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: 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[...]