Dave Manby | United Kingdom

dave-manby-20132013 Finalist: Dave Manby
Sport: Kayaking
Years Active: 1967-present
Home Base: Shrewsbury, UK

Explorer Accomplishments:

  • 1976 – Dudh Kosi River, Nepal. Youngest member of the British Everest Canoe Expedition
  • 1977 – Maipure and Apure Rapids, Orinoco River, Venezuela.
  • 1978 – Braldu River, Pakistan. Expedition (halted due to loss of leader, Mike Jones)
  • 1982 – Çoruh River, Turkey. Early descent after which 10 day trips were offered through 2002
  • 1983 – Braldu River, Pakistan. Solo attempt
  • 1991 – Indus River, Pakistan. Attempted rapids in the Rhondu Gorge between Gilgit and Skardu
  • 2000 – Sezar River, Iran from Dorud to Telle Zange
  • 2001 – Bakhtyari River, Iran. First descent

Other Accomplishments:

  • 1973 – 1976 British Universities C1 Slalom Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals
  • British Canoe Union
    *Level 3 Coach
    *Chair, Expeditions Committee
    *Chair, Safety Committee
  • 1979 – 1989 Founded and ran the Mike Jones Memorial Rally (2,500+ paddlers)
  • 1993 – Project R.A.F.T World Rafting Championships Organizing Team. His British team of paddlers with disabilities were honored for “taking part and being an inspiration to all”
  • 2000 – Published a collection of short stories of kayaking expeditions
  • 2005 – Produced the 5-day Çoruh River Extreme Race for 35 international paddlers

Dave “Mumbo” Manby is a bespeckled scruffy man who has made a lifestyle out of kayaking. He opened up the Coruh in Turkey to the world and led expeditions in Iran. He is a self-styled old adventurer and an endless source of inspiration, Dave can still be found en route to some expedition, running the steeps of Italy, or paddling in his jeans and shirt on hot days, just because he can. The font of knowledge for so many paddlers, Dave has written books, edited and produced kayaking films and in his own way is one of the few trail blazers that bridged the gap from old style over land expeditions to the modern era. He is generous providing information that can help others transform an idea into a paddling trip.

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