Paddling Planet

February 07, 2016

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!)

Waddle Waddle, boing boing

Plenty of evidence left in yesterday's snow that it's definitely not just us human folks who enjoy the grounds at Sebago Canoe Club! 

by (bonnie) at February 07, 2016 02:09 am

February 06, 2016

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Without Borders

The day before yesterday I flew in to Loreto. From the air I could see it was blowing strongly from the North. Not nice for the paddlers out there. Maddie, SKBM's operational manager, kindly picked me up from the airport.

As soon I was at SKBM operational HQ, I set myself to help with the trip clean-up for a trip that Ginni led. It is nice to meet Ginni again. I could well have missed her as the SKBM calender in the office is full of overlapping activities. It is impressive to see how Ginni's business has grown and how the attention to quality, detail and personal attention have not changed; simply the best. Another group with Marcos returned yesterday. It is a group with Greg Paquin that made it around Carmen in a week with all strong northwesterlies.

Our 12-day trip starts Tuesday and I arrived early to acclimatize and help with the preparations; if needed. The preparations of the new trip start with the end of the previous.

Our aim is to paddle from Mulege to Coronados, get a resupply from Loreto and then cross to Carmen running down the west coast of Carmen and out near Puerto Escondido. Looking at my pictures taken from the plane, this plan is surely weather dependant. This route contains some very exposed headlands and a committing crossing. I am thrilled that Ramon is a guide on this trip. Ramon helped with preparations on my previous trips and it is nice to have him now also on the trip.

So now ready with clean-up of all the boats and 'our' boats have been assigned and helping Ramon with further preparations.

by (Axel) at February 06, 2016 06:30 pm



El entrenamiento de un palista de fondo debe ser completo, e incluir entrenamiento cruzado, en mi caso además del gimnasio (al que voy poco porque me aburre) trabajo con el footbiking y el trailrunning.

Hoy en vez de recorrer la costa a base de pala.... pues a base de piernas.. buscando los espacios mas interesantes de mi zona y jugando un poco..... que las cosas si no te divierten .... no valen. !


by Jose Bello ( at February 06, 2016 04:59 pm

Mercipourlekayak !
Pratique du kayak de mer

Autour de Paimpol : Saint-Riom et les Mez de Goëlo

Humm rien que ce titre ça sent bon la Bretagne, fin décembre nous avons retrouvé ce bon air humide, iodé et tonique ! Cela faisait longtemps que virer L’Ost-Pic me tentait, c’est ce joli petit phare perché au bout du récif des Mez de Goëlo. L’île de Saint-Riom Partis de l’anse de Beauport, nous avons […]

by Arzhela at February 06, 2016 01:36 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

The Air Out There

It’s almost dark. Almost. If I were paddling out there right now I would seriously be looking for a place to make landfall, because “almost dark” fades to black almost before you know it. There are wind waves too, and gusts of 25-30 knots blowing froth off the larger ones out in the Narrows. It’s a stormy night, a winter’s night, and no matter what the damn groundhog said, spring is not here yet. Not tonight.

Meanwhile, at this same moment, on the waters near Solander Island, there’s a gale warning in effect. Winds in the low 30’s, not much different than here.

by Ken Campbell at February 06, 2016 01:40 am

February 05, 2016

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.

The Arbutus...and the mystery of the "ordinary".

They are all around, and yet they had quietly and over time, almost slipped away from my awareness. Familiarity had nurtured a sense of the "ordinary"...

Base Camp 1 is located close to the sea, on south Vancouver Island. There are many Arbutus trees that fill the woods around our home, sharing the forest floor with the towering Douglas firs. In some ways, they are a most unlikely, but delightful pairing. As with many things in life that "have always been there", we have tended to take them for granted...and forget to appreciate their special uniqueness and beauty. The Arbutus (Latin word for "strawberry tree) truly are a gift - rare, splendid and delightful.

Arbutus trees (Arbutus menziesii), also known as Pacific Madrone, are the only broad-leafed evergreen trees in Canada. Growing up to 30 metres in height, they are native to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California and are usually found only within 5 km (3 miles) of the ocean. Other than their desire to be near the salt water, they ask for very little, and are content to live in shallow, nutrient-poor and rocky soil. Like their neighbours, the Douglas fir, they are drought-tolerant which make them a perfect fit for the hot, dry summers.

Paddling along the coast of Vancouver Island, and the magical Gulf Islands, is to be welcomed by the Arbutus as they reach out - often, completely horizontally - over the water, their crooked trunks bidding us welcome. They must have some marvellous stories to tell...of other mariners they have observed over the millennia, storms they have faced, seasons through which they have transitioned.

The bark is thin and delicate, a warm combination of red, chartreuse, and brown. It flakes off and covers the ground, "crispy" beneath the hiker's feet. For countless generations, the Coast Salish people used the bark for tanning hides and making a medicine to treat stomach aches, skin ailments, cramps, colds, and even as a basis for contraception. 

When the bark is wet, it simply shines, as if highly polished by a patient and devoted artisan.

In the Spring, clusters of bell-shaped white, flowers hang from the end of twigs, attracting bees and providing a source of honey for beekeepers. 

The red berries of the Arbutus are edible and fruit-eating birds such as thrushes, robins, waxwings, woodpeckers appear to experience a mild form of intoxication as they gorge on the brightly coloured treat. Apparently the berries can ferment, while still on the tree...offering a slight "buzz" - also enjoyed by bears willing to climb up into the branches! Perhaps more of interest to we humans, the antioxidant capacity of polyphenols, found in the berries, have revealed a high potential to treat diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

We have lived amongst these Arbutus trees, here on Vancouver Island, for just over thirteen years now. Stunning and eye-catching at first, over time they became "part of the forest", almost invisible to our busy and distracted eyes. They became, in many ways..."ordinary". 

They are, however, extraordinary, not unlike a glass of cool, fresh water...or a sunrise or a sunset...or the sound of rain falling, or the rush of waves releasing their energy upon the shore...or the colours of a gentle rainbow. These trees are full of mystery, like the invisible current that powers our a message, sent 5000 miles in a brief the wonderful infectiousness of a smile.

I began to realize, that even those around us who are very precious - family, friends, neighbours, co-workers - can become as an Arbutus in a forest. Part of our every day, they can quietly slip beneath our consciousness, and become part of life's backdrop. We must never let that happen.

Today is a good day to remind someone we love, someone we appreciate, someone who has touched our lives, even a stranger who has yet to become a friend, that they will never become "ordinary"...for they, like the Arbutus, are gifts - full of wonder, mystery, potential, and infinite value.

I must never let the Arbutus trees, who faithfully greet us every single morning and bid us a fond good night at the end of each day, slip from my awareness again. They are, indeed, precious.

"The wonder is that we can see these trees 
and not wonder more..."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Duncan and Joan ( at February 05, 2016 01:01 pm
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Video, Swim Progression and Training Camps

Our second Open Water Swim Camp with Swim For Tri has just ended so let me reflect on how they've helped. (This article also appears on My First Ironman blog)

For me the real benefit didn't come on the first camp itself but once in the pool back home when I put into practice the drills I'd been taught.

Progression is slow (especially at my age) liked by Dan Bullock of Swim For Tri, as more akin to learning a language than a sport.

Please bear this in mind when you look at the photos and video below - I don't turn into Michael Phelps in 12 months.  Progression is slow and gradual, the visual changes quite subtle, but the feel in the water is quite different.

Some triathletes push 'The Swim' to the back of their minds, relegating it to the role of 'something to get through before the race begins'.  Although I am no real swimmer, I take a different view.  I want to start the bike feeling as strong as possible, so an efficient swim - efficient, not necessarily a fast one - is my goal.  Plus the cardio training, weight loss and core strength from swimming benefits all three sports.

Dec 2014
Back in December 2014 I didn't swim, but Liz persuaded me to try two days of coaching at Club La Santa (full story).  At the start I looked like this.  My hand pushed down on the water each stroke, so I bobbed along, rising and falling - the only propulsion happened when my arm reached vertical and briefly traveled backwards.  Each time I took a breath, the arm swung out to counterbalance, and my leg kick widened (alarmingly!) to counterbalance the arm.  Two days of one-to-two coaching did not transform my swimming but utterly changed my mindset and we started going regularly to the pool, roughly twice a week.

Sep 2015
In September 2015 - I swam worse!  Ten months of un-coached practice and, although I knew the theory, the video shows some faults are worse than before.  That said, there are signs of a catch starting - the elbow is beginning to bend.

This was shot first day on the Swim For Tri open water camp at Club La Santa and it was during that camp things started to come together.  At the end of it, I knocked 10 minutes off my 1.9km time, completing the swim section of Lanzarote Ironman 70.3 in 36min.  So we went away and increased our pool training to three times a week, incorporating many of the drills we'd been taught by Dan Bullock on the camp.

Feb 2016
By February 2016 I was swimming a lot better.  Again, this was shot on the first day of the Swim For Tri open water camp at Club La Santa so shows no improvement made on this latest camp.  My catch is developing, with propulsion happening much earlier in the stroke as my forearm heads towards vertical.  My 'sinky legs' are higher in the water thanks to a stronger controlled kick.  While that kick is still bigger than it needs to be, it is not splaying out so much when I breath.

Crucially, my toes are starting to point backwards, something which is physically very different for my ankles.  When they point down, the legs sink and the arms have to tow much greater resistance through the water.

During the camp we learnt more things to practice and I'm sure my stroke has improved again over the last few days, although I know the real progress will come in the Fort William pool in coming months.

That said, at the end of the camp we swam the Lanzarote Ironman 70.3 course again, despite swimming off line due to a sighting into a low sun,  I knocked another two minutes off my time coming in at 34mins.  My 100m speed, however, was unchanged at 1'46" so perhaps the course was shorter?  No matter.  As I explained at the start, the real improvement will hopefully come in the next few months when I put into practice what I've learnt this week.

