Interview with Susanne and Sebastian in the EuroNatur Foundation Magazine, April 2019
Since 2018 Land Water Adventures has supported the project Save the blue heart of the EuroNatur Foundation for the Conservation of Wild River Landscapes (more information in Blog). At the beginning of 2019, the foundation's magazine asked Susanne, contact person for nature conservation, and Sebastian, founder and owner of LWA, in detail what our view of nature conservation is and why we care about these river landscapes.
The interview has been published in EuroNatur magazine 01/2019 (PDF only available in german, online version also available in english).
Excerpts from the interview:
Why do you support the „Save the Blue Heart of Europe“ campaign?
Blech: As water sports and nature enthusiasts, a dam boom of course alarms us. Most of our rivers in Central Europe have been converted into transport routes or electric power sources. Dammed and fragmented, many have lost their wildness and much of their ecological quality. The question is: Don’t we have alternatives today?
What's it like paddling an untamed river?
Schmidt: What attracts me to natural rivers is how unpredictable they are. It’s an incredible feeling to ride on a river which is new practically every day because it has changed with the water level. New sandbanks have formed or whirlpools have rearranged the stones. The diversity of animals is tremendous. You simply feel that the river is alive. All this conveys a feeling of wilderness and freedom.
Portrait about the founder aired in “SWR Persönlich” in October 2017
The German TV Channel “SWR” followed Sebastian to Kaiserslautern and to the autumnally Nahe Valley to search for historical paths to find out more about the foundation and origin of Land Water Adventures.
Please visit the online version of the TV report.
Online Magazine “Zeit Online” in September 2017
"Sebastian Schmidt takes his costumers on several tours to places far away from civilization and brings them to their limits. For this, he gave up his permanent job as a doctor of mathematics..."
Video-Report of the TV Channel SWR (Landesschau) in August 2017
On unusual sparkling waves for August, we brought weather reporter Markus Bundt, along on a packraft, to one of the most beautiful parts of the Nahe.
Please visit the online version of the TV report.
KANU-Magazine in December 2016
"The valley of Soca is a paradise for watersport athletes. The Koritnica-Run in a packraft proves that you do not essentially need a kayak.
True to the motto “pump it, pack it, run it” it was an exciting run with international participation – even from Japan…”
You can read the complete article in the KANU-Magazine 06/17 or online
“Kajak-Magazin” in October 2016
In spring of 2016, freelance journalist and researcher Susanne Blech accompanied us on one of our Hunsrück trips.
She wrote a 6-page report, which was published in the Kajak Magazine 06/2016.
Here are two excerpts:
“The sun is about to go down as the six exhausted packrafters arrive at the remote Schmidtburg close to Kirn. [...] In the middle of the ruins of a once stately fortress, they set up camp in the twilight.
The first day of the spring tour through the wild Hunsrück is coming to an end…”
“Together, they fought their way through the “jungle”, slept in the ruins of a castle with the sound of falling raindrops, sweat on a part of the Soonwaldsteig and finally surfed on the high water waves of the Nahe. Sebastian’s self-conception of leading the tour, but also leaving everyone’s freedom, is well received….”
You can read the complete article in the Kajak Magazine 06/2017.
Report of the SWR in September 2016
In late summer, the German TV channel SWR with its series “Fahr mal hin” (“Go for a Ride”) was with us in a packraft on the Nahe.
Please see the online version of the report here.
The report is half an hour long and shows a few aspects of the middle Nahe valley.
A click on the picture, guides you directly to the “mediathek”, where you can see the report.
We invite you to watch the whole report. You can see packrafting at the 0:25 min, 5:53 min, 16:55 min and the 20:45 min. marks of the film.
Outdoor Magazine in April 2016
In this area is our Packrafting Expedition Laponia.
Excerpt of the report:
“…but as the clouds dispersed in the evening, the sun floods on the Rappadalen and gave us a panoramic view to the mountain top. We finally understood why this National Park is so famous. Steep mountains with inaccessible valleys, and in-between the river Rappaädnö winds itself through a green delta.”
“On day 20 of our tour, the thought flaring up for the first time, that we might not make it."
“ We are paddling between the skerries, an archipelago made up of a number of islands, blocking our view to the horizon. Slowly we recognize. Did we…”
You can read the complete 5 page long article in the Outdoor Magazine 04/2016.
SWR1 – Radio Interview in the Hunsrück in April 2016
SWR1 Radio visited us on the shore of the Nahe, on preparation day of one of our Hunsrück trips in spring 2016 and interview Sebastian right on the water.
Newspaper “Rheinpfalz” in October 2015
The “Rheinpfalz” writes a profile about the history and idea of Land Water Adventures.
Newspaper “Kirner Zeitung” in April 2015
After a courtesy visit to the city of Kirn on one of your Hunsrück trips, the Kirner Zeitung writes about Land Water Adventures.
KANU Magazine edition 01/2015
The Kajak teacher Andreas Schultz writes in the KANU Magazine about his escapade on a packraft in Soca! Since then, the trip is in our regular tour schedule.
“Die Wildnis” (the wilderness) edition 02/2014
The magazine “Die Wildnis” of the international union of wilderness guides writes about the first Hunsrück crossing. Since then this is our Hunsrück Tour.