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Rangeley to the Forks

By on May 20, 2016

Finally, the wind is abating.
It is time to carry from the Androscoggin watershed in Rangeley to the dead river and Kennebec watershed over a height of land that marks the highest point in Maine along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I arrive at the south branch of the Dead…


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Moose River Maine with an E

By on May 15, 2016

Traveling through the divide between Spencer Lake and Spencer Stream to the Moose River, which would eventually take me to Moosehead Lake, I encountered snow…

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River to River

By on May 13, 2016

Vermont’s Nulhegan River joins the Connecticut
I awoke with a spring in my step from the epic day I had just spent descending the Nulhegan…

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Vermont x 2 & Quebec

By on May 9, 2016

Crossing Lake Champlain into Vermont felt like a landmark achievement.
There had already been a few, including surviving a hellish intestinal bug. After camping on an…

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No Guts, No Glory

By on April 28, 2016

Let’s start with the tough stuff. Nine days after the launch of PaddleQuest in Old Forge, New York, John has just survived the trip’s…

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Thank you!

By on April 11, 2016

Thanks to all who came out for most awesome Expedition Launch Party I ever could have imagined! Great people, fun raffle with outstanding items from…

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PaddleQuest 1500 Expedition Paddling & Camping Kit

By on April 11, 2016

We’ve gotten a few requests to see my packing list for PaddleQuest 1500- I’m happy to oblige! Thanks again to all my wonderful sponsors…

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Save the Date

By on March 6, 2016

Save the Date! Expedition Launch Party!
Join friends, supporters and sponsors as we send John off on his epic adventure – in style! We’re looking…

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Six to Launch

By on March 6, 2016

Six weeks till launch date, provided ice out of the Adirondack lakes and rivers and no flooding. Training weeks have consisted of weight training, xc skiing…

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An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire — Welcome to PaddleQuest 1500

By on February 5, 2016

According to the EPA, Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors. Half of those waking hours are spent parked—8 hours a day—staring at a…

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Kayaking in Maine

In April of 2016, I’ll launch on a 75-day river/ocean odyssey that will carry me over 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes, and 1500 miles. As leader of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools for 10 years and a former member of the US Canoe & Kayak team with numerous whitewater first-descents to my credit, I believe I am uniquely qualified to meet this challenge.

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