Wednesday, 30 May 2007 10:06

Michipicoten Island Expedition Follow-Up

SeanIt has been a crazy week and a half since I got back from my expedition on the North Shore of Lake Superior. I have had zero time since getting back to collect my thoughts but I finally got a couple minutes so here is a short breakdown of our trip.

I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty details of our trip as I don't have the time and you will probably stop reading in about two sentences. Trust me, could easily make it super boring...

Way back in December 2006, Sean and I decided to do a trip up on Lake Superior. We wanted to do a really hard push trip with some long crossings so we thought why not early spring? Yes, the water is only 2 degrees C but who cares; we had drysuits.

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Saturday, 26 May 2007 09:49

Trackstick II Personal Tracker

Trackstick Personal TrackerI recently stumbled upon this really cool gadget. Trackstick will automatically record your journey via a built in GPS. With over 1 Mb of information, it can store months of travel information during your journey. Included with it is special software that will export your track and import it directly into Google Earth.

Not quite sure how this is beneficial to instructors, but it is a pretty cool gadget non-the-less. I guess it could be helpful for people going on a long expedition.

No you all know what to buy for me to make me happy... If you need a better hint, buy me a Trackstick...

More info after the jump.
Extrasport®, a brand trusted by outdoor professionals worldwide for more than 30 years, is pleased to introduce their new 2007 collection of paddling outerwear. A comprehensive line of technical, yet stylish paddling apparel, the new Extrasport® Tech Wear includes dry tops, spray tops, base layers and paddling pants for men and women.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for open seats on the OIA Board. Board members represent the interests of the OIA membership and help promote the growth and success of the outdoor industry.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter is the latest politician to support taxes on canoes and kayaks.

The web site is tracking the governor's position and action in the state.
Mion FootwearOfficials from Mion Footwear, creators of innovative, performance footwear for amphibious athletes, announce the formation of a new Amphibious Athletes Ambassador program (Team A3) to include Tao Berman, Spencer Cooke and Jon Bowermaster.
Thursday, 24 May 2007 12:33

What's In Your Water?

Every year hundreds of billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage are dumped into the rivers and lakes of America and people living nearby don't even know it. Thanks to the hard work of Congressman Timothy Bishop (D-NY) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) communities could get the information they need to begin protecting people from sewage pollution. Today both lawmakers joined to introduce the Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act of 2007. If passed, it would be the first law that would require sewage treatment plants to tell Americans exactly what's in their water.
This year is running summer camps for younger paddlers who would much rather cut a dash in a kayak than float idly about like jellyfish!
Ocean Kayak® and Necky® Kayaks, respected leaders in the paddlesports community, are pleased to announce their latest contribution in the fight against breast cancer, a quarterly donation of $8,655 to the Breast Cancer Fund.
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 18:09

Accidents - A Letter from a Survivor

Timothy Gutmann
Brandon Andrusic
I don't know if anybody has noticed but I recently tried to cut down on the number of accident articles posted in the news section of the site. Scanning the news, there are so many and after a while they all start to read the same. If I posted every one, it would look like everybody and their brother is dying out there and the stats show that it just isn't true.

I do however post articles about tragedy if it could be used for learning or teaching. If it just a death article, it's probably going to be a no-go.

On that note, I recently was following a accident that took place a couple weeks ago in Maine where two paddlers went out and only one came home. It was interesting to read because the survivor (Brandon Andrusic) was able to get to an island and spent the night there before being able to summon help. The decision to stay on the island for the night caused some controversy and there was some negative chatter about his decisions.

Brandon recently wrote a letter into the Portland Press Herald telling his version of the story. I posted a copy of it for you to read and learn from it. It gives some interesting analysis into an accident that I know from first hand experience, can go sour in less than three seconds.

Thanks for Leif for the link to the letter.

[Click "Read More" for the letter]

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