Kayak adventure

Carl Halliday kayaking.
Carl Halliday kayaking.

He’s already conquered one of the world’s highest peaks, but an Alnwick man will be going a mile down for his next challenge.

Carl Halliday, who is an outdoor education lecturer at Northumberland College, will kayak and raft through the Grand Canyon this summer with 15 other kayaking enthusiasts from all over the UK. Last year he climbed Stok Kangri, a 20,000-foot-high peak in the Himalayas.

The team will launch onto the Colorado River on June 29 and hope to land at Diamond Creek, 225 miles downstream, two weeks later. If there are flash floods, they will have to continue for another two days to Lake Mead.

Carl said: “I was delighted to be invited onto the expedition, which involves an independent team kayaking and rafting the Colorado River in Arizona.

“The fact that the expedition isn’t guided and is self-sufficient is what really appeals to me.

“There are around 150 named rapids, some of which are massive; waves routinely reach 10-15 feet high and there are features that can swallow, hold and flip large rafts.

“The river is prone to flash floods at the time of year that we are going, so we are going to have to be on our game to ensure that we don’t flip any of our support rafts or lose any equipment.”