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The Straightjacket Roll

Question: I can do an elbow roll easily, even slowly, but I am having trouble with the Straightjacket Roll. I can usually do a “double elbow roll,” and also roll with my fingers interlaced in front of my chest. Any suggestions are welcome.

Answer: Often when first attempting the Straightjacket Roll, the paddler tries to “sweep” onto the back deck, and essentially bumps into it. They can hang out there all day (breathing), but not actually get onto the deck. Does this sound familiar? In this description, the “sweep” is the problem. This “sweep” usually works with a hand roll, fist roll, brick roll and sometimes even the Elbow Roll, but it will not work with the Straightjacket Roll. For the Straightjacket Roll, you need to think of your upper body as a lever, and instead of trying to “sweep” onto the back deck, push your upper body toward the ground, which will give you the leverage to fully recover. Following are the steps to a successful Straightjacket Roll (described with a right-side recovery):

– Place your arms against your chest with your fingers and thumbs under your armpits.

– Capsize to the left with your shoulders parallel to the side of the kayak and your forehead down (this will give you a rounded spine).

– RELAX until your body gets to the highest position possible on the right side of the kayak (your shoulders should be parallel to the surface).

– Throw your upper body toward the ground, using your back as a lever and keeping your shoulders parallel to the surface. Simultaneously, drive hard with the right knee.

– Slide up onto the back deck (your head may hit the side of the kayak during the recovery).

– Helen

Happy Holidays from Greenland or Bust – 2015

Greenland or Bust’s December Newsletter

December News8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM
GREENLAND EXPEDITION • ICE BEARS AND ISLANDS

Happy Holidays! We at Greenland or Bust wish you, your family and your friends a wonderful festive season.

Here in Northern California the ran has been falling, which is great, because we certainly need it. On top of that, the wind has been howling, which has made it really nice to curl up indoors and work on our 2016 schedule, which is filling fast! We don’t have it all up on the website yet, but for a sample of what’s happening in 2016, click HERE

In November, Helen taught Traditional Paddling and Rolling and Simplifying the Roll at Horseshoe Cove in California. Mark ran some BCU and ISKGA programs in Cornwall, England and on Anglesey, in Wales.

In December, we’ve got classes in San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point (all in California). And then 2016 starts…

In January we’ve got some local programs running, and Helen will be completing her Wilderness First Responder. In February there’s Paddle Golden Gate. It’s an awesome event, and well worth checking out, if you haven’t done so already. After that, Greenland or Bust and Kokatat are bringing Jaime Sharp to Eureka, California for Ice Bears and Islands, a presentation on Svalbard’s world first sea kayak circumnavigation. For more, please see the flyer below, or e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Later in February, we head to the UK for the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium, which takes place on Anglesey in Wales from February 20 to 22. The main event will be followed by BCU and ISKGA Week.

Finally, our next Greenland expedition takes place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and there are only a couple of places left! Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information, our current Events calendar and Blog postings. You can also find us on Twitter. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email info@greenlandorbust.org.

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark


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Dr. T’s Coaching Corner

Proper Planning And Preparation Will Prevent a Poor Performance – Get to know the area where you will be tested. Paddle it a few times in different weather/tidal conditions, so your chart is there as a backup, not as your primary means of knowing your location.

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail – Set out lots of ‘desk-top’ plans beforehand, so when on the water you can create several ‘deck-top’ plans in your head, at any one time: a five minute plan, a 30 minute plan and a one hour plan. Your aim is to be implementing the 5 minute plan, working towards the 30 minute plan, and keeping the one hour plan in perspective.

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing Can Substitute Experience – If you are ‘experienced’ then it stands to reason that you will draw confidence from having built up a breadth of personal knowledge, thus enabling you to make sound judgment calls as and when they are required.

Come Prepared To Take The Helm – If you are not so ‘experienced’ then you need a bombproof game plan or live on your wits, which will be stressful! This is the hardest way of passing; a good examiner will detect a candidate’s lack of flexibility and will try to force judgment calls, potentially then forcing mistakes to be made. After all, they need to see if a candidate is safe in any situation.

To Prepare Is Half The Victory – Be ready to use your safety equipment, especially your towline, more than once and often in quick succession. Sort out an effective roll and be ready with a quick re-entry; this is a set piece and really highlights good paddling skills, or lack of. Make sure the kit you have is functional, accessible but also easily stowed and secured. Stay calm and do what you always do, not what you think someone else wants you to do.

“Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have” – Ed Bradley.


Program Schedule

Simplifying the Roll
December 12, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 20, Marina Del Rey, California

(Programs running in 2016 will be posted soon.)


