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Denis Dwyer

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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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