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Canoe and Kayak: Verlen Kruger stories “from the vault”

Jan 21, 2013

Verlen Kruger. He was 58 when he left his home in Lansing, Michigan four years ago to go on a canoe trip. His life up until then had been pretty straightforward. Never again… Steve Landick.

He was 19 when he first met Verlen. He would be 29 when they left Lansing together in 1980. In that 10-year interlude the two of them crystallized their plans for the canoe-trip-to-end-all-canoe-trips: The Ultimate Canoe Challenge. Click here to read the full story printed in Canoe & Kayak's 1984 issue.

Fast forward a couple decades in Canoe & Kayak's May 2006 issue, and Larry Rice recounts Verlen Kruger's journey to the summit of Ontario's remote Tip Top Mountain, an expedition started by his father. Taking on the same hard-to-reach goal 30 years before, Kruger's father drowned after capsizing in the raging White River. Click here for that story!