Live in Hastings, It’s Wednesday Night with Kesselring

IMGP2154-225x300I have a speaking engagement coming up.  The Rio Grande by Canoe – a leap back in time.  at the Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S Frontage Road, Hastings, MN Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30. I will also be giving a shortened version of this presentation at the Midwest Mountaineering Expo at the end of November. At the EXPO I will also be talking about Canoeing the far North and giving what I believe is a fun and information show – Tips from a Thousand Trips – Travel Like a  Wilderness Guide.  All these programs, including the Hasting’s show are free and open to the public. Hope to meet some of my blog followers, especially at Hastings, where there will be some time after the show for easy conversation. I will be leading three … Continue reading

Overwhelmed by Your Backing

Now it’s time for me to get to work.

Thank all of you for your support.

I’ve got the time. I’ve got the passion. I’ve got a great man to write about.

Final list of Backers:

Dave Burkhart

Christopher Gaul

Eric Damon Walters

Gray Wolf

Ellen Winchester

Laura

Tina Howard

Jim Van Patten

Christopher Alan

L E Quenemoen

Kate Merriweather

Deb Harley

Rich Kelley

Pam Wright

Mike Branham

Lori

Ryan Fox

Carmen Hannon

Mike McGuire

Julie N Carr

Penni Hess

Will Nagle

Dan Schwartz

Mary Mccordic

Michael B. Roy

Cliff Jacobson

Mike Bartz

Valerie Miller Markham

Gary Cobus

Dan Cooke

Greg Towe

Stu Poirier

Mark Morall

Clark Kent

Beth Flaherty

Darcy Fleming

Anne and Larry Buckmaster

Allan and Diane Reid

John Kuhfahl

Chuck Davidge

Brenda Postels

Sue Plankis

Scott McCready

Kathy Holladay

Mike Smith

Chris Dzombak

Darlene Patterson

Myles Carter

Dick Pula

Mark Deering

Henry T. Wang

T. Rauscher

Karen Cooke

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“Merlyn Project” Hits Funding Goal

We surpassed our secondary goal of $8,000 for the research, editing and publishing of the biography of Merlyn Carter. I have taken the passenger seat out of my Subaru  so I can make a sleeping cot and plan to leave for Meadow Lake Saskatchewan and points beyond November 24. I am excited to tell this story to the world and excited to watch the story unfold. You can help by talking with me if you knew Merlyn, or of Merlyn. Contact me at rob@robkesselring.com or 952.432.8884.

The photo is a picture of a waterfall on an un-named tributary of the Taltson River that Merlyn once saw from the air and told me about. In 2006 my daughter Lara and I paddled upstream for three days to photograph this pristine falls. We are holding Merlyn’s photo.

Today October 17 is the last day Kickstarter backers can be included, if you want … Continue reading

Updated List of Backers for the “Merlyn Project” Biography

Back from a week co-leading the Boundary Waters Bushcraft and Paddling experience in the Boundary Waters with Dan Cooke. We had a great group and some challenging weather. More on that later, but with only five days left on Kickstarter I want to get an updated list of my backers out. There is still time (ends until Friday) for you to be part of this worthy project. Happy Trails -Rob

List of backers, starting with the most recent:

Julie N Carr

Penni Hess

Will Nagle

Dan Schwartz

Mary Mccordic

Michael B. Roy

Cliff Jacobson

Mike Bartz

Valerie Miller Markham

Gary Cobus

Dan Cooke

Greg Towe

Stu Poirier

Mark Morall

Clark Kent

Beth Flaherty

Darcy Fleming

Anne and Larry Buckmaster

Allan and Diane Reid

John Kuhfahl

Chuck Davidge

Brenda Postels

Sue Plankis

Scott McCready

Kathy Holladay

Mike Smith

Chris Dzombak

Darlene Patterson

Myles Carter

Dick Pula

Mark Deering

Henry T. Wang

T. … Continue reading

Almost Airborne!

