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The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

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  1. The thread that we all seem to have in common, is that there is a strong emotional aspect to adventure. It is a feeling not a fact. What makes an experience adventurous is not something that should be defined objectively by academics. We, as a field, should respect the student centred approach seen so often in Forest Schools, and allow adventure to be defined by the entirely emotional and subjective judgement made by the individual having the adventure.

    Source: Institute for Outdoor LearningHorizon's Magazine

  2. The thread that we all seem to have in common, is that there is a strong emotional aspect to adventure. It is a feeling not a fact. What makes an experience adventurous is not something that should be defined objectively by academics. We, as a field, should respect the student centred approach seen so often in Forest Schools, and allow adventure to be defined by the entirely emotional and subjective judgement made by the individual having the adventure.

    Source: Institute for Outdoor LearningHorizon's Magazine

  3. What did Paul Villecourt unleash with his inaugural Open Canoe Festival? A monster! Once unleashed, it grew… and grew more… and this Easter, we reach the fifth year of this premier occasion for ‘touring’ canoeists to meet up, learn, share experiences and party as guests of open canoeing’s most gracious host…

  4. What did Paul Villecourt unleash with his inaugural Open Canoe Festival? A monster! Once unleashed, it grew… and grew more… and this Easter, we reach the fifth year of this premier occasion for ‘touring’ canoeists to meet up, learn, share experiences and party as guests of open canoeing’s most gracious host…

  5. What did Paul Villecourt unleash with his inaugural Open Canoe Festival? A monster! Once unleashed, it grew… and grew more… and this Easter, we reach the fifth year of this premier occasion for ‘touring’ canoeists to meet up, learn, share experiences and party as guests of open canoeing’s most gracious host…

  6. If approached over the ruggedly alpine Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, and through the short tunnel at Col de Rousset, Paul Villecourt’s beloved Drôme valley offers one of the most stunning vistas in all of France. This was the setting for the 2013 festival.

  7. If approached over the ruggedly alpine Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, and through the short tunnel at Col de Rousset, Paul Villecourt’s beloved Drôme valley offers one of the most stunning vistas in all of France. This was the setting for the 2013 festival.

  8. Photo Credits: Matt Thompson of Wilderness-Canoe.co.uk. For more images see the Wilderness Canoe Facebook Album

  9. Dating from roughly 1934 or 1935, the film quality is rough, but the skills are astonishing.

    Alongside traditional, and not so traditional paddle strokes, Reg demonstrates rescues (emptying a canoe with one hand, whilst supporting a non swimmer – no problem!), running rapids and surfing.

    His tricks include the flip, the double flip, walking the gunnel and the famous jetty scene. Trying to imitate many of these tricks will probably lead to swims, laughs and light bruising – but you’ll want to give them a go!

    Canoeing by Reg Blomfield has been uploaded here as I am unaware of any copyright holder or commercial licensee with rights to this film. The British Film Institute holds no filmographic information on the film and approaches to the National Film Board of Canada and Cinematheque Quebecoise went unanswered. This film has been uploaded for educational purposes only.

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  10. I currently use the third canoe of my own that I have rigged. The very first canoe that I ever sailed was one of the 17ft Grumman aluminium canoes at an outdoor activity centre where I used to work. The centre had a Grumman lateen rig so I tried it out with an old dinghy centreboard G-clamped to the side - it all worked surprisingly well and I was hooked! So I rigged my own Old Town Discovery 158 with a small gunter-rig sail left over from a long rotted small dinghy and sailed that for several years. Then came a Mad River Explorer and several versions of sail and rigging, from another gunter to a balanced lug, both sometimes with a mizzen and/or jib or genoa depending on wind strength on the day [...]

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  11. I currently use the third canoe of my own that I have rigged. The very first canoe that I ever sailed was one of the 17ft Grumman aluminium canoes at an outdoor activity centre where I used to work. The centre had a Grumman lateen rig so I tried it out with an old dinghy centreboard G-clamped to the side - it all worked surprisingly well and I was hooked! So I rigged my own Old Town Discovery 158 with a small gunter-rig sail left over from a long rotted small dinghy and sailed that for several years. Then came a Mad River Explorer and several versions of sail and rigging, from another gunter to a balanced lug, both sometimes with a mizzen and/or jib or genoa depending on wind strength on the day [...]

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