Herman Stiphout - The Adventurer

Originally from The 
NetherlandsHerman Stiphout is a 67 year old resident of Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico.  He and 
Marijke, his wife of 37 years, have two sons and a grandson.

Herman and Marijke have lived in Rosarito since his retirement, five years ago.  The Stiphouts have lived in different parts of the world, notably England, Germany, France, Belgium and South Africa. They have traveled the world and visited every continent except Antarctica.

The Stiphout family has always had a keen and active interest in the outdoors; their activities include cycling, hiking, trekking, kayaking, surfing and mountaineering; the last two activities are currently done mostly by their children and grandchild.

Both Herman and Marijke have been engaged in charitable activities since their move to Rosarito, at first helping out with local orphanages and subsequently, volunteer teaching.  

Herman is no stranger to expedition kayaking. While living in Europe he paddled the fjords in Norway and the North Sea coast in The Netherlands.

In 2010, he and his son Martijn paddled Mexico's Sea of Cortez, from San Felipe to La Paz, a 70+ day trip characterized by very strong winds and heavy seas.

 In 2012, Herman teamed up with the Baja Scholarship Foundation and raised more than US $16,000 for them by paddling the Inside Passage from Seattle, Washington to Glacier Bay, Alaska; a 105 day, 1,700 mile trip, which was characterized by strong winds, plenty of rain and in the North, very cold nights.

For 2014 and 2015, Herman is teaming up with the Baja Blues Fest Organization to raise US $75,000 for the children of Baja California by paddling the Northwest Passage, above the Arctic Circle, during the Arctic summers.  He plans to paddle between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, from Inuvik, Northern Territories to Churchill, Hudson Bay, Nunavut, Canada, a distance of roughly 4,000 miles.

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