Paddling Planet

October 31, 2014

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

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.

Destin

I have passed over this bridge untold times. Like all things, the scenery here has changed. As a kid I remember coming over the bridge to see one dive shop, which is where we bought our gear and filled tanks, on the port side. Scrub oak and a small marina of commercial boats lined the starboard side.

Destin_Florida

Camera Settings

Destin

Now, you have condo’s, restaurants of every size and shape, souvenir shops and high end boutiques that I couldn’t even tell you exactly what they’re selling. Yet despite the commercial clutter, and it is clutter, you can still see the old beauty of Destin Florida, and the water is just as blue and clear as always.

I go to Florida sometimes for vacation. I actually really like Florida. It’s a weird place, it’s surreal. It’s so close, but you feel like you’re in another world or on an island. – Jemima Kirke

This time instead of boarding the Patty Anne with Capt. Fred Baker headed out to the offshore wrecks, we boarded the Buccaneer with a crew of Jack Sparrow look-a-likes ready to make good little pirates out of my nieces and nephews.

Good memories, and making good new ones; some things never change.

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by Steve Weileman at October 31, 2014 12:21 pm

SimonWillis.net
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Is It Goodbye GoLite?

GoLite Website
The US company which pioneered ultra-light hiking equipment, and with which I did some work a decade ago, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy according to this Outdoor Industry news source.

It is moving to terminate the business unless a competing bid surfaces.  Is it goodbye GoLite?  I sincerely hope not.

However, the Denver Business Journal says GoLite is preparing for liquidation.

Reading these articles shows how hard the owners have tried to keep the business going.

They sold the trademark 'GoLite' to Timberland in 2006 and licenced back its use.  Timberland has now withdrawn that licence from 31 March 2015.  All this makes me disappointed because I was among the first to use GoLite in the UK and I sort-of know the people behind it.

Way back in 2001 I was planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and became aware of GoLite which had just started up and was expanding into Europe.

PCT in Oregon
It had bought the rights to manufacture Ray Jardine's for hiking equipment, specifically packs, shelters and sleeping 'systems'.

Jardine had earlier published the patterns in the The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Handbook
expecting people would make their own.  GoLite did it for them.

I used the original GoLite / Jardine designs in a big test for TGO Magazine, which saw the editor Cameron McNeish, the deputy editor John Manning, the equipment editor Chris Townsend and me all tramping around Ben Alder area for a weekend.

People had used, bivi bags, minimal gear and had cut the handles off toothbrushes for years but this was the first time American west coast ultra-light kit had received such a pubic test in Scotland.

My girlfriend (now wife) and I subsequently went on to test a variation of the equipment in winter, crossing the Fisherfield Forest one New Year.

On Corsica GR20
In 2001 we took it down the Costa Blanca Mountain Way, the Corsica GR20 and parts of the desert around Santa Fe, New Mexico.

All that was training for 'the big one', our 2568ml five month hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Everything we had we carried in GoLite packs (the Gust) which we still use when kayaking.

We had GoLite waterproof trousers (again, still in use), and shirts and wind/waterproof jackets which are long gone.

Before embarking on the trail we collected all these goodies at the Boulder headquarters of GoLite.  Demitri ("Coup") and Kim Coupounas took us out to dinner and there are two things I remember from that meal.

Testing winter ulralight in Fisherfield forest
One was the astronomic price of wine.  Second was a humorous remark by Coup which I've used myself, adapting it to different situations.

"You want to know how to make a small fortune in the outdoor gear business", he confided?  "Start with a large fortune".

I did a telephone interview with Coup a few years ago for a profile in TGO magazine and he was as upbeat as ever.

He was into raw food and had just completed his mission to climb the highest point in every US state.  We haven't kept in touch and we're not in any way close, but this news is still very disappointing.

I can only hope something good will come from it, eventually.

Kim recently gave a TEDx talk in Boulder which I've posted below - it's well worth watching.  The title - The Joy Of Less.

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at October 31, 2014 11:51 am

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

Offersøy

Sist søndag var det planlagt padling ut fra Offersøy sammen med et par av Harstad-karene. Disse to her, for å være presis. Da jeg kvelden før fikk melding om aftersea med tilhørende vinglass skjønte jeg at padlingen ikke kom til å skje helt tidlig, og det viste seg å være en korrekt antagelse.

Det var veldig praktisk for meg! Jeg hadde nemlig, viste det seg når jeg skulle spise mens jeg ventet på dem (kjørte tidlig for å sjekke ut straumene underveis i mellomtiden), glemt ALL maten og drikken hjemme. Husket å pakke det i en pose, men den sto igjen ved siden av kjøleskapet...
Men Tom Einar og Runar rakk altså fint stikke innom bensinstasjon for å kjøpe meg mat! Hurra!

Da jeg skulle ta årene ut av bilen viste det seg at der var det bare én. Skitt. En ting var at det betød padling med reserveåra, men verre var at det måtte bety at jeg hadde lagt hovedåra igjen i Lofoten. Skitt!!! Boyd ble oppringt, og lovet å ta turen for å se etter den der vi hadde satt ut - men jeg anså den for tapt. Den var nok havnet på havet, antok jeg.

