HANZ Lightweight Waterproof Gloves

The seamless and stretchable design of the HANZ Lightweight Waterproof Gloves ($34.95) are ideal for just about any outdoor activity involving water-sports or activities in the rain and/or cold. We utilized these gloves paddling in both Norway and Antarctica and not only did our hands remain warm and dry, we retained complete control of the paddle. While the gloves provide warmth in cold conditions, we also found the gloves to be an excellent liner to a shell mitt or glove for extreme conditions. While we primarily used the gloves for sea kayaking, we look forward to putting them to use on some upcoming winter bike rides, hiking and snowboarding. They would also seem ideal for cold mornings fishing or hunting as… Read More →

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Freya Hoffmeister completes unprecedented solo circumnavigation of South America

One of the greatest accomplishments in paddling history – the first solo circumnavigation of South America – was completed in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday, May 1, by German kayaker and endurance record holder Freya Hoffmeister, aboard her Point 65 Sweden expedition kayak. Successfully undertaking an expedition epic in scope, Hoffmeister departed Buenos Aires heading south on August 30, 2011. Paddling into port from the north four years later in her Point 65 FREYA 18-foot expedition kayak, Hoffmeister completed a voyage never before attempted, arriving with an escort from the Argentinian Coast Guard – Naval Prefecture Argentina and greeted by international fanfare. Hoffmeister’s four-year journey ended at the historic Argentine ship Fregata Sarmiento, where she was welcomed by dignitaries as… Read More →

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Packrafting at Untamed New England – Part 2

By Grant Killian Having covered the topic of “what kind of packrafts” and “where can you get them” a month ago, for the next part of our Untamed New England packrafting manifestolet’s dissect one of the race sections from the 2012 expedition course. This section involved a signficant amount of packrafting and strategy and will serve as a great example for racers in the 2014 event to learn from. Refer to this map and put yourself in the shoes of an adventure race team who is at the Transition Area marked as a red cirle “CP 12” at the East edge of the map. The brown lines show reliable trails. The rest of the map is standard USGS topographic style… Read More →

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Picking The Right Packraft For Untamed New England 2014

By Grant Killian While the mountains of Maine are remote and beautiful, and navigating through the back-country race course is typically *the crux* of any Untamed Adventure event, the packrafting discipline in Untamed New England always seems to be one of the first topics of conversation when discussing the race. So let’s discuss it. What kind of packraft? Where do you get packrafts? How many for our team? What about the other gear? What technique? What has the packrafting looked like in previous races? Let’s take a stab at addressing each of these questions over a series of posts here at Explore.Compete.Live. and establish an authoritative packraft manifesto for the Untamed New England expedition adventure race . . . First… Read More →

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How To Roll a Whitewater Kayak

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