Paddling Planet

October 26, 2016

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.

October 25, 2016

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

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter Mod

Years ago, I purchased a Katadyn Base Camp gravity filter to avoid the chore of manual pumping for fresh water. While it was easy to use, the pleated membrane filter was quick to clog and the clean water flow would basically stop. The inability to backwash the system and the high replacement cost of the filters ($45+ CND) lead me to start using a Sawyer Squeeze system. It has a much better longevity since it can be back flushed easily but the smaller squeeze bags it came with were not ideal for large water needs. 

Both Katadyn and Saywer have since come out with "new and improved" models of their filters, but I'm not a gear head who feels the need to replace perfectly functional things just to have the latest version. The new Katadyn Base Camp Pro costs $120 here in Canada and comes with a redesigned filter and slightly altered source bag. The online reviews, however, still complain about poor filter performance. 

Instead, I read about this well known hack on the BWCA forums which allows combining both Katadyn and Sawyer systems with a quick modification. It involves sawing off the pleated membrane of a the Katadyn filter at the base, revealing a mesh particle screen at the bottom. This is returned the base camp gravity bag and the Sawyer filter is attached the outlet hose. My Sawyer kit came with the inline attachment piece already included so this setup made sense.

Here are some visuals starting with an internet image of the original filter. I forgot to take a picture of mine before cutting mine up. It was nasty and disgusting to look at anyway...

Original Katadyn filter

The filter is cut at the base of the pleated membrane, just above the blue casing by the o-ring.. This process was a bit messy as it released all the granulated carbon embedded in the interior tubing. The result is a bottom piece that can be re-screwed to the filter bag to form a tight seal.

Cut filter

The Sawyer filter is then attached to the end of the hosing using the inline attachment (grey piece) that was included in the kit.

Filter bag and Sawyer inline attached to tubing

Normally the snapped roll down closures on the bag are wrapped over a tree branch or something, but the weight of the bag has weakened the clips allowing them to spontaneously pop apart creating a watery disaster. A small amount of cordage has been added to serve as a support loop. This way, the bag can be hauled up a tree for extra gravity power. Here's a pic of it slung up a tree branch on the property.

 Suspended filter bag

The original white shutoff clip still works to clamp down on the hose, but this edition of the Sawyer filter also has one of those pull up bottle lids to also stop water flow. When opened, the filter immediately begins to go to work with a decent flow.

Water filter working

The white clamp clip can also be repositioned anywhere on the hose. When moved to the very top and clamped it allows for draining of the hose.

The other nice thing about this mod, is that without the original, delicate pleated membrane encased in the bag, the whole setup can collapse into a tighter package. Here it is all bundled up and ready for packing.

 Bundled up

On our 3 day trip to the Frost Centre earlier in the summer, the system worked flawlessly. We set it up high on tree and used the filtered water constantly to stay hydrated. Here's a shot of the little guy using the filter to fill up our collapsible water bottles.

Many thanks to the original poster on the BWCA forums for sharing his method. We'll be using this setup for years to come!

by Murat ( at October 25, 2016 07:47 pm

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


La imaginación del ser humano no tiene límites. De ella han nacido kayaks que hacen las delicias de los freakies como yo. Aquí algunos de los mejores kayaks , más absurdos, raros y creativos. Si crees que los has visto todo deberias conocer el kayak-vagina, o el kayak que vuela sobre el agua. Leer mas


October 25, 2016 06:29 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean


Later this week I’ll be doing some scouting on the White River in support of an Ikkatsu trip coming up in June, as well as to identify river monitoring locations that will be part of next year’s freshwater plastics project. (The Three Rivers Strategy is a continuation of 2016’s pilot project, working with Middle-Schoolers from various districts in the Puyallup watershed to document plastics in area streams and rivers. More on this very soon. Results from the pilot are posted on the Data page.)

The plan, as much as one exists at this juncture, is that the water samples will continue to be processed at the University of Puget Sound and will include input from all three rivers in the watershed. Since last year’s emphasis was primarily on the Puyallup, the focus this year will be on the White, with the Carbon next up in 2018. The White has a unique story, and next year’s expedition is planned to travel its length from the glacier to where the river joins together with the Puyallup. The specifics are still coming together, but the plan is coming together a little more every day.

by Ken Campbell at October 25, 2016 05:00 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.

Trailhead to Point-of-Arches [Flickr]

Essex Explorations posted a photo:

Trailhead to Point-of-Arches

The boardwalk leading out to Point of Arches on the Washington coast.

by Essex Explorations at October 25, 2016 04:30 pm

October 24, 2016

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Myrtle Island

My last day at the symposium we paddled to Little Tybee island and through a complex maze of channels around Myrtle Island. We saw dolphins and some gentle surf. I had some great runs surfing backwards. Thank you Tom for guiding us through the beautiful salt-water reed-sided sloughs. A wonderful warm and sunny Georgia October day.

Thank you Marsha and Ronnie of Sea Kayak Georgia for inviting me over again and running the symposium despite all the uncertainties after Hurricane Matthew, and for using Marsha's personal Romany; a coaches' dream sea kayak. Thank you Marc and Regan for taking all that good care of us.

And yes, those new 'tricks' I mentioned earlier... Upcoming...

by (Axel) at October 24, 2016 09:30 pm

Björn Thomasson Design

A Frej down under

Frej – Ron Morris

Frej fungerar uppenbarligen utmärkt även i antipodiska farvatten ;-)

"Hi Bjorn,

I finally launched my Frej, in Melbourne, Australia.

I must say, what a design! This boat handles beautifully, accelerates super fast, catches waves and surfs like nothing else, and still holds a great cruise speed for group paddles!

I set out to build a boat that would be a fun surf/play boat, and the Frej exceeds my expectations. It is certainly a boat which a paddler can develop with, and so much fun to paddle! I think that would be my best description. Just a fun, fun boat which excites and makes sea kayaking fun again!

Thanks again for a beautiful design.
Ron Morris" 

Frej – Ron Morris

by Björn Thomasson at October 24, 2016 06:27 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.

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

Performance Surf Kayak Resources

On the Mendocino Coast, we always have surf. Some days are definitely better than others, but we always have something to surf.  We play in the surf as much as possible.  Through Liquid Fusion Kayaking, Jeff Laxier and I share our knowledge and love of the surf to teach basic surf zone classes for sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, sit on top kayaks, and fishing kayaks.  We also offer private lessons and teach Performance Surf Kayaking Classes.

Below is a compilation of surf kayak resources that we share with our students. Check them out and please let us know of any other good online surf kayak resources that we can share.

Etiquette - Gotta follow the rules of the playground (kayakers are notorious for misbehaving in the surf zone).  Surfline's Bill of Lefts and Rights is a good resource for the rules of surfing.   I like visuals so check out this diagram by Robert Saunders.
For an explanation of this diagram, click here.
The Tsunami Rangers have some good points to consider when surf kayaking.  Here is the Tsunami Ranger post on Surf Kayaking Etiquette.

Surf Kayak Skills - Many paddlers learn to surf kayak via the school of hard knocks.  Learning to surf takes hundreds of hours in the surf.  A little education and skills instruction will speed along your learning.

Here's a website dedicated to surf kayak skills.

Here's a surf kayak skills video by expert kayak surfer Dessie McGlinchey.  The footage is awesome.

Many paddlers can catch a wave, but the best way to learn performance surf kayaking is to take a surf kayak class or lesson, then get out and surf.

Do you have any favorite surf kayak tips or resources?  If so, please share them so that I can add them to this page.  

by Cate Hawthorne ( at October 24, 2016 01:08 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!)

Western NY Vacation, Part 1 - Back to Cayuga!

Well, it's taken me long enough to get going on this! TQ and I got back on Tuesday from what I'm pretty sure was the longest vacation I've taken since I was in banking (FDIC policy recommends that banks require all employees to take at least 2 consecutive weeks of vacation without computer access each year). I'd left with a couple of things that I knew I would need to attend to pronto when I got back, and surprise surprise, they were still waiting for me when I got back, and surprise surprise, more things requiring attention had come in while I was away, so my 3-day work week was a bit crazy and I actually went in yesterday too. It was a yucky day out yesterday, fall seems to have finally arrived after a run of unseasonably warm weather, if it had been a nice paddling day I would've skipped the office but as it was I feel much more caught up now (although it didn't help the bad case of post-vacation blues I've got - I felt so down today that I reneged on the much-needed cleaning I'd told myself I would do today and went out for a long walk in Prospect Park instead, it was windy out but much nicer than yesterday and I came back in a much better mood). We really lucked out with the weather during our trip, especially for the part where we got up close and personal with Niagara Falls via the Cave of the Winds walkways and the Maid of the Mist, which I can't imagine would be quite as much fun if it was chilly.

This was something of a three-parter, all featuring various waters of Western NY. We started with a visit to my friend Louise, who lives near Cayuga Lake. She runs the Kayak Safety Team for the Women Swimmin' for Hospicare event that I've now gone to help out with 3 times; that event is always in the middle of the summertime, which means TQ is working weekends (he works for NYC parks and weekends are the busy days for them in the summertime), so I can never bring him along. We had come up with a very special plan for our October vacation that was going to start and finish on Cayuga, and she invited us to come stay with her for the weekend before we began that.

We had a bit of a hard time getting the heck outta Dodge on the 8th because of a running race that had a lot of streets shut down, to the point that although we left at 10:30 am, we ended up getting lunch in Park Slope, where I'd asked TQ to stop to let me pick up a hostess present at the Ladybird Bakery, but once we were clear of the race route, traffic was flowing very nicely and we got to Louise's in plenty of time to enjoy a great dinner that she had had made for us (followed by some of the hostess present, which was a LARGE Brooklyn Blackout cake - TQ's been getting these for my birthday for a few years and they are unbelievably good and I thought that would be a good and proper Brooklyn present). Sunday we did some exploring of the area, which is so pretty, visiting the shore of the lake and the beautiful Taughannock Falls State Park. The area had had a hard summer of drought, with the falls actually drying up for some time, but there'd been some rain the week before and Louise was so happy to actually show us a waterfall, even if it wasn't a very big one! After that, we went back to her place, whiled away the rest of the afternoon playing croquet (I swear I'm buying a croquet set for Sebago, it's so much fun), and then went to Maxie's Supper Club for dinner and some good live bluegrass music. It was a great day, and here's a baker's dozen of photos from the hiking part of the day:

by (bonnie) at October 24, 2016 03:30 am

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

Oh, The Urbanity!

