BushCraft: How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel

BushCraft: How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel

By Darren Bush Fire is so basic, so fundamental to the human experience that it’s hard to imagine anything more transformative. This is especially true for those who love the outdoors, where living [...]

Sharing the River: Dealing with Boat Traffic on a Mississippi Source-to-Sea

Sharing the River: Dealing with Boat Traffic on a Mississippi Source-to-Sea

By Everett McMillen Cislo While paddling the Mississippi River in any capacity is still a niche area, it is growing in popularity each year. Whether it is long-distance paddlers or locals hopping into[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Strokes and Braces

Intro to Rock Gardening: Strokes and Braces

By Bill Vonnegut Strokes Being able to control your boat through turbulent water is key to paddling in rock gardens. But since shallow water or rocks may make it impossible use basic strokes in some i[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Rescues and Training

Intro to Rock Gardening: Rescues and Training

By Bill Vonnegut An essential part of paddling is preparing to handle a rescue at any time and in all conditions. Accomplishing this requires proper training and practice beforehand. Yet even with a[...]

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Paddlers

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Paddlers

It’s that time of winter where people begin making lists of how they’re going to become a more well-rounded person in the New Year. New Year’s Resolutions typically involve self-improvement [...]

How to Paddle Whitewater with Kids

How to Paddle Whitewater with Kids

By Annabell Plush In this series, we’ve covered why kids should be kayaking, and how to get them hooked on flatwater paddling. We know that being outside and spending time in nature will help them [...]

Watch: Making the Best of a Bad Pin Situation

Watch: Making the Best of a Bad Pin Situation

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.

4 Tips for Paddling in the Cold

4 Tips for Paddling in the Cold

By Alex Toth People tend to think paddling is a warm-weather sport, but for the committed, whether or not the rivers are running is more important than the weather outside. Unless you are lucky enough[...]

5 Ways to Hook Kids on Flatwater Kayaking

5 Ways to Hook Kids on Flatwater Kayaking

By Annabell Plush Getting kids outside is important. Spending time in nature helps kids learn many valuable lessons such as body awareness, risk-reward analysis, and nature appreciation. Anyone who ha[...]

Dry it. You’ll Like It

Dry it. You’ll Like It

With the onset of winter, my boats spend a lot more time in the shed, but my dehydrator sees plenty of use as I begin prepping food for the next season of canoe and sea kayak trips. Drying your own ca[...]

12 Reasons to Start Paddling

12 Reasons to Start Paddling

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.

Go-to Gear: River Safety with Nate Ostis

Go-to Gear: River Safety with Nate Ostis

Swiftwater Rescue Level 5 and Rescue 3 International Water Rescue Instructor Trainer Educator Nate Ostis might be making waves with his new river safety book, The NOLS River Rescue Guide, but we went [...]