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     Exploring the outdoors on foot and in small boats has been a big part of my life since my first camping trip when I was ten years old. I prefer “self-propelled”  modes of travel such as backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking and have used these methods to explore many of the most remote and beautiful areas in North America from Key West, Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska.

     The Pacific Northwest and the coasts of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska has become my favorite area to explore. I have traveled solo by sea kayak for thousands of miles through the waterways that together make up the 1,300 mile (2,080 kilometer) Inside Passage. I completed the route from Washington to Alaska twice, once in 2008 and again in 2012.

     After completing my first Inside Passage kayaking trip in 2008 I published my first book on the subject, “Point to Point: Exploring the Inside Passage by Kayak”.

     After completing the route for a second time in 2012, I published my most recent book, “Alone in the Passage: An Explorers Guide to Sea Kayaking the Inside Passage”.


     I have explored some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in North America by canoe, kayak, and on foot. Here are some of the places that I have visited.


By Sea Kayak


The Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska – 2007/2008 and 2012


Prince William Sound Alaska – 1987


Belize – 1991


Johnstone Strait, BC 3 trips


Clayoquot Sound, BC


San Juan Islands, WA


Baja Mexico – Sea of Cortez and Scammons Lagoon


Gulf of Mexico – Horn Island – roughly 15 trips over 10 years


Lake Pontchartrain, LA – Two 24 mile open water crossings


St. Vincent Island, FL – two circumnavigations


Dauphin Island, AL to Gulfport, MS – along the Gulf Islands


By Canoe


Green River, UT – 120 miles


Granite River, MN – Boundary Waters Canoe Area


Rio Grande River, TX – 2 trips


Chattooga River, GA – Section 3 by canoe and section 4 by raft


Nantahala River, NC – many runs in canoe, kayak, and raft


Ocoee River, TN – many runs in canoe and raft


Buffalo River, AR – 2 trips


Locust Fork River, AL – many runs in canoe, kayak, and raft


Snake River, WY – 4 runs in canoe and raft


Yellowstone Lake, WY – 2 trips


Numerous open canoe runs of small rivers in LA, MS, FL, and AL


By Raft


American River, CA


Salmon River, ID


Backpacking and Mountaineering


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course in Wind River Mountains, WY – 30 days 1980


Freemont Peak, WY - summit 1989


Windom Peak, CO – summit 1990


Mount Rainer, WA – summit 1991


The Na Pa Li Coast trail on Kauai, Hawaii 1984


Hundreds of mile backpacking in GA, TN, UT, AZ, WY, CO, WA, and AK

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