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Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI 22nd TO 25th, 2020 Port Austin Kayak Symposium Port Austin, MI Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21, 2020 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium July 9 - 12, 2020 Rowleys Bay, Door County, WI (not in Michigan but close enough to include in the list.) Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium Grand Marais, MI July 15-19, 2020 QajaqTC Frankfort, MI August 20-23, 2020

Backpacking

Things to see on North Manitou Island

(Updated May 13, 2018) North Manitou Island is a popular backpacking destination due to its easy access and being one of only a few designated wilderness areas in the Midwest. Many backpackers who visit North Manitou try to hike as…

Things to do on North Manitou Island

North Manitou Island is located eight miles off the coast of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. To get there requires a ferry ride, an overnight stay, and planning. With that in mind, visitors often ask, “What are the things…

Cycling

Tom Ritchey Road Logic Review

  Tom Ritchey is best known for building mountain bikes and mountain bike components. He was at the birth of mountain biking way back in the 70's. Tom however also has a lengthy history in road bikes. After all, Tom…

Bike Tools Plus

Are you working on your own bike and you need a tool to do the job? Or maybe you are looking for information on bicycle tools? We recommend Bike Tools Plus. Billed as "An Encyclopedia of Bike Tools and More!',…

Kayaking

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI…

NRS Freestyle Wetshoe Review

My Valley Nordkapp RM has little spare room for big feet. In the summer, this hasn’t been too much of a problem but during dry suit season, finding footwear that can accommodate the extra bulk of socks and the dry…

The Famous Blue IKEA Bag

Stuff. Lots of stuff. Kayaking involves plenty of stuff. Carrying all this stuff from your car to your kayak and vice versa can be a logistical juggling act that even Tenzing Norgay would subcontract out. Since Sherpas and kayaking don't…
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