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April 29, 2017

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Fri 28/04-2017 Day 35


Pos: here Loc: Whiskey Cove Danny Island Acc: Ingmar’s and Krista’s cabin
Still no paddling, again just online work, e-mailing and gear fixing, no success yet on getting my sat phone posting to work again despite intense support from Peter. All evenings, I enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal with Ingmar, Krista, Desmond, Kate and Zephyr. Thanks for looking after me so well! And thanks very much for the nice stories, helpful advises, company and place to stay!

by Freya at April 29, 2017 04:21 am

Thu 27/04-2017 Day 34

Pos: here Loc: Whiskey Cove Danny Island Acc: Ingmar’s and Krista’s cabin
No paddling, just online work and gear fixing, the usual city stuff…sorry not much to tell!

by Freya at April 29, 2017 04:16 am

April 28, 2017

Manolo Pastoriza

curso intensivo de kayak de mar 7, 8 y 9 de julio

Este año hemos optado por incorporar en el programa un curso intensivo de formación de 3 días, orientado a aprender las técnicas de kayak de mar que se celebrará los días 7, 8 y 9 de julio de 2017.

1º día: Técnica de palada

Una buena técnica de palada, hará que puedas hacer travesías más largas con menor esfuerzo, mayor rendimiento y SEGURIDAD, utilizando unas técnicas u otras a nuestra conveniencia. Fotos

2º día: Técnica de roll (esquimotaje).

Aprenderemos la realización de esta técnica si es tu primera vez y para los que ya sepan hacerla podrán perfeccionarla o aprender otros tipos de roll.  Vídeo

3º día: Clinic

Consistirá en realizar y aprender las técnicas de SEGURIDAD (rescates y autorrescates) para luego realizar una pequeña travesía por la Ría de Vigo, Costa da Vela y/o la Ría de Aldán donde practicaremos lo aprendido.  Esta ruta estará adaptada al nivel de los participantes y la climatología. 

Plazas limitadas: 6 participantes.

by Manolo Pastoriza ( at April 28, 2017 11:56 pm
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Sunart Swim & Kayak

We had a safe and successful weekend of open water swimming based at Resole Campsite on Loch Sunart, raising money for the Children with Cancer charity.  It was the second event this year organised by (the first was Corran) and 35 swimmers took part.  They were ferried by RIB across the loch to swim back to the campsite.

The swims are building to the main challenge, swimming across the busy shipping lane that is the Sound of Mull on 6th May.  That's just 2 weeks away.  I'm responsible for finding the kayakers, so fingers crossed everyone turns up.  Any kayaker reading this who'd like to take part, please get in touch - I can promise you a great day and your help will be invaluable.

There are a few photos in this slideshow but you can find more on Flickr

Created with flickr slideshow.

by Simon Willis ( at April 28, 2017 07:43 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!)

NYC Earth Day March for Science

I mentioned that Saturday's rain wasn't enough to dampen spirits at NYC's March for Science; I was able to say that with confidence because I was able to go march with local members of the Okeanos Foundation who had built a beautiful scale model Polynesian voyaging waka to carry in the march and who invited all Pacific Islanders and their friends and supporters to join them.

After joining in more protests in January and February than I've been in in my entire life, I'd had to take a bit of a break during March and April because of things that came up in both my personal life and work, but I'd been considering trying to fit the March for Science in before my tin whistle teacher's memorial service, and when I saw the beautiful model and the invitation on the Facebook page of one of my Hālāwai friends, that settled it.

I've been very concerned by the various cuts and restrictions that the new administration seems hell-bent on putting on various government-run scientific organizations (NOAA, for instance, is the first place I go for my weather but there was an interesting article in the Times this week that spells out impacts beyond those that a layperson like myself might think of), so I was very glad to join in. It was a great morning, I overheard someone say "This is the geekiest march ever, and I love it!", and I totally agreed.

There were a couple of students from the Rutgers Documentary Club who were talking to participants and asked me for a few words on why I was there, which was almost impossible because, you know, where do I even start? As a cancer survivor? As a paddler and swimmer who can play safely in the waters of NYC because of the tremendous improvements brought about the Clean Water Act? As a fan of citizen science groups like Gotham Whale (oh jeeze that reminds me that I still need to get them reports from my seal paddles, I'm sorry Paul!)? Or on a more basic level, as someone who has walked through old graveyards and been amazed at the percentage of people who died in what your average modern US citizen would consider midlife?

As it was I tried to say all of those at once and it probably came out as a babble. Of course the next day, I came up with the sound bite I wanted:

 You can't care for something if you don't understand how it works. We need to care for our home here, along with everything on it, and good science is our best chance to understand how we can do that. Malama honua!

More pictures on Flickr, unfortunately with the beautiful waka I forgot to take non-waka pictures and there were some very clever signs, but this gives some idea of how the day was. So glad I was able to stay for the whole event and still make it to the memorial service on time. It was a great event. 

by (bonnie) at April 28, 2017 05:56 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.

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

April 28 - Staines Island (#24)

I went for an afternoon row to test out the new Oarboard SUP with the Oarboard rowing rig. I have some adjustments to make, but overall it worked very well. This SUP has been the nicest to paddle and to row that I have tried! You can see quite different speeds against and with the wind!
(PS, I think I am a bit behind on my paddling km this year!)
click to enlarge
3 km, YTD 214 km

by Mike J ( at April 28, 2017 04:48 pm

April 22 - Pixie Lake (#23)

I went to the Port Renfrew area to camp with the camper and do some fishing. While I was there I managed to do a little paddling with my new Oarboard inflatable SUP as a SUP as well as my inflatable Aquaglide kayak. Both worked well for paddling around the lake. It wasn't a very big lake so not much of a test! :) Fun all the same!
2 km, YTD 211 km

by Mike J ( at April 28, 2017 04:45 pm
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Primus 3214

Reafynd för halva priset ett smidigt litet gaskök. Har alltid enbart använt Trangia men ibland vill man ha något lättare och snabbare. Är väldigt smidigt och kompakt,kan ha det i fickan om jag skulle vilja det.


by Bengt Larsson at April 28, 2017 01:49 pm

Ny enkel paddelanorak

Var läge att byta ut min smått antika Tierra anorak mot något nyare. Palm Vantage är en smidig lite enklare anorak utan några stora finesser. Funkar nog skapligt även till aktiviteter på land. Gillar den och den sitter bra. 

by Bengt Larsson at April 28, 2017 01:32 pm

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

Torsdagsskjæret - Reinøysundet

Årets første torsdagspadling i klubben! Ble satt opp på kort varsel da et møte ble avlyst, så det var bare Roger og jeg som kunne. Men været var flott, så vi tok en tur etter jobb, ut fra Myre havn. Denne her var Roger ikke blid på, for den lå i veien for han dagen før da han kom med fiskebåten sin. Midt i leia. 

Etter kort tids padling kom det en pussig lyd som jeg har hørt før, men ikke helt klarte å kjenne igjen. Minesveiper tenkte vi, men når jeg har sett på bilder så tror jeg heller det er en MTB? Uansett, de er ikke så vanlige på padleturer her så det er kult nok.

Reinøysundet. Her har vi fått foreslått en 10 på skjæret-post, så jeg kikket meg rundt etter noe som kan være målet. (Vi tar jo bilde som dokumentasjon)

Vi svingte inn til venstre, der var en mini-strand. Her er det sikkert ingen andre som strandrydder og vi er ganske få, så da tar vi en liten strandrydding her, fant vi ut. Dette er veden vi fant - potensiell bålved, så den satte vi bare opp til tørk.

Hel beingrind av fisk - betyr at den ikke er sløyd. En del sånne har blitt skylt i land her, suspekt syntes Roger. Det kan jeg fort være enig i.

Det var mye søppel, men noe hadde begynt å gå i oppløsning, sånn at vi kunne stappe ting inni hverandre. Kjekt.

En full sekk hver på bakdekket, nå kan vi padle videre. 

Roger nå med kul baugpynt, litt original gallionsfigur spør du meg.

Pling! Dette må definitivt bli 10 på skjæret-posten. Den kommer så snart "noen" får skrevet ferdig beskrivelsen.

Vi fortsatte videre rundt Reinøya. På utsiden oppdaget vi dødmannshånd, en såkalt bløtkorall. De er superkule. Heter de det de heter fordi de er verken myke eller stive (eller begge deler-ish), og litt sleipe, eller?

I hvert fall, jeg holdt på å gå meg på en smell her da jeg skulle ta bilder, jeg glemte at hurtigbåten akkurat hadde gått forbi. Heldigvis kom den ikke kort tid etter, for da hadde bølgene kommet skyllende mens jeg lå helt oppi steinene. Grei påminnelse, slapp akkurat unna den ubehagelige sorten. Det kunne blitt heslig.

Men det skulle dukke opp mer kult. Roger fant nemlig ut at han skulle ta en titt under kaia på Kartneset.

Der var det MASSE!!!

Sånn her ser de ut, med en langfingret sjøstjerne kravlende på. (Seriøst, den kravlet som en halvdau stankelbein.)

Under vann er de straks finere!

Er dette ei kajakksklie? I innløpet til havna.

Det ble faktisk ei drøy mil, kjentes ikke helt sånn ut men GPSn sier det i hvert fall. Flott tur direkte etter jobb.

Roger derimot, hadde ikke fått nok. Han hadde jo bare vært hele dagen på forskningsfiske før vi padlet tur, så han hoppet i båten og dro rett ut igjen med ny farkost. 

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at April 28, 2017 12:38 am

April 27, 2017

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.

