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  • Yellowknife, NWT
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About Me:
I'm and active sea kayak paddler with limited white water skills and a beginning canoeist. I have been paddling about 14 years on Great Slave Lake. I live in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada where I run the Paddlers for Parts Association. We are a group of paddlers, cyclist and hikers that promote organ and tissue donation. Longest paddle 21 days Mackenzie River NWT, Canada, Ft.Providence to Inuvik. I have crossed Canada north to south by kayak and bicycle taking a total of 34 days to do this over two summers. This summer is either a series of small trips or a long one. I hope to complete the final 1,000 mile journey of the Paddlers orginal goal within two years. New trips keep getting in the way and my back at the moment is preventing the hike. I want to walk at least 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail which would complete the Paddlers original goal. All other trips are a bonus and the funds raised well used but the hike is very important to me.
Website:
http://www.paddlersforparts.ca www.tundrasails.ca
What boats do you paddle?
Prijon Seayak, Seaward Seawind, Dagger Freefall, Necky Kyook, Aqua Terra Sealion, Oldtown 174 canoe, Asylum (Murky water squirt boat,) Nautiraid 2 folding kayak, Sevylor Inflatable canoe (Ranger 2)
What paddle(s) do you use?
Werner, Greyowl ,Joe OBlenis Greendland, Two take down Greenlandic paddles came with the Nautiraid2.
What other paddle gear do you use?
MEC, Bomber, Mustang, Kokatat, White, Brooks and SkirtworkS, Pacific Action sails, Windpaddle sails

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"Last evening we hosted the reel paddling film festival and although the turout was small we still enjoyed the evening. Cheers, Greg"
Mar 30
Soca Rider left a comment for Greg Loftus ( Cominco)
"Thanks a lot Greg! Cheers, Gyula"
Mar 25
Greg Loftus ( Cominco) commented on Greg Loftus ( Cominco)'s group Paddlers of Great Slave Lake, NWT, Canada
"longer days and warmer weather are coming and in about 2.5 months we can go paddling again."
Feb 20
Greg Loftus ( Cominco) commented on Greg Loftus ( Cominco)'s blog post been a while
"John nice to hear from you. sounds like you have done your research .ay have to come ad see youin your new home. as always a pleasure to hear from you my friend  "
Jan 25
john allsop commented on Greg Loftus ( Cominco)'s blog post been a while
"Greg of course the weather in the UK can be bad. They have been having serious flood for the past few years supposed to be caused by global warming. I was told the jet stream that goes across the north Atlantic has moved south causing low…"
Jan 24
Greg Loftus ( Cominco) commented on Greg Loftus ( Cominco)'s blog post been a while
"They are having a bad winter across the pond as well John and surrounded by water may not help . Anyway we ca easily stay in touch  Cheers fror Now Greg Cough clearing up it like a tank but seems to be leaving just as fast."
Jan 10
john allsop commented on Greg Loftus ( Cominco)'s blog post been a while
"Greg, it,s also been very cold down here and so cold my wife stays in the house most of the time, so no dancing. The January thaw has just arrived and it,s gone up to minus 6 and will be like that for a few days, it may even get warmer. I don,t…"
Jan 10

Welcome everyone and thanks for stopping by

Jeroen has started a new site for those that want to run a blog, checkout http://paddleblogs.com and sign up. I have started one and you will find it at Http://paddleblogs.com/cominco/ I have only a few post there at the moment but it will fill up as I paddle this summer. Cheers, Greg

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been a while

Life in the day of electonic comunnications takes its toll. I do a few web pages , a personal blog this page and some other stuff. Very easy to forgetto stop by and keep things updated. Being the middle of a bloody cold winter, not a lot happeninng here boat wise. Still a good season to plan trips and dream. I must admit each year a location on an ocean with warm water is looking better and better all the time. I pickedup a tandem Seaward kayak this fall and she needs some basic work a few…

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 10:08am — 6 Comments

been awhile Thought I better check in

Life is busy battling the Canadian Government. Our prime minister is hell bent on destroying the country to get oil to China. The man is mad and we are doing our best to block him. Not easy he has a majority government and like sheep they all do what they are told.

Hope that this finds all well with you. Cheers, Greg

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 4:06am

Walking on Water

Unfortunately the hard water season has arrived and the snow mobile will rule until May. Typing this as the mercury sits at -21C outside. In 18 days the first day of winter will arrive and the days begin ever so slowly getting longer. A milestone in that the slow return of the sun is always a nice waypoint to pass. It is still a long 4 months or so until our ice bound waterways release themselves and we can once again play. Time to make that new paddle or if you have a shop boat repair and…

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Posted on December 3, 2011 at 12:18pm

Almost done

Thats right folks fall has arrived and I am seeing less kayak ls and canoes on the water. Today was beautiful and I got in a great couple of hours paddling on Great Slave Lake. Not the warmest lake at the best of times but on a good summer the top four feet or so can be really nice. Spills at this time of year are serious if you are not ready for them. I will be carrying a dunk bag and paddling in my drysuit from now on. I would have used it today but I still need to repair the neck seal.I do… Continue

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 8:08am

Getting close

Living in Yellowknife has some perks but the long paddling season is not one of them. Winter is slowly giving way to spring and another month or so will give us some open water I hope. Our season is short enough and these long cool springs really don't help. On the bright side I know summer will come and when the lake is open she is beautiful.

