Trade Association of PaddlesportsBoth events, underwritten by Kokatat, will be held from 12 - 1pm on Days 1 and 3 of the show and will feature women's paddling gear and skill training for experienced and newbie female paddlers.

"TAPS is very excited to be working with OIWC and Kokatat at this summer's Outdoor Retailer trade show. Promoting paddlesports to women is important for the health and growth of our sport. We appreciate what OIWC does on the industry side to promote women in paddling and all outdoor activities," stated TAPS Administrator Nikki Rekman.
Confluence Logo Looks like Confluence is having problems with some of their Tarpon sit on top kayaks. They recently sent out this letter to some of their dealers in early May. They effect a small number of boats that issues with "unanticipated leaking".

Click on the graphic below for a larger view. More info at SNEWS.

Recall Letter

eTrex GPS Garmin is updating their famous eTrex Series of GPS units with High-Sensitivity versions. Look for the eTrex Vista HCx, eTrex Legend HCx, eTrex Summit HC, eTrex Venture HC and the eTrex H.

What is the difference? The high-sensitivity GPS receiver enables the unit to not only acquire satellite signal quicker, but to also hold and maintain the signal better in heavy foliage and deep canyons.

More info: Garmin Blog
Thursday, 31 May 2007 16:34

NRS Paddlefloat Recall

Recalled Paddlefloat NRS has recalled one of their paddlefloats. I guess the inflation tube was breaking off causing the entire thing to deflate when you needed it most. They are offering a replacement to the 1000 or so that got past the quality assurance at the factory.

If you have been having trouble, I would suggest this type of float.

More info on the recall here.

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 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.

Click Read More for full details...

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.

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