For some reason, this ended up as a weekend of hiking and biking in cities vs. woods.


On Saturday,  Carl and I decided to eschew the Appalachian Trail and instead amble along the Carroll Creek Park pathways in Frederick Maryland, over to Frederick Municipal Airport where a "Wings and Wheels" festival was taking place - aircraft (not chicken wings) and historic cars. Carroll Creek Park is a long linear park that was created as part of a flood control project - the actual creek runs in large culverts under a very scenic canal and pathway system with multiple fountains, art gardens and a wide variety of bridges. The walk was a bit more than 2 miles each way.


The air/car show was about 90% cars and only about 10% planes. There was the usual mix of '57 Chevies, old Mustangs and Camaros and the required GTO - but there was some contemporary cars (like the new tiny Fiat and some Mini Coopers) that somehow got in.


The next day I decided to bike my all time favorite bike route - a 32 mile loop that starts in Garretty Park MD and goes down through Rock Creek Park on Beach Drive to Georgetown, then back up the Capital Crescent Trail through Bethesda to connect back to Beach Drive.  It actually turned into a 35 mile ride, as Beach Drive is closed for construction and in trying to sneak around the closure, I ended up in the National Zoo road system with no way back to the trail. So, I had to bike up Adams Mill Road over to Adams Morgan and then around to Calvert Street until I wound my way past the construction.


From Georgetown, the Capital Crescent Trail parallels the C&O Canal Towpath until the Fletcher's Boathouse area - where it appears the replica C&O Canal Barge is sitting a bit low in the water.

From there it is about 5 miles uphill to Bethesda, past the Bethesday Row Landmark theater where the night before Carole, Jim and Jacquie forced me to see the worst movie I've seen since "The Lobster" - "Certain Women." Even though Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post gave it 4 stars, none of us could figure out why the movie had even been made. As we were walking back to our car complaining about the movie, a young couple walking behind us agreed. We were still complaining in the elevator in the parking garage - and an older woman joined in, saying Ann Hornaday was no longer her go-to movie reviewer...

From there the trails goes under the Air Rights Complex building, through the Columbia Country Club and then back to Beach Drive, where I turned north into the teeth of the 30 mph winds.

by John P. at October 24, 2016 01:01 am

October 23, 2016

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


Go paddling och go himmel

Go paddling och go himmel

Lite grått mest hela dan igår men lagom till vi tänkte ta en paddelsväng på Skälderviken sprack det upp. Det gjorde inget. Go runda bortåt Sibirien och tillbaka. Fint som tusan i det sista kvällsljuset.

Inget helbad idag men lite ansiktsdopp i alla fall

Inget helbad idag men lite ansiktsdopp i alla fall



Hellre ute än inne var det väl

Hellre ute än inne var det väl

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Inlägget Skälderviksmoln dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 23, 2016 08:51 pm

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

Guvåghytta til lands, for en gangs skyld

Det ble ingen padling denne helgen. Av en eller annen grunn fristet det ikke, tross fantastisk flott vær. Men jeg fant på å gå en tur ned til Guvåghytta, den burde ligge midt i sola og jeg trenger et bilde av området etter at det siste naustet er kommet på plass. Så da ble det en snartur dit. Det er ikke så langt å gå, men en kort tur er som kjent bedre enn ingen tur.

Det var kommet mer klopping siden sist, men nå må det være ganske lenge siden jeg gikk hit, så det er egentlig ikke rart. Dessverre er disse langsgående plankene sleipe og nokså skumle å gå på til tider. Selv om jeg var obs og selv om jeg hadde sko med ekstremt godt feste på stein osv., så deiset jeg fullstendig på ræv litt seinere.

Det var mye bær på einene jeg så underveis, dessverre ingen blå. Men noen så ut for å være på vei til å bli det, om ikke annet.

Jeg hadde hørt at det var ryddet en del trær i området, og var litt spent på resultatet. I minst én av de forrige rundene har det nemlig forsvunnet hengekøyetrær! Denne gangen så det ut for at (de siste) hengekøyetrærne mine har fått stå, hurra. Hvem som har hatt reir her vet jeg ikke, men det er tett ved bålplassen så det må være en tøffing.

Hovedhytta og de to naustene, sånn som de ser ut når man kommer over den siste bakken. 

De fine skiltene i forrige bilde, har litt trøbbel. De er bare plugget fast i et tre, det hadde sikkert vært en god idé om ikke det hadde hatt seg sånn at trær vokser. Da skjer dette etter hvert.

Det var rett og slett en flott høstdag på Guvåghytta. 

Sisselrot? Er det ikke denne som skal smake litt lakrisaktig?

De som har bålet her har ikke hørt om sporløs ferdsel, eller så driter de i det. Lite pent. På vei tilbake til bilen møtte jeg flere stykker på vei til hytta. De bar tungt, så de skulle nok kose seg skikkelig her i helgen.

Jeg kjørte grusveien for korteste vei til Sortland. Plutselig så jeg noe rart som hang på en streng ved veien. Det var såpass suspekt at jeg snudde. Og det var jammen en haukugle. Tøft. Litt kjedelig at den satt med ryggen til.

Men jeg kjørte videre og snudde igjen, og imens snudde også ugla. Nå fikk jeg også bedre bakgrunn for å ta bilder av den. Bare ergelig at jeg ikke hadde med speilrefleksen, det hadde nok blitt bedre. Her sitter den og spiser.
Ganske tøff, spør du meg.

På vei hjem kom jeg forbi et par båter som lå og speilet seg.

En flott høstdag. Burde nok vært på vannet en tur jeg også, sånn egentlig.

by Miamaria ( at October 23, 2016 07:53 pm

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

October 23rd - Cadboro Bay (#102)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay. Conditions were nice and there was no one around! I used the GP with the surf ski and was able to keep up a good pace.
click to enlarge
4 km, YTD 853 km

by Mike J ( at October 23, 2016 07:46 pm

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Rough Water & Surf

Two days of "Rough Water & Surf" brought us off off Little Tybee Island to play with surf over offshore sand bars. Wave refractions allowed for surfing both ways over the sandbar, sometimes hitting the clapotis/zipper for a splash. And careful to not run into the dolphins that we frequently saw.

Back at the beach I tried-again two new alternative re-entries, that Liz showed me yesterday; nailed it!

by (Axel) at October 23, 2016 05:00 pm

Torso Rotation
An Oregon Coast Blog and Kayaking Journal

phone poem

the black lines of the poem i am writing for you undulate like a centipede tracing odd paths

by Paul Steinberg at October 23, 2016 04:04 pm

Océanos de Libertad

Test Ophion Shuriken (Canal de las Rozas)





Vamos poco a poco terminando entradas pendientes, en este caso mi primera toma de contacto con una pala "bestial" la marca slovena comercialidada en la península por es una pala fabricada integramente en carbono pre-preg al vacio y en autoclave  con relleno de foam en las hojas, lo cual le da mayor flotabilidad, cosa que agradeceremos para determinadas maniobras como esquimos, apoyos en la espuma y sculling en general.
La superficie de la hoja es bastante grande  lo que unido a la pertiga ergo que llevaba este modelo (tres tipos de pertigas posibles, 2 ergo y recta), por lo que irá genial para palistas con una buena condición física. Si no es tu caso, te recomiendo la Katana Trickstar de ophion que va como la seda.

 Como ya dije es una pala poderosa y eso se nota a cada palada, con una entrada en el agua suave pero firme. A mi personalmente me ha encantado.
Tienes tabién la opción de pedirla con pértiga de una pieza o desmontable en dos partes.

Bueno el día sirvió también como toma de contacto con el canal de piraguismo de las Rozas, al cual accedemos junto al polideportivo de Navalcarbón,  entramos en un embarcadero que tras unos 2km aproximados nos lleva al campo de kayak polo del club de piraguismo las Rozas. El canal es estrecho y en los estremos se ensancha, por lo que la navegación con grandes kayaks requiere de maniobra. La profundidad es escasa apenas llega a 1 mts, por lo que con la superego no podía hacer ni chandeles ni cartwheels... pero el paisaje es bonitos, discurre por un parque entre cañizos.




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 La pala desmontable, tiene la ventaja de ser extensible en 10 cm y de ángulo variable, por lo que puede serviros tanto si vais a practicar kayak surf, rodeo, creek, o usar un kayak doble u otro tipo de kayak que pida más longitud de pala.

Una cosa más, podéis ver la info del canal en internet e incluso en alguna web del ayuntamiento de las Rozas, de hecho lo denominan como canal de piraguismo....lo que no se es si te pueden sancionar por meterte sin permiso.



by Jorge López ( at October 23, 2016 10:40 am

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

Septemberutflykt med stugbilen, Höga Kusten & Lofoten

Soluppgång på Bjuröklubb

Soluppgång på Bjuröklubb

Kvällshäng på Utefest

Kvällshäng på Utefest

Vi tog oss en liten septemberutflykt med stugbilen Winzent. Den första lite längre utflykten med husbilen som vi tokshoppade i våras. Det blev en, inte så, liten runda. Startade hemma i Knäckebröhult i nordvästra skåne och utflyktade oss runt så här ungefär:

Mässhäng på Elmia i Jönköping med efterföljande natt i området Kloten i krokarna av Lindesberg. Tre nätter på Utefest på HögaKusten med lite cykling, gött umgänge och lite ViaFerrataklättring. En natt i kanten av Skuleskogens nationalpark med go promenix i grymt fina omgivningar. En natt ute vid Järnäs klubb. Horisontvy vid Bjurö klubb. Pajala med lite cykling, Kiruna med topphäng ;). Gött kvälls- och morgonljus vid Torneträsk. Lite promenader vid Abisko fjällstation. En natt på väg ut mot Lofoten i Harstad, två nätter en bit ut på Lofoten i Rystad och sen en natt längst ut på Moskenes. Sen fick vi lite hemlängtan och drog söderut 😉 En natt på en superfin udde lite nordväst on Narvik, Lite fjällhäng på väg mot Arjeplog. En natt i Lit. En natt på skojig och ovanlig camping utanför Gullspång och sen hem till skåneland igen.

