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January 15th, 2015 No comments

Keith Lynch recently completed a 4,000 mile canoe voyage from Twin Bridges, MT to Dallas, TX.

His journey was an eye opening experience and a true adventurers accomplishment given his inexperience and lack of outdoor knowledge. He had planned for his journey for months, and after reading countless gear reviews, he finally settled on the gear he would use for his trip. This gear included Watershed Drybags for his most trusted possessions and electronics.

On June 6th, the 4th day of his journey, Keith capsized.

He hit a train trestle beam and his canoe flipped into the Jefferson River.  He had not lashed down anything to his canoe. All of his gear, including over $3,000 worth of electronics floated down the river.  Luckily he recovered a good majority of his belongings, but one of the bags that got away was his Watershed Ocoee bag which housed most of his expensive electronics including his GPS tracker.  The challenge was that the bag was wedged in an almost impossible location to find despite having the GPS coordinates.

Enter Norm Miller and Kris Walker.

Norm and Kris are natural born kind souls who also happen to be outdoors experts! Norm is a staff historian, photographer, and year-round guide for River Source Rafting. He even retraced the entire Lewis & Clark route in 2004- SOLO. After Norm and Kris reviewed the location of Keith’s canoe flip, they speculated the landing point of the Ocoee bag, and set out to find it. Unfortunately he couldn’t paddle to the assumed location of the bag given the high water levels on the Jefferson River during June. Norm decided that he would try to recover the bag later in the summer when water levels receded.

Keith was devastated by the loss of his Ocoee bag and the gear it contained.  By day 5, the whole dynamic of the trip had been altered. He had given up on finding his Ocoee bag, and doubted that even if it was retrieved, his gear would be in tact. He wasn’t entirely certain he had even zipped it up properly!

Throughout the summer Norm and Kris set out to find Keith’s bag.

Each time, they came back empty handed. “Who the heck attempts to find another person’s lost belongings on multiple occasions? Norm & Kris do.” said Keith. Finally, on Labor Day, (85+ days after Keith capsized) Norm and Kris’s determination paid off. They finally found Keith’s Ocoee bag! Norm initially thought that the bag was a dead animal due to the muck and foliage covering it… but once he gave it a closer look, he saw the straps and knew that he had found it! Norm picked up the bag. Immediately he thought that it was waterlogged given its weight.  He didn’t realize that Keith had packed the Ocoee bag full of electronics.

Norm slowly opened the bag, and to his surprise, EVERYTHING WAS DRY!

He couldn’t believe it. Norm and Kris had spent countless hours paddling the river searching for Keith’s lost Ocoee bag, and neither one of them thought that there was any way the contents would survive 3 months in the Montana elements. They were both wrong. Norm contacted Keith and let him know that he found the Ocoee bag. Keith truly felt like an 8 year old on Christmas Day!  He was shocked beyond belief. At the time, Keith was some 2000 miles downstream of Montana, (in Missouri ) so Norm shipped the bag over-night to him.

“A big thank you to Watershed and Norm for getting my contents in perfect shape back to me.”

Keith said after telling us his touching testimonial. We are glad to be a part of this wonderful success story and creation of some wonderful river karma!  You can read more about this story and Keith’s amazing journey on his blog: http://www.canoevoyage.com/norm-miller-kris-walker-find-the-bag/

Carolina River Expedition!

January 9th, 2015 No comments

We are happy to report our official sponsorship for the Carolina River Education and Preservation Expedition, lead by Julian Monroe Fisher!

This initiative will travel along the most scenic as well as most threatened rivers in North and South Carolina. The expedition will explore and report back on health threats to these rivers and environmental and social benefits the rivers provide while posting updates on social media networks and working closely with schools to create an everlasting learning tool for classrooms. They will use this expedition as a tool to ‘educate, preserve and conserve through exploration’ the rivers of the Carolinas. We are proud to support the journey, and look forward to reports from rivers across the our state!

The launch event for the first river of the expedition (the French Broad River) will be held at the Highland Brewing Company on April 29th. We are looking forward to this exciting event, and urge you to mark your calenders for the date!

UDB Review by Chris Scott at Sahara Overland

August 8th, 2013 No comments

Check out Chris’ website review of Watershed’s UDB (Ultimate Ditch Bag).

You can find his site chocked full of reviews here:


Our UDB has seen some changes since this review, the biggest change in the bag’s shape. You still have a huge amount of storage space, but the new backpack location in relation to bag shape to alleviate some of Chris’ issues that he discusses near the end.

Pittarak Expeditions at Baffin Island with Erik Boomer and Friends

August 8th, 2013 No comments

Check out the latest update from the Pittarak Expedition team. Follow them on the listed Twitter or Facebook links below.


Hey Guys,

We just successful finished the first section of our expedition, and tomorrow will be heading out on the second leg.
These last two weeks were spent skiing up and over the the 2000 meter summit of the Penny Ice Cap. With us, we hauled Boomer’s kayak and pack rafts across the snow, and descended into the Weasel River. Here, we met up with filmmakers and friends from Camp 4 Collective who traveled and filmed the next week of our journey.
Boomer, a professional white water paddler, first descended many rapids on the Weasel river, while the rest of us used our pack raft to float the mellower sections.
Now in the community of Pangnirtung, we are trading our modern boats for our self made Inuit sea kayaks, and are heading out to finish our crossing of southern Baffin Island. From here, we will spend another two months paddling and portaging across the fifth largest island in the world.
We will be posting blog and pictures from the field on our website and facebook account:
Thanks again for all you support!
Kate, Eric, Boomer and Sarah
Pittarak Expeditions

Watershed and Animals

August 8th, 2013 No comments

After a long day on the river, sometimes all you need is a Watershed drybag for a comfy pillow.

