I have had the chance to paddle many different boats since I started kayaking in the summer of 2003. Up until this fall I have focused mostly on play boating and running class II-III rivers. I knew it was time to step it up when I tried out my friends Nomad 8.5 in the spring of 2013 and everything just felt right.
I picked up my new Nomad in the early fall and since then I have paddle several easy class IV-V mid-west rivers, the Green River Narrows at 9", Tallulah at 710 cfs, and…Continue
Added by Anthony Collins on December 4, 2013 at 7:28pm — No Comments
Last year I didn't get to paddle in california for the first time in a few years so I was very excited to get to go out twice this season, in late april and in june.
The trip in april was supposed to be a fun warm up for the season but when we got there all that was running was the south merced and dinkey creek. My durango nurse lifestyle coach Eric Parker and I drove out from colorado to meet the boys flying in. The South Merced was a great warm up with Rolf and I knowing…Continue
This past year has been a whirlwind. I said goodbye to the oilfield almost as soon as I received my Canadian residency papers, and moved to Edmonton, which is even further away front the epic white water that Canada has to offer. However it was for a good cause. A life filled with the time and resources…Continue
Added by Dave Crerar on November 21, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments
The 2013 Green River Narrows Race has come and gone. It was quite the show. A few records were broken, and I finally finished sub five, a goal I had set for myself after first racing in 2008. Overall, the C-1 class was faster than ever with Ben Fraker taking the win at 4:47, beating the previous record by 10 seconds. Jordan Poffenberger tied the previous record, finishing at…Continue
Added by Brad McMillan on November 16, 2013 at 11:22pm — No Comments
The last stop on our Ladakh kayaking tour was an overnighter on the Upper Indus River.…
Added by Christie Eastman on October 31, 2013 at 2:03am — No Comments
There is no easy way to get to the put-in of the Zanskar Gorge. We wanted to start at the remote town of Padum which lies in a high mountain valley walled-in between the Zanskar and Great Himalayan Ranges. There is currently an…
Added by Christie Eastman on October 17, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments
For years my brother Brendan and I have been passionate about pushing our kayaking abilities and exploring rivers around the world. It wasn't until recently, though, that we both discovered a similar passion for cinematography and film. This year we decided to combine these passions and launch our own video production company.
Mountain Mind Collective is a…Continue
Added by Todd Wells on October 10, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Any of my friends could have seen this coming a mile away! After 2 years of visiting the PacNW I finally gave in and made it my home. My first adventure here was back in college with an old friend Leif Anderson and by old I mean ancient. Also another good buddy of mine was able to make the trip from New Mexico, Eddy Honea. Here is a link to his blog post about that trip!…Continue
Added by Chase Nobles on October 5, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
India will blow your mind and turn your whole world upside down. Stepping off the plane in Ladakh, I felt like I'd landed on another planet. The dry, mountainous landscape was unlike anything I had ever seen. Susan Hollingsworth, Adam Elliott, Jacob Glissmeyer, and I had taken an early morning flight from New…
Added by Christie Eastman on October 3, 2013 at 11:28am — No Comments
Labor day weekend in the Northeast is a celebration for many reasons. Everyone is happy to get their three-day weekend and the paddling community is even more excited. The Raquette and Beaver Rivers release several times over the three-day period. The Raquette is short section of river with five major drops and a few other rapids sprinkled in between with a sharp riverbed. The Beaver is a section of whitewater deep in Adirondack Mountains of New York, the three sections of this river…Continue
Added by Ryan Mooney on September 17, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
This spring I jumped at the chance to test the new Dagger Katana crossover boat on some overnighters out west. There are so many amazing dessert canyon in the Southwest, but I had never done cataract canyon on the colorado river. It sounded like a great trip to kick off the season, I was able to convince my girlfriend Christen that the rapids wouldn't be too hard for her (she is an up and coming class 3 boater) and that the scenery and camping would be top notch. Plus what better way to…Continue
Added by Tom Janney on September 6, 2013 at 2:49pm — No Comments
My 2013 summer has been blessed! I left the South East back in April and have paddled constantly since. Logging in quality strokes across, what I like to call The Burl Triangle, California, Washington, and Idaho has been super exciting. Traveling from town to town, river to river and party to party has become the norm and I am constantly overwhelmed with how cool our kayak community really is. I enjoyed a short but sweet Cali season! California always blows my mind with its big and clean…Continue
Added by Nick Murphy on August 31, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments
So it may not be a summer filled with lots of water here in California, but that doesn't mean you can't still get out and have a good time. Living here as taught me the importance of being able to enjoy lots of different sports, so when the weather is not good for one (say creek boating), you always have a backup activity to get outside and enjoy.
A couple weekends ago I did just that by spending my time climbing rocks,…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on August 28, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments
My mom had to go to Asheville for work related stuff last week. So, my Dad and I decided to take the week off and go East for the week too. I paddled the Axiom on the Ledges of the French Broad. It was a little high, but the surf was good. D was my only support, and there weren’t many paddlers around, so I paddled conservatively. No worries, that meant I had a chance to check out PUSH skate shop in town!
The folks at PUSH have a great summer skate board camp, and I hope to join in…Continue
Added by Malcolm Smith on August 17, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
A direct report from our India team member Monica Gokey just landed in my inbox this morning. Christie and I are in a flurry of packing as our evening red-eye to Newark then to Delhi gets closer and closer. Reading Monica's account of the Zanskar has me almost feeling the pull of the boils here in my Portland, Oregon office. Almost there....
Added by Susan Hollingsworth on August 6, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments
There are no words to describe what happened last week.
When I found out the news about you passing away, I closed my eyes, bent over, and I swear I could feel the Earth shaking and groaning around me. Surely that amount of positive energy being snuffed out could be sensed by every person alive. It felt to me like a celestial event- a supernova star with incomprehensible energy at the end of its life. Its death sends a shock wave out through the galaxy,…Continue
Mommy: Malcolm, did you surf the wave?
Malcolm: Yes! (big smile), I sure did.
Mommy: Ha! How did it feel? What was it like?
Malcolm: Umm, like a really good ride… (and then he rethinks his response and decides to elaborate) Well, I paddled up to the wave, and then I…Continue
Added by Malcolm Smith on July 28, 2013 at 2:03am — No Comments
Now in over 12+ years of kayaking, I’ve steered many boats down rivers all over the world. Sometimes I try them on for just one run, and sometimes I call them my favorite for years. Luckily, all this practice has helped me refine what it is that I need out of a boat. Right now, what I need is a Mamba Creeker.…Continue
Friday found Jesse Wilensky and me in a pair of Dagger Green Boats on New York’s Black River…Continue
Added by Kenny on July 26, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments