On the 1st March 2016 Kate Davis and Andy Bartlett will leave London and head to the Black Forest of Germany to start their attempt at becoming the first people to stand-up paddleboard the entire length of the Danube River. From the source of the river in the small German town of Donaueschingen, they will then travel over 1800 miles, passing through 10 countries and 4 capital cities before reaching the rivers end at the Black Sea on the border of Romania and Ukraine. Carrying all their supplies with them on their boards (including a Water-to-Go bottle each) the trip is expected to take 3 months covering an average of 25 miles a day.
Both Kate and Andy have left their respective jobs and homes to take on this adventure and have never attempted anything of this scale or challenge before. The trip is fully self-funded and will be unsupported once they start paddling relying on their own skills and the kindness of those they meet along the way.
They will be raising money for Water Aid in the process.
Kate, a 30 year old former Internal Communications Officer for VSO says, “this is not a race for us and we are keen to ensure we take in all the river has to offer and especially connect with the locals who live along the rivers path, to find out how it impacts their daily lives.”
Andy, a Former Director of an event management company says,”Huge thanks to Water-to-Go for supplying us with bottles for the upcoming ‘SUP The Danube’. We’re never going to be short of water and having their amazing bottles and filters means it will all be safe to drink.
A brilliant and simple solution to getting clean water and yet a huge reminder of why we’re raising money for Water Aid. Clean safe water is something we take for granted even when heading out on an incredible adventure and yet is still not accessible to millions of people around the world. Take a moment to look at the work Water Aid are engaged in and find out how you can get involved”
The adventure will take the pair into 10 Countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and pass through 4 Capital cities (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade).
Follow their SUP adventure: www.supthedanube.com
Photo Credit: www.tanyaraab.uk