Paddling Planet

November 27, 2014

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Some thoughts on "No tide in the Clyde" and ferry angles.

To port the mountains of Arran continued to break free from the...  From the south end of Little Cumbrae we set off towards Bute and soon the...  ...lighthouse was receding in our wakes. Some say there is "no tide in the Clyde" but the ebb was in full flow and we had to set a high ferry angle on our crossing to the Island of Bute. It was interesting to compare strategies for the

by Douglas Wilcox ( at November 27, 2014 09:23 pm

OCEANPAX Paddle / Run / Be
Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Are we doing something special on the occasion of becoming an "old age" pensioner? :) deep can this be?
 Nope, the same old, same old...just wading a little "deeper" into life.

Pretty deep!
On the rare :) November day that it does rain in Scotland, the internal "sunshine" always appears...during the the early morning run.

It's a gift we've given to one another, almost every day, for a very long time.

On this day: 11.31 km and 15,109 steps of pure, albeit wet, joy.

And it makes turning 65, and becoming a certified OAP rather fun - and then, of course, there are all the discounts for we "older" folks!

I love what writer and runner Ben Cheever says...

"Running is my anchor. 
It's not what I do, 
but it's what makes everything else I do okay."

And now...a celebratory bowl of soup at TISO in Perth. :)

by Duncan and Joan ( at November 27, 2014 08:15 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Sunset over Cape Alava [Flickr]

Essex Explorations posted a photo:

Sunset over Cape Alava

Leading a group out to Cape Alava. (Photograph by Steve Weileman)

by Essex Explorations at November 27, 2014 04:19 pm

Northern California kayaking adventures

Kayaking paradise found, then nearly lost to fire

 Before the fire, a typical view of Slab Creek Reservoir along the south shoreline There are many kayaking venues in Northern California with spectacular scenery, but perhaps only one where the...

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by Glenn Brank ( at November 27, 2014 12:16 pm

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Early Chestnut Bobs Special with Tumpline

An Ebay seller has posted what looks to be an early (1920s-30s) Chestnut Bobs Special wood canvas canoe.

These wide beam canoes were first marketed as "50-Pound Specials" since they weighed roughly 50 pounds and were nearly 10 pounds lighter than any other canoe of comparable size using novel construction methods of the time. Their relatively flat bottoms allowed for more stability when standing in flat water so were preferred by fisherman and other sportsmen.  A more detailed history of the Bobs Special (including the curious originating source of the name) can be read in this article by Kaydi Pyette of Canoe Roots magazine.

One of the more "famous" users of this canoe was Grey Owl (Archie Belaney). Here is a photo of him standing in an early model 50 Pound Special. The photo was taken during his stay in Prince Albert Nation Park sometime after 1931.

Grey Owl in Chestnut 50-Pound (Bobs) Special

Back in 2010, I wrote a post researching Grey Owl's paddles and discovered that one of the paddles he used is kept in his cabin on Lake Ajawaan, SK. That post also has 2 silent films from the National Film Board of Canada showcasing his skills in a canoe.

Anyway, the Ebay canoe up for sale needs new canvas along with some minor planking and seat repairs. But overall, it looks to be in great condition for the age. What caught my attention however, is the original home-made tumpline (all stitched - no rivets) along with a custom carved notched carrying bar.

A closeup shows a carved indent in the middle of the carrying bar where it was lashed with a separate piece of cordage to the centre thwart. Additional cordage is wrapped with hitches to slide the paddle blades through.

Apparently this canoe has its original canvas and has sat unused under a cabin for quite a while. Either way, the original paddler knew about this method of rigging. Hopefully, this interesting canoe will be purchased by someone who will restore it and bring it back to its full tripping glory.

by Murat ( at November 27, 2014 10:14 am

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Solig arkivbild 141127 – St Heløy, Helgelandskusten

St Heløy på Helgelandskusten

St Heløy på Helgelandskusten

Börjar bli kväll på St Heløy. Helgelandskusten 2006. Superfin vy ut mot Træna. Planen var att paddla mot Træna morgonen efter men rejäl dimma satte stopp för det.

by Erik Sjöstedt at November 27, 2014 10:12 am

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

TIcked-Off Turkey says THHHHBBBBT!!!

Same as he does every year. Someday I should reload my animation software, but for now, he'll have to do (and I still think he's cute). Happy Thanksgiving!


by (bonnie) at November 27, 2014 04:34 am

November 26, 2014



Uno de nuestros spots locales, un litoral cañero para palear cuando hace viento y embriagador cuando calma, siempre hermoso.

 Un lugar que atrae a deportitas y artistas por igual como nos demuestra  Simon Kearns

by Jose Bello ( at November 26, 2014 08:06 pm

OCEANPAX Paddle / Run / Be
Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Paddling the moody (peaty) blues of Loch Tay...

Conditions on the North Sea, off Arbroath, are looking good for the next day or so but it was another fresh water paddle this week on a favourite loch.

Loch Tay is delightfully moody. It's dark, peaty waters, surrounding Munros, and lightly treed banks are given to changes in character and emotional tone. One moment, the highland loch is calm and peaceful. The next, dark clouds can suddenly appear, the waters darken, and the increasingly "textured" surface reflects a gloominess, even a glowering. When the wind comes up, it's time for vigilance. Loch Tay can exhibit a rather bad temper...producing some impressive swell.

One such wind storm came up and the giant waves and massive gusts literally picked this ship up and tossed it high up on the shore!

Well, that's not really true, but it would make a great story!

The loch is the sixth largest in the country, stretching 15 miles in length and a mile in width. The bottom of the loch, deeply carved by glacial ice, is almost 500 feet in places - 15 atmospheres.

Is there a "monster" that inhabits these impenetrable depths? Yes, I'm convinced of it.

In the shadow of its much more famous relative in Loch Ness, the Loch Tay Monster is rarely spoken of...but there are "hints" of its existence. Perhaps after a couple of pints in the local inn, a local will let slip a story, a feeling, a observation kept secret for many years.

The waters are mysterious.

Were the very old wooden pilings, for example, have placed there strategically?

I imagined they would, once-upon-a-time, have been set in place to slow any egress from the water onto the land by the giant creature. Or had it become a trap? Paddling amidst pilings, and buffeted against them by the increasing wind, I wondered if I had innocently penetrated its nearby lair. Was it about to turn the tables on the brave construction efforts of an ancient highlander?

Briefly entangled, I fought to release myself and my narrow craft from their grip.

Free again, I set out, ever vigilant, eyes peeled for anything unusual: a sign of "mysterious waves"; movement beneath my narrow craft; or strange and amphibious protrusions above the surface waters.

There would be no apparent evidence of the Loch Tay Monster on this day.

The only other species to be encountered were a trio of mallards, with gleaming green heads. Interestingly, they were each wearing a clerical collar, similar to mine! There were far too busy to chat.

Ah yes, and then there was this lovely forest maiden - preparing to re-enter and launch her yellow Scorpio. :)

After a good day's paddle, it's always nice to return home to the family castle for some refreshments, a nourishing supper, and some story-telling around the old stone fireplace.

