I just received an email from my friend Conor Mihell to let us know that along with his paddling partner Craig Zimmerman; they finally completed a substantial 8-day paddle on Lake Superior out from Wawa to Michipicoten Island then due south to Caribou Island and home again.
Though the total distance of roughly 300 kilometres isn’t that huge; what’s impressive is that approximately 110 km of it was over open water. You see, to get out to
If you haven’t heard of
View the Caribou Island Expedition Route in a larger map.
The one I’m talking about on the eastern end of the lake is about 35km (22 miles) due south of
With that amazing(ish) sales pitch, it’s amazing that only two other groups have kayaked out to the island in the past. From what Conor and Craig can tell; a gentlemen made the crossing solo in the mid 80’s and another team of Americans did it as part of a three-night trip across
Conditions of the major crossing south were near perfect (flat, cool and little wind) but it wasn’t long before thunderclouds started building to add some stress to an already stressful day. Luckily the storm passed over head uneventfully.
After briefly exploring
I have wanted to make this same trip for a long time. About 3-4 years ago, a friend and I planned and came very close making a stab at it but sadly discovered I didn’t have enough vacation time when taking into account potential wind-bound days. I think we are going to need to pull the charts and start planning again.
Photo Credit: Conor Mihell
This has been a big month for large expeditions going on around in
Dave Turgeon and his son Matheson are half-way through canoeing across
Lake Superior Circumnavigation
Two women from
According to the Daily Press newspaper, the ladies are planning on doing 16 miles a day with the rough plan to be home again by September 1st but I think somebody might need to check their math again. The total trip is 1,400 miles so my trusty calculator says they will need almost 90 days to complete it (not counting wind days) so that would put them home at least at the end of September. Update: Kenneth corrected me today and said they actually started their trip on June 12 so a 2 1/2 month trip around the lake actually makes sense.
The Ultimate Crossing
Bart de Zwart is pretty proud of his recently completed journey. Last Sunday night he completed a 5-day, 300 mile stand-up paddle journey from
The Chicago Tribune reported:
[blockquote]Strapped to his 14-foot (4.3-meter) longboard were enough freeze-dried meals and water in watertight containers for seven days. He slept on inflatable water mattresses glued together to form what resembled a kiddie pool, he explained: "At night, I blew it up and strapped it on the board." The choppy waters and windy conditions would occasionally flip the board over, startling him awake in the water.[/blockquote]
Here is a capture of his route as reported by his Spot:
Throughout the trip he lost 12-pounds and estimated he paddled 215,000 strokes.
Five Great Lakes, 5 Days
Finally, let’s go back to the
Henry Dorfman from
He started in
Lakewood Patch has the info:
[blockquote]When Patch caught up with Dorfman on Friday, the aquatic adventurer said it’d been a pretty smooth and exciting ride, but that the long kayaking stretches and 2,000-mile road trip to get from lake to lake was catching up to him.
“It’s pretty rigorous,” he said. “You burn off a lot of gasoline, a lot of energy and a lot of soda. You’re either driving, paddling or drinking diet coke pretty much nonstop for five days.[/blockquote]
It’s too bad that the news article didn’t provide more details into the logistics of the trip. For example, it doesn’t mention if he had one vehicle or different groups meeting him. Depending on his crossing route the paddle across the lake could have been quicker then the van ride around.
Congrats to Henry on the completion of a fantastic feat of endurance and will. I can appreciate the hard work. I want to give up after just crossing a small bay!
Congratulations are in order for lightweight paddler and friend of the site, Bryan Hansel for completing his 800-mile, 99% solo, 45-day expedition covering two of the Great Lakes.
The massive trip started in
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As many people know
The actual reason for the location blackout was because he had to be incognito while paddling along the West
I’m glad that
I’m sure he is feeling much better coming home from this trip then the last big one.
Photo credits: Bryan Hansel
I feel terrible for Tim Taylor. Looks like he had to put his expedition with the goal to kayak around
Special thanks to Costain for filling me in on a really great expedition going on right now. Several Paddle Canada sea kayak and white water instructors got together and organized a three month trip paddling from Beachburg, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia via several rivers including the Ottawa River, St. Lawrence River and the St. John River. The total distance will be almost 1500km (including 216km which will be done on bicycle). The best part of the trip is that 0km will be done using gas.
The Paddle to the Ocean expedition has several purposes. Firstly it is a memorial for Corey Morris who died on a Nova Scotia river in 2009. Corey always encouraged people to get outside and be active which leads into their second goal for the expedition. They are raising funds and awareness for the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation (NS H&SF). The Making Tracks (EAC) program is a program designed to encourage parents & children to walk & bike to school & throughout their community and the Heart & Stroke Walkabout (NS H&SF) is a provincial initiative designed to teach people how to walk more in their daily lives.
All funds raised by Paddle to the Ocean will be split between these two programs.
Like every good expedition, they are using filmmaking to help tell the story. The trip started back on May 1 and they have just posted their first update which you can view below. The short film has them paddling down the Ottawa River ploughing through the Class IV white water in a sea kayak. You need to see it to believe it.