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Remote River Man: Creek With No Name Expedition

OtherJames Hipkiss

Kevin Casey, the Remote River Man, will conduct a solo exploration of unnamed coastal creek systems feeding into the Admiralty Gulfin Western Australia, in May 2013. Kevin will be there alone for 6 weeks during the beginning of the dry season.

According to Kevin, who has specialised in exploring the remotest waterways on earth for thirty years, this is the least known and most isolated stretch of coastline in Australia, so rugged and remote that the only way in and out is by helicopter. I'll be dropped off at a small waterhole which I'll use as a base,then trek the length of several nearby coastal creeks, none of which even have names. This area has intrigued me for years; it contains every single typical Kimberley ecosystem - savanna, rugged gorge country with spectacular waterfalls, small pockets of wildlife-rich rainforest, mangrove swamps, paperbark billabongs, sand-flats and even a few pristine white-sand beaches (no pitching a tent on those - the crocodiles drag you into th eocean during the night). Though I will have a food supply I'll be supplementing this with fish (both ocean-caught and freshwater), wild oysters, sweet water yabbies (edible-sized crayfish) and assorted edible plant foods. Kevin's exploits have included the first-ever major pack-raft expedition in Australia, a journey to Guyana's wildest jungle river, encounters with bears in British Columbia and exploration of the remote Gabon rainforest with Baka pygmies.

He films all his journeys single-handedly and then produces television-quality DVDs for sale through his website www.remoteriverman.com.

He is the author of Australian Bush Survival Skills (2000, now out of print), the most comprehensive guide to Australian wilderness survival ever produced.