HU Travellers Meeting Canwest 2013
THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting
Thursday August 22 - Sunday August 25, 2013 - Nakusp, BC
It's All About Overland Adventure
Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...
Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.
The event is taking place from Thursday, Aug 22 to Sunday, Aug 25, 2013.
The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Aug 22, with the first presentations beginning at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Aug 25.
Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.
As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
Presenters at HU Canwest 2013 included...
Nevil Stow, RTW 2013
London to Vladivostok on a DR650 2013
The planning and execution of the first leg of an RTW, Border Crossings, Corrupt Police, a motorcycle accident and more!
Details the visas/documentation needed for border crossings, explains Transnistria, suggests good routes and what to expect from corrupt police from time to time. Covers England, France, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Nevil lives in Canmore Alberta and has worked as a mountain guide in the past. This year he rode from London to Vladivostok on a DR650 as part of a charity Fundraiser. In 2010 he rode to Inuvik and Prudhoe Bay only 9 months after his stroke to raise over $5000 for stroke victims.
Daan Stehouwer and Mirjam van Immerzeel, Netherlands
Discover your limits - and check out what's beyond them!
Two Africa Twins through Africa
Africa; it takes some time to get used to. Perhaps we had already tuned in in 14 months through the Americas, still it was quite an adventure to cross this continent. The unpredictable offroading, the animals, the people, the fuel, the cultures...
From HU to the World
It started with a DVD... and ended up with a RTW trip and an emigration! One rainy day some years ago. Daan calls Mirjam at work: 'there is a DVD to buy about this crazy plan we came up with in the pub last week!'
Lots of hours on the HUBB and a few HU-meetings @ Germany. Finally we did it, travelled The Americas and Africa. Yes: it had a massive impact on our lives. But looking back on it, it was the best thing we've ever done! We're hooked...
A Global Perspective - Achieving The Art of Overlanding
Janet Wilson and Tom Feuchtwanger have a deep love of Africa, its wilderness, wildlife and peoples. During the early 70's they spent many years living in the African bush where Tom worked as an exploration geologist. Their first overland adventure in 1974 was in a Renault in which we traveled around Europe.
This lifelong love for exploring the world continues and they completed 3 overland trips circumnavigating 80,000km across Africa. Not satisfied they sold up everything in 2010 and drove from Alaska to Argentina completing a 65,000km overland journey in 18 months.
"Nothing is more addictive than traveling off the beaten track across the globe. So why do some set off and others only dream? How did we break free and achieve the thrill of overlanding? We will share our lessons, from planning to risk management. We have laughed and we have cried, we have experienced thrilling highlights and fearful tragedies. And we keep going back for more. 87 countries and we have never paid bribe how do we do it?"
Robert Thode, USA
Amazing Africa - 18 weeks and 38,000 K around southern and eastern Africa, the land, the people, the roads.
"I be a wandering old fart, doing the world on the installment plan. For several years I have traveled from 3 weeks to 3 1/2 months every winter. Sometimes I even talk my wife of 40 years to come with me, (sometime she knows I have gone over the edge and makes me go by myself). The last two winters we have been in southern and eastern Africa. Africa is an amazing place, wonderful people, exotic animals, and an abundance of adventure."
Boštjan Škrlj, SloveniaExtreme Travel
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it might be yours! Travel in extreme conditions and extreme temperatures. 1-YUKON-Whitehorse-Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk on ice road. 2-Winter ride to the north of Alaska-to Prudhoe Bay - Deadhorse. Boštjan will present his polar travel and how to prepare all equipment.
Ekke and Audrey Kok, CanadaRiding to the Great Wall
Audrey and Ekke flew from Canada to Germany in July of 2012 and then rode east. All the way to the Great Wall of China. Who knew that you could simply ride to the Great Wall? Along the way they overcame a few logistical challenges, met wonderful people and had the adventure of a lifetime.
Ekke and camels
Audrey friends an elephant in Thailand
Patrick and Belinda Peck, Australia
Hidden Gem Montenegro, Schengen visa & Road Rules
We are an Australian couple travelling two up on a Yamaha Super Tenere for 1 year every second year since 2000. Areas include Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, Laos, Vietnam and Sri Lanka and average 100kms travel per day. We will share some of our knowledge and experiences and how we make it work!