Himla go runda och kul för oss plattlänningar att få se lite höjder och kontraster i norr.

Visade sig vara en bra årstid, kul att få se höstfärgerna i norr och skönt med så lite andra turister. En del saker var stängda men vi hade nog ändå inte tänkt att vi skulle hänga på alla lekland och sevärdheter med bemanning. Gott om blåbär och lingon gjorde inget när det nästan var slut/övermogna i skogarna hemomkring.

Vi konstaterade att det här med stugbil/husbil kändes super och att fara omkring utan direkt tidplan är klart gött. Inte det här att vi måste/borde/ska/skulle vara där eller här nu utan vi tar det som det kommer. Hade tänkt vara ute en vecka+ och det blev knappt tre. Supergött. Nu blev det inget paddlat denna rundan men vi tror på stugbilen som utflyktsbil med både cyklar, kajaker, tält och övrig friluftsutrustning för att hänga lite här och där och ta några tältnätter, cykelsvängar, fjällpromenader osv. Vi får se hur det blir, kanske sitter i stugbilen hela tiden. Oavsett så känns det nu som att stugbil kunde vi gott shoppat för tio år sen, eller i alla fall för fem när vi började fundera i de banorna… menmen alltid lättare att vara efterklok.

Fiskehyddor vid Torneträsk

Fiskehyddor vid Torneträsk

Ravinen strax intill Abisko fjällstation

Ravinen strax intill Abisko fjällstation

Morgonmys med horisontvy vid Rystad, Lofoten

Morgonmys med horisontvy vid Rystad, Lofoten

En natt på Moskenes camping

En natt på Moskenes camping

Granna Lofotenstränder

Granna Lofotenstränder

I närheten av Narvik, finfin udde med vatten på de flesta håll

I närheten av Narvik, finfin udde med vatten på de flesta håll

Turens svalaste bad. Strax dags att sväng av från E6 i norge mot Arjeplog

Turens svalaste bad. Strax dags att sväng av från E6 i norge mot Arjeplog

Via Ferrata på Skuleberget, kuligt och med go vy

Via Ferrata på Skuleberget, kuligt och med go vy

Grottpyssel i Skallebergsgrottorna

Grottpyssel i Skallebergsgrottorna

Måne och kvällshäng på Seskarö vid Haparanda

Måne och kvällshäng på Seskarö vid Haparanda

Uppe på Kirunatoppen

Uppe på Kirunatoppen

Inlägget Septemberutflykt med stugbilen, Höga Kusten & Lofoten dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 23, 2016 08:14 am

vincent kayak

cape...and creek

paddling creeks
or 'round capes,
solo... or in company,
'tis all fun... in a kayak 

(bloodied ear was a cycling mishap)


by vincent ( at October 23, 2016 04:33 am

October 22, 2016

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

True Believers

Still in Madison. It’s Saturday afternoon and the NAAEE conference is over… our presentation was packed and went over well with those who attended. Forty minutes went by a lot faster than I would have expected but that was mostly because of the number and quality of the questions we got asked. Time flies when you’re having fun, I suppose.

I was able to attend a number of other workshops and presentations during the course of the event and some of them were outstanding, others were less so, but I came away from each of them with something I can use, I think. (This morning’s presentation on data storage and sharing, for example, was full of good stuff that I’m going to need to go through in a little bit, just to make sure I don’t forget it all.)

Other than the things that have been happening here at the conference, I’ve been giving some thought to how to frame environmental issues in ways that will make them more effective and, quite honestly, less divisive and combative. This line of contemplation was triggered by a social media exchange I foolishly engaged in yesterday with an activist who is heavily involved in the current fight against the planned LNG facility on the Tacoma tideflats, near the mouth of the Puyallup River. I’m pretty sure we are actually on the same side of the issue, but this individual’s strident remarks and inability to carry on a civil discussion without getting unquestioning agreement got me thinking once again about the true believers among us.

The long and the short of it is that I was instructed to keep my opinions to myself, something I have honestly never been very good at. And remember, this is from someone who is an environmental activist, a T-town local whose views are very much aligned with my own. It made me think about a study done by the University of Toronto that showed how environmentalists (and activists in general), are viewed negatively by the public, even those who might be inclined to agree with them.

Here is a direct quote from the study’s findings. The italics are mine:
“The researchers said that the negativity (associated with people’s views of activists), ‘plays a key role in creating resistance to social change.’ The experts also found that the majority of participants were not in favor of either associating themselves or adopting the behavior of ‘typical’ activists – as they are considered ‘militant’ and ‘eccentric’.” In other words, the bellicose way their message is presented not only does not advance their cause, it significantly does it damage.

You catch more flies with honey… I think that is the point of the study. While environmentalists are frequently active in the role of saying “No” – No oil trains, no methanol plant, no LNG, no fracking, no pipeline – while these are often valuable and necessary stands, if all you ever say are remarks to the negative, it shouldn’t surprise you if you end up with nobody listening. Moving forward in any meaningful way requires cooperation with others, collaboration and compromise among adversaries and friends alike. Wave your banners, shout your slogans, but realize that without a willingness to get to “Yes,” you are no longer playing to be part of any solution; you are simply a persistent buzzing noise, annoying those who are actually trying to get positive goals accomplished.

I’m not preaching here… I am aware that I could use a little more humility myself from time to time.

Some people want to win arguments and others want to get things done. I’m not finished processing all of these thoughts, but I do know what side I’m on. How about you?


by Ken Campbell at October 22, 2016 07:52 pm

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

Historic Paddle Photo: Geological Survey of Canada

Here's another historic photo from the Archives of Canada.  Taken at an unknown location as part of an 1895 Geological Survey of Dr. R. Bell, the photo features men loading supplies into their bark canoes. 

Aboriginal men loading supplies into birch bark canoes
Photograph taken at an unknown location.
Credit: Geological Survey of Canada / Library and Archives Canada / PA-045620
Restrictions on use: Nil
Copyright: Expired

While the location was not recorded, the sharp stem profiles of the canoes look much like what Tappan Adney classified as the "Algonkin" type.

Old Model, Ottawa River, Algonkin Canoe

A few paddles are also visible in the scene. Here is a zoomed in version of one of the men with his straight sided paddle ready for action...

paddle closeup

by Murat ( at October 22, 2016 08:10 pm

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

October 22nd - Discovery (#101)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the Islands. Conditions were pretty good with no more than 10 kts of wind and not too much current. Since the tide was high, we were able to explore and pass through places that we normally can't go, so that was fun! I ran into Ian, the Songhees patroller, and chatted with him about the park closure. We heard the wolf howling when we were on the west side of Discovery and spent some time looking for him, but did not see him. Lots of gulls and harlequin ducks around. Dan and I were "out of practice", so we did not maintain quite our usual pace but did fit in a slightly longer than usual paddle.
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16 km, YTD 849 km

by Mike J ( at October 22, 2016 07:42 pm

Piragüismo San Fernando

Pasarela de madera hasta la Punta del Boqueron

Aparte de Camarón, Las Cortes, Feria, Semana Santa, Carnaval, (y no por este orden) etc...Una de mis debilidades de mi San Fernando es el Castillo de Sanctipetri. 
De siempre se ha dicho que el Castillo era de la Isla, pero de verdad los que lo han estado explotando y sacando todo el rendimiento turístico, económico, etc...son nuestros vecinos de Chiclana, y con dos cojones...muchas empresas de Chiclana hasta hace poco tiempo han comido y siguen comiendo de ello, puesto que Loggia (NUEVA Empresa de San Fernando, POR FIN) ha cogido su explotación, pero vamos... casi todos sus trabajadores viven  o son de  Chiclana y viven por allí. En estas empresas están los de los kayaks , windsur, vela,  skate surf , Paseos en barcos (mas baratos desde allí que desde Gallineras) etc...que casualmente casi todos sus titulares y sus socios empresarios son también de San Fernando pero con algunos campitos allí.
Todo esto tiene una sencilla explicación, Tiene  vías de comunicación, carretera, autobús, barcos, carril bici,  etc... es mas fácil llegar al Castillo desde el poblado de sanctipetri que desde la Punta del Boquerón....

Hace varios años estuve en la flecha de El rompido de Huelva.

Pasarela del caño la Gavia con 300m de longitud.
Os suena el parecido, pues bien solo le falta el castillo en la desembocadura del Rio Piedras y seria igualito a nuestro Sanctipetri pero con 20 km mas grande en todo. Bueno, observamos en un viaje que hicimos que durante todo el litoral que tienen pasarelas igual que las que tenemos por el sendero de la punta del boquerón y que  aquí no llegan a 1km

 pero allí son de 20 km dobles de ancho, una por la playa y otra por la carretera para las bicis.

Pasarela actual e ideal para seguir hasta Fuerte Urrutia

 Aquí  hicieron un camino de tierra y grava que solo duro un año, las dunas lo enterró todo y me informan el técnico de desarrollo sostenible de San Fernando que cada metro de pasarela aérea como la de la foto vale 500€ por metro (ya terminado). serian apenas 2km  ya que tenemos 500m solo faltarían unos 75.000€
Aquí os dejo varios enlaces y artículos de arreglos que han hecho este mismo año la Junta de Andalucia en Huelva.:

Articulo prensa Huelva


 El Portil Punta Umbria: 7km

Pasarelas paralelas a la carretera 

Guia de senderismo (mirar pag 69)

No se si llamar ha esto una propuesta o un sueño....

Una pasarela para llegar andando o en bici a Fuerte Urrutia para todo tipo de actividades turísticas deportivas escolares o simplemente un mirador al caño Santipetri en el mismo Fuerte Urrutia.
 Y sobre todo que lo pagué al que le toque que ya hemos pagado mucho nosotros para que al final se vayan para otros sitios, que a lo mejor se lo merecen, no digo que no, pero después de ir a Huelva me di cuenta que estamos en el culo de Europa...¿no creéis?.

by Andres Barba ( at October 22, 2016 11:23 am

October 21, 2016

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.