Paddling the moody (peaty) blues of Loch Tay always sets the imagination afire. ;)

by Duncan and Joan ( at November 26, 2014 07:15 pm

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

A November Ecrehous Visit

The Met Office had been forecasting light winds for several days but as Wednesday morning approached the amount of cloud cover and precipitation forecast increased although the winds remained almost non existant.
JR and myself met at St Catherines just after 07.00, this morning for a prompt 07.30 departure.  It was a predicted height of 35 feet so there was going to be a lot of water moving around and the tidal window for the crossing was pretty limited.
The one thing that we had on our side was that we were both paddling pretty fast kayaks, JR was in his Taran and I was in the Tiderace Pace 17.  It was the first time that I had paddled this kayak I was surprised by just how fast it was.  We cruised at 5 knots and on the way out with some tidal assistance we hardly dropped below 7 knots for the first 30 minutes.  It certainly won't be the last time that I put this kayak on the water.
 A day of limited colours.  JR on the way to the Ecrehous.
 At high water there are restricted landing opportunities.  We were the only people on the reef and whilst paddling there and back nobody else contacted the Coastguard on Channel 82.  If I hadn't called in I wonder if they would have spoken to anybody else on their shift.
 There is almost a rule that you have take a picture from by the bench looking north.  See this post to see what it looks like on a sunny day.
 Jersey is out there somewhere.  This photograph was taken from the same place as the top one in this post.
 The tide was pouring north on the eastern side of the reef.
 As the tide drops the tombolo uncovers, whilst standing here a Red Throated Diver flew over our heads which was rather a surprise.
 Last time I was here 6 weeks ago I fell asleep here in the autumn sunshine, not today.
 The bay on the western side of the tombolo looking towards Marmotier.
Almost back to St Catherine's and the island was shrouded in low cloud.

by (Kevin Mansell) at November 26, 2014 04:14 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Taylor Point

I’ve had the pleasure of paddling many miles of Washington’s coastline, but I can say that I’m always surprised by something new and breathtaking every time my paddle hits the Pacific here. A few summers back while filming The Roadless Coast, I had the pleasure of finding yet another little slice of paradise just south of La Push; all new territory of me then.

Washington Stacks

Camera Settings

Taylor Point

As you make your way south from Cape Flattery down the Washington coast, I’ve noticed that, although there are many similarities, there are different sections where the topology changes slightly. The section that contains Taylor Point seems to have many more sea stacks just off shore which gives the whole place a ‘Token’ like feel. I’m guessing here, but I think it due to the fact that these rock sentinels absorb some of the wave energy that the coastline proper has a chance to….I’ll say thicken for want of a better word. The moss is thicker on the rock faces, greener, the trees a little less bent over, etc.

But if you’re looking to be spooked by really tall trees then you’ve got to go to Washington State. – Dar Williams

It’s hard to articulate, but easy to feel from the cockpit of a kayak.

The post Taylor Point appeared first on Essex Media & Explorations.

by Steve Weileman at November 26, 2014 01:37 pm

November 25, 2014

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

This mechanical life


In the fuzzy world where environmentalism and politics mix, the underlying processes are often obscured. Alliances form silently and break apart without seeming to cause much of a stir, not for those who don’t pay extremely close attention, anyway. Which is most of us.

For some bad reason, I have found myself in that strange and frustrating world this week, not by choice exactly, and quite by surprise. There’s a lot I could say, but none of it would really be all that interesting, once I put it down in words. So let’s look at it this way instead, in words far loftier than mine and with a poet’s style, what Antoine de Saint-Exupery had to say about a very similar topic.

A machine is not built for creation. It is built for administration.It goes unvaryingly through motions pre-ordained once and for always. And an administration, like a machine, does not create. It carries on. It applies a given penalty to a given breach of the rules, a given method to a given aim. An administration is not conceived for the purpose of solving fresh problems… but as a safeguard against disturbances resulting from human initiative.

There’s a lot packed into that paragraph. As I read it again now, here in the city of Tacoma, WA, I can see faces I recognize on either side of that mechanical line.

by Ken Campbell at November 25, 2014 11:11 pm


Vestirse para…. ¡ palear o nadar!

Ahora que ya empiezan los fríos y que el agua está perdiendo el calor acumulado en los meses cálidos, es el momento de ir cambiando nuestra indumentaria para ir a palear (no a remar).  

De manera tradicional, en nuestro mundillo se presentan dos opciones para la ropa que usamos en el agua, o bien nos vestimos para palear, contando con que el máximo contacto con el líquido elemento serán los rociones de las olas, o nos protegemos del frío pensando en que habrá momentos en que estemos completamente sumergidos. 

Ambas posibilidades tienen ventajas e inconvenientes, así como partidarios y detractores. Voy a presentar aquí mi opinión. 

Partiendo de unas condiciones de navegación con aire y agua fríos (en ambientes calidos, no nos planteamos esta disyuntiva), los palistas que tienen un enfoque dirigido a la velocidad y rendimiento físico puro, suelen vestirse con prendas ligeras, que permiten máxima libertad en los movimientos del ciclo de la palada, y brindan la máxima transpiración y comodidad. En estos casos el abrigo se dirige a la protección frente a la temperatura del aire, por lo que las prendas son permeables al agua. El extremo de este concepto se ve en aquellos/as que ni siquiera utilizan chaleco, por las mismas razones. 

Por otro lado, nos encontramos con los palistas que se visten con la idea de estar en  el agua, nadando fuera del kayak, con la suficiente protección térmica para reembarcar las veces que sea necesario y seguir la ruta. Las prendas son impermeables/transpirables, aparatosas e incómodas en general, normalmente condensan al menos parte de la transpiración y el chaleco que se utiliza sobre ellas tampoco ayuda a obtener comodidad.  

Entonces.. ¿qué hacemos? Personalmente lo tengo claro, si practicamos auténtico kayak de mar, debemos de equiparnos, en todas las ocasiones, para el peor supuesto posible. En este caso para estar bastante tiempo en el agua, y continuar lo suficientemente confortables para poder realizar la actividad programada, de acuerdo a las condiciones existentes, a pesar de los posibles contratiempos que puedan suceder durante la navegación. Todo esto puede hasta parecer evidente, pero aseguro que hay muchos colegas, que continúan eligiendo la primera opción. 

Esta es una cuestión que hay que tener clara. Es evidente que el equipo técnico de kayak de mar es caro, más bien muy caro, como ocurre en montaña. Pero siguiendo con el paralelismo, el elemento seguridad es el que debería primar en ambos escenarios, pues estamos en manos de las fuerzas de la naturaleza.

by Jose Bello ( at November 25, 2014 10:06 pm

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle is encircled by huge walls overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. The walls are actually Roman, being one of the massive ‘Saxon Shore Forts’ built along the south and east coasts.

In cAD 395, an Imperial register ‘Notitia Dignitatum’ described the ‘Saxon Shore Forts’, under the command of the ‘Count of the Saxon Shore’. Remains of all eleven forts survive, located beside river mouths and natural harbours from Brancaster in Norfolk to Portchester in Hampshire. Strikingly similar to castles built 900 years later, they are among the largest and best preserved Roman constructions in Britain.

Their given title seems to suggest that they were built to guard against Saxon hordes from across the Channel, as the Roman Empire began to crumble. However, their construction actually predated any such attacks. Archaeologists have hotly debated what exactly their function was…

Filed under: Castles and Defences, History, Kayaking

by MRY at November 25, 2014 10:00 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
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Hovs hallar med lite solinslag





Lite frostigt hemomkring i morse, sen massa sol på det. Lätt att bli paddelsugen. Tog en sväng ute kring Hovs Hallar med start i Kattvik. Soligt och svaga västliga vindar. Sol i Kattvik men skugga på vägen ut till Hallarna. Väl ute så var det soligt längst ut. Lite skum och vågor kvar sen gårdagens blåst. Snirklade lite i solen och tog mig sen tillbaka för lunch en bit in.

