Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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Canoe & Kayak, October2006


On the cover – An Outward Bound kayaker paddles through a tide-sculpted sea arch in Kenai Fjords national Park. photo by: Doug Demarest FEATURES DAY 26 One of the most memorable days of an extraordinary canoe journey down Arctic Canada’s Back River is dominated by a never-ending protage that tests the mettle of six young, […]

How To buy A Digital Camera


QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA So many cameras…so much to learn. There are hundreds of cameras out there in all sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. It is a juggling act to balance your needs, wants and money with the camera that speaks to you and helps you capture your memories in […]

Contoocook River, New Hampshire


Like many Bostonians on weekends, the Contoocook River flows north, fleeing city life for farmlands and woods and finding special solace in the golden hue of fall foliage season, when the oak, maple, and birch trees begin to turn. And like some Commonwealth dwellers, the ‘Took can also be pushy and volatile, thanks to the […]

Dog Island, Florida


Why to go: As more and more humans crowd the globe, it has become harder to be at one with nature. Dog Island, however, offers paddlers a place to experience adventure and inspiration in the shrinking wilds of coastal Florida. This diamond in the gulf rises up just south of Carrabelle, in the eastern panhandle. […]

Waterproof Digital Cameras for Paddling


It’s a magical day on the water. Mountains sparkle as sunlight dances. Rain clouds promise both spectacular views and sudden drenchings. You wipe your glasses. There’s a constant drizzle as rain mixes with salt spray. Suddenly a pod of orcas appears, blowing their damp breath into the cool air. It’s the chance of a lifetime; […]

Green River Access


Lots of companies are drawing on kayaking imagery to promote their brands, and now kayakers have gotten a direct benefit from that promotion. Filming recently completed on the Zimmer Orthopedics Sales Success Kayaking Film. It featured former freestyle C-1/OC-1 National and World Champion Brian Miller on the Narrows of the Green River, with filming done […]

Barton Sets New Record


The race started at the southern end of Manhattan on the Hudson across from Ground Zero. Forty-one participants in sea kayaks, surf skis and OC1s set off in five waves up the Hudson River (but with the current) to the northern tip of Manhattan. Leading the field was Barton, paddling an Epic V10L, and Brooklyn’s […]

Preserving Lake Superior


In July 1983 when we dipped our paddles for the first time into Lake Superior, we were part way into a voyage across Canada by canoe from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Beaufort Sea.

Johnson Buys Lendal


Johnson Outdoors Inc. has acquired Scotland-based Lendal paddles, adding the company to its portfolio of paddlesports brands. The family-owned and managed Lendal company was acquired from founders and owners, Alistair and Marianne Wilson. The transaction, which closed on October 3, 2006, continues Johnson Outdoors’ strategic focus on acquisitions that complement its businesses, have market-leading potential […]

ORC Buys Bell


ORC Industries to Buy Bell Canoe Oct. 2, 2006 – ORC Industries announced the signing of an agreement with Ted Bell to acquire the assets of Bell Canoe Works of Princeton, Minnesota. Bell’s manufacturing operation will be moved to the ORC complex in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and become part of the company’s growing Outdoor Group. Ted […]

Sea Kayak Paddle Review


Gear reviews are usually full of technical jargon and concepts I don’t understand. You will find none of that here. Instead, enjoy the ramblings of a 30-year paddler who enjoys all the technical advantages he can feel while using the product. I began paddling with heavy, 90-degree-feather, symmetrical paddles that were short on glitz and […]

Ted Bell Sells Bell Canoe


Ted Bell is selling Bell Canoe Works to ORC Industries of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Bell announced Monday, Oct. 2. Production will move from Princeton, Minnesota, to La Crosse, over the next 90 days or so. And they’re hiring Dave Kruger, formerly of We-no-nah, to oversee production. ORC Industries is a 40-year-old nonprofit established to provide […]

New York Kayak Fest


To help raise awareness of the importance of the Hudson River to New York, environmental watchdog group and Hudson River advocate Riverkeeper, in conjunction with the New York City Sports Commission, is presenting The 1st Annual New York Water Fest, a day-long event of water paddling fun, featuring New York City’s first premier Hudson River […]

Judge Declares Rec Boating Illegal


In the case of Normal Parm v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, James ruled that federal law grants exclusive and private control over the waters of the river, outside the main shipping channel, to riparian landowners. The shallows of the navigable waters are no longer open to the public. That, in effect, makes boating illegal across most […]

Kayakers Circumnavigate Lake Superior


Two team members from the Wilderness Classroom Organization, Dave Freeman and Amy Voytilla will launch their Solstice GT kayaks in Grand Marais, Minnesota and begin a clockwise circumnavigation of Lake Superior.

Verlen Kruger Biography Review


You don’t have to be a marathon canoeist to relish this fascinating tribute to the late, great Verlen Kruger, one of the most extraordinary paddlers who ever lived. Phil Peterson Sr.’s All Things Are Possible: The Verlen Kruger Story presents a sweeping, finely detailed treatise on the life and loves of this sharecropper’s son turned […]

Insurance for Paddlesports Companies


Tough Insurance Market The paddlesport industry is a very small insurance pool compared to larger industries. In this case, a pool is the number of policies or the amount of premiums paid by an industry. The statistical chance of losing 100 percent of the water in a large pool is much less than with a […]

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