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]
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 17:36

Clyde Coastguard Podcast

Clyde Coastguard If you haven't downloaded and listened yet, jump over to Simon Willis's blog and download his latest podcast. He does an amazing interview with Bill Spear, the watch manager at Clyde Coastguard.

Simon gets down and dirty to figure out what goes on there and how kayakers can make the Coast Guards lives a little easier.


KokatatKokatat athletes Ruth Gordon and Dan Burke are crowned World Champions at the 2007 Freestyle Kayaking Championships, held on the Ottawa River in Canada first week of May. The competition was held at "Bus Eater" wave, which is the biggest wave the World Championships has ever been held on.
Monday, 21 May 2007 18:56

Back safe and sound

Sean during the crossing
Sean during the crossing to Michipicoten Island.
Click to zoom.
Just got back today from our trip on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Over 7 days, we paddled just shy of 220 km from Wawa, ON out to Michipicoten Island and back. I don't have time to get into the details tonight as I'm completely wiped but I will post a more detailed report this week. Probably Thursday if I can get it all together.

Here is it in phrases. Basically it was over the top.
  • 220km
  • 2C water (cold)
  • 35 knot headwinds
  • Almost activated the Coast Guard Search and Rescue Techs...
  • 4 hour night paddle through ink
  • Two 18 km crossings
  • First crossing - 1.5 meter following seas (actually 1.5m)
  • Rainforest
  • Caribou tracks
  • Radio dead zones
  • Very remote location
  • Caves
  • 4 am wake-ups
  • Snow
All right, off to bed
Friday, 11 May 2007 12:57

Woods Solar Powered EZ-Tent

Woods Solar Powered Tent
Woods Solar Powered Tent
Saw this and thought it needed to be posted. I don't know what to think about it yet. Interesting application though...

Here is the description from the Canadian Tire website:
  • EZ-TentTM system for simple set up
  • 7" (18 cm) solar panel is placed on the top of the tent's hub and clicked into place. Fly is then placed on top of solar panel & tent, and sun will charge the panel through the clear PVC window at the top of the fly
  • Solar panel comes with case to be stored safely in tent duffle bag
  • Integrated LED rope lights line the top of the tent on the inside and a centre removable hand-held flashlight can be taken down or left as centre light
  • Automatic function allows lights to be able to come on as the sun sets, if desired
  • Solar panels can be charged in direct or indirect light; will take approx 4-6 hours of direct light to yield 2-4 hours tent light; 8-10 hours of indirect light to yield 2-4 hours tent light
  • Solar panel can also be used independently to charge batteries
Thanks to groovygreen for the link.

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