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Tips from the Paddler

Tip 3. Emergency Contacts

Emergency Contacts If you are incapacitated on the river/lake/ocean, can the people in your group contact your emergency contacts? How will/do they know? In a more formal tripping environment, group emergency contacts and float plans may be generated and available but more frequently in our impromptu pickup groups and trips, this info isn’t commonly gathered. […]

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Tip 2. Quick release for the other end of the tether

Tip 2. Quick release for the other end of the tether Here’s a quick tip to help increase the safety of tow tethers (aka “Cowtails”) you might be using on your rescue PFD. I am not advocating the use of an attached tether: They are controversial. They carry real risks and a decision to wear or use […]

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Tips from the Paddler

Tip 1. Grimloc instead of accessory carabiner

Tip 1. Grimloc instead of accessory carabiner I’ve always been adamant about not having non-locking carabiners outside of the kayak cockpit or even inside the boat in a place where an inadvertent hookup could result in an entrapment in the boat. This problem is not just theoretical. I’ve seen it happen first hand and know […]

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Environment

1,000 Bottles: 2021

Here’s my 1,000th plastic bottle cleaned from waterways and shorelines in 2021. In 2010, I made a commitment to clean at least 1,000 plastic bottles per year. I’ve accomplished that goal every year since, so that’s at least 11,000 plastic bottles (so far) that are out of/or never made it into our waterways. We may […]

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Opinion

Cold Water Paddling Safely and Comfortably

  Cold Water Paddling Safely and Comfortably Every fall, the wetsuit vs. drysuit debate begins. New paddlers (those who already have heard to dress for the water temperature and not the air temperature and have decided to heed that advice) start shopping for cold-water exposure wear and suddenly experience the sticker shock of buying a […]

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News

Retirement-Part 2

Retirement: Part 2   Retirement is transition. You stop doing one thing and move on to another. Few people I know have turned an active life into an inactive one. Yes, you may remove some stressors, or at least change to ones of your own choosing, but maybe you gain some more control of the […]