Group Sets Off On Canoe and Art Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness

On Friday September 1, 2006, a team of artists, photographers, writers, scientists, and naturalists will set out on the 17 day Great Boreal River Adventure down the St. George River to capture the beauty of the majestic Canadian Boreal region.
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On Friday September 1, 2006, a team of artists, photographers, writers, scientists, and naturalists will set out on the 17 day Great Boreal River Adventure down the St. George River to capture the beauty of the majestic Canadian Boreal region. To protect their gear and negotiate the river the team is relying on Mad River Canoe Horizon 17s built specifically for the journey. The art generated from the project will be the basis for the Visions of the Boreal Forest Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History scheduled for 2008.

“Knowing the kind of waters they are going to encounter and the gear they need to bring with them, we worked with the team to select the best boat and outfitting for the trip,” said Buff Grubb, brand manager of Mad River Canoe. “Things can change quickly on the river and so we have outfitted each of the canoes with our IQ Modular Gunwale system that provides great outfitting flexibility.”

The patented IQ Modular Gunwale system features channels on the inwale and outwale to attach accessories and seating systems. The system allows paddlers to outfit and trim their canoe in multiple configurations.

“The IQ system is a great outfitting platform- it allows us to quickly respond to changes in weather and river characteristics for optimal protection and paddling performance,” said Rob Mullen, project leader and trip artist. “Though Mad River has many great accessories for the IQ system, we felt we needed an accessory that essentially encloses the whole canoe, like a kayak spray skirt. We worked closely with the designers at Mad River and developed such an accessory specifically for our trip”

Joining Mullen in the project are world-renown wildlife artist Robert Bateman; Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Dr. Stephen Loring; expedition paddlers, conservationists, and photojournalists Gary and Joanie McGuffin; and other internationally respected wildlife painters from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

For more information on the Great Boreal River Adventure visit www.wreaf-borealrivers.org.

About Confluence Holdings Corp.
Confluence Holdings Corp, the premier paddlesports company in the world, manufactures and distributes water sports equipment in Easley, SC. The Confluence family of brands include Mad River Canoe®, Wilderness Systems® touring and recreational kayaks, Wave Sport® whitewater kayaks, and Voyageur® watersports accessories, Dagger® touring and whitewater kayaks, Perception® touring and whitewater kayaks, Mainstream® recreational kayaks, Harmony® paddlesports accessories and AT Paddles®.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Confluence Watersports Canada, Inc., distributes all the brands in Canada. For more information visit www.confluencewatersports.com

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