Please remember, my progression in the three video clips below is not huge - but it is happening.

by Simon Willis ( at February 05, 2016 10:08 am

February 04, 2016
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Vår tids Sven Thorell

Det är verkligen många likheter med Sven Thorell som ritade kanoter och sålde sina ritningar till både privatpersoner och företag. Att även vara väldigt produktiv men en mängd olika modeller är en annan likhet. Att främja att alla som vill kan bygga en egen farkost för en billig penning är även det en viktig likhet. Kan ni gissa vem jag tänker på?  Det finns bara ett svar!! Björn Thomasson

Björn Thomasson gör  i stort samma sak som Sven Thorell gjorde på sin tid. Att hans hemsida är väldigt inspirerande för många är helt klart. För Sven var det hans böcker som fick stort genomslag och inspirerande folk att börja bygga eget. Själv gillade jag inte de tidigaste modellerna från Thomasson men nu finns det verkligen något för alla.  Se Nanoq, Frej och Panthera så ser ni några väldigt intressanta kajaker som borde tilltala väldigt många.  Här skulle man dock vilja se några kvalitets byggen i plast som gick att köpa klara. Seabird i all ära, som gör billiga kajaker men man skulle vilja se ett riktigt toppkvalitè bygge. Kanske är det på g om Struer bygget är ok av Frej.  Frej är en kajak jag själv blev lite sugen på även om en i trä vore trevligare och roligare/Bengt



by Bengt Larsson at February 04, 2016 10:51 pm

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and other adventures on California's Mendocino Coast

Love to Be on the Water

Here's a new video that I put together for a video contest at Paddle Golden Gate Symposium.  I hope that you enjoy this edit.  Some of the footage you might recognize; however, there is some new footage and old footage that I haven't used before.

Tomorrow night at the Canoe and Kayak Magazine Party, they will show the finalists and announce the winners.  Cross your fingers :)

by Cate Hawthorne ( at February 04, 2016 05:00 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Outside har gått i konkurs


Såg på härom veckan att Go Outside Media var försatt i konkurs.

Idag skriver de om det på outsideonline och Facebook. Dagens Media har också skrivit om det.

”Vi har under de senaste åren kämpat med vikande lönsamhet. Detta har gjort att vi levt på gränsen. Under förra verksamhetsåret lyckades vi hantera de vikande intäkterna genom att göra en rejäl nedskärning av kostnader, men eftersom intäkterna har fortsatt att minska, är gränsen passerad och vi ser ingen möjlighet att driva detta vidare”, säger VD Johan Ekroth.

Tråkigt såklart. Har själv inte läst tidningen Outside på senare år då jag tycker det varit för mycket prestation, hets och stress men lite läsare tror jag de haft.

Är väl inte direkt oväntat, många tidningar har stora problem. Verkar som om några i outsidegänget har planer & tankar på en nätversion i alla fall. Nät är ju skoj, då kan de nå lite fler men har å andra sidan kanske inte jättelätt att  få in slantar till havregrynen även om tryckslantarna inte behövs då 😉

Källa: Outside har gått i konkurs | Tidningen Outside

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 04, 2016 04:09 pm

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

Shou-sugi-ban decorated paddles

Online paddlemaking friends, David G and Luke M have both attempted to decorate their handmade paddles with an interesting burning technique known as shou-sugi-ban. This traditional Japanese method of preservation was originally developed for use with cedar cladding on houses. Claims are that it can add another hundred years onto the longevity of the wood. Luke heard about the technique from another remarkable craftsman in the US, Nick Dillingham of Black Thunder Studios, who modified the technique to finish some of his remarkable crooked knife handles.

David and Luke were kind enough to send me emails about their experiences with this finishing method to share with the blog readers.

First, the paddle surface is scorched with a propane torch until completely black. After this burning period, the wood is scrubbed vigorously with an abrasive. Luke and David used  some Scotch-Brite(TM) pads to remove uneven remnants of the charred wood.  The complete surface burning / charring process obviously blackens the surface but if done properly, it still allows the grain pattern to peek through.  

Here are some shots of David's Sitka spruce paddle with reinforced ash tip. It's 56" long with a 26" by 5" wide blade. It only weighs 14 oz and has some etchings on the grip. Look at the beautiful contrast against that fresh Yukon snow!

David G's shou-sugi-ban Sitka Spruce paddle
Au Nord du Nord Woodwork 

The etchings reveal the lighter coloured wood below the charred surface, something known as negative pyrography in the woodburning art world. I've always had to resort to using a tiny electric pen to burn the backspace, so this technique is intriguing to me. Burn everything first and then reverse etch.

Grip etchings
Au Nord du Nord Woodwork 

David also uploaded a photo closeup of the blade's near perfectly straight grain. The paddle has not yet been oiled but David's great job with the burning makes it look like a pretty wood stain.

Sitka grain pattern
Au Nord du Nord Woodwork 

Over on the other side of the world, Luke made a paddle from fresh ash - a narrow bladed Maliseet style paddle to go with his nearly complete Maliseet ocean canvas canoe.

Luke M's shou-sugi-ban decorated Maliseet paddle

The grip area has been chip-carved after the burning resulting in a pretty reverse effect...

Luke's chip carving along the grip edge

Luke's chip carving along the grip edge
Facebook Album Link

Luke provided some additional details about his methodology. After scrubbing, the paddle was lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper -  the amount of sanding determines the darkness of the final product. He then carefully burnished the wood heavily with a piece of polished antler for that natural shine. The paddle isn't oiled despite that wonderful looking finish.

Luke mentioned a challenge with burnishing which resulted in some random patchiness despite careful efforts to burn and sand evenly. This is to be expected with any type of handcrafted work, but any "flaws" aren't visible to my eyes and the paddle look brilliant.

But as a warning to others who might try this method, he also wrote that the paddle blade started warping during the burning phase and notes that if both sides are burned evenly, the blade tended to straighten out. I found this very relevant as my intention was to try this out only on one side of a future paddle.

Thanks again to David and Luke for continuing to experiment with their paddle creations and share them with loyal readers of this blog.

by Murat ( at February 04, 2016 03:11 pm


Jersey: una settimana speciale per il mio "BCU 4 Star Provider process"!

Lo scorso novembre ho ricevuto una bella e-mail da Giuseppe, uno degli allievi dei corsi 3 stelle BCU organizzati da Tatiyak nel corso del 2015: mi chiedeva consiglio per seguire un corso 4 stelle in acque inglesi, così da poter fare esperienza sulle tidal race. Gli ho suggerito l'isola di Jersey e gli ho chiesto se poteva scegliere delle date contigue a quelle già previste per un esame 4 stelle a cui stavo pensando di partecipare in qualità di "osservatore", organizzato a fine gennaio da Derek Hairon, il titolare di Jersey Kayak Adventure.
E' stato così quasi per caso che mi sono trovata a passare un'intera settimana a Jersey!

L'accoglienza all'arrivo nel piccolo aeroporto di Jersey 
La straordinaria bassa marea sul versante occidentale dell'isola...
La vista dalla Seymour Tower sul Violet Bank, all'estermità sud-orientale di Jersey
Nel mese di marzo dello scorso anno, mentre ero ancora in Galles, ho seguito due giorni di corso per diventare BCU 4 Star Provider e per poter così svolgere in autonomia i corsi e gli esami 4 stelle BCU. Il percorso è lungo e complesso: bisogna assistere ad una nutrita serie di "training & assessment", poi raccogliere un certo numero di firme da parte di diversi insegnanti ed infine completare il proprio "portfolio" con tutti i dettagli sui vari corsi seguiti in qualità di "observer, supporter, co-deliver".
Insomma, andare a Jersey significava per me "collezionare" altre firme e prendere parte a ben due nuove esperienze didattiche in un'isola sconosciuta, prima l'esame 4 stelle e poi, grazie alla coincidenza creata da Giuseppe, anche al successivo corso 4 stelle. Un'occasione da non perdere!

Derek introduce la prima delle due giornate di esame ai quattro candidati provenienti dall'Isola di Man
Derek e Phil si confrontano continuamente durante le diverse prove d'esame...
Salvataggi, auto-salvataggi e traini nelle morbide tidal race del secondo giorno d'esame
Derek mi ha subito coinvolto nell'organizzazione dell'esame e mi ha chiesto di elaborare un questionario bilingue da sottoporre agli studenti per valutare la loro preparazione teorica. Prima di partire, quindi, avevo trascorso lunghe giornate a ripassare il syllabus 4 stelle, ad elaborare domande comprensibili sia in inglese che in italiano e, non ultimo, a studiare le correnti di marea che interessano l'isola. Derek ha scritto una guida sulla sua isola, per facilitare la vita dei tanti canoisti che ci vivono o che ci vanno in vacanza, ma solo passando qualche giorno sul posto si riesce davvero a cogliere la portata del fenomeno. L'isola cambia fisionomia continuamente, ogni sei ore sembra un'isola diversa!