Vel, vi pakket og kom oss utpå. Det var litt vind og litt sjø, men mye mer enn hjemme. GoProen var ikke helt "på stasjon", så den filmet dessverre ikke da Tom Einar var i det brottet vi ser til høyre her, over padleren. Det så nokså morsomt ut fra min vinkel. Verre var at VHF'n hans slet seg, men etter en liten leteaksjon fant han den faktisk igjen! Du snakker om flaks, det hadde vi vel egentlig ikke trodd. Hurra!

Så padlet vi videre, litt hit og dit og rundt og sånn. Jeg kjente at jeg er underernært på bevegelse i havet. Enda var det nå ikke SÅ mye heller akkurat.

Jeg ble litt forvirret av vinden som kom en vei og tungbølgene en annen, på et vis. Og så var det morsomt høy vannstand, sjømerkene som pleier å stikke langt opp av havet, var latterlig korte da vi padlet ut. Jeg glemte selvsagt å ta bilde av noen, men...

Siden vi startet rimelig sent og klokken attpåtil hadde stillet seg til vintertid i løpet av natten, ble det rimelig raskt fine farger på himmelen.

Her er forresten tracket fra turen, for de som liker sånt.

Egentlig skulle jeg jo rullet litt og sånn når jeg hadde folk i backup, men det glemte jeg dessverre helt av som vanlig. Det også. (Hurra!...)

Det er altså Vestfjorden som går inn på tvers her, og så Hamarøy og sånt på andre siden.

Veldig gøy å padle Avocet. Samtidig som jeg var litt misunnelig på Runar som padlet Valley LV. Nå har jeg etter enda fem uker fått beskjed (igjen) om at min nye er på tur, men jeg tror det ikke før jeg får se den. Så spørs det den dagen den kommer, hva det er som kommer. Det vil vise seg, og den som leser får nok se.

Splisj splosj. Egentlig for dårlig lys til kameraene. Hm, nå kom jeg på at jeg skulle jo skaffe meg sånn der radarrefleks. Mistenkelig få som har kjøpt sånne? Har ikke folk tro på dem, rett og slett?

Etter en stund fant vi ut at vi skulle padle en tur rundt et par øyer. Der har jeg vært før, sist var vel da "padlekompisene" bare forsvant derifra, så jeg ble alene resten av turen. Men da var det jo flatt hav - bortsett fra akkurat her.

Eller, det var vel bortsett fra akkurat her, mer presist.

Ingen stakk av denne gangen. Men fotoapparatene mine ble mindre og mindre medgjørlig. Hersens vintertid! Når det er overskyet i tillegg er det jo håpløst.

Vi tok en runde til ved noen skjær akkurat i "innløpet" til Offersøy. Nå begynte været å ta seg litt opp. Etter målingene på Skrova på dette tidspunktet å dømme, ble det rimelig heftig her nokså kjapt etter at vi avsluttet.

Vi fant etterhvert ut at mørket var såpass underveis at det var greiest å padle i land. Ellers kunne jeg egentlig padlet flere timer til. (Som sagt, underernært på bevegelse i havet.)

Det var nok på riktig tidspunkt. Det var begynt å bli vanskelig å se skikkelig, og før vi var ferdig pakket var det blitt helt mørkt. Tilbake i bilen sjekket jeg mobilen - tapt anrop og melding fra Boyd! Åra mi var gjenfunnet! Hurra hurra hurra!!!

- Heldigvis tenkte vi å spise middag, og stoppet ved Feriesenteret. For da oppdaget Tom Einar at jeg ikke hadde surret kajakken fast på biltaket i det hele tatt. Så fikk jeg gjort dét, hurra! Men middag fikk vi ikke, der var vi en måned for seint ute, gitt. (Men siden de hadde vært så elskverdige å kjøpe meg mat, så hadde jeg så jeg klarte meg på turen hjem også...)

Én konklusjon - jeg skal mer ut mot havet. Det får være så at det er kjedelig å pakke alt inn og ut av bilen, og kjedelig og slitsomt og miljøfiendtlig å kjøre bil - jeg skal gjøre det oftere.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at October 31, 2014 11:03 am

René Seindal
Living, working, kayaking, rowing in Venice, Italy

Guaranteed for Life

I’ve been using a Tilley hat ever since I started paddling and I’ve been very happy with it.

However, after some 8 years of heavy use, and at least a thousand days kayaking in all sorts of weather, my hat was severely worn. This summer it has literally been coming apart.

Tilley Hat  Tilley Hat

Since Tilly Endurables promises that their products endure, and it actually says on the label that they’re “Guaranteed for life”, I contacted them to see if they’d replace my old hat.

Well, they did.

Actually, I was a bit surprised, but there were absolutely no problems and no attempts whatsoever at wriggling out of the promise on the label.

They asked for some photos as documentation, asked me to write a large R on the label and send a photo of that too, and to send them £9 to cover the cost of sending me a new hat.

Since they don’t have the exact same model any more, we exchanged a good few emails to figure out which hat they would send me. In the end I got this one, which is the closest to what I had.

