302 days left until Canoecopia!     March 13 - 15
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports


  Rob Kesselring


Rob Kesselring is a veteran of 32 arctic canoe expeditions, 102 BWCA-Quetico trips, and has paddled over 150 rivers worldwide. Rob has served as a wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters, Big Bend, the Northwest Territories, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. He is the author of three books: "Merlyn Carter Bush Pilot," "River Stories," and "Daughter Father Canoe." Rob has spoken many times at canoe expos in the United States and Canada. He typically spends over 300 nights a year camping worldwide. His mantra: never half-way.


 Live Q&A with Rob Kesselring
Live - Sat 4:00pm-5:00pm 

I am excited about this session because, by its very nature, you will be in the stern. You will be steering! I will go anywhere, and I don’t mind sharing my opinion and my experience on some of the more controversial paddling issues. In fact, I have an article coming up in this spring’s Boundary Waters Journal — pooping and peeing in the BWCA. We could dig deep on that topic. Or bears, I love bears, although an unprovoked attack of a bear killed my best friend. On one arctic river trip alone, I had 15 run-ins with grizzlies, three within twenty feet. Lots of stuff written these days about bears - some of it doesn’t even make good nonsense — I have the straight dope. Ultralight paddling, Freestyle paddling, Worldwide paddling - c’mon in, this session has the potential to be more fun and wilder than any canned presentation. Help me get the ball rolling by asking some questions in advance, right here, right now.

 Paddling Destinations Worldwide!
Live Q&A Only - Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm 

There will be life after COVID and there are some incredible paddling opportunities out there: wilderness rivers, turquoise lagoons, vibrant cultures, peculiar biomes. These international opportunities are not limited to the super-rich. Rob Kesselring has paddled rivers and archipelagoes all over the world and he is a cheapskate. Learn about destinations that are beyond belief, but within your reach.

 Ultralight Canoe Camping in the Boundary Waters
Live - Sat 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Paddling light does not mean deprivation. Just the opposite, learn proven strategies that will make your canoe trips easier, more fulfilling and more fun. Less is more! An entertaining, information-packed session from one of the most experienced canoe guides in North America.

Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports