||Dan is a lifetime paddler, beginning when he learned canoeing basics with the Boy Scouts. In college he learned whitewater kayaking and has been an avid river runner ever since. While he enjoys all types of paddling, his favorite trips are multiday whitewater runs on wild rivers of the West. Closer to home Dan enjoys kayaking on Wisconsin's many fine whitewater runs as well as flatwater canoeing with family and friends. He has been an active leader and instructor over his long paddling career. Lately Dan's paddling passion has turned to sea kayaking with a return expedition planned to the Lofoten Islands in far northern Norway.
The Upper Midwest is a paddling paradise, blessed with a bounty of lakes and rivers! Getting started paddling canoes or kayaks can be confusing - even intimidating. There are so many choices; how do I choose what's right for me? This session will introduce you to the wide, wonderful world of paddlesports. York will cover the basics of boat selection, gear, safety, and places to paddle. The goal is to demystify paddling and get you out on the water to pursue your own paddling dreams, however mild or wild.
Wild western whitewater rivers are the stuff of paddling dreams. They offer river runners the chance to paddle multiple days through spectacular landscapes of mountains, canyons, forests, and deserts. The rivers are as varied and distinct as the western landscapes themselves. In this presentation Dan York will share images and experiences from paddling several premiere and pristine western rivers. Paddling and camping on western wilderness rivers are amazing experiences that anyone can do. York's presentation will inspire you to seek out your own western adventures and guide you on how to make your own western paddling dreams come true.