Go lunchpaus med vy över platt Laholmsbukt. Kort promenix på stenstränderna innan jag gled tillbaka till Kattvik igen. Tisdagsmys och lunch ute på riktigt :)



Soliga klippor

Soliga klippor


Skuggig lunch

Skuggig lunch

by Erik Sjöstedt at November 25, 2014 09:31 pm

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Aktivitetsledersamling Ørsvågvær

Sist helg var det aktivitetsledersamling i Ørsvågvær, med NPF.

For å si det viktige med en gang - Ørsvågvær er også stedet for Vinterpadletreffet 2015, ble det kunngjort fra treffkomiteen i løpet av samlingen.

Vinterpadletreffet blir 13.-15. mars. Hyttene vi ser i bakgrunnen her kan man bo på da, blant annet. Det er ikke åpnet for påmelding til arrangementet ennå, men det kan være lurt å følge med. Ett sted det helt sikkert kommer beskjed den dagen så skjer, er HER.

Tilbake til aktivitetsledersamlingen. De har jeg hørt forskjellig om, men dette var første gang for min del. Som dere ser kom vi oss faktisk på havet, her er det Eilif som hilser.

Att og fram på flattvannet, med diverse teknikkøvelser. Blant annet den der vridnings-saken der man holder i hver sin ende av åra, som jeg ikke har skjønt noe som helst av de to gangene før. Skjønte ikke et kvekk nå heller, av Thomas' forklaring. Niks. Egil gjorde et forsøk - niks. Jann sin tur - niks, ikke det heller. Overhodet ikke. Men Jann har lært seg at det som skal til er å finne ut måten jeg forstår ting på, og ikke bare prater om å tilpasse, men GJØR det, så han prøvde deretter en annen forklaring.

Chiching!!! Bingo. Hvis man skal ha andre til å gjøre en øvelse er det en fordel å forstå poenget med den, så det var jo greit. Hvor enkel øvelsen er å forklare andre når det måtte tre forskjellige personer og fem forsøk til for å forklare meg det, er kanskje et annet spørsmål jeg bør finne svaret på først...

Diverse tak og slike ting. Noe av det kjedeligste jeg personlig blir satt til i en kajakk, men derfor gjør jeg det jo heller ikke uten at jeg "må". Så det er jo veldig greit at noen andre enn meg setter det på min agenda fra tid til annen...

Så, da det begynte å bli mørkt var det omsider tid for å sette kursen utover. Uten at vi hadde stort håp om å finne særlig action der - men det var jo fint lys ut den veien, i hvert fall.

Skyene laget kule formasjoner i fjellet også.

Neeei, det var ikke mye action lenger ut heller. Folk klinte seg inntil steinen for å få hint av det lille som kunne anes.

Jeg testet det nye lyset mitt.

Her var det såvidt litt bevegelse langs berget.


Godt å se at det ikke er bare meg som lurer på hvor i &/(%&$% den smarteste plassen å plassere åreposen hen er. Tips mottas. (Min variant er å la den ligge igjen i bilen, denne her må kanskje vurderes som bedre.)

Dette er det absolutt mest actionfylte vi fikk. I løpet av hele helgen faktisk, for dagen etter var vi ikke på havet i det hele tatt. Som forventet, ingen overraskelser sånn sett. Og det var nok like lurt, for det var sannsynligvis like flatt søndag også.

Ellers var det en fenomenalt god middag takket være Johan som er så flink med sånt. Det sier sitt når jeg sier sånt om en laksemiddag! Sjelden hørt, for å si det sånn.

Utover det var det vel i stor grad sånn som folk sier at det er.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at November 25, 2014 09:10 pm

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 25, 2014 05:00 pm

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

The tuilik

The Inuit know a thing or two about staying warm and dry afloat. The modern spray skirt evolved from the ancient Inuit design for their summer spray skirt the akuilisaq (a-cool-y-sack), the modern spray cag descended from the Inuit tuilik (to-y-leak). Other than changing the materials from the original seal skin, the designs have remained very similar. The tuilik seals the paddler into their kayak. Traditionally strings are pulled tightly around the wrists and face and cockpit creating watertight seals. Modern versions have replaced the cockpit strings with shock cord to allow for greater ease of exit, this becomes especially important for people who do not have a reliable self recovery using a roll.


There may be more out there, but there seem to be three leading manufacturers of tuilik; Brooks, Reed and Comfort Paddling.

brooksBrooks have been making tuilik for the longest. Originally a dive equipment company out of Canada, Brooks used their experience with neoprene to construct a modern version of the tuilik from 3mm neoprene. The wrist closures are hook and loop straps, the face closure uses a draw string with a toggle that goes behind one’s head, and the cockpit closure uses a heavy weight shock cord, which is knotted to length. The tuilik come in a series of standard sizes. The Neoprene material offers considerable flexibility in cockpit sizes, mine is able to shrink to fit small ocean cockpits and can at a stretch fit onto my NDK explorer keyhole cockpit.

reedReed is a UK based sea kayak equipment manufacturer. They have established the use of a specialized thin, insulating and flexible, water proof material branded Aquatherm. The tuilik are custom made to order, fitting both the paddler’s body and the cockpit rim. Reed makes two styles; one a more traditional tunnel version and a second that fits the torso snugly and then turns into a flat spray skirt. The former allows greater freedom of motion which is nice when rolling, the spray skirt version decreases the amount of standing water that can get caught in the tuilik while paddling. Reed sells an adapter to convert between ocean and keyhole cockpit sizes.

comfortComfort Paddling is another Canadian based company. The Comfort Paddling tuilik is constructed using a waterproof breathable fabric with integrated latex dry-suit cuffs for the wrist and soft neoprene surrounding the face. The face closure is shock cord which is tightened under the chin. The cockpit rim has a soft neoprene ring with internal shock cord and toggle to tighten it. Each tuilik is custom made and can come with bib dry pants that connect using a soft neoprene tunnel system under the tuilik. Comfort paddling also sell fleece hooded tops to wear under their tuilik making them very cozy. As the company name suggests the tuilik is designed to be extremely comfortable to paddle in.

Each of these three modern interpretations of the traditional tuilik come with advantages. The Brooks neoprene version is the most insulated and hence can be the warmest. The Reed tuilik is the most liberating, offering the least resistance to motion making it a great rollers tuilik. The Comfort Paddling tuilik, being breathable, allows four season use, the other two brands tend to get very warm on hot summer paddles.

Along with the advantages come disadvantages. If you are using the Comfort Paddling tuilik and pants as a dry suit the hood must remain up to prevent water entering around the head and face. On hot days it is nice to be able to lower the hood but this would then allow the pants to fill with water during immersion which could make it impractical to reenter a kayak. The Reed tuilik relies upon precise measurement and custom fitting this makes it hard to transfer between kayaks of varying cockpit sizes, it also can make the tuilik challenging for some people to put on over their head due to the fitted neck area. The Brooks tuilik is the heaviest of them all and can over time start to become saturate and hold water, this makes it get progressively heavier throughout a rolling session.

I own each of these three brands and use them all at different times. The optimum tuilik depends upon the type of kayaking you are partaking in, and the weather and water conditions you experience.

