Heitman Mountain First Ascent

June 20, 2018

When I followed my wife to Kodiak, Alaska last December when she was stationed here with the U.S. Coast Guard, I knew I had signed myself up for a heck of an adventure. Life would be both thrilling and boring, the weather stunning and wildly aggressive and there would be a lot of changes to our day to day.

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Yosemite Winter Kayaking - A Farewell to Winter

April 18, 2018

With a recent snowstorm draping fresh powder over the valley, and more on the forecast, Connor and I loaded three origami kayaks into the truck, headed North towards Yosemite Valley.  A crispy morning during the break in the weather prompted a quick trip to my favorite national park, only a couple hours north of home.

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Around the River Bend: Black Canyon Kayaking

March 29, 2018

My daughter, Carolyn is the Marketing Design Lead for Oru Kayak which was sponsoring an all women's kayak/camping trip down the Black Canyon Water Trail in Nevada.  Even though the other invitees were young accomplished athletes/journalists, outdoor photographer and reps from outdoor gear companies, one of the officers of Oru suggested to Carolyn that she bring me along on the trip for a mother daughter adventure.

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How to Go Kayaking in San Francisco for $5.25 and No Car

March 19, 2018

The two half drysuit-clad figures wearing large gray boxes on their backs drew a few stares, but there are much crazier things that happen in this city. Most people contemplated the sight for a half second, then looked away, a slightly puzzled expression crossing their face.

My brother and I were on a mission to kayak the San Francisco waterfront, using only public transportation.

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Black Canyon Wanderin'

February 28, 2018

Next month, Oru Kayak will take eleven journalists on a three-day, all women's paddle down the Colorado River in Black Canyon, Nevada. The plan is to paddle, explore, soak in the hot springs, and revel in the camaraderie of fellow ladies.

A few weeks ago, two of Oru Kayaks own went out to Black Canyon to scout the river for themselves. What ensued was a weekend full of silliness, wonder, and creative repurposing of the Bay ST. 

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