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Adventurer completes Norway trip

James Baxter
James Baxter kayaked down the Norwegian coast

An Edinburgh adventurer has raised enough money to build a school in Nepal by skiing and kayaking more than 6,000km around Norway.

James Baxter, 49, from Edinburgh, has completed the eight-month trip which he began in January.

He skied from the south to north of the country, then cycled 400km before kayaking back along the coast.

Mr Baxter encountered a pod of Minke whales and 5m waves during his sometimes "dangerous" expedition.

Speaking from Norway, the father-of one told the BBC Scotland news website he was very proud to have raised £6,099 ($10,000) through his trip.

He decided on the cause after travelling in Nepal, where one valley, Limi Valley, had no schools despite there being three villages which each contained about 200 children.

'Dangerous situation'

During his Norwegian journey the retired landlord encountered 5m waves while kayaking at Tana Fjord in the north.

"The fear gave me a very dry mouth. I realised I was in a dangerous situation and kept paddling until finally I got out of it.

"The waves were hitting shallow waters and crashing over my head," he said.

At another point on his journey Mr Baxter became aware there were Minke whales behind him when he heard them exhaling air through their blow holes.

"They swam for about 100 metres beside me before they overtook me," he added.



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