Dennis Pennell - InstructorRole: Instructor/Guide

Location: Portland OR

Dennis Pennell took his first paddle trip in an inflatable kayak on a class 2+ river in northwestern
North Carolina in the mid-1970s. Day and overnight canoe trips soon followed. Then in 1984,
whitewater canoeing became a priority, followed by whitewater kayaking, flatwater kayaking, and sea
kayaking. In 1996 he moved to Vancouver, Washington where he enjoys as much of the regions flat,
white, and salt water as he can. He has kayaked and rafted many of the best whitewater rivers in
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and Utah, including 39 days on the Grand Canyon of the
Colorado River, and a trip on the Tatshenshini/Alsek through the Yukon, British Columbia, and
Alaska. These days Dennis paddles canoes and kayaks of all types and rows rafts and catarafts on
multi-day whitewater trips. But most of the time he is seen in a sea kayak. He works part-time for
Alder Creek as an instructor and guide. Dennis feels that the Pacific Northwest is one of the best
places on earth to practice this most excellent sport.
Favorite Local Paddling Spot: John Day River
Certifications: BCU Coach 2, BCU 3* Canoe, BCU 3* Sea, BCU Navigation and Tidal
Planning, ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Level 3
Best Adventures to Date: Tatshenshini/Alsek River, Colorado River-Grand Canyon, Flores Island
BC, Sea of Cortez around Loreto, Baja California Sur