I've been inspired by Outside Magazine and Ed Gillette to attempt my own crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Ed Gillette was able to cross the Pacific from California to Hawaii. I want to do the entire Pacific.
Ed had a slew of problems when he crossed. He ran out of food and departed during an El Nino year which meant terrible wind conditions. I don't know where Ed is today, but some articles I've read said he only packed 60 days worth of food. Could he have fit more? I don't know.
Anyways, my questions to you guys right now would be what type of Kayak would you use? Rigid fiberglass? Foldable? What brand names do you suggest? I want to be similar to Ed in using a traditional kayak and not some custom made beast that resembles a boat more than kayak. Obviously a double would be necessary to carry all the provisions I would need.
Ed did eventually use a kite sail to aid him when the winds were favorable. Do some in the kayak community view this as cheating? I think with enough time and resources I would be able to do it under my own power. It's meant to be a kayak trip, not a sailing trip. Would the feat be tarnished by the kite sail?
Does anyone know of a freeze dried food supplier that offers diets for extreme athletes that require 7000-10,000 calories a day? All the freeze dried suppliers I can find only offer traditional 2000 calorie diet supplies. I'd like to find a high calorie diet to keep my strength up and also maximize weight efficiency.
That should be enough to get the discussion started.
Thanks in advance,
P.S. - Has anyone crossed the entire Pacific in a kayak or is Ed Gillette's expedition the longest at this point?