I colori brillanti dell'isola, nonostante la fitta nebbia del primo giorno d'esame
Le spiagge di ciottoli policromi, dove sbarcare coi kayak in polietilene non è mai un problema!
L'ingresso del porto di Rozel Bay con la bassa marea (l'alta marea raggiunge la fascia bianca!)
Jersey è infatti conosciuta per essere una delle località europee in cui si registrano le maggiore escursioni di marea: è una piccola isola della Manica situata a circa 20 km dalla Normandia ed è come un sasso in un fiume, solo che la corrente del fiume cambia direzione ogni 6 ore. Quando c'è luna piena, come nel primo fine settimana in cui sono stata lì, la differenza tra bassa e alta marea può raggiungere (e spesso anche superare!) i 10 metri. Su tutti i capi dell'isola si formano correnti di marea che raggiungono i 3-4 nodi e programmare un'escursione giornaliera lungo le sue scogliere rocciose può risultare talvolta estremamente impegnativo.
Io sono stata così fortunata da godere del poderoso spettacolo delle maree sia da terra che dal kayak: Trudy, la compagna di Derek e la titolare di Jersey Walk Adventure, mi ha accompagnata nel suo giorno di riposo in una lunga passeggiata sul fondo del mare per raggiungere la Seymour Tower, dove poi sono tornata con l'alta marea grazie alla guida esperta di Derek, pagaiando tra quell'intricata rete di canaletti e piscine naturali e scogli affioranti e fondali sabbiosi scolpiti di rippol e ricchi di vita marina come mai mi sarei aspettata! Si cammina per davvero sui fondali marini!
L'esperienza da sola, anzi abbinata, passeggiata e pagaiata, vale davvero il viaggio a Jersey!

Trudy, la mia eccezionale guida fino a quel piccolo puntino là in fondo (e ritorno)
La Seymour Tower, raggiunta dopo una passeggiata sul fondo del mare di circa 2 ore!
Qualche giorno dopo, con l'alta marea, Derek ci ha fatto arrivare alla Seymour Tower in kayak!
Appena atterrata nel piccolo aeroporto di Saint Peter, alle porte della capitale Saint Helier, ho trovato Derek ad attendermi con un inconfondibile fiorino giallo ricoperto di kayak, gialli pure quelli. Siamo andati a cena al pub vicino casa, in attesa dell'arrivo di Phil Hadley, il secondo insegnante delle due giornate di esame 4 stelle. L'aereo su cui viaggiava Phil, però, non è atterrato all'ora prevista, a causa della fitta nebbia che ha avvolto l'isola: il volo è stato dirottato sulla vicina isola di Guernsey ed il povero Phil ha dovuto attendere l'unico traghetto del pomeriggio per raggiungerci a Jersey. Una piccola odissea che ha riempito di coloriti aneddoti la seconda serata trascorsa nello stesso pub. E che mi ha offerto anche un'insperata occasione di rivestire il ruolo di "second assessor" per una parte dell'esame. Ho così potuto valutare la preparazione degli aspiranti "leader 4 stelle" anche sul piano della conduzione del gruppo, della capacità di gestione degli incidenti, della dimestichezza con i traini, gli sbarchi sulle rocce e la riparazione dell'imbarcazione. E' stato molto formativo!

Giuseppe attento a non perdere neanche una parola delle spiegazioni di Derek
Lo spettacolo naturale del Blow-hole ad est di Bouley Bay 
Come dopo ogni viaggio che si rispetti, sono tornata a casa carica di ricordi del posto!
La presenza di diversi "mock students" ha reso la prova d'esame quanto mai veritiera e tutti i partecipanti sono stati coinvolti in ognuna delle attività previste dal syllabus (competenza tecnica, di leadership, di navigazione e di teoria). E' stato molto interessante assistere ai "feedback" forniti a fine giornata, tutti molto costruttivi, anche quando evidenziavano carenze o errori dei candidati. Mi chiedo sempre da dove derivi la facilità degli inglesi di parlare con tanta schiettezza, con tono diretto e franco, senza troppi giri di parole, andando dritti al punto senza perdersi in fronzoli...
E' una delle tantissime cose che ho imparato durante la settimana trascorsa a Jersey.
Le altre riguardano non soltanto il kayak, il syllabus, il portfolio, il percorso da 4 Star Provider e le straordinarie maree dell'isola, ma anche le tradizioni locali, le attrazioni turistiche e le specialità culinarie del luogo (le ostriche in primis, ma anche le alghe fresche raccolte durante la "Moon walk": per la prima volta posso dire di avere mangiato bene, ma bene davvero, in un paese inglese!).
Per parlare di tutto questo mi ci vorrebbe un altro post, ma ho già deciso che tanto ci ritorno presto, a Jersey: qualcuno vuole venirci con me e Mauro?!?

by Tatiana Cappucci ( at February 04, 2016 11:34 am

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Järnaviks Vandrarhem till salu

Gula Huset i Järnavik i Blekinge är till salu. Ligger i den lilla mysiga hamnen Järnavik. Nära vattnet och från hamnen går båtarna till Tjärö. Nu när Tjärö fått nya ägare blir det nog lite mer fart i Järnavik igen. Perfekt som kajakvandrarhem :) eller kanske kajakkollektiv.

Det lilla familjära vandrarhemmet är beläget i naturreservatet intill Järnavik, som har hamn för fritidsbåtar och båtförbindelse till Tjärö. Järnaviks vandrarhem ”Gula Huset” erbjuder boende i gemytlig miljö vid havet, med 33 bäddar fördelat på 11 rum, två- till fembäddsrum. Man kan även hyra hela ”Gula Huset” för kurser, konferenser, utställningar, bröllop, fester eller andra privata tillställningar.

Källa: Järnaviks Vandrarhem i Sveriges sydligaste skärgård till salu – Svensk FöretagsFörmedling

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by Erik Sjöstedt at February 04, 2016 10:21 am

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

Historic Paddle Illustration: Frances Ann Hopkins - Explorer's Camp

I've previously posted about the famous voyageur paintings of Frances Ann Hopkins which clearly illustrate the decorative styles of paddles used by these hardy canoemen. Here's another painting entitled "The Explorer's Camp" dated to circa 1891.

The Explorer's Camp
Accession Number: 952.168.1
Painter: Frances Ann Hopkins
Physical Dimensions: w31.1 x h27.8 cm
Provenance:Sigmund Samuel Collection
Type: Painting
Medium: watercolour on wove paper
Royal Ontario Museum - Google Cultural Institute Link 

A closeup of the paddles reveal the commonly used bright red paint on the narrow blades...

Paddle Closeups

by Murat ( at February 04, 2016 09:53 am

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

Whitewater of the Sea Too!

Psssst - we just created more fun for 2016.  We are still working on the description and details but thought if you read my LFK blog, I would let you get first dibs on the fun.  Here's the gist

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 - 2 or potentially 4 days of rock gardening on the Mendocino Coast with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.

Friday May 27 Whitewater of the Sea - for those that need a warm-up/refresher or intro to playing in whitewater kayaks in the ocean.

Saturday May 28-29 Whitewater of the Sea TOO! - 2 days of whitewater kayaking fun in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast. During the lesson/tour, we will share some of our favorite play spots with you as we build your whitewater kayaking skills.

Monday May 30 - Rock n Play with LFK -   No instruction just all out play and fun!

Don't let us have all the fun without you.  Contact us to get first dibs on signing up.

by Cate Hawthorne ( at February 04, 2016 09:22 am

February 03, 2016

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

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!)

Black Box

Because Science!

So here's a fun new thing - as of yesterday, I'm a participant in an NYU Langone study of the effect of exercise on blood glucose levels of chemo patients. One of the researchers had stopped by during my 4th infusion to see if I wanted to participate, and I said "Sure!". I'm part of the control group, who gets to just do what we usually do. Another group will be given an exercise regimen to follow. I probably couldn't have volunteered for the regimen group as the next few weeks are gonna be crazy at work, but my normal winter activity, when I can talk myself into it, is lots of walking interspersed with paddles. I say "when I can talk myself into it" 'cause although you wouldn't guess it from my "halfway through chemo" post, I'm actually such a warm-weather gal that in the wintertime, there's always a part of me that would really like to just curl up on the couch and eat cookies all winter. I try not to let that part win, though, 'cause I know I feel better when I'm keeping up at least a moderate activity level. One thing I was kind of psyched about with this study was that participants are asked to wear exercise monitors for a couple of weeks, and I thought it would be interesting to see how much I'm really doing - am I more lazy or less lazy in the winter than I think I am? - and also that seeing that might inspire me to do more.

So yesterday, I went for a 6 minute walk test (gives them a baseline fitness level - I was expecting a treadmill but they have you walk up and down a hallway around 2 cones, felt kind of silly but I guess it lets them measure how you walk naturally) and then I got my monitor during my infusion. Well - it turns out that although they understand that the control group may be inspired to be more active by being part of the study, they don't want us to be  actually looking at this doohickey and setting ourselves goals (exactly as I was thinking I would do, in fact), so they set it to a blank screen. Sort of like having a personal flight data recorder, where it tracks a bunch of stuff but you don't get to look at it. Bummer bummer bummer. Oh well, I still don't want it to go home and tell mean stories about how lazy I am, so I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin'!

by (bonnie) at February 03, 2016 04:05 am

February 02, 2016

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Sound Waters 2016

Just one of the things coming up…

The Sound Waters 1-Day University is an amazing collection of stories and instruction about this bioregion’s greatest natural wonder. I am honored to have been selected to teach a session this year about plastic in the marine environment and to show the film, “Message in a Plastic Bottle.” It is a unique opportunity, I think, almost a modern-day Chautauqua, and it seems like a very good place to not only tell the story of the Ikkatsu Project, but to listen to the many other stories that are going on all around us.

I know the web site currently says that the event is sold out but there will be some tickets available on the 6th for walk-in attendees. Tell them you know me… that’ll get you in for sure.

Sound Waters 2016 is this Saturday, February 6, 2016 at South Whidbey High School.

by Ken Campbell at February 02, 2016 07:51 pm

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Karna - From GoPro

I have been waiting, and debating with myself, the drone question for a long time. You can do absolutely amazing things with them. They are somewhat reasonably priced. But they offer incredible flexibility in terms of what can be shot. Today we can do things with a drone that 5 years ago required a multi-million dollar helicopter with a several thousand dollar an hour pilot on the controls. That is an incredible thought.