Using photos, we would like to share the unique scenery, roads and historical sites of Eastern European's best kept secret: Montenegro.
We will also talk about the Schengen visa for travelling in Western Europe. Having had no accidents in nearly 300,000 kms we list the important rules of the road we have summarized for our friends and kids to ride safely around the world.
Jordan Hasselmann, Canada
Calgary to Ushuaia (via Newfoundland)
After talking about it for years, Jordan and Sandra decided it was finally time for the big trip. Sandra just needed to get a bike. And a bike license. Then they quit their jobs and spend the next 14 months and 48,000 km travelling from Calgary to Ushuaia and back, via Newfoundland.
The presentation is about their trip to South America from preparation to life on the road, with a few side trips thrown in, like hiking Torres del Paine, Machu Picchu and visiting Antarctica.
Onno Kok, Canada
Japan - Touring the land of the rising sun
The Land of the Rising Sun has many enticing places to visit no matter your interests. It is a land of contrasts with ancient temples and glittering skyscrapers, high tech gadgetry and old traditions. Discover how accessible this treasure of the Orient can be. Come and learn about motorcycle rental, accommodations, road and driving tips, and more.
"I have lived in Japan for two years and have traveled back on numerous occasions over the last twenty years. Last fall I rented a motorcycle there and toured Japan for two weeks. I am quite familiar with the culture and language and have traveled across three of the four main islands on various trips by various means."
Bruce and Anne Ashton, Canada
Five ways to escape Canadian winters by Moto - How we were able to enjoy traveling on a motorcycle during the coldest winter months in Canada.
Bruce and Anne are both in their late 60s. First rode a 250cc motorcycle 35,000 kilometers in Europe in 1968. Took a 40 year break and started again 6 years ago traveling the CN winter months. Three winters in Central America, two winters in Australia and one winter in South America.
Kai-Uwe Och, Sweden
Adventure Touring in Scandinavia
Europe's best adventure touring happens in the north: Sweden, Norway, Finland!
The Scandinavian countries have a long heritage of outdoor live, both winter and summmer. Besides being (in contrast to central Europe) sparsely populated there is an ages old right still in force today, which give you the right to camp basically whereever you like. Just throw your tent on your bike, ride for some hours and find a nice spot in the forest at a quiet lake to enjoy a good meal at the campfire.
Kai-Uwe Och is 44 years old, has always been interesting in outdoor live, but mostly travelling by bicyle for many years. Took motorcycle license in 2008 and continues to travel same style as before, just longer distances!
Mike and Marianne Robertson, Canada
Why we sought an organized tour, benefits and challenges, where we went, what we really liked, what we sought out, highlights that have stayed in our memory, what others brought to the trip and would we do it again?
Annette Birkmann, Denmark
As a little girl I dreamt about riding a motorcycle. At the age of thirty, I decided I'd waited long enough. I quit my job as an attorney in Copenhagen, sold everything I owned and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I found work in a small motorcycle repair shop. I didn't know anything about motorcycles and I only spoke a few words of Spanish before I arrived; however, I credit working in the repair shop for providing me with an extraordinary cursing vocabulary in that language.
While in Buenos Aires I bought my first motorcycle – a six-year old BMW F 650 GS Dakar. Eight months later I began a one-year solo motorcycle ride through Latin America. My journey took me from the southern tip of South America to New York through 16 countries and 33,000 miles.
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!
Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!
Since HU meetings are about informing, not just inspiring, we've got a great lineup of interactive workshops for you!
Nevil Stow, RTW 2013
Bears & Moto camping, the do's & dont's
A humorous insight into what to do and not do in bear country from an ex-mountain guide.
A simple slide show coupled with demonstrations and audience participation. Presented by Nevil Stow and quite possibly Trent Schumann. Lots of props and growling noises made here!