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Tybee Time

It is great to be back at Sea Kayak Georgia for their annual sea kayak symposium. My first visits were in 2003 and 2004.

Tybee Island offers a great variety of paddling opportunities as you can see from the below map. The famous 'triangle' is a sand bar out of Tybee Creek that has surf, races and confused seas all around it. A very dynamic area for tides and waves in (for me) High Summer temperatures.

Evertytime I am here I learn new great stuff. More to follow...

by (Axel) at October 21, 2016 05:00 pm


VII Symposium Internacional de Kayak de Mar en Llança

Pues si, ya van 7, y como tiene frecuencia bienal, demuestra el esfuerzo continuado durante 14 añitos de los chicos y chicas de Pagaia, organizando este evento internacional, que es referente para cualquier amante del kayak de mar.
Dentro de pocos días se abre el plazo de inscripciones. Excelente oportunidad de aprender y compartir experiencias de paleo en un entorno paradisíaco para este deporte como es la Costa Brava, con kayakistas venidos de cerca y de lejos, con la seguridad de vivir una experiencia de esas que te marcan. Ya están reservadas las fechas en la agenda 2017.

¡Allí nos vemos!


by Jose Bello ( at October 21, 2016 01:32 pm

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

Höstfärger på Västersjön



Smågrått med ett och annat dugginslag, här vid Raggarkullen

Smågrått med ett och annat dugginslag, här vid Raggarkullen

Igår tog vi en eftermiddagstur på Västersjön. Lite grått när vi startade och några stänk men solen kom ikapp. Så himla fint och gött med alla höstfärger. Passa på att sticka ut i höstfärgerna i helgen! I våra trakter kan det nog vara topp/peak höstfärger denna helgen. Sen får vi hoppas på en kort gråperiod innan förhoppningsvis vit, lång och kall årstid i 5-6 månader 🙂

Solen på väg

Solen på väg



Goa höstfärger

Goa höstfärger

Färgvariation. Bokar och ekar ganska höstiga, lärken håller det gröna ett tag till

Färgvariation. Bokar och ekar ganska höstiga, lärken håller det gröna ett tag till

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Inlägget Höstfärger på Västersjön dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 21, 2016 10:15 am

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A Sunart stunner

After dinner at our camp on the Morvern shore of outer Loch Sunart we looked for a good spot below the tideline and got the fire lit.  As the breeze dropped the midges made their presence felt but were a minor inconvenience rather than a full-on attack.

The sun set over Ardnamurchan with a brilliant flourish and  a searing, glittering flood of light across the Sound of Mull. We'd hoped that our campsite would give us a good view of the sunset....we weren't to be disappointed!

The light show started almost as soon as the sun dipped below Ardnamurchan Point with an intense golden glow....

..which faded to a copper colour over about twenty minutes.  One of the advantages of sunsets at more northern latitudes is that they last a long time and this one was a full hour from the sun setting to the last of the light.

Once the sun was well below the horizon the cloud formations took on the brightest colours.... a gradually developing palette from bronze......

......through to purples and pink shades which were bright enough to reflect their clours on the water.

Almost an hour after the sun had dipped below Ardnamurchan, the sky was still glowing with colour.  The horizon itself was a smoky brown; a band of brighter light spread around the western skyline and above that the clouds took on a deep red shade.  It had been another of those west coast of Scotland sunsets during which we felt ourselves participants rather than spectators, and with some of the best seats in the house.

Minutes later the colour drained from the sky and the stars emerged.  Soon the only bright light was from our fire; we sat late into the evening chatting and reflecting on how lucky we are to have the opportunity of experiences such as these.  The darkness around us wasn't quite complete though - we were treated to the fleeting brilliance of several very bright meteors, part of the Perseid meteor shower.  What a stunner of an evening!

by Ian Johnston ( at October 21, 2016 10:59 am

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

October on the Rogue River

October is a time of shifting seasons for us.  We wrap up Liquid Fusion Kayaking's main sea kayak instructional season with at trip to Oregon to teach at the Lumpy Waters symposium.  Often we enjoy a few days exploring the Oregon Coast on our trip home from Lumpy.  This year, we decided to step away from the salt water and air and get a good fresh water rinsing so we made plans to meet up with some friends for a multi day whitewater trip on the Rogue River.
LFK Friends Jerry and June carrying yummy food and other comforts in the raft.  Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Fall is a beautiful time of the year to paddle on the Rogue.  The weather was warm and we enjoyed the changing leaves and scenery.  The run that we did was from Grave Creek to Foster Bar.  At a flow of around 1900 cfs, it was a leisurely run of 34 miles with class II/III whitewater rapids.
Sunny skies and a calm stretch on the river resulted in beautiful reflections. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
It is a fall tradition for the raft and drift boat guides to put pumpkins along the river.  We enjoyed spying the many pumpkins and gourds along the river.
A pumpkin gourd marks the entrance to a small rapid on the Rogue. Photo by Jeff Laxier
Of course we enjoyed running the whitewater rapids of the Rogue.  Both Jeff and I enjoyed running Blossom Bar.  While tricky for a raft, it is a fun rapid to run in a kayak with lots of options for eddy hopping and slaloming one's way down river.
Jeff running Blossom Bar on the Rogue River.  Photo by June Ruckman-Albright
To spice things up a bit more, Jeff had to take a leap off the traditional Jump Rock on the Rogue.  He made quite a splash.

The Rogue can be quite busy in the summer with hikers and river users (kayakers, rafters, drift boats).  October is a quieter time on the river.  Many of the commercial rafting companies wrap up their season in September so we were sharing the river primarily with drift boats with fishermen and a couple of gear rafts carrying equipment for hikers.  Many of the fishermen, river users, and hikers were staying at the lodges along the river so most of the prime campsites were open.  My favorite camp was at Clay Hill.
Camping at Clay Hill. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
On day 3, we were setting up our final camp for the trip at Clay Hill. When across the river from us, a mamma and baby bear appeared.  We hooted and hollered to let them know that they were not welcome to come visit our camp.  Baby scurried up the hillside and out of sight pretty quickly.  However, mamma bear continued on her course along the river.  It looked like she was looking for fish.
Mamma and Baby Bear checking us out from across the river.  Photo by Cate Hawthorne

I bet none of us slept much our last night on the river.  We were a little concerned that mamma bear might come visit our camp.  She did not but it started raining around midnight.  It was a beautiful steady rain.  Jeff and I both enjoyed listening to it while we were all snug and dry in our new tent.  the next day we packed up and paddled in the rain to the take out.
A warm rainy day finish to our Rogue trip. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Here is a link to more photos from our October 2016 Rogue River Trip.
A great blue heron fishes on the edge of Blossom Bar Rapid on the Rogue River. Photo by Cate Hawthorne

by Cate Hawthorne ( at October 21, 2016 10:41 am

October 20, 2016

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

Halifax Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: Another shot of Mi'kmaq canoe & paddle

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax features an old Mi'kmaq birchbark canoe on display behind a glass case. Included is a paddle which has warped over time. A previous post from 2013 features some photos taken by Lloyd of Canoe Canada East.

Found a blog of another museum visitor who captured another angle on the paddle. It shows the extreme tapering of the grip area from the side...

Photo Credit: Marelene Hutchins 

by Murat ( at October 20, 2016 07:07 pm

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

Rulleinstruktørkurs i Tromsø

Arctic Womens Playground inviterte til rulleinstruktørkurs sist helg, med Mia (tidligere norgesmester i rulling, selv om hun ikke akkurat skryter av det selv) og Jannie. Stort bedre kursledere skal man slite med å finne? Jeg satte kursen nordover etter jobb på fredag, og stoppet hos Aud hvor jeg fikk overnatte. Lørdag våknet jeg til overiset bil – ikke så dumt at jeg la om til vinterdekk før jeg kjørte.

Det var flott vær videre nordover også. Jeg rakk en tur innom XXL for shopping før kursstart, hurra. Lørdag begynte vi med teori, om pedagogikk, HMS og forskjellig. Etter en pause der jeg fikk svidd av noen flere kroner på padlestæsj hos Alfa Fritid, var det tid for basseng og å teste ut noe av teorien i praksis, med hverandre til prøvekaniner.

Nuvel, det var søndag det virkelig bar til stykket. Oppmøte ved Håkøya, ikke alt for tidlig om morran. Arctic Womens Playground ordnet bål og kaffe.

Mia og Jannie finpusser dagens plan – eller skravler om noe helt annet, hva vet jeg.

Teori først denne dagen også. Først planlegge et kurs på papiret, etter metoden vi testet ut litt dagen før. Så kom det tre prøvekaniner, som vi skulle lage plan til for å lære rulle. Jeg havnet på gruppa som skulle lære Carina å rulle, helt fra scratch. De andre gruppene fikk ei som kunne rulle men sleit litt, mens en skulle få nye utfordringer.

Arrangørene disket opp med god suppe til lunsj, det gjorde seg. Vi må også sørge for å nevne sjokoladekaka som dukket opp seinere, den gjorde også susen på helt riktig tidspunkt.

Carina stilte blid og spent, og vi gjøv løs på oppgaven med å lære henne å rulle. Inger Johanne fikk styringa, etter at Ketil hadde demonstrert.

Mia og Jannie fordelte seg mellom gruppene, og steppet inn ved behov når det buttet imot eller vi ble rådløse. Utrolig flott med kursledere som både gjør som de lærer bort, og er flinke til å veksle mellom metoder etter hvordan det passer best. Ikke noe oppheng i enkelte metoder, eller annet tøv. Steike gode forbilder. Jeg lærte mye om det å lære bort rulle, som var temaet for kurset. Men jeg lærte minst like mye om generelt det å lære bort, siden de er så gode på det. Forbilledlig, rett og slett.

Jeg skal ikke avsløre så mye av hva vi fikk utdelt i godteposene våre fra dem, men det var ikke lite. Raust og flott. Været var også på den rause siden denne dagen, som vi ser. Flotte omgiveler på Håkøya.

Mot slutten av kurset kom det ei dame forbi, sjekk hva hun har på bakdekket! En diger hund! Steike tøft, men det så ikke direkte überstabilt ut når den satte seg opp og ned, eller la seg på tvers…

Kurset ble avsluttet rundt bålet i flotte farger og omgivelser, med høytidelig (nesten) utdeling av kursbevis selvfølgelig.

