Our 2014 Mentors

 

 Danielle Boettger If you were to ask her, Danielle would tell you she grew up at our training camp. Danielle Boettger first attended training camp when she was sixteen years old and quickly demonstrated she was someone to watch out for! In addition to her advanced paddling skills, she’s outstanding on ropes and is a pretty amazing builder and woodworker!Last year Danielle volunteered to lead a norsaq carving workshop on Friday. By popular demand we are repeating that event in 2014. There is no material fee and no pre-registration is required. It’s one of the terrific advantages of our advance arrival option.
Christopher Crowhurst Christopher Crowhurst, an ex-pat Brit now living in Minnesota USA, is slightly obsessed with Greenland rolling. In 2010 he founded Qajaq Rolls, a philanthropic business that promotes the traditional art of Greenland-style kayak (qajaq) rolling. Christopher has developed video, diagrams and written instruction to help paddlers learn the traditional Greenland rolls. During 2010 he self-published “Rolling with Sticks”, a waterproof guide book of 25 Greenland-style rolls, and followed this up with a companion DVD. In 2011 he used the business to establish and fund a program of free rolling clinics providing hands-on training for paddlers looking to develop their Greenland-style kayak rolls.
Tim Gallaway In May of 2012, after graduating from Lake Superior State University with a mechanical engineering degree, Tim Gallaway embarked on a solo and self-supported kayak expedition that would take him from his home waters of the Great Lakes along historic water routes through Canada to the edge of the sea on the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway following voyageur highways from the headwaters to the ocean. Many people have said it was a trip of a lifetime but he would disagree, it was his first trip of a lifetime. Tim loves paddling—he surfs, he rolls, and he’s Qajaq USA’s official midwest ropes guy!
Chris Gmeinder Chris Gmeinder is a LONG TIME training camp supporter! This will be his eighth consecutive year, initially as a participant but more recently as part of our staff. Chris is from Bayfield, Wisconsin where he owns/operates Boreal Shores Kayaking. In addition to his skills as a paddler and instructor, Chris is a talented neoprene craftsman.In past years Chris has led full-day workshops at our event where participants constructed an aquilisaq (Greenlandic spray skirt). This year he is sharing one of his most coveted designs with us—the neoprene “koozie.” Take advantage of our early arrival option and join Chris for this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn all the basics of working with neoprene.
Fred Randall Fred Randall joined us last year for the first time and led a Skin on Frame assembly project which, due to its success, is being repeated this year. Fred is an avid paddler and qajaq replica builder. Most of his paddling has been in his home waters, the Maine coast, but he has managed a few excursions as far away as Croatian waters. Fred has built over 30 SOF replicas of Greenland Qajaqs, a replica of a Labrador Qajaq, and 3 non-replicas based on characteristics of Greenland Qajaqs. His favorite…the Ken Taylor. He has demonstrated replica building at local clubs, the Bowdoin College Arctic Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. He teaches rolling and is proud he hasn’t drowned anyone yet. He is a board advisor to Qajaq USA.
Scott Rosborough Scott Rosborough comes to us from Toronto, Ontario. Scott began kayaking in 2008 in anticipation of a 15 day trip on the east coast of Greenland. Exploring the coast of Greenland, Scott fell in love with tripping in a kayak. He has also been on several multi-week backpacking trips in the Canadian High Arctic since 2008 and will arrive at Qajaq TC after a 17 day hike on northern Baffin Island. Scott is a Paddle Canada instructor and has been teaching Greenland style rolling since becoming hooked at the first Ontario Greenland Camp. He now coaches Greenland all year for Ontario Sea Kayak Centre. He gets great satisfaction when he sees the huge grin of a paddler who just got their roll. He’ll be joining us after having just completed a solo Arctic adventure. Expect great stories!
Dave Sides As a former gymnast, Dave Sides was drawn to the ropes as they are quite similar to exercises on parallel bars and the high bar. Seeking venues to gain more experience, Dave started attended our training camp and the Delmarva Retreat in Delaware. As a former coach and teacher Dave found a new avenue for his passion of helping others learn and improve.We’ve enjoyed “Unkle” Dave’s company since 2005, first as a participant and, more recently, as mentor. Even though he’s the organizer of Hudson River Greenland Festival, he tells us we’re still his favorite event. Go figure!
Additional 2014 mentors are Training Camp regulars who have always been so generous with their time – Diane Carr, Henry Davies, Renee DuFresne, Don Jay and Alex Pak. Sharon Bustamante returns in her role coordinating the on-water experience. Nancy Thornton, continues as chief of logistics and administration.

Sharon Bustamante

Diane Carr

Henry Davies

Henry Davies

Renee DuFresne

Renee DuFresne

Don Jay

Don Jay

Alex Pak

Alex Pak

Nancy Thornton

Nancy Thornton