Life in 12 Kilos - Packing for life on the road
Tracey Martin has been travelling the globe for 30 years, visiting 35+ countries by bike, car, truck, bus, train, and ship. Each time she leaves home, she enjoys the expressions of wonder as she walks away with everything needed for weeks or months in just one small bag strapped to her back. Each new trip brings new packing challenges, but the greatest challenge of all was presented by the most recent adventure – 6 months in an Ural sidecar rig through pouring rain and from 45°C at sea level to snowing and below 0°C at 5,000+m.
Tracey and her husband, Miles McEwing, managed to carry everything needed for one low maintenance man, one high maintenance woman and one trusty Russian steed in just under 12 kilos. When you're on a bike as heavy as the Ural, carrying two passengers who are no light-weights, every kilo you can leave behind makes a difference.
Join Tracey to learn from her experiences, both on and off of a bike: What do you bring? How do you pack it? What gear worked? What gear failed miserably? Then join in a round-table discussion where we'll learn from each other's experiences. If there is one lesson learned from many years of travel, it is that there is no right or wrong when it comes to packing. Learn from the experiences of others, then put together a packing plan that works for you.
Kevan Ibbotson (Dirtpig)
Best of Bodger Fixes
Can WD-40 fix everything? No, but you would be surprised what you can do with a bar of soap other than wash your hands!
Kevan's humorous and entertaining look at how to bodger repair your bike to get it home or at least to the next town.
This is an interactive session where we will review some of the tools and repair materials to carry with and how to use them to get yourself back on the road. It will be interspersed with photos and videos from Horizons Unlimited members from the past few years to showcase some of their very imaginative get home ideas.
Debbie Hewson, Australia
Food on the road: healthy, happy, local
Discover tips for cooking on the road, basic travel ingredients, how to forage fresh food on the road, local markets, cooksurfing. Food is the common language. Eating on the road doesn't have to be expensive or boring. While travel with a stove can bring freedom, security and health (and just a little extra gas for the fuel tank!), eating with locals expands your understanding of the culture.
This workshop will explore tips for one-pot meals, basic travel ingredients, foraging food on the road to shopping at local markets, eating out to cook surfing. It will also include a brief exploratory forage and ID of the locality's weeds aka 'salad greens'. It will explore the ideas of healthy eating on the road, the pros and cons of what to pack, exploration of new food, options for finding ingredients and kitchens.
Deb has traveled overland through 49 countries, backpacking, cycle touring and motorbike touring. She has most recently returned from a solo motorbike tour from Alaska to Patagonia. She is an avid cook, forager, and seeker of new learnings.
Herman Kovacs, The Seat Man
Riding in comfort on a custom seat
"Over the past 25 years my bike travels have taken me to various locations in North America with BMW motorcycles. Before I began exploring Alaska, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and the Arctic Circle along the Dempster Highway, I bought a BMW F650 GS. The stock seat was very uncomfortable and I had a five hour ride home. After one hour my butt got sore and I went into a fabric store in a small town en route. I had to become creative.
Over the years I have made many custom seats for different motorcycles and there are a few key considerations in making a seat. The session will show how a custom seat is made and how anyone can modify and improve their bike's seat with some basic tools and equipment which are in most people's workshop or garage."
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere!
Grant's tire changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tire changing contest.
Karen and Kevan Ibbotson
Hands on Emergency First Aid Clinic / First-on-scene
Hands on Emergency First Aid Clinic / First-on-scene. How to safely remove a crash helmet, check for spinal cord and head injuries, and what first aid supplies you might bring on a trip away from first world medical care. Bring your helmet and a mat to lie on.
Karen is a trauma nurse (BSN, RN, ERsp) and Kevan is a trained Medical First Responder.
Guerrilla Camping, How to camp in interesting places for free
"I have been riding for over 40 years and have put on many overseas miles in S.E Asia, India, Europe and north America. I am an expert in what I call guerrilla camping... That is how to stay in the most interesting placed for free. In the past. I have camped in Richard the Lion Heart's castle in France, a Catholic Monks' abbey in Italy, a grand manor house garden in England, under bridges and in churches all over the world... all for free and usually without hassle."
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.
"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine
This seminar will cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!
Adventure Riding Skills!
A demonstration of off-road riding techniques as applied to larger motorcycles.