Jeg har vel ikke direkte tenkt å holde rullekurs, men det er nå greit å kunne lære litt fra seg nå og da. Det er også greit å bli flinkere på å identifisere hva man gjør feil, når det ikke funker optimalt, også for egen del. Har allerede fått tak i prøvekanin som jeg skal se om jeg får til å bruke metodene i praksis når det er bare meg, ikke et helt team. Det vil vise seg.

Ei flott helg var det i hvert fall. Trivelige folk som gikk godt ihop synes jeg. Mange artige gjensyn fra tidligere forskjellige treff. Denne gangen ble også mannfolk invitert inn i varmen, det synes jeg ikke gjorde noe. (Spesielt siden de fikk diplom de også, med "I paddle like a girl, try to keep up", he he.)

Takk til Hege og Monica for påfunn og gjennomføring, til Mia og Jannie som øser sine kunnskaper og ferdigheter over oss, til alle «hotellene» jeg var innom, og til Nils Jacob, Ingrid, Anna, Inger Johanne, Monica, Ketil, Frank og Kjell Arne for å ha vært trivelig og lærerik kursgruppe. Og ikke minst til Carina, Hege og Bjørn for å ha vært steike tøffe som stilte opp som prøvekaniner for en hel, fersk gjeng.

Får du sjansen neste gang (for det må det bli), så er det ikke noe å lure på. Bli med.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at October 20, 2016 05:22 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.

Dosewallips River [Flickr]

Essex Explorations posted a photo:

Dosewallips River

Dosewallips River near the Dosewallips State Park.

by Essex Explorations at October 20, 2016 04:20 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!)

Erie Canal moonrise break, anyone?

Clyde and Newark. Newark was actually first but I wanted to put the best shot first. Internet is kind of angsty tonight after presidential debate #3 so I thought I would just share something calm here. Click for slideshow view, as usual. Enjoy! 

by (bonnie) at October 20, 2016 04:19 am

October 19, 2016

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Something More Interesting

In Madison, Wisconsin, now after a reasonably uneventful day of air travel. I’m planning on heading out in a few minutes to attend the opening keynote session of the NAAEE conference, the featured speaker being David Suzuki. I interviewed Suzuki once, way back in 1984, when I was a student reporter for the Muse, at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. I was an admirer then and I am even more impressed now with his wisdom and ability to communicate complex ideas in print and on the screen. He is, without a doubt, a Canadian national treasure and someone who I am looking forward to meeting again.

Which is a great deal more interesting to me than the faux debate between Presidential candidates that is scheduled at the same time as Suzuki’s keynote. There’s not really much competition, actually.

by Ken Campbell at October 19, 2016 10:50 pm

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

October 19th - Jemmy Jones (#100)

I was able to sneak out for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay. It was rainy but not too windy/wavy. I saw sea lions, seals, an eagle chase some ducks that were trying to land in the Killarney pond, as well as a grebe, gulls, and harlequin ducks. Today was the first time that I had really noticed the fall colours as I was making my way back into the bay. I saw several SUPers as well.
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5 km, YTD 833 km

by Mike J ( at October 19, 2016 07:27 pm

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


Medio oktober blev tiden hvor tørdragten blev fundet frem - og ih hvor er den da lækker at sidde i. Varm og tør hele tiden trods oktober øv-vejr.
Det var da heldigvis det eneste øv ved turen. allerede fra start kunne jeg kigge beundrende på en flok af klubbens medlemmer, der var til balancetræning med Anders Richter. Hele flokke lagde ud med at skulle i vandet og redde sig selv op i kajakkerne - så var der der jo ingen grund til at frygte en kæntring. Jeg så ikke så meget af deres træning og tror da også at Maria snød lidt ved at lægge ud med at stå op i kajakken.
Jeg satte spidsen af kajakken mod fjorden og kunne nyde de flotte efterårsfarver - lidt sol havde helt sikkert pyntet, men man kan jo ikke forlange det hele.
På læsiden af Gavnø lå igen mange gæs i vandet, og lige så mange gik inde på land. Der havde været jagt hele dagen på øen, så gæssene var ret nervøse og lettede hele tiden. Jeg var nok skyldig da en flok på vandet foran mig gik på vingerne. Men det mindede også lidt om et generelt opbrud, da himlen blev fyldt med formationer af gæs der fløj sydover.

Efter lidt modvind mod Karlsgab faldt der helt ro over vandoverfladen, og da jeg nærmede mig broen ved slottet var det blikstille.
Det var det ikke på den anden side hvor et par unge i motorbåd prøvede at kæmpe sig fri af en grundstødning ved at give fuld gas. Det hjalp ikke det fjerneste. Jeg tilbød at prøve at trække lidt med, men bad dem så om at bakke med motoren. Jeg fik også trukket dem en del meter baglæns, men da de selv skulle bakke videre kunne de ikke styre båden. I stedet gav de fuld gas fremad - og sad næsten med det samme fast i den bløde bund igen. De havde ringet efter hjælp og ventede på en kammerat i en mindre jolle. Han ville tage et anker med, og så kunne de prøve at trække sig fri med det.

Jeg roede tilbage til klubben i mørke, men da jeg havde monteret lanternen på en lille stang bag mig, kunne jeg ro med god samvittighed.

16 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at October 19, 2016 03:09 pm

Paddle Reflections
Sharing my experiences of paddling and paddle making.

Tipi project: Part one

Now it's been a loong time since I last wrote something here. It's not because I haven't done anything, but rather because I have been doing a lot!
The biggest thing being planning for a 7 week canoeing trip in northern Finland (Ivalojki) the next summer. But more on that later.

As some of you know I lived 2 years in tipi in Sweden while studying bushcraft. After that unfortunately I moved and have been living inside for two years. But recently I spent one week in a tipi while building a canoe for the upcoming canoeing trip.And that really reminded me of how fantastic it is to fall asleep to the sound of the fire, and to wake up to the sound of the birds flying inside the tipi.

So when I got home I started researching how to build one. The one I used to live in was built after this instruction (Swedish):

So while designing my tipi I use that as reference. There is, however some things I see could be improved on that design:
The smoke flaps, for example. They are REALLY big. Both too high and too wide. So I wanted to make them smaller. The big size makes them flap in the wind and heavy to move.
The pinholes that keeps the tipi together are too big (3 cm in diameter). And they are on a separate piece of fabric, which is usually the first seam to break on a tipi. So I wanted mine on the main fabric, with no seams, possibly even some reinforcement. I also believe the holes are too close so I moved them further apart lengthwise.
The "doorstep" is very low, which makes the door quite low. As my friend Lovisa pointed out it's a good idea to make it higher to move the door up a bit.
I also adjusted the top of the tipi, where you tie the raising pole, after THIS instruction. That way I don't need the wedges to lengthen the smoke flaps.

So I needed some canvas for all this. In the Swedish instruction the width is 160 cm. There is no mention of the thickness. So I started researching the thickness needed. And damn it's confusing with the English/American oz per square yard and the rest of the worlds grams per square meter. I came to the conclusion that it should be at least 12 oz after reading THIS.
There is a Dutch site called Esvocampingshop which has some different canvas to good prices.
But even with these prices a tipi would cost over 400€. That's more than I can afford. So I kept looking.... and looking..... and looking.
And finally I found a good deal on EBAY. A 40 meter roll, which is exactly as much as I needed, of 12 oz cotton canvas. Only 147 cm wide though. But after some planning I came to the conclusion that it would still work. I ran 12 oz per square yard in a converter to g per square meters. And it says 406 g per square meter. Now if that is correct it's quite thick. I am not sure if my sewing machine will be able to sew it... But that's a later problem!

The fabric is scheduled to arrive around October 10. Until then I hope to find a big enough room to sew it in. I'm also gonna start looking for poles for the tipi.

Finally, here is my current tipi plan. It's not final. So if you have any input I would be happy to hear!

Update: The final plan is in part 2

by Jonas Sjöblom ( at October 19, 2016 11:14 am

Tipi project: Part two

A little update on my tipi project.

The poles

I now have 12 of the 14 poles for the tipi. I make them out of spruce, mainly trees which are already dead. I have removed the bark from five of them, and god it's heavy work. Each pole takes 30-60 minutes. The biggest problem was that they move around and turn when I try to use the drawknife on them. But after a while I decided to strap them and it got much easier and faster. Now I average a little over 30 minutes per pole. I put as as a goal to do two per day... But now a cold is delaying me a bit. Either way there is no hurry with the poles. I won't put the tipi up until spring I think since I plan to paint it and need to do that in spring weather.

The materials

The fabric arrived yesterday. It doesn't seem too thick to sew with my machine. However it's a bit lower quality than I had hoped. The threads are thick and a bit loose. And there is no impregnation. As much as I hate synthetic impregnation I think it's important on a tipi in the climate up here. So I might have to impregnate it myself. If someone has tips of what to use, please let me know!

Here is the complete list of materials and prices (updated) 
800m extra strong polyester sewing thread 26€
80m cooking cotton thread for hand sewing 6€
10 sewing machine jeans needles 18€
Set of hand sewing needles 3€
2 steel rings (for smoke flaps) 4€
60 meter of braided hemp rope 10€ on second hand (only 40m is actually needed)
1l tar for the painting 17€
Pigment (red iron oxide) for painting 2€
I will also use raw linseed oil for the painting which I had from before.
The fabric was 151€ plus 39€ extra vat because I live on Åland and we have to pay double vat here...

This totals to 276€


I mixed the paint already to get the proportions right. What seems to work is this:
1 dl tar
2 dl linseed oil
3 tablespoons of red iron oxide pigment

The final sketch

Now the sketch is final. I might start cutting the fabric today if this cold allows for it. Click it to see it bigger. The star is the center of the circle. It's outside of the tipi to make it tilt back a bit. A tipi is not a perfect cone, and the bottom is not circular but oval. The cone is tilted back a bit to give a straighter back wall which gives more room to stand and less risk of dripping from the poles over the sleeping area.