If you have any pictures of your furry friends enjoying adventures with you and your Watershed gear, please feel free to send them to Orders@drybags.com. We would love to post to our blog and share with the community.

Oakley, the Yellow Lab

Guest Blog: Zachary Collier from Northwest Rafting Company

March 19th, 2013 No comments

Zach is one of the owners of the Northwest Rafting Company, which is a leader in the Pacific Northwest for epic, well planned, safe and one of a kind trips. NWRC enjoys pushing the limits in both training and just for fun trips. Check out their website here: www.nwrafting.com

Below read about Zach’s adventures with his Watershed bags over the years:

My Watershed Moment

When I began my illustrious career as a river guide I noticed all of the legendary guides used Watershed bags to store their personal gear. Obviously, I had to order one. When it arrived, I was officially in the club of the select few whose dry bags looked different from the dry bags we provided our guests. Beyond looking cool, it opened easily and I didn’t have to dump out the entire bag to find what I needed.
A few seasons later, I had my Watershed bag while teaching a guide school on Oregon’s Rogue River. The weather was terrible, and we had done two major raft repairs which put us behind schedule. On day 3, we had successfully rafted through Mule Creek Canyon and were coming around the corner to the infamous Blossom Bar Rapid. On our approach, we were overcome by an ominous hail storm that set the tone for our run through rapid known as “the most expensive in the West.” Oars, paddles, dry bags, coolers, sunglasses and anything else you can lose on the river routinely finds a resting place at the bottom of Blossom Bar.
We pulled over to scout, discussed our routes, and sent one boat at a time through the roaring whitewater. The second boat through had a student rowing with one of our instructors on board to provide support. Unfortunately, it also had my trusty Watershed bag.
As I’m sure you can guess, this fully loaded 18 foot gear boat pinned in the entrance move. The flow was 5,000 cfs and rising, and it was late in the day. We quickly came up with a plan, set safety, and got to work freeing the raft.
Just as we had set up our anchors, I saw my beloved Watershed bag come loose from the boat and watched her bob gently downstream. I knew my friend Jim Toney was out in the world somewhere shaking his head in disappointment that I was separated from my kit. But I had work to do.
We spent the next hour setting up a rope system that would make any engineer proud and finally pulled the boat off of the rock, sadly flipping it upside down in the struggle. We paddled the boat to the bottom of the rapid where it took the entire group, in a Herculeaneffort of pulling on ropes, to flip it rightside up.
Seeing that all was well, I pushed ahead on what I assumed would be a fruitless search. Much to my surprise, I caught up with my trusty Watershed bag only a few miles downstream. She was enjoying a nice float through Huggins Canyon as I hauled her back into my raft. I immediately opened her up to assess the damages but found everything was intact and bone dry.
15 years later, I’m still using the same bag. We’ve had quite a few adventures together, and I’m now a river outfitter myself. When it came time to decide what kind of dry bags to provide for my guests, I made the easy decision that they will all be using Watershed bags!

Zachary Collier is the owner of Northwest Rafting Company (http://www.nwrafting.com) and an avid river runner.
Our Brews with Views trips pair the spectacular Rogue River with the best beers in the West. Learn more at http://www.nwrafting.com/brews/.
Some photos from Zach:

1. A trip we did in Siberia a few years ago with my trusty Watershed bag in it.
2. The wrap photo is from the wrap in the story. My bag had already come off at this point.
3. A boat full of Watershed bags on the Illinois River.
4. The repair photos is from boat repair first day of the school.

Video from Watershed’s Russian Distributor, DKP

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Check out this great video from our distributor in Russia:

Watershed Video from DKP

Here is DKP’s website:  www.drybags.ru

Many thanks for your work and dedication, Dmitriy, and everyone working with DKP!!!

‘Unsponsored’ Blog Post Highlighting Watershed’s Ocoee Perks

November 27th, 2012 No comments

Check out this blog post from ‘Unsponsored’, over in the UK.  There’s some great photos and info.  Plus lots of good stuff on the whole blog.


Amazon 5000 For the Cure Expedition with Mickey Grosman

June 7th, 2012 No comments

Head over to the Amazon 5000 website where you can follow Mickey Grosman’s trail. He is tracing the El Dorado Voyage of 1541 led by Francisco de Orellana, who did not complete the extent of this trek. The expedition kicked off on May 19th.

Mickey will traverse 800 miles over the Andes, then 4200 miles down the Amazon River!! The adventure is expected to take at least 9 months.  Watershed has outfitted Mickey with a variety of our gear to help make his voyage a success.

For details, information, how to support Mickey and much more please check out the site!!

Amazon 5000

Matador Network Highlights their Ambassadors Favorite Gear

May 14th, 2012 No comments

From the desk of one of Team Watershed’s own, Shon Bollock, comes a highlight of some of the young and brightest adventure athletes and photographers gear essentials.

Check it out here: http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/what-gear-do-adventure-athletes-and-filmmakers-carry/