Tur til Pindsvinet

Onsdag bød på fint vejr. Jeg roede en tur midt på dagen. Da jeg satte i ved campingpladsen mødte jeg tre havkajakroere fra en lokal klub i Marselisborg. Vi fulgtes ad langs kysten, mens vi snakkede. Smaug fik ros - tak for det - og jeg fik forevist et par af de lokale seværdigheder.
Den første var Tanden. En kunstner havde snittet en væltet træstamme til en gigantisk narhvaltand. Tanden havde stået op mod himlen, men var nu væltet og havde mistet spidsen. Ja, tiden er hård ved os alle sammen.
Et stykke længere mod syd var det tid at holde pause ved Pindsvinet. Det var et meget flot shelter. Efter en kort pause sagde jeg farvel til de tre lokale roere og vendte spidsen af kajakken mod campingpladsen, hvor fruen ventede med frokost.
Det blev til14 km hvor jeg undervejs testede finne, lidt kantning og forskellige styretag. Med finnen lidt nede er Smaug utrolig retningsstabil, og med finnen oppe reagere den på det mindste vip og styretag.

Vi skal nok få det godt sammen. Jeg sidder fint i kajakken -sædet er blevet rigtig godt, bredden er passende - jeg sidder fast uden at sidde klemt, og jeg har godt fat i kajakken med lårene. Men der kunne godt være lidt mere plads til tæerne - jeg vil prøve at sidde med en lidt kortere klods i ryggen, så jeg kan strække fødderne lidt mere. Så får jeg også eksperimenteret lidt med tyngdepunktet. Det virker OK, men det kan ikke skade at prøve lidt forskellige placeringer.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at April 27, 2017 11:56 pm


Efter en dag i det jyske med hagl og sne skete det forunderlige at det næsten blev vindstille. Så jeg måtte på vandet.
En nabo på campingpladsen var ret imponeret af kajakken, og da han skulle have at vide hvordan man styrede sådan en kajak uden ror, ville jeg demonstrere finnen og forklare om dens funktion. Men den sad tilsyneladende fast og ville ikke komme ud. Det tror da pokker. Jeg havde glemt at skære hul i kølforstærkning - ikke så mærkeligt at jeg ikke kunne registrere nogen effekt af finnen på den første tur.
Der blev skåret hul, og jeg søsatte Smaug til sin anden tur på vandet. Det blæste som sagt ikke, så der var slet ikke. Rug for finne, men jeg kunne da konstatere at med finnen lidt nede roede kajakken fint ligeud. Det gjorde den sådan set også uden, men nu reagerede den også meget flot på styretag og kantning.
Det blev en fredelig tur langs kysten, og selv om jeg undervejs testede kantning og fotograferede lidt, viste GPS'en at farten havde været 6,9 km/t - meget tilfredsstillende.
Alt i alt var det en meget tilfred kajakbygger der gik i land efter 8 km.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at April 27, 2017 11:52 pm

Debuttur i Smaug

Som kendere af Tolkiens univers vil vide, er Smaug dragen fra Hobitten - bogen fra før det store eventyr om ringen. Og når min nye kajak hedder Smaug er det fordi mit barnebarn har tegnet en drage til den, som jeg har malet på kajakken.
Den første tur blev ved Aarhus hvor fruen og jeg tog på en lille forårstur i et voldsomt vejr. Søndag aften blæste det kun ca 10 sekundmeter langs kysten, så det var perfekt vejr til en prøvetur.
Jeg lagde ud med at ro mod vinden, og kunne konstatere at Smaug lystrede kantning rigtig fint. Jeg kunne ikke mærke nogen forskel på om finnen var nede eller ej.
Det betød heller ikke så meget i side- og med ind, men pyt Smaug var nem at holde på kursen, selv om jeg da skulle være vaks med kantning og styretag. Lidt småsurf blev det også til i de krappe bølger.
Turen blev afsluttet med et rul.
8 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at April 27, 2017 11:49 pm


Corso Istruttori FICT: prima sessione del 22-25 aprile 2017

Si è svolta lo scorso fine settimana la prima sessione del Corso Istruttori Marini FICT.
Sono stati quattro giorni dedicati alla diffusione della cultura del kayak da mare, alla promozione della competenza tecnica e didattica e alla divulgazione della pratica in sicurezza delle varie discipline di pagaia.
Il responsabile dell'Accademia della Canoa della Federazione Italiana Canoa Turistica, Arcangelo "Gengis" Pirovano, aveva tempo addietro invitato sia Mauro che me a far parte della commissione di formazione, insieme ad altri validi formatori fluviali e marini: ci siamo così ritrovati con amici vecchi e nuovi a lavorare nelle acque turchesi ed attraenti della bella costa rocciosa di Bergeggi, in provincia di Savona, sul versante ligure di ponente.
Enrico Brentana ha svolto con la solita professionalità la parte del corso dedicata alla preparazione atletica, prospettando in più riprese i vari esercizi necessari per prevenire gli infortuni e per rafforzare la struttura muscolare: abbiamo lavorato sia sul remo-ergometro che sul panchetto che sulla sfera (e con tanti altri strumenti ginnici), ampliando lo spettro degli esercizi propriocettivi necessari al kayaker marino che voglia migliorare le proprie conoscenze e competenze.
Chiaretta Aldeni ha svolto con incredibile puntualità il tema del trattamento della paura, come emozione che definisce il nostro rapporto con la realtà esterna e che in alcune circostanze può provocare stress: avere messo a disposizione la sua formazione di altissimo livello sviluppata nell'ambito dell'associazione EMDR ha ulteriormente arricchito tutti i partecipanti al corso.
Giuseppe De Bernardi ha coadiuvato l'attività dei formatori sia in acqua che a terra e, forte della sua preparazione tecnica e didattica, ha immediatamente instaurato un rapporto proficuo ed aperto con tutti i partecipanti: la sua passione per il kayak e per il mare, unita alla sua grande competenza marinara di velista di lungo corso, ha permesso a tutti di confrontarsi e di migliorare...

Il primo corso FICT per istruttori marini a Bergeggi
Mauro Ferro e Arangelo Gengis Pirovano introducono il lavoro
Enrico Brentana al lavoro sul remoergometro
I partecipanti testano le proprie capacità sui vari strumenti predisposti da Enrico Brentana
Chiaretta Aldeni catalizza l'attenzione di tutti i partecipanti!

Al corso istruttori marini FICT si sono iscritti in 18: hanno partecipato alla prima sessione in 16.
Sono arrivati non solo da Bergeggi ma anche da Chioggia (Venezia), Preganziol (Treviso), Laveno Mombello (Varese), Chiari (Brescia) e Cagliari, attraversando il Tirreno per raggiungere il continente.
Sono giovani non ancora ed appena maggiorenni, appassionati meno giovani e tante donne, cinque su 16, che è una media davvero invidiabile per un corso istruttori, spesso disertato dalle donne in kayak.
Sono studenti liceali ed universitari, impiegati, ingegneri, segretarie, autisti, educatori, religiosi, geologi, allenatori e guide escursionistiche ambientali: tutti motivati dalla voglia di migliorare e tutti uniti dalla passione per il kayak e per il mare. Sono stati capaci di instaurare sin dal primo giorno un clima disteso e collaborativo, di confronto continuo e di scambio di esperienze e di competenze.
Come sempre accade, i livelli di preparazione tecnica erano molto diversi ma, come raramente accade (ma è sempre molto bello quando accade!), sono stati tutti ben disposti gli uni verso gli altri per aiutarsi a crescere insieme e a fare gruppo.
Tutti i formatori hanno sempre accompagnato i partecipanti in mare, seguendoli da vicino in ogni momento del corso, sia quando hanno praticato e affinato le varie manovre di conduzione dell'imbarcazione, sia quando si sono concentrati sulla conduzione del gruppo in sicurezza in condizioni di mare formato: ci sono stati tanti momenti di inclusione, confronto e condivisione che hanno accresciuto la preparazione e la passione di tutti noi...

Lezioni di gruppo sulla tecnica di insegnamento
Diversi approcci alla didattica
L'ingresso in acqua seguito da Giuseppe De Bernardi
Anche Gengis sale in kayak per seguire le lezioni in acqua
Il gruppo si imbarca ed inizia a lavorare prima che entrino anche i formatori...

Il corso è rivolto ai pagaiatori marini che hanno maturato una certa esperienza e che sono interessati ad acquisire le competenze necessarie per insegnare in sicurezza la conduzione del kayak da mare.
Nell'auspicabile quanto necessaria esigenza di uniformare i brevetti rilasciati dai vari enti italiani, abbiamo inteso proporre un corso analogo a quello che avevamo già avuto occasione di organizzare qualche anno fa grazie alla collaborazione con Vincenzo Stuppia e con la Lega Navale di Palermo Arenella. Il programma didattico ed il metodo di svolgimento non differisce da quello per Istruttori di secondo livello FICK ed è stato alleggerito soltanto della parte teorica relativa al primo soccorso (perché tutti gli iscritti hanno già conseguito o stanno per conseguire il brevetto di assistente bagnante e/o di BLSD) e alle altre discipline di pagaia (perché tutti i partecipanti sono già assidui praticanti di kayak sit-on-top, canoa canadese e kayak fluviale). Speriamo che le trattative tra i vari enti riprendano presto e che giungano in tempi ragionevoli ad una equiparazione ragionata dei titoli che può solo far bene al movimento del kayak da mare italiano.
Per la realizzazione di questo corso è stata fondamentale la collaborazione della Pro-Loco di Bergeggi e della locale associazione Geologiaspasso che hanno curato la logistica in tutti i dettagli, dalla sede in riva al mare con docce calde e bar sulla spiaggia fino alla ospitalità dei formatori e soprattutto alla gestione del momento di convivialità più importante: la cena serale!
Questo l'articolo uscito sulla stampa locale, seppur con qualche inesattezza...

L'imbarco in un giorno più uggioso degli altri...
Il confronto sulle diverse tecniche di salvataggi assistiti
Una delle soluzioni adottate per risolvere il "tutti in acqua"!
Un accenno di temporale tra tanti sorrisi di kayaker divertiti
Il saluto dei delfini al mattino del primo giorno e quello delle velelle alla sera dell'ultimo!

Il corso è stato incentrato prevalentemente sulle varie modalità di insegnamento e di apprendimento, inserendo moduli teorico-pratici modulati dal Level 1 Coach della British Canoeing e adatti a migliorare le tecniche didattiche. Imparare ad insegnare non è così scontato per chi è capace di andare in kayak da mare: non lo è nei grandi atleti capaci di vincere medaglie olimpiche e non lo è nei pagaiatori di lunga data, gli uni e gli altri talvolta troppo concentrati sulle proprie competenze personali per essere capaci di traferire ad altri le proprie conoscenze. Il bravo insegnante di kayak da mare deve invece sapere riconoscere le esigenze specifiche dell'allievo che ha di fronte e scegliere il metodo didattico più appropriato per accrescere le sue capacità: sono qualità proprie dell'insegnante l'empatia, la positività e la creatività ed ognuna di queste doti può essere affinata e perfezionata al fine di diventare dei bravi maestri formatori, capaci di appassionare altri alla nostra stessa passione e soprattutto capaci di diffondere la cultura del kayak da mare divertendosi in sicurezza.
I commenti raccolti dai partecipanti al termine della prima sessione sono stati tutti molto positivi e ci hanno confermato la validità del metodo proposto: ora ci aspetta la seconda parte del corso, da sviluppare durante la stagione estiva seguendo il percorso di auto-formazione, di studio individuale sia a terra che in acqua, di tirocinio sotto la guida di un tutor e di elaborazione di una tesina su uno degli argomenti scelti durante i colloqui finali.
C'è ancora molto da fare e tutti siamo consapevoli che c'è sempre qualcosa di nuovo da imparare: come ha detto Chiaretta Aldeni durante la sua lezione "fino alla bara sempre s'impara"!

by Tatiana Cappucci ( at April 27, 2017 11:11 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.

Carolina Kayak Club Blog
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Strokes notes: Thinking outside the Box

If you've ever taken an introductory kayaking course, you've heard of the "Paddler's Box." The Box is one of those classic fundamental rules of kayaking, and it's generally considered critically important for protecting yourself from injury--particularly shoulder injury--while kayaking. Many of the most common errors of paddling technique can be ascribed to doing things outside the Paddler's Box. 

If you've somehow managed to avoid being introduced to the Paddler's Box, here's a link to a short but helpful videoAnd here's how the instructor in that video describes the Paddler's Box for those watching:
"The Paddler's Box is a rectangle that we create between our arms, our paddle, and our shoulders."


OK, so things are a bit clearer if you watch the video. But still, maybe we can find something a little more descriptive. How about this, from Jackson Kayak's paddle education site:
"The Paddler’s Box is the rectangle shape that can be traced from the hands, up the arms to the shoulders, across the chest and back down the paddle. It is the rectangle that is created by our upper body, arms and paddle shaft."

That's a little better, though we'll see in a moment that it's incomplete. Here's a simple diagram that might help, from the blogger and whitewater kayaker brthomas:

So we can kind of see where the rectangle is there. Its four sides are the shoulders, the two extended arms, and the paddle. Maybe it's more of a trapezoid than a rectangle, but that's ok. And from the video and a number of these websites we get the sense of how to maintain the Paddler's Box. Here, from
"The paddler’s box moves with you as you rotate your torso, and it is generally important to stay within the box as you paddle."

So the box always stays out in front of you, even when you rotate to the left or right. The idea behind the Paddler's Box is that it forces you to think about getting your body in position for a stroke--any stroke--by rotating your torso rather than reaching with your hands and arms. It's supposed to keep you from doing things with your hands that you just shouldn't do, like reaching behind you to place the paddle for a stern rudder. This is, without question, a good thing. So I can appreciate the desire to have a rule that communicates this important principle of good paddling. Unfortunately, I think that the Paddler's Box may not be the best way to achieve that goal. 

I've never been fully comfortable with the idea of the Paddler's Box, for two reasons. First of all, I find the Paddler's Box extremely difficult to visualize. The diagram and descriptions above, though pretty typical, provide me only with a Paddler's Rectangle at best. Here's a more three-dimensional attempt to describe the box, from a site called ThoughtCo:
"When the hands are on the paddle and extended out in front of the paddler, the paddler’s box can be traced from the hands, up the arms to the shoulders, and including the chest and paddle contained within these constraints. This shape should roughly approximate a square. Now, extend those dimensions and shape down to the boat and that gives you the paddler’s box...Maintaining the paddler’s box simply means not allowing the hands to extend past the shoulders on either side, but they can move up or down within this imaginary box."

So the Paddler's Rectangle gets projected down to the deck of the boat, and this forms the Paddler's Box. It's a rectangular cube, and I'm supposed to keep my hands inside of it. That's actually not bad, I can see what the box is and how I'm supposed to use it. But it wasn't particularly easy to get to this point. And it brings me to the second reason that I don't like the Paddler's Box: For many skills, even demonstration-quality skills, the kind that you'd want your students or fellow paddlers to emulate, I'm pretty hard pressed to say whether or not my hands are inside my Paddler's Box. In other words, even when I think I can visualize the Box, I'm still not really sure what I'm allowed to do with my hands. Think of a good sculling draw, for example. Here's an image of someone demonstrating the stroke from the Necky Kayaks paddling skills website:

Where's the Box? Is his upper (left) hand outside of it? It's certainly above his shoulder; it seems to be level with his forehead. What about his right hand, which appears to have moved outside the box to the right? Or has it? I'm at a loss to explain to someone whether or not this paddler has maintained his Paddler's Box. But I don't think he's clearly doing anything wrong. 

In short, I find the Paddler's Box complicated to explain, difficult to visualize, and nearly impossible to apply to many skills. So what's the alternative? Here's my proposal for a rule to replace the Paddler's Box:

Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, allow your elbow to go either above or behind your shoulder. 

I believe that this rule covers every possible violation of shoulder safety that the Paddler's Box is meant to cover, and I think that it's also simpler to understand and simpler to implement. Here are a few examples of things paddlers do that I think should never be done:

  • Finishing the forward stroke with the arms instead of using good rotation
  • Reaching above the head for a high brace
  • Reaching behind the back for a stern rudder instead of rotating
  • Reaching across the body for a draw stroke instead of rotating

In every single case, I think that following the rule above would prevent the paddler from committing these errors. A good efficient forward stroke should eliminate the pull-through with the arms that causes your elbow to go behind your shoulder. If your elbow goes above your shoulder for a high brace, you're asking for injury. The only way you can get the paddle placed for a stern rudder without putting your elbow behind your shoulder is to rotate aggressively toward the paddle. And the guy above demonstrating the sculling draw is just fine; he's rotated so that he can keep is right elbow in front of his right shoulder and his left elbow at or below his other shoulder. 

Unlike the Paddler's Box, which is so challenging to communicate that in five minutes of googling I managed to find at least four variations, this rule has the great benefit of simplicity. And, even better, to implement the rule I get to refer to things that actually exist. So instead of trying to figure out if the stroke keeps my hands inside some imaginary box, the limits of which are baffling to describe and literally impossible to see, I just have to look at where my elbows are in relation to my shoulders. 

The big remaining question is whether or not this rule does all the work that I want it to do. Can you think of an instance in which you'd feel justified in breaking the rule? Can you think of a movement that would put your shoulder at risk that wouldn't be prevented by applying it? If you can, I'd be interested to hear about it. If you can't, then maybe it's time we stopped worrying about the Paddler's Box, and started paying more attention to our elbows.  

by jd ( at April 27, 2017 06:55 pm


Special Newsletter: Ionian and Peloponnese kayak tour 2017

Con una speciale newsletter in italiano ed in inglese annunciamo il nostro prossimo viaggio estivo in Grecia, lungo le Isole Ioniche e intorno al Peloponneso.
Come sempre, avremo un blog dedicato che speriamo di aggiornare in tempo reale.
Il viaggio è aperto: se volete raggiungerci per condividere un tratto di mare, siete più che benvenuti!

We write a special newsletter both in English and Italian to announce our next summer sea kayak trip in Greece: along the Ionian Islands and around the Peloponnese.
As usual, we update a dedicated blog as soon as possible, also during the sea kayak trip.
We're always happy to share experiences, so if you want to join us for a while you're more than welcome!

by Mauro Ferro ( at April 27, 2017 06:18 pm
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Freje ra Freja ri

Ja då börjar vi igen, fick en idé om att köpa något och sälja lite annat. Struer surfer på väg bort och även min P&H Dhelpin 150. Sonderar kevlar terrängen i Danmark via Nynäshamn.

by Bengt Larsson at April 27, 2017 05:07 pm


Rescate "todos en el agua"

Una de las peores situaciones para realizar un rescate en que nos podemos encontrar en la mar es aquella en que todos los miembros del grupo han volcado. Normalmente este supuesto se da cuando las condiciones son muy malas por lo que volver a embarcar suele resultar complicado.

La mejor opción para reembarcar desde el agua es la reentrada con esquimotaje, pero aquí vamos a suponer que ninguno de los miembros del grupo es capaz de realizar dicho autorescate, por lo que tendremos que utilizar una técnica de rescate asistido en aguas profundas.

Utilizo algunas fotografías del taller de solución de incidentes que impartimos Toni Albert y yo mismo, recientemente. 

Vamos a realizar la práctica en pareja, de manera que dos kayakistas puedan realizar las maniobras sin ayuda, desde el agua.

Situación de partida, los dos kayakistas están nadando. Lo primero, controlar kayaks y palas, no puede haber nada suelto.

Los pasos son simples, primero vaciar el agua de uno de los kayaks (el del kayakista más hábil). Para ello ponemos el otro kayak casco arriba y lo utilizamos como apoyo para cruzar el otro, que al subirlo y balancearlo un poco se vacía completamente. Un kayakista hace firme el kayak del agua y el otro vacía el suyo.

Posteriormente ponemos los dos kayaks en paralelo, manteniendo boca abajo el que nos sirve de apoyo. Mientras el asistente sujeta ambos kayaks el kayakista con más experiencia sube a su kayak ya sin agua pasando sobre el que está casco al cielo.