Update: As usual nothing is ever final. So I have updated the sketch again, October 19 2016
Click here to download the plan as an Adobe illustrator document in scale 1:100.

by Jonas Sjöblom ( at October 19, 2016 11:14 am

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


Viaje en kayak por Euskadi por el parque de Urdaibai y la ria de Bilbao leer mas

October 19, 2016 09:11 am

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

Pannlampor känns lite ute nu ;) 1000W LED i en flygande drönare


Att montera ett skapligt ljuspaket i en flygande drönare ger rätt koola fotomöjligheter 🙂 Med lite bättre batteritider kan det ju vara skapligt koolt när man vill ut och lufsa eller skogscykla i mörkret också 🙂 Eller för mörkerpaddling om man vill slippa se den där läskiga marelden.

Inlägget Pannlampor känns lite ute nu ;) 1000W LED i en flygande drönare dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 19, 2016 07:23 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!)

I'm back!

And a lovely little jaunt here and there around the northwest corner of the state we've had! Click on the photo for a better view. 

by (bonnie) at October 19, 2016 03:19 am

October 18, 2016

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings Aboriginal Use of Wood in New York has another online book which features some paddle & canoe related sketches. Aboriginal Use of Wood in New York by W.M. Beauchamp was published in 1905. Plate 5, sketch 22 shows another illustration of the paddle first documented in  The voyages and explorations of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1616. This is one of the  earliest recorded images of a North American paddle although the original artist never likely saw the paddle directly.  Note the absence of any grip.

A previous post from 2010 showcased this paddle in its original illustrated context as part of map of Champlain's explorations. A native woman (obviously drawn with European bias) holding onto a child with one hand while grasping chevron decorated paddle with the other.

The voyages and explorations of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1616

Beauchamp 's Aboriginal Use of Wood in New York also contains another re-sketched historic paddle image.

This one originally comes from Baron de Lahontan's book, Nouveaux Voyages de Mr. Le Baron de Lahontan dans l'Amérique Septentrionale first published in 1703 (see previous post here). The english translation dated to 1905 is also available on During Lahontan's journeys in New France between 1683 - 1695, he managed to record a brief description of typical paddles which included some dimensional info...

"The paddles they make use of are made from Maplewood, and their form is represented in the annex'd Cutt. The Blade of the Paddle is twenty inches long, six inches broad, and four Lines [1/3 inch] thick. The Handle [shaft] is about three Foot long, and as big [thick] as a Pigeons Egg"

by Murat ( at October 18, 2016 08:42 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Back to the Motherland

I have an early flight out in the morning, taking me to Madison, Wisconsin, for the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) conference. I’m doing a presentation with Jenn Grimm, from the PWI, about the experiences we are having setting up a collective impact model for environmental ed here in the Puyallup watershed. Perusing the schedule, it looks like it’s going to be time well spent. (The keynote is coming tomorrow night from David Suzuki, one of my all-time heroes. That alone is going to be worth the trip.)

My mother was from Sheboygan Falls, and Wisconsin has always been a very special part of who I am. And it doesn’t hurt that on Thursday evening, after our presentation has wrapped up and official convention business is concluded for the day, the Bears and the Packers are playing in Green Bay. That’s a pretty short drive on a pretty straight road… #lookingforaticket

by Ken Campbell at October 18, 2016 04:44 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

The magic of a wild camp on Loch Sunart

By the time we reached Auliston Point we were in almost complete shelter from the southeasterly wind which continued to barrel up the Sound of Mull.  This had been one of the possibilities we'd discussed for our night's camp, so we gathered on the shore.....

...and climbed above the beach to a grassy meadow edged by basalt dykes with a great view across to Ardnamurchan. The ground was good for camping.......

....but the distance from the boats and the fact that the meadow was in the wind made it much less than ideal.  We decided to press on into Loch Sunart where we knew that there was good flat ground on the south shore of Loch na Droma Buidhe.  I was less than keen at the prospect of this spot for camping having previously experienced it in summer, and it would be completly sheltered from the wind which would very likely add midges and a flotilla of anchored yachts into the mix.

As it turned out, we found a great campsite before we arrived at Loch na Droma Buidhe; plenty of room on flat ground for our tents, accessible at all states of the tide and with a good supply of driftwood for the evening's fire.  We got the tents up and changed out of paddling gear, laying the kit out on the shore to air in the sun.  It had been a great day's sea kayaking in lively conditions, we could now relax into the evening.

David demonstrated his talents as a magician by first producing, like a rabbit from a hat, a collection of miniature bottles of Isle of Arran malt whiskies.

He then topped this - to the delight of the assembled audience - by making them disappear, one by one!.......

This was no sleight-of-hand illusion though,  there was magic in particular trick and the contents disappeared into our whisky cups!

This really is a big part of the magic of sea kayaking for me; a group of friends undertaking a journey together where the camps and the diversions are as integral as the distance travelled.  David's magic had been our pre-dinner entertainment and we were hopeful of a colourful evening "show".

by Ian Johnston ( at October 18, 2016 02:44 pm

October 17, 2016



Un día de descanso de agua, hoy a hacer piernas..

Este monte, que forma parte del parque natural de Urkiola, es omnipresente desde Durango. De fácil ascenso por la ruta normal o menos fácil si decidimos complicarnos un poco la vida, como ocurre en todas las peñas de Durangaldea. Subimos el Mugarra no hace mucho y su silueta nos acompañará todo el día. Iniciamos la ruta desde Mañaria
Suaves rampas al principio, entre algunos caseríos, que rápidamentre dejamos atrás, para ir superando el bosque, hasta zonas con vegetación arbustiva y algunas hayas.
Llegada al collado norte, el Oraieta.

Desde aquí recto a la cima, por pendientes fáciles, manteniéndonos por debajo de la arista al principio.
Marcas amarillas. 
El valle queda a nuestra espalda, en poco nos hemos separado del mundanal ruido.

Ya en la arista

Cumbre, 941 m. Desnivel 669 m.

by Jose Bello ( at October 17, 2016 05:59 pm

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

Playing around in Langstone Harbour Entrance

Who could resist it?
Spring tides, high water -2, with the water pouring into the Harbour to cover the mudflats.
A spot of wind to whip up the sea.
Sunshine and warm water.
Just wholesome good fun!

by Peter Bisset ( at October 17, 2016 04:51 pm

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

The rainbows of Skye...and Julian's gentle wisdom.

It is already clear, after only two days, that these coming months on the Isle of Skye, will be filled with "teaching moments" from a most wonderful instructor...Mother Nature. This morning, it was difficult to keep up with the changing between rain squalls, rainbow after rainbow appeared.

A meteorological phenomenon, the rainbow is as natural a thing as could possibly be. And yet, it is so "magical" and evokes such depth of feeling. The magnificent arc of colours is created when sunlight and rain "meet up" in the sky. Every single droplet of water acts as a tiny "prism" dispersing the light beam and reflecting it back to our eyes. The bands in the rainbow demonstrate that light is made up of many, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet and perhaps even an infinite number of other subtle hues.

But rainbows are so much more...

For me, they are a symbol of hope, a reminder that despite our struggles and no matter how difficult they may be, we must never give up. Julian of Norwich, was an English contemplative, mystic, theologian, and spiritual counsellor. Born around 1342, she may be known best for her tender words, "all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

Julian was a woman of "radical optimism". She lived and worked at a most difficult time, when poverty and plague were rampant, and yet her writings are filled with words of love, compassion, hope, and trust.

Sometimes the "skies" in our lives, or in the lives of those we love, can seem very dark and unsettled. If we look carefully, however, we can almost always discern a rainbow, a reason for hope.

And when we do, a band of light illumines our path, and we find our way again.

Julian taught that when we live with gentleness, expressing love and compassion in every way that we can, we will discover rainbows - right before our eyes. Perhaps even more important, however, we will create rainbows in one another's lives.

I like that idea, very much.

by Duncan and Joan Barwise ( at October 17, 2016 07:41 am

October 16, 2016

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

Lumpy Waters 2016

The beginning of October rolled around, and we closed Liquid Fusion Kayaking for the week and journeyed to Pacific City, Oregon to coach at Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak's annual Lumpy Waters Symposium.  If you haven't been to Lumpy, mark your calendars for October 6-8, 2017 and make it happen.  Lumpy has classes and fun for all skill levels.  Registration is open now and you can save $$$ by registering by the end of the month.

This was my sixth year coaching at Lumpy Waters.  Lumpy is my favorite sea kayak symposium.  It is an extremely well organized event that permeates with excitement and enthusiasm.  I think that this is a trickle down effect from the event organizers - Suzi Elle, Dave Slover, and Paul Kuthe.  Suzi, Dave, and Paul are fun loving folks who teem with energy and enthusiasm.  To compliment their enthusiasm, they rally a stellar crew of kayak coaches, support staff, sponsors, and students.
Sea Kayak Surf Zone Class at Lumpy Waters. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
My favorite element of Lumpy is the stoke.  Whether working or participating in the event, everyone is there to have FUN!  And to share the fun with others.  Students come to class ready to learn and to participate in the coaches creative games.  At times the games and drills appear silly; however, powerful learning is occurring.  Lumpy always gets my creative juices flowing.  Each year, the spontaneity of teaching eager students in a fun environment inspires me to try out new games and drills.  Students and coaches alike laugh and play and learn.
Cate Hawthorne leading the surf zone congo at Lumpy Waters. Photo by Kim Granfield
A huge thanks to Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak for inviting me to coach and rallying quality folks to the event.  Each year, I enjoy the reunion of paddlers that come together for Lumpy.  I have made many friends at the event that I look forward to seeing at least once a year at Lumpy and potentially at other sea kayak symposiums or at home on the Mendocino Coast.  We share tales of adventure, tales of life, recipes, and trip ideas.  I always leave Lumpy with new friends and inspired to paddle new places.
Lumpy students practicing their Wave Warrior cries! Photo by Cate Hawthorne
The venue of Cape Kiwanda RV Resort facilitates much of this camaraderie.  Most participants and coaches are staying on site or within walking distance. We share meals, happy hour, and evenings around the fire together.  A huge thanks this year to Ninkasi Brewing Company for joining on as sponsors and providing plenty of excellent beer to help us unwind after a day on the water and to fuel stories around the campfire.
Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Jeff and Cate just off the water and getting their Happy Hour Brews from Ninkasi. Photo by Andrew Romanelli
A huge thanks to event sponsors who help to make Lumpy happen.  This year Maui Jim Sunglasses stepped up with a couple of pairs of sunglasses and some swag for the event raffle. Thule, Werner, and Ninkasi sponsored happy hours.  Other sponsors included Sterling Kayaks, Jackson Kayak, Current Designs, Kokatat, NRS, Airstream, American Canoe Association, and Paddlesports North America.

Lumpy 2017 is October 6-8, 2017.  Be sure to mark your calendar and register early to secure your spot (register this month and save $$$ too).

by Cate Hawthorne ( at October 16, 2016 08:31 pm

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

Algonquin Outfitters - Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest

2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Canadian Artist, Tom Thomson on Algonquin Park's Canoe Lake. As part of the centennial events, Algonquin Outfitters is running a Paddle Art Contest. A modest $25 entry fee gets you unfinished paddle (or rough paddle blank) to decorate how you chose. Completed paddles must be received by August 31, 2017. An online and live auction will be held in September 2017 to determine the winners with proceeds going to various community organizations in the Algonquin Park Area.

by Murat ( at October 16, 2016 07:35 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Having a blast on the Sound of Mull

 A light breeze started up as we headed north towards Lochaline, making for a relaxed start to the day.

 The ruin of Ardtornish Castle is prominent on a grassy headland jutting out into the Sound of Mull.  Built in the late 13th century, it was held by the Lords of the Isles (Clan Donald) through the 14th and 15th centuries before becoming part of the MacLean possessions in the 16th century - the castle at Duart across on the Mull side of the Sound would have given them complete control over this important sea route.  Abandoned in the late 1600's, the Ardtornish lands were eventually lost to the Campbells.

 We turned off from the main Sound into Loch Aline where we landed near the ferry slip to enjoy second breakfast at the Lochaline Snack Bar.  The food was freshly cooked and very good - some of us visited the nearby shop to stock up on essentials and we refilled with water from the tap.

Lochaline is nowadays best known as one of the ferry ports serving Mull, but is also a working industrial centre.  A sand mine produces high quality white silica sand with a particularly low iron content which is ideal for the manufacture of very pure glass.  Opened in 1940, the mine operated until 2008 when it temporarily closed, reopening in 2012 under the joint ownership of Minerali Industrali and NSG/Pilkington.

 We waited for MV Loch Fyne to depart on her run across to Fishnish on Mull before following her out of Lochaline harbour.

 As "Loch Fyne" departed Loch Aline she passed a very graceful yacht on her way into harbour - by coincidence our friend Ronnie had crewed on her when newly built.  Ronnie left us at Lochaline but it had been really good to meet up with him and share the evening at Inninmore.

 We hoisted sails to take advantage of the freshening breeze, cracking along on a sparkling sea under blue sky.


 After a while we became aware of a strange buzzing noise, and then were surprised to see a drone flying close above with its camera filming us - it got really quite close to Phil's mast.

 The wind had really freshened as we headed up the coast and by the time we reached the small bay below Caisteal nan Con (Castle of the Hounds) it was up to the top end of a F5 with gusts well into F6 - time to take down the sails as we risked damaging the rigs in the stronger gusts, particularly with loaded boats.  Built on the site of an Iron Age hillfort, the ruin is of a 17th century tower house which was also known as Killundine Castle and is believed to have been built by an Allan MacLean, tacksman of Killundine.  The building was damaged by bombardment by a British warship in 1719 when Jacobite rebels were garrisoned here and was subsequently abandoned.

 We found a spot on the shore to shelter from the wind and take first luncheon, watching the trees on the adjacent shore bending in the wind.  Then came that buzzing sound again, as the drone reappeared and hovered above where we were sitting.  This really felt intrusive, particularly as it got closer to us.  Just as we decided to throw rocks at the annoying object the operator, wisely, flew it away.

 We battled back out of the bay and turned north again with a full F6 wind at our backs.  Out in the Sound, the MV Clansman was battering along with spray flying from her bow, on her way to Oban from Coll and Tiree.

 The conditions demanded full attention, swell was building at an awkward quartering angle and the wind strength was an insistent pressure.  It was exhilarating sea kayaking of the very best sort though - blasting along in bursts of spray.  We'd hoped to have crossed over to Tobermory on Mull for a visit, but the crossing would have been a real challenge - Donald ventured a little way over in his F-RIB and reported the conditions to be more than a little exciting.

We pressed on northwards and as a corner near Drimnin was turned, we came quite suddenly into shelter.  Just offshore the white horses continued to pile past but we were in much more benign conditions.  Ahead and across the mouth of Loch Sunart the view was dominated by the impressive cliffs of MacLean's Nose on Ardnamurchan, meaning we were nearly at the second "corner" of our journey around Morvern.

by Ian Johnston ( at October 16, 2016 12:00 pm

October 15, 2016

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

Perambulating the Pinnacles, Cycling the Creeper


For Christmas, Carole gave me a gift certificate for a 2 nights at the Damascus Old Mill Inn in Damascus, VA. Damascus is in southern Virginia and its claim to fame is that it sits at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile bicycle trail that I've always wanted to ride. The plan was to do both hiking and biking.


We loaded up the car in the am and I picked Carole up after work. Since Damascus is about a six hour drive, we decided to get dinner on the way down and then find a place to stay somewhere close to Damascus the first night. We ended up having a great dinner in Lexington VA at the Southern Inn Restaurant and stayed the night at a motel outside of VA Tech University in Blacksburg.

The next morning we drove another 90 miles south to Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson VA to some hiking before heading to Damascus. We ended up doing about 4.6 miles, combining several trails into a loop.

The first section was one side of the Twin Pinnacles loop, climbing up to just above 5,000 feet to Big Pinnacle with the ridge line carrying the Appalachian Trail behind us.


The view to the South includes the hills of both Tennessee and North Carolina.


From there we went down about 1,200 feet on the Big Pinnacles trail to do the Cabin Creek loop. The map showed a not-to-be missed waterfall that could be found in the middle of the loop. After about a mile and half we found a series of cascades that were nice but not fabulous, and no sign of the trail starting to loop. We followed what we thought was an unmarked trail further up the cascades and it turned out we were half-right: it was unmarked but it was not a trail. After backtracking and finding the loop path back, we did finally see the double waterfall (above) but not where the map said it would be.


From there we slogged back up the Big Pinnacle Trail to do the second side of the Twin Pinnacles loop, which took us back up to almost 5,100 feet where Carole celebrated the cloudless sky with several complex yoga positions.


We didn't see the wild ponies of Grayson Highlands but in addition to the non-stop views of mountains, there were many colorful displays of local flora, even though we were a few weeks early for the foliage peak.

From there we drove over hill and dale (many of each) down to Damascus, checked in to the Old Mill Inn, had a fine dinner of shrimp and grits and local hard apple cider as we sat and watched the ducks and geese battle for supremacy in the pond behind the Mill.


The next morning we stuffed our faces from the buffet breakfast to prepare for riding the full length of the Virginia Creeper Trail.


The Virginia Creeper Trail runs 34 miles from Whitetop Station to Abingdon VA, following an old lumber rail line that closed years ago and was one of the most successful  Rail to Trail conversions back in the late 1990s. The rail line was used to take lumber from the top of the mountain over to the main rail line in Abingdon. Over the 17 miles from Whitetop to Damascus, the trail drops 2000 feet and then climbs back up a few hundred feet over the remaining 17 miles to Abingdon. Today, Damascus largely exists to service bike riders on the trail and AT hikers - there is not much else happening there.


Our plan was to ride the entire 34 miles - the easy way. We drove to Abingdon early Thursday am and the Creeper Trail Bike Rental-Shuttle service picked us and our bikes up at 0830 and drove us to the top of Whitetop. On the drive up we saw a small black bear scampering across the road.


The sun was out and the weather was perfect for a nice downhill ride. The first several miles is a pretty steep downhill over a rocky surface - we barely needed to pedal but sort of had to keep a death grip on the handlebars as the leaves covered the rocks and ruts. After about 5 miles, the sun disappeared, the temperature started to drop and light rain began to fall. The trail winds through mountain laurel and pine trees and following a very picturesque babbling brook most of the time. Periodically, the Appalachian Trail follows the same route as the Creeper Trail has dozens of bridges that cross the creek. There was evidence that horse back riders also used the trail - whenever I saw a steaming pile of such evidence, I would warn Carole by saying "Presidential candidate press release, presidential candidate press release ahead."

Coming in to Damascus, the rain stopped but it was still cold so at the 17 mile mark we took a break to warm up and down some hot coffee at MoJoes Trailside Coffee House. We met three guys our age who were on the back end of cycling across the country from Oregon to Yorktown, VA. We then hopped on the bikes for about 5 miles of level riding through Damascus, over more bridges - including one with a tunnel of lights that we walked through later that night after dinner.


From there it was 12 miles of slight but  increasing uphill (don't listen to Carole, who claims it was a nearly vertical incline) to Abingdon over more and increasingly picturesque bridges. Abingdon is a cute, cute, cute town where we had great coffee at Zazzy'z and sampled all kinds of fancy schmancy olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the Abingdon Olive Oil Company.

The next morning we packed up the bikes and several bottles of olive oil and vinegar and got back on the NAFTA Highway (I-81) for the 6 hour ride home, after yet another great hiking/biking/eating weekend road trip.


by John P. at October 15, 2016 11:05 pm

Kollbergs Kajakblogg
Nynäshamn / Stockholm / Sweden

Workshop med Mest Ute i Nynäshamn

Det är fredag morgon och jag har tagit ledigt från jobbet för att under några höstdagar delta på en workshop som Mest Ute arrangerar i Nynäshamn. Lägger upp kajaken på biltaket och stuvar in utrustning och mat för en tredagarstur. Kör ut till Lövhagen. Har gott om tid för att packa i lugn och ro. En strid ström av bilar börjar droppa in. Kajaker och utrustning lastas av. Efter en kort genomgång gör sig 28 paddlare klara för avfärd. Det är en mäktig syn att se så många förväntansfulla paddlare på vattnet.