The Kickstarter process for the “Merlyn Project” is more than three quarters funded. Help push us over and up: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/41581646/merlyn-carter-the-biography-of-an-uncommon-bushpil

Way to go!!!!

Updated list of backers so far:

starting with most recent:

Darcy Fleming

Anne and Larry Buckmaster

Allan and Diane Reid

John Kuhfahl

Chuck Davidge

Brenda Postels

Sue Plankis

Scott McCready

Kathy Holladay

Mike Smith

Chris Dzombak

Darlene Patterson

Myles Carter

Dick Pula

Mark Deering

Henry T. Wang

T. Rauscher

Karen Cooke

Lara Kesselring

Patrick Hueller

Tom Schwolert

Jan Dettmer

Riajan Musselman

Linda Wallenberg

Sarah Woodcock

Jon Breimhorst

David Lasslett

Diane Temple

Jim Fitzpatrick

Damon Johnson

Chip Sutton

Piiskoor Prof

Marnie Fisher

Bull Moose Patrol

Draper

Karen Kelley

Fred Shermock aka Jacque 

Sarah Froese

Trinity Kesselring

Greta Kesselring

Tim Koestler

Nancy Makepeace

Dick Bellman

Paul Grondin

Keith Dohey

Mari Kesselring

Ivan Bourque

Jan Curtice

Eileen Fisher

Luke

Tom Koshiol

Mary Jean Blaisdell

Susan Kesselring

Bob O’Hara

Zoë Kesselring

Half-way to “Merlyn Project” Kickstarter Goal

I am half-way to my Kickstarter goal for the “Merlyn Project” The biography of my dear friend and fabled northern bush pilot. 12 days into it with 24 to go. I am surprised by how energized I have become by the interest and support of this project.

The biggest boosts are the positive comments and the encouragement from people who knew Merlyn and who have been patiently waiting for someone to write a biography and to do it right. There have also been notes from backers that have read my first two books and are just anxious for another good read (I hope I don’t disappoint). The backing from former students has also touched my heart, (some with young families are being too generous). I have also been surprised by the reach of the Internet. A contribution came in from Schenectadian Chip Sutton. Chip was my best pal when I … Continue reading

Rio Grande this coming Winter

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The Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande are one of the Seven Wilderness Wonders of North America. For canoeists, wilderness lovers, and people that like to be warm in February it is “a must go”. Last year I led two trips. I have a permit for 3 this winter. Dutch paddler Didier Pont who has paddled all over the world, about the Rio Grande says, “Go with Rob”

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Some thoughts on the Shoulder Seasons in the Boundary Waters

October 4 I begin my last paddling trip of 2014. A week with Dan Cooke and four guests in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Dan calls it a shoulder season trip, 
“That time of the year when weather is neither winter nor summer; but both.”

Because shoulder seasons happen both in spring and fall, they are often lumped together. I will point out some significant differences that determine how I will pack and prepare for this upcoming trip.

The main difference is all about daylight. On May 15, the Boundary Waters receives over four hours more daylight than on October 15. If you figure on sleeping seven hours, your available daylight is twice as long in May as in October. So in the autumn, trip distances must be curtailed, or travel accomplished hastily with a sense of urgency.

Also in autumn, there is more darkness in camp. I bring … Continue reading

More on the proposed bushpilot biography “The Merlyn Project”

I confess. On Day 1 of my Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to research and write Merlyn Carter’s life story, I was feeling sheepish. Backers were not exactly lining up, and I felt as if I was sitting on a street corner holding up a cardboard sign. If I was more Internet savvy I likely would have figured a way to pull out and cover my tracks. But over the next few days it has been amazing. It started with some kind words from Bob O’Hara, but soon after, friends, clients from wilderness trips, and colleagues from schools were not only being generous with their support, but shared unbridled enthusiasm for my project. And then word spread to Carter Country, the NWT.

One of the most interesting northern e-mails was from Vince McKay. Vince spotted his Mooshum (Cree for Grandfather), Eugene McKay, in the photo of Merlyn in front of … Continue reading