Bill & Paul's Sporthaus
is an outdoor adventure sports specialty retailer that has been selling adventure in the Grand Rapids area since 1961. They carry skis, snowboards, backpacking and camping equipment, kayaks, and apparel. This year, they again join in supporting QAS and are a Track Sponsor.
A further shout out goes to Jon Holmes, a Bill & Paul's employee since 1993 and currently Director of Marketing/E-commerce. In 2009, Jon joined the Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge
, a paddling trip from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL. The route followed one used by trapper/adventurer Hugh Heward in 1790. Jim Woodruff, winner of the 2004 Verlen Kruger Award, was the creator of the Challenge and had done the historical research to locate this classic, 465 mile route.
Jon was one of only five paddlers who participated in the Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge. He continues as a leader in the paddlesport community by following a lifelong rule of thumb called the 7 P's or “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” Thanks, Jon, for that good advice.