Paddle Up Stream with Paddle Adventures Unlimited

  • Date:Wed, Mar 09, 16

Photo Courtesy of Michael King

In 2008, Michael King and Roy Lewis started a community of like-minded individuals, not knowing how impactful their group could end up becoming years down the line. Now, with over 4,000 members, Paddle Adventures Unlimited has grown into a community-loved outdoor group and annual kayaking festival. LifeView Outdoors had the opportunity to catch up with co-founder, Michael King.

With a background in Electrical Engineering and making a career out of designing outside plant networks for AT&T, Michael has managed to cultivate his love for the outdoors to an impressive degree. Michael states, “My outdoor adventure certifications are ACA L2 River Kayaking Instructor, NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), Wilderness First Aid, CPR AED and First Aid. I have been a volunteer managing Paddle Adventures Unlimited with the support of an amazing leadership team for six years. I am a sixth year board of directors member at Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. TSRA is celebrating 50 years as a non-profit supporting conservation and paddlesports.”

When stressing the importance of this community-based group, Michael has plenty of good words to say about Tennessee’s outdoors enthusiasts and the local agencies and recreational programs who have helped out. To celebrate the local love, Paddle Adventures Unlimited is hosting its 4th Annual Cumberland River Paddlefest.

In describing the atmosphere Michael explains, “Paddlefest is a great opportunity for beginners to become acquainted with paddling.” Michael continues, “Manufacturers, dealers, and outfitters provide kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle board demos for guests. A variety of clinics are available at paddlefest including: kayak fishing, stand up paddleboard yoga, paddling with your pet, and a strokes clinic from whitewater athletes.”

Photo Courtesy of Michael King

Paddlefest reiterates the importance behind getting involved with like-minded individuals not only for more enjoyment but for added experience regarding skills and gear. Mr. King expands on what he deems necessary for his paddling adventures. “Gear for a basic summer day recreational paddling trip in Middle Tennessee includes: (beyond a paddle, pfd, and something to paddle) non-cotton apparel, water shoes, water bottle, throw rope, first aid kit, cell phone in a waterproof case, waterproof camera, and a change of clothes at a minimum. Adventures such as camping and fishing require an extra level of gear. My favorite trips are multiple days of paddling and camping supported from a kayak. Paddle camping requires gear similar to backpacking.”

Lifeview Outdoors extends a special thanks to Michael King. For gear mentioned above feel free to visit our website and Nashville-based store.


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Photo Courtesy of Michael King