No Experience Required - A Kayak Journey through the Inside Passage

5 Friends. 5 Weeks. 500 Miles. A kayak journey from Vancouver Island to Alaska through the Inside Passage that took place from June-July 2010. Proof that anyone with dedication, regardless of initial skill level, can enjoy the world's wild spaces. Original score, developed specifically for the film; created and preformed by Gary Pereira. Want to paddle the Inside Passage? Dam Good Logistics arranges self-guided trips so you can get out there and have your own adventures. Visit damgoodtrips.com.

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5 Friends. 5 Weeks. 500 Miles. A kayak journey from Vancouver Island to Alaska through the Inside Passage that took place from June-July 2010. Proof that anyone with dedication, regardless of initial skill level, can enjoy the world's wild spaces. Original score, developed specifically for the film; created and preformed by Gary Pereira. Want to paddle the Inside Passage? Dam Good Logistics arranges self-guided trips so you can get out there and have your own adventures. Visit damgoodtrips.com.

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John P
John P - 2 years ago
fantastic documentation of a fantastic adventure :) very inspiring :)
Campy Camp
Campy Camp - 2 years ago
so ballsy to not start with smaller trips first but awesome that you just did it
stumbling drunk snap kick
stumbling drunk snap kick - 2 years ago
Great video
Shelley Blevins
Shelley Blevins - 2 years ago
Enjoyed your video!
Aidan Zeledon
Aidan Zeledon - 2 years ago
It isn’t about the destination but about the journey. Thanks
Under Himmelen
Under Himmelen - 2 years ago
Currently planning a 30 day trip along parts of the Norwegian coast with a friend. I have little experience (haven't paddled for seven years) and I really enjoyed watching this video from your trip. I feel confident that our expedition is doable if we make good preparations and rational decisions along the way. Seeing the highlights from your expedition, was inspiring and made me more sure that what my friend and I are planning is doable. Thank you, I hope you are still being in nature and enjoying it. Best of luck on any current or future journeys for you and your friends.
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 2 years ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to watch our adventure. And yours sounds equally amazing! As you say, anything is possible, just prepare as best as you can, and most of all, choose the right people to go with ;) that makes all the difference. I wish you all the best! And yes I am still out adventuring all the time in our Big BC Backyard. It is an endless playground with a lifetime of explorations. I can't wait to hear stories of your adventures. Good luck and safe travels.
Gone Bush
Gone Bush - 2 years ago
Did you gell coat the bottom for protection?
Brent C
Brent C - 2 years ago
Well done people. Well done.
Robert Crain
Robert Crain - 2 years ago
great video, live life or let life pass you by. life is fragile, live every day.

