Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The girl's "race to heal" decals have arrived. This is an important piece to our campaign for finding a cure for Breast Cancer. It gives them some continuity and a connection to others finding their way to a cure through paddling.
Boo and I has been corresponding with a pair of OC1 paddlers out of Kailua, Hawaii. Both women are dedicated to raising awareness and finding a cure. You can follow their paddling and training at: Na Leo Hoe Wa'a Blog.
Jaimie and Jessie are a great inspiration. We thank them for their support and wish them well. Their race season starts in January and ends in May, it should be fun to follow along.
We are on track with finding sponsors and shoring up a paddling schedule for our girls. Our first event will be the Hugh Heward. This is going to be especially exciting as the Ultimate Hugh Heward will be in full swing.
I do know that the Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge is free to participants... an expedition format, with a request for donations to the Verlen Kruger Memorial.
Now time for some back country skiing. We have 9 fresh inches of snow beckoning.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We hope to show those coming up from the South for the Manistee Paddle a better time then this... lots of video on YouTube if you put in the key words Winter Canoeing.
There is also an Alaskan Redneck video that has a half a dozen kids no helmets being towed by a snow mobile... the adult is the only one with the helmet. All in good fun, but put a helmet on those kids!!
Moronic. - The Capt'n
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
If we were keeping score or if we really cared, I think we'd be even up. Me making fun of his "Klepper yacht" design; John and acknowledgement of my lack of athleticism. If you find yourself dreaming of adventure or want to talk story head down to the Paddlin Shop.
Winter paddling tips:
John's tip #1:
Don't under any circumstances fall in the water? But if you insist on doing your own version of the Polar Bear Plunge, have your waterproof ditch bag handy, (not drifting down the river on it's own) with a change of clothing, matches, fire-starter, space blanket, flashlight, spare batteries, and anything else you might deem essential to your survival.
John's tip #2
Don't sweat the small stuff when it comes to group dynamics.
John's tip #3
Adjust your layering system before not after your already very cold. A down coat is a wonderful item for those sedentary moments where you break for lunch or sit around
John's thought #4 (Just my opinion from my own experience)
Sorel Boots are much warmer than any paddling type neoprene boot for mid winter paddling. Wool gloves are warmer than neoprene gloves. If you use a kayak paddle wool gloves inside Pogies will keep your hands warm and dry in extreme conditions.
Eat lots of good grub high in calories. Steak, sausage, cheese, chocolate, trail mix, pancakes, oatmeal. Vegetables turn to mush unless dehydrated. Glass jars will explode in the cold. I am aware that a little Jack Daniels and coffee is very bad for you in the cold. But hey, both taste pretty good under the winter sky.
John's tip #6
The right attitude, the right gear, and the right companions are all equally essential to enjoying the waterways during the winter.
My only tip: Don't Tip! - The Capt'n