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Another Thanksgiving in Paradise – 2011 Thanksgiving Training Camp Recap
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Another Thanksgiving in Paradise – 2011 Thanksgiving Training Camp Recap

It’s the 11th year we’ve hosted our Thanksgiving Training Camp, and we’re pleased to say that it was the best Camp yet. The trails up at Lily Lake are in terrific shape, and while we wish we could teleport everyone to the top of the hill to start skiing, we’re […]

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Rolling on Salmon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ObntkZEKio

Salmo salar.  Arguably translated as “the leaper,” this Latin term describes a fish whose attempts at doing what it is genetically pre-programmed to do are nothing short of amazing. History has proven that if you give this fish an opportunity to succeed, it will. Against all odds. Yet, since the American Revolution, humans have time after time created countless challenges within the river systems that these majestic fish inhabit.

The Penobscot River, once home to one of the most productive and healthy Atlantic salmon fisheries in the world, certainly the most productive in the US, is a perfect example of these challenges.  We’ve spent a lot of time on this river system lately, and it will play a large part in the film. The Penobscot has received a lot of attention in the last few years, playing large parts in the Atlantic salmon’s listing as an endangered species, as well as the River Restoration Trust, Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s dam removal discussions. More importantly is the immensely exciting spike in the fish count at the Veazie Trap this year. According to reports from Maine DMR, this year was the 3rd largest count since 1978 with a total of 3,124, the largest run in 20 years!!!

This past June we had the great opportunity to roll cameras at the Veazie Trap and spend a day with Oliver Cox and his crew from Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. We also spent some time talking with some incredibly passionate biologists about the Penobscot. I encourage you to take a look at the rough-cut video.

As we start to wrap up filming for this project, the blog post: Rolling on Salmon will be updated more frequently. Looking ahead, you can expect to see footage from our adventure to the Adlatok River in Labrador with Robin Reeve and John Gierach, or the GGP crew on location in Gaspe, the Atlantic salmon’s impact on our native peoples, as well as a look back to the sporting heritage of Salmon fishing. As always we love to hear your feedback, you and your stories are very important to us.

Yours in rivers,
The GGP Crew

Skiing Adventure Recap
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Skiing Adventure Recap

AJ Linnell | MK Ambassador

November is typically a bit earlier than I start pursuing big lines in the alpine; regardless, Z and I started off the day with all kinds of grand visions for today’s trip. Neither of us quite anticipated the actual result.

Skinning away from the truck at 04:45, stars shining brilliantly overhead, we broke trail up Garnet Canyon–feeling good and ambitious, hoping for steep turns on sweet snow and fun climbing. We did find some of that, and some other stuff. Like a questionably-frozen lake that creaked and popped as we puckered up and kept skinning across the ice.

Park to Park
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Park to Park

Riding a bike 50 plus miles a day for 5 days straight is a chore for most people. Riding 450 miles, with 12,000 vertical feet of gain, from Glacier to Yellowstone National Parks in the same time period was a chore for the most serious roadies. Being one of those […]

AKC & UKC Hunt Test
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AKC & UKC Hunt Test

Winter is just around the corner and I am excited for this upcoming waterfowl season.  We are finishing up our Fall AKC and UKC Hunt Test season now.  My MK Utility pants sure did the trick.  We were all over the US running events and finished this past weekend in our home state. We had a very successful season and look forward to enjoying all the efforts of training with time spent in the blind with our dogs.

Kirk Driskell | MK Ambassador

Pic is of one of our Pups Sandy that received her SHR title this past weekend to end the season.