Probably the best customer service I have ever experienced.

canal-grandearsenale

by René Seindal at October 31, 2014 09:28 am

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

Some more aerial photographs

Looking out of the aircraft window is one of the real pleasures of traveling.  I can never understand people who sit by the window and then close the blinds.   Passing over some great sea kayaking waters and providing inspiration for future paddling trips.
 The east coast of Baja, Mexico.  Heading home after 10 days of great sea kayaking
 Take off from Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland.  This is one of the most spectacular views from an aircraft window anywhere.
 Threading our way through some large cumulonimbus clouds over the northern French Alps.
 The tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula.  This is a common view when sitting on the right hand side of the aircraft on the flight from Jersey to Gatwick.
 If sitting on the left hand side of the aircraft from Jersey to London, instead of France you are likely to see Alderney and the smaller islands.  The small island is Burhou, which operates as a bird reserve.
 Flying over southern Sark, on a day with a significant swell running.  It would have been an entertaining day to paddle through the reefs.
Final descent into Hong Kong.  We didn't manage any sea kayaking but had a great day stand up paddleboarding.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at October 31, 2014 06:58 am

October 30, 2014

Mercipourlekayak !
Pratique du kayak de mer

Retour d’Écosse (10) : Scotland end…

L’environnement écossais peut être vu comme une bonne transition entre la Bretagne et l’Arctique. Linaigrettes sur les plateaux Plusieurs aspects en effet m’ont fait penser au Groenland : les paysages, en particulier les montagnes tombant dans la mer, différentes il est vrai car elles sont vertes en Écosse offrant d’infinis pâturages aux moutons, et minérales et […]

by Arzhela at October 30, 2014 09:14 pm

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

Sun seekers with ants in their pants keep the pot on the boil at Ailsa Craig.

We set up camp on Ailsa Craig  on a grassy ledge next to the lighthouse wall.  We were by now pretty hungry and soon... had the pot on the boil. Unfortunately we discovered a number of ant's nests in the grass. Phil had been sitting cooking his dinner when all of sudden he leapt to his feet. These were biting ants and he had ants in his pants! At 17:35 the 16:15 Larne to Troon (

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at October 30, 2014 08:44 pm

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

Geocachingtur til Kringelneset og Fiskholmen

I dag tok jeg med meg speilrefleksen på tur. Men skarv er virkelig ingen enkel fugl å ta bilde av likevel. Den flyr fortere enn det ser ut til! Det var forøvrig et strålende vær i dag.

Dagens mål var testing av geocaching. Den blå prikken viser meg, som står ute på et nes ikke midt i havet som det kan se ut til. Målet er den grønne prikken til høyre. Der skal det altså befinne seg en boks med ett eller annet inni.

Rett og slett inni skauen her et sted. Egentlig skulle jeg ikke padle Avocet i dag heller, men det har fortsatt ikke kommet noe ny Nordkapp, over tre uker siden den etter sigende skulle sendes fra Vestlandet.

Denne her traff jeg på i fjæra på Kringelneset, la selvsagt ikke merke til den før den beveget seg. Tror de liker oppmerksomhet selv om de er godt kamuflerte, for hvis man ikke ser dem så begynner de å løpe eller hoppe, mens de lager pipelyder, he he he.

 
Jeg var ikke eneste båt på sjøen, men jeg kan ikke si jeg så noen ombord i denne. (Den lå skylt opp på stranda, men jeg sjøsatte den selvsagt igjen. Kom ikke på før nå, at den kanskje var satt i vinteropplag.)

På neset på andre siden hadde ikke sola nådd fram ennå, så der var skjellsandhaugene harde som stein og fulle av rim.

Det vil si, noen steder hadde sola nådd der også - såvidt.

Selve geocachinga kan jeg ikke vise så mye bilder av, man skal jo ikke spoile hele greiene. Folk skal jo lete selv. Det jeg kan si er at jeg fulgte anvisningene til telefonen (caching-app) gjennom en skummel krokeskog med skjegg på trærne, til jeg fant en boks. Ganske stor boks faktisk. Jeg skrev i boka og logget cachen. Min aller første - en slags testtur, rett og slett.

En rimelig stor bestand av kråkefot!
Så gikk jeg gjennom skogen tilbake til fjæra, men en annen vei for det gikk ikke sti der akkurat. Da jeg kom ned til fjæra var kajakken vekk. SKITT!

Søkk borte. Jeg så den ingen steder. Det var merkelig. For det første var jeg rimelig sikker på at sjøen falt, og for det andre var det lite vind der, og for det tredje gikk den lille vinden som var - rett mot vika, og der var heller ingen kajakk. SKITT!!! Noen må ha vært der og gjort jævel med meg???

Ingen kajakk der, så jeg fant ut at jeg måtte bare gå helt ut til neset selv om jeg så helt dit. Og sannelig, neset viste seg å være lenger ut enn jeg trodde, så kajakken lå rett bortafor det jeg trodde var ytterst...

Så enkelt viste det seg å være med den saken, altså. Jeg satte kursen mot Fiskholmen, der er det ingen cache, men jeg ville nå bare bortover for å se. Og det var lurt, for det begynte å blåse bittelitt, og så tok straumen seg litt opp, så da jeg kom helt til Fiskholmen var det faktisk litt action der. Her er jeg på tur utover mot der det er mest straumbølger, men da kom det en båt på helt kryssende kurs så jeg snudde.

På andre siden av Fiskholmen var det helt rolig - og masse hoder i vannet. Plutselig begynte skjæret til siden for meg (motsols) å bevege seg, og det ble action der også! Masse sel! Gøy. Lenge siden jeg har vært så nært, og sett så mange.

Jeg tok meg liksågodt en rekognoseringstur på land med det samme jeg var der. Vurderte fortsatt å padle helt bort til Jennestad. Det viste seg imidlertid at jeg måtte padle mye i skygge videre hjem i så fall. Fristet lite. Flatt var det også bortover.

Nei da var det mye bedre å bli her, det var nå litt fres i hvert fall. (Forøvrig et selhode til venstre i bildet.) Ikke enorme bølger akkurat, men det bråket og splæsjet og var betydelig bedre enn flatt hav.

På et spesielt sted var det til og med surfebølger som var helt perfekte for Avocet'n.

Seilbåten gikk litt rundtomkring og hit og dit, men uten seil. Her er den på vei tilbake fra Sortland, den svingte innom sentrum også.

Kanskje ikke så rart, det var jo fint lys der borte.

Ikke helt typisk midten av oktober, men de setter liksom stemninga uansett når, blåklokkene. Rett og slett et herlig innslag på denne turen. (Nei, jeg har IKKE spart bildet fra juni, det er tatt i dag.)

Ja, for jeg tok en tur i land på Kringelholmen også. Det er alltid noe kult å ta bilde av der, og jeg hadde jo med meg speilrefleksen i dag.

Dermed fikk jeg dette kule bildet, av en stakkars, stakkars glassmanet skylt på rygg opp på stranda.

Men så begynte ryggen å krangle, det var bare å komme seg hjem. Jeg skjønner ikke hva det er den driver med - den pleier å være grei hvis jeg bare ikke padler lenger enn 1,5 mil i strekk eller løfter tungt. Det var bare en mil tilsammen i dag, og jeg kan ikke huske å ha løftet tungt. Urettferdig.

Ikke mitt naust, men tøft var det likevel. Fin liten tur i dag.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at October 30, 2014 06:31 pm

Fjelltur i kajakken - Svolvær

Sist lørdag passet det endelig sånn at jeg kunne kjøre til Lofoten og være med på padling under "Fjellet". Da begynner man å snakke passelige fjellturer, når man kan ta dem pr kajakk! Jeg hadde avtalt med Boyd, som hadde fått med Espen også - nytt og trivelig bekjentskap. (Skrova den lille til høyre.)

Forholdene var jo aldeles rolige, null vind - men denne plakaten ga jo grunn til å undres litt hva vi skulle ut på... "Dersom en person ikke reagerer og har sluttet å puste" og så utførlig beskrivelse av HLR. Jeje...

Det tok Boyd tre minutter å finne en steinpassasje med bevegelse i, den var nå grei nok.

Her imellom og derimellom fortsatte vi videre. Vi ser vel forsåvidt her rimelig godt hvorfor de kaller området for "under fjellet".

Så, mer steinpassasje. Her gikk det imidlertid ikke å bare padle gjennom når som helst - det var stein midt i der som man fint kunne kræsje fast på, og når det kom "store" dønninger ble det rotete elveaktig gjennom der. (HAVkajakk er det jeg har, for jeg skal padle HAV. Ikke elv. Elv på hav... ikke helt tatt stilling til det ennå.)

Nuvel, har man tatt turen hit for å padle så må man jo være med på den padlingen som gjøres, så gjennom padlet jeg også. Ble verken sittende fast eller veltet, forsåvidt.

Jeg holdt etter kort tid på å bli sprø av en mystisk dunking bak på kajakken. Dunkidunk! Dunkidunk! Noe måtte det være som laget lyden - Boyd fant ut av mysteriet. Tang hadde festet seg på tråden jeg har i skegen, og på tangen hang denne steinen... Det ble brått og deilig slutt på dunkingen.

Så, fant vi et kult sted. Her gikk det an å surfe gjennom. (Svolvær midt i bildet.) Ikke et vindpust fortsatt, men litt drag i sjøen sånn at det kan bygge seg opp små, kule surfebølger på sånne plasser. Her ligger Boyd klar og resten i kø.

Dette kan se ut som et hvilket som helst "kul stein"-bilde, men hvis du ser nøye etter så er det en liten pik baki der - den heter Svolværgeita.

Foto: Espen Haugen
Jeg ble tatt bilde av, dessverre ikke når jeg surfet. Eller, det skulle jeg forresten helst hatt på video. For jeg hadde nemlig for én gangs skyld tålmodighet til å vente på en bølge jeg så kom til å bli bra. Jeg tok den. Traff. Ups - jeg lå visst litt på skrå. Jeg hadde kurs rett mot steinveggen på siden. Ups, ja...