Michael is an experienced off-road racer, who has raced hare-scrambles and enduros in BC. He's also an experienced touring rider who has ridden many miles on both tarmac and gravel. Michael will demonstrate how to ride off-road, followed by hands on session for riders as well.
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Bike mods and ergonomics!
Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.
When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.
Panel discussions at most HU events include...
Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!
Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.
Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.
For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!
Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
Walk arounds / Show and tell!
Stove Cook-off - Everyone bring your stove and let's see what works - and what doesn't! The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc
Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!
Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.
You will want to be at the official HU Campground so you don't have to go looking for people to talk to.Camping is NOT included in your registration fee! Camping is a very special price for us of $8 per tent per night, payable on check-in. (Regular price is $19-$27).
Note if you have a motorhome, car, need power etc, there may be a variable surcharge.
BE SURE to clarify with the campground attendant that you are with us.
We have reserved the ENTIRE campground for 2013, so you'll have loads of space and can pick your spot!
We recommend the Food - Deb Guest, the caterer was highly praised in 2011 and 12!
Dinners: $16 each. 2013 Menus:
Thursday - Mexican - Ensalada, chicken enchiladas, black bean and corn salad, chili and Mexican rice, dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday - Greek (lamb skewers or roast lamb, greek salad, potatoes, etc.)
Saturday - Steak or chicken, potatoes, hot veggie, green salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
Please PRE-BOOK dinners with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for late-comers. You MIGHT be able to get it on the day, but it's first come first served (and $4 more each), and they won't have much extra!
You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to restaurants in Nakusp.
So you don't have to wander all over town looking for breakfast, we have organized to have breakfasts provided on Friday and Saturday morning by the Nakusp Rotary Club. Breakfast will consist of sausage or ham and scrambled eggs, pancakes, with coffee and juice for a total of $10. It is all done by volunteers and all the funds raised go towards local and world projects.
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.
We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.
There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).
Comments about HU Events
"I don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"
"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."
"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."
"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."
"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."
"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."
"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."
"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."
Departing or Returning?
If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?
We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.
Book your Trade Stand space
Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.
The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.
Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.
Nakusp Arena and Campground
N 50º 14.624 W 117º 48.421
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Nakusp is located 47 km. (29 miles) north of New Denver on Highway 6. Nakusp Airport is located 3km north of town.
Driving Distance / Time to Nakusp:
|Seattle||481 - 533 miles|
|Edmonton||805 - 920 km|
|San Francisco||1127 miles|
NOTE: If you're coming from the USA, some of the more remote, smaller border posts close at 5PM.
There are a few hotels within walking distance and a number of bed & breakfasts.
Kuskanax & Tenderfoot Lodge. "34 fully appointed rooms have all the comforts of home including cable and phones. Centrally located, close to hot springs, golf course, public beach and marina." Toll free: 1-800-663-0100.
Riders Retreat (250) 265-8043. "Motorcyclists accomodations! We have a luxury all inclusive campground here in Nakusp, specifically designed for motorcyclists. We provide all the tents, beds, bedding, coolers, camp chairs and lanterns all set up up and ready to enjoy. We have coin showers that include all your towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. All your firewood, coffee and juice is included in your nightly rate." Rebecca
Selkirk Inn. "Quiet units, queen beds, some kitchenettes, all with fridges, some rooms with air conditioning, non smoking, touch tone phones, cable TV, complimentary coffee, continental breakfast." Toll free: 1-800-661-8007. Tel: 1-250-265-3666
Attractions include national parks all around, fantastic roads that are easily among the best in the world, beautiful lakes and more, so plan to spend a few days!
This whole area is full of amazing roads! See Destination Highways for a book on BC Roads - some of the best are right near Nakusp.
Hot SpringsNakusp Hotsprings and Halcyon Hotsprings are close by, and there are a number of free bush hotsprings too.
Nakusp and District Visitor Info Centre
92 West 16th Avenue
P. O. Box 387,
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0
Phone: (250) 265-4234
Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819
Any info you have on the area, rides etc, please let us know.
New to Horizons Unlimited?
Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.
Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.
HU Events Refund Policy
We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!
If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...
Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.
Up to 10 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
Within 10 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
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