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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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Lake Powell’s Disappearing Act

07.21.2006

Lake Powell in Bullfrog, Utah is barely half-full and taking in less run-off than expected this year. The lake, used as a reservoir for keeping water for dry years in the Colorado River basin, is sparking debate over whether the shrinking water level is a positive. Some prefer the new beaches for camping revealed by […]

Kooten-eh?

07.20.2006

A strong current zips us past a lush British Columbian forest and the chalky walls of a low canyon. Our Canadian Rockies Whitewater guidebook says that easy paddling will be interrupted by rapids up to Class III.

Luring Locales

07.20.2006

Everglades National Park, Florida Chokoloskee Island is smack-dab in the middle of a kayak fisherman’s nirvana-the western edge of Everglades National Park. Look on a map and you will see literally 10,000 islands surrounded by mangroves, mudflats, oyster bars, sandy beaches, and a rich marine nursery that is home to an amazingly diverse fishery-trout, redfish, […]

Three Spring-Fed Texas Hill Country Rivers

07.20.2006

The Central Texas Hills and Rivers region lies in the dead center of the Lone Star state, abounding with quaint small towns, friendly people, and spring-fed rivers that flow through a semi-arid desert land of mesquite, prickly pear cactus, live oaks, limestone bluffs and wide open blue skies.

Mildwater PFD Recalled

07.19.2006

VENTURA, Calif. (July 19, 2006) – Lotus Designs, Inc., the paddling apparel manufacturer and an affiliate of Patagonia, Inc., announced today that it is voluntarily recalling its Mildwater PFD. This style is also sold as the Fishing PFD and Patagonia Fishing Vest. Although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the […]

Craft that Catch

07.16.2006

I blame it on my parents. They took me fishing at an early age and I was hooked. Nothing fascinated me more than peering into the depths that my bait had descended into and wondering what creatures lurked down there. I soon discovered that as I retreated farther into the backcountry, the fish became bigger […]

Lord of the Loop

07.13.2006

If you knew who freestyle kayaker Stephen Wright was before 2005, you were either a friend or family member. But after entering the Reno River Festival that year as an amateur– and taking third place among the pros – Wright has become on of the best-known athletes on the freestyle scene. Since then, Wright, 28, […]

Canoe Records Smashed in Yukon Quest

07.10.2006

Course records were crushed at the 2006 Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, held June 28-July 2. The overall winners, Brandon Nelson and David Kelly, smoked the 460-mile course in 40 hours, 37 minutes, and 5 seconds in a tandem kayak, lopping two and a half hours off the […]

Pumped Up: Cataraft Fishing Craft

07.07.2006

Catarafts may be the SUVs of human-powered fishing boats. They give you access to a huge variety of water from protected bays to whitewater rivers. They are among the few paddlecraft that allow the caster to stand and truly cast, using pressure off one’s foot and hip rotation to launch a lure or fly line. […]

Sit-and-Switch Canoe Paddling

07.07.2006

If you’re planning a long flatwater trip, it’s time to consider the most efficient way to move a canoe-using bent-shaft (elbow) paddles. I hear arguments for not using bent-shaft paddles, but once you’ve used them a time or two, you’ll fall in line. Some time ago, a friend asked how to train his new partner […]

Kayak Fishing Tips

06.29.2006

This is probably the first rule in all of paddle sports, but especially important in fishing since you carry so much additional gear from your rods/reels to tackle bags, gps, anchor, livewell, boga grip, etc. – make sure everything is tied to the yak if possible or has a float attached. Rule number two for […]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

06.29.2006

Imagine packing your supplies, stepping into your boat and pushing off. You paddle on scenic rivers, historic lakes and shimmering streams, winding your way through the New York’s Adirondacks. You’re surrounded by billowing hills, with quaint cabins plopped into the deep emerald fields that seem to roll straight to the clouds. Paddling on, you venture […]

Wave of Honor

06.28.2006

With several courses under construction nationwide, 2006 will be a landmark year for whitewater-park development. None, however, is as inspirational as Brennan’s Wave, a $300,000 park being built on the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana. The park is a tribute to Brennan Guth, a local boater and founder of Tarkio Kayak Adventures, who died […]

Stoke for the Armchair Paddler

06.28.2006

Most armchair thrill-ride videos make me glad I’m still in the armchair and not getting my sinuses flushed with seawater or my skull ground into a beach like a cigarette butt. As I get older, and increasingly injured, I find myself less interested in the wild moves of kayaks getting thrashed on tape than I […]

Gimme Shelter

06.27.2006

The desire for adequate shelter is damned near primordial, a holdover from the cave days, when warm, dry, and secure lodging was up there with food and fire on the priority list. On a paddling trip, a dependable, functional, and even luxurious tent ranks alongside a sweet boat and good company. When a tent-door zipper […]

Reverse Sweeping in Whitewater Kayaking

06.16.2006

There are times on the river when you want to stop traveling in one direction and head toward a new destination. Sometimes this happens because your boat has gotten knocked off line. Other times it is part of your plan. For example, if there are two obstacles that you need to go between, a solid […]

Sea Kayak Launching and Landing

06.16.2006

This article first appeared in Canoe & Kayak Magazine June 2006
It’s embarrassing, but I fall in the water more often launching or landing, with everyone watching, than when I’m farther from shore. You too? These tips may help minimize your shoreline antics.

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