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Teen canoeist repeat champ

The teen champion of Interpretive Freestyle Canoeing did it again last weekend. 14-year-old Jonathan Hammond of Clayton edged out Marc Orstein to win the men's national championship Saturday in Peninsula, Ohio. The tiny sport is like figure skating or synchronized swimming in a canoe. David Sommerstein caught up with Hammond yesterday by cell phone.  Go to full article
photo: NFCT website
photo: NFCT website

Four-State Canoe Trail Celebrates a New Beginning

A 740-mile water trail that connects four states in the Northeast gets a fresh start Saturday as volunteers celebrate a five-year effort to mark and map it. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark a new beginning for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which winds north from Old Forge to Maine. On National Trails Day, June 3rd, volunteers involved in revitalizing the historic canoe route will celebrate in the Adirondacks, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec. Parties are planned in Saranac Lake; Newport, Vermont; Groveton, New Hampshire and Greenville, Maine. Kate Williams, Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Preview: Upper Hudson Whitewater Derby

Canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels will gather in the Town of Johnsburg this weekend for the 49th Annual Upper Hudson River Whitewater Derby. The event included the Chuck Severance Memorial Race last Saturday. Pete Burns, owner of Wevertown's Beaver Brook Outfitters, is chairman of this year's derby. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Paul Jamieson  (photo: Adirondack Mountain Club)
Paul Jamieson (photo: Adirondack Mountain Club)

People: Author and Outdoors Enthusiast Paul Jamieson at 102

Paul Jamieson is a noted author, environmentalist, professor and avid canoeist. He was born in 1903 in Des Moines, Iowa. Jamieson spent his teaching career as a Professor of English at St. Lawrence University from 1929 through 1965, and his spare time climbing mountains in the Adirondacks and canoeing most of the waterways throughout the North Country. He's received awards for his work from the Adirondack Council, the Nature Conservancy, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Sierra Club and the Adirondack Museum. He's the editor of The Adirondack Reader, the first comprehensive anthology of writing on the Adirondacks, and a crusader for recreational canoeing rights in the Park. His other books include Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow and an autobiography, Uneven Ground. Last year, Todd Moe spoke with Jamieson in his room at United Helpers nursing home in Canton. At 102, he told Todd that he'd traveled to Europe after college in the 20's, climbed mountains out west, but felt most at home in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
The undiscovered Osgood River
The undiscovered Osgood River

The Osgood River, One Oxbow at a Time

The Osgood River flows through some of the wildest country in the northern Adirondacks. For decades, New York state has considered including it on a list of scenic and wild rivers that receive extra environmental protection. The legislature has never taken action. Brian Mann spent a day on the Osgood River this summer and has our story.  Go to full article

Local Paddler Makes Strong Finish in Yukon River Race

Last week, Brian McDonnell from Lake Clear paddled 460 miles down the Yukon River. The guide and outfitter, who manages the 90-Miler Canoe Classic between Old Forge and Saranac Lake, competed in the Yukon River Quest, a three-day endurance race the attracts boaters from all over the U.S. and Canada. He checked in with Brian Mann after reaching shore.  Go to full article

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Inaugurated

Yesterday in Old Forge, volunteer groups and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the new Northern Forest Canoe trail. The trail begins at the town beach and follows a string of rivers and lakes all the way into Maine.  Go to full article

Adirondack Canoe Classic Underway from Old Forge to Saranac Lake

The Adirondack Canoe Classic got underway this morning. It's three-day, 90-mile marathon along a linkage of lakes, rivers and portages from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. It looks long and challenging on paper, which is where Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann saw it during his first weeks here at NCPR. He got a much closer look at the route that September. He entered. As a solo paddler.  Go to full article
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami<br />Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus

On A Wild Ontario River, North To James Bay

The Kesagami River flows north through some of the wildest country in Ontario, before draining into James Bay. Earlier this month, a group led by St. Lawrence University's outdoor program paddled the river. The ten-day expedition was part of a research effort aimed at producing the first detailed guidebook for whitewater rivers in the region. Brian Mann made the trip this year and sends this audio postcard.

Production Note: Portions of the audio in Brian's story sound distorted because his microphones were soaked repeatedly with river water.  Go to full article

Cannonball Commentary: 90 Miles by Canoe? in a Single Day

The Adirondack Canoe Classic begins tomorrow in Old Forge. The 90-mile race will take more than 250 canoes, kayaks, and guide boats all the way to Saranac Lake. Over the summer, race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day--a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball." He sent this commentary.  Go to full article

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