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Monthly Archives: September 2012

New Color Options for Werner Premium Paddles

Werner has included two new color options for their Premium paddles (carbon shaft, fiberglass blades) on their website. Wave-Jade and Wave-Azul now join Red, Amber (yellow), and Orange on the color pallet! I think the wave design is really cool and I love the soft colors, especially Jade (I’m a sucker for anything green!). However, … Continue reading »

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How to Build a Yukon Portage Pack

Aside from constructing a tarp tent there’s another (and arguably more clever) way that a tarp and 30ft length of rope can turn out to be quite useful to the kayak camper; for constructing a Yukon-style portage pack! The Yukon pack, also known as a Hudson Bay Company Pack, makes use of basic camping materials … Continue reading »

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BioLite Introduces Revolutionary CampStove

BioLite recently introduced their revolutionary CampStove at the 2012 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The company specializes in the development of advanced energy products for third-world, disaster, and backcountry applications. Their stoves operate on an efficient, wood-burning technology to provide for a clean and safe cooking platform while simultaneously generating electrical power … Continue reading »

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Old Town Cayuga Family Introduced into Necky Manitou Series

Johnson Outdoors, parent company of Necky Kayaks, Ocean Kayak, and Old Town, will undergo a rebranding of a familiar model come the 2013 paddling season. The Old Town Cayuga family currently houses the Cayuga 130 and the Cayuga 146 as part of Old Town’s day touring class. The Cayuga Family is known for its stability, … Continue reading »

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How to Launch a Kayak from a Dock (VIDEO)

Launching from a dock can sometimes be a daunting but necessary task when going for a paddle. Often times a shore launch is not possible, therefore, it is important to understand how to properly and safely launch from a dock. This video post demonstrates the proper way to launch from a dock.

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Trip Report: Thumb & Humpy Coves, Resurrection Bay, Alaska…Part 1

Part 1 – “Our Great Alaskan Adventure!” Have you ever been on an amazing trip that you enjoyed every minute of but still couldn’t wait for it to end? This is exactly the feeling that I had during my first trip to Alaska in June 2011. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want the trip … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: “Swashbucklers”

The tall ship HMS Bounty, star of the film “Mutiny on the Bounty”, made a stop over in Plymouth Harbor as part of its 2012 East Coast Cruise. The photography club was a buzz with rumors of when the ship would arrive in port and I ended up “chasing” it for a few days to … Continue reading »

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Old Town Cayuga 130 Review

The Deets: Material: Single Layer Polyethylene Class: Day Touring (Light Touring) Length: 13’1” Width: 25” Weight: 50 lbs Cockpit Size: 34.5 x 16 inches Capacity: 225-275 lbs Hull Type: Shallow U-Shaped Hatches/Bulkheads: Bow and Stern Rudder/Skeg: Optional Rudder MSRP: $979 ($1219 with rudder) The Review: The Old Town Cayuga 130 is a well-outfitted, day-touring kayak … Continue reading »

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The Slocum Challenge Chapter #2

Chapter 2:  “In Search of the Elusive Plop” Let me begin with a moment that perhaps some of you can relate to from my fist summer of kayaking 20+ years ago. Having had my first lesson, I felt confident enough the following Saturday to cross the 75 yard channel separating Marion’s inner harbor from it’s … Continue reading »

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How to Build a Tarp Tent for Kayak Camping

What if I told you that all you needed to carry in your kayak to build a shelter was am 8x10ft tarp, about 30 feet of rope or cord, and maybe that two piece paddle that got you to your cast-away campsite? Better yet, what if I told you that these basic shelter supplies cost … Continue reading »

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