Una vez embarcado y puesto el cubre se procede a un rescate en T normal con el compañero que está en el agua.

Listos ... a palear de nuevo!

by Jose Bello ( at April 27, 2017 04:36 pm

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Training With The Washington Sea Grant

Training with the Washington Sea Grant

Training with the Washington Sea Grant

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As I mentioned in my previous post, although this training with the Washington Sea Grant program on monitoring for the European Green Crab was only a day, I came up early to make sure I’d have a weather window in order to get some b-roll in the can. For once, I made a smart decision. […]

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by Steve Weileman at April 27, 2017 03:32 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Kartutskrift hos Lantmäteriet

Användandet av elektroniska kartor och sjökort är väl det som ökar. Samtidigt har nog de flesta med sig en eller flera kartor eller sjökort på papper. Gammaldags papper ger bra översikt och kräver ingen ström för att visa kartan, möjligtvis lite pannlampsström kvälls- eller nattetid 😉 Tidigare har det varit lite krångligt att få ut...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at April 27, 2017 12:36 pm


Cambio de fecha Curso tecnificación KDM en Cádiz

Tenemos temporal de viento por aquí, así que se pospone una semana el curso de tecnificación previsto, aún hay plazas.

by Jose Bello ( at April 27, 2017 12:08 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Under a Spring sky

I'd planned to do jobs around the house, but a bright early April morning was too tempting.  The Correen Hills form a curving sweep of broad backed ridges and are accessible straight from home - perfect for a half day's hillwalking.  A track above the farms at Terpersie leads to open ground below the ridge.

 There are lots of Larch (Larix decidua) trees in this area - an interesting tree as it's the only deciduous conifer native to Europe, though not originally native to Britain. Larches are a really colourful tree, the bright pink female "flowers" eventually become cones, the male flowers are tight clusters of cream coloured anthers.  The needles start out a striking bright lime green, mature to a bottle green and in the autumn turn stunningly golden yellow before falling.

 In an old quarry on the end of the ridge, this old shooters hut seems to throw off whatever the weather throws at it.  It's almost taken on the russet and brown shades of the hill it stands on.....

 ...and reflects the sky too.....

Once on the ridge there's a sense of great space and distance.  Though not high, the Correen Hills offer some good views over to the Cairngorm giants of Beinn a'Bhuird and Ben Avon, unusually snow-free at this time of year.   The other feature of the ridge is that it's great walking country, distance just seems to reel away effortlessly underfoot.

 There are also great views over the farmlands of Cromar to Morven and beyond to the crags of Lochnagar.

My descent went back down through the trees, with a view to Tap o'Noth crowned by its distinctive hillfort.  Further down again and I could pick up a farm track leading around the hill to right above home.

A half day under a big Spring sky and a half day well spent - I should walk it more often......

by Ian Johnston ( at April 27, 2017 08:00 am

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Wed 26/04-2017 Day 33

Pos: here Loc: Whiskey Cove Danny Island Acc: Ingmar’s and Krista’s cabin Dist: 35,2 km Start: 06:35 End: 14:30
I did well on taking the upland campsite last night, so close before spring tide. I left my kayak behind the last log and the about a meter higher rocky upland step, hoping the water won’t reach that far up. In case, I would have to jump out of the tent in darkness to lift it up to my tent site…at least I tethered the bowline to my tent and I surely will wake up once it starts to swim away! High tide was at 1 am, and as usual, my inner alarm clock woke me about an hour before to check on the situation. Waves were slapping up the beach, barely reaching my kayak, it did not really look serious – yet – would that also be the case for the last hour? I had my doubts…I closed my eyes half again, and at 12.30 am, my kayak started to float up…high time for action! My main concern was not my baby would float away, as it was tethered, but I also realized the second and third last log were floated up and started to play roller coaster against the last log…my baby could be squeezed! Didn’t put that into account…I jumped out barefoot, and lifted my kayak crosswise on two solid tree roots sticking out just in the right distance and a meter above the beach. Why haven’t I done this earlier?
I went back into my tent with frozen feet, and was listening to the now quite scary sounding surf floating up all logs along the beach and banging and rumbling them around against the rocks protecting naturally the upland. Some log bangs were feeling literally like a small earth quake, and I was concerned if the old trees around and above me would not be affected to just fall over and maybe on my tent? Can’t say this was the most relaxing hour of the night…thank goodness nothing happened, my kayak stayed on it’s roots, the trees also on their very own latter, and I enjoyed getting slowly back to sleep as the tide was slowly going down again. I had worse nights with more work where the tide was affecting either my kayak or tent site…this was eventually just scary.
In the morning, the tie was so far out as it could be, and I had to slalom around many rocks before getting afloat properly. I was first tempted to go outside the channels of the McNaughton Group Islands, but wind and rain squalls were quite strong, though pushing, and I opted for the chicken way inside a channel. Which one? It was lowest tide, and I did not trust what I saw on my GPS chart as a passage, it may be drained out. I eventually took the second channel and not Cultus Sound, both leading to Sans Peur Passage with some current going thank goodness in my direction. Plus the wind was nicely pushing on flat water, paddling effort was easy. But I was freezing today again, and even donned my PFD just for warmth. But I had my hot shower as something to look forward to!
Ingmar Lee and his wife Krista were so nice to offer me a stay in one of their Spindrift Point Cabins, thank you very much for that! I got greeted by Wayne, their older son, as both of them were working until late afternoon. I meanwhile made myself at home with a hot shower and the usual city chores, before we all shared stories and dinner with their six-year-old sweet little boy and Wayne’s girlfriend. It feels great to be welcomed by a friendly family, and hosted in quite a luxurious own cabin! Thanks very much! I’ll upload pictures tomorrow! Tired now…

by Freya at April 27, 2017 05:20 am

Blog collectif

Tradi lot 2017

La troisième édition de la Tradilot s'est tenue à l'invitation de clubs et associations locales les  15 et 16 avril à St Laurent du Olt sur le Lot. Un rassemblement de quelques 200 pagayeurs venus découvrir les magnifiques parcours entre les Ajustons et St Geniez d'Olt, notamment les gorges de Pomayrols.  Une organisation sans but lucratif impeccable, un accueil chaleureux , une ambiance bon enfant, des rencontres intéressantes , plus du soleil et un niveau d'eau satisfaisant . Bref que du bonheur.  En complément et sur le chemin, une descente sur le Tarn à partir des Vignes.
Nadine, Jean Luc et Pascal

by nadluq ( at April 27, 2017 04:52 am

April 26, 2017

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Northern California kayaking adventures

Spring fever? Paddling offers blooms, butterflies

Scotch broom and waterfall across the channel from Rattlesnake Bar “It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is….”  …wrote Mark Twain.  “And when you've got it, you want – oh, you don't...

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by Glenn Brank ( at April 26, 2017 05:08 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Walking on the Edge

I have probably said it before, but I feel like I could get to Neah Bay just by following the ruts in the pavement that my own tires have made over the years. For being one of the more remote communities in the state, I sure have managed to get there fairly regularly.

The Coastsavers cleanup is this weekend, and like I’ve done for the past few years, I’m going to be going to one of the beaches that we surveyed on the first Ikkatsu expedition, just north of the Olympic National Park boundary. The beach itself is on the Makah reservation and it’s one of the most beautiful and timeless places I have ever been. (There are others in the area that have many of the same qualities; it’s a staggeringly beautiful place, if you like that kind of thing.)

This particular beach was loaded with plastic debris that first time I saw it, but it has seen some definite improvement. The fact that we were able to show just how much this particular beach had accumulated has led to it being part of every cleanup since then, and the results have been positive. There has been less debris here almost every time I’ve visited. It’s good to see progress and I’m curious to see if more has been made since the last time I was there.

Then, on Saturday night, Message in a Plastic Bottle will be featured at the River and Ocean Film Festival in Forks. This is the 4th year of this festival, a one-day showing of place-based films, and I get to introduce the film and do some Q&A after the showing. It should be a fun night.


by Ken Campbell at April 26, 2017 01:58 pm

Sea Kayaking with handicap
bi- (sometimes multi-) lingual bits and pieces about travelling and kayaking, though being in wheelchair

Lago d’Orta – e Lago Ceresio revisited

Da ottobre 2016 non ero più andata in kayak!

Pochi giorni prima di partire per trovare Enrico in Ticino avevo cambiato le gomme sulla macchina, pensando che l’inverno fosse finito. Ma ecco che (ad Aprile!) si è rimesso a nevicare dalle parti di Zurigo! Che pasticcio…

Per fortuna il giovedi mattina, malgrado le temperature molto basse, non c’era più neve sulla strada, cosi ho potuto viaggiare senza problemi fino a Vezia.

Venerdi pagaiata sul lago d’Orta con Enrico. Tempo splendido, con un po’ di vento. Una giornata bellissima per incominciare la stagione.

Isola San Giulio

Dopo quel primo tour (e la lunga pausa) sentivo tanti dei miei muscoli, anche se non siamo stati sull’acqua molto più di tre ore.

Sabato e domenica, sempre col sole,  due tour sul Ceresio in compagnia di Carine e Moreno; sabato partendo da Melide, domenica da Morcote.

caffè sul kayak a Morcote!

Video lago Ceresio

Lunedi mattina sono poi andata in macchina a Lavena per incontrare Emanuele R. Lui mi ha permesso di provare il suo “My Sun light” della CS Canoe (la ditta a Sacile dove sono stata a febbraio per fare riparare il mio Pilgrim).

Il “My Sun light” potrebbe esser un kayak adatto a me (ben più del Pilgrim…). E più stabile, più veloce – e gira anche meglio… (testimone: Sinsa)

by esyned at April 26, 2017 11:27 am
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Triathlete in Scotland? Do This.

