Outdoor gear anyone? Our equipment ‘Wish List’ is getting shorter (thanks to all our fantastic gear sponsors!), for the River Gambia Expedition. BUT…we still need a few more items

‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea Africa odyssey’ team thanks all our product sponsors, backers and collaborators for all their unprecedented support and product donations. We are extremely grateful and thankful – you are all helping us make this cultural documentary expedition happen.

Overboard-The leaders in waterproof bags and cases. Image of Helen © Jason Florio

Alas, we still have a number of items that we’d really appreciate some help with – whether through total product sponsorship or expedition discount from suppliers and manufacturers. All sponsors will receive full coverage, in all our social media outlets (here on the blog, FB, Twitter, Tumblr, Website), along with mentions in press interviews, wherever/whenever we can get a plug in there. And, our multi award-winning photographer, and expedition co-leader, Jason Florio, (FRGS: Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society) will get great shots for all of our product sponsors of their donated gear, in use – whilst we are the on the river and trekking in the bush, down in West Africa – to use for their own marketing purposes.

NEWS FLASH-SEPTEMBER 2012: Florio receives ‘Honorable Mention’ in the prestigious International Photography Awards 2012. In 2010 he came First Place in the ‘People/Fine Art Category’ for his portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders, which he took whilst on our 2009 expedition: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

See recent press, for the River Gambia Expedition 2012 here

SteriPEN™ - Sidewinder UV Water Filter. Image © Jason Florio

We have some great product sponsors and backers on board so far (and more in the pipeline – update on that shortly) – including:Goal Zero, Mountain Boot Company, SteriPEN™ , Yellowbrick™ , Peliproducts UK™ , Teva™, Overboard™ , DPxGear™ , The Gambia Experience™ , Tamarack Outdoors™
Opencast Software

Outside Magazine – Adventure Lab/Expedition Watch: ‘The River Gambia, From Source to Sea’ Check it out – award-winning photographer and expedition co-leader, Jason Florio, manages to get a plug for our sponsors and backers in his interviews about the River Gambia Expedition 2012

Publications which we contribute to include: Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, AFAR Magazine, The Independent, Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), Men’s Journal, Let’s Be Wild Magazine, Travel Africa Magazine (‘Summer 2012′ edition featured 8 pages of Jason Florio’s Gambian chiefs and elders from our 2009 expedition), Adventure Travel Magazine

Here’s what we are wishing for – ‘Our Wish List’:

1 x 16-17ft folding canoes (Ally or PakBoat or equivalent) – our single biggest expense. We have one already but need one more for our two West African team mates, Abdou and Ibu.

The ’811 16.5′ Ally Folding Canoe by Bergan’s of Norway. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

UPDATE-SEPT: 4 x Buoyancy Aids/Life Jackets – Crewsaver on board!

1 x Toughbook laptop & battery pack – needs to be durable, shock-protected, waterproof

UPDATE-SEPT: 1 x GoalZero™ – solar charging panel and battery – Goal Zero on board!

1 x GoPro HD2 Hero Camera (sponsoring pending)

Satellite Phone (sponsoring pending)

1 x Adventure Medical Kit – i.e. Life Systems ‘Mountain Leader’ – or expedition/adventure-style medical supplies suitable

4 x Gerber or Leatherman multi-tools

1 x Two-man tent + 2 x One-man tent (or 2 x two-man tents)

3 x 2-3 season sleeping bags

UPDATE-SEPT: 1 x Lightweight camping stove – Kelly Kettle onboard!

Ready-made meals – i.e. ‘Expedition Foods’™ or ‘Travel Foods’™

UPDATE SEPT: 2 x Mosquito net hammocks – field testing for ‘Backpacker Magazine’

4 x Mosquito hats

2 x ActionPacker™ Cargo Boxes (or equivalent)

4 x Lightweight rain jackets/ponchos (3 men, 1 woman – sizes on request)

2 x Pairs of hiking boots (for tropical climates for our two West African team mates)

4 x Sets of quick-dry clothing

If anyone can help, in any way, or recommend us to suppliers for any of the above items, we’d greatly appreciate it. Contact: helen.jones@floriophoto.com for full information on product sponsorship.

Please help spread the word.

And, for those who don’t already know…here are the why, where, what’s and who’s

Thanks a million to every single person and company who have supported us – we truly wouldn’t be able to do this expedition without your help.

The Florios (Jason & Helen)

Expedition Team Leaders

Please click on above image to watch Jason Florio on Vimeo, talking about the expedition and ‘An Exchange’ - limited edition fine art prints for donations

Jason Florio – International Photography Awards 2012 ‘Honorable Mention’: Culture Category ‘Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’

Tarahumara Indians of Mexico © Jason Florio

‘About THE 10th ANNUAL International Photography Awards

OUR MISSION: To salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.

Now celebrating its tenth year, the International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non- professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today’

Well done to expedition co-leader, Jason Florio, and award-winning photographer for getting a ‘Honorable Mention’ in this years ‘International Photography Awards‘ in the ‘Culture Category’ – for his portraits of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. These were taken whilst he was on assignment for Newsweek

Florio won first place in the ‘People Category’ of the IPA’s in 2010 with his portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ – from a series of images he took whilst on our last West Africa expedition ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

We’re really looking forward to getting down to West Africa for our River Gambia Expedition – where we hope Florio will take some equally as engaging photographs of the people who live and work along one of Africa’s last remaining, major, free-flowing rivers – as we canoe and trek – the River Gambia.

If you would like to find out how you can own one of Florio’s limited edition fine art photography prints from the expedition, please check out ‘An Exchange’ or watch Florio on Vimeo, talking about how you can support the expedition and get one of his exclusive prints in return

Please click on the image to view

Congratulations, yet again, to Mr Florio!