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:36am

A nice plug from the Trail folks and we appreciate it

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 4:05am — 1 Comment

Chilly business in the Knife

I reallly like living in Yellowknife but the paddler in me screams move to where it is warmer and there is open water all year long. sitting here typing it is -34 outsidefor the 5th day in a row and not looking like it wants to change any time soon.

I am heading for a little paddling trip in Cape Town South Africa and it should be very interesting. Hoping to meet up with some of the Playak crew while there and learning a few new paddling tricks. I leave canada on the 30th of January…

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Posted on January 16, 2011 at 10:04am

Yellowknifes off season

Paddling has been halted for quite some time as our lakes have been frozen since early November. We try and get some pool sessions, unfortnately the Yellowknife pool cost almost 160.00 dollars an hour for adults and that is expensive. I may sponsor some sessions a little closer to spring. At the moment my thoughts are on my pending south African paddle tip. So much there to do and so little time. I will have about 20 days to play around. I lose about 5 days to travel just getting there and… Continue

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 7:29am

Hornets move into kayak

I have an old fibreglass boat that is sitting upsidedown on a rack about 1.5 metres off the ground. The boat is awaiting repairs and just sort of a back up project,so no rush. I noticed yesrterday that hornets have decided it makes a very nice home. My neighbour Mark pointed it out and it is a good thing he did. The day before I was planning on moving it to a more out of the way location and would have been in for a big surprize had I tried to pick it up. Now I know they are… Continue

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 12:00pm

A very lucky paddler

I was just watching this and thought I should post it. Paddler skill levels and safety are always a big issue and this paddler was very lucky.

http://www.kens5.com/news/San-Antonio-man-rescued-from-dam-compartment-98770894.html

Live and learn we hope Cheers greg

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 6:06am

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At 7:26pm on March 25, 2014, Soca Rider said…

Thanks a lot Greg!

Cheers, Gyula

At 2:55am on December 24, 2013, john allsop said…

Grerg i have not been around for some time, i hope all goes well in the coming year and you have a very nice Christmas. The South Africa trip sounds interesting but of course i am unable to consider it. But it now looks like i will be leaving Canada next year and i have mixed feelings about it as i will miss the wildlife and oddly enough the winter with all it,s snow and freezing temp,s. We have just passed the shortest day so spring is on it,s way. in five months or so.

At 7:44am on September 7, 2012, Dwayne Lawrence Wohlgemuth said…

Thanks for the welcome Greg. I am happy to have found this website and will visit more often. Cheers,

Dwayne

At 4:46pm on July 11, 2012, Denis Martines said…

Thanks, I will!

At 5:33pm on March 29, 2012, john allsop said…

Greg here for a change. Yes i did read the report on the Triak web site about the Sea of Cortez trip, They only averaged 15 nautical miles per day although on a number of days they were held up because of the weather so putting the average at 20.  I don,t know if this trip is a good advert for Triak. I see the latest and fastest trip around Vancouver Island has now been done by rowing which was a day faster than Joe O,brians trip his was the last fastest time.

At 7:16pm on February 20, 2012, Brian Horan said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 3:59am on February 4, 2012, john allsop said…

GREG are you expecting some early paddling, seeing the weather report to-day it looks like your spring is just round the corner,  but which corner, one in May i expect  but it,s getting closer.

At 3:14am on January 17, 2012, john allsop said…

GREG, well it,s still "chilly" but the winter is on it,s way down hill now with just a few bumps. I have been looking at the "new" Triak and they seem to have done all the things i found needed improving, it,s lighter than mine, weather thats a good thing i don,t know but it makes it easier to put it on top of a jeep, also the sail is removable and it furles easier plus the outriggers are larger. They have what they call a spinaker, very easy to deploy and stow in a contraption near the bow but to me it looks more like a jib.

At 4:46am on November 23, 2011, john allsop said…

Yes sounds like it , i think eventually it cost A Wainright 15 thousand pounds for the drinks he did say in one of his guides to the Lake District he would be cremated and his ashes spread at a hill called Haystacks in the Lakes  (the word district was always dropped) but when he died he was buried in KENDAL which is really on the edge of the district. His sketches were done by him taking photographs then making the sketches at home. The guide seems unusual in that it reads from the back to front for the walk. There is a big following of him and a A WAINRIGHT club, his guide books to the lakes is unique he wrote 7 plus a few more guides and books i think they were done in the 1950s and he said he would never revise them as that was an ongoing process. All his books are still available plus enlargments of his drawings.

At 3:31am on November 22, 2011, john allsop said…

Greg, yes the start of the pennine way is always considered to be Edale although that could be the end. The route or parts of it are closed from time to time because of "over" use. I have a guide by A Wainwright who wrote guides to all the peaks in the lake district and many walking routes to the top of each one, the books are now tucked away some place. There,s lot,s of "ways" now and i think after 40 years away from the Lake District many changes must have taken place. Oddly enough i never got to Scotland. Two weeks off per year from work was never enough. 

 
 
 

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