Fearless Formosa: An Expedition

Kelly Henry and Laura Zulliger are two friends and experienced sea kayaking coaches based in the San Francisco Bay area. They met during their ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor Development workshop in 2014. The two have been paddling, teaching, and scheming together ever since. Kelly and Laura are passionate about empowering female paddlers and bringing more women into the sport.  Presently, they are working with the founders of the California Women’s Watersports Collective to build the organization’s sea kayak program.

Kelly and Laura both seek to push the limits of their sea kayaking ability by planning an expedition along an unfamiliar, remote coastline while also contributing to a local, burgeoning kayaking community. Taiwan’s rugged coastline, crystalline waters, and growing paddling culture comprise the perfect place for this adventure.   

 

The two aim to contribute to and advance Taiwan’s kayaking community through co-led workshops with local coaches and a month-long expedition spanning 250 miles of the island’s eastern coast. Their instruction will have an emphasis on advanced skills such as rock gardening, kayak surfing, as well as a focus on further cultivating the Taiwanese women’s paddling community.

We will begin our expedition in the southern region of Kenting and make our way north finishing just east of Taipei in 6 weeks. By paddling south to north, we will have aid of the northward flowing Kuroshio current. Here is a chart of our proposed route with potential landing spots marked.

 

 

Favorite climb

The Arrowhead Arete, Yosemite

Height

700 ft.

Coordinates

37°43'42.9"N 119°38'09.9"W

Every problem can have multiple solutions. To see them you have to look at the big picture overall. Don’t limit yourself to just one route.

 

 

I won my first competition back in 2010 at the Mountain West Regional Championships held at Moab, Utah. Sending a 5.13a sport route in a single attempt earned me first place in the Men’s division. Before then, I’d received 1st and 2nd place at a few youth competitions. 2010 was my entry into the big leagues. A couple months after Moab, Utah, I traveled to El Paso, TX for the National Championships. I got second place by sending a 5.13c sport route in two attempts.

In 2012, I won first place in the Nationals held at Acadia National Park, Maine by flashing a V12 bouldering problem. It was my first time visiting the East Coast and I was glad to have been used to Jackson Hole’s more humid weather. I think that gave me an advantage that climbers from drier regions didn’t have. In 2015 I entered my first international competition in Cochamó, Patagonia, Chile. I didn’t place, but plan to for the 2016 championship in Krabi, Thailand.