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Monthly Archives: November 2012

ICE Trekkers Diamond Grip Product Review

Overview: From ICE Trekkers: “Diamond Grips are the ultimate winter traction footwear. The patented Diamond Bead design provides excellent traction in snow, ice and mud conditions, yet are comfortable for extended wear.” Review: The first time I had the opportunity to slip on a pair of ICE Trekkers was during a wintery walk down the street … Continue reading »

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Another Take on a “Wilderness Classroom”…

You don’t have to kayak, canoe, and dog sled around North America to experience a wilderness classroom… My girlfriend, Meaghan, sent me this picture of her classroom where she teaches  K-2nd grade special-needs students. The kids spend part of their day engaged in a “center” known as dramatic play in which they engage in roles … Continue reading »

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Most Epic Sea Kayaking Adventures #10: North American Odyssey

So it’s an epic adventure you’re looking for, huh?? Well, try this one on for size: 3-years to travel 11700 miles over the river and through the woods from Bellingham, WA to grandma’s house in Key West, FL…via the Arctic Circle. Substitute planes, trains, and automobiles for kayaks, canoes, and dog sleds. Oh, and lets’ … Continue reading »

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In Memoriam: British Paddling Legend Derek Hutchinson

Derek C. Hutchinson, a pioneer of modern sea kayaking, lost his battle with cancer on October 10th, 2012; he was 79 years old. Mr. Hutchinson served the community for over 40 years as a British Canoe Union (BCU) Senior Coach, kayak designer, author, and explorer. He has often been credited as a driving force behind … Continue reading »

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Boreal Alvik’s Counterpoint on “An Act Relative to Kayak Safety”

Between 1971 and 1979, the long running television program “60Minutes” had a segment that appeared towards the end of each episode that was entitled “Point/Counterpoint” in which two somewhat contentious dyed in the wool Conservative and Liberal commentators would take opposite sides of the same issue ranging from Vietnam, to the proper way to celebrate … Continue reading »

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Check out this super-rare lobster…

Normally, is a lobster-free zone (those of you who are close to me can probably understand why that may be) but I’ve decided to make an exception for this particular crustacean because it’s so cool looking and rare! Yes, this lobster is real and no, someone didn’t paint it to look like that! It … Continue reading »

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Stellar Kayaks S12 Review

  The Deets Materials Available: Carbon-Core, Kevlar/fiberglass-core, Epoxy fiberglass-core, Polyester fiberglass-core Length: 12’ Width: 25.6” Cockpit size: 35.5” x 19” Weights: Ultra (30lbs) Excel (32lbs) Advantage (34lbs) Sport (41lbs) Capacity: 290lbs Bulkheads: Front and Rear Rudder/Skeg: No   Overview From Stellar Kayaks: “The Stellar 12’ (S12) Recreational Kayak is a great transitional boat. Excellent primary … Continue reading »

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Therm-a-rest Alpine Down Blanket Review

Therm-a-Rest by Cascade Designs has been setting the standard of comfort in camping world ever since they released their first self-inflating mattress in 1971. More recently, their designers decided to investigate the efficiency of the traditional sleeping bag design. They discovered that the part of the sleeping bag that gets compressed between our backs and … Continue reading »

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