I just got word from the folks at Naturally Superior Adventures that trip I'm guiding this summer enough people signed up to ensure that it's a go. But I'm on the hunt for 1-2 more people to make it even awesommer.
Taking place July 31 to August 8, we are going to catch a boat shuttle who will drop us off our on the elusive, mysterious and hardly ever visited, Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior. Over the course of seven days we will circumnavigate the island then make the 16 kilometer crossing north between the island and the north shore. Once that adventure is complete we will turn right, keeping shore on our left and paddle back to Wawa.
So who is this trip for? Well, due to its extreme remoteness and long crossing, this trip is aimed towards the intermediate and above paddler. You should have a firm grasp on self and group rescue as well as the physical stamina of a crossing of this nature.
The thing that makes this trip unique is that it's a self-sufficient trip in that you are responsible for your own camping gear and meals. I won't be cooking for you but instead we will work as a group on decision making, risk management and route planning. It's perfect for those who have kayak tripping experience so doesn't need a guide to pamper them but appreciate the extra security blanket of somebody who has paddled the route before a couple of times.
So what's out there to see? On a scale of 1 to wicked awesome, I would rank Michipicoten Island in the high fantastic to super cool awesome range.
So for me the two real gems of the place are the wild caribou (which there are about 100+ head) and the abandoned copper mine on the northwest shore of the island. Back in the 1880's the mining company packed up and went home leaving behind a large collection of mining equipment to rust. We will spend a good part of an afternoon exploring the site while at the same time avoiding the open mine shafts scattered around the now grown up forest.
Interested and want to come? You really should. To be quite honest, this is a very exclusive experience as only a small handful of people visit the island each year. The numbers are so low that a commercial trip (with the crossing) was only done for the first time when we did it two summers ago.
Here is a photo gallery of the trip I guided two summers ago.
ARCATA, California (March 23, 2015) – Kokatat announced today that it has teamed up with paddling industry veterans and expert instructors Steve and Cindy Scherrer and their Shellback Paddle Experience (www.shellbackpe.com). The Scherrers recently founded the program to share their stand up paddleboarding expertise with aspiring paddlers and the top paddlesport shops across the country.
“Steve and Cindy are two of the most respected paddlesport instructors in the industry,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat PR/Promotional Marketing Manager. “They've been great supporters of Kokatat over the years and we are excited to have them back on our team.”
The Scherrers founded Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe in Portland, OR, in 1986. They sold the business in 2004 and joined Confluence Watersports to help design boats and work in the field as training and technical specialists. They left Confluence last year and founded Shellback.
While touring the country they will be conducting skills classes in SUP as well as training and certifying ACA SUP instructors. Additionally, the Scherrers will be providing shop clinic support to Kokatat's sales team and will be highlighting Kokatat's products during their classes.
“We've been fans of Kokatat since before our Alder Creek days,” said Steve Scherrer. “We've had a strong relationship since then and believe they not only produce the finest kayak apparel, but are a model company.”
For details on the Shellback Paddle Experience and dates of their clinics visit www.shellbackpe.com.
About Kokatat Inc.
Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit www.kokatat.com and follow Kokatat on Facebook and Twitter “@kokatat”.
Did you know it's possible to navigate your way to every single NFL stadium in the US by kayak?
It's true. A couple of days ago Reddit user, /Bhockzer posted the routes to every single one. And while he did have to be "navigationally creative" for a couple, it's possible to paddle to your next big game even if it's via a storm creek.
Here is part of the full post:
Take St. Lawrence Seaway to access the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes. Be on the lookout for sea monsters, vikings, wayward Pilgrims, and Explorers.
Gillette Stadium (NE) > Neponset River > Atlantic Ocean
MetLife Stadium (Jets & Giants) > Upper Bay > Newark Bay > Hudson River > Atlantic Ocean
Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) > Delaware River > Atlantic Ocean
M & T Bank Stadium (Bal.) > Chesapeake Bay > Atlantic Ocean
FedEx Field (Wash.) > Cattail Branch > Beaverdam Creek > Anacostia River > Potomac River > Atlantic Ocean
Everbank Field (Jax) > St. Johns River > Atlantic Ocean
SunLife Stadium (Miami) > Royal Glades Canal > Atlantic Ocean
Bank of America Stadium (Panthers) > Irwin Creek > Sugar Creek > Catawabe River > Fishing Creek Lake > Wateree Lake > Wateree River > Lake Marion > Lake Moultrie > Cooper River > Charleston Harbon > Atlantic Ocean
Sea Kayak explorer, Justine Curgenven just posted a new trailer of her most recent expectation where she joined Sarah Outen and set-out to paddle the 2,500 kilometer length of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
Judging by the trailer, it looks like one of the craziest adventures either of them has been on in quite a while.
Kokatat has outfitted a four-member team that just began a whitewater journey of a lifetime, reaching from South Africa into China.
Stage one of Expedition Inception, a two-stage expedition, will take the team from South Africa to Egypt. Over the course of about eight months, the paddlers plan to run and explore multiple first descents and source-to-sea waterways.
After a short break, Kelly and I are really happy to announce the latest episode of our podcast, Kayak Mainline. Sweet, lucky episode 13.
This time we get together and discover
Plus more science fiction book reviews and why Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian TV show (except for the Beachcombers).
I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did putting it together.
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Have you ever stood on a beach looking out on the ocean and wondered what country is directly over there? If so, this map is for you.
I'm going to send this map to my mother as I have a vivid memory of me and my brothers standing on a beach in Florida during one Spring Break and her telling us that we were staring at Australia. Not sure why that memory stands out...
Pro top: Click on the map above for a larger version.