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Feet First for Rotation

01.15.2003 //

To increase the control of your boat and efficiency of your strokes, use your feet! Obviously, it takes more than just wiggling your toes to make moves on the river. So harden those stomach muscles and be a superstar on the river. We use our stomach and core muscles to move our feet and essentially […]

Getting the Hole Story

01.14.2003 //

Is a hole friend or foe? By learning to read the water, and knowing your own ability, you’ll be able to tell if you should drop in or stay out.

Champlain: The Other Great Lake

01.14.2003 //

Every time I paddle Lake Champlain, it’s a new experience. This morning it is just after sunrise when I put in. Shelburne Bay is quiet, and the sky suggests a bluebird paddle from here to the Kingsland Bay campsite. As I glide around the peninsula that protects the harbor from the lake’s open waters, the […]

Where the Buffalo Runs

01.14.2003 //

Although I’m usually garrulous among my paddling friends, my first view of Arkansas’ Buffalo River left me speechless. We had been driving all night from our Illinois home, aiming to do a three-day spring trip down this Ozark Mountain stream. At sunrise, we topped the final bluff and peered into the valley far below. There, […]

Northern Exposure

01.14.2003 //

Fresh bear poop … and BIG grizz tracks,” Cree, my wife, announces as I bite into a juicy smoked salmon fillet. “I bet this is ‘the bear.’ ” Suddenly I’ve lost my appetite for salmon, a grizzly’s favorite snack. We’re canoeing the Eagle River, a scenic float mere minutes from Anchorage. Last week in this […]

Join the Mile-High Club

01.14.2003 //

The Denver/Boulder area of Colorado has plenty of spots to get yourself a little high-altitude paddling fun. Let’s play a quick game of word association. I’ll say a word, and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? “Colorado.” Bet you thought of that overplayed John Denver ’70s tune “Rocky Mountain High,” […]

Escaping Humanity at Shoshone Lake

01.14.2003 //

So far, Yellowstone National Park had lived up to its reputation for wonder, as well as crowds. We had watched Old Faithful with the rest of the camera-clickers. We had joined the parade around a boardwalk, reading the interpretive signs about fountain pots that bubble like a witch’s brew. We had gawked at traffic-jam bears […]

Avoiding Cold-Cracks

01.13.2003 //

Manufacturers suggest that you loosen the gunwales at the ends of your wood-trimmed Royalex canoe before you store it for the winter. This is supposed to prevent the Royalex from cold-cracking when the temperature drops. No one knows exactly why these cracks occur, but most believe that wood and Royalex contract at different rates–when temperatures […]

Getting Your Boat in Ship-Shape

01.13.2003 //

Is Your Kayak Ready for the New Season? Following These Tips Will Ensure That it is.

Avoiding a Nightmare

01.13.2003 //

There is nothing quite like paddling on a warm summer’s day. If you live near a populous area, the first thing you will notice on such days is that all types of other boaters are enjoying it along with you. Those solitary trips of fall, winter, and spring can fade into memory as the fair-weather […]

Current Affairs

01.13.2003 //

The lure of paddling on bays, inlets, and slow-flowing rivers is a siren song. As one begins venturing out on these waterways, the current makes itself known, sometimes in unexpected and inconvenient ways. One can avoid most of these situations with preparation, awareness, skill, and sometimes just plain luck. The preparation involves looking at your […]

Who Rec’ed my kayak?

01.13.2003 //

Over the years it has been interesting to watch the kayak industry change; companies that were started in someone’s garage have grown into large multinational corporations that crank out kayaks 24 hours a day. Given the proliferation of kayak manufacturers, the novice is faced with a daunting selection of models and styles. The demand for […]

Front-End Alignment

01.13.2003 //

My first struggle as a very young paddler was to keep my canoe moving in a straight line, and I know plenty of others who still wrestle with the same predicament. Two elements combine to keep a canoe moving in a single direction. First, you must physically control a canoe with well-executed paddle strokes and […]

Slicing and Blending

01.11.2003 //

Tomorrow I teach my monthly “How to Canoe a Canoe” class, a basic course about canoe paddling. Actually, I seldom say it that way. I prefer to talk about how to “control” a canoe, because I think it is most important to make a canoe do whatever you want–turn around, move sideways, back up, stop, […]

Tweaking the Dragon

01.11.2003 //

It’s been a while since I’ve paddled with Gene, but he remains one of my favorite partners. Enthusiastic about canoes, always ready to learn more about paddling on rivers, he is also a fine storyteller and good friend over pancakes on the way to a river. He is a better paddler than he knows, but […]

Recovery Discovery

01.11.2003 //

Sometimes it’s just as important that you look good as it is that you are good. One of my pet peeves is to see canoe paddlers windmilling their paddle on the recovery. I’m sure you’ve noticed it–paddling across a lake with paddle blade slicing high in the air like a scimitar slashing down to lop […]

Spin City on the Lake

01.10.2003 //

I’m going to be teaching a basic canoeing class tomorrow. Do you know what happens-with every class? Students get “stuck” in a corner of the lake, pointed to the shore with no idea how to turn the canoe around. It’s really frustrating for them! Ever been there? Then you know that one of the most […]

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