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!

Source: i4u.com

You have met Liz, she shot some of the great photos on this site. I recently found this clip that she took up at her cottage. You need to watch it right to the end. The first time I saw it, I nearly peed my pants, I was laughing so hard. Sorry there is no music but you can pretend that there is some old time bar piano music in the background.

Click "Read More" to view the video.

Monday, 25 June 2007 18:31

How safe is too safe?

Sean demonstrating the safest way to cross a shipping channel.
Sean demonstrating the safest way to cross a shipping channel. Photo: Liz Burnside.
Liz Burnside sent me this great photo of my friends Erik and Conehead Sean. They are currently working on a new program to teach youngsters about the dangers of crossing shipping lanes. They figure that this will enable ship captains to see them better.

You can find this photo and more at www.seakayakontario.com
Canadians have an opportunity to experience first hand the seven wonders of Algonquin Park, accessible only by canoe. Travelers will discover why the canoe was selected as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders in a national contest and learn why Algonquin Park was recognized as being Canada's 2nd Most Priceless National Park.
Jetboil is pleased to announced that their Personal Cooking System (PCS) has been named this month's "Innovation Rocks!" winner.

Innovation Rocks! is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center and WGIR-FM. Each month an innovative company is chosen to be promoted on the air.
World Kayak LogoParticipation in whitewater kayaking will double in the next five years if the newly established World Kayak organization is successful in meeting its ambitious goals. World Kayak's initiative to grow the sport is based primarily on the belief - widely held by many sports organizations - that providing new and intermediate boaters more opportunities to paddle will convert them from occasional participants to frequent enthusiasts.

"The goal of the program is to give more opportunities to paddlers to get out in a good communal setting," said World Kayak coordinator Colin Kemp.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:38

Cross-Canada Tour

Oh Canada... Let's take a quick tour across Canada and see what is going in the Provincial/Territorial paddling Associations:

RCABC Receives MEC Grant
Mountain Equipment Co-op recently announced a grant of $6088 (cdn) for the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia. It is going to be used to help create fish habitat and paddling features on the Seymour River in North Vancouver, BC. This is the second year that MEC has contributed to this project and would not have been possible without their support.

Paddle Manitoba
The Government of Canada has committed to expanding Nahanni National Park Reserve. Parks Canada is launching a series of public meetings this summer and fall on what the new boundary should look like. This is the best opportunity yet for Canadians to show their support for protecting the entire South Nahanni Watershed and Nahanni karstlands. Show your support! Write or call the federal government and let them know you support full watershed protection!

More info here.

New Brunswick Canoe & Kayak Association
You need to pay up your 2007 memberships. It's $15...Pay up deadbeats. More info.

Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
They have a great article on Icebergs. Makes sense...Read it here.

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
People from across the province will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of some of Nova Scotia's protected areas again this summer.

The Department of Environment and Labour, in partnership with community groups, will offer several free tours to participants interested in exploring the province's unique wilderness areas and nature reserves.

Two tours are scheduled for Sunday, June 10, on Canadian Rivers Day.

A paddling tour of the Margaree-Lake Ainslie Canadian Heritage River, Inverness County, will begin at 1 p.m. Paddlers are invited to experience a great Canadian river with a guide by paddling the 13-kilometre section of slow-moving river between Margaree Forks and Margaree Harbour. More info.

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