The Passage Vancouver BC to Juneau Alaska

by  alanD
  • The Passage

    The Passage

A self-supported trip created by alanD

Trip Overview


Here is a description and then the film my son presented to me on Father's Day. The Passage serves as a euology and the most touching and meaningful Father's day gift I can ever expect in a lifetime.

In 1974, Nathan Dappen's 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their
own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first
people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the
Inside Passage. Dappen and his brother grew up paddling those wooden
canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in
their family - shaping who they would become, how they viewed their
parents, and how their parents viewed themselves. In the summer of 2017,
the Dappens renovated those canoes and with their aging parents
completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up,
growing old, and the wild places that define us. A film by DAY’S EDGE
PRODUCTIONS ( Directed, filmed, and edited by NATE DAPPEN


Safety Notes

Big tide shifts with currents, cold water

Gear Notes

Watertight rain gear the camping equipment

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/6/1974-7/1/2017
  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean

Trip Location