Som ved et herrens mirakel rettet jeg f@nden sprelle meg opp, og surfet som en gud videre! Ja, jeg så det jo ikke selv, men... Det føltes sånn, ha ha! Det var vel først da Boyd utbrøt "bra henta" etterpå det gikk opp for meg hvor ille jeg egentlig lå an et øyeblikk... Kunne betalt mye for å se hva som foregikk underveis, for jeg har ikke snøring hvordan jeg fikk det til.

Boyd pleier å ha godt tek på surfing, med Delphinen sin. (Jeg har litt sansen for den grønnfargen.) Dette er vel på runde to tror jeg, vi stoppet på tilbaketuren også nemlig. Vi padlet ut til et skjær vi håpet skulle ha kul bølge, men der var det dødt. Så vi surfet litt mer her, til vi syntes det var blitt for slapt.

Det er ikke alltid alt klaffer, men noen ganger klaffer det i hvert fall sånn at jeg faktisk filmer akkurat når det ikke gjør det, he he. (Jeg fotograferte egentlig, men det viste seg at GoProen også sto på.)

Kajakkparkering på humpete svaberg. Espen tok ansvar for at det ble lagt inn en kaffepause. (Jeg slapp heldigvis å drikke kaffe.)

Her er forresten surfebilde av ham også, han havnet litt bakpå den første men det kom to rimelig tett på rad. Det begynte med det på slutten, litt merkelig sak.

Så begynte det å regne, da fikk jeg sånn tøft "fargerike kajakker padler inn i gråværet"-bilde.

Her er neste sted, Boyd viser først hvordan det kan gjøres. Nedenfor ser vi variant to.

- Ferdig - GÅ!!!
Hvem dro ut proppen så vannet forsvant?
Slusene åpnet igjen
Hei vent, va ikkje heeelt
ikkje heeelt klar ennu...
Jaja då - det e bare å gi seg over.
Forøvrig et snedig sted dette her, jeg fant aldri helt ut av de bølgene. Noen ganger kom de dosende inn, andre ganger nullet de seg ut, det kom liksom bølge rundt på andre siden og utover.

Boyd gjør nytt forsøk på å forklare og vise hvordan dette her funker.

Jeg tok en slags halvveis-variant litt lenger ifra, heller... Så var vi lei denne plassen.

Vi dro videre innover på leting, men nå var det ikke så mange skøye plasser å finne lenger.

Tracket fra turen. Sporet ut lengst til høyre der, er meg og Boyd etter at Espen dro til land. Vi ville se om det gikk an å finne litt mer action lenger ut, så fikk jeg sett den plassen også. Der pleide det visst å være litt forskjellig, men nå var det så høy vannstand at det ble rimelig rent farvann der.

Her ute, faktisk, var det. Nå var det flott lys i horisonten.

Vi tok en snartur innimellom skjærene for å padle litt rotesjø og sjekke grundig, og så padlet vi også tilbake til land.

Der traff vi denne! Turens desiderte høydepunkt.

Det ble mange mil kjørt for å padle få kilometer, men morsomt var det. Så morsomt at jeg la fra meg Celtic-åra og kjørte hjem uten den - lite lurt. (Note to self IGJEN - når jeg tenker "hvis jeg legger den her er det fort for at jeg glemmer den", så GLEMMER jeg den. Uansett hva det er.)

Forøvrig var det verdt kjøreturen for å få noen å padle sammen med, det var skøy å få sjekket ut området Lofotenkarene leker seg i til stadighet, og hyggelig å treffe ny padler i miljøet der. Ikke minst, fint å få padle med folk som faktisk utforsker, leker og herjer sånn at de faktisk velter innimellom - kan ikke huske sist vi gjorde sånt her i Vesterålen. (Bølgesamlingen for et år siden?)

Takk for turen!

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at October 30, 2014 06:30 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.

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Fjällpromenad med soligt bad

Finfint till Fjälls

Finfint till Fjälls

Kartspan och badsjön

Kartspan och badsjön

Igår blev det finfin fjällpromenad kring Skurfufjellet. Några minusgrader på morgonen men solen värmde gött efterhand. Hittade en fin liten sjö, Vestra Entjønna (Västra Entjärn) som inbjöd till dopp. Klart gott och nu svalkar det litegrann med frost i gräset och pyttelite is i kanterna. Goa pauser ute på soligt fjäll, supergött. Blev även en liten kort cykeltur i finfint solnedgångsljus på lågfjället.

Goa vyer

Goa vyer

Efter bad i solen

Efter bad i solen

Gott med svalkande bad

Gott med svalkande bad

Ledmarkeringsfotografering

Ledmarkeringsfotografering

Solnedgångscykling

Solnedgångscykling

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 30, 2014 12:59 pm

Sticky9 – Kylskåpsmagneter från Sticky9

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Delad glädje är dubbel glädje sägs det. Och det stämmer ju så bra! Gäller såklart inte bara AFK (en del säger visst fortfarande IRL) utan i allra högsta grad när det gäller bilder och sociala medier. Delade bilder är nog inte bara dubbelt så glädjande utan säkert oändligt mer gläjande än de där bilderna som aldrig lämnar kameran eller datorn.