If you're doing a long course triathlon in 2017, please give serious consideration to doing this swim.  I did it last year and wrote about it on my Ironman blog.  It was a genuine challenge which I honestly did not know I could complete.  But after that, I could take on anything.  

So when I stood on the start lines of my half and full Ironman races last year I was actually looking forward to those swims.  They held no fear because, after all, I had swum the Sound of Mull.  

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by Simon Willis ( at April 26, 2017 07:00 am

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Tue 25/04-2017 Day 32

Pos: here Loc: Cultus Sound Acc: tent Dist: 34,4 km Start: 06:35 End: 17:20
I really felt well refreshed after my bath in the sun-“heated” river! I had a short walk along the stream where I almost had once more “a bath” while balancing over a floating log which was eventually turning over. I was attracted to a colorful pile of plastic besides a trail entrance, which was collected obviously over times on this pretty natural beach. At least it *got* collected here, different to most South American beaches, although it would be great if someone with a motor boat also at some point shows courage to carry it to a real dump.
I was keen to see the sandy spit on the Choked Passage next on my chart, marked only as “potential campsite” – would it not stay dry on spring tides? The reason was rather another one – it had a handful of beautiful, mostly new, well maintained private buildings hidden in the forest, with two of the huts open for public. This is an absolute pretty spot! Not that I regretted to have stayed yesterday at Wolf Beach instead if here, just one km away, but this place must be great for larger groups for hunting and fishing! No one was there since last winter time, and I would have had all for myself – on one hand nice, on the other it rather feels exactly *then* lonely, visualizing happy parties here in this place…I kind of miss some company since Justine’s paddle with me!
I checked also on the next “Primary campsite” marked on the Serpent Islands – this is an absolute magic place! I arrived about two hours after low tide – a wide sandy bar was visible in a narrow channel first – this can’t be the campsite, as this is not staying dry? The small but wonderful beach is just around the corner in a triangle channel, the other entrance full of fat rocks on low tide! The beach views directly on the rocky wall of the opposite island, it must feel magic when at some point the water rushes in from both ends, and the whole place looks fully different! It would also be well worth a stay! But I can’t stay on all of those nice places!
My next “Primary campsite check” was Triquet Island North East – and another proof of how small our kayaking world is! I was approaching the area from the side, spotting something artificial green on a huge rock – some plastic? A person? Many people? A whole group? The did not really move – but now – they wave! i waved back – here I have my desired company! At least for a chat…”Hello Freya!” someone shouted down from the rock – “Welcome to our humble island!” ????? Did they expect me here? I haven’t been able to update my website since a week now, how did they know I’d be coming? Coincidence, purpose? And then a guy said: “We’ve met in Brazil on Isla Bella!” — ok — that seems to be interesting now! “There is an easy landing just around the corner!” – yes, I know, this was my place to check out next! I’m coming!
It turned out that this was an outdoor leadership class with eleven people kayaking from Bella Bella to Port Hardy for four weeks, led by the Brazilian “old friend” Fabio and a lovely Mexican girl named Yuri, with participants from Sweden, Chile, USA, Canada and wherever else. The second big surprise for me was to see the well-known international Greenland-rolling teacher Helen Wilson among the participants! We also have crossed paths a few times in the symposium world. The third surprise of the day was when I mentioned I’m looking for fellow paddlers women preferred, for any of my next legs of the trip – especially on the polar bear sections! Helen was very keen to join in sometimes, being a Greenland- and “Polar Bear fan”! Hope those huge dangerous predators will also be lovingly hugging Helen then rather then having to keep them at gun point 🙂 Would be great to share a section soon! I stayed fro 2 or three hours to chat, as this was a paddling-day off for the group anyway, as they expected some strong wind the afternoon.
Strong winds didn’t really show up at all, besides one gust in a short rain shower. I eventually paddled on to Cultus Sound beach, and had first time t stay in the upland, as on springs there is no dry beach any more! It was raining tonight, and I had rigged my tarp as a roof over the main entrance, quite useful for changing and also cooking. Who cares about bears…well…

by Freya at April 26, 2017 04:57 am

April 25, 2017

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ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)


Strax innan bokskogen blir alldeles tokigt grön är det dags för marken att bli så där härligt vit. Nu är det högsäsong för vitsippehaven i skåneland, vi har vita mattor både hemma på tomten men har även spanat in större vitsippemattor på Hallandsåsen, på Bjärehalvön med mera. Underbart finfint! Bilderna från förra veckan men sipporna blommar...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at April 25, 2017 03:42 pm
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Black Pearl HV

Tänkte byta ut idiot fotstödet men attans vad trångt det är, muttrarna längst in är svåra att nå. Fick avbryta då tiden rann ut för detta, nytt försök när jag hittar lämpligt verktyg. 

by Bengt Larsson at April 25, 2017 01:58 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Mon 24/04-2017 Day 31

Pos: here Loc: Wolf Beach Acc: tent Dist: 38,8 km Start: 06:40 End: 15:25
Quite after launching, I got the first fog patch of the trip. About half an hour, I was staggering in the soup before some patches of sun came through again. Not many Islands to paddle behind, besides Jennie Islet and Blackney Island which had a perfect sandy spit across for potential camping. The long sandy beach around Bolivar Islet was less suitable with quite some surf in another foggy paddling hour, and I stayed far away. A few rough pocket beaches which were not really inviting passed by, before a kayaker’s dream place begun around the north western sandy beaches of Calvert Island. One was nicer than the other! And I had bright sunshine again after the foggy outer coast!
I landed briefly on a sandy tombolo between some rocks, but the hauling over seemed to be 2 hours after high tide just a bit too much effort than paddling around. A pretty place anyway, right like the window into a paradise! I took my time to float around in this beautiful bay area, saw 2 people hiking and waved multiple times, but no reaction. Were they blind, or is it so normal here in Canada to have a single kayak in this beautiful area in April? Two other people strolled another beach in the distance. I’d have loved to stay on the most pretty sunny West Beach, but rather liked to see the channel between Calvert and Hunter Island and paddled through a lumpy channel to the North Beach.
But truly in bright sunshine nothing can top a West Beach, and I opted to rather head to Wolf Beach, which had an interesting wide creek on the backside, and enough sunshine! My place for this night! I didn’t care about the name…the only footprints I spotted were fresh from humans, probably some of the hikers I saw on the other beaches. The large creek was very slow flowing and had many shallow puddles, which were relatively warm in the sunshine. My bathing day! Still, I should have taken my pot for rather a shower than a float and fully dunking hair wash…but I really felt refreshed! A furry small something was running quickly over a crossed log, and some eagles and a crow were keen to find something to pick on. Not my naked butt, please!

by Freya at April 25, 2017 04:34 am

April 24, 2017
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Snöpåfyllning och inga mygg

Riktigt gött fjälldräll idag med. Har snöat mest hela dagen men inga jättemängder men fint när allt blir vitt igen och bra för både backar och spår. Blåst en del också så inte jätteskönt högst upp. Körde ett par timmar i backarna, inte mycket folk, imponerande att det är öppet 🙂 Får se om det...

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by Erik Sjöstedt at April 24, 2017 07:27 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

The Telling of the Tale

Among the things I miss the most since the general demise of the outdoor specialty store are the slide shows. The live presentations of images and stories from some adventurer’s latest travels: a climber, perhaps, or a sailor, kayaker or expedition polar explorer, whatever. The stories and the photos, the whirr of the projector and the occasional gasps and exclamations from the audience… I can remember Reinhold Messner, Nigel Foster, Greg Child and Steph Dutton, the famous and the fleeting, telling their stories in darkened rooms, changing the way we looked at what we do and who we are.

The sad side-effect of so many stores closing down is that these storytellers don’t have the natural podiums they used to have. The stories are still out here; they just don’t get back to us in a live setting anymore. Not that often, anyway.

One of those rare opportunities is coming up on May 2, 2017, at Playback Sports in Puyallup. Susan Conrad is going to be sharing her stories, showing slides and reading from her book about a 1200-mile Alaskan solo sea kayak journey. From Washington to the top of the Inside Passage, all under her own power, the backdrop for the kind of live story-telling that we used to get a little more regularly and that we’ve been missing, whether we’ve realized it or not.

It’s totally free. It starts at 6:30 and all ages are welcome. Playback Sports, 105 E. Stewart Ave. in Puyallup. See you there.

by Ken Campbell at April 24, 2017 07:14 pm

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


Descubre que es un kayak y cuales son sus partes más importantes, contado con algo más de grácia que la wikipedia. leer mas

April 24, 2017 06:33 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!)

Opening Day at the Sebago Canoe Club

Sunday was Opening Day at the Sebago Canoe Club, and what a stunning day! 9 of us went out for a great paddle before the potluck and General meeting - it was beautiful, clear, and calm, with the Manhattan skyline very visible in the distance. A few of our sailors got out too, and our safety boat was launched successfully.  

This was my first paddle since February, and my first paddle on Jamaica Bay since January 1st, and it couldn't have been nicer. Forecast had called for light rain on Sunday up through the end of the week, but timing changed, the light rain was on Saturday (not enough to dampen spirits at the NYC March for Science though!) and then Sunday was just spectacular. I required wetsuits or drysuits because the water temperature is still in the low 50's in Jamaica Bay. The air temperature was in the high 50's, and we were all kind of steaming in our gear as we paddled down the Paerdegat Basin, but once we got out into the bay all was well. Wonderful paddle, so good to be back out on J-bay with friends after a kind of hectic Spring - work's always a bit bonkers this time of year, and Saturday's memorial service marked the last (hopefully) of a string of losses among people who have touched my life in one way or another. I'd been aching for a nice quiet paddle with friends for weeks, and this was just perfect. Click here for more pictures, the day was about as photogenic as they come!  

by (bonnie) at April 24, 2017 05:55 pm

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Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Squeezing out the last drop

 We weren't sure if the the weather would be conducive to paddling on the last day of our short trip based at Glenuig, but the morning turned out fine if windy.  Rain was forecast for midday, so we felt we could squeeze in a short paddle before heading home.  We headed straight out of Glenuig and turned south down the coast.  Our plan was simply to paddle towards the north channel of Moidart before turning around and heading back to Glenuig.

