Video Review: Mariner Drone Stress Test
By George Fielding As ariel video drones continue to drop in price, they’re starting to become more intriguing for amateur filmmakers. For paddlers, a POV camera mounted to a waterproof drone offers a new way to capture action on the water from a perspective that would normally be out of reach. But how well do they actually hold up in the field? When I started looking into waterproof drones I was surprised to find that there were no videos on YouTube that really put them through the paces, so I set out to make a series of videos to see how they would cope in rough conditions. After all, you buy a waterproof drone for reassurance when flying over water. Nobody wants to spend hundreds of dollars only to find the drone’s electronics fried when a gust of wind knocks it into the river. I spent a day flying FPV Factory‘s Mariner drone over a local river. I tested anything that I thought would be an issue: landing in whitewater, hitting trees, hard landings. Watch the video above to find out how it faired. –Pre-orders are now being taken for FPV’s newest model of waterproof drone on their Kickstarter page ($799).
10 Tips for Dealing with Fear on the Water
Overcoming fear is what addicts many of us to paddling. But when fear paralyzes you, it becomes important to manage it, rather than to let it rule your paddling experience.
Advice on an Adirondack Escape
Last October I spent five days engulfed in the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, paddling the lakes of the Saint Regis Canoe Area with a couple good friends. This was our first overnight paddling experience in the area; I came away with a few bits of knowledge to pass on to the next paddlers planning this perfect fall escape.
New Era of a Classic: 2015 Santa Cruz Paddle Fest
A new era has begun for the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest, the largest and oldest continuously held surf kayak competition in the world. Photos, recap and results from the 2015 running of 29th annual event.
A Paddler’s Pilgrimage
Canadian paddlers James Roberts and James Manke highlight memories documented in 'Greenland Bound,' their film with David Hartman capturing the experience competing at the Greenland National Kayaking Championship.
Battle for the Boundary Waters
Advocates say “historic” bill is a key step in outlawing mining on the doorstep of America’s most popular wilderness area
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The Salween River: Threatened Paddling Classics
#4: The Salween River From the canyons of the Tibetan Plateau to the jungles of western China, the Salween is ‘heaven for paddlers’ The Salween River begins in the highlands of Tibet and flows 1,700 miles through western China and Burma before reaching the Andaman Sea. It’s the longest undammed river in Southeast Asia and supplies water to 10 million people. Also known as the Nù Jiāng River, the Salween is home to numerous stretches of world-class whitewater and deep canyons suitable for multiday rafting trips, though its river-running potential is only now being discovered. “Heaven as a kayaker would be getting dropped off at the source of the Salween, having food along the way and getting picked up at the bottom. You could do that for eternity and never get bored.” –Travis Winn For over a decade, the Salween has been in the sites of a quickly-growing China, hungry for new sources of electricity. As many as 20 large dams have been proposed along its course. We recently caught up with Travis Winn, co-founder of Last Descents River Expeditions, one of the few overnight rafting companies in China and the only one that caters to Chinese guests, to learn more about the