Vi gillar bilder i datorer, telefoner och i andra digitala former men bilder på riktigt på papper eller liknande är nästan ett par strå vassare. Vi har lite utskrifter på Canvas hemma som vi verkligen gillar. Men det blir inte att man byter större bilder/utskrifter så ofta. Däremot i mindre format på kylskåpet kan man byta ofta.

Nu när Sticky9 möjliggör kylskåpsmagneter direkt från sitt/ditt Instagramkonto kan man inte annat än bli glad. Superenkelt att koppla ihop Instagram och Sticky9 och få gjort beställningen. Sånt gillar vi. Och bildmagneterna kom riktigt kvickt.

Och resultatet blir riktigt bra, vi har beställt ett par omgångar som sitter bland annat på kylskåpet.

Och för de som inte vågar sig på Instagram går det bra att ladda upp bilder direkt från valfritt media. Sticky9 gör även utskrifter, iphonefodral och lite annat pyssel som vi inte provat (än).

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by Pia Sjöstedt at October 30, 2014 08:49 am

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

Le Catel de Lecq

Le Catel de Lecq is an iron age hill which dominates the headland to the east of Greve de Lecq, possibly the finest beach for sea kayaking on the north coast of Jersey.  I must have paddled past it hundreds of times, in addition to passing by numerous times on the landward side.  It wasn't until this week though that I made the effort to climb to the summit.
It was well worth visiting it as it is one of the best preserved defensive earthworks on the Island.  In recent months the defenses have been improved with the introduction of a number of very inquisitive Manx four horned sheep, so if visiting ensure that the gate is firmly closed.

The fort seen from close to the road, minus the sheep
 Just a few of the many sheep which were grazing on the slopes and in the surrounding fields.
 Nicky on the way up.
 Looking east from the summit.  Directly below the fort are a number of the more interesting caves to be found on the Island
 Looking down on Greve de Lecq and the coast running west towards Plemont.
 
Nicky on the summit ridge, it was narrower than we imagined.
 Approaching Greve de Lecq from the Paternosters.  Le Catel de Lecq is the distinctive hill above the kayakers.  How many people passing by realize that it is man made?

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at October 30, 2014 06:42 am

October 29, 2014

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

Who are you?


 In some circles it may appear I'm "spinning my tires" in the game called life. From time to time I even wonder if that's the case. Days filled with cresting oceans and general beach bumming; isn't the normal 9 to 9 North American work ethic. For me my time spent over a career in the military, combined with a cheap house on the ocean keeps me afloat in this world of dollars and cents. 


Some days I have wild dreams of getting back into the work force and becoming "great" again. The glory one feels while commanding a tank in battle (my previous vocation); accomplished and powerful. These are the thoughts that pass like bubbles through my head as I paddle the coastlines. Even here I am driven; in a search of something intangible so far as I can tell. Yet the feeling of a search is there. Something undefined. I sometimes tell friends I am waiting for the universe to give me direction; and perhaps it already has in the sense of not telling me to do anything so far.


 Perhaps this uncomplicated existence without the luxury of rampant consumerism still has lessons to teach; before I'm whisked away along another path. Or maybe I need to explore further down this rabbit hole to truly get my direction in life. Perhaps this is it already; the one true path. 


 Nature for me provides a lot of questions; and is usually it's stoic quiet self when prodded for answers. A neutral medium to project the future upon and relive other days; and many times just a wave in the now. The moment.




Is our vocation "who"we are? What truly makes a person? And why do we seem to have a need to "be" someone?

Who are you?

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at October 29, 2014 10:42 pm

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Protect Wilderness and Our National Parks with Your Vote

One of the missions of PaddlingLight.com is to grow paddlesport participation in order to increase wilderness protection. The belief is that as people start to paddle and enjoy the woods more, they’ll want to preserve it. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “”The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” Unfortunately, Canoeists Are Getting Older and Introducing Fewer New People to the Wilderness. When you have fewer people interested in the wilderness and the national parks, there’s a smaller chance the people of all political philosophies will want to protect it. In the past, we’ve had Presidents and candidates from both political parties that wanted to preserve more wilderness and protect parks. Now, support for wilderness and our parks is become lopsided with an extremist view starting to prevail in one party.

A Republican

The Milky Way and northern lights over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Federally protected and managed as wilderness for paddlers to enjoy.

The Milky Way and northern lights over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Federally protected and managed as wilderness for paddlers to enjoy.

President Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”

He believed that our lands belonged not just to us, but they also belonged to the generations of Americans not yet born — those who will call the U.S. home 500 years from now. He believed that we needed to protect the beautiful places in America for those yet to come. He also believed that by protecting the parks and the land that those who used them for recreation would become better citizens.

A Democrat

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said:

“There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

In a similar belief to Teddy, FDR believed that our park system enriched our lives and that there was NOTHING more American as our park system.

Both Parties Believed in Wilderness and our American Parks

The two major political parties believed in one theme, and that was that our parks and wilderness were at the core of who it was to be an American, that nothing greater could be used to define what an American was and that by using these parks, people would become better citizens.

But Today

The strange and unreal formations of the Badlands National Park protected for you to use and enjoy. It could be sold off if the extremists get their way.

