Ambassador Laura Bingham talks about her latest adventure!
Children’s Air Ambulance ambassador Laura Bingham is leading an all-female team to attempt to be the first people to ever descent the river. Along with her team mates Ness Knight and Pip Stewart, Laura has re-trained to become proficient in paddling big rivers.
The expedition, that started in the land of the indigenous Wai Wai tribe in February, is expected to take seven weeks in duration and the ladies will fish for piranhas to supplement their protein whilst sleeping in hammocks by the side of the river each evening.
Unlike many parts of South America, 70% of the natural forest remains, and the country boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. The ladies will paddle through untouched rainforest encountering giant river otters, capybaras, caiman, jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, various species of monkey along the way.
Vast sections of the river comprise huge waterfalls and treacherous rapids and so the team acknowledges that it will have to portage (cary their kit by foot) large chunks of the river through the jungle with machetes to open the routes. As a result they are conducting the expedition using the latest inflatable kayaks that can be deflated, packed into a backpack, and hauled through the trees.
Should the team succeed they will not just be the first female team to run the Essequibo, they will be the first people (male or female) ever to navigate the river and will have earned a Guinness World Record by doing so. It’s a truly amazing achievement, and we spoke to Laura in the video above all about it. Everybody at Children’s Air Ambulance is wishing her all the best on this epic adventure!
- Check out more about Laura on her website and find out how she’s getting on through her Twitter and her Instagram channels.