Kokatat LogoArcata CA - Connecting the Drops is a two-month canoeing, hiking, and mountaineering expedition that will depart on June 19, 2007. The team includes Don van Hout and David Lavallee who will be exploring the entire 1538 kilometer Athabasca River from the Columbia Icefields, the hydrological apex of North America, to the internationally protected Peace-Athabasca Delta, the largest inland freshwater delta in the world. They will ski to summit of Mount Snowdome and then hike and paddle the headwaters of the Athabasca River in remote Jasper National Park, across Alberta to Lake Athabasca.
Raw Plastic Resin
Raw Plastic Resin
For those interested in the different types of plastic used for molding boats, there is a really interesting technical discussion going on right now at playak.com. Several companies have weighed in on the issue of strength verses weight including representatives of Dragorossi and Eric Jackson of Jackson Kayak.

Eric even did a quick podcast talking about raw plastic that they use. Very interesting. Here is the link.
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 KayakIdaho.com 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 Seapaddling.com is running summer camps for younger paddlers who would much rather cut a dash in a kayak than float idly about like jellyfish!

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