SUP THE DANUBE
3000km by Stand Up Paddle Board from source to sea
On the 1st March 2016 Kate Davis & Andy Bartlett began their attempt to standup paddle board the length of the Danube River from source to sea. Following a week of extreme low temperatures & high water levels, safety concerns became impossible to ignore as they paused their journey, returning on the 1st of May to pick up where they left off. What followed was a journey that took them from the Black Forest of Germany through 10 countries, 4 capital cities & 3000km to the shores of the Black Sea in Ukraine 90 days later.
On the way they would encounter countless examples of friendship & hospitality, stunning scenery, an ever changing river and situations they never dreamt would be part of the adventure.
What? In 2016 Kate Davis & Andy Bartlett attempted to become the first people to standup paddle board the length of the Danube River from source to sea. From the Black Forest of Germany through 10 countries, 4 capital cities & 3000km to the shores of the Black Sea in Ukraine 90 days later.
When? Flying from London to Stuttgart on the 1st of March to start their journey in Donaueschingen it was anticipated the adventure would take 90 days. As with many challenges things did not go to plan.
Why? They both have a love of exploration and water but wanted to step away from their safe and familiar kayaks, hiking and bikes. Stand up paddle boarding is a wonderful challenge; they would be forced to move slower than usual and it would push their bodies & minds as they paddle for many hours, days and weeks.
Life and communities are often centred around water and on this journey they passed through some of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also through the stunningly diverse wild landscapes. Rivers certainly aren’t a cosy bed, they are a living and wild power of nature, but they do install the age-old human instinct to explore, to see and to try new things.
Their vision was to share the journey through blog posts, pictures, and video footage whilst not losing that incredible privilege of being off the beaten track and narrowing their horizon to the running water and living scenery around them.
Start - Donaueschingen
Finish - Danube Delta, Romania
Distance - 3000km
Countries Travelled Through - Germany, Austria, Slovakia,
Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine.
Capital Cities Visited - Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade