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[...]

Tip of the Week: Maintaining Directional Awareness

Tip of the Week: Maintaining Directional Awareness

With practice you can train your internal gyroscope to translate all the sensations you feel underwater into fairly accurate map of your travel route down the river.

Canoeing with Dogs

Canoeing with Dogs

Dave and Amy Freeman impart some lessons learned in turning their sled dog Tank into the ultimate canoe canine during their year in the Boundary Waters.

Lessons from the Trail: Shotgun Whitewater

Lessons from the Trail: Shotgun Whitewater

The Canadian 1:250,000 topo map marks a long, and horrific looking, seven-mile portage that starts at the south end of Lac Marquand. The trail bypasses three miles of Class I-II rapids leading up to a[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Sometimes There’s A Cabin  

Lessons from the Trail: Sometimes There’s A Cabin  

By Jim Baird The wolf howls sounded close. Buck barked once in response, and I tied him to the painter to make sure he wouldn’t go running over to investigate. I walked up a small hill to see if[...]

Tip of the Week: Finding a New Paddling Crew

Tip of the Week: Finding a New Paddling Crew

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week. Lets face it, at one point in our kayaking journey we have all picked up the phone and made numerous phone calls to find other paddlers without success.

Video: How To Use Sculling Braces In The Rock Gardens

Video: How To Use Sculling Braces In The Rock Gardens

Video by Roger Smith By David Santaniello Running pour-overs can be incredibly fun, but paddling in dynamic water increases the chances of capsizing. One way of salvaging a run and preventing a comple[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Dealing with Waves and Bugs on Lac Fonteneau

Lessons from the Trail: Dealing with Waves and Bugs on Lac Fonteneau

By Jim Baird Lac Fonteneau is a long, serpentine, glacial grove that runs more or less north and south. The lake is 25 miles in length, yet less than 2 miles wide at its widest point. Its northern tip[...]

Tip of the Week: Up Your Game

Tip of the Week: Up Your Game

By Heather Herbeck Here are my top 5 ways to challenge yourself when you’re ready to “step it up.” When Class II starts being easy, but you find Class III a little intimidating, or if you ju[...]

Lessons from the Trail: How to Strap a Canoe on a Float Plane

Lessons from the Trail: How to Strap a Canoe on a Float Plane

By Jim Baird It was pitch black and windy when we drove onto the beach in front of Natashquan village. There are no trees in the area as the surrounding land is windswept and pocked with many small po[...]

Safer Paddling Series: Life Jackets

Safer Paddling Series: Life Jackets

In Episode 1, ACA-certified instructors Kate Ross Kuthe and Paul Kuthe show you how to choose and fit your most important piece of paddling gear – your life jacket.

Tip of the Week: How to Make the Basics Challenging Again

Tip of the Week: How to Make the Basics Challenging Again

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week by Crystal Gustin When you want to up your kayaking skills, many think you need to go bigger. My thoughts are just the opposite. Kayaking is a sport where we can’t [...]