The strange and unreal formations of the Badlands National Park protected for you to use and enjoy. It could be sold off if the extremists get their way.

But today, we have extremists on the right-wing side that seek to privatize and sell off our parks and wilderness areas. I’ve written about the extremist attack on American Wilderness and American parks before (see When They Want to Take Away Wilderness and Wilderness in America Under Attack (Still)).  We have countless attempts at the national, state and local levels of right-wing extremists attempting or even selling off our public lands (see Michigan as an example). In another example, the current congress, led by Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah, passed H.R.1459, refereed to as the “No New Public Parks” Bill. It would take away power given to the President by a Antiquities Act, signed into law by Republican President Teddy Roosevelt and used by Teddy to protect the Grand Canyon and by Presidents of BOTH parties to protect land in all 50 states. It passed the house on party lines with only 10 Republicans out of the 234 voting against it. Three Democrats voted to pass the bill.

“No New Public Parks” Bill Co-sponsors

Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]
Rep. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY-At Large]
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]

You might think that there is a philosophical belief that these right-wing politicians have that makes them vote this way and put forwards bills to privatize American’s public lands, but it usually isn’t a philosophy as much as it is a way to line their pockets. Congressman Bishop has been pushing for expanded mining rights on public lands. The pressure from the industry is buying congress to the detriment of the American public and it’s attacking the the park system, which the greatest Presidents of both parties — so great that one is carved into a mountain at Mount Rushmore and the other created the fundamentals of our society — believed was fundamentally American.

It’s not an isolated western right-wing movement either. Former Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns (Florida), who served 24 years in congress, said, “We don’t need more national parks in this country. We need to actually sell off some of our national parks.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) proposed selling off 3.3 million acres of the public lands. Former Rep. Richard Pombo proposed selling national parks to mining companies in 2005.

Sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This view could close early and open later if the the parks aren't funded completely.

Sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This view could close early and open later in the year if the the parks aren’t funded completely.

One of the famous quotes of these anti-populists is from right-wing, anti-tax proponent Grover Norquist. He said, “My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” With that in mind, the Republicans have worked hard to cut the parks budget. They’ve cut it by 13% since 2010. This cut has lead to the seasonal closure of parts of national parks including the Great Smoky Mountains and the Grand Canyon. The idea behind this is to not only make it smaller, but make these agencies unable to serve the needs of the people to generate backlash against them and so fully-underfund them that the infrastructure begins to crumble. Their proposed solution to the problems that these cuts create is “Privatize!” Let private corporations run the parks, say the extremists.

Doing so would be completely against what Teddy and FDR stood for. These lands are for the people and managed for the betterment of all American people and not just the few. That equally means the recreational hunter, fisher or paddler as much as the professional guide and the professional forester.

It’s in the Senate as well. Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed an amendment to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363) that would force the federal government to sell off a large chunks of federal land. If the government owned more that 50 percent of land in a state, they’d (actually we the people) would have to sell it off to the highest bidder or transfer it to the state to do the same. This is OUR land that Cruz wants to sell off.

Lately, the media has made a darling out of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will likely run for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. He supports selling off public land to the highest bidder, and not only that, he supports states seizing federal lands and doing what they wish with them. He’s joined by a significant proportion of the Republican Party. This is the list:

Arizona

John McCain
Jeff Flake
Trent Franks
Al Melvin

California

Ken Calvert
Tom McClintock
Dana Rohrabacher

Colorado

Jerry Sonnenberg
Scott Renfroe

Idaho

Scott Bedke
Lawerence Denney
Sheryl Nuxoll

Kentucky

Rand Paul

Montana

Jennifer Fielder
Matt Rosendale

Nevada

Dean Heller
Mark Hutchison
Demar Dahl
John Ellison
Pete Goicoechea

New Mexico

Steve Pearce
Yvette Harrell
Susana Martinez

Utah

Gary Herbert
Orrin Hatch
Mike Lee
Rob Bishop
Jason Chaffetz
Chris Stewart
Ken Ivory
Becky Lockhart
Phil Lyman
Mike Noel

Washington

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Wyoming

David Miller
Eli Bebout ​

These are federal, state and local politicians and if any appear on your ballots, understand that they want to take away YOUR land and sell it to a private company. YOUR LAND.

The Sad Thing

This view, once public land slated to become trails, now marred by mansions.

This view, once public land slated to become trails, now marred by mansions.

I’ve listed just a few of the attempts to privatize or attack our public lands and our parks. If I listed them all, I’d have to extend this article by 1000s of words. There is a real movement in America right now to eliminate our public lands.

That movement is showing its head at the national level, but it’s also at the local level. As an example, where I live, we’ve seen this. A couple of years ago, the city sold off Lake Superior wetland to private bidders that was suppose to become a public trail system and nature center. Now, two mansions are going in right on Lake Superior and destroying the best view in the county and the buildings destroyed some of the limited Lake Superior wetlands that we have left in Minnesota. Before they went in, the houses along the shore were mainly hidden behind trees and not visible from the most used location to watch the sunset.

I bet you can find examples where you live of this exact thing happening.