I knew drones were for real when I saw the first DJI Phantom. The Phantom 2 was a nice upgrade, but the Phantom 3 and the Inspire really kicked it up a notch. I was very tempted with the Phantom 3, but when that was released I already knew GoPro was working on a drone. Now that drone has a name - Karma - and a release date, 2016, albeit a little vague.

But Nick Woodman just sent me an email.

You're getting a first look at the latest Karma video ... check it out. While I can't share much prior to launch, I can say this about Karma: it works in mysterious ways and not always as you think.

Many thanks and get fired up! 


All right, in fairness he didn't send it just to me. It probably went to a couple of million people. I think what Nick is saying, is that while the Karma drone will do what we expect, it is going to do some things we don't expect. I expect it will not come with a camera, as they want it to work with your existing GoPro Camera - they have millions of cameras in use, and their goal - I think - is to help you use them better. This was the thinking for GoPro Studio. I think that it will have a traditional controller - like an RC airplane - that is paired with a phone or tablet. I would like the gimbal to be removable, to attach to something like the handler (this might be a pipe dream, why would they sell one product that does two things when they can sell two products?)

I would like Karma to be $1000. This is low, but after their admitted mistake with pricing for the Session, I think they are going to try and come in low, to get quick adoption. This is how the original Hero HD took off so fast.

But what of the "mysterious way and not always as you think" statement. I think we are going to have a drone with amazing autonomous modes. I think it will follow you, I think it will orbit around you. I think they have found a way to make this simple, safe (terrain avoiding? tree avoiding? building avoiding) and usable by the masses.

Oh, and when Nick sent me the email there was a link to a video. There is a reason they aren't showing us what it looks like. I just haven't figured out what it is yet.

Thank Nick, I am fired up.

by paddlingOTAKU ( at February 02, 2016 05:01 pm

Jersey Kayak Adventures
Sea Kayaking tours and courses in Jersey

Sea Kayak Self Rescues

Sea kayak self rescues feature in this months edition of Ocean Paddler. Derek has written a four page article with top tips to improve your sea kayak self rescue techniques.

by derek at February 02, 2016 04:03 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Into the Waves med Eike Köhler

Eike Köhler är en aktiv paddlare från tyskland som är ute på blandade turer. Han har bland annat paddlat från Göteborg till Helsingfors med mera. 2014 paddlade han och en kompis, Sebastian Höfer, från Bergen till Göteborg. Filmen Into The Waves innehåller paddling kring Korsika och lite paddling i norra tyskland och mycket från senaste norgepaddlingen. Innan de avslutade i Göteborg hann de även med ett besök på finfina Valö :)

Inlägget Into the Waves med Eike Köhler dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at February 02, 2016 09:50 am

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

February 1st - Discovery Island (#8)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around the islands. Conditions were nice with not much wind or current and a relatively low tide (there were rocks in places we did not expect them!). As we neared Commodore point on Discovery, Dan spied an Orca fin and we stopped and watch as a group of 4 orcas (Biggs?) swam by about 500m to the south of us. They were "on a mission" as it was not long before they were well to the east of us past Seabird point. Shortly after this we spotted Cheryl in her boat anchored off the north side of Discovery. She was watching the wolf with her family and we stayed and watched him with them for some time. A great afternoon on the water with some big wildlife highlights.
click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 103 km

by Mike J ( at February 02, 2016 07:03 am

February 01, 2016


Coincidenze sul Lago d'Orta

L'altra domenica, il 24 gennaio, Mauro, Andrea e Gianni decidevano di cambiare destinazione e di andare a pagaiare sul piccolo e bellissimo Lago d'Orta. Mentre loro rientravano dal giro, io incontravo Phil Hadley e Derek Hairon in un pub dell'isola di Jersey, dove ho trascorso un'intera settimana per seguire corsi ed esami 4* BCU per il mio tirocinio da 4* Provider (di cui presto parlerò!).
Durante la cena, Derek mi ha invitato ad aprire il vecchio libro esposto sulla mensola alle mie spalle, quello che lui di solito legge quando riceve la visita di insegnanti stranieri, un curioso volume degli anni passati sui popoli del mondo: il primo capitolo era dedicato all'Italia e la prima fotografia era proprio quella dell'isola di San Giulio, nel cuore del Lago d'Orta!

Andrea and Gianni looking at Saint Giulio Island!
Our favourite little spot for the lunch break
On the way back...
The past Sunday, last January 24th, Mauro, Andrea and Gianni decided to move to a different destination to go kayaking in the small and beautiful Orta lake, in the North East part of Italy. While they were coming back home, I was meeting Phil Hadley and Derek Hairon in a local pub in Jersey Island (where I've spent last week co-delivering 4* training and assessment for my 4* Provider process - I will also talk about that soon!).
During the dinner, Derek has invited me to oper one of the old books he usually read when some coaches coming from abroad, a curious book about peoples around the world: the first chapter was dedicated to Italy and the first picture was about the little Saint Giulio Island, in the hearth of Orta lake! 

by Tatiana Cappucci ( at February 01, 2016 09:32 pm

Venice Kayak
Guided kayaking tours in Venice, Italy

January paddling video

Video from a tour around Venice on January 23rd.

by René at February 01, 2016 04:04 pm

Open Canoe for the Vogalonga

Do you want to do the Vogalonga 2016 in an open canoe? Our guide Loretta has a canoe, which is available for the Vogalong on May 14th and 15th, as she won’t need it herself. It can be paddled by two or three paddlers. The price for the boat is €350 for the Sunday event … Continue reading Open Canoe for the Vogalonga

by René at February 01, 2016 03:44 pm

vincent kayak

january surfs in a kayak
catching and dodging waves
in warm ice free water
in 'my' national park
- hope your Jan was fun
and the isobars are relaxing

best downloaded first

by vincent ( at February 01, 2016 11:31 am

Paddling and Sailing

Kayak's for fat Paddlers Update

Best Kayaks for Fat paddlers

I often see big heavy tall or fat paddlers looking for advice on their first kayak so I thought I'd start a list. Feel free to comment if you think something should be added to the list.

Here it is:

Wilderness Systems Pungo 140

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160

Wilderness Systems Freedom (Discontinued)

Wilderness Systems Ride

Ocean Kayak Scrambler

Ocean Kayak Prowler 15

RTM Midway

RTM Tempo

Valley Aquanaut HV

Epic V7 and V8

Romany Excel

With the exception of the Ride and the Scrambler, the above boats have a very good reputation for keeping up in group paddles with Sea Kayakers.

I'd be very interested to learn what others think about this list.

by Canoe Sailor ( at February 01, 2016 08:14 am

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

In Memorium Eric Soares August 1, 1954 – February 1, 2012

Editor’s note: Thanks to my son Nick for this segment of Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. At this point in the poem, Ulysses (the speaker) is walking to the port, soon to depart. Here he begins his final thoughts before departure as a sort of swan song essentially rounding off his reasoning for leaving again […]

by Nancy Soares at February 01, 2016 07:45 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!)

Halfway through chemo!

Haven't done a cancer update for a while, 'cause basically there hasn't been anything really noteworthy to mention, but I thought I would have someone take a picture of me today to show how I'm doing here at the halfway point in my chemo treatments. Pretty well!

I actually had a whole week without a doctor's appointment last week (woohoo!), I'm done with the weekly reconstruction appointments and now I just have 4 more chemo infusions, each one 3 weeks apart. I'm glad I took the kinder, gentler of the 2 chemo options I was offered; on the one hand, I would most likely be done with the chemo at this point (4 sessions 3 weeks apart instead of 8 sessions 3 weeks apart), but from what my oncologist and her nurse said, it would have been a much more disruptive process - like I probably would not have been up for the fantastic 7.5 mile paddle I went on with friends at Sebago today, and I certainly wouldn't have been out and frolicking about the way I was on New Year's Day. There will be a 2nd operation for the reconstruction in April, after the chemo's done, and I'll have to stay off the water for a month after that (boo) but I should be able to paddle again in time for the Hokule'a's arrival in early June (that has been my main goal through all of this!) and the initial recovery from this one will be much faster than the October recovery.

I do get a slightly upset tummy for a few days after each infusion, with a couple of more intense, but isolated, gastric rebellions (mostly a matter of learning what I can and can't eat after an infusion, I really do have to go bland for a few days afterwards), and I think it may make me a little tired, but I haven't missed any work, and I've been getting out and having fun on weekends. As I think I've said before, some people have ordeals when they go through this, but at this point, I'd still rate my own experience as more of a hassle than an ordeal. So far so good! 

More pix from Sunday here. What a beautiful day on the bay! Full description of the trip over there.

by (bonnie) at February 01, 2016 05:01 am

January 31, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Rhynie Symbol Stones

Below the slopes of Tap o' Noth and its summit hillfort lies the village of Rhynie.  A quiet and unassuming place, archaeologists believe that at one time Rhynie was a major centre of Pictish power.  A glance at the map shows the amount of standing stones and stone circles in the surrounding area, most of which pre-date the Picts, but in 2011 a dig near to the spot where the "Rhynie Man" was found revealed the traces of a substantial fortified settlement.  Some of the artefacts recovered were of Roman origin and alongside other research has led to the suggestion that Rhynie was a royal Pictish site.

The Picts have proved elusive for historians; the word most often used when referring to them is "enigmatic".  Believed to have been both ethnically and linguistically a Celtic people, they controlled much of the north and east of what is now Scotland for at least 600 years.  Despite this prominence, comparatively little is known about them. They left no chronicles or written records and much of what is known of them comes from Roman, Gaelic and Norse sources; peoples they were in conflict with.  The Pictish language remains only in echoes down the centuries, in personal names such as Kenneth and Alpin, and in identifiably Pictish place name roots such as "Pit" or "Peth" (as in Pitmedden and Perth), "Aber" (as in Aberdeen) and "Lhan" (as in Lhanbryde).

