Thursday, 11 October 2007 17:04

ACA - Executive Director Job Posting

American Canoe Association Logo Looking at the American Canoe Association website recently, I noticed that there is a job posting for a new executive director.

Review of applications started back on October 5th so if you are interested, you should get it in ASAP as the position will remain open until filled.

The outgoing executive director, Pamela Dillon was the ED for 5 years. I'm sure that they are huge shoes to fill!

More info: American Canoe Association
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Rivers announced an $800,355 grant to renew their joint effort to restore streams and rivers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and California.
Saturday, 06 October 2007 18:22

New owner of Canadian Canoe Routes website

Wilderness Canoe Association Logo The Wilderness Canoe Association recently announced that they have acquired the website Canadian Canoe Routes from its founder Richard Munn.

With 5600 registered users and over 200,000 posts, it is a massive resource canoeists living in or planning a trip to Canada.

Over the years there were various threats of scrap the whole thing and shut it down due lack of time to effectively maintain the site. It didn't help things when you had some very vocal people complaining that things were running the way they would like it.

The whole thing left some bad feelings on both side of the computer monitor.

I often drop in and see what is new and keep tabs on the paddling gossip at the grassroots level.

With the WCA taking over the entire project, it will ensure that this vast resource will be available for the public for many more years. With more moderators online now, it should help keep the conversations on topic a bit more.
Saturday, 06 October 2007 08:18

Snow Kayaking

With winter coming, a good part of North American paddlers are looking towards putting their boats away for the season. If you are looking to squeeze that little bit more out of paddling might want to consider snow kayaking. I'm sure that you have seen it before but this video that was recently posted is pretty outrageous.

Here is the youtube description: Damon Gold, doing more of his famous stupid human tricks. this video was shot in 1991 but has been re-edited into this youtube tease. but you know this if you have been following my more recent stuff.

Click on "read more" to view the video.
Mustang Survival Pink PFDIn response to popular demand, Mustang Survival today unveiled a limited edition vibrant pink Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. Combining the award winning Inflatable PFD with Hydrostatic Inflation Technology (HIT) and a flair for fashion this PFD will keep boaters safe and looking great on the water.
Thursday, 04 October 2007 16:45

A guided trip of unprecedented scale.

Naturally Superior Adventures Logo 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.

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Google Maps Logo 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
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 16:34

Kayak Angler Spawns Second Issue

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.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 07:13

Winter PFD Law in Massachusetts

PFDI 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 AssociationOutdoor 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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