You can read about each tuilik on the manufacturer’s web sites using these links:

Comfort Paddling:

If you are interested in making your own equipment, Qajaq USA provides access to templates and instructions to construct a neoprene tuilik, simply and cheaply. You can read about it by following this link.

by Christopher Crowhurst at November 25, 2014 03:54 pm

A whole bunch of Ing's.
Kayaking,camping,rolling, practicing,paddle making, ..Writing,blogging and nautical miles from a normal life

Low sun

 The one o'clock sun hanging low in the west. The beach lay shaded, frozen in place by the tidal retreat. Approaching winter's chill in the air; breath witnessed on the crisp air. The type of air that let's you feel your sinuses as you inhale through your nose. The wind had died back from the morning gale; into a calm afternoon.

 A glow of orange projected across the land from the low sun. A reminder of afternoons shortness to us outdoor enthusiast. I played in the current coming down from the pond for a little bit of ferrying. After 20 minutes of current fun over. I was off.  Onward to the uninhabited coastline.

 A few km further out and I was alone. No houses,cars or people. Just pristine nature. Reflections in tidal pools; reflections on life. I made the open crossing into trinity bay and into Hopeall harbour to add another 5km to the day.

 Inside Hopeall I was rewarded with a muted sunset hidden; latent by a fast approaching system of snow clouds. I debated on my take out as the cold of night set in. Home would be a few km's closer so I pushed off the shoreline and headed to my parents. As night fell and the stars came out the harbour took on a skim of ice. The shhhhhhh sound of the hull gliding through the gaunt layer; gliding home to rest for another day.

by Lee ( at November 25, 2014 02:01 pm


Cabo Gata 2014. Puente de Diciembre

Ya empieza a ser tradicional la quedada informal en el Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, a principios de Diciembre, pues ya hace varios años que se reunen allí palistas que acuden a la llamada de los charidemi . En esta ocasión la confluencia astral es propicia y allí estaremos. 

Es un fin de semana largo, pues el lunes es festivo. Habrá gente de muchos lugares de la piel de toro. En el foro de kayak de mar los detalles.

La costa es una pasada y merece la pena recorrerla pausadamente.

by Jose Bello ( at November 25, 2014 10:19 am

Gnarlydog News

VIDEO: sailing with SeaDog 0.7

This time the wind was really blowing and I was glad that I had my smaller sail installed on my kayak: the SeaDog 0.7m². I could feel that there was less heeling as I didn't have to transfer all my weight to the windy side. My large sail of 1.0m² would have been too much and harder to handle while my SeaDog 0.7m² was still giving me plenty of speed to surf the waves with ease. Here is a short

by gnarlydog ( at November 25, 2014 07:00 am

November 24, 2014

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

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by Erik Sjöstedt at November 24, 2014 08:14 pm

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Surf på Delp

Det var på tide med en tur til Delp igjen, i Lofoten. Var ikke helt klar over at jeg skal dit helgen som kommer også, ellers hadde jeg neppe giddet. Men det er jo knapt noen som padler her i Vesterålen for tiden, så om jeg skal ha selskap må jeg nesten dit eller annensteds. Jeg kom forbi den kule her på turen nedover, i et enda kulere lys. Fornøyd med den.

Framme på Delp var det flatt hav. Men vi så at det var noe langt der ute, så vi satte nå bare ut som planlagt. Man kjører jo ikke hjem igjen uansett, i sånt her vær.

Morten og PS Bob-Bob hadde kommet oppover fra Vest-Lofoten, også, sammen med Johan.

Kurs utover - utsikt innover Grunnførfjorden.

Det aller beste med Lofoten - utsikten mot Bø og Vesterålen. Gaukværøy til venstre, Bø og Boyd til høyre.

Fjæreplyttene var rimelig tøffe i Lofoten også.

Bølge! Der!


Njæ. Det var ikke helt dagen. For det første fant jeg ikke helt ut hvor og når og hvordan bølgene ble kule. Hvis det for en gangs skyld kom en min vei, så var jeg enten feil vei og på tur utover mot den, eller den forsvant underveis, eller jeg skjenet ut eller klarte ikke å fange den.

Espen hadde hatt en særdeles ubehagelig opplevelse dagen før med å ikke komme seg løs fra kajakken når behovet hadde vært tilstede, i tillegg til at kajakken var rimelig ny for ham. Han lurte på å ta en tur inn til land og herje litt først, for å komme på godfot med den igjen.

Det syntes jeg var en veldig god idé, men ikke at han skulle gjøre alene når vi hadde kommet for å padle ilage andre, så jeg ble med og godfotet min egen kajakk imens.

Typisk nok var de andre klare for pause når vi var klare for surfing. Nuvel, vi padlet ut og surfet litt før vi dro inn og joinet de andre. Det vil si, jeg visste egentlig ikke at jeg surfet før Espen sa etterpå at jeg hadde dratt nokså langt og fort - jeg hadde bare merket en i overkant stor bølge som jeg hadde endt helt skjevt på.

Der, en skygge, kan den bli til noe?

Den bratter seg litt opp?

Spoing. Enten er man for langt ut, for langt inn, eller på siden. Grrr.

Nå var den helt der borte, ja. Mmm.

På padling utover, ja da dukker de opp.

Skitt 2!
Skitt 3!
Skitt 4!

Og der knelte GoProen.

Men en bølge midt i fleisen er nå mest gøy da.



Jeg følte egentlig ikke at jeg fikk til noe som helst denne dagen. Espen sier at jeg surfet. GPSn sier at jeg surfet med ny fartsrekord, i hvert fall på en god stund. Da er det sikkert sant.

Det ble rimelig svinkaldt etterhvert - minusgrader. *Hutre* Syntes bølgene ble bare mindre og mindre, og det ble på tide å tenke på hjemovertur om det ikke skulle bli seint.

En fin dag, selv om det føltes som det meste gikk skeis. Har bestemt meg for å lete fram fjernkontrollen, det blir bare tull og kjedelige opptak uten. Har laget en liten filmsnutt av det lille jeg satt igjen med, men det blir mye mer action om man kan slå på når det passer - ellers kan man være helt sikker på at man ikke har slått kamera på når det skjer noe kult.

Ja, her er filmsnutten.

Vi avslutter med et bilde av samme motiv som vi startet med, bare tatt fra en litt annen vinkel og avstand. :) Jeg liker den der.

Ellers - masse læring:
1. Bruk fjernkontroll aktivt med GoProen
2. Musikk legger seg ikke bare i bakgrunnen på filmen i utgangspunktet, den dreper all annen lyd.
3. Husk å lukke kjeften igjen når det kommer brytende bølger imot
4. Filming av mislykkede ting er fine greier for å se hva man gjør feil.
5. Drit i å lete bølger når du ikke skjønner mønstret. VENT.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at November 24, 2014 06:57 pm

Biking and Hiking and Kayaking
Ramblings of an outdoor person trapped indoors.

Romping on the Rocks


Carole had to go up to Pennsylvania on Saturday, so I tagged along and Carl and I hiked the 5 mile Wolf Rock/Chimney Rock/Thurmont Vista loop at Catoctin - the right hand side of the map above. Great weather but at this time of year the rock path is often covered in leaves which can make for slow going as you find your footing.

Once again proving the Olson theory (If you do a hike in the oppposite direction, it looks completely different) to be valid, we hiked in the counter-clockwise direction which puts the tougher climb at the start and you end with a gradual down hill jaunt - and everything looked brand spanking new.


On Sunday, Carole and I took advantage of the continuing warming trend to first hit Greenberry's Coffee & Tea in McLean and then head over to Great Falls National Park on the Viriginia Side to do another five mile loop.


After passing the famed Madeira School where Jean Harris shot Herman Tarnower (lyrics here) we parked at the Old Georgetown Road parking area, ignored the "Trail Closed" signs and began the loop. A flood several years ago wiped out a section at the start and they have finally gotten around to repairing this stretch. Which means you now scramble on some giant boulders they have dropped in to build a new path along the section of Difficult Run that flooded, rather than have to scramble up and down a muddy hill to bypass that section.


After that you have a nice uphills stretch along the Ridge Trail, then over to the River Trail where you have the traditional view across the Potomac River to the cliffs where the Billy Goat Trail runs on the Maryland side of Great Falls.


After about three miles of up and down, you come to the area where rock climbers (or rope danglers) practice their thing. They are very trusting that random hikers won't untie their knots at the top.

From there it is about another mile to the always impressive view of Great Falls. I've probably taken this shot 20 times in 35 years and it both never changes and never seems the same.


From there we continued to the Visitor Center, where Carole used the disgusting, cold Porta-Potties while I waited until we got back to the Carriage Road Trail to use the clean, heated restrooms that sometimes are closed in the winter. A short climb up and over the ridge that carries the Ridge Trail is followed by a short downhill, and we were back at the car - to then go on a quest to hundreds of fru-fru grocery stores to find weird stuff like gemelli pasta and pomegranate molasses that Carole needs to some kind of concoctions she is cooking up as Thanksgiving nears.

by John P. at November 24, 2014 06:24 pm

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Work Day on the Mary A. Whalen - The Big Schlep

Chiclet - PortSide NewYork Ship's Cat and Chief Supervisor. Hi Chiclet!

 More pix from the day on Flickr (click here). 

Hooray, I'm on vacation this week! I'm hoping to get at least one good paddle in, plus our annual Escape from Black Friday. Today it's drizzly and a good day for the final stage of making pozole (this is antithesis of fast food, in fact it's the slowest food I've ever made), but yesterday was absolutely gorgeous and with last week having been a profoundly sedentary one as I wrapped things up for my week off, I was ready for some outdoor activity. Could've gone paddling, of course, but instead I decided to go help out Carolina and company at PortSide NewYork on board retired tanker Mary A. Whalen. Yesterday was the last official day of a project Carolina has dubbed "The Big Schlep" - PortSide has amassed a fairly good-sized collection of artifacts from various old Red Hook maritime businesses; until recently they'd been stored in the piershed in the Red Hook Container Port where the Mary Whalen has resided for the last few years, but this Fall it became time move the collection on board the tanker.

Two reasons - partly to make room for a new port tenant, and partly (better reason) because as Carolina announced at their fundraiser earlier in the fall, there has been real progress towards a long-term, publicly accessible home for the Mary A. Whalen in Atlantic Basin. It's not set in stone yet but it was wonderful news to hear - the handsome old tanker should be a significant tool in the organization's work "to create better use, understanding and enjoyment of the waterfront...and to create thematically-related programs that revitalize our home neighborhood" (from their mission statement) -- open to the public, with her holds housing exhibits on our waterfront's history, and some of the organization's programs held right there on board, but for the last few years she's been parked in the Red Hook Terminal, which is a MARSEC ("maritime security") facility, considered sensitive to attack and therefore with carefully controlled access. Workers at the port, like workers at similar facilities all over the country, are required to have a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) card to enter; Carolina and the rest of the PortSide staff have cards and each one of them can bring in a certain number of uncredentialed people, but it's a limited number and the non-TWIC folks need to be physically escorted by a TWIC card holder at all times while in the facility.

I'm glad that the Mary A. Whalen had someplace to stay at all while PortSide NewYork worked on finding a publicly accessible space for her, and of course the organization kept things going without that (in fact they won a White House award for their role in Red Hook's Sandy recovery, that area was hit horribly and they did a tremendous job of helping the whole area get things back together - Carolina, the founder, is a great organizer and advocate and has some good like-minded people working with her), but I think all of PortSide NewYork's friends and supporters are looking forward to the day when the organization can resume regular public programming aboard the tanker, as they used to have before the move to the container port (and as they've still occasionally had during the times they've had temporary permission to move the boat to a more public pier).

Bit of a digression, but I didn't have a whole lot to say about the work day itself except that it was just the fresh air and physical work I was looking for after a long cubicle-bound week - head on over to the Flickr album I linked to at the top of this post for more on the work day itself. I did have a great time helping Peter, who is a professional rigger, working in television, move some REALLY BIG PISTONS - I don't know how much they weighed but somebody said more than a car engine - maybe 300 pounds? And they had to go down the companionway, through the "fidley" ("A partially raised deck over the engine and boiler rooms, usually around the smokestack" - ever need a nautical term defined? Check here!), around a corner, down through the deck grating, into the engine room and finally over to their temporary storage spots alongside the engines. That was a novel experience and a lot of fun - we used a pair of half-ton manual chainfall hoists and it was neat seeing how it worked. The move of first piston took some thinking as we figured out what path it needed to follow (and Peter ended up drilling a hole in one of the deck beams for the last move down to beside the engine, which was a slow and painful job) - the second one, I think we did the moves in about a third of the time.

All in all, another good day on the water!

by (bonnie) at November 24, 2014 06:19 pm

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle overlooks the stretch of the River Wye between Ross-on-Wye and Kerne Bridge. We recently enjoyed a quiet evening float down along this route, utilising a range of craft and approaches…

Filed under: Canoeing, Castles and Defences, History, River Wye, Stand Up Paddling, Wild swimming

by MRY at November 24, 2014 06:09 pm

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 24, 2014 05:00 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Sæltur til Avnø Fjord

Susanne, der er en af familiens gamle venner, har længe gerne ville ro en tur til Avnø Fjord for at se sæler, og søndag faldt brikkerne på plads. Der var hul i kalenderne og vejret tillod det - sådan da!

Med en spritny flotte Bayspirit kajak på taget kom Susanne forbi vores bolig, og i regnvejr kørte vi til NKC og hentede min Tiderace, der lå med det meste af mit udstyr, som jeg havde ladet ligge efter gårdsagens tur til København. Mens turen gik videre mod Svinø tog regnen lidt af, og da vi havde taget tørdragterne på i NKCs skur på Svinøgrunden, var der faktisk helt hold top med at dryppe.
Vi kom i kajakkerne og roede mod Avnø Fjord. Det blev en lidt hård tur for os. Vinden var lige i od os, og efterhånden som vi kom fri af klinten steg den i styrke. Normalt vil man kunne finde læ inde under kysten, men den går ikke på den meget lavvande Avnø Fjord. Her må man en kilometers penge væk fra kysten for at få lidt vand under kølen - og der var sgu ikke meget læ.
Vi fik dog kæmpet os af sted gennem modvind og enkelte strækninger med pæne bølger.
Det var Susannes første tur på denne årstid og  under sådanne forhold, men i den nye kajak - det var hendes anden tur i den - kom vi støt fremad, og efter et par timers hårdt og konstant arbejde stak de første sæler hovederne op af vandet og kiggede på os. Hyggeligt!
Vi roede videde, men da vi kom ned til det område hvor sælerne plejer at ligge på sten, var der ingen at se. Der var dog stadig enkelte sæler der kiggede op til os mens vi sejlede i den dybe rende.

