Ottowa Adventures

Brushed up some kinetic water skills with a great friend on what I feel is like the Disneyland for outdoor folks. The Ottowa is huge and deep and really pushes all paddlers to be in the moment.

Wilderness tours was a blast to stay at. It had hot tubs a pool a bar and a bear we saw nearby. Gulp.

Check out my adventure below. Thanks Scotty for being there with me.

I made this with my drone gopro hero 7 and phone. I used Wevideo as my editor.

A great family trip

I had a great chance to connect with an distant family member and his friends as we headed out onto Shelburne Bay. The additional company of my sister and niece from Seattle made it extra special


Cold water and boater safety

There is so much to say here. Unfortunately every year Lake Champlain has a tragedy because of our warm spring days and the frigid lake waters.  An amazing resource can be found here, it does a great job unpacking the infamous 50/50/50 rule which seems really a myth. The take home from this resource? If you look carefully you will see that water below 70 degrees Fahrenheit should be considered COLD! Keep it simple, wear the right clothes, have a float plan, know your rescue skills and paddle with a partner.

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The season is upon us

The water is still “chunky” but the season is shaping up to look really fun and super busy.

Fellow kayakers please be safe when it comes time to put your boat in the water. Be sure to wear the right gear and always wear your PFD, cold or warm water. Check out this paddler! Dry suit, PFD, hat and all of the right gear.

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Kayak camp

After cold and rainy start kayak camp is off to a really good day. Fossil hunting and inukshuk  building and general boat play is being enjoyed by our six campers. What a hoot to be with adventurous kids!We even got a roll inWe even got a roll in!

Kids programs 

We have been busy with Overland Adventures and Apogee a Adventures taking their intrepid trippers for some site seeing and cool refreshing splashing as they take a break from biking the length of Vermont. The kids are game for games and capsizes and we are always amazed at how easily it all comes to them.  The Apogee and Overland kids are always  tight knit, enthusiastic,kind and ready for anything. 

Let the season begin

A spectacular first trip with VBT. Chip and Bill arranged a fantastic group to paddle from Button Bay out to explore the Palisades of Lake Champlain. Despite a late start, and some minor equipment glitches, we all had a great time discussing the nature and natural history of this amazing section of lake. Thanks to Google Photo for the first enhanced image.

The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

Complacency on Lake Champlain can prove to be very dangerous to  folks that paddle with the mindset that "Its only a lake". This weekend I spent several hours coaching a group home after the leaders checked in with a weather update.  The trip leaders were well prepared, competent paddlers, and had group safety in mind. When they looked at the conditions  they decided some extra help was in order.  I was happy to help out.Evidence of their thinking was apparent after they checked the radar and wind reports.  Had this been folks trained to a lesser degree I believe that a situation would have evolved that could have had serious ramifications.Check out the conditions here of the happy paddlers