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[...]

Tip of the Week: Carving is Cool

Tip of the Week: Carving is Cool

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Clay Wright When I learned to snowboard, I skidded noisily from side to side, throwing snow on every turn. Years later, a friend taught me to edge into my turns, silen[...]

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

By Jim Baird The current was strong and it only took three-and-a-half hours to travel 18 miles down the wide, powerful Natashquan River. The day was foggy and at times it felt as though we were paddli[...]

Tip of the Week: Paddling in a Group

Tip of the Week: Paddling in a Group

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Sage Donnelly We all love to have fun on the river with our friends and family, but sometimes more is not merrier. Having a group that is too large can lead to chaos a[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Episode 11 of Jim Baird's Côte-Nord Adventure canoe-tripping across the wilds of Quebec outlines lessons learned in dealing with heavy rains in the remote stretches of the Natashquan River.

Tip of the Week: How to Pack a Throwbag

Tip of the Week: How to Pack a Throwbag

By Wesley R. Bradley Do you have a rope? Do you know how to use it? I find myself asking these questions often, especially before putting on the river with a new group of kayakers. It is common knowle[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

By Jim Baird The river’s name, Natashquan, comes from the Innu language meaning, “where one hunts bear.” However, on this evening, I felt like things were the other way around…[...]