Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

One thing you learn pretty fast when canoe tripping is that the difficulty of a portage doesn’t depend entirely on its length. It’s more about how much weight you’re carrying, how ru[...]

Safer Paddling Series, Episode 7: What if I Flip?

Safer Paddling Series, Episode 7: What if I Flip?

Kayakers have a saying: We’re all between swims. Here paddling instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe show you how to get back in your kayak if you capsive. This is Episode 7 in our Safer Paddling Series.

Safer Paddling Episode 6: Traffic Rules for Paddlers

Safer Paddling Episode 6: Traffic Rules for Paddlers

Harbors and marinas have plenty of protected water to explore, and can be great places to launch a small boat. With all sorts of activities from boats big and small, there are lots of interesting thin[...]

Safer Paddling Series: Plan Your Trip

Safer Paddling Series: Plan Your Trip

We all want to get out there and start having fun. But a little bit of trip planning can really help you avoid mishaps and make your day much safer and more enjoyable. It’s never a good idea to [...]

Tip of the Week: How Yoga Can Improve Your Paddling

Tip of the Week: How Yoga Can Improve Your Paddling

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Anna Bruno I’ve been doing yoga for almost as long as I can remember, but in 2010, I took my practice to the next level by enrolling in a month-long yoga teacher tra[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Delaying The Inevitable

Lessons from the Trail: Delaying The Inevitable

By Jim Baird We paddled through still water that reflected the surrounding forest and mountains. It was a beautiful day, and we looked up to see waterfalls that poured down from the alpine. We made sl[...]

How to Read Water

How to Read Water

By Colin Kemp Becoming a well-rounded paddler requires learning a mix of hard skills (such as bracing, throw rope practice, strokes) and soft skills (such as reading water). All too often, however, th[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Cleaning Pike and Brook Trout

Lessons from the Trail: Cleaning Pike and Brook Trout

By Jim Baird Nothing is better than enjoying your catch of fresh fish around a campfire after a long day on the river. The opposite is true for cleaning fish, especially when black flies come into the[...]

Tip of the Week: How to Fix a Dent in Your Kayak

Tip of the Week: How to Fix a Dent in Your Kayak

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Boyd Ruppelt It happens to all of us at some point, that moment when all the fun, excitement, and exhilaration of paddling whitewater comes to a screeching halt. Reali[...]

Tip of the Week: Taking your Playboating to the Next Level

Tip of the Week: Taking your Playboating to the Next Level

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Emily Jackson Tons of people I have had the pleasure of boating with talk about hitting a “plateau” or “hump” in their playboating. Doing the same moves for ye[...]

Safer Paddling Series: Basic Strokes

Safer Paddling Series: Basic Strokes

You need to do three basic things in your boat: go forward in a straight line, stop or go backwards, and turn. There's a stroke for all three.

Safer Paddling Series: What to Wear

Safer Paddling Series: What to Wear

To stay safe and comfortable, it's important to dress for the water temperature, not just the air temperature. Kayak instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe discuss how to dress for a paddling trip in Episode[...]