Styr ut över Gårdsfjärden. Solen lyser från en klarblå himmel. Det blåser friskt från sydväst. Vi har vinden i ryggen. Vaknade under natten och hörde suset från eken utanför sovrumsfönstret. Paddlar genom Gårdssund. Drar upp kajakerna på östra sidan av Yttre Gården. Slår upp tälten och äter lunch. På eftermiddagen delas vi upp i mindre grupper och genomför olika övningar. Det är en lekfull och tillitsfull stämning i gruppen. Målet är att vi ska ta oss över Mysingen och vidare till Stora Björn. Men det blåser för mycket så vi avvaktar. Lagar kvällsmat i skymningen. Tar ett glas vin och somnar trött och belåten.

Äter en tidig frukost. Har sovit gott. Under lördagen fortsätter övningarna i mindre grupper. På eftermiddagen genomförs planeringar av överfarten. Vi studerar sjökort, väder, avstånd och identifierar och bedömer risker. Vinden förväntas avta under lördagsnatten och därför beslutas att överfarten ska ske på söndag morgon. Äter en god middag. Lägger mig ner och tittar på en stjärnklar himmel. Somnar tidigt och sover skönt.

Det är fortfarande mörkt när jag äter frukost. Ser solen sakta gå upp. River tält, packar och gör klart för avfärd. Lägger ut klockan 8.00 och styr mot Våmklubben. Tar oss i samlad grupp över farleden och passerar norr om Måsknuv. Stannar till för en kort rast vid Mällsten. Det är förhållandevis lugnt och stilla endast en lätt dyning rullar in över Danziger Gatt. Ser Klovskär på håll. Tar oss förbi Gjusskär och vidare in mot Nåttarö by. Drar upp kajakerna och äter en härlig lunch i solen.

Klockan tolv landar en av sjöfartsverkets räddningshelikoptrar. Vi får en spännande dragning av helikopterbesättningen som består av fyra personer; två piloter, vinschoperatör och ytbärgare. Besättningen poängterar vikten av att ha reflexer väl synliga. Gärna under kajaken. Efter dragningen tar vi oss i samlad grupp tillbaka över Mysingen. Trött och belåten drar jag upp kajaken rampen vid Lövhagen.

Det har varit tre mycket givande och stimulerande dagar tillsammans med ett fantastiskt gäng paddlare. Tack Mest Ute och alla ni som var med på turen...

by Kenneth Kollberg ( at October 15, 2016 04:42 pm

Paddle Reflections
Sharing my experiences of paddling and paddle making.

Tipi project: Part four

I'm down on the level of details now. So today I've been working on the holes for the sticks that keep the tipi together, the rings for the smoke flaps and the loops for the tent pegs.

I started by marking the holes. I put them 17 cm apart, and to keep them in line I used a square edge. It was raining today so I had to do everything inside which was a bit tight.

The holes are just 3.5 cm long vertical cuts. I will hand-sew these later.

After the holes were cut I started on the rings for the smoke poles. I got inspired by this drawing, and wanted to try something similar. So first I marked out the inside of the ring and made a cut.

I then sewed around the ring two rounds. It looks quite messy. On the picture this is how they suggest it. But I' very skeptical to how long the thread would last. I can see the ring falling of in just one summer. So I reinforced it with leather to protect the seam.
To make it last even longer I took the opportunity to put raw linseed oil on everything, since it will be under the leather when I paint the tipi. I also greased the leather on both sides.
I'm actually very pleased with how it turned out. I did the leather-sewing using my (not so) speedy stitcher.

The last thing for today was the tent pole loops. Many tipi plans suggest eyelets, but my experience is that they gets loose from the fabric or the fabric breaks very fast. It's much better to spread out the wear as much as possible. So using some kind of bands works very well. I didn't have any ready-made bands so I followed my friend Lovisa's tipi sewing description (Swedish but good pictures).

I cut 12cm wide pieces of fabric which I folded to the middle from both sides. Then folded it in the middle and sewed together. From this I cut thirty 29 cm long pieces.
I also made reinforcings from 15x15 cm pieces of canvas as described in pictures in her blog. After sewing 12 of them I ran out of thread. And tomorrow is Sunday so I might have to wait till Monday to finish it. Maybe I will take a well-deserved day of rest and go canoeing.

An attempt to show how I folded it.

Reinforcings to the left and the loop bands to the right.

Loop in place.

by Jonas Sjöblom ( at October 15, 2016 01:52 pm

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

Gæs, gæs, gæs og atter gæs

På en kold og blæsende dag roede jeg Gavnø rundt sammen med Jes. På læsiden af øen gik mange gæs på land og en del lå i vandet. På et tidspunkt begyndte de at lette, og der var mange flere end vi troede. Bedst som vi sad og snakkede om at der var mange, lettede endnu flere gæs - under stor larm - fra midten af øen og fløj lige ud over hovederne på os. Vi var begge enige om at vi aldrig havde set så mange gæs over Karrebæk Fjord - det var en fantastisk oplevelse.

Vi fik roet 15 km

Efter roturen var der møde i NKC. Johnny havde indkaldt til formøde om pagajsnitning. Der var stor lyst til at komme i gang med at lave hule pagajer efter denne opskrift og i november går vi i gang. Johnny har med sin praktiske baggrund som erfaren håndværker gjort byggeprocessen nemmere, men det håber jeg at kunne komme ind på i senere indlæg.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at October 15, 2016 12:28 pm

Océanos de Libertad

Noguera Pallaresa 2016...en breve!

Jorge Castor estrenando la Toro.
David "Super Heroe" Castor.
Luisito sigue...a sus años!!!
Fernando...el Aparecido!
  Bueno como podéis ver no nos aburrimos, y este verano, un poco más tarde de lo que viene siendo costumbre...acudimos a nuestra cita con el Noguera Pallaresa...unos días fantásticos con los Yayo´s y los Castores, aunque yo por mi parte totalmente mermado con el cuello, apenas podía sujetar la pala....para bien o para mal, el nivel del rio, me pareció más escaso que otros años, pero las risas  fueron las mismas!

Pedrito, nuestro Macho Dominante forever.
Tito Maño

Isma y un servidor.
 Mientras tanto, os dejo con este video de esos momentos inolvidables que acontecen tras nuestro primer felicidad es evidente!

by Jorge López ( at October 15, 2016 09:14 am

October 14, 2016

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

A Plastic-Free Christmas

Have you ever thought about ways to eliminate plastic from your celebration of the biggest commercial holiday of the year? Is it even possible? Have you tried it? To cut your use of plastic during the holidays to zero? How close can you get?

Please send in your tips for reducing your use of plastics over the holiday season. This year, Christmas 2016, is an opportunity to change something. How much packaging does one country need?

by Ken Campbell at October 14, 2016 09:11 pm

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

Utenatt vid Västersjön

Brasa på gång. Gott i lä och go vy

Brasa på gång. Gott i lä och go vy

Natten mellan torsdag och fredag tog jag mig en tältnatt vid Västersjön. Länge sen jag tältade så det var verkligen på tiden 😉 Det blåste ostligt så jag tog i lä på ostsidan, precis ovanför en av finstränderna. Upp med Nallot och ut liggunderlag och sovsäck. Sen brasa på stranden, gött att sitta och spana in i elden några timmar. Lite mat och dryck på det och lite månspan. Superfint. Lite tassande vildsvin runtomkring. Somnade sött och vaknade för några timmar tältöppningshäng och korta promenader innan jag drog hemåt igen. Brukar sova lite oroligt första natten ute men det gick finfint, lite väl varmt då jag tog min varmare säck Apache men den är ju lätt att dra åt sidan 🙂

Tält och brasmys strax innan mörkret tar över

Tält och brasmys strax innan mörkret tar över

Varmt vatten på gång

Varmt vatten på gång

Morgon vid Västersjön

Morgon vid Västersjön

Tältet på en liten platå precis ovanför stranden, perfekt

Tältet på en liten platå precis ovanför stranden, perfekt

Det börjar bli lite höstfärger

Det börjar bli lite höstfärger


Inlägget Utenatt vid Västersjön dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 14, 2016 07:42 pm


La costa vasca

Euskadi siempre merece la pena, y su costa es una pasada. En algunos días puede palearse por completo. Su belleza desde el agua nos hace testigos del encuentro entre las montañas vascas y el mar Cantábrico, todo un espectáculo.

La ajustada entrada para acceder a Pasaia.

La logistica al llegar a grandes ciudades es más compleja, sobre todo si vas en autonomía y solitario, aquí va bien llevar un carrito para moverte.

Siempre hay posibilidades de jugar un poco. 

La geología del litoral de gipuzkoa, miríada de colores.

Momento de encuentros no programados con amigos, este mundo es muy pequeño...

Día increíble, mar difícil de encontrar así por aquí.

Al fondo el ratón de Getaria.

Los finales de etapa con entrada en rías la mayoría de las veces.

Desembarcos en algunos casos currados....

Las inevitables cuestiones de logística entre etapa y etapa.. hay que secar el equipo para mañana.. 


Los flysch, entre Zumaia y Deba, se muestran como las hojas de un libro, en realidad son capas alternantes de roca dura (calizas, pizarras o areniscas) con roca blanda (margas y arcillas),

Llegando al precioso pueblo de Lekitio.

Algunas etapas en solitario, al fondo San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

En estos casos solo fotos a distancia...

...... o fotos subjetivas, al fondo Lemoiz

Algunos puertos tienen una entrada complicada para los pesqueros, para el kayak no hay problema, en este caso Armintza.

Al frente el paso entre Cabo Villano y la isla del Fraile que es siempre interesante, porque hay poca profundidad y el agua se mueve

Aprovechando un viento del nordeste entablado en fuerza cuatro, con olas de un metro por la aleta de estribor, prueba del skua en surfeadas.. Javier dice que es un kayak que surfea bien.... comprobado, entre cabo Villano y punta Galea hay 5,5 millas, tiempo empleado una hora, no esta nada mal para ir de travesía con el barco cargado. También es verdad que sin demasiado equipo y que ya estaba acabando la etapa, que concluía en Getxo, y había ganas de llegar. 

by Jose Bello ( at October 14, 2016 03:52 pm