As many people know I am an avid collector of books related to canoeing and kayaking and two of the most memorable paddling books were written by Don Starkell. I remember reading "Paddle to the Amazon" in the early 1990's and inspired by what he had achieved with his sons, it encouraged me in my own small way to take my children canoeing on North American rivers.
Sadly Don died on Saturday at his home in Winnipeg, aged 79. He probably traveled further than any other paddler, with his journeys recorded in journals. To read more about his life see the full article at "Canoe and Kayak".
A truly inspirational paddler.