 It's always an interesting stretch of coast and despite the overcast conditions there was plenty of colour to enjoy.

 It was a strenuous push against a freshening F4-5 wind to reach a beach where we could stop for a short break......

 ....on a beach of pale sand......

 ...backed with tide-formed strips of shells - the stuff which would eventually become sand.

 I wandered down the beach and looked back to see the others enjoying the view out to the Small Isles, in a pose very reminiscent of a well known sculpture!

We decided to paddle just a little further to round the skerries in the North Channel of Loch Moidart, where the tide was absolutely pouring out - along with the wind.  Three of us just managed to get over the shallow sand bar.....

 ...but Allan, who was just a couple of minutes behind us found that the last drop of water had run out; he had to wade into deeper water to get back afloat.

Our run back with the wind behind us was pretty quick and we were soon back at Glenuig Bay.  The low tide made for a bit of a carry with the boats, and as we finished securing them onto the cars, a few fat drops of rain were followed by a deluge - we'd squeezed the very last drop from the weather window.

by Ian Johnston ( at April 24, 2017 08:00 am

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Middle Fork Eel River

Located in northeastern Mendocino County, the Middle Fork is the largest tributary of the Eel River. It drains the Yollo Bolly Mountains of Mendocino National Forest. This huge drainage flows mightily after rain storms but also flows a good bit of the spring due to snow melt.  The River Stops Here  by Ted Simon is a fascinating tale of water history and politics based on efforts to dam the Middle Fork of the Eel.

Typically paddlers will paddle the 32 mile Middle Fork of the Eel River from the Black Butte Ranger Station to the confluence of with the Main Fork Eel as an overnight trip. The first 24 miles is rated class II. The last 8 miles has rapids that range from class III to V depending upon the flow.  For information about the rapids and put in and take out logistics, check out Bill Tuthill's write up on the Middle Fork of the Eel River.  The New School Guide to Northern California Whitewater by Dan Menten is another good resource for the Middle Fork Eel and other stretches of the Eel.

My tale of a Middle Fork Eel Kayaking Trip - April 2011

Several years ago, we were visiting friends in Covelo and decided to paddle the Middle Fork of the Eel.  With a fast current of 3500 cfs and the option to pull-out at mile 26, we decided to do the run in a day.  The evening before our run, our friend offered to show us the river from the air in his Cessna. What a treat!!!

From the air, he pointed out highlights and landmarks of the river as well as insight into the wildlife that we might see.

Our day paddling the Middle Fork was spectacular. Lots of snow melt water kept us moving along in the flat stretches and made for boiling eddy lines. The rocky gorge was one of our favorite sections with fun wave trains.

The scenery was gorgeous with all the wildflowers and greenery of spring and intriguing with a few unexpected sights like this wrapped canoe.

We got to see lots of wildlife including several bears, a mamma bear and her 2 cubs, a coyote, wild pigs, wild horses, black-tailed deer, kestrels, and hawks. We couldn't believe how big some of the deer were. I enjoyed the common mergansers swimming in the class II rapids and was really excited to see a double-crested cormorant swimming and diving in a rapid.

Wild horses resting along the Middle Fork Eel River.
It was a long day on the water. One of the highlights of the paddle was the Class IV rapid that we encountered before taking out. The rapid is called Skinny Chutes.  It was anything but skinny at this flow. It looked very different from the photos that we saw on CA Creeks.

Skinny Chutes was definitely going to be a challenging rapid with moves to make and hazards to avoid.  We got out and scouted it. The middle looked down right nasty with  2 consecutive but slightly offset recirculating hydraulics.  This was DEFINITELY not the line to take.  Neither the left or right had a clear path but the left looked like the best route to take. Of course the left had 2 considerable hydraulics to be negotiated. The plan was to avoid the first and punch the second (most likely capsize, flush-out, and roll-up).

Of course, I capsized on the entrance drop into the rapid.  I rolled up and eddied out. THUMP, THUMP, THUMP - I felt my heart beating through my chest. The thought "I could get out here and portage," shot through my mind. I erased the thought and told myself to charge it. I ferried midway across but should have ferried further to the left. When I turned to head downstream, I was heading right at the top hole that I was planning to avoid. I didn't have time to avoid it and tried to drive through it.  It grabbed me and flipped me.

I rolled up and continued driving for my target rock on river left.  Somehow I got there and skirted the flush-out and roll up hydraulic.  Whew, a bumbling but successful run of the rapid.

After Skinny Chutes, we worked our way a down to Salt Creek and took out just above Coal Mine Falls.  The trip took us exactly the 6 hours that we had estimated. Just as we were pulling off our paddling clothes and enjoying a TOB, our friend's mom arrived to pick us up.

This was another GREAT day on the Eel River.

by Cate Hawthorne ( at April 24, 2017 07:00 am

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Sun 23/04-2017 Day 30

Pos: here Loc: Charley Islands inside Acc: tent Dist: 36,8 km Start: 06:30 End: 14:10
In the morning, I found a fresh wolf track passing just besides my tent and kayak, but it did not look like the guy was stopping or investigating either of my sites. No fresh bear paws…
There was not much hugging the cost today, as I soon had to pass a wide inlet opening. After I paddled past False Egg Island, I opted to turn already into the crossing to Calvert Island. It was a great choice regarding paddling right into the sunshine and leaving the cloudy, rainy and foggy mainland coast behind me, but it also meant I was paddling into a 10 knots headwind, turning soon 15 knots. Speed was slow, but I was nearing the opening to an small island paradise at the south end of Calvert Island. Behind the Sorrow Islands, I threaded my way behind all possible Islets, rocks and inside sheltered bays at high tide, which was a pleasure to the contrast of quite some breaking swell offshore. It was a sunny afternoon, I had all time of the world, and really enjoyed these small detours into sheltered waters.
Rounding the wide headland before my destination bay was lumpy bumpy for one last time, and I landed on another wide sandy beach with squeaky sand. It was quite windy by now, and despite the beach was relatively open to the ocean, there was no real surf going, all good. Just the fine sand was sticking to everything! I opted to drag my boat in the shallows to the side of the beach where I wanted to camp, but unfortunately a small surf wave tumbled it over. Despite I had my cockpit cover on, I got a load of sand water into my cockpit! Instead of less work hauling gear and kayak from one end of the beach to the next, i had to empty the sandy cockpit and probably more work. No animal tracks on the beach at all! Hope this stays all night like this…it is close to spring tide, hope my tent site stays dry! There is no higher one…in case, I have to move temporary on the logs with tent and gear…hope not.

by Freya at April 24, 2017 02:56 am

April 23, 2017
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Morgon vid Fämtfallet och kväll vid fjäll

I morse vaknade vi vid Fämtfallet i Värmland. Tog stugbilen upp mot säsongens aprils 😉 sista skidåkning, tog det lugnt längs vägen och stod en natt vid Fämtfallet där vi tidigare stannat för promenader och span. Idag vidare för en dag på skidorna i nerförsbackarna. Finfint väder och väldigt tunt med åkare i backarna. Lite...

Inlägget Morgon vid Fämtfallet och kväll vid fjäll dök först upp på

by Erik Sjöstedt at April 23, 2017 07:45 pm
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Two Slow Release Energy Drinks - Any Good?

Over recent months I've been trying two energy drinks which claim to be different from most out there.

Specifically, these aim to deliver energy more slowly than the typical sugar drinks.  

Why would you want that?  Partly it's to see whether they could compliment regular nutrition during a race, where you're frequently burning more carbohydrate (from sugar) than you're able to take in.

Also it's to help on fasted and low-carb training runs and rides, designed to encourage fat metabolism. This fat-burning isn't to loose weight (although it helps) but to encourage the body to turn to the plentiful layer of fat already carried and use it as a source of fuel.

Let me be clear, I'm absolutely not a scientist.  I can almost hear my chemist friend sniggering at the idea of me writing about this stuff.  I do so purely as a customer.  If the makers of these products feel I've got something wrong, please get in touch and tell me where I'm wrong.  That way we'll all learn.  Thank you.

First to try was Ucan.  This stuff is not a sugar, it's a starch, and I heard about it through the excellent ZenTri Podcast.

From listening to Brett and his Ucan experiments I thought it best to use Ucan before I went to the pool.

I normally do my swims fasted because I can't face food before swimming.  So instead of my coffee I drank 500ml of Ucan, which tasted like a thin, chocolate protein drink (other flavours available).

One packet delivered 31g of carbs, none of them from sugar.

It seemed to work.  I drank it about an hour before the pool and at no time in the swim did I feel tired.  Nor did I get the sugar rush associated with other energy drinks.

It's certainly a great contender for a slow-release energy drink.  You can find out much more about the science at along with all the research into why and how the so-called SuperStarch works.

However, my perception is that it releases energy a little too slowly for my training.  I'd have to drink this quite a while before going out on the bike and wouldn't be too sure when it would work.  Which is probably why I've only used it before pool to gym sessions.  For long endurance events it should provide an additional source of fuel, running in the background behind the regular sugar-based nutrition, but again I haven't tested this.

So now to the Secret Training Stealth Training Mix.

Each week I try to do one run or ride fasted.  I keep the intensity low because the goal is to encourage my body to use my own fat as energy.

The body's glycogen levels (carb store) has been depleted overnight.  When faced with low intensity work, it thinks "hmm, I better hang onto my depleted carbs in case I need them", so it switches to burning fat.

If the intensity rises too high, the body needs to  turn to the on-board carbohydrate after around ninety minutes a bonk will be the result.

Well, that's the theory.

I learnt and wrote a little about fasted training way back in 2012 when I was part of the Science In Sport Winter Academy.

At the time, Tim Lawson was with his original company Science in Sport.  Now he's behind Secret Training.  If you want to read an excellent briefing on the ideas behind low-carb training, take a look at this blog post by Tim.