 

Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE.

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Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

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Progression from the Continuous Storm Roll to the Storm Roll

Question: My Continuous Storm Roll feels strong, and I’ve been doing it for a month now without a paddlefloat. What can I do to succeed with the full Storm Roll?

Answer: When doing the Continuous Storm Roll, first, make sure that your paddle doesn’t leave the kayak. Once you’ve got that, you can think of the Storm Roll as having three pieces:

Sweep
Stop
Come Up

The Sweep is basically just to position the paddle. You shouldn’t do anything with your legs during the Sweep, which will keep the kayak upside down. The Sweep should put your paddle in the position to do a Continuous Storm Roll. Make sure that your left hand (assuming you’re doing a right side recovery) stays in contact with the kayak.

The Stop is to make sure everything is in place. Make sure your paddle is as close to the surface as possible and perpendicular to the kayak.

The Come Up is essentially exactly what you’ve been doing when you do the Continuous Storm Roll. – Helen

 

Greenland or Bust’s November Newsletter

November8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM • GREENLAND EXPEDITION

Kayak ‘season’ is only just now slowing down for us here at Greenland or Bust. It has been a WONDERFUL year. We’ve run classes and taught at symposiums in Wales, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England and the U.S. (South Carolina, California, Minnesota and Oregon). In addition to all of this, we also had our first Storm Gathering USA event, which took place in Trinidad, California. Now we’ve got a little time to reflect on the past twelve months and get working on next year’s schedule.

October started with Simplifying the Roll and some private classes on Anglesey, in Wales. Then we went to Cornwall, England for the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium. After that, Helen headed to Pacific City, Oregon, for the Lumpy Waters Symposium. This weekend she hosts a Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon (California) for our local club, Explore North Coast. Mark remained in Cornwall to teach various BCU and ISKGA programs before finishing the month with some sea kayak skills development courses, including an ISKGA Fundamentals Level 1 in North Wales.

In November, Helen will be teaching Traditional Paddling and Rolling and Simplifying the Roll at Horseshoe Cove in California. Mark will be working on some BCU and ISKGA programs on Anglesey. After that, both of us will be spending the month wrapping up our 2016 schedule.

In December, we’ve got classes in San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point (all in California). And then 2016 starts…

2016 will be a very busy year, but there’s two events that you should lock into your calendar now. February 20 to 22 is the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium, which takes place on Anglesey in Wales. The main event will be followed by BCU and ISKGA Week. Second, our next Greenaland expedition takes place in the Disco Bay (Ilulissat) area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and there are only a couple of places left! Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information, our current Events calendar and Blog postings. You can also find us on Twitter. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email info@greenlandorbust.org.

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark


Q & A with Helen

Progression from the Butterfly Roll to the Hand Roll

Question: I am doing fine on my standard roll, but my easiest roll has always been the Butterfly Roll. I have been looking at some Greenland roll videos online, and the hand rolls look very similar to me to the Butterfly Roll. Do they feel very similar? Any advice before I try one?

Answer: A hand roll is very similar to a Butterfly Roll. To progress to this roll, it’s a good idea to first fine tune your Butterfly Roll. Following are the steps to a solid Butterfly Roll (described with a right side recovery).

– During the capsize, keep your paddle in contact with the kayak. Your paddle should remain in contact with the kayak throughout the underwater set-up position.

– Once there, explode, opening your left arm and driving with your right knee at the same time. Opening your left arm should put shoulders square to the surface of the water.

– Put your chin into the air, and slide onto the back deck.

When you feel that you are ready to move on, hold a norsaq in the center, just as you would when doing a Butterfly Roll. It’s the exact same roll, so all of the same rules apply.

When this is easy for you, try doing the same roll while holding the smaller end of the norsaq. The Greenlandic name for this roll is Norsamik Nerfalallugu (Throwing Stick, Front to Back).

And finally, once this roll feels natural, remove the norsaq and do the same roll. That’s your layback hand roll (Assammik Nerfallallugu).


Program Schedule

Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon
(for ENC)
October 31 to November 1,
Stone Lagoon, California

Traditional Paddling and Rolling
November 7, Horseshoe Cove, California

Simplifying the Roll
November 8, Horseshoe Cove, California

ISKGA Expedition Skills
November 10 to 12, Falmouth, Cornwall

BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment
November 13 and 14, Anglesey, Wales

BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment
November 23 and 24, Anglesey, Wales

BCU Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning
November 28, Anglesey, Wales

Simplifying the Roll
December 12 and 13, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 20, Marina Del Rey, California


Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE.

