, 1900 photos with 979 GPS points and 90 underwater photos to locate better the endangered Titicaca frog. Thanks to our friends and gear sponsors PowerTraveller, Edgar Adventure Tours, Julbo and Select who helped us to achieve this.”

In addition to freezing temps that made paddling and camping dangerous, the duo faced difficulty with international customs, border crossings, navigation, and having to paddle in the dark.

See the images and read more about their adventure at their blog.

Staff Post
Staff Posthttps://paddlinglife.com
Paddlers writing about all things paddling.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Win a HIGH WATER DUFFEL from MYSTERY RANCH

Win a waterproof duffel bag from Mystery Ranch. Their High Water Duffel can be configured as a duffel or...

Say It Ain’t So: North Fork Champs Cancelled

One of extreme kayaking's most iconic events has thrown in the towel...and not just to help dry off its...

Behind the Scenes with the founders of GoRafting and Far Out River Maps

Hasta luego, soggy paper river maps and huhlooo a new digital app alternative with the FarOut App from GoRafting,...

Tales from the Cripps Podcast Preview: Nick Wigston (Special PL Q&A!)

Retired Swiftwater Rescue instructor Nick Wigston has been wet behind the ears a few times in his paddling career....
- Advertisement -

The Case of the Steamboat Sting, Dinosaur National Park, 1957

By Tom Martin (Modified from "Otis Marston: The Colorado River Historian," Volume 1, Book 4, available on Amazon Kindle) Editor's...

Andrew Stern Departs Bending Branches/AquaBound

After almost 12 years with Osceola, Wisconsin, paddle-maker Branches/Aqua Bound, vice-president of marketing Andrew Stern is leaving his position to pursue...

Must read

Athlete Registration Opens for the 2023 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail

Better start practicing. Athlete registration is now open for...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you