Tip of the Week: The Time and Place to Backdeck Roll

Tip of the Week: The Time and Place to Backdeck Roll

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Boyd Ruppelt “Tuck as far forward as you can and watch your face!” is a typical statement you hear when discussing rolling. Inevitably, the fear of rolling is [...]

Tip of the Week: What to Wear for Cold Water Paddling

Tip of the Week: What to Wear for Cold Water Paddling

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Boyd Ruppelt As spring temperatures begin to rise, so do the rivers. That’s good news for us paddlers, but since the days warm up more quickly than the water, we[...]

Bushcraft: Puukko, The Original Multi-Tool

Bushcraft: Puukko, The Original Multi-Tool

I’ve used my puukko to clean a fish, whittle a fork to spear said fish, and cooked the fish on a fire made with shavings I created with (wait for it) my puukko.

Watch: Moves with the Mullet

Watch: Moves with the Mullet

Liquidlogic is bringing old-school downriver play boating back to the limelight with their recent designs, the Mullet and the Braaap. These boats combine squashed sterns with puffed-up bows, which pro[...]

Paddling Abroad? Stay Healthy with these 5 Tips

Paddling Abroad? Stay Healthy with these 5 Tips

Planning a foreign paddling excursion? As you’re digging into guidebooks, scrolling through online forums, and losing sleep over all the paddling possibilities on Google Earth, don’t forge[...]

River Etiquette: 8 Tips for Paddling in a Group

River Etiquette: 8 Tips for Paddling in a Group

By Kim Russell River etiquette is just as important as table etiquette. Below are eight important tips to stay safe and happy both on and off the river. 1. River signals: Have you ever been on the opp[...]

8 Tips For Your Next International Kayaking Mission

8 Tips For Your Next International Kayaking Mission

Every winter as the birds migrate south so do dozens of kayakers. Destinations such as New Zealand, Ecuador, and Chile tempt nomadic kayakers with the promise of an endless summer. Stepping off the pl[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Timing

Intro to Rock Gardening: Timing

By Bill Vonnegut When I ask students what they want to get out of a rock garden class, the most common thing I hear is, “I want to improve my timing.” Timing a feature well by working with, instea[...]

Bushcraft: The Case for Canvas

Bushcraft: The Case for Canvas

If synthetics and sophisticated coatings are all that, why do some of us still use tight-weave cotton cloth for shelter and clothing?

Stretches and Techniques to Alleviate Paddlers’ Back Pain

Stretches and Techniques to Alleviate Paddlers’ Back Pain

By Kim Russell Imagine carving into a river right eddy: set your angle, paddle forward, lift your left hip and cruise into the slack water. Now, imagine rolling your kayak by performing a hip snap, ra[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Hiding Places & Transition Zones

Intro to Rock Gardening: Hiding Places & Transition Zones

Words, photos and videos by Bill Vonnegut Hiding Places As we discussed in a previous post, rock gardening requires constantly looking towards the horizon to see what what the off-shore swell is doing[...]

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Paddlers

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Paddlers

Paddling is hard on the arms and shoulders. The repetitive nature of the sport can lead to strain on joints and tendons, while bracing and rolling can cause more serious shoulder injuries or dislocati[...]