Dinkey Creek is the very first river that I paddled in California and my first ever overnight kayaking trip. For this reason (along with it being a wonderland filled with 6 miles of the most fun, classic rapids and limited portaging), it has always held a special place in my heart.
Since my first trip there in 2009, I have made it a priority to make the pilgrimage back there every year since. This year was my 6th time paddling the creek and it was just as magical as ever! That…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on May 17, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
The snow has officially started to melt out here in California and its not going to last long so get it while you can! Last weekend I took to the water and kicked off my Spring kayaking season on two local classics- South Silver and Golden Gate.
I had not been on South Silver since my inaugural California season back in 2009, so it was great to get a chance to get back out there. While it may be short, South Silver is filled with one fun drop after the next and set in such a…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on April 24, 2013 at 6:43pm — No Comments
Now, let me be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with paddling a short boat, but if you haven't taken the time to paddle the Dagger Green Boat yet, you really are missing out!
While this past winter has been a fairly dry one out here in California, I have still managed to get out…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on March 28, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
Last month I was lucky enough to attend two awesome whitewater…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on October 19, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments
Because I think Taylor Cavin is one of the funnier people I know (and his description so well put), I am going to let his boof.com post introduce this blog...
"At 4pm on Saturday, June 16th an intrepid group of swash-buckling crusaders, loaded their safety gear, fishing tackle, and ukuleles into their kayaks and embarked upon an episode of "Myth Busters" to de-bunk the fables of the South Kings. What they found (at 800 cfs at Roger's Crossing) was a terrific, spectacularly…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on June 28, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Last month, a group of really awesome people went to Japan to do some whitewater kayaking. After arriving in Tokyo and being picked up by our local guide and friend Yoshi, we took off for twelve days of boating . It was an amazing combination of both whitewater and an immersion into Japanese…
Added by Laura Farrell on June 27, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Last week I was stoked to get on two of my favorite California rivers. First up was a trip to the East Fork of the Kaweah with rockstars Gareth Tate, Joe Ravenna and Nick Uruquart. We were worried about the water level being too high, as it was obviously higher than any of us had done it. After hours of debating-looking at the takeout, looking at rapids from the road, looking at the bridge- we finally decided to put on and it proved to…
Added by Laura Farrell on May 20, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments
This past weekend Dagger hosted a paddle event at the River Store in Lotus, CA on the "C to G" section of the South Fork of the America. The nice water level, beautiful springtime weather and awesome participants made it an all around wonderful event.
We had all different types of boats out there, ranging from Nomads for people who were interested in getting into creeking, Agents for those wanting to play their way…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on April 30, 2012 at 12:22am — No Comments
Last weekend I finally made it down to the Kern River Festival, an awesome event that takes place in southern California in the Kern River valley. I had been wanting to make it to this festival for years and was stoked when I realized it would finally fit into my schedule.…
Added by Laura Farrell on April 27, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Last week, after returning from a month of guiding in Belize, I officially transitioned out to California for the winter. I was pretty stoked that on day one back in the state I not only got to go kayaking, but got to check a new run off my list- Bald Rock Canyon of the Middle Feather. Last May I was fortunate enough to get on the amazingly beautiful Devil's Canyon section of the Middle Feather, just upstream of the Bald Rock section, so I was excited to see what…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on February 14, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
After a week of climbing mountains with my mom, it was time to move onto a sport that I have a little more experience with. So after returning to Quito from our Cotopoxi attempt, I headed to the airport to meet the most famous kayaking dentist in Kentucky, Clay Warren, for our week of kayaking and showing him around one of my favorite places in the world . My mom flew out the following morning and Clay and I headed to the Quijos River Valley and the town of Baeza to…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on January 5, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
I have to say, if you're going to have to work during the holidays, being in Ecuador isn't the worst place in the world to be. I just returned home from a ten day trip guiding for Adventures by Disney in Ecuador, but before work started, I decided to make the most of my trip south by going two weeks early in search of adventure.
My adventure began with a mountaineering trip with my mom. Neither one of us had…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on January 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
This past October, as hard as it was to leave the southeast in the fall (one of my favorite places at my favorite time) I decided to take a journey about as far away as possible. The trip was to Nepal and I was excited to see a totally new culture and new rivers with the backdrop of the world's highest mountains.Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on December 4, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Adventure Guiding for Disney in the…
Added by Laura Farrell on July 20, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments
I just got home from a month long kayaking trip in California and I've got to say it wasn't exactly the hot and sunny California that I remembered. Actually, it wasn't hot and sunny at all, more like cold and rainy. And the water levels? They were a bit high most of the time. It was one of those things you just had to embrace. We wore dry suits and had cold hands. We life-styled and did other obscure activities. We did on overnighter in the rain. It was sweet.
I started off…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on June 13, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
*Anyone can do it- With the versatility in the sport of kayaking today, it really does allow for anyone to be able to take part. Between recreational kayaks, sea…Continue
Just checking in from California to say what an awesome time we had on the water yesterday with our Team Dagger Paddle at the Riverstore in Coloma, CA yesterday! The weather could not have been better and the water level was great. California local and Dagger friend Diane Gaydos helped me out with the paddle and we were joined by lots of great people for a run down the "C to G" section of the South Fork of the American.…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on March 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Over the past couple weeks the Southeast has been getting a lot of love from the rain gods, and it just reminded me of just how good the southeast is when its raining! With tons of great options within a couple hours of Asheville, it really is hard to beat. In the past couple weeks, I have managed to get on a number of NC classics that rival the best rivers in the world.
Upper Big Creek, The Green (with water in it),…Continue
When most people think of kayaking in Chile they think of the steep creeks of Pucon or of the big water at the Futa, but I was fortunate enough to spend the past week…Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on November 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments