Comfortable and Lightweight Camping Gear

On a canoe trip we tested three new products from Washington’s Cascade Designs that prove comfortable lightweight camping gear don’t have to mean high price.

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Operation Comfort


On September 24 injured veterans crowded around the south side of Pismo Beach Pier anxiously waiting to feel the ‘stoke’ of surfing their first wave with Amputee Surfing Champion and Founder of Amputee Surfers Alliance, Rodney Roller. The surf was ideal for beginners. Wave sets came in around 3-5 foot and clean. It was some […]

Prince William Sound


Penstock Productions and alaskaschools.com present Kayak Journal 5. Alaska’s Prince William Sound is a paddlers paradise full of million year old glaciers and incredible Alaskan scenery. Look for the complete segment in Kayak Journal 5 – October 2007. Scan the details at www.kayakjournal.com.

LVM – Cali


The LVM crew goes to California – Bill Murphy never did arrive at camp – find out where the hell he went. then watch the boys run Dead Bear and Cherry Bomb Falls and a bunch of other Cali classics.

Eco-friendly Paddling Gear


Patagonia Rio Frio and Rio Serrano PFDs $125, Many manufacturers design PFDs to pass Coast Guard standards the day they’re sold with only a pound or so of surplus flotation, but that flotation begins to degrade almost immediately. Patagonia’s new Rio Frio and Rio Serrano vests are beefy and a bit heavy. The added […]

Washington, D.C. – Trips to beat the beltway blues


INTRO Boaters in the nation’s capital know that the best action in D.C. will never play out on an episode of “The West Wing.” Whether you’re a tourist snapping cherry blossom photos or regularly nine-to-five it on Capitol Hill, here’s how to ditch the power suits and discover some monumental paddling. KAYAK TOURING: Strolling the […]

Rupert River Dam Opposition


Hydro-Qubec’s primary purpose for damming and diverting the Rupert River – the last undammed major river in Northern Quebec – and creating a massive reservoir equivalent in size to flooding two-thirds of Montreal, or half of New York or New Orleans, is to generate new power capacity to sell to the northeastern United States. U.S. […]

2007 ICF Slalom World Championships


United States slalom paddler Scott Parsons (Sylvania, Ohio) was errorless in his first two qualifying runs of the men’s single kayak to lead a field 91 on Wednesday and advance to the semifinals of the 2007 ICF Slalom World Championships in Foz do Iguau, Brazil. Parsons joined Brett Heyl (Charlotte, N.C.) also in the men’s […]

50 Year Old Canoe Mystery


Ever been traveling and hear a story? Maybe it was true, or maybe not. This travel mystery involves a stretch of rapids in the Maligne River, a Hollywood film, and a canoe hanging from the rafters of the Maligne Lake Lodge in Canada. It took 50 years to solve – at least part of the […]

2007 Vacation To Hell Contest Winner Announced


Penstock Productions announced the location and winner for the 2nd annual IR Vacation to Hell on September 15th, 2007 at the West Coast Sea Kayaking Symposium. The winning team of the 2007 IR Vacation to Hell is Sweetwater, which consists of Mark Prator, Tim Keen, Russell Farrow, and Alain Cormier. The winning team was selected […]

Paddling the Flathead River A 158 mile father-daughter canoe trip.


Kelly swiveled in the bow, looking through the widening gap to the other half of the family, waving goodbye from the bank of the Flathead River. “Dad, let’s go back,” she pleaded. “Please.” I heard her homesickness, and felt my own tinge of panic. How many times had I been warned about the fierce winds […]

2007 Canoe Review


Canoeists generally tend toward the traditional. We enjoy constants like the simple beauty of the cedar strip, the delicate functionality of ash brightwork, the reliability of a Royalex hull. But this year has brought change to the canoe business. Old Town offers its first composite canoe in a decade, Wenonah enters the polyethylene field, and […]

Adventures in Tasmania


We are an international team of five, including myself, British whitewater kayaker and videographer Alex Nicks, American photographer Keith Fialcowitz, and a pair of NOLS instructors, Canadian Travis Holmes and French/Tasmanian Lelia Meffre. Together we made our way north by kayak, small plane, lobster boat, rusty VW van, and Zodiac. RECHERCHE BAY TO SOUTH BRUNY […]

Inflatable Kayak Gear Review 2007


Inflatable kayak design has come a long way since the first generation of blunt-nosed, one-man raft style designs hit the market more than a decade ago. Sporting sleeker, pared-down shapes, today’s IKs come loaded with features serious kayakers can appreciate—like comfortable, adjustable seat systems and ample storage capacity. But the undisputable advantage to these blow-up […]

Port Townsend Sea Kayaking symposium 2007


Billed as the largest and oldest kayak symposium in North America, the 24th Annual West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium gets under way Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. and runs through the weekend. This years theme is ‘Women and Families’ but there are plenty of classes, demos and lectures to appeal to every paddler in […]

Atlantic to Pacific Journey by Boat and Bike


I looked off to my right and I saw this seagull land about ten yards away. I was in a little slack water in Astoria’s bay and the seagull was out in the strong tide water just floating very fast by me. It seemed as though the seagull was looking right at me and saying, […]

Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival 2007


The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival will be held Oct. 27-Nov. 4 on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail in many of Lee County Florida’s waterfront communities. The county has been recognized as one of the best U.S. kayaking destinations by both Canoe & Kayak magazines. Paddlers, families and outdoors types from around the county and […]

Kayaking Cuba


According to the CIA World Factbook, Cuba has more coastline and rivers than every other Caribbean island combined. The factbook also notes that it is illegal for me, or any other U.S. citizen, to visit this untapped paddling motherlode. If my government really wanted to keep me away, it should not have posted that information […]

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