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Dan Bolton
Dan Bolton - 2 years ago
Did you brine your meat before dehhydrating it? I knew someone's gonna get sick!
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 2 years ago
Haha! We dehydrated most of our own food and made jerky which kept well. Other than that we didn't have much meat, most of our protein came from nuts and legumes, and some supplemental fresh fish. Our mistake was that sausage/pepperoni that we kept past its prime, and that was stored in a somewhat cavalier fashion.
Earth Angel
Earth Angel - 2 years ago
Still awesome in 2017 :)))
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 2 years ago
Thank you! I'm so glad that it holds up ;).
John McVey
John McVey - 2 years ago
Nice would like to kayak that route one day
Rune Brødsgaard
Rune Brødsgaard - 3 years ago
Wow, you guys really seem to have done a good job on this journey. Was surprised about the whole group dynamic thing that is mentioned. No leader? Really? just everyone getting along super well without anyone just being a little bossy from time to time? Not often to see that, must have been amazing :) Thanks for the video.
Erich F.
Erich F. - 3 years ago
Made me want to go. lol. Great trip. I wish you many more!
BMW S1000
BMW S1000 - 3 years ago
This is actually my favorite kayaking video on you tube. And that says alot. especially when I see a guy like Todd Switzer doing this same trip alone. But the reason I like this is because the fact that they were inexperienced, and just went for it, and the way the movie was made getting their opinions on the way they felt etc. It all just felt very real.
BMW S1000
BMW S1000 - 2 years ago
Just the fact that you replied meant alot to me. , and yes, you were my inspiration to make a trip to the San Juan islands in Washington State. I brought someone who is a chick friend and we fought the currents and the tides and camped out. it was a learning experience to say the least. and we are both glad we did it and love to talk about the ups and downs. we built a lifetime memory!
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 2 years ago
Thank you! I am so glad that that folks find it interesting and inspiring. That was the whole idea, just to show that you can do it, all you have to do it commit and make it a priority (and find the right people to do it with) and I hope many people will do just that ;).
John Dagher
John Dagher - 3 years ago
Great efforts awesome video, hats off!
NUCLEAR OUTDOOR PRODUCTS
NUCLEAR OUTDOOR PRODUCTS - 3 years ago
look up the IRIDIUM stove it's built for trips like this........ ultralight and never fails........ no moving parts..... bombproof American ingenuity!!!!!! it rocks
Chris
Chris - 3 years ago
I am watching your video for the third time. I have been planning this same trip for five years, and have finally booked the time off from work to do this solo starting June 2017. You have made a fantastic video encompassing all the aspects of this life changing adventure. Thank you!
BMW S1000
BMW S1000 - 2 years ago
chris.. did you do this trip ? please respond, and hopefully safe.
scottie agnew
scottie agnew - 3 years ago
Im off to buy my first Kayak. Thanks for the inspiration!

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chris jolie
chris jolie - 3 years ago
Great adventure. And nice job Christina putting it together!
Facundo Fernandez
Facundo Fernandez - 3 years ago
Does anybody know what brand kayaks those are?
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 3 years ago
The orange boats where older models of Necky Telsas
Nick H
Nick H - 3 years ago
Necky Sea Touring kayaks
Jason Baker
Jason Baker - 3 years ago
Good job y'all, heck of an adventure
LoriSyme
LoriSyme - 3 years ago
Thank you so much! Well done! AMAZING!! I just a finished a 6 week adventure, kayaking, biking, hiking, and sleeping in my car from Colorado, through 5 provinces, Acadia, Vermont, New York. Definitely not wanting it to be over! Inspired to plan the next trip!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Y-Knot Remodel
Y-Knot Remodel - 3 years ago
very cool this made my weekend!
AleaderWaterShoes
AleaderWaterShoes - 3 years ago
Awesome video! What a great trip.
charles
charles - 3 years ago
I'm slightly in love with Keira
Phil J
Phil J - 3 years ago
outstanding film
Jeff Woods
Jeff Woods - 3 years ago
really enjoyed your video, your adventure and your people , thankyou... and well done
f1sk8mm
f1sk8mm - 4 years ago
Beautiful trip and great video--I had never heard of anyone doing this and I feel inspired to make the trip myself. Someday I will do with my sons.

