Our expeditions would not be possible without the generous support that many individuals, corporate sponsors and like-minded organizations provide. We hope that you will support our sponsors by buying their great products.
Wenonah Canoe Company has been supporting the Wilderness Classroom since 2002. Their canoes have allowed us to travel safely down the length of the Mississippi River, 3,000 miles across the Amazon, and on countless shorter adventures throughout the US and Canada. In 2006 when we were looking for kayaks up to the challenge of a late season circumnavigation of the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior, the Current Designs Solstice was the clear choice. During the North American Odyssey, we will spend over 9,800 miles in our boats traveling up and down foaming wilderness rivers, across placid lakes, and wind-whipped seas, eventually dipping our paddles into the three oceans that surround our continent. During a long arduous, journey your boat is your home. You can’t risk settling for anything but the best. Wenonah canoes and Current Designs kayaks have proven to be ruggedly build and thoughtfully designed, making them our clear choice for short paddles in our backyard, and our home away from home.
MTI Adventurewear is our official PFD sponsor. They make a variety of personal floatation devices that are great for kayaking and canoeing. We have worn a variety of their PFDs over the years and haven’t found one we didn’t like. Our PFDs were truly put to the test during the three-year long North American Odyssey. Dave’s favorite is the Slipstream and Amy’s is the PFDiva SE.
Sea to Summit is providing us with Hydraulic Dry Packs to keep our gear safe and dry while paddling the whitewater of the Rio Roosevelt. Their Duo Shelter will protect us from the elements and various other items will add to our camping comfort during our month on the river in the Brazilian Amazon.
Mitchell is our official paddle sponsor– and has been for years. We used their bent-shaft Leader canoe paddles in the Amazon. They are also our paddles of choice for the flatwater sections of the North American Odyssey. We have their Premier for the whitewater canoeing legs of the journey. They make great kayak paddles too! When paddling kayaks for 6,300 miles, lightness, efficiency, and ergonomics are key!
We wore ExOfficio’s Insect Shield Halo shirts and Insect Shield convertible pants everyday on our 3,000 mile paddle across South America. Their Primaloft Storm Logic Jackets kept us warm throughout the North American Odyssey. We wore a variety of ExOfficio clothing in a variety of climates and conditions from the tundra to the Keys. Their clothing does an amazing job of protecting us from insects and the sun, plus we sure look stylish in it. Wherever we encounter bugs and sun, ExOfficio clothing will help keep us comfortable.
Although we hope to never have to use our first aid kit in the field, we are totally prepared with Adventure Medical Kits. They are certainly helping us enjoy the outdoors safely. We are also believers in their mantra: “the goal is not to just get ‘out there’ but to always make it back from the journey in one piece.” Various other products by Tender Corporation (like Natrapel, Afterbite Plus and Glacier Gel Blister and Burn Dressing) will make our time in the rainforest much more comfortable.
Pelican Products Inc. has donated a variety of their amazing dry cases over the years, which we use to keep our cameras, computers, and other electronics safe and dry.
North Water is keeping us safe on the water. Their donation of canoe spray covers, kayak deck bags, plus canoe and kayak rescue equipment definitely brings us peace of mind, whether we’re in the tidal current of the Inside Passage or the rapids of the Yukon. North Water designs and builds paddle sport products to promote safety, comfort and organization. We take the selection of our rescue equipment very seriously, which is why North Water is the only company we would ever trust with our on-the-water safety.
Clif Bar started on a bike ride when Gary, the founder, took a bite of another energy bar and thought to himself: “I could make a better bar than this.” Today they still want to make things better, their food, their company, and even our planet. Clif Bars, Clif Shot Bloks and Clif Builders Bars provide us with the nutrition and energy we need to keep going during long days of paddling and dogsledding.
Petzl has been our headlamp sponsor since their initial donation of six MYO XPs and e+LITEs Trans-Amazon Expedition. Whether we’re cozy in our tent–typing away on our laptop to produce the latest website update, or lengthening our day of dogsledding–traveling into the long Arctic evenings in subzero temperatures, Petzl has the right headlamps to get the job done.
Midwest Mountaineering is our favorite outdoor gear store. Locally owned and operated since it’s beginning in 1970, this place is what all outdoor stores should strive to be. They provide all top-notch products and incredible customer service. We’ve spoken at many of their Outdoor Expos over the years, relating stories about kayaking around Lake Superior, canoeing the Amazon, and the North American Odyssey. We’re happy to continue the tradition, sharing tales from our latest expeditions!
Littlbug Enterprises has donated two Littlbug Senior stoves for the Rio Roosevelt Expedition. Burning wood in these stoves means that we won’t have the added expense and weight involved with carrying one month’s fuel on the expedition. We also like the idea behind Littlbug Stoves offering you “the choice to affirm values that care for the earth and its inhabitants.” With Littlbug Stoves,we will use renewable fuels.
The Wilderness Classroom has been a One Percent for the Planet approved nonprofit since 2009. You will find us in their directory here. We are proud to be part of this important network.
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation are working to change the way everyone spends their time outside. Together we can create an army of citizen-scientists who will provide decision makers with the information necessary to make proper management choices. With their help we are collecting data for scientists during the North American Odyssey.
Wall Street Meets Wilderness
The following companies have supported the Wilderness Classroom through our Wilderness Meets Wall Street fundraising event in New York City.