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Posted in News
by Tom on May 10, 2013
VISIT OUR EVENTS TAB FOR A FULL CALENDAR AND A DESCRIPTION OF EACH EVENT!
Reel Paddling Film Festival
Posted in News
by Tom on February 25, 2013
We are hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival on August 27th at the Jackalope Lakeside in Lorain. The show begins at 7:00pm will run approx 2 hours and will be showing segments of the film (mostly different from our first showing). They will include whitewater kayaking, kayaking trips, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and inspiring stories.
View the trailer/ Learn about the event:
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link below:
Tickets are $10 advance/ $12 at the door.
We hope to see you there!
Annual Kayak Symposium!
Posted in Events
by Tom on April 02, 2013
Other Events Going on:
Beach Demos – Try out paddleboards and kayaks on the beach. Free to public (16 years and up) throughout the event. Paddleboards and kayaks provided by “Lake Erie Paddler” and “West River Kayak”.
Family “Smart Start” Classes – Pre-register for FREE beginner kayaking lessons designed for children and adults – 11am, Noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Lessons will include beach and on-water instruction. Pre-register atwww.metroparks.cc or by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK (children must sign-up with participating adult).
Seminars – Educational seminars will take place on Beach House deck and on beach.
11 am – “Casting Demo” – Firelands Flyfishers
Noon – “Fix your own Boat, Make your own Gear” – Stuart Warner
1 pm – “Family Safe Boating” - ODNR Division of Watercraft - Jared Thomas
11:30 am – “Canoe Poling” - Tim Balduff
12:30 pm – “10 Tips in 30 Minutes” - Bruce Clevenger
1:30 pm – “SUP Yoga & Paddle Fitness” - Jim Lawhead
Information Tables – Several organizations will have information available related to paddle sports and outdoor adventure activities in our area. Organizations will include the Coastguard (“Coastie” will make an appearance!), Division of Watercraft, Lorain County Visitors Bureau, Lorain Port Authority, Firelands Fly Fishers, and Lorain Tourism Council. The FRIENDS of the Metro Parks will also be at the event and will provide many kids activities.
Other – Bring kayak to event to get “safety checked”. Kayaks that meet the grade will receive a boat decal.
For forty years, The Backpackers Shop has served the needs of those passionate about the outdoors. Over the decades, we have evolved into a legendary destination for expert service and top quality outdoor gear and apparel. Still in our greatly expanded original location, our shop has the history, expertise and selection that few outdoor shops offer today.
Whether you seek the solitude of backpacking, the art of fly fishing, the sport of rock climbing, the thrill of mountaineering, or the excitement of canoeing and kayaking, The Backpackers Shop is well equipped to guide you in selecting the right equipment for your adventure. Our personalized service and knowledge are well respected both in the outdoor industry and amongst our loyal following of long time customers. Don't hesitate to call for advice, where you will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts who are willing to share their experience and assist you in equipment selection. You will find only the best in equipment, supplies and accessories from the outdoor industry's top names.
For those traveling through the Cleveland, Ohio area, our destination is conveniently located just one and one half miles off of Interstate 90; approximately 20 minutes west of Cleveland. If you plan to be in the area, be sure to stop for a visit. We are proud of our heritage and continue to inspire others to discover the Great Outdoors.