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Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

info@greenlandorbust.org

Balance and Games: October 1, Portland, Oregon

Date: October 1

Location: Portland, Oregon

Description: Fun, Balance and Games is an excellent way to learn boat control while developing a stronger relationship between the body, the kayak and the water. Throughout the morning we’ll play with rescues, balance control and games in flat water. This is a fun class, with an emphasis on laughter and water play. Students will learn to think outside the box while developing necessary balance and bracing skills. Scenarios will be given that, as a group, we’ll find solutions to. This is an excellent class for those hoping to develop confidence in the water while working on necessary skills in a playful way.

Contact: For more information, click HERE.

Simplifying the Roll: October 2, Portland, Oregon

Date: October 2

Location: Portland, Oregon

Description: This class takes place as part of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. This multi-level kayak rolling class will be formatted around the wants and needs of its participants. The class can cover first rolls, other-side rolls, layback or forward finish paddle rolls, hand rolls and/or any of the 35 rolls on the Greenland rolling list. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak. Kayaks and other necessary gear will be provided by Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe. Please contact them directly at (503) 285-0464 to secure your rental. Classes will start and finish at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, 200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr., Portland, OR 97217. Please note that this location is about a mile from the WRMC venue.

Contact: Class description can be found HERE.

Adventures in Wales, England and at the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium

This year’s travel schedule has been non-stop, and the past few weeks have been no exception. We started the month in North Wales, and were thrilled to have a few days of stunning weather. We took advantage of it, and hiked up Tryfan, which is a mountain in the Ogwen Valley in Wales. Clear skies provided wonderful views in every direction.

Mark enjoys the sun and the spectacular scenery.

Mark enjoys the sun and the spectacular scenery.

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A pile of rocks provided a nice place to take a break. This seagull seemed to be enjoying the day as well.

That weekend we ran some classes on Anglesey, and then we headed to Portmeirion, a village in North Wales, and the location where the hit television show, The Prisoner, was filmed.

Portmeirion.

Portmeirion.

Nothing like strong currents and quicksand to make things exciting.

Watch out for strong currents and quicksand while strolling along the beach.

The following week we headed to Stonehenge, and were once again blessed with beautiful weather.

It was really interesting to walk around this prehistoric monument, and ponder over the many mysteries that it holds.

It was really interesting to walk around this prehistoric monument, and ponder over the many mysteries that it holds.

The stones were much larger than I expected.

The stones were much larger than I expected.

After leaving Stonehenge, we headed to Cornwall for the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium. It was my first year at this great event.

Many of the participants camped at Tregedna Farm, which served as "base camp" for the event.

Many of the participants camped at Tregedna Farm, which served as “base camp” for the event.

This little guy couldn't wait to get in his kayak.

This little guy couldn’t wait to get in his kayak.

It was great to catch up with Mats (from Sweden), Steve (from Wales) and Jeff (one of the symposium organizers).

It was great to catch up with Mats (from Sweden), Steve (from Wales) and Jeff Allen (one of the symposium organizers).

P&H was one of several vendors at the event.

P&H Custom Sea Kayaks was one of several vendors at the event.

Event organizer, Shaun Rodgers, makes some pre-class announcements.

Event organizer, Shaun Rodgers, made some pre-class announcements.

Throughout the weekend Mark and I coached two Traditional Paddling and Greenland Rolling Days.

We found a quiet indoor space to talk about traditional skills and do some on-land stroke work.

We found a quiet indoor space to talk about traditional skills and do some on-land stroke work.

Then we headed to the beach for a short Yoga for Paddlers warm up.

Then we headed to the beach for a short Yoga for Paddlers warm up.

Throughout the weekend, we worked on everything from first rolls to the Elbow Roll.

Throughout the weekend, we worked on everything from first rolls to the Elbow Roll.

VWVWV worked on his forward to forward norsaq roll.

Dirk worked on his forward to forward norsaq roll.

The harbor was a great place to work on Greenland strokes.

The harbor was a great place to work on Greenland strokes.

Large buildings on the harbor provided some shelter from the wind.

The Maritime Museum in Falmouth Harbor provided some shelter from the wind.

There were lots of smiles.

There were lots of smiles.

Another smile.

Another smile.

And still another.

And still another.

Happy rollers!

Happy rollers!

Special thanks to Shaun, Jeff and Simon for taking such good care of us!

Greenland or Bust’s October Newsletter

October 2015
GREENLAND EXPEDITION
8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM • 2016

We’re writing this newsletter from Anglesey, Wales. Here on Anglesey, it’s starting to feel like Autumn. Temperatures are dropping, clouds are filling previously clear blue skies and t-shirts are being replaced by warm hoodies. Despite the weather change, there are lots of kayaks on the water. We hope that this also holds true in your neighborhood.