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Liofa
Liofa - 4 years ago
Apart for the over emotional, over the top motivational commentary at the start of the film, which was pretty tacky, the rest of the film pretty good.
Rayzer
Rayzer - 4 years ago
Wow, thoroughly enjoyed this video.
charles
charles - 4 years ago
brilliant video. Well done to you all you look look like you had an amazing time and created memories to last a lifetime.
David Macdonald
David Macdonald - 4 years ago
well done .
Leo Mckee-Reid
Leo Mckee-Reid - 4 years ago
Nice documentation! Would you say it is safe to do this passage solo?
Philip McKee
Philip McKee - 4 years ago
Super adventure, well done!
Myself and friend are just about to head off on a very mini adventure here in Ireland. The The "Green and Silver" route which will equate to about 380KM in racing kayaks over 5 days (http://www.iwai.ie/dublin/greenandsilver_record.html). You greater efforts have given me comfort that all will be OK ;0)
SatwinderSingh
SatwinderSingh - 4 years ago
Recently took to kayaking and been wondering if I can really do it with my modest stamina level-your video is inspiring. Well done.
chulieho
chulieho - 4 years ago
cool thanks
william page
william page - 4 years ago
Beautiful.. I'm a retired military veteran, because of issues beyond my control finding gainful employment is difficult. But, now I intend on taking control back. My intention and plan is to guide kayak/canoe expositions on rivers and waterways in my area. There will be a focus on wounded vets to help heal and find their center again. This video didn't plant the seed for adventure but it is a source of inspiration... Good job
Brent C
Brent C - 2 years ago
Bravo to you sir. Army Combat Vet here as well. Iraq 2006-2007. 4th ID
william page
william page - 4 years ago
+David C I'm in the early stages of planning a trip from the head waters of the Yadkin river to where it leads out into the internists water ways of NC to raise donations for Fisher House and other local Vet charities...
william page
william page - 4 years ago
+David C near Winston Salem NC..
David C
David C - 4 years ago
im still in the service. where are you at out of curiosity?
Dustin Schulz
Dustin Schulz - 4 years ago
Beautifully done.
mike silvers
mike silvers - 4 years ago
Awesome trip and great filming
dismaldog-William
dismaldog-William - 4 years ago
Amazing trip!
tizer76
tizer76 - 4 years ago
Brilliant! Thank you.
Kristine Atakanli
Kristine Atakanli - 4 years ago
Great movie, assume adventure, I have enjoyed watching!
Marc Pollie
Marc Pollie - 4 years ago
awesome trip
Colin Ridgley
Colin Ridgley - 4 years ago
Simply Awesome!
Tyler c
Tyler c - 4 years ago
you guys have been some super inspiration for me. I've kayaked the Yukon river from whitehorse to dawson city twice. i currently live in whitehorse yukon and i will be paddling from skagway to sechelt bc summer 2016. thanks for the amazing video!!
Mike Unher
Mike Unher - 4 years ago
Such an encouraging, heart-felt presentation. Thank you, from northern Japan, for the inspiration!
Matthew Bradbury
Matthew Bradbury - 4 years ago
Found this video just after being laid off. Thank you for showing me that paddling will be a great way to spend some "time off".
Peter Parker
Peter Parker - 4 years ago
Fantastic adventure! 'Just do it' attitude all the way! Thanks for sharing, makes me wanna plan my next adventure, paddling somewhere in Sweden, we'll see

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Curtis Muller
Curtis Muller - 4 years ago
Fantastic story and video. I'm planning my first kayaking/camping trip this spring. Your story has removed any doubt I had.
Martin Lim
Martin Lim - 4 years ago
That was a good adventure. I do sea kayak in Malaysia. Can I join you guys in the next adventure?
Curt Brooks
Curt Brooks - 4 years ago
cool people,cool trip
prawnjohn
prawnjohn - 4 years ago
Hi, i`m a keen kayaker from N.Ireland i just do day trips locally i was just
going to watch about 10 mins of your film before i went to bed but when
i started watching your well planned and beautifully shot video i was hooked
and compelled to watch it all!

Well done guys,more please!
Keith Lapere
Keith Lapere - 4 years ago
good for you guys,cheers!!!
John Baston
John Baston - 4 years ago
as a long time sea kayak guide and now an office guy, I loved seeing your film. thanks!
Richard Wells
Richard Wells - 4 years ago
Bloody brilliant, I enjoyed every minute. Good luck to you all.
David L.
David L. - 5 years ago
Loved this.
Cam Trathen
Cam Trathen - 5 years ago
great trip.

