Travel & Adventure

Caffyn around Alaska

Paul Caffyn lives on the West Coast and paddles the world. He has already become the first person to kayak around Britain, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. Now he is set to chalk up another great circumnavigation: the coastline of Alaska.He tells the story of the journey so far...



Jul - Sep 1990


Harbour bridge

Coastal birds



Alaska by Kayak




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Science & Environment

Green gold

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