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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 [...]
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[...]
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.
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[...]
If synthetics and sophisticated coatings are all that, why do some of us still use tight-weave cotton cloth for shelter and clothing?
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[...]
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[...]
In my book, nothing on the planet matches self-propelled boats and water for the spectrum of gratifications; from thrills to serenity, and from awe to that delicious touch of terror.
Amy Freeman offers lessons on how to canoe-trip with young teenagers to ensure the outdoors remain "a wild wonderland where you can get in touch with your inner-self, learn what is truly important, an[...]
A month into their #WildernessYear in the Boundary Waters, Dave and Amy Freeman offer timely advice on paddling in comfort during the fall shoulder season.
The boys encounter two of the North's most troublesome locals: bears and bugs.
Windbound with a big lake crossing ahead, the crew decide to rig a canoe catamaran.
So you call yourself a paddler? Before joining this hallowed subculture, there are a few key lifestyle skills that you should look to work into your arsenal to distinguish you from other waterm[...]
By Amy Freeman Dave and I unlocked the gate of the North Brooklyn Canoe Club as the sun was rising over a rough, industrial part of New York City. Located on top of another Superfund site, this was ou[...]
Dave and Amy Freeman, in the midst of Paddle to D.C., a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining, share [...]
Canoeing down North America's rivers is as much a part of the land's history as hiking through its mountains. Learn how to canoe and carry on the tradition.
In this segment of canoeing 101, Paul Mason instructs on tandem canoe technique, specifically pivot turns and sideslip strokes.
Catching up with Brad Tallent to learn what it takes to go on a trip like his Gulf to Gulf Odyssey and come back with a story like the feature film he just released.
It was a great way to decompress after a busy day at the office and it made me feel more relaxed when I arrived to work with a bit of exercise. Bobbing at the surface of a large expanse of water is a [...]
North Carolina kayaker John Keller keeps a cool head, paddles with a sound crew, plays an active role in his own rescue, and walks away from a tense pin situation on the Green River Narrows.
Make room in your ammo can or drybag…there’s a new river rescue guide out to add to your library by Swiftwater Rescue Level 5 and Rescue 3 International Water Rescue Instructor Trainer Educato[...]
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.