Bid for your trip: "Voyageur Canoe trip with Ian Tamblyn Aug 5-10" on ebay
We figured if you can buy antiques, cars and spiderman action-figures on ebay, why not vacation packages on Lake Superior. Bidding ends July 22 [More info]
Surf's Up: Canada West Kayak Surf Festival Approved
Tofino, BC town council approved the Canada West Kayak Surf Festival Cox Bay Sept 22 to 23. Organized by the Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society. [More info]
Lost a canoe?
Police reported a red canoe was found in a yard in the 1100 block of East Maple Street in North Londonderry Township, PA. This exciting turn of events took pace on July 12. [More info]
Calling all woman
Thelda and Sug Courtney are starting a Woman's Adventure group in Del Rio, Texas. Here is the ad they placed in their local paper: "Women's Adventure Group. Organizational meeting of women kayakers, canoers, hikers, rafters. Pristine lake is free to all! Let's get together and plan some events. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to Blackbrush Boat Ramp..." [More info]
The Ontario Government is increasing funding for sports and Recreation programs in Ontario. [More info]
I don't know what I would do if this happened to me. Imagine you park and quickly run into the corner store to grab a few things for home only to discover when you come out, the there is now a canoe sitting on top of your car.
Actually, thinking about it, I think that I would enjoy it...
They just sent this email and I discovered my little face (and boat) on it! Click on the poster to see my smug little face. :)
They also sent along a little letter about this year's event. If you are looking for a great Greenland paddling symposium, you need to check it out.
Hello sea kayaking fanatics,
In just over a month's time we at Naturally Superior Adventures will host our second annual Greenland-style Paddling Symposium here on Lake Superior at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. Dates: Friday, August 24-Sunday, August 26. Price: $275 (all inclusive). Save $50 if you bring your own boat.
We hope you will attend.
In this all-levels paddling festival you'll learn to paddle the old school way with a skinny-bladed Greenland-style paddle. No experience is necessary. We provide handcrafted white pine Greenland paddles to use for the weekend. It's Canada's only Greenland-style paddling festival.
This symposium features much of the same attributes of our other festivals: Small class sizes (maximum 50 participants), expert instruction (from Doug Van Doren, Bonnie Perry and Robin Cook, among others) and great meals and entertainment (a house concert with Mark Dunn and Clay Rooster). What's more, we're also organizing Naturally Superior's own Greenland-style games-a traditional paddling "triathlon" including a sprint race, rolling competition and hunting with "live" targets.
This past weekend, I co-taught a Paddle Canada Level 1 kayaking course with my trusty teaching buddy, Sean. We had a great time, and I'm fairly certain that the students also had a good time. We had great weather for the types of conditions. The water on Lake Ontario was a little cold hovering at 12c (53f) so rescues needed to be quick and slick or else your hands numbed up in no time. Good lesson about remembering to dress for the water temperature rather then the air.
As some of you know, my foot pump broke a while ago. The diaphragm rotted out and split. It was a modified Henderson Chimp pump. I took pump into the sailing shop to order a new diaphragm and discovered that the replacement cost was extraordinary high for that model.
At the time, I decided that the best thing to do was to switch over to an electronic system. To summarize my experience with the electronic system that I built, it was a good less in designing and building something that really didn't work. Basically, it worked great when I didn't really need the pump. The second that I needed the pump in real life, I could be quite confident that it wouldn't work. I gave it a full season to sort out the bugs but to no avail. I then decided to rip the whole thing out.
Since pulling out the electronic system, I did hear a few, "Told you so" comments, but that is OK. It was a good learning experience. I still believe that an electronic system could be built bombproof. I just didn't have the patience to do it. Here is a great commercial system that rocks...
So, I'm back to the foot pump again. UPS just delivered to me a brand new Guzzler 450S. I'm kind of excited about getting it in. I should have it installed later this week. I will let you know how it goes.
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.
Officials said they didn't know Graham was out in the gulf because no one had reported him missing.
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!
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.
$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!