|Don Hynek has been outdoors (especially in the Midwestern US) all his life. After a couple of decades in the outdoor industry (climber and mountaineer, photographer, skier, sea kayaker and author), he settled in as an energy analyst and green building specialist. Don now focuses his outdoor time on sea kayaking, and XC skiing during the few months when paddling is less convenient. His paddling journeys have taken him from British Columbia to North Carolina to Greece. A native of Wisconsin, he is especially fond of the Apostle Islands, the Wisconsin River, and Pamlico Sound. Lac Manicougan hasn't been taken off The List.
Daren Barrett has enjoyed the sport of kayaking since introduced to a kayak in 1995. Since then, he has pursued his coastal kayak instructor certification, with an endorsement in adaptive paddling. The majority of the time you will see him with a 'skinny stick', as he continues to learn traditional Qajaq skills. When he isn't on the open waters sharing his passion, volunteering, and teaching others, he can be found at symposiums or various destinations.