I am planing on doing a river trip with a canoe next year from the big horn dam to edmonton alberta
Britton Cooke
Britton Cooke - 5 years ago
Well done. You captured the reality and essence of an expedition brilliantly.
Bonstergirl
Bonstergirl - 5 years ago
Awesome video!  What a great trip.
Lean540
Lean540 - 5 years ago
This is what life is about, not status, not things, not money,................this. Good friends, good times, great memories for a life time.
Daniel Veazey
Daniel Veazey - 5 years ago
I really enjoyed watching this. Thanks for making it.
Mila Djordjevic
Mila Djordjevic - 5 years ago
great film! I smiled at so many moments and i can only imagine how much you guys would laugh and smile along watching these clips! so wonderful and inspiring!
Mad About Diecast
Mad About Diecast - 5 years ago
Nice movie.  Really enjoyed it! :-)
Eric Reeves
Eric Reeves - 5 years ago
Amazing video! 100% jealous!!!
Joe Mulgrew
Joe Mulgrew - 5 years ago
Looks amazing.
sc1212able
sc1212able - 5 years ago
nice video, no, great video, we are kayaking the whole coast of florida presently,been on the water 5 weeks
Tomas Kaspar
Tomas Kaspar - 5 years ago
Thank you for this awesome video. I wish I could go with you. Very inspirational. Thanks.
cem yatman
cem yatman - 5 years ago
Very nice groupe and friends...and scenery and route......I wish I do the same tour with nice good friend groupe......if you stop by around Turkey Ill be glad to be guide for you guys....and very nice video record...very succesfull....my face sea kayak page is....seakayak ege.....
PNW Man
PNW Man - 5 years ago
You should get all your friends together and make another movie vid of you guys in another adventure,  seriously! I really enjoyed watching this, You need a part 2.
Josue Garcia
Josue Garcia - 5 years ago
Hi, I want to do a charity fund raiser and the way i'm going to raise money is by Indiegogo, I want to Kayak from Jacksonville,Florida to Miami,Florida around 380 miles. I was wondering What should i bring on the trip and if you have any advice that would be awesome! I'm 16 by the way, right now I'm planning and gathering information before i set up the fund raiser.
Christina Chowaniec
Christina Chowaniec - 5 years ago
+Josue Garcia Hi Josue. That sounds amazing! Why don't you email me at chris@damgoodtrips.com and we can arrange a time to chat. I'd be happy to help you in any way I can.
spannerchucker1
spannerchucker1 - 5 years ago
Wonderful video and so inspiring. I'm just getting into kayaking and this has given me even more inspiration. Well done and thanks for sharing, it put a smile on my face and gave me goosebumps, it's what it's all about!
Kevin Fox
Kevin Fox - 5 years ago
This is a fantastic short film!
Capten Q
Capten Q - 5 years ago
l Love the whole video. Very inspirational!!! You guys are so funny. I love your humor and I envy your amazing trip. Thank YOU for sharing this with everyone! :-)
Mark Olson
Mark Olson - 5 years ago
Nice job! Very enjoyable!! Looking forward to your next one.
caljah caljah
caljah caljah - 5 years ago
Simply awesome video. Must have been amazing. I live in nyc, heading to orcas WA thursday to take a 3 day lesson. Then coming back home and practicing in and around the hudson. Watching you all helped me to  realize I can plan some great trips this summer. The best parts for me are the fact that you got off the treadmill of life and your relationship with each other. Thank you cheers
Djimba Vallinor
Djimba Vallinor - 5 years ago
What an adventure! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm gonna share it too!
anibal malan
anibal malan - 5 years ago
Great Experience!! So funny..
Thank for shearing!!
chris doner
chris doner - 5 years ago
how often did you use the sails?  Were they worth the effort?
Christina Chowaniec
Christina Chowaniec - 5 years ago
+chris doner Yeah they were great. And you don't always need a full tailwind, they were often most useful crossing the tops of large channels as we could swivel them to take advantage of inflow and outflow winds. I would highly recommend. Ours were easy to throw up and pull down. I found that they don't necessarily make you go faster, their main advantage is energy saving, as they make each stroke easier and that adds up over the course of a long day and a long trip.
Gavin Kennedy
Gavin Kennedy - 5 years ago
Great video guys! I'm looking to Kayak this passage this summer - if any of you are available, I'd love to chat!
Christina Chowaniec
Christina Chowaniec - 5 years ago
+Gavin Kennedy Thanks for having a look. I'm so stoked that you are heading up there this summer. Email me at chris@damgoodtrips.com and we can find a time to chat.
Todd Mitchell
Todd Mitchell - 5 years ago
Inspirational.
RhodieFreedomCamp
RhodieFreedomCamp - 5 years ago
Nice one - courageous, nice footage, wise words, inspiring, good humour / group - precious times, tho scary especially regards weather. U never mentioned any legal issues eg regards passports / permissions.
leahdin
leahdin - 5 years ago
Would have loved more details such as how you made decision, and some of the technical/logistical things such as planning campsites and getting food. Hope you get more views....
Thanks for the great video... less cursing is be better, then I could show my students .... :)
RhodieFreedomCamp
RhodieFreedomCamp - 5 years ago
+Adventure Outdoors :)))
Adventure Outdoors
Adventure Outdoors - 5 years ago
Show your students. Don't worry, they already curse more than you can imagine. 
amy homsi
amy homsi - 5 years ago
very inspirational. anything is possible with motivation and planning. I look forward to the spring for mine and my husbands first time kayaking. we have joined a club so we can get some skills ahead of spring. 
Joshua Wallace
Joshua Wallace - 5 years ago
AWESOME!!! Love trips like this. Great job on the vid.
Filipe xLaU
Filipe xLaU - 6 years ago
Amazing! Great video, very well narrated! Thank you for sharing this, you have inspired me! I had a good time watching it and don't understand how you don't have more views!??
OkinawaWild
OkinawaWild - 6 years ago
I love when people share these videos. Kayaking while sea sick is just so miserable, you can't explain it to people who haven't experienced it... Good on you for pushing through. Most people would just give up after that. One item at the top of my bucket list is to paddle the inside passage.Thanks for sharing.
Jeremy Rule
Jeremy Rule - 6 years ago
Inspiring video, thank you!
patlove stayalive
patlove stayalive - 6 years ago
More than a trip, journey id say,some plain luck and dangers along the way. comments were great, get along, great groupe, love the songs love the view 