The most tangible remains aside from fortified sites such as Tap o' Noth and Burghead are undoubtedly the several hundred Symbol Stones discovered across what was once Pictland.  Carved with great skill and artistry, most feature a range of uniquely Pictish motifs, often abstract or animistic and sometimes with representations of domestic objects. "Enigmatic" to the modern mind, the fact that the symbols occur on stones across the whole of Pictland from Shetland to the Forth implies that they would have been understood by all Picts.  A great resource for discovering more about the stones themselves and the Picts as a people is Historic Scotland's "Pictish Stones" website.

Rhynie has a good collection of symbol stones (aside from the Rhynie Man which, incongrously, is located in Aberdeen city council's HQ).  There are three stones in a shelter near to the present day churchyard, with a fourth in a nearby field.  

The light wasn't so good for photography when I visited on a grey November afternoon. This, the  largest stone, is 1.3 metres tall and carved with a "beast" possibly representing a seal or an otter combined with two typically Pictish abstract symbols- the double disc and Z-rod and a mirror and comb.

An information board nearby has clear representations of the carvings; the one in my photograph is at the lower left.

The fact that the meanings behind the symbols are uncertain adds to the experience of visiting the stones; I find Pictish sites fascinating and hope to explore more in the coming months.

by Ian Johnston ( at January 31, 2016 10:28 pm

Paddles with an Anas acuta
Paddles with an Anas acuta.... unashamedly biased towards the kayak of that name

VE Paddle workout

We had a training session on the sea front today. Wind cross-shore force 5-7, sea flat but a wind blown chop to 1m and a dumping shore-break strong enough to knock you off your feet. Did I mention the 1.5 to 2kt tide running with the wind? Equals very hard work making way uptide and upwind, keeping in the shore break was the best bet but with always a chance of a bongo slide onto dryland. VE paddles have kindly lent us a range of their touring paddles to try out. A range of carbon Aircore Explorers and an experimental pre-production 'Voyager' with a longer thinner blade. Here is the 'VE Voyager' with my greenland stick and Liz's favourite the Epic Relaxed.
Once launched we could mess about upwind, downwind, round and round, surfing. I found the carbon VE Explorers too stiff and powerful for me (1.7m, 63kg 30 nm a day without tidal assistance paddler). However, I got to like the 'Voyager' on a glass shaft.
Here it is in the hands of another club member, the 'aircore' construction gives a sort of bladder (think bladder wrack) you will see here if you click to enlarge, making the blade very stiff and strong and floaty. Great for braces, rolling, self rescues......
 We gave them a good work out.
Even, I must confess to VE, catching a bit of shingle when flirting with the shore dump. Not a sign of a scrape or damage, these are very solidly made despite being very lightweight.

The prototype 'Voyager' is apparently about 650 sqcm area so similar to many medium touring paddles like the Epics. I would like to try a smaller area in the same shape 600 or even less as it had bags of power, no flutter so could probably be cut to an even more elongated shape to give a tendon saving gentle 'catch'.

VE has established a name in WW blades and there is every chance of their touring blades catching on. Liked it!

by Peter Bisset ( at January 31, 2016 03:35 pm

Paddling and Sailing

More on Stretching can be bad for you.

NYT Stretching the Truth

It turns out there is more evidence that stretching is harmful.  The article above from the New York Times discusses this in more detail and it boils down to static stretching is bad and dynamic stretching while warming up is good.  A very interesting read that helps me understand why Tai Chi works better for me than Yoga or regular stretching.

by Canoe Sailor ( at January 31, 2016 02:41 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!)

US Winter Swimming Championship, La Marina, Manhattan

It was great! They had a beautiful day for it and they swam all day. Here are a few preliminary pictures, I took about a million, of course, and haven't finished sorting them out. Also, if you'd like to learn more about the event, there was a better write-up than mine on DNA Info.

by (bonnie) at January 31, 2016 01:24 pm

January 30, 2016

Oplevelser i havkajak


30. januar 2016

I dag var kajakken lagt lidt til side, da jeg deltog i et førstehjælpskursus i Holbæk- Det var et 7 timers vedligeholdelseskursus med vægt på kajak og hypotermi (afkøling). Det var i regi af Holbæk Kajakklub, men de fleste var fra Kajakhornsherred. Jeg er jo i begge klubber, så det var jo bare godt. Og iøvrigt havde jeg den årlige rengøringstjans sammen med Tim, så var det jo bare at blive i klubhuset efter kurset og gøre rent. Det tog kun en times tid sammen med Tim.

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Førstehjælpskurset startede meget fornuftigt med morgenmad og så teori indtil frokost. Det var nu ikke kun teori, for vi genopfriskede førstehjælp i forbindelse med stabilt sideleje og hjertemassage både med og uden hjertestarter.

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Herefter var det frokost, og Ole dukkede op med en masse smørebrød. Og der var en del, for tre kursusdeltagere var ikke dukket op. Maden var ellers rigtig god med både lun fiskefilet, hakkebøf med spejlæg og flere slags pålæg. Med maden indtaget blev eftermiddagen brugt udendørs med fem forskellige momenter. Blandet Hugo, der var faldet i vandet.


Kurset afsluttedes med lidt mere teori om brud og hjernerystelse.


by KajakGal at January 30, 2016 10:40 pm


Donde vais?

Oye Jose, he oído que este verano haceis una travesía diferente ..... donde vais?........ Me lo preguntan mucho.......

by Jose Bello ( at January 30, 2016 09:48 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Kajakträffar och mässor 2016



Kajakparkering och kajakcamping

Lite kajakträffar och mässor är alltid kul. Här är några som kommer under 2016.

Båtmässan Göteborg, 6-14 februari. Alltid först ut :) Stor mässa. Brukar inte vara så mycket paddelprylar fast ibland ett och annat kajakföretag. Rätt skoj och spana på alla stora båtar och tillbehör.

Allt för sjön, Båtmässa, Stockholm, 6-13 mars. Stor mässa med massor av båtar. Ofta ett par kajakföretag som är med även på båtmässan.

Vildmarksmässan Stockholm, 11-13 mars. Känns som om den blivit mer säljmässa än utställningsmässa. Eftersom Båtmässan är samtidigt finns det troligtvis en hel del att spana på.

Fjällfest vid Storulvån, april. Låter väldigt trevligt, det kanske får provas.

Nytäppetträffen, 3-6 juni.  Trevligt på Östra Bokö i Blekinge, arrangeras av Kajaksyd. Några bilder från 2014 & 2012.

Malmö 24 timmar Kayak Challenge, 28-29 maj. Paddla så långt som möjligt i malmö kanal på 24 timmar. Garanterat naturfritt :)

Valöträffen, 1-3 juli. Mysig träff på finfin fyrö. Några bilder från 2015 & 2011.

Bergans Turglädje, 7-10 juli. Kring Idre och Städjan arrangerar Bergans träff!

SSKS, Stockholm Sea Kayak Symposium. 7-10 juli. Svima arrangerar i Stockeboda.

Kajakkalas Uddevalla arrangeras av Upplevelsebolaget. Brukar vara i juli. Bilder från 2014

Arctic Sea Kayak Race, 24- juli. Mer träff än race sägs det. Grymma norska omgivningar.

Dalsland Kanotmaraton, 13 augusti. 55km i naturfina omgivningar.

Stockenträffen, 26-28 augusti. Trevlig träff med grymma paddelvatten för alla precis runt hörnet. Vi har varit där ett par gånger, här några bilder från tidigare år: 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999.

Rävholmsträffen, 2-4 september. Inget program och krångel. Bara gött häng på och kring Rävholmen. Bilder från 2014.

Utefest på Höga Kusten, 9-11 september. Vi var där en sväng 2015. Trevlig tillställning som rymmer mycket aktiviteter.

Järnavikfestivalen? Syns inget på sajten ännu men någongång i september gissar vi på.

Sea Kayak Camp, 24-25 september. Havskajakläger med Horisont Kajak på Arholma i Stockebodas norraste skärgård.

Fyller på efterhand med sånt som kan tyckas platsa.


Sen finns det såklart massa andra tillställningar, en del stora, en del små, en del välbesökta osv. Är det bråttom, hets och stress som efterfrågas så har nog Kanotförbundet bättre koll på tävlingar och sånt :)

Kalaspaddling mot bron

Kalaspaddling mot Uddevallabron

Ralf i tältbyn

Ralf i tältbyn på Stockenträffen

Inlägget Kajakträffar och mässor 2016 dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at January 30, 2016 02:02 pm

January 29, 2016

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Skim kayaks i konkurs och återuppstår


Skim Kayaks ägare Charger Composites har gått i konkurs. Charger Composites har byggt Skims kajaker sen starten 2003 och varit märkets ägare sen 2010.

Skim återuppstår i nytt bolag som heter Charger Technology med vad jag antar samma folk inblandade som tidigare ungefär.

Förutom de ursprungliga Skimkajakerna ingår även Kajaksports klassiska modeller i Skim och de har även tagit fram några nya modeller.

Kanske ingen jätteskillnad för kajakunderna. Vi får se hur tillgången blir i sverige, känns som om Skim fört en tyst tillvaro senaste åren.

Inlägget Skim kayaks i konkurs och återuppstår dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at January 29, 2016 07:17 am

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

U of Cambridge MAA West Coast Paddle

Readers of the blog will note my affinity for Eastern North American style canoe paddles. West coast paddles are certainly beautiful in their own right but don't really fit into my own personal style of solo woodland paddling. On occasion my amateur eyes see overlap between the paddle designs where these paddles could be used to effectively paddle a canoe here in the East rather than the ocean going Dugouts of the West Coast. One such example is the Etched Coast Salish paddle from UBC's Museum of Anthropology posted on back in 2013. It's slender blade and roll top grip could be easily used to paddle a cedar canvas canoe in the back-country.

