What are you doing this summer? Lake Superior is your Ticket to Adventure Monday, 01 June 2015
I just got word from the folks at Naturally Superior Adventures that trip I'm guiding this summer enough people signed up to ensure that it's a go. But I'm on the hunt for 1-2 more people to make it even awesommer. Taking place July 31 to August 8, we are going to catch a boat shuttle who will drop us off our on the elusive, mysterious and hardly ever visited, Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior. Over the course of seven days we will circumnavigate the island then make the 16 kilometer crossing north between the island and the north shore. Once that adventure is complete we will turn right, keeping shore on our left and paddle back to Wawa. So who is this trip for? Well, due to its extreme remoteness and long crossing, this trip is aimed towards the intermediate and above paddler. You should have a firm grasp on self and group rescue as well as the physical stamina of a crossing of this nature. The thing that makes this trip unique is that it's a self-sufficient trip in that you are responsible for your own camping gear and meals. I won't be cooking for you but instead we will work as a group on decision making, risk management and route planning. It's perfect for those who have kayak tripping experience so doesn't need a guide to pamper them but appreciate the extra security blanket of somebody who has paddled the route before a couple of times. So what's out there to see? On a scale of 1 to wicked awesome, I would rank Michipicoten Island in the high fantastic to super cool awesome range. It's got: Wild Caribou Shipwrecks (at the water's surface) An abandoned fishing camp to explore Three lighthouses Sea Caves An abandoned copper mine from the 1880's. Extreme remoteness So for me the two real gems of the place are the wild caribou (which there are about 100+ head) and the abandoned copper mine on the northwest shore of the island. Back in the 1880's the mining company packed up and went home leaving…
Steve and Cindy Scherrer join Kokatat as ambassadors Tuesday, 24 March 2015
ARCATA, California (March 23, 2015) – Kokatat announced today that it has teamed up with paddling industry veterans and expert instructors Steve and Cindy Scherrer and their Shellback Paddle Experience (www.shellbackpe.com). The Scherrers recently founded the program to share their stand up paddleboarding expertise with aspiring paddlers and the top paddlesport shops across the country. “Steve and Cindy are two of the most respected paddlesport instructors in the industry,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat PR/Promotional Marketing Manager. “They've been great supporters of Kokatat over the years and we are excited to have them back on our team.” The Scherrers founded Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe in Portland, OR, in 1986. They sold the business in 2004 and joined Confluence Watersports to help design boats and work in the field as training and technical specialists. They left Confluence last year and founded Shellback. While touring the country they will be conducting skills classes in SUP as well as training and certifying ACA SUP instructors. Additionally, the Scherrers will be providing shop clinic support to Kokatat's sales team and will be highlighting Kokatat's products during their classes. “We've been fans of Kokatat since before our Alder Creek days,” said Steve Scherrer. “We've had a strong relationship since then and believe they not only produce the finest kayak apparel, but are a model company.” For details on the Shellback Paddle Experience and dates of their clinics visit www.shellbackpe.com. About Kokatat Inc. Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit www.kokatat.com and…
How Many NFL Stadiums Can You Visit by Kayak Only? Monday, 23 February 2015
Did you know it's possible to navigate your way to every single NFL stadium in the US by kayak? It's true. A couple of days ago Reddit user, /Bhockzer posted the routes to every single one. And while he did have to be "navigationally creative" for a couple, it's possible to paddle to your next big game even if it's via a storm creek. Here is part of the full post: Take St. Lawrence Seaway to access the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes. Be on the lookout for sea monsters, vikings, wayward Pilgrims, and Explorers. Gillette Stadium (NE) > Neponset River > Atlantic Ocean MetLife Stadium (Jets & Giants) > Upper Bay > Newark Bay > Hudson River > Atlantic Ocean Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) > Delaware River > Atlantic Ocean M & T Bank Stadium (Bal.) > Chesapeake Bay > Atlantic Ocean FedEx Field (Wash.) > Cattail Branch > Beaverdam Creek > Anacostia River > Potomac River > Atlantic Ocean Everbank Field (Jax) > St. Johns River > Atlantic Ocean SunLife Stadium (Miami) > Royal Glades Canal > Atlantic Ocean Bank of America Stadium (Panthers) > Irwin Creek > Sugar Creek > Catawabe River > Fishing Creek Lake > Wateree Lake > Wateree River > Lake Marion > Lake Moultrie > Cooper River > Charleston Harbon > Atlantic Ocean Photo credit: Heinz Field HDR | Flickr by Jacob Caddy Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic / CC BY-NC 2.0
Crazy is the Only Word to Describe Justine Curgenven's Expedition Film, "Kayaking the Aleutians" Saturday, 24 January 2015
Sea Kayak explorer, Justine Curgenven just posted a new trailer of her most recent expectation where she joined Sarah Outen and set-out to paddle the 2,500 kilometer length of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Judging by the trailer, it looks like one of the craziest adventures either of them has been on in quite a while.