skuze mon français Patrice.
Gavin Boss
Gavin Boss - 6 years ago
Great trip, you really inspire me to hit the water. It was really neat watching how much all your skill level and confidence grew throughout the trip. Truly a life changing trip.
Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 6 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to check it out and to share in our journey.  It was a life changing trip, in an incredible corner of our planet.  I hope you do hit the water and explore the big backyard closest to you.
Aallokko
Aallokko - 6 years ago
Absolutely great video!! I just watched this after beginning to kayak some weeks ago and now... I want to go to Canada. ;-)
Ship to Shore Marine
Ship to Shore Marine - 6 years ago
This is one of my go to inspiration films when I need a jolt of enthusiasm.

~Barry
Noah Scalero
Noah Scalero - 6 years ago
I love this, you should have more views!
change the title and you would have much more traffic!
Tasty115
Tasty115 - 6 years ago
I loved watching the movie of your adventures, I live in Poole, Dorset, in the UK where we have some wonderful sea kayaking.  I am keen to fit a sail to my own boat and wondered if you could give me some details of the system you guys all used on your trip? 
Christina Chowaniec
Christina Chowaniec - 6 years ago
Awesome. Always stoked to hear that folks are inspired to get up there and spend some time in that incredible part of the world. My contact details are at Dam Good Logistics. Drop me a line if I can help provide details.
swatius1
swatius1 - 6 years ago
Looking at doing the same trip as well Joshua lol
Christina Chowaniec
Christina Chowaniec - 6 years ago
Hi Joshua, Thanks so much for taking the time to watch it. I would definitely encourage you to get up there. It is a life changing part of the world.
Joshua Greene
Joshua Greene - 6 years ago
What a great adventure! I'm considering a similar trip and this definitely is swaying me towards going. Thanks!
ed wilson
ed wilson - 7 years ago
What an awesome adventure! How are there only 400 views!?

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Dam Good Trips
Dam Good Trips - 7 years ago
Hi Barry. Thank you so much for checking it out!
Barry Walstead
Barry Walstead - 7 years ago
Great movie, it could even be longer, I wanted to keep watching it!
rosswoodie
rosswoodie - 8 years ago
Great movie! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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