Coast Salish:  Musqueam
Object Number: Nbz911
Image © UBC Museum of Anthropology
Photographed by Jessica Bushey

A similar style of paddle identified as being from the West Coast is found in the collection at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology over in the UK. Unfortunately, the museum's collections search doesn't seem to allow linking to a specific page, but here are some photos and details released under their Creative Commons license. It has a long slender grip and a willow leaf shaped blade with a simple, but pleasant bit of surface painting.

Canoe Paddle
MMA  Accession No.: E 1904.386/Record 1
Paddle with leaf-shaped blade with painted green and red lines
Source Date: ?- - 1904

by Murat ( at January 29, 2016 07:01 am

something to sink your teeth into
sea kayaking in Israel and kayak building

December 2015 to January 2016, how time flies when you`re having fun

On a family visit to the USA, I was lucky to get a paddle on the Potomac river

My brother  (not a kayaker) has good connections and so I found myself going out with Rita and Dubside on a cold December morning

While Stuart was getting the feel of the kayak Dubside was already rolling around in the cold water

We had a great paddle with DC in the background

I also found out that the Potomac has some pretty wild whitewater

and a walk in the forest was also on the cards

back home in Israel we had lots of winter storms

when we couldn`t paddle we sat around the kayaks drinking coffee and chatting 

there were some days of fine waves for surfing

and some days of just looking at the raging sea

Sometimes  it was just for the birds

We went looking for sharks in the warm water near the electric company

On sunny days there were almost too many of us on the waves

Hugs are always welcome

and we celebrated birthdays in style

we had lots of rainbow days

and some days there were only 2 kayaks going out

Misty mornings were magical

Whenever there`s a wave we get out and surf

Nice sunny days  everybody comes out

Cold wintery days and we have fewer  kayaks

It`s always great to go out in the guillemot fast double

and a demo of how to relieve yourself without getting wet

It`s the season of the birds

You need to be quite flexible in a double.
And so January  comes to an end, How lucky we are to be able to paddle all year round, to have such a beautiful environment and to enjoy the ever changing conditions. Now that`s a good way to  start the new year. 

by Steve Gordon ( at January 29, 2016 03:11 am

January 28, 2016

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

January 28th - Oak Bay Marina (#7)

I went for an afternoon solo paddle.  There was a bit of a SW breeze so i decided to hug the Cadboro-Oak Bay shore and paddle to the marina. As I got to about the 2 km mark, it started to rain quite hard and the wind became much stronger (making it hard to paddle around Cattle Point! The gusts at RVYC were up to 50 kph...). By the time I had made it to the Oak Bay tea house the rain had stopped and the dark sky had disappeared to be replaced by a blue one. There is a seal at Oak bay Marina that claps its flippers for fish! I was also trying to see if the pebble smartwatch did a decent job of recording paddle strokes. My initial observation is that it is not reliably indicating strokes... More testing to come. I also paddled without gloves for the first time in a month or so. It did not seem that cold!
click to enlarge
9 km, YTD 88 km

by Mike J ( at January 28, 2016 10:24 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Tap o' Noth hillfort

 The initial and enduring impression as one enters the Tap o'Noth hill fort is the sheer scale of the site.  The walls enclose an area approximately 100 by 30 metres,  making the site around the size of a football pitch.  The aerial view on "Canmore", the digital archive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Sites of Scotland can be used as our guide around this impressive place.


 Although tumbled, enough remains of the walls to gain an insight into what a mighty fortress this would have been, the tumbled remains of the walls are 6 metres wide and 3 meres high  The organisation of labour to build and to occupy Tap o'Noth must indicate an advanced people with a structured society and the means to both construct sites like this and sustain themselves at the same time.  Archaeological finds here include an axe head dated around 2000BC-800BC and a piece of bronze horse harness dating to around the 1st-3rd century AD.  This would indicate that the site was probably in use from the Bronze Age and continued through to the Iron Age Picts, perhaps starting out as a small fort before being greatly expanded.  The word "Noth" is thought to have a Pictish origin and possibly has the meaning of "looking" or "seeing" - very appropriate given the wide ranging views from the summit.

 The fort site has a stone lined cistern well, clearly visible on the aerial view as a dark depression near the southern end of the enclosure.

 Parts of the wall have been vitrified by intense and prolonged heat, these vitrified sections are mostly concentrated at the north western end wall.

Debate continues amongst experts as to what vitrification represents, destruction or a deliberate strengthening of the walls.  There's some more about vitrified hillforts here, and as I visit more vitrified forts it seems to me to be logical that this represents a deliberate construction technique rather than a destructive one.

But the fort itself is just the crowning glory.  Lower down (pretty much at the divide between the grass and heather in this image) there was another stone rampart running right around the hill.  Remains of over 100 house platforms have been recorded in this area, with a definite clustering on the northern and northeastern slopes, sheltered from the prevailing wind and weather by the hill and the fort.

The line of the lower rampart can be seen in this image.  The whole site is a staggering 21 hectares in area; this is no mere defensive bolt-hole or even a status symbol built by an individual - it looks and feels more like a major centre of power; which is what it is believed to have been.

From the northern slopes of the hill a series of terraces exists in places, and occasionally the possible outline of a building.  From here the fort wall looks very impressive - how much more so must it have looked when in use?

The effort involved in the building of such walls must have been enormous.  It would be a mistake to think that these Iron Age people were in most senses of the word "primitive".  Named "Picti" (painted people - probably deriving from the habit of tattooing) when the Romans encountered them in the late 200's AD the Picts were already a force to be reckoned with.  A sophisticated and organised society who farmed, kept livestock, indulged in art and sculpture and were fearsome warriors, they dominated northern and eastern Scotland until around 900 AD when the Picts were defeated and absorbed by their Gaelic Scots neighbours.

As I stood in a raw wind at the wall of Tap o' Noth,  my  thoughts of the warriors who would once have peopled this place were interrupted by a flat roar......

....the signature noise of a modern warrior class - the crew of a Tornado fighter-bomber streaking past in a hard turn. 

by Ian Johnston ( at January 28, 2016 09:41 pm

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Goodbye Land Rover Defender.

January 28th 2016 marked the last day of production of the Land Rover Defender. Why does this warrant mention? Because it is the most adventure worthy vehicle in the history of adventure vehicles.

While inspired by the original U.S. army jeep they were far more simple. Their square bodies was due to a lack of tools to create curves. They had no real creature comforts - some of the Defender era rovers added more comfortable seats, and a stereo. But the early models "air conditioner" were flaps at the bottom of the windshield that could be opened. The early ones were extremely underpowered, topping out around 50 miles an hour. But when crossing Africa, that was just fine.

They have been under construction non-stop since 1947. Not sold as year models, they were originally produced with a series designator. Series I, Series II then IIA then III in the 1970's. Later models followed the more common model years, and they finally picked up the name Defender, to separate them from other models Land Rover was making. In 1996 Land Rover stopped importing the Land Rover Defender to the U.S. because they couldn't meet the safety standards - in particular, airbags.

This vehicle is so ubiquitous that it has been from war, to UN peace keeping missions. It has been driven by dictators to royalty - This is literally the Queens daily drive when she visits Scotland, though where the Queen drives I have no idea. I can't list the number of films that Land rovers have been in. In 1992 Land Rover estimated that 70% of all vehicles produced were still on the road (or off road as the case may be). Despite all this love, crash test limitations and emissions laws are bringing it to an end.

All I wanted was a Land Rover Series IIA - from around the year I was born - with a kayak under it. The best I could come up with was this.
My beloved Isuzu Trooper 2 had a similar boxy shape and simple engine. I bought that truck when I lived in Manhattan and had to get to my kayak on Long Island and then get to the water. It costs a little bit more than the boat under it. Someone once told me it looked like Africa - someone who had been to Africa - and it was my proudest moment. I cried a little when that truck died. I got no closer to a Rover than that Isuzu, and while I love my Yaris, I still dream of an old uncomfortable Series. Or maybe an early 90's Defender - which unremarkably sell for more now then they did when released.

Goodbye Land Rover. You will be missed.

by paddlingOTAKU ( at January 28, 2016 08:40 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.

Björn Thomasson Design

En havsracer i Budapest

Havsracer i Budapest – Mohos Imre

För ungefär ett år sedan beställde Imre Mohos en havsracer-ritning. Här är resultatet: en välutrustad, lätt och snygg havsracer – fast jag hoppas förstås att antalet timmar är kajakbyggarironi ;-)

" Hi Björn,

After about 10000 working hours my boat is finished. Unfortunately a little overweight, 14.4 kg, but as a first attempt, it is acceptable. Today I paddled for the first time MY Sea Racer, it runs very nicely.

Thank you.

Havsracer, Imre Mohos

Havsracer av Imre Mohos

Havsracer, Imre Mohos

by Björn Thomasson at January 28, 2016 05:47 pm

January 26, 2016

Fotos,videos y relatos de mi navegaciones en kayak de mar


En el kayak a diferencia de otras embarcaciones no hace falta permiso ni curso para pilotarlas. Legalmente (en España) es como una colchoneta. Existen unos permisos de las confederaciones hidrográficas, pero son solo administrativos. Esta libertad implica responsabilidad. Es por eso que los que navegan en kayak deben tener un equipamiento básico y unas rutinas mínimas para reducir y evitar los potenciales peligros de este deporte. Aquí te voy a contar de forma resumida que material y recomendaciones debes seguir para aumentar la seguridaden el kayak de mar. leer mas

January 26, 2016 08:39 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!)

US Winter Swimming Championships, coming to Manhattan on Saturday, January 30th!

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club heads to the water for their weekly winter swim, the day after our giant blizzard (oh yeah, some of 'em even went IN the blizzard - these folks are not easily deterred, and some of them are in training for this weekend's big event!). Photo by Deb Rabinowitz, via Polar Bear Allyson Howard. Thanks Deb and Allyson! 

