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Friday, 13 July 2007 11:20

Royal Canadian Mint Kayak Coin

Silver Polar Year Coin The Royal Canadian Mint has just released a new limited edition $20 coin with an Inuit kayaker on it.

Here is the press release:

Two striking $20 sterling silver coins are being issued to mark Canada's recognition of the 125th anniversary of the first International Polar Year, when the first of several coordinated multinational research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic were launched. The coins, designed by Ontario artist Laurie McGaw, prominently feature Sir Martin Frobisher who, in 1576, was the first to attempt to discover the Northwest Passage aboard the Gabriel. A ship appears alongside a 16th century compass and an Inuit paddling a traditional kayak.

7,000 of these coins are being issued with the reverse finished in stunning metallic blue hues, achieved through a unique, leading edge plasma effect. The RCM is the first Mint in the world to produce this jewel-like finish on a coin, by virtue of a proprietary coating which can produce different colours by varying its thickness. The blue effect was chosen to evoke the cold climate of both poles. Thanks to the efforts of the RCM's R&D team, the RCM continues to be a world leader in its field.

Suggested retail for the plasma effect coin is $249.95 CDN. Another 15,000 coins are offered in a proof finish and retail for a suggested $64.95 CDN.

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Johnson OutdoorsRACINE, Wis.- (Business Wire)-July 11, 2007 - Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT) today announced the Company, along with seven other unrelated vendors, has been tapped for a contract covering a variety of military shelters, trailers and other military supply components. This marks the third year of the contract, originally announced in September 2005, under which total combined orders could range from a minimum value of $25,000 to a maximum cumulative total value of $96 million across all eight vendors combined. No orders have been placed with Johnson Outdoors under the renewed contract.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 05:16

Johnson Outdoors Announces Settlement

Johnson OutdoorsJohnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreational products, today announced the Company has reached a settlement agreement with Confluence Holdings Corp. that will end a long-standing intellectual property dispute between the two companies. While the terms of the agreement are confidential, the settlement does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by either party and includes a one-time payment by Johnson Outdoors of $4.4 million which is expected to have an unfavorable impact on earnings in the third fiscal quarter. The Company is scheduled to report Fiscal 2007 third quarter results on Thursday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. "After weighing the costs, risks and business distractions associated with continued litigation of this matter against the potential benefit, it became clear that it was in the financial best interests of the Company and its shareholders to settle and move on," said David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesPaddlers using the thirty miles of Janes Island State Park's canoe and kayak trails will soon have even more reason to enjoy their trip. A $13,250 grant from the National Recreational Trails Program enabled Janes Island State Park to purchase a new boat, motor, trailer, and trail signs.
The Florida Times-Union, is reporting that a man was rescued in the Gulf of Mexico after clinging to his kayak for more than 54 hours. A wave knocked him over and he floated there with his boat and PFD until he was spotted by a casino boat.

Officials said they didn't know Graham was out in the gulf because no one had reported him missing.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 17:28

Into the Wild Movie Trailer!

Into the Wild They recently released the movie trailer for John Krakauer's amazing book, Into The Wild. It is a fantastic story about a young man who gave everything he owned away and traveled around America. He eventually hitched up to Alaska where he planned to live in the wild. He was found dead in an abandoned bus 4 months later.

If you haven't read it you need to. If you don't (or can't) read, what are you doing here? Don't worry it's being released as a talking picture in September. Below is the trailer that was recently released on Spewtube.

Thanks Adventure Blog!

Outdoor Retailer, the leading outdoor industry trade event, is moving up the date of its 2009 Summer Market to July 21-24. The decision to change the show dates was made in response to evolving market needs for many of the exhibitors at Summer Market. In particular, the new 2009 date aligns more closely with earlier buying cycles and an accelerated selling window for many outdoor companies.
A photo released by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, shows the boat that William Messenger and Jarrad Todd were fishing from in the Wynooche River Sunday near Aberdeen.
A photo released by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, shows the boat that William Messenger and Jarrad Todd were fishing from in the Wynooche River Sunday near Aberdeen.

Credit: Associated Press
William Messenger from the great state of Washington, was out fishing when he ran into some trouble:

With his left hand stuck between a boat and a downed alder tree, William Messenger thought he was out of time, about to die in the frigid Wynoochee River. In a life-saving attempt, the fisherman grabbed a pocketknife and cut off his own two fingertips to escape the sinking drift-boat.

It seems that help was on it's way:

Messenger obviously felt trapped being in the sinking boat for at least 15 minutes, Vestal said, but police said he might have been able to survive without cutting his fingers off.

"Hindsight is 20-20. If he'd have known help was not that far away, he might have held off taking the steps that he did," said Rick Scott, Grays Harbor County undersheriff. "It's one thing to think about doing that, but it's another to actually execute the plan."

Whole story can be found here.
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:02

Transparent Canoe

Transparent Canoe I saw this canoe that was recently developed by Hammacher Schlemmer. It is made from a transparent polymer hull made from the same stuff as the canopy on jet fighters, which allows you to get a great view of life under the water.

$1495 will get you the boat, two kayak paddles, bilge pump and flotation bags.

I think it's a cool idea though I think that I would spend more time looking down then looking around at the personal watercraft bearing down on me. That probably won't be the case for you, just me. I had the same experience with a GPS while out on a daytrip. I spent the whole time stating at my calculated speed, I missed everything!


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