Trip Tips: Build the Ultimate Paddling First Aid Kit

Trip Tips: Build the Ultimate Paddling First Aid Kit

Trip Tips presented by By Kyle Smith Your buddy busted his nose on a shallow-water flip and your girlfriend played Russian roulette with a beehive. That one client couldn’t handle his whiskey and hi[...]

Trip Tips: Cold Water Kills

Trip Tips: Cold Water Kills

Trip Tips presented by By Clyde Nicely Did you read the story back in September about the three kayakers rescued from Picture Rocks National Lakeshore? They had a simple plan to kayak to an island and[...]

Fall Paddling Tips: What to Wear

Fall Paddling Tips: What to Wear

By Alex Frost Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean paddling season is. Autumn is a perfect time to get out onto flat water and tour. Getting out and seeing the fall colors is a great treat. But[...]

Longboat Lessons: Tips for Surfing a Sea Kayak

Longboat Lessons: Tips for Surfing a Sea Kayak

By Kate Hives Sea kayak surfing – the fringy sister of an already fringe subculture of paddlesports – has taken on its own following in recent years. Although it emerged from the simple necessity [...]

Trip Tips: Rodent-Proof Your Gear This Fall

Trip Tips: Rodent-Proof Your Gear This Fall

Trip Tips presented by By Clyde Nicely Beware the rats! And mice and squirrels and pack rats and chipmunks, etc, etc. Critters love to chew into boating gear. Maybe they like the taste of Hypalon, PVC[...]

Trip Tips: How to Master Dutch Oven Cooking on the River

Trip Tips: How to Master Dutch Oven Cooking on the River

Trip Tips presented by By Clyde Nicely The best way to guarantee your invitation on lots of river trips: earn the reputation as a good cook. (Also, don’t be a dick.) Mastering the Dutch oven is the [...]

Harvesting Wild Rice by Canoe

Harvesting Wild Rice by Canoe

In the final dispatch from their #WildernessYear canoeing in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Dave and Amy Freeman harvest wild rice in a Boundary Waters river.

Trip Tips: Don’t Be a Chump at the Ramp

Trip Tips: Don’t Be a Chump at the Ramp

Trip Tips presented by By Mark Deming You stayed up late last night packing. Your kitchen box is ready. Your Bill’s Bags are stuffed. Your cooler is dialed. Your boat is on the trailer and there’s[...]

Humbled by a Boundary Waters Storm

Humbled by a Boundary Waters Storm

Amy Freeman offers advice on the tail end of a powerful and harrowing storm that downs trees across the Wilderness as she and Dave near the end of their year in the Boundary Waters.

Lessons from the Trail: Last Day on the Natashquan

Lessons from the Trail: Last Day on the Natashquan

By Jim Baird We left a big chunk of paddling for the last day, and after breakfast, we headed out in perfect weather with some uncertainty as to how long it would take to bypass the obstructions that [...]

Lessons from the Trail: Whitewater Paddles

Lessons from the Trail: Whitewater Paddles

By Jim Baird The first rapid of the day was long and wide. To run it, we had to get out into the middle of the river right off the bat in order to avoid getting swept into the rocks on river right. Th[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

By Jim Baird When you head out into the wilderness, you don’t always know what kind of fish you’ll be catching, and the species of fish in the water below your boat may change throughout y[...]