Ishpeming man sets record on cross-country adventure

ISHPEMING, Mich. — How far could you travel without legs? A local man set a record and ABC 10 met up with him to learn more about his inspiring journey.

Nate Denofre of Ishpeming is a double-amputee who canoed 2,500 miles against all odds including snow, two hurricanes, and dozens of alligators.

Nate is the CEO and Co-Founder of Courage Inc. which reminds veterans and community members that the biggest disability is fear.

From weather issues to the COVID-19 pandemic closing supply stops during the cross-country trip, Nate says without the skills he learned in the Upper Peninsula this trip would not have been possible.

Nate is the first American double-amputee to canoe the entire Mississippi River.

The journey helped raise money for the non-profit organization Courage Inc. which takes veterans and other people with disabilities on free wilderness adventures in the U.P. and parts of Wisconsin.