Folbot Sponsors Julian Monroe Fisher’s Five-Year African Expedition - SNEWS

Folbot Sponsors Julian Monroe Fisher’s Five-Year African Expedition

Folbot, US makers of high-performance, portable and packable kayaks, has signed on as an official sponsor of Julian Monroe Fisher’s 2012 – 2016 Great African Expedition.

Folbot, US makers of high-performance, portable and packable kayaks, has signed on as an official sponsor of Julian Monroe Fisher's 2012 – 2016 The Great African Expedition. Fisher and his team will explore Africa's vast interior using Folbot Greenland II expedition kayaks.

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring anthropologist and modern day African explorer Julian Monroe Fisher,” comments Folbot President Eric Thome. “Fisher and The Great African Expedition team will use fully loaded Folbot Greenland II kayaks outfitted with upwind sailing rigs, outrigger pontoons and fishing setups to explore the Upper Nile River in South Sudan and circumnavigate Uganda's Lake Albert and Lake Victoria.”   

Sporting a 600-pound payload, the Folbot Greenland II is a lightweight, fast and stable two-person expedition kayak specifically designed to be taken apart and packed for travel to the world's most isolated locations.

"The Great African Expedition crew immediately thought of Folbot because we need the toughest folding kayaks that can easily portage through thick jungle foliage and between bodies of water in some of the most inhospitable terrain imaginable,” states Fisher. “The team also needs to be able to pack and ship them in and out of airports, as well as across land borders that require an art of finesse in negotiations with crafty customs officials.”

On February 22, 2012, Fisher announced The Great African Expedition, a five- year, nine-phase Ethnographical research and documentation project deep in the heart of Central Africa. His team will retrace the African expeditionary routes of famed Victorian explorers Speke, Grant, Brazza, Burton, Baker, Baumann, Linz, Livingstone and Stanley. The expedition's goal is to compare the 19th century tribal kingdom documentation with the
cultural realities of the 21st century along the same Central African rivers and lakes.

Fisher is a US citizen from Greenwood, South Carolina, currently based in Austria.  He is an explorer, anthropologist, filmmaker, publisher, author, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in London, and an International Fellow with the British Chapter of The Explorers Club in New York City. Between 2007 and 2011 he conducted five consecutive Explorers Club flag sanctioned research expeditions to the African continent.

Phase one of The Great African Expedition project took place between February and
early May 2012, with the successful overland journey from Cairo, Egypt, to
Khartoum, Sudan.

During phase two, scheduled for early 2013, Fisher will travel from Juba, the capital of the new nation of South Sudan, along the route of Sir Samuel White Baker's expedition of 1864-65. The trail will take Fisher throughout eastern and central South Sudan before turning south to Lake Albert in Uganda. There he will circumnavigate Lake Albert which straddles the borderline between Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

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