Verlen Kruger. He was 58 when he left his home in Lansing, Michigan four years ago to go on a canoe trip. His life up until then had been pretty straightforward. Never again…

Steve Landick. He was 19 when he first met Verlen. He would be 29 when they left Lansing together in 1980. In that 10-year interlude the two of them crystallized their plans for the canoe-trip-to-end-all-canoe-trips: The Ultimate Canoe Challenge.

Click above to read the entire story printed in Canoe & Kayak’s 1984 issue. Canoe & Kayak Magazine is turning 40 years old this March and will be launching the 40th Anniversary Issue on January 22 for the stands. In the meantime, we’ll be posting some of our old stories like this one online for readers to enjoy and reminisce on the old days of boating.

Fast forward a couple decades in Canoe & Kayak’s May 2006 issue, and Larry Rice recounts Verlen Kruger’s journey to the summit of Ontario’s remote Tip Top Mountain, an expedition started by his father. Taking on the same hard-to-reach goal 30 years before, Todd Cesar’s father drowned after capsizing in the raging White River.

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