Bryan Hansel is a photographer, writer and a sea kayaking instructor. Additionally, he runs one of the most popular paddling blogs on the Internet. Over the years, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, paddled the entire U.S. shorelines of Lake Huron and Lake Superior, climbed extensively in the Midwest and Colorado and bike toured. He currently lives in Grand Marais, Minn. where he takes pictures, teaches photography workshops and writes. Hansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from the University of Iowa.