If I'm tackling a fasted ride, after an hour or so I find I need some additional energy.  That's where Secret Training's Stealth Training Mix seems to help.  It seems to deliver its carbs more quickly than Ucan, giving a little bit of a sugar rush, but then dying back.

As I said, with Ucan I think I'd have to drink before I went out for the ride.  But with the Training Mix I can take it with me and use as and when needed.  It's just like a regular energy drink without the highs and lows.

The Stealth Training Mix is based around a type of sugar called Isomaltulose (trade name Palatinose) which according to the makers, releases its energy much more slowly.

Take a look at the graph alongside which I took from Secret Training's data sheet.  This slow release avoids blood sugar spikes and the associated insulin response.

Incidentally, they say this makes it very useful for athletes who are Type 1 diabetics.

Separately, I read that it's also less welcoming to mouth bacteria than regular sugar, so is less likely to cause tooth decay, something Secret Training don't shout about.  Isomaltulose is a sugar Tim has also used in his Juice Bar about which I've previously written.

I met Tim Lawson, founder of Secret Training, the evening before our induction day with Pearl Izumi and had a long chat.  I think he remembered me from the videos I did as part of the SiS Winter Academy.

Tim explained the idea for the training mix came from a star rider.

"It was (big Spanish name drop here) when he was with Saxo Tinkoff who asked me if I could make a slow release drink for use on their low-carb days", Tim told me.

I like that it comes in a small packet with a sensible clip closure rather than a huge plastic tub.  What's more the Watermelon flavour tastes quite nice and makes a change to the usual varieties.

Secret Training make a unique energy gel to compliment this drink on low-carb days - Keto Gel.  However, I discovered there can be side effects.  Unwelcome side effects.  I'll write about this soon.

by Simon Willis ( at April 23, 2017 04:55 pm
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Pimpar flytvästen

Har använt orbiloc något år men den äldre version som funnits. Har nu även den nya versionen. Testar här att fästa de på flytvästen


by Bengt Larsson at April 23, 2017 03:18 pm

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

"Weymontachie" Atikamekw Paddles

La culture matérielle des indiens de Weymontachie by Norman Clermont (‎1982) contains a grainy image of paddles made by members of the Weymontachie Reserve (now Wemotaci) in Quebec. These are straight sided working paddles although one of them features an elongated grip with carved vine motif.

La culture matérielle des indiens de Weymontachie 
Norman Clermont (‎1982) 

A second sketch appears in the book providing a closeup of the decorative element...

La culture matérielle des indiens de Weymontachie 
Norman Clermont (‎1982) 

by Murat ( at April 23, 2017 03:13 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!)

Goodbye Bill

Goodbye, Bill. I'm not the best tin whistle player in the world, but it's entirely because of your teaching that I'm as good a whistle player as I am. 

More about Bill.

And a few photos from the session that broke out at the post-service reception. Wouldn't have been a proper farewell without it. 

by (bonnie) at April 23, 2017 04:06 am

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Sat 22/04-2017 Day 29

Pos: here Loc: Indian Cove Acc: tent Dist: 35,2 km Start: 06:35 End: 13:20
I was listening carefully on my exposed tent site for my tent shaking less or not over the night. Only briefly after time to get up, it calmed down, and all white caps on the channel were gone. Time to cross! The fore cast sounded ok, headwind, but around 10 knots. The tide would be in my favor until around 10.30am, then I should be almost across!
I aimed for the Storm Islands west, knowing there would probably be no landing site, but some shelter if needed. All going well up to the islands, wind and current held in balance to keep an easy straight line. Not too much work, just boring. At a small rocky island of the Storm Islands, a small rock pool was flooded, and I saw a black head inside – a trapped seal! He looked so cute in his private bath tub 🙂
Behind the Storm Islands, the mainland coast was lurking with a wide sandy beach, but I decided to already turn in earlier to now go with tide and wind north to pass Cape Caution. At that point, i didn’t read the name, I was just wondering about it’s rough-ish behavior on today’s quite calm seas. Nomen is omen – this must be a dreaded corner for any only-hopefully-sheltered-channel-paddler :-). Before the Cape, I was still quite offshore, my first ferry of the trip decided to sail north past me inshore, the captain probably wondering where I came from and what I was doing close on his port side…I probably could have crossed the ferry’s bow with some effort, but it was rather advisable to wait, my bow pointing south facing the “enemy”, until the huge ship drove it’s fixed line past me. Besides the ferry, two tug boats and with a log trailer sailed south, and a smaller yacht earlier on. I am now on the BC/ Alaska Marine highway!
I read the description of the different bays, and although it was quite early in the day, I decided I had enough open water crossing for today and deserved the most pretty campsite now when Indian Cove was lurking through the offshore reefs. The most pretty sheltered campsite bay ever! Can’t say the entrance was much rough, but can imagine it can be due t many reefs protecting it. I had a wide sandy bay just for myself, the white sand was so fine it was making squeaky noises under my shoes. I found a flat spot behind a big log, and after noticing the many wolves trails and a fat bear trail, I made my camp under most protection to all sides. But no one showed up…to a degree disappointing, to the other a relief.
I followed the short pass through some scrub to Blunden Bay, not without calling out loud to the wild animals of the area I’d be coming now…well armed with camera, a stick, spray and sat phone, just in case…I actually feel so stupid doing this, as I am so much used to be as quite as one can in nature to actually *see* some wildlife! Four small tiny creeks ran down the beach, one had a convenient “water tap” running down a short drop off where I filled my water bags. Some spaghetti cooking under a dense pine tree in light dripping rain finished my pleasant day.

by Freya at April 23, 2017 03:50 am

April 22, 2017

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Fri 21/04-2017 Day 28

Pos: here Loc: Secretary Point Acc: tent Dist: 23,9 km Start: 06:30 End: 12:00
I was early on the water, easy to get up when all things, besides the tent from the night’s due, are dry and it is not raining. Sea was calm wind was low, I could paddle very close to the rocks or even behind them. On a rocky beach about 3 km before Cape Sutil, I saw my third Black Bear of this trip! I paddled very close, but the old guy did not take much notice of me, as he was calmly busy digging in the sea weed for treats. I followed him slowly along the coast for maybe 10 min, before he entered the woods. Nice! But not really scary form the safe distance of a kayak…
The 5 km crossing over to Hope Island was easy, still low wind. At the northern headlands, about four colonies of sea lions populated the rocks. One had especially old and fat males, and when I was paddling a bit too close, all of them started to bark deep and loud at me instead of launching because they were scared of me! Really heavy, old guys, a real pleasure to watch.
I was hoping to cross today, as Karel’s updated fore cast this morning showed low winds also in the afternoon. But rather his first fore cast came true – 15-20 knots east, a bad headwind on my crossing via the Storm Islands. Plus it was ebbing until 4 pm, and both I felt not like paddling for 20 km. I pushed hard against tide and wind around the unsheltered northern headlands of Hope Island to land on an wind exposed beach but with low swell and surf. From here, I could better judge if I’d go tomorrow or not!
It was a sunny, but very windy afternoon, filled with repair chores. I glued a patch of my under deck bag back in place, changed a chafed rudder line and taped the spot where it was chafing, glued the old spot on the hull where the bulkhead is sitting and was hoping to have once more fixed my leaking day hatch. Thank goodness I found a small stream up the beach! Who knows when I can really cross…?

by Freya at April 22, 2017 03:20 am

April 21, 2017

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A change out of the blue

Stuart, Allan, Lorna and I continued up into Loch nan Uamh, it was just about low water and approaching spring tide exposing forests of laminaria weed.

As the head of the loch approaches, there's a view to the viaduct which carries the Fort William to Mallaig railway track - the road actually passes under one of the arches of the viaduct.  From this angle the left hand end seems to disappear into solid rock where the railway builders blasted a way through a boss of tough Gneiss rock.  The whole section from Mallaig to about Glenfinnan traverses some really unlikely railway terrain, it's rugged country with steep slopes which had to be overcome and is a real monument to Victorian engineering and perserverance.

The Loch nan Uamh viaduct is one of the earliest concrete constructions, and earned it's designer, Robert McAlpine the nickname "Concrete Bob" - the viaducts on this rail line also built his reputation and became the basis for a successful and enduring business.

During construction of the central pier there was an accident which resulted in a cart falling down into the pier, dragging a horse with it.  A 2001 survey using state of the art techniques showed the skeleton of the unfortunate animal standing on top of the cart in the base of the pier.

We continued our circuit of the loch by paddling back out along the Ardnish peninsula shore which is steep and rocky with few landing opportunities.  In winter this shore gets almost no direct sunlight and it can be a cold and gloomy place.  On this day the sun was streaming over the cliffs above and making for some nice lighting effects.

We'd planned to land at Sloch for a look at the abandoned settlement but at this very low tide the landing would have been straight onto barnacle encrusted boulders so we paddled on.....

......along the seaward face of Ardnish with its sloping slabs and gullies.....

....and into the outer part of Loch Ailort where we knew there would be a landing on one or other of  the small tidal beaches just inside the entrance.

It was still warm and sunny as we approached the beach, but the sunshine was becoming a little hazy.  Any thoughts of relaxing in the sun were soon dispelled.....a sudden and dramatic change in the weather was happening.  In the space of ten minutes, the blue sky was replaced with something quite different........ a sheet of cloud formed rapidly across the entire sky and the temperature dropped markedly to something more in keeping with late March.

It seemed that the spell of exceptionally good weather was over.  Strangely enough, we've experienced weather dominated by shifting clouds here on more than one occasion

by Ian Johnston ( at April 21, 2017 08:26 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.

Pyranha Octane / Think Nitro PE surfski: a long term test and review.

