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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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holidays

07.22.2003

Does your canoe or kayak club, local paddling shop, or outfitter have any events that celebrate the holidays while paddling? For example, in Seattle the Northwest Outdoor Center leads caroling excursions by paddle around the houseboats on Lake Union, and Paddle Trails Canoe Club runs an annual “parade of lighted canoes” on the city’s smaller […]

holidays

07.22.2003

Does your canoe or kayak club, local paddling shop, or outfitter have any events that celebrate the holidays while paddling? For example, in Seattle the Northwest Outdoor Center leads caroling excursions by paddle around the houseboats on Lake Union, and Paddle Trails Canoe Club runs an annual “parade of lighted canoes” on the city’s smaller […]

John Heath

07.18.2003

“Johnny Appleseed” of Greenland-style kayaking has died The Greenland kayaking movement in North America lost its Johnny Appleseed with the passing away in July of John Heath at the age of 80. For the last several decades John drew an ever-widening circle of converts to this style of kayaking through his writing and talks that […]

Back Support

07.17.2003

The Sonic Backband from Surf to Summit is made from soft conforming foam and is thermally molded for good support and a great fit. $35. (800) 930-8782; www.SurfToSummit.com.

First Aid

07.17.2003

Take care of common first-aid needs without leaving your boat, with the Paddler Medic from Adventure Medical Kits. $8. (800) 324-3517; www.AdventureMedicalKits.com.

We’re Cooking

07.17.2003

Keep organized with the Spice Wheel from Backpacker’s Pantry. It’s made of food-grade acrylic, with eight compartments for spices, oils, or even dish soap. $13.90. (800) 641-0500; www.BackpackersPantry.com.

Stay Dry

07.17.2003

The Gravity top from Wave Sport has articulated shoulders and elbow sections and seamless underarm panels for mobility. An ultrastretch neoprene neck gasket increases comfort. $190. (336) 434-7730; www.WaveSport.com.

Sea Worthy

07.17.2003

The Na Pali touring jacket from NRS is built to keep you comfortable no matter what the ocean throws at you. It’s made of breathable Entrant fabric, with latex wrist gaskets and full storm hood. $225. (800) 635-5202; www.NRSWeb.com.

Touring fun

07.17.2003

Perception’s new Sonoma 13.5 features the new Airalite Technology, which is light and stiff like composite, with a price closer to that of polyethylene. This boat is 13.5 feet long and 22.5 inches wide and weighs 39 pounds. $1,099. (800) 59-KAYAK; www.Kayaker.com.

Cozy Toes

07.17.2003

The Splash from Five Ten features an Aquastealth sole for remarkable traction and a 3-mm neoprene upper for warmth. $49. (909) 798-4222; www.fiveten.com.

Ocean Protection

07.17.2003

Imagine a network of fully protected marine reserves along the Pacific Coast of the United States, where creatures such as the Lion’s Mane jelly fish, shown here, and other marine animals can thrive forever. Under current laws, less than 1 percent of the ocean is protected. As a result, overfishing, pollution and increased human use […]

Virgin Islands

07.15.2003

KAYAK SAFARIS 787-792-5794 Web: www.kayaksafaris.com 5 or 7 day yacht escorted sea kayak adventures to the secret treasures of St. Thomas & St. Johns, USVI; Cliffside boulder grottos, spectacular beaches, and snorkel live coral forests. After hard days on safari, hot showers, refreshments, hearty meals, and sleeping under tropical stars in your own cabin.

Chile

07.15.2003

ALTUE SEA KAYAKING – PATAGONIA Call 562-232-1103 E-mail: altue@seakayakchile.com Web: www.seakayakchile.com Sea kayak spectacular Andean fjords of Pumalin Park in northern Patagonia where snowcapped mountains plunge into the sea. Primeval temperate rain forest, hot springs, 50′ support vessel, ocean front lodge with Chile’s oldest outfitter for great adventure spiced with local culture.

Get a Little Closer

07.10.2003

Problem: Have you ever gone to a play spot and shot roll after roll of film of your friend doing cool tricks, only to be disappointed with the film when you get it back? It seems that you just didn’t quite capture the energy of your friend’s moves. Instead, what you got was the play […]

Patience, Grasshopper

07.10.2003

Going straight isn’t simply about paddling forward. The novice knows that when he paddles forward, the boat does just about everything but go straight. There are several variables that cause the bow to veer into an unwanted turn, including wind, current, and boat design. Zigzagging is inevitable. The key to traveling in a straight path […]

Beyond the PavementWells Grey Provincial Park

07.10.2003

I dipped my paddle quietly into the turquoise water, and the canoe glided forward. The lake here was very much like a fjord, with vertical rock walls forming the shore. Hundreds of feet above, snowmelt created a stream that finished its descent by forming a magnificent waterfall into the lake. In the bow, my seven-year-old […]

Paddles, Pizazz, and Jazz

06.26.2003

Located an hour north of the New York or Vermont border, Montreal is an island metropolis designed for the paddler who wears a dry jacket by day and a suit jacket by night. It is one of Canada’s largest cities and most significant cultural centers. Jacques Cartier laid claim to New France in 1535, and […]

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