Just a quick lunchtime post to share info about a really amazing event that's happening this coming Saturday (January 30th, 2016). It totally snuck up on me - I meant to post about it late last week, but better late than never. Saturday's forecast says 40 degrees and partly sunny; the Stevens Institute NYHOPS site (I love that site) shows water temperatures at the northern end of Manhattan to be in the mid to low 30's - now doesn't that just sound like the perfect conditions for a swim meet in the Hudson River? Well, it does to the fine folks at the US Winter Swimming Association, who have picked the Hudson River as the location for their 2nd annual US Winter Swimming Championships. Full details at their website. I'm going to go cheer on my friends from the Coney Island Polar Bear Club! Woohoo! Go Capri, Go Cristian, go anybody else who's competing!

Note - Oops, at the time I posted this there was no actual schedule of events on the USWSA website, but when one of my paddling friends pointed that out, Capri (The Polar Bear Princess, who's actually the one who gave me Pedro the Penguin Hat) was able to provide a tentative one: adjusted tentative schedule for next SAT JAN 30, 2016 - US Winter Swimming Association National Championship 2016 - at La Marina: SAT JAN 30, 2016
9am – registration begins 

10am – 200m free 
11am – 25m breast 
12noon – 50m free 
1pm – 50m breast 
2pm – 100m free 
3pm – 25m free 
5pm – relays

I'm always a bit amazed at these folks who actually swim in water that would stop most of us untrained mortals cold (literally) in minutes -- if you've ever read any of those cold-water safety sites over there in my sidebar, you'll know that off-season boating is something that smart boaters approach with full awareness of the hazards and an expensive (and generally garish) wardrobe of outfits designed to extend your period of functional time should you accidentally end up in the icy drink -- cold water is nothing to be messed with and the folks who actually swim all winter (not just for a New Year's Day caper) are a very special kind of athlete. I'm very excited that the championship is here this year!

For more NYC winter swimming fun/madness, check out the Coney Island Polar Bear Club on Facebook or at

by (bonnie) at January 26, 2016 06:58 pm
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

KayaLeg: Help or Hassle? Making Entry Into a Kayak Easy?


Recently, Ralph Wirsig, the owner of KayaArm, contacted me to introduce me to his new product. The new product is called KayaLeg. Both the KayaArm and KayaLeg offer kayakers a new and potentially easier way — at least for some kayakers — to get into a kayak. The KayaArm is a product that you permanently install on a dock. It stabilizes the kayak while you get in. I actually think that the KayaArm is a pretty cool product and if you’re lucky enough (or rich enough) to live on a lake with a dock, then the KayaArm is something to consider adding to your dock. Especially if you have any flexibility problems. The KayaLeg is an entirely different beast. It’s a metal clamp that you permanently install on your kayak’s front deck. Once in place, it clamps your paddle to the hull to help in a paddle outrigger entry.

Here’s what the KayaArm website says about KayaLeg:

KayaLeg is a product for “Kayak Trippers”—kayakers who load their kayak onto their vehicle for travel to a distant water body where they launch their kayak from a nearby shore to commence a paddling journey to various water vistas and stopover locations.

For many kayakers, the most challenging part of the journey is the difficulty of entering or (even worse) exiting their kayak without experiencing a “roll-over” into the water or at best getting their feet wet. If you can identify with these concerns, then KayaLeg is for you.

I can understand the struggle that beginning kayakers have getting into and out of a kayak. When I had my guiding business and when I guided day trips, landing or getting into the kayak was most often when someone would fall out of their kayak, especially at the end of the tour when they were racing to shore. The funny thing about this is that at breaks I would give a short lesson on how to get out of the kayak by pulling your feet out first and then standing up in the water still straddling the kayak. Most got out just fine. But in the race to shore, many would forget and then capsize. Add in any waves and it became more difficult. Sometimes, I would land and then pull them onto shore where they could easily get out. The thing is that after you paddle for a while, getting into and out of a kayak becomes routine. Even when you’re paddling in waves, you just learn how to land or how to jump out of your kayak in the water.

This product makes the paddle-outrigger entry easier by locking your paddle into place, so you can use your hands for other tasks, but there are so many better ways to get into and out of a kayak than by using this style of entry. And this style of entry is mainly for calm water. I can’t actually remember the last time I used this style of entry. I even stopped teaching it, because there are better ways.

Kayaking is a wet affair, and kayaking in general is a pretty wet sport and sea kayak is even wetter. I have a hard time understanding the need to keep feet dry, especially in the waters that I paddle on. It is almost always colder than 70°F. Paddlers should wear wet or dry suits when the water is below 70°F (Please, see I always recommend that sea kayakers were neoprene footwear and dress for immersion. It’s kayaking, so your feet are going to get wet. The only time it becomes a problem is if you aren’t dressed for the conditions.

This is a screenshot of a video on the KayaArm website. In the narration, you learn that it’s December 24th and that in a few days it might get cold enough that they will soon be playing hockey. This is a dangerous paddling situation, because the water is extremely cold and deadly. Yet, the kayaker in the video is more concerned about getting his feet wet and falling in than planning for what would happen if he fell in. This is a situation where you really want thick neoprene wetsuit or a drysuit, but the kayaker is wearing tennis shoes, jeans and cotton clothing. He is seriously putting his life in danger by not dressing for immersion (see link above). If the paddler had either a wetsuit or drysuit and neoprene shoes, there wouldn’t be an issue about getting feet wet. They wouldn’t even get wet in a drysuit with socks.


For example, look at this photo. We weren’t concerned at all about getting our feet wet and we were playing around in ice! We had drysuits on and neoprene footwear.

winter kayaking on lake superior

Anyway, it’s kayaking. Feet get wet.

After an email conversation with the inventor, I came up with the following pros and cons.


  • For people with flexibility issues, it allows for an easier way to do an paddle-outrigger entry.
  • For warm water paddling, it helps keep your feet dry. (I don’t see this as an issue, because I think sea kayaking is a wet sport anyway).


  • There are better ways to enter a kayak don’t involve a paddle-outrigger entry, such as the straddle entry.
  • A paddle-outrigger entry puts extra stress onto a paddle. This system clamps the paddle shaft into the hull creating more stress on the paddle than a typical paddle-outrigger entry. I’ve seen paddles break during paddle-outrigger entries.
  • Anything kept on the front deck creates spray when in rough water.
  • A metal clamp and bar on the front deck has the potential to damage kayaks during rescues and reentries.
  • The metal clamp will snag on clothing during balance exercises and when messing around in the boat.
  • The metal is in a location that could present an entrapment issue when wet exiting the kayak.
  • The metal is in a location that could cause an head injury in the surf.
  • The metal edges could cause injuries when hitting the metal.
  • The paddle-outrigger entry will put stress onto the deck where there isn’t reinforcement to handle the stress instead of on a bulkhead as it would if you were doing the entry the standard way.

Ralph thinks it would be an interesting product to mold directly into a kayak. I’ve seen cutouts on rear decks designed to help hold a paddle shaft during a paddle-float reentry, but never anything on the front deck to help enter and exit the kayak. Would it be a good idea for manufacturers to add this feature to recreational kayaks?

I think that this is an interesting niche product. I don’t believe it is appropriate for sea kayaking, but I can see how it could help people with flexibility issues and I can see how it might be nice for recreational kayaking. Would it help sell a recreational kayak if it was molded into the kayak? Maybe.

Am I being too harsh on this product? What do you think?

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by Bryan Hansel at January 26, 2016 06:32 pm



Bonita peña de 964 m. Uno de los picos más visibles del Duranguesado.



Continuamos con las cumbres de Euskadi...

by Jose Bello ( at January 26, 2016 11:42 am

Horisont Kajak
Köpa eller hyra kajak? Gå en kurs i paddling? Kom till Horisont Kajak på Värmdö utanför Stockholm

4 star Training i April

Vi drar till Wales och kör en 4* Training i slutet av April. 3 platser har vi kvar. Tar du en av dem?


Datum: 25-29 April
Pris: 6 500:-

Course director: James Stevenson, en av British Canoe Unions mest namnkunniga coacher.
Assistent: Carin Green

Inkluderar kurs och kajakhyra. Boende, mat och resa är exkluderat. Vi brukar på på ett anständigt lägenhetshotell med bra läge på Anglesey och dela kostnader.
Läs mer här.



Så här tycker tidigare kursdeltagare:

Lena: ”Bra kurs i vacker miljö med tryggt kunnigt ledarskap gjorde det möjligt för mig att ta ett steg framåt.”

Patrick: ”Oavsett väder och vind kan man paddla eftersom det alltid(?) verkar gå att hitta en bra miljö att vara i. För mig har har det varit otroligt utvecklande att få vara ute på vattnet och känna att jag kan utmana mig själv och tänja på gränserna för vad jag trodde att jag kunde klara av. Sist men inte minst de fantastiska coacherna.”

by Carin at January 26, 2016 10:04 am

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

Canoe Model with Decorated Paddles: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Google's  Cultural Institute site has large photos of the birchbark canoe model in the collection of The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Dated to 1780-1820, the souvenir artwork piece features dolls, a sail and paddles along with some highly ornamented decorative paintings.

Canoe Model with Dolls - 1780 - 1820
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

Here is the description on the page:

This model canoe with its accompanying dolls and accessories was the product of French Canadian nuns and Abenaki or Huron converts working together in a thriving cottage industry in Montreal and Quebec. Many of the items they made were sent back to Europe either as gifts to Catholic churches in France or to fill the curio cabinets of Europe’s elite.

