Exped LLC is a small company and we all happen to be paddlers with a passion for adventure. It saddens us to see trash in the waters and on the beaches where we paddle - whether that's far from home on a remote beach or on our home stretch of water. The stuff is everywhere! It's ugly, dangerous to life, and it needs to be removed. That's what is all about - removing the trash we see from the waters we love.

It's quite simple and our little tagline says it all:

Take only trash, leave only swirls.

When we paddle, we pick up trash in our human powered craft and we invite you to do the same. Spread the word and let's turn our kayaks and canoes into Garbage Scows!

See you on the water.

The team at Exped LLC
Seattle, WA

02 October 2009

Blue Barrels

Encountering garbage on longer trips is a bit different than finding it on day trips. On day trips we have room to load up the junk, bring it back to the car, and dispose of it properly. Longer trips, where the boat is packed with gear, don't allow this. So what to do?

On our recent trip to the Broken Group on the west coast of Vancouver Island, we saw these blue barrels washed up on quite a few different islands. Someone must have lost them in a storm all at once or something. On this particular day we woke to one on a rocky islet just across from our campsite. So the kids helped us collect it and we put it in a pile of junk hidden from view behind our camp. Others have done the same thing, so we were adding to what others have already collected - big chunks of styrofoam, pieces of rusted metal, plastic bottles, random pieces of plastic, etc. Our hope is that at the end of the season this stuff can be brought out on a power boat. We didn't get a chance to ask any of the park people...

Of course, at the end of our stay at any camp area, we give the kids a job - collecting all the garbage from the beach and campsites that they can find, large and small. It's amazing how much little stuff we end up with.

Here's to the Leave No Trace ethic!

Garbage Bag Equivalent Collected: 1

Wildlife Seen:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Sea Lions
  • Minks
  • Harbor Seals
  • Surf Birds
  • Humpback Whales
  • Ling Cod
  • Black Rockfish
  • China Rockfish
  • Quillback Rockfish
  • Greenling
  • Osprey
  • Common Loons
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Western Grebe
  • Deer
  • and many more...


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