Dubside Coming to Qajaq TC!

World renowned Greenland paddler Dubside is coming to Qajaq TC in 2017. Also known as the Michigan Training Camp, Qajaq TC is a small traditional or Greenland kayaking symposioum. Dubside is well known for his rolling abilities as well his Greenland ropes skills. Dubside is flat out amazing and anything…

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Why I Wear Altra Shoes

One evening after an easy three-mile walk, I began to limp. My left foot had developed a pain on the outside edge near the base of the little toe. This pain came out of nowhere. I was perplexed as I hadn’t done anything noticeable. I typically went for a three…

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Hey, I DO Eat This At Home!

Chef Michael Gray

When it comes to backcountry cooking and eating well, Michael Gray is the acknowledged expert chef. Dubbed the Eric Clapton of backcountry cooking, Michael is the owner and chief guide at Uncommon Adventures and author of Hey, I’d Eat This At Home!  While most people who venture into the backcountry for a camping…

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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 suit is a challenge. My solution is the NRS Freestyle…

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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 really go together let us consider something a bit more…

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Valley Nordkapp RM Sea Kayak Review

After having taken sea kayak classes and rented kayaks for a few summers, I decided it was time to buy a kayak for my very own. What I was looking for was a British design touring kayak. I also had a budget in mind so roto-molded boats were in, fiberglass…

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Kayaking Lake Huron and Thunder Bay

Years back, before I had any formal training in Sea Kayaking, I found myself in Lake Huron with three other friends. We had a great time on that trip but in retrospect we made so many mistakes that could have been easily averted. Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay is located near…

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Hiking to Mount LeConte Lodge

Nestled high up in the Smoky Mountains is Mount LeConte Lodge. Named after the peak that is sits on, the lodge is only accessible by foot. Mount LeConte Lodge offers tremendous panoramic views of the Smoky Mountain National park and since one must hike at least a few hours to…

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Kayaking From Beaver Island to Hog Island

After enjoying ourselves and learning so much from Ken Bruland of Inland Seas School of Kayaking, we decided to return the following year and take more lessons and explore more of Beaver Island. (note: Ken has since retired and the school is now closed) On this trip to Beaver Island,…

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