So 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Splendor of the Pecos River By
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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