Trangen til en pause og lidt at spise meldte sig - vi havde helt droppet små pauser på vandet for ikke at blæse tilbage - og vi roede ind til kysten lige ud for Naturcenteret. Her fandt vi læ og nød afslapning, kaffe, juice, lidt nødder og madpakkerne.

Alt godt har en ende, og vi skulle på vandet igen. Det var nu ikke så slemt, for nu fik vi medvind, og hu hej hvor det gik. De sidste sæler fik lige kigget farvel til os inden vi nærmest fløj tilbage mod Svinø. På strækninger med bølger kunne vi med et par kvikke åretage surfe af sted med dem. Her fik Susanne en prøve på hvor hurtig hendes nye kajak er, og hun fortalte at hun følte sig godt hjemme i den slanke - og helt sikkert noget mere levende end hendes gamle plastickajak.

Snart var vi tilbage, og i det tiltagende mørke pakkede vi sammen. Min telefon var løbet tør for strøm, så jeg kunne ikke ringe til fruen og melde vores snarlige hjemkomst. Vi var dog ventet, og ikke længe efter at vi havde sagt farvel til Susanne, der takkede nej til et aftensmåltid, sad jeg ved bordet og nød en lækker wienerschnitzel.

Se det var da en lækker grå, regnfuld, halvkold og blæsende novemberdag.

Rolængde 15 km.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at November 24, 2014 11:24 am

I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough.

Icicles and Clear Water

I had the opportunity to paddle the Lower Green River Gorge south of Seattle, WA, after a big freeze. The deeper parts of the canyon don't see any sunlight during the winter months, so icicles last for much longer. The thermometer read 27F when I left the warmth of my car and headed down the steep climb into the canyon. Nothing like winter paddling.
Starting down the path in the sun.
The final lowering.
Adam in the canyon.
Paradise Wave.
Looking upstream towards the waterfall.
Lots of boats on a cold, frozen day.
Ledge Drop re-entering the canyon.
Me running the first ledge.
Huge cliffs.

Can't even get the top and bottom of the cliff in the same frame.
Layers in the cliff walls.
Rapid after rapid in the midst of the deep canyon.

Following Steve through Island Drop.
In the guts of Island Drop.
No swimming here.

Great sandstone cliffs.

Clear & cold water.
Out of the canyon towards the end of the day.

by donaldcheyette ( at November 24, 2014 09:35 am

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Historic Paddle Photo: Maliseet Guides - Rod & Gun in Canada

My latest discovery of of old periodicals on is the outdoor themed publication, Rod and Gun in Canada. It was first published in June of 1899 and ran in various incarnations until 1974. While not strictly a canoeing magazine, many of the issues feature some sort of canoe related expedition to hunting grounds or fishing spots and make for great reading. currently has 38 early volumes of venerable magazine for copyright free browsing and use.

The Sept 1910 issue (Vol 12 No.4) has an article entitled,  "Diary of a Canoe Trip" by   W.C. Gaynor.  It documents an  82 mile canoe trip from the border of New Brunswick into Quebec. Gaynor took the liberty of crediting his Maliseet guides for their superb performance in the many rapids and included a photo of them in his article.

The full page photo luckily captures both a full frontal view of a the main Guide's paddle (right) and a profile view of another.

You can tell these are working paddles. They are rather roughly carved and have especially thick shafts for strength. Curious as well is the obvious knot hole  in the blade of the paddle on the right. Paddles like this would've been carved from whatever resource was available and likely discarded.

This paddle shape with its elongated blade and long tapering grip is one of my favourites for tripping - although mine is reduced to a relatively short 58" length. While I've been using one made out of cherry for the last few years, it is currently being refurbished as an heirloom paddle for my 2nd son. Now there is another one in the works being made from Sassafras to use as my working paddle.


Guide's paddle with my similar Cherry Version

by Murat ( at November 24, 2014 08:53 am

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

A good day for Brent Geese

Although Sunday morning is a regular time for kayaking the forecast for this Sunday was less than favourable.  Force 6 from the north accompanied by continuous rain was enough to put an end to any thoughts about paddling.
A meal out on Saturday evening resulted in the opportunity to help out with a co-ordinated count of the Brent Geese in Jersey.  These are always interesting had have been taking place for so long that it has been possible to build a reasonably accurate picture  of the status of the birds.
In just two locations yesterday there were 1340 birds present, which is really healthy total, it will be interesting to see the total figures when they are available.
For the latest news check out the Jersey Birds website.

18th December 2005    1280 ( this was the highest monthly count since 1989)
19th February 2006      1131
21st November 2007    1528
13th January 2008        1267
19th December 2009    1243
16th January 2010        1566
20th February 2011      1547
Can't find the data for 2012, if I can put my hands on it later I will update the blog
12th December 2013    1375

 St Aubin's Fort, Belcroute and the fields just inland drew a blank.  Not a goose in sight.
 Looking back towards La Haule, it was clear that there was a pretty good turn out.
 Not the best picture but the weather was awful and I was using my phone.

by (Kevin Mansell) at November 24, 2014 08:20 am

Extreme Sea Kayaking Adventures
Exploring the Pacific Ocean Coast of California and Oregon

Paddle California 2014

by Barbara Kossy Editor’s note: Barbara Kossy is an artist and environmental activist. She lives in Moss Beach, California with her husband John Dixon, Tsunami Ranger and surfski paddler. She is a former president of Bay Area Sea Kayakers and has been organizing kayaking trips in Italy since 1996. See for current trips. Thanks to [...]

by Nancy Soares at November 24, 2014 07:45 am

November 23, 2014

Sarah's Soggy Scenarios
A light hearted insight into my paddling trips in and around Scotland - and beyond!


Low tide
Half way there!
Back at the beginning of September, a group from FSKC met up at Ratagan youth hostel. 

It was great to meet some new faces and also to get out with folks I've paddled before with. A first time back in a youth hostel since I was a youth (quite some time ago now!), Hubby dear's first time altogether. 
Coral beach lunch spot

On Saturday we had a lovely paddle, putting in at Plockton, and then coming under the Skye bridge before a long paddle back to Dornie via Eilean Donan. We stopped on our way to pick a large bag of the biggest mussels I've seen, which meant we then had to stop off and buy wine to cook them in, which then meant we had to drink what  wine we didn't use for cooking. They were the best, biggest, juiciest mussels I've ever had, delicious!
Our afternoon paddle
Tea and cake!

Heading for a pot of gold
Eilean Donan castle
Sunday saw various groups go their merry ways. David and Lorna went to clamber up some Forking (?) ridge, Fran and Jonathon had a leisurely (!!!) pedal up the hill behind the hostel, over the ferry at Glenelg before cycling via the Skye bridge back to the hostel
. More went down to Sandaig, either walking or paddling.
Hubby dear thinks he can stop the flow!
Hubby dear, David M, Jeff and I went for a play down at Kylerhea.

 We started off ferrygliding back and forth with quite a blustery wind, then down round the corner for elevenses where we saw evidence of a very recent otter visit. Back on the water, we spotted the tail end of the otter just as it dived down. By the time we crossed back over to the other side, it was lunchtime.
This is the moment I spotted an ENORMOUS red Lions Main jellyfish swooshing through the flow

A selfie taken on the wave!

