So March is approaching and that means one thing, Canoecopia (click here) in Madison. An event that draws over 24000 people and some of the best paddlers from around the country. There is bountiful paddling stuff, so many great presentations you wish for a tivo equivalent and paddlers in all sizes, ages & crafts.
Nancy and I have been on an every other year cycle for several years now, this year it is my turn. Here are the presentations I’ll be giving:
Lake Superior’s Archipelago
From Thunder Bay to Rossport is the largest expanse of islands on Lake Superior. Include Isle Royale, this region boasts the highest cliffs on the lake, some of its largest wilderness areas and sites sacred to Native Americans/First Nations. Paddling in this area not only requires a passport but also skill, a sense of exploration and awe, as one is immersed in a big landscape. Come see these islands from a sea kayaker’s perspective.
Getting Ready for Paddling
With long winters, skills and fitness can take precious time to rebuild in the spring. How to get the most out of the season? The gym is one way, but rusty skills also need exercise. Learn fun ways to use pools to reengage not only rolling/rescue skills but also boat handling and fitness. Also learn how to structure early season paddles to build fitness as well as exercises to reengage skills such as navigation.
Rules of the Road & Paddling in Traffic
Paddlers and their craft are considered vessels by state and federal law. As such, we have rights and obligations under laws governing the nautical road. Learn about these laws and how they apply to all paddle powered craft as well as practical considerations when out paddling in traffic.
And then I am part of the following panel presentation as well.
Do physical limitations make paddling difficult or challenging? Come hear from a group of paddlers with various disabilities and instructors of adaptive paddling. Through engaging photos, personal stories and examples of adaptive devices they will demonstrate that paddling is a universally inclusive sport, no matter your ability.