Paddle Decoration Closeup

Similar souvenir based canoe models traced back to Quebec nuns and First Nation artisans are the model at the CMC, the Farquharson Model sold at auction in 2005, the Chartres Canoe Model and the Neuchatel model.  The decorations on the paddles all give a clue to the style of paddle art being made at the time.

by Murat ( at January 26, 2016 08:52 am

January 25, 2016

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Instagram. I love you. And I hate you.

If you haven't been paying attention I am working a lot on instagram. As I have all but ditched Facebook (it is another post that you can read here) I have decided to focus my social media energy on Instagram.

And I love it.

I love the simplicity of the interface. I love that I can slide through photos and the occasional video and nothing ever pisses me off. I have full control over the feed, and there is very little advertising. It helps me see what people are up to, which is what I really used (or tried to use) Facebook for. I can now see a quick snapshot of what is happening in the lives of a handful of friends in distant states or countries. There are definitely people missing, who I wish were on Instagram, or who would post as frequently as they do on Facebook - and since you can link the two there is no reason not to post as often.

I spent a week just after Christmas posting videos clips from the last Alaska trip, and it was a fun way to show people some imagery from that trip. I have a lot of video, that will eventually make it's way to the web.

I have been having fun with hashtags, and in particular have been using #outdoorinstructorlife. If you seek out that hashtag it is mostly my work - though if you are an instructor feel free to use it.

I am really loving how quick it is, in terms of deciding to post something, and something being posted, it takes about 30 seconds. While I don't generally ask for features to be added to my GoPro I would like to be able to post to instagram from it. I know I can post to Facebook, but I will have to check on Instagram. Just thought of that....

In General, I am absolutely loving my time on Instagram. I have set the goal of posting 1000 images or videos by the close of 2016.

But the flip side is, I absolutely hate parts of Instagram, and most of them would be easily fixable. They are all bugs or design flaws within the App itself. First, can we bump the length of videos from 15 seconds to 30 seconds? It is hard to say something in 15 seconds, everything feels rushed. 30 seconds would be just fine. But why is there a limit at all?

I would also like to be able to schedule posts. Why can't I schedule an image or a video to post to my account at a desired time. It would make the professional aspect of instagram much better. And really there could be a "Pro" version of Instagram, I would gladly pay for it. Maybe also give me the ability to post from my computer - I know instagram, you want to stay a mobile platform.

A key interaction with mobile devices is pinch to zoom. This ability isn't supported in the instagram app. This is the sort of backwards thinking that drives me crazy. There is also no support for changing the orientation of the screen.

Finally, that there isn't an iPad specific version of the app is completely ridiculous. I do most of my viewing, and a lot of my posting from an iPad mini. Using an app designed for an iPhone. It simply blows up the size of the app to make it fill the screen. Can you imagine if I had an iPad Pro? Which I almost did! It would be ridiculous to waste all that real estate.

Fix these things for me, and I will be eternally grateful. But now, I have to post something to Instagram. 

by paddlingOTAKU ( at January 25, 2016 02:33 pm

vincent kayak


as in promontory
pre-sunrise river,  
languid swells brushing
granite capes and boulders
off-shore islands beckoning
..........another kayak heaven


best downloaded first

by vincent ( at January 25, 2016 02:32 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!)

Brooklyn Blizzard - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, CHEESE!

Yesterday - 
 Today -

And tomorrow? Well, no pictures of that yet, for some reason, but with the city having had a full day to clean up and a nice south wind bringing in some warmer temperatures tomorrow, I'm fully expecting a normal commute & work day.

TQ works for the NYC Parks Department and he was called in at oh-dark-thirty to help with the cleanup. Go Parks Dept. and Sanitation and anybody else involved in Shovel-out Sunday! I had a nice quiet day, though - slept in, then decided to walk over to the Food Co-op where they usually have the pasteurized, just pasteurized, not ultra-pasteurized milk that I've been getting for my ongoing experiments in cheesemaking. I wasn't sure they'd have any, New Yorkers tend to do the same crazed buying of bread and milk as people do in less populous areas, but I figured I'd go see what the situation was, and if nothing else, I would get a good walk out of it. Which I did. Lovely day in Midwood and Ditmas Park. 

 When I got to Cortelyou Road, I was amazed to find that the Cortelyou Road Greenmarket was actually open for business!
 Only 2 vendors, understandably, but I was surprised anyone had made it. I'd only planned on getting milk, but since these two had made the trip down, I figured I'd do a little more shopping. 

 Rogowski Farms was selling all her root veggies for two dollars a pound, so I got a pound each of carrots, potatoes and beets.

 I got cider and eggs from the Knoll Crest gentleman. Even if the co-op didn't have milk, now this trip was worth the time,in addition to being the nice walk I'd hoped for. 
Food co-op was stocked as though nothing had ever happened, so I got my milk and headed for home. Little bit more of a hike with so many groceries, but I need the exercise!

Got home, had an eggs-cellent breakfast sandwich with a greenmarket egg (very fresh and good!), tomato, Serrano ham and grated romano cheese, then curled up on the Evil Futon of Nap with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Naturally this led to a nap, because that is what the Evil Futon of Nap does, no matter how much I'm enjoying the book. This wasn't a bad one, only about 40 minutes, I woke up, read for a bit more and then decided it was time to get going on my cheesemaking. I collected the stuff and then realized that I didn't have rubber gloves (I'd decided to try mozzarella again and that involves kneading and pulling the cheese at 135 degrees) or bottled water (even NYC's wonderful tap water has chlorine in it, which will stop your cheese from cheesing) so I went out to get some -

and immediately came back for my camera, because there was a fine sunset going on, one of those pretty pink-and-blue ones.  

Came home and made my cheese. Mozzarella, 2nd try, came out delicious - first time I'd accidentally gotten 2% milk, which you can still use to make cheese; this time I got whole milk, plus I worked it a little bit less and left a little more whey in so it came out creamier, tenderer, and moister than my last mozzarella (which was my first ever cheesemaking attempt, and was pretty good, but a tiny bit rubbery - I think I fixed that this time). 

by (bonnie) at January 25, 2016 04:00 am

Blog collectif

Randonnée dans les basses gorges du Verdon et lac de Sainte-Croix

Samedi 23 et dimanche 24 Janvier 2016.

Nous avons fait découvrir à Elisa de Toulouse, notre bel arrière pays varois, en naviguant entre les barrages de Vinon et de Sainte-Croix.

A la recherche de de la froidure de l'hiver, nous avons bivouaqué dans les gorges, randonné au clair de lune et admiré le brouillard crépusculaire, avant de gagner le lac de Sainte-Croix pour une navigation dominicale.

Kayakistes : Elisa, Didier, Jean-Marc, Pascal, Pierre et René-Paul

by René-Paul ( at January 25, 2016 03:35 am

January 24, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A significant view from the Tap o'Noth

One of the most distinctive hills in the north east of Scotland, Tap o' Noth with its sawn-off cone of a summit lying at the end of a ridge is one of the familiar landmarks of Aberdeenshire.  On a walk along the Correen Hills I realised that it had been more than a year since I'd climbed it despite the hill being barely fifteen minutes drive from home.

A couple of days later a dry-ish day and a few spare hours gave me the chance to revisit.  I started from the tiny car park below the highest point of the hill from where a straightforward ascent can be made.  The route climbs on a track through farmland before contouring out on a level grassy area with the summit cone straight ahead.

The village of Rhynie seems very close from just below the summit area.  The village is mainly known for  the Rhynie Chert, an early Devonian sedimentary rock deposit aged about 410 million years which contains the earliest known insect fossil, and a strong Pictish connection - of which more shortly....

To the south west there's a long view across to the Buck o' the Cabrach , itself a noted viewpoint lying between Strathdon and Glenfiddich with grandstand views to the Cairngorms.

On the subject of grandstand views, the extent of the view from Tap o'Noth is shown on an information board just below the summit area.  Each circle is a 5 kilometre extension with the outer, 50 kilometre ring showing the potential view on clear days.  From the North Sea at the city of Aberdeen to the Moray Firth, south to the Angus Hills and west to the high Cairngorms, it's a marvellous panorama from a hill which is just 563 metres/1847 feet high.

Probably the most significant elements of the view are direct sight lines to the Pictish fort at Burghead on the Moray Firth, to the hillfort summit of Bennachie and below to Rhynie itself. 

Significant because the entire summit area of Tap o'Noth consists of a huge hillfort; the second highest in Scotland and one of the largest at 21 hectares in area.  The best angle from which to get a sense of the scale and extent of the place is from above, as in this image from the Canmore archive.

I first climbed Tap o'Noth when we moved to Aberdeenshire some 15 years ago - I was blown away by the fort then and every time I return it has the same effect - let me show you around......

by Ian Johnston ( at January 24, 2016 09:24 pm

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

Snart Vinterpadletreff igjen

Foto: Sigurd Schultz/Rett Kjøl
«Sigurd, ta et bilde av det her isflaket.» Det ble som bestilt. Jeg fikk til og med plass på bildet selv, og bildet ble mye kulere enn jeg hadde gjettet selv om jeg vet at han er flink.

Isflaket var ekstra kult, for ved overflaten hadde det smeltet innover, sånn at det nesten så ut som det svevet like over. Stilige greier.

Vinterpadletreffet 2016 er under planleggen, og i helgen har vi vært en gjeng på Offersøy for planlegging. Noen (få) av oss var så heldige at vi fikk en liten tur på havet, da det selvfølgelig er kjekt å ha padlebilder fra området til markedsføring. Her er vi på tur utover for å møte båten med fotografene, Sigurd, Hans-Petter og jeg. Bildet til hovedsiden for treffet ble ikke så verst?

Treffsiden finner du HER. Vil du være med så kan det være en god idé å gjøre noe med saken, og melde seg på. Det er ikke gitt at det kommer til å være ledige plasser helt fram til fristen – mange har meldt seg på allerede.

Bli med?

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at January 24, 2016 05:07 pm