This is the new Pyranha polyethylene surfski called the Octane it is also available as the Think Nitro. As various friends have gradually taken to surfskis my interest has grown. Back in January 2016 I was talking to Cam Allan in the GoKayaking store in Perth about surfskis. He showed me the Think range of composite surfskis and I carpet surfed in the EZE and ACE. Unfortunately I could not

by Douglas Wilcox ( at April 21, 2017 01:29 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Thu 20/04-2017 Day 27

Pos: here Loc: Shuttleworth Bight Acc: tent Dist: 48,8 km Start: 07:15 End: 16:15
Thank goodness Justine and J.F. had helped me already yesterday getting my kayak back to the launching ramp. It was not raining this morning, and as a “highlight” I could also put on a layer of new dry and non-smelly fleece underwear and socks under a total dry and freshly glued dry suit over new neoprene boots. What a luxury! Hope my feet stay now warm and dry!
I had my breakfast on the slow streaming river mouth in absolute silence and a bit of sun. The river exit on high tide was again dead calm, and so was quite the sea out there. I had some low wind, swell and current plus the sun in my back until I rounded Cape Scott, that’s quite some sea kayakers luxury life! Two ships on the horizon, and a sailboat under motor was passing not too far away. Cape Scott was mellow, a huge rock was loaded with sea lions barking in the sun. On the north coast, the last bit of swell disappeared and it really felt I left the rough West Coast behind me now. For this time of the year, my paddling direction from south to north on the West Coast was just perfect. Sure, it took me a bit longer, but this side of Vancouver Island was quite more interesting. And on the inside, I may not have hoked up with Justine!
I had nothing really to suffer when a bit of headwind came up, as I could glide still along easy, my “tough training runs” with Justine still in my arms and shoulders. Shuttleworth Bight was my destination for this day, although many other easy to land beaches were already lurking. I was first paddling into the river mouth on lower tide to see if it would make sense to land on a steeper river bank, but all was mostly rocky and I preferred the first corner of the sandy shallow beach. Armed with a paddle and my bear spray, I checked the upper beach, but besides a wolf track I could spot no wildlife. My tent site is on a small dune on top of the beach, with free view to all sides. I prefer now to put up my tent the other way round, with entrances rather facing the bush and not the beach to have a free view on what may be approaching. It feels different than being two people…
An hour of sunshine dried most of my gear and clothing, before I retracted to my tent for the next rain squall. It is a wet country here!

by Freya at April 21, 2017 03:10 am

Wed 19/04-2017 Day 26

Pos: here Loc: San Josef River campsite Acc: tent no paddling today
Another long restful sleep-in! Not sure about Justine and J.F. had rest 🙂 They left me around 10 am, with a new pair of neoprene boots, a new sat phone, my trip clothes-patches Chris sent after me, a package of delicious home-made deer-jerky, chips and some marshmallows. I will survive now! In return, they took some surplus things along. I felt a bit strange and sad being alone again, as Justine was really great company, but I was quickly back into my own routine.
The two boys from the beach arrived with their kayaks and surfboard in tow and loaded them on their parked van. They moaned something about a tough upstream paddle…well, yes, the current was today much stronger due to the heavy rain as the day we paddled upstream! I had no chance to dry anything, as it was sill raining most of the day. Thank goodness I was camped inside that small open hut under a roof! I did some sewing, played with my new sat phone and found texting is fine again, but the e-mail sending with my daily updates was still not working to my content.
Tomorrow is easy wind and seas, I’ll paddle around cape Scott, off the rough West Coast and soon further north!

by Freya at April 21, 2017 02:41 am

April 20, 2017

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

Værøy og Røst påsken 2017, del 1

Værøy og Røst, ytterst i Lofoten. Det vil si, nesten ytterst - utenfor der igjen er det jo diverse øyer, med Skomvær fyr ytterst. Uansett, utover den veien skulle vi, var planen. Værvarslet var ikke direkte enig.

Meteorologen var enig med datavarslet, dessverre. Ville det være vits å dra utover? Vi var litt i tvil. Laber og frisk bris jevnt er ikke noe særlig så langt ute i havet, med straum og diverse. Og det meldte kuling utsatte steder på tekstvarslet, dessuten. Rimelig utsatt der ute, kanskje. Nokså sikkert.

Men det skjer jo at værvarsel tar feil, og da ville det jo være dumt å sitte på fastlandet... Vi tok sjansen, vel inneforstått med at det godt kunne være at det ikke ville bli så mye padling. Røst og Værøy må bli fint uansett, så jeg pakket bil og kjørte av gårde. Litt muggen fordi Fjellsport hadde sendt meg feil (gammel versjon) telt enda jeg hadde ringt og sjekket, så jeg måtte ta gammelteltet. Det var bare å håpe på ok vær og ok pluggfester.

På fergekaia drev resten av teamet og pakket kajakker allerede da jeg kom fram. Ikke så vanskelig å legge bort teltskuffelsen for en stund, med så brede glis rundt seg.

Årsaken til at jeg var litt seint framme var for øvrig at jeg måtte kjøpe meg ny kartmappe og nytt kompass - for det lå igjen hjemme. Sånt tar seg jo dårlig ut, så jeg kjøpte nytt. Og så måtte jeg ha lithiumbatterier til Spot som jeg fyrte i gang abonnementet på før turen, og dét var ingen enkel sak å få tak i!

Stemningen skulle attpåtil bare stige, etter hvert som kveldsfargene kom. Jeg var dog noe nervøs for selve overfarten, jeg er jo ikke så sjøsterk om bord i ferger. Men hadde tatt en Postafen, og den virket ganske så bra må jeg si. Disse fergene er også litt (mye!) mer sjøssterke enn disse innlandsfergene jeg er vant med, som ruller i vei bare noen slipper en fis.

Her ser vi nokså tydelig hvorfor damene var så ivrige med fotograferingen. Noen transportetapper er rett og slett flottere enn andre. Denne var definitivt av de bedre.

Ganske pent dette også. Det er på værøy, vi ser mastene stikke opp på Nato-toppen. 

Nuvel. Værøy var bare en mellomstasjon nå for å bytte ferge. Lastede kajakker er tunge, men vi hadde stropper og bar dem to sammen bak, og en framme - så gikk det greit likevel.

Det ble en flott kveld på Værøy, det lille vi fikk med oss av den. Planen var at det skulle være ganske stille på torsdag, så vi skulle tidlig opp for å rekke mest mulig padling. Altså ble det tidlig i seng.

Vi skulle sove første natten på Fiskarheimen, for vi visste jo at det ville være ganske mørkt når vi kom fram. Det var det. Hva skulle vi gjøre med kajakkene? Og hvor i verden skulle vi sette ut dagen etter, her var det jo (så det ut for) bare høye kaier overalt?

En mann som virket lokal mente at vi ikke burde legge dem så åpenlyst som der vi tenkte å ha dem, for det er så mange raringer der. Ups, kjekt at han sa det. Vi gikk opp for å få sjekket inn på rommene våre.

Det slo meg plutselig, at det _kunne_ jo være at vi akkurat hadde truffet den ene skeptikeren på øya, og at det ikke var så farlig egentlig. Så jeg spurte like godt damen der om det var sant, som han hadde sagt.

Hun ser på oss med et litt sånn rart uttrykk og spør: "Hadde han en rød bil?"
He he, denne øya er tydeligvis veldig liten. Damen mente det neppe var farlig, så vi la kajakkene der vi først hadde tenkt. Men tok de dyreste verdisakene med oss i tilfelle det var mannen som hadde rett.

Tørrfisk på hjell få meter fra vinduet på rommet hører med på Røst.

Jeg våknet nemlig til denne utsikten på torsdag. «Her kan det bli ymse vær», var min første tanke. Det lovet ikke helt perfekt, vi hadde jo tross alt tenkt oss i retning Skomvær i den grad det var mulig. Jaja, det så greit nok ut foreløpig.

Vi var litt i tvil om dette skiltet innebar at vi ikke ville komme oss herfra. (Egentlig betyr det nok bare at de driter i køsystemet om vinteren, eller noe.)

Dagens lånte kajakktralle lettet jobben betraktelig, men den var litt upraktisk på det viset at vi sperret hele veien. Ja, for kajakkene lå der selvfølgelig fremdeles som vi hadde lagt dem fra oss, og hadde det helt fint. Det er heldigvis ikke så mye trafikk her om morran (eller natten) på en skjærtorsdag, så selv om de måtte ligge på tvers og sperre, så gikk det fint. Tralle er omtrent tusen ganger lettere enn å bære fullastede kajakker, anslagsvis. Skal du hit kan det være greit å ha med, om du ikke får låne en.

Wow, de har en god, gammeldags telefonkiosk! Superkult. Det står visstnok hundre av disse rundt om i landet, og de er vernet. 

Dette her så nesten ut til å være vernet det også. Her hadde krykkjene virkelig slått seg til. Bråkete, men ganske så stilig synes jeg.

Vi fant som dere nok har skjønt allerede, et sted å sette ut. Der traff vi på denne karen, men det var ikke vi som drepte ham. Hvem som enn gjorde det, har tydeligvis visst hva som var mest snacksy mat på den.

Teamfoto, klare for start. Klare for hva enn som måtte komme av vær og alskens skøy. Omtrent.

Her har vi noen av kompisene til Doffen som var daua. Det er kule fugler, og her i havna var de tydeligvis vant til forskjellig, for de satt veldig lenge før de stakk.

Redningsskøyta lå klar, sånn i tilfelle. Skomvær III er dette her. Ifølge Redningsselskapet har den per i dag reddet 58 liv, assistert 5940 personer og 3779 båter. Vi hadde ingen planer om å bidra til tallene i den statistikken, foruten å holde det på samme nivå.

Kristin er klar.

Vi siger rolig ut av havna, og nyter sola. Ganske herlig å måtte fram med solkremen, selv om det er noe klisj.

De siste justeringer.

Nå - er det klart. Vi setter kursen mot Vedøya, som ligger med en tverr fjellvegg rett imot.

Fortsettelse følger.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at April 20, 2017 11:37 pm