A guided trip of unprecedented scale.
Thursday, 04 October 2007

Over the years I have heard about different guiding companies trying to find new and interesting trips for their clients. They tinker with the location or the length of the trip, an if they are feeling adventuress, they might make it a push trip. Then I got my monthly newsletter from Naturally Superior Adventures. There has been a teaser note on their site for a while about "The Big One". Today they announced what it actually is and yes, it is big. Next summer (2008), they will be offering a giant 8-week guided trip of the entire Canadian Shoreline of Lake Superior. This trip is not for the faint of heart with a complete distance of 670km (416 miles). Since not everybody has 8 weeks of vacation time, they have broken up the trip into 8 sections allowing people to join in and paddle any part of the trip on week at a time. Total cost for the 8 weeks is $7560 Cdn. It will be very interesting to see if many people take the 8 week option. If you did, I would think it would be weird to get new paddling partners every week. More info: Naturally Superior Adventures Below is a map of the route so you can get some perspective on the massive size of this trip. View Larger Map
Google has just announced a really cool project called the International Clean-Up Weekend. They are encouraging people to organize a small group and tackle local parks, beaches, trails and other hot spots and clean them up. They don't care if it is a large or small project. The key to it is that at the end of the day, the area you tackle will be cleaner then before. The cool part of this project is that they are using the full power of their maps software. You can create a small map of the area you are going to clean-up and they will feature it on the International Clean-Up Weekend site. Not interested in organizing a group? No friends? Search through the global map and meet some new friends at the local project already organized in your area. Of course I have no friends so looking through the map, I discovered that there is not a single project taking place in Canada! Come on Canada, it's a pig sty out there, get organized and get your project posted. Kazakhstan has more projects than we do! If you are interested in organizing a project and can't think of a place to start, come by my house. I have a really dirty kitchen that you can get started with. More Info: International Clean-UP Weekend

Kayak Angler Spawns Second Issue
Wednesday, 03 October 2007

After the successful launch of Kayak Angler magazine this spring, Scott MacGregor of Rapid Media announced last week that he will be publishing two issues of Kayak Angler magazine for the 2008 kayak fishing season. The Spring and Summer issues will be available in February and June at Kayak Angler's retail network of 660 paddling and fishing shops, on newsstands and now by subscription.

Winter PFD Law in Massachusetts
Wednesday, 03 October 2007

I was reading a letter to the editor today in the online version of The Sun Chronicle. The letter went on to complain to the editor that they published a photo of two canoeists last week out paddling. The problem was that they didn't have a PFD on. In the letter the author makes mention of a law in Massachusetts that stipulates that you must wear a properly fitting approved PFD between January 1-May 14 and September 15 to December 31. I had no idea that this rule was on the books. It seems bring a good compromise between cold water safety and those who complain that PFD are to hot in the summer and unnecessary. I am interested in hearing if this type of law is in effect where you live. Also do people know about it or is it one of those obscure rules like the one in Florida which states that "If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle." []
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced the attendance of Mayor Royce Pollard at the OIA leadership and learning conference at the Vancouver-Hilton, in Vancouver, Washington this week. He will provide opening remarks at the event which draws nearly 300 hundred top level outdoor industry professionals to Vancouver for a three day conference called Rendezvous. Mayor Royce Pollard is scheduled to speak at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 3, at the Vancouver-Hilton.

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