Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Walton is ready to paddle board, for charity

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     Local skier and climber Danny Walton is embarking on a new adventure—a series of stand-up paddle boarding challenges to raise money for several benefit organizations.

     His “Mountain Niceness Productions” is calling Walton’s new quest the “Big Lake Paddle Quest.” Funds will benefit Wood River MS Walk, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Camp Rainbow Gold.

     During the month of August, Walton plans to paddle board lakes in the Sawtooth Mountains, at Lake Tahoe and a first-time crossing of Lake Erie from Canada to Cleveland, Ohio.

     He said, “It’s a series of three stand-up paddle board events to raise funds and awareness. Crossing Lake Erie from Canada to Cleveland, 30 miles, has never been done on a paddle board.”

     Walton plans to circumnavigate the Sawtooth Lakes—Alturas, Pettit, Redfish and Stanley—for a total of 22 miles. He hopes to paddle 77 miles around Lake Tahoe in California.

     He calls himself a pro skier, adventurer and paddle boarder who travels the west via a VW van spreading the mountain niceness and throwing world-class mountain town events.

     Sponsors include Avex, Glide, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Zenergy at Thunder Spring, Mammut, Chums, Smith Optics and Cleveland Coffee Company.

     For more details, visit

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