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August 2007 Issue 14, Vol 1
In This Issue
:: ACK Owner Climbs For a Good Cause
:: ACK Demo Days Scheduled for September
:: Picture Contest Winner
:: Pecos River Remembered
The ACK Family
This Month's Highlight - Steve
SteveSo many of our valued customers have come under the helpful guide of one of ACK's  co-owners, Steve Messana.  Steve, along with his brother Peter Messana have been at the helm of Austin Canoe & Kayak since May 2005, however, this August Steve is on his own while he attempts to climb Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

This is no small feat as the climb covers 7,000 feet of elevation gain and loss and is over 14 miles round-trip.  Steve who is no stranger to outdoor activities will achieve the summit after 3 days of climbing.  We think he could do it faster, but why would he want to.

While this all sounds amazing I haven't even mentioned the best part.  Steve is making this climb as part of Summit for Someone, a program designed by Big City Mountaineers that provides urban teenage youth in need of positive adult mentoring with challenging, safe outdoor experiences designed to build self-esteem and positively impact their beliefs about themselves and others.

ACK Demo Weekends
Mark Your Calendar
Get your markers out and circle your the dates.  The Austin Canoe and Kayak Demo Days are near and the dates are set. 

Sept 15th-16th Hyde Park, Austin

Sept. 22nd-23rd
Texas Ski Ranch, San Marcos

Come on out and test paddle over 40 different kayak models and ask our knowledgeable staff and suppliers all your questions.

More details will be posted to our homepage in the coming month.
ACK Forum
Picture Contest Winner
Many thanks to everyone who submitted and voted in our Picture Contest.  D. Parish is the winner for his great fly fishing picture.  The picture will hit the rotation soon.  Thanks for everyone who participated. 

ACK is also looking for forum moderators.  If you would like to moderate the communication for one of our forums or have an idea for a new forum please contact us at
The Splendor of the Pecos River
By Blair Brisbey

In the arid desert region of west Texas lies a sparking gem.  The Pecos River flows from Northeastern New Mexico down to the Rio Grande where it terminates near Del Rio, TX.  Long known for its historical significance, the Pecos was home to Paleo-Indians over 5000 years ago.  There are less people inhabiting the Pecos area nowadays than in those times.  That is why I love it so much, the river is far removed from the encroachment of civilization seen  all over the modern world. 

I've been down the Pecos many times and have never had a bad time.  The only run in Texas is from Pandale down to Lake Amistad, about 65 miles.  It can be done in 3 1/2 days by the truly ambitious, however a comfortable trip takes 6-7 days.  Trust me, you won't be in a hurry to get off of the river.  As the river gets closer to the choked and dammed Rio Grande the flow slows considerably to the point that the last ten miles is basically flat water.  Although the fifty miles above will afford enough excitement to provide memories for years to come.  With great fishing, excellent camping, rich history, and awe inspiring views the Pecos river is a home run to say the least.

I'll be headed back out there this October, maybe you can too....

Blair is a native Texan now living in California.  The last time he was in San Marcos he stopped by to visit and told me of his adventures down the Pecos.  I enjoyed it and asked him to write a little piece for us.  If you have similar stories about paddling trips far or near you would like to share please email them to
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