September began with us traveling home from a busy summer of classes and events in Norway, Sweden and Denmark during our sixth annual, Rebel Kayaks supported Nordic Tour. After a couple of days of rest and relaxation, Helen then headed to Lake Carlos State Park in Minnesota to mentor during The Traditional Paddlers’ Gathering. She then made her way to Whiskeytown, California for a couple of Simplifying the Roll classes, and then traveled down the coast to run private rolling classes during Mendo Madness in Mendocino, California. Meanwhile, Mark ran a BCU 4 Star Sea Training Week, which was then followed by a BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment. Both were in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In addition to all of this, we’ve been working on our 2016 schedule, which is already filling up FAST.

October started with Simplifying the Roll and some private classes on Anglesey, in Wales. This week we head to Cornwall, England for the Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium. After that, Helen heads to Pacific City, Oregon, for Lumpy Waters, then to Eureka, California for an Intermediate Sea Kayaking class. She ends the month with a Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon, an event which she’s hosting for our local club, Explore North Coast. Mark will remain in Cornwall to teach various BCU and ISKGA programs before finishing the month with some sea kayak skills development courses back in North Wales.

Most of our winter programs will then be in California (Horseshoe Cove, Crescent City, San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point). In February, we head back to Anglesey to run the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium. Will you be there???

And finally, are you interested in joining us for a Greenland expedition? Next year’s expedition will take place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and places are filling fast. Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information and our current Events calendar and Blog postings. You can also follow us on Twitter. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, e-mail: info@greenlandorbust.org.

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark


Dr T’s Coaching Corner

Over the past few months, we have been looking at the various factors which make up the ‘TTPP model’ (BCU, 2006) as they relate to paddling performance. In December, we introduced the model. In April, we covered the ‘Technical’ element. In June, we addressed the ’Tactical’ aspect and, in August, we talked about the ‘Psychological’ dimension.

This month we finish by looking at how knowledge of the ‘Physiological’ concepts that apply to all paddling disciplines, and the relationship between how our body creates energy
for exercise and our diet, can also help address performance issues.

To recap, this element represents our ability to develop endurance, maintain flexibility, generate strength as well our balance nutritional needs depending on the level and intensity of the activity we are participating in. It also relates to the application of sound training principles and adopting specific fitness strategies.

For example, a lack of muscular endurance, aerobic fitness, or poor nutrition while paddling could undermine our physical ability. These areas can be addressed by scheduled aerobic exercise, circuit training, along with a review of food and fluid intact during activities to see if any useful changes can be made.

Whether training to compete or training for health, everyone has different needs. People vary in height, size, shape and preference. Therefore, even though they have the same goals they may not reach them by the same means. However, the following areas often need addressing in some form or another.

Core Strength: This can be developed through exercises that enhance the muscles required for rotational movements of the trunk and abdominal areas. For example, you can build strength in your lower body by using squats and leg extensions. For abdominal strength and torso rotation try crunches using a balance ball.

Cardiovascular Training: Cardiovascular fitness for kayaking requires some discipline specific training so consider the duration and distance of each trip. For example, plan to kayak for a set distance in one direction and then return to the starting point. Therefore encountering different conditions. On the next outing increase the distance. During the paddle, aim for a consistent cadence of stroke, or pace. Incorporating staged bursts of speed, either for a set time or number of paddle strokes, will also help with improving speed.

Cross Training: As with any activity that requires cardiovascular endurance, cross-training using high-intensity aerobic exercises, such as cycling and running, can improve fitness levels. While the movement patterns for biking or running do not simulate kayaking movements, developing endurance ensures a kayaker won’t be stranded on the water too tired to paddle to safety or back to shore.

Flexibility: This refers to the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints that is attainable in a momentary effort with the help of a partner or a piece of equipment. Flexibility in some joints can be increased to a certain degree by stretching. Stretching improves the muscle’s felt elasticity and reaffirms comfortable muscle tone. The result will be a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion.

If you are not training for a particular paddling discipline, then you need to consider your height, weight, gender, body shape, and goals before you choose a suitable fitness program. However, it is worth applying the FITT Principle once a training structure has been set. For each type of exercise during your session, think about the following.

Frequency – How often you do the exercise (be it an individual set or the whole session).

Intensity – The difficulty of the exercise: it could be the amount of weight, or the speed you move.

Time – The duration of the exercise: for fitness, this should be at least 20 minutes a day.

Type – What kind of exercise: vary what you do to keep it interesting, and to work all the different muscles.

Nutrition and Hydration: Optimal nutrition is attained with sound dietary practices that are applied on a continuing basis, not just before a long paddle. Getting into a good eating pattern long term and fueling-up with the right energy sources not only provides a nutritious diet but will help prevent fatigue when out paddling and allow you to continue to perform at your best for longer. One aspect to avoid is dehydration, which is one of the most important factors that can cause early fatigue during exercise. It decreases performance, impairs cardiovascular function and can pose serious health problems. For proper hydration, drink before, during and after exercise and before you feel thirsty.

A balanced training programme develops good cardio fitness and body strength while adding finesse to your paddling efficiency. Effective stroke techniques increase as you put in more time on the water.


Program Schedule

Simplifying the Roll
October 3, Anglesey, Wales

Combat Rolling
October 4, Anglesey, Wales

Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium
October 10 to 11, Cornwall, England

Lumpy Waters
October 16 to 18, Pacific City, Oregon

Intermediate Sea Kayaking (for HBAC)
October 24, Eureka, California

Halloween Campout at Stone Lagoon
(for ENC)
October 31 to November 1,
Stone Lagoon, California

Traditional Paddling and Rolling
November 7, Horseshoe Cove, California

Simplifying the Roll
November 8, Horseshoe Cove, California

Crabbing and Surfing (for ENC)
December 6, Crescent City, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 12 and 13, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll
December 20, Marina Del Rey, California


Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE

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Copyright © 2015 Greenland or Bust, All rights reserved.

Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

info@greenlandorbust.org

Traditional Paddlers Gathering – Minnesota

Yesterday I returned home from the Traditional Paddlers Gathering, which takes place on Lake Carlos in Minnesota. This was my sixth year at the event, and I must say, it is one of my favorites. The place is beautiful, the activities are an absolute blast… and the people… well, they totally rock.

Qajaqs and kayaks fill the lawn next to the warm lake.

Qajaqs and kayaks fill the lawn next to the warm lake.

Throughout the four-day event I taught informal rolling, The Art of Teaching Rolling, Simplifying the Roll, Skin-on-Frame Rescues and an on-land class focused on a discussion of traditional qajaqing. I also ran two sessions of Yoga for Paddlers and did an evening presentation on The Greenland National Kayaking Championship. Typing this, it seems like a lot, but I had so much fun working with the enthusiastic participants that I could’ve kept going for much longer!

A rather scenic parking lot.

A rather scenic parking lot.

In addition to the stuff that I was teaching, there were lots of other classes and activities going on. These included strokes, a really interesting class on making fire, Greenland Rope Gymnastics, a qajaq building demonstration, a harpoon contest and a hand line fishing contest.

Dave Sides works with Andrea on Greenland Rope Gymnastics.

Dave Sides works with Andrea on Greenland Rope Gymnastics.

Fred Randall works on a qajaq during the weekend-long demonstration.

Fred Randall works on a qajaq during the weekend-long demonstration.

Sipke practiced fishing from the dock in preparation for the hand line fishing contest the following morning.

Sipke practiced fishing from the dock in preparation for the hand line fishing contest the following morning.

I participated in the hand line fishing contest. Watching the sunrise on the lake was well worth waking up early for.

I participated in the hand line fishing contest. Watching the sunrise on the lake was well worth waking up early for.

One thing I've learned is that if you're feeling chilly, it's worth finding out where Cindy is. She's great at finding the warmest place in camp :-)

If you’re feeling chilly, it’s worth finding out where Cindy is. She’s great at finding the warmest place in camp 🙂

A few people went for a walk in the woods and brought back some tasty mushrooms. This is likely the largest mushroom that I've ever seen, and the picture only shows half of it!

A few people went for a walk in the woods and brought back some tasty mushrooms. This is likely the largest mushroom that I’ve ever seen, and the picture only shows half of it!

Evening entertainment included movie night, presentations, a silent auction, a raffle and a live auction.

Evening entertainment included movie night, presentations, a silent auction, a raffle and a live auction.

Jeff Bjorgo also kept us entertained with some live music.

Jeff Bjorgo also kept us entertained with some live music.

Evening fires were also fun, and I tried something called a pudgie pie, which was very good.

Evening fires were also fun, and I tried something called a pudgie pie, which was very good.

The qajaq that Fred build was auctioned off on Saturday night.

The qajaq that Fred built was auctioned off on Saturday night.

All in all, it was a fantastic event. Thank you to Michelle, Tony, Jeff, Pete, Cindy, Renee and Sipke for taking such good care of the out of town mentors and to all of the participants who came out for the event. It was wonderful to see/meet you all! See you next year!

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