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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 from the highest point in Vermont along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I fueled up with some Adventurous Joe Coffee and GrandyOats granola, then headed…


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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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Planning is in effect!

By on July 13, 2015

The planning is in full-swing! And there’s a phenomenal amount of it! The blog should be up soon and so should the route map….

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John Connelly
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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