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Sandpoint paddler’s program crosses North America

Kayakers paddle a remote portion of the upper Columbia River during an series of expeditions Sandpoint paddler Bob Rust connected into a voyage across North America. (Bob Rust)
Kayakers paddle a remote portion of the upper Columbia River during an series of expeditions Sandpoint paddler Bob Rust connected into a voyage across North America. (Bob Rust)

PADDLING -- Paddling Across the Continent, a free program set for Monday (Jan. 23), documents a series of trips spanning eight years by Bob Rust of Sandpoint and a group of Inland Northwest companions who kayaked, canoed and hiked across North America.

I detailed the journey in this 2008 Spokesman-Review feature story.

Rust paddled 2,900 miles from Astoria, Ore., to York Factory on the shore of Hudson Bay, following the overland and paddle routes of David Thompson, fur trader and cartographer.

The free program sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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