Monthly Archives: November 2008

Doing Stuff Outdoors-73

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Our feature story today is about a guy and his boat. It’s about a man who is passionate about wooden boats. We’ll meet Skipper Charlie Creaser on board his 88 year old sardine fishing vessel the ‘Brunswick Maid’. It’s a living and breathing piece of New Brunswick maritime heritage. This isn’t your typical outdoors story, although the lifestyle is similar. I think you’ll enjoy it.

We have comments about a Turkey Trot in Utah, the rocky trails of Pennsylvania and we’ll find out what ever happened to our buddy Warren in Alberta.

Podsafe music from Joshua Kobak & Swim and The All Girl Summer Fun Band.
Contact the show by email at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

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Doing Stuff Outdoors-72

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Gord Maddison is an outdoor enthusiast from Ottawa, Ontario. He runs, hikes, paddles, camps and likes spending time with his family in the outdoors. He’s a regular listener who emailed a while back about his participation in the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Footrace in New York. In our feature interview we talk about that event and about his outdoor family adventures this summer. Gord tells us about their trip across Canada with visits to sites like the incredible Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, a world heritage site. We find out about an intense summer storm that snapped tent poles throughout the campground and we talk about life in an outdoors family. Gord also has plans to start his own podcast about Dad’s and Kid’s in the outdoors.

Also on the show we hear from a homesick listener in Sweden, talk about Ray Mears and his BBC TV Show on Bushcraft and we check in with David Leach, a former guest on the show who wrote the book  ‘Fatal Tide’ about a fatality during an adventure race. He was awarded a Special Jury Mention at the recent Banff Mountain Book Awards. Podsafe music on the show this week from Great Big Sea.
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Filed under Adventure, Adventure Racing, Bushcraft, Family, Hiking, Outdoors, Whiteface Mountain, Wilderness Survival

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Welcome to the second video edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors. On today’s show we’re going to the second annual Reverse Freestyle Kayak and BoaterX competition held at the world famous Reversing Falls in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. This event brings together the top freestyle, whitewater paddlers from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Maine.

The BoaterX competition sees kayakers racing through the rapids around a course at low tide. The Freestyle event has paddlers doing flips and cartwheels on the huge standing waves created by the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy, (the highest in the world) combining with the powerful flow of the mighty St. John River. At high tide the water through these rapids actually reverses and flows upstream. Many locals still consider it suicidal going anywhere near these waters at low or high tide.

We’re going to get in on the action by talking to some of the paddlers who will explain what it’s really like being in these raging waters with whirlpools large enough and powerful enough to pull a boat underwater and hold it there. We’ll meet long time paddlers like Harold Cox, the manager of the Canadian Freestyle Kayaking Team. We’ll find out why these kayakers have such a passion for extreme white water.

For more on the Reversing Falls and kayaking in Atlantic Canada check out Atlantic Kayaker. Podsafe music by AjT.
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Doing Stuff Outdoors-71

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The Fundy Footpath is a rugged, wilderness hiking trail that hugs the Bay of Fundy shoreline in the province of New Brunswick. It’s a tough trail with lots of ups and downs and switchbacks. Usually this 50 km trail is a three day hike. Our feature interview today is with two guys who along with a few others, ran this trail in 13 hours. Their names are Lloyd English and Darrell Travis and they’re no slouches. Both run marathons, in fact Darrell has run Boston 12 times. And they both agree, running the footpath is the toughest thing they’ve ever done.

The start of the ski season is just around the corner if it hasn’t already began where you are. We have a comment about skiing in North Carolina in October. (Who knew you could ski that early in the southeast.) Gary goes to the annual ski swap at his local ski hill Poley Mountain. Ski swaps are the best places to find bargains on ski gear. And a listener wants to know more about outdoor gym equipment in public places.

Podsafe music from The Crash Moderns. Email your comments to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

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Filed under Adventure, Bay of Fundy, Fundy Footpath, Hiking, New Brunswick, Outdoors, Running, Ski Swap, Skiing