Canoeing in Afghanistan is a touch more dangerous then your local creek

Thursday, 24 April 2008
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Canoeing in Afghnaistan

If you think that your local paddling river is remote or dangerous, you need to head over to Canoe and Kayak magazine. They are highlighting a story from their latest issue about a recent canoeing adventure in Afghanistan.

Jason Straziuso is an Associated Press reporter living in Afghanistan. When his fiancé and paddling partner, Katie come to visit to a folding 15-foot Pakboat canoe, they hatch a plan to drive across the country to a "safe" river to paddle down.

"Mr. Jason, I was thinking it's safer to stay here than Ghorband. This is Hazara area-100 percent safe,"says Amir, my colleague, trusted guide, and an ethnic Hazara. "The district chief said don't even drive through Ghorband at night. It's Pashtun area, somebody could plant a mine."

"This area 100 percent safe," by guide says again, underscoring with deep emphasis the numerical portion of his prediction.

Read the full article here.

Photo by: Amir Shah
Canoeing in Afghnaistan

If you think that your local paddling river is remote or dangerous, you need to head over to Canoe and Kayak magazine. They are highlighting a story from their latest issue about a recent canoeing adventure in Afghanistan.

Jason Straziuso is an Associated Press reporter living in Afghanistan. When his fiancé and paddling partner, Katie come to visit to a folding 15-foot Pakboat canoe, they hatch a plan to drive across the country to a "safe" river to paddle down.

"Mr. Jason, I was thinking it's safer to stay here than Ghorband. This is Hazara area-100 percent safe,"says Amir, my colleague, trusted guide, and an ethnic Hazara. "The district chief said don't even drive through Ghorband at night. It's Pashtun area, somebody could plant a mine."

"This area 100 percent safe," by guide says again, underscoring with deep emphasis the numerical portion of his prediction.

Read the full article here.

Photo by: Amir Shah
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David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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