We stopped for a while as the tide had changed direction and we were waiting for it to pick up to its 6 knot flow. This gave us a chance to practice edging and cutting in and out of the flow. We then popped over to the other side to try it over there, otherwise, we’d only be good on one side resulting in us paddling forever more in continuous circles! Then back again to watch the wave develop.

After playing for ages on the wave, exhausted, we decided to call it a day. All great fun.
A truly wonderful weekend.
Grabbing a coffee in what must be the smallest coffee shop around!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios ( at November 23, 2014 11:09 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Packlista Helgelandskusten 2014

Kajaker och lite prylar i norge

Kajaker och lite prylar i norge

Förslag på Packlista har vi tänkt peta ut länge under prylar men det har ju gått sådär ;) Men här kommer i alla fall en packlista från vår paddeltur på Helgelandskusten i somras. Massa onödigt såklart men funkar okej för oss. Som ni ser hamnar vi väl nånstans mellan ”den som har flest prylar med sig vinner” och ”näe, vikten har ingen betydelse och jag behöver verkligen 100 kilo prylar för en kort tur” :)

Vi har säker glömt en del, fyller på efterhand.


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by Erik Sjöstedt at November 23, 2014 07:29 pm

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Drizzly Dorset

A damp grey weekend, but it hasn’t stopped me getting out onto the water. On Friday night my K2 partner Chris and I were out in the dark on the river trying to master the craft before our first race next weekend…we might or might not have taken an unintended swim. Yesterday I took my surfski out onto open sea and some small surf for the first time, and it was rather good fun; it’s really a surprisingly versatile craft. This morning Chris and I did a training session around the islands of Poole Harbour, but we left the K2 behind whilst we focused on our paddling technique in single kayaks. The pouring rain did not detract from the Autumnal colours and solitude of the harbour.

All good.

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by MRY at November 23, 2014 05:27 pm

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 23, 2014 05:00 pm
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

For Sale: Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera

Selling my Nikon AW1 waterproof interchangeable lens camera. There’s the normal wear and tear. Some scratches on the back.

Images from this camera have run double truck in Ocean Paddler Magazine. This is a huge upgrade in image quality vs. p&s cameras.

$525 + shipping

New for $699 at Amazon.

Example shot. Shot into the sun. This is usually a hard capture for cameras. I was able to pull detail out of the shadows. These are fun to do with this camera Pulled a lot of detail out of the shadows in this shot. hansel_bryan_141123-5 kayaking ice caves Had lots of fun with this camera. Nice stop action. Works in the ice, too. hansel_bryan_140418-102

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by Bryan Hansel at November 23, 2014 02:43 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.


Endelig på vandet igen efter en lang pause pga en gang gevaldig ømme ribben.

Turen gik til Københavns havn sammen med 17 klubkammerater fra NKC. Jens havde sørget for at vi kunne sætte i vandet ved Stedet med det gode danske navn Kayak Republic midt i København.

Turen gik i første omgang til Trekroner via Nyhavn og både den gamle - og den nye havfrue. Efter en lidt vanskelig landgang på sæbeglatte bolværk nød vi frokosten på det gamle fort.

Derefter gik turen retur gennem Christianhavns mange kanaler og endnu et besøg i den nu oplyste Nyhavn. Mørket var faldt på, og der var flere mere eller mindre kreative forsøg på at føre korrekt lys på kajakkerne - der som måske bekendt er hvidt lys, der kan ses fra alle sider.

Efter returnering til udgangspunktet, et større arbejde med at få kajakkerne på trailer og biler samt omklædning gik turen tilbage til Nyhavn til fods. Her spiste vi på Heering ind turen gik tilbage til Næstved.

Vi fik roet 19 km - og jeg havde glemt kameraet.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at November 23, 2014 10:18 am

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Solig arkivbild 141123 – Svinskär, Misterhult, advent 2012

Frostigt och fint ljus vid Svinskär på måndagsförmiddagen

Frostigt och fint ljus vid Svinskär på måndagsförmiddagen

Den här bilden är från när Jag & Pia paddlade in från Örö i Misterhult efter vår adventstur där 2012. Tio minusgrader på morgonen och finfin sol. Finfin avslutning på finfin helg!

by Erik Sjöstedt at November 23, 2014 07:56 am

November 22, 2014

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)


Told you so! Beets and herbs are from the garden, the rest purchased for my Big Vacation Cooking Project - Pig Head Pozole. This is actually a 2-day process, I'm on Phase 1 today - dutch oven's been put through its paces, started with veggie roasting (the beets aren't going in the pozole but everything else will) and then moved on to a long slow simmer of the pig head (from the Sebago pig roast earlier in the year, didn't want the head to go to waste so I brought it home, wrapped it well and put it in the freezer) and a couple of pernil bones. 

Blow by blow account over on Facebook, but I'll collect and repost over here when it's done. Today is simmering. Monday's supposed to be rainy. I won't mind if it is, that would be perfect weather for messing around with chile-roasting and the other finishing touches.

by (bonnie) at November 22, 2014 09:27 pm

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“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” - Van Morrison

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 22, 2014 05:00 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

November 22nd - cattle Point (#93)

I went for a short morning paddle before heading up to Campbell River this aft. I decided to give the new P&H Hammer a test drive/maiden voyage and had a nice cruise along the Cadboro bay shoreline. Nice views of otters, oystercatchers, beached sailboats!, and more.
I have not paddled as much as usual the last few weeks since I tweaked my left elbow a bit. Trying to give it a bit of rest...
The Hammer paddles nicely and tracks decently with the skeg down. Flatwater paddling are not supposed to be the boats forte!
click to enlarge
5 km, YTD 883 km

by Mike J ( at November 22, 2014 12:31 pm

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Solig arkivbild 141122 – Vänern 1992

Läger på en udde i norra Vänern

Läger på en udde i norra Vänern

En av de första kajakturerna. I norra Vänern. Det där med paddling verkade kul. Och det håller i sig. Lika rörigt på lägerplatserna är det fortfarande som regel kort tid efter att man kommit iland :) Fick nytt Vänersug efter att ha fått se fina Vänerbilder tagna av Stefan från Götlaborg förra helgen. Får se om vi kommer loss åt det hållet.

by Erik Sjöstedt at November 22, 2014 10:53 am

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)


Ah, it's rewarding to have some summer-grown greens and pesto stashed in the freezer for the winter. As always, it makes me appreciate that I don't have to grow and preserve food to survive - much nicer to do it for fun.

What, you were expecting Disney, maybe? Ha. Movie, schmovie.

Tomorrow - The Sequel: Roasted! 

by (bonnie) at November 22, 2014 06:27 am

IKDM Channel (video)

Kayak Argentario!

Due indimenticabili giorni di kayak (e merende) all'Argentario Two unforgetable days of kayaking (and big snacks) around Monte Argentario atc9k

by IKDMCHANNEL at November 22, 2014 05:39 am

November 21, 2014

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tid utomhus räknas

Vilken finfin fredagseftermiddag på Skälderviken!

Grått mellan pirarmarna till att börja med

Grått mellan pirarmarna till att börja med

Fikahäng på lång strand

Fikahäng på lång strand

Vi höll på att fastna i soffhörnorna även denna dag. Fast efter lite lunch kom vi på att det hade varit gött med lite havsluft och paddling. Stack ner till Skälderviken och petade i kajakerna. Lite grågrått överlag men lite ljusning åt söder. Paddlade längs med Skäldervikens ostsida en sväng i sällskap av både säl och sjöfågel. Finfin himmel söderut och när vi kommit iland för fikapaus på stranden sprack det upp alltmer. Riktigt gött och dessutom gött snack med förbipasserande både paddlare och fågelskådare.

Vägen tillbaka i riktigt gott solljus. Troligtvis en av de finaste eftermiddagarna sen i augusti eller nåt sånt! Hoppas fler var ute och färre vid skärmarna ;)

Grått västerut

Grått västerut

Solig novemberpaddling

Solig novemberpaddling

Soliga kontraster och tofsluvepaddlande Pia

Soliga kontraster och tofsluvepaddlande Pia

Gult och soligt

Gult och soligt

Fårdugasolnedgång och snart tillbaka

Fårdugasolnedgång och snart tillbaka

by Erik Sjöstedt at November 21, 2014 08:32 pm

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A storm is brewing, and the countdown is on.

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 21, 2014 05:00 pm

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia


As the Dire Straits song goes, "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." And this would be a bug moment as this poor paddler attempts a rough water launch.
Check out the video below:

Power waves overturn kayak vertically from Renzhi on Vimeo.

by (John Herbert) at November 21, 2014 05:00 pm

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

Bouley Bay 3 Star

Bouley Bay was once considered for a major harbour development due to the deep, sheltered water but the lack of suitable land for buildings prevented the project progressing and so the only sheltered anchorage is behind the small pier which was built in 1828 to meet the needs of the oyster fishermen.  The bay was always seen as vulnerable to attack, in fact in 1549 French invaders were repulsed at Jardin d'Olivet, therefore the bay is defended by a couple of Forts.
With a south easterly wind forecast it was selected as the venue for a 3 Star as provided both sheltered conditions as well as some more challenging water if necessary.
Bouley Bay on a warm summers day is one of the most appealing places to launch a sea kayak, sadly yesterday wasn't a warm summers day so conditions were essentially less pleasant.
Heading out of Bouley Bay yesterday.  The white mark of the pier head is just visible through the November murk. 
 Landing just to the east of Tour de Rozel.  Time to check personal equipment and to cover the theory side of 3 Star.  For the first time in months there was a real chill in the air.
 When we launched the tidal stream had changed direction so as expected, the sea state increased quite dramatically, due to wind against tide, this was only for 100 metres or so but it created some entertaining conditions.  Johan powered through the waves with remarkable ease, the Taran really is a quick kayak.
Sean enjoyed the surfing in the tidal run, but sadly it was all too soon to head to more sheltered waters to continue with the assessment.  A good day on the water.

by (Kevin Mansell) at November 21, 2014 04:38 pm

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

It seemed churlish not to pause and savour this magical moment.

As we set off from the castle on the east coast of Little Cumbrae, the...  ...sea fog to the south began to lift and by the time we...  ...arrived off Gull Point...  ...the soaring rocky ridges of the Arran mountains emerged into a clear blue sky. It seemed churlish not to pause and savour this magical moment.

by Douglas Wilcox ( at November 21, 2014 04:23 pm

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November's Newsletter


Here at Greenland or Bust, November is often one of the busiest months of the year. Although we're home, and it may appear that we're not actually working, we're really busy making plans for the coming year, and there are LOTS of exciting things on the schedule.

First off we're super stoked to be attempting a first time circumnavigation of Jamaica with Wes Moses. The three of us will launch on Sunday, Dec. 28 and paddle through most of January. We're looking forward to lots of water time, as well as just enjoying Jamaica.

Another exciting thing on the schedule is the Storm Gathering U.S.A. event taking place out of Trinidad, California on March 6 to 8. We're the organizers of the UK Storm Gathering, which has become increasingly popular since it began in Scotland in 2006. The UK Storm Gathering takes place every other year, and so we figured, "what the heck, let's run an event in the U.S. the years in between." We'll have more information posted soon, but we can tell you that registration opens on Monday, Dec. 1. Come join us, there's a storm brewing.

In other works, we'll be doing another Rebel Kayaks sponsored Nordic Tour. We currently have classes confirmed in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The tour will take place during the summer months, with a break in the middle to travel to Sisimiut, Greenland to participate in the 30 year anniversary of the Greenland National Kayaking Championship. The complete tour schedule will be posted in early 2015.

We're also guiding an expedition in Antarctica from December 31, 2015 to January 27/28, 2016. Wanna go with us? E-mail us at for details.

With all of this exciting stuff coming up, it's nice to take a step back to reflect on the past month. Helen headed up to Pacific City, Oregon to teach at Lumpy Waters. This is a really great event, and Paul, Suzi and Dave do a wonderful job of putting it all together. If you haven't made it to this one yet, it should be on your list for next year. Helen also hopped over to Israel to teach at Optimist's Symposium. This was her fifth year at the event, and it was great to catch up with the paddling community from that part of the world. Israel is an incredible place with friendly people, warm water, unbelievable city ruins and quite possibly Helen's favorite food on the planet.

While Helen was doing all of this, Mark was running a BCU 4 Star Sea Training and BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment on Anglesey in Wales, as well as providing some regional coach development programs for Canoe Wales. He was also one of the guest coaches at the DGI's Autumn Coach Conference in Holbæk, Denmark.

Coming up in November Helen will be presenting in Eureka, California on South Greenland Expedition and The Greenland National Kayaking Championship. Other than that we're spending the month working on putting together all of the exciting things that are planned for the coming year.

In December we'll be leading a trip out of Crescent City, California, then heading south to run classes in Dana Point and Marina Del Rey. We're looking forward to spending part of the holidays with family and then flying over to Jamaica to meet up with Wes and paddle around the place.

With so much going on, it's hard not to get excited. Don't forget to put our Storm Gathering USA event on your calendar!

As usual, visit for more information and our current Events calendar and Blog postings.

You can also find us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email Happy paddling!

- Helen and Mark

Helen's Mentoring Madness

Most kayakers live close to one or more bodies of water, and many of us get into the routine of paddling out of the same spot, time after time. Depending on weather and water conditions, that same spot might change personalities frequently, which is why we don't get bored with paddling the same paddle over and over again.

However, don't let yourself miss out on other great opportunities. Often where there's water, there are numerous launch sites, or even numerous bodies of water. While an ocean can provide an open water experience, a lagoon can be a secret haven, a bay on a windy day might provide a downwind adrenaline rush and a river might provide wildlife encounters that you wouldn't have in saltier waters. Whatever the body of water, there are adventures out there, and if you can't find them locally, then a road trip with friends might calling to you.

Program Schedule

Traditional Skills Paddle (ENC): November 1, Stone Lagoon, California

Who's Leading Who?: November 1, Llyn Padarn, North Wales

South Greenland Expedition and The Greenland National Kayaking Championship (presentation):
November 10, Eureka, California 

ENC Crescent City Paddle: December 7, Crescent City, California 

Simplifying the Roll: December 13, Dana Point, California 

Simplifying the Roll: December 20, Marina Del Rey, California

Jamaica Circumnavigation Attempt: December 28, Jamaica

…And Finally

Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE

Yoga for Outdoor People can also be purchased as a download from the Digital Good Store.

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by Mark Tozer ( at November 21, 2014 10:06 am

November 20, 2014