What You Can Do

Vote against candidates who would sell off, defund, privatize or eliminate our federal, state and local lands, wilderness areas and national parks. It’s as simple as that. Once these candidates start losing, they’ll be replaced by candidates who value public lands, parks and wilderness areas.

As Republican President Teddy Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”

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by Bryan Hansel at October 29, 2014 10:26 pm

Tatiyak

Corso Istruttori FICK 2014

Si è concluso il Corso per Istruttori di secondo livello di attività promozionali, amatoriali e di tempo libero in kayak da mare organizzato presso la scuola federale della Lega Navale Palermo Arenella.
La prima sessione si era svolta nel mese di maggio ed alcuni degli undici iscritti avevano sostenuto anche una prova di preparazione per ottenere i requisiti tecnici di ammissione previsti dalla nuova Guida alla Formazione del Tecnici 2013-2016 elaborata dal Centro Studi della FICK.
Si è tenuta dal 23 al 26 ottobre scorso la seconda sessione, con relativa giornata di esami finali.

L'accogliente sede della Lega Navale Italiana di Palermo Arenella
La prima giornata di corso è stata dedicata allo studio delle varie manovre richieste agli istruttori di secondo livello di kayak da mare: i formatori hanno proposto agli aspiranti istruttori di organizzare e gestire delle sessioni di 20 minuti ciascuno su un argomento a scelta. Ogni candidato ha così avuto la possibilità di proporre agli altri corsisti una breve e strutturata lezione introduttiva al kayak, volutamente pensata per dei principianti.

L'introduzione alle sessioni tecnico-didattiche del Maestro Formatore Vincenzo Stuppia
Si è scelto di lavorare in uno specchio d'acqua tranquillo, non battuto dai venti e dalle correnti che dal giorno precedente interessavano il vasto golfo di Palermo. Abbiamo riunito tutti i kayak, di varie fogge e colori, dapprima nel porticciolo turistico dell'Arenella ed in un secondo momento nella zona del porto di Villa Igiea, dove solitamente si allena la squadra di canoa polo...

Pagaiata avanti, frenata e pagaiata indietro usando come riferimento il vecchio peschereccio all'ancora
La seconda giornata di corso, invece, è iniziata con due ore in aula: la suggestiva grotta naturale della sede storica della Lega Navale ha ospitato il socio velista e canoista Giuseppe Guarrasi, che ha svolto una delle lezioni più interessanti e seguite, spiegando con dovizia di particolari e con rara preparazione teorica, mai disgiunta da un costante richiamo all'attività pratica del kayaker marino, l'uso delle diverse tipologie di carte nautiche, la determinazione di un punto nave, la scelta delle rotta, la navigazione costiera e stimata, l'analisi di scarroccio e deriva e tutta quella serie di piccole ed indispensabili accortezze che rendono sicura la navigazione in kayak.

Piccoli navigatori crescono!
Prove pratiche di spostamento laterale: più la pagaia è verticale, più la manovra è efficace!
Il resto della giornata è stato dedicato all'esame delle competenze didattiche acquisite dagli aspiranti istruttori. E' stato loro richiesto di strutturare una lezione per un corso avanzato e l'argomento è stato assegnato a sorpresa pochi istanti prima della sessione stessa. Ciascun aspirante istruttore si è quindi calato nella parte di insegnare ai propri colleghi una manovra specifica: la pagaiata circolare, l'appoggio basso, lo spostamento laterale ad un tempo e continuo, il timone di poppa... Sono state così valutata per ogni candidato sia le capacità tecniche che le competenze didattiche, acquisite ed affinate anche nel corso del lungo tirocinio estivo...

Confronto sulla didattica adottata nel corso dell'ultima sessione pratica...
Al termine delle prove pratiche in acqua, inframezzate da una pausa pranzo consumata nel giardino della Lega Navale, assaggiando un'ampia selezione di prodotti tipici locali (dal pane e panelle ai panini con la ricotta alle briosche col gelato!), le ore conclusive del pomeriggio sono state dedicate alla presentazione delle tesi. Gli aspiranti istruttori, infatti, hanno approfondito vari argomenti attinenti l'attività amatoriale del kayak da mare e hanno condensato i loro elaborati in una breve relazione orale collegiale... sempre seguita da un altrettanto breve dibattito che non ha mai mancato di fornire spunti di approfondimento e di riflessione.

Una delle tesi presentate dagli aspiranti istruttori agli altri partecipanti...
La terza giornata di corso, infine, ha ricalcato la precedente nell'impostazione generale: la mattina di è aperta con una interessantissima lezione tenuta dalla psicologa Caterina Termini sulle modalità dell'ascolto e sulle regole della comunicazione, il tutto finalizzato ad una efficace conduzione e gestione del gruppo in mare. Gli aspiranti istruttori hanno poi avuto l'opportunità di sperimentare nella pratica quanto appreso in teoria, trasferendo in mare i preziosi suggerimenti ricevuti in aula...

I cantieri nautici sotto la luce palermitana...
Si sono quindi susseguite altre sessioni pratiche di insegnamento del timone di prua, dello spostamento laterale in movimento, degli autosalvataggi, dei salvataggi assