What is SUP? It’s all the rage! SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle (boarding). I got to try it and it’s a blast! You can do it on flat water or whitewater. All you need is a board (rent one to start off), paddle (Bending Branches makes a great one here), PFD, and a helmet (for whitewater).
When I asked a few SUP experts (and by expert I mean SUP’in in the Grand Canyon) about rules, they were quick to say there are no rules! Just relax and have fun, it’s easy and civilized.
Paddle strokes, squaring up to waves, reading the water; that will all come with practice. Flatwater is a good place to start. Figure out your center of gravity, face foward and when you feel comfortable head out to find some waves.
Folks have been asking me for years, how do I pack my Duluth Packs? Since I canoe just about every weekend, I have gotten it down to a science. Others may have varied opinion’s, but this works for me.
How to Pack a Duluth Pack (click this link)
This past weekend, was Hawk Weekend in Duluth, MN. A time when hundreds, even thousands, of migrating birds pass above Duluth each day, hesitant to cross over Lake Superior on their way South.
In the brief time I was there we spotted, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk (3,939 that day) and my favorite, the American Kestrel.
Duluth Pack has been a fan of birders for years with our Haversacks (perfect for bird books and binoculars). Old and new fans alike are enjoying our Binocular Cases and Binoculars by Steiner.
If you are in the area this Fall I would recommend a trip up to Hawk Ridge!
Recently our Duluth Pack canvas cutter, Jeff, embarked on a journey with a friend to hike the length of the Kekekabic Trail. The Kekekabic Trail is a challenging one, to say the least. It is a 40 miles trail the travels up and down through the Boundry Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).
The maps for the trail are found here (Kekekabic Trail Club wesbite). On the first section from the Fernberg Road to Snowbank Lake, half way you encounter a large clear cut area. Snowbank Lake to Parent Lake, this section was extrememly brushy. Parent Lake to Disappointment Lake had well marked spurs along the trail. Their first night camping after 11.5 miles lead them to Moiyaka Lake and a very nice camp spot.
The second day they headed past Hachet and Thomas Lakes for a nice break, then through some very wet marsh’s to Strup Lake for another nice break spot. The next section had a lot of ups and downs, yikes! This section is also home to the highest point on the trail. The campsite at Loki and Harness Lake was not desireable and the rest of the day was spend going up and down and then up and down some more! Day Two did bring the best campsite at Agamok Lake after 15.5 miles.
The third day they headed through 8 miles of the Ham Lake Fire burn down area, this section had a lot of overgrown parts as well. They found a campsite near Bingshick Lake, woke up the next morning and hiked the last 3.5 miles out to civilization!
Overall they thought the trail was overgrown, rocky, and often hard to find. They also encountered more water hazards then expected and scores of mosquitos and wood ticks! They were glad to be finished!
Thanks for sharing your story and photos with us! Now back to work!
I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking!