This week, a small team of environmental activists, adventurers and media professionals are paddling the 130 mile stretch of the Columbia River from Portland, OR to the Pacific Ocean. Through their ethic, “Turning Restoration into Recreation,” the paddlers hope to benefit both the Columbia River watershed and those recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country. Click Read More below to learn about their cause and see how they use SPOT to broadcast their Live Map tracking.
The full-service paddling trip for disabled veterans goes from Williamette Falls in Portland, to Ft. Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River. The goal of the 5-day event is to raise money and awareness for three charities: Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Team River Runner and WeLoveCleanRivers.org. Portland’s DAV chapter is one of the top chapters in the country, leading the way with innovative support programs for our returning troops. Team River Runner uses paddling as physical and emotional therapy for recovering disabled veterans.
Maser and the crew began paddling on Monday, August 31, 2009 and will finish their trip on Sunday, September 5. Follow Live Map tracking of the journey right here through Andy Maser’s SPOT Adventures page: http://www.spotadventures.com/user/profile/?user_id=46678.
Andy Maser is an explorer and filmmaker based in gorgeous Portland, Oregon. He makes films that blend adventure, science and conservation in threatened ecosystems around the world. Maser is the former winner of the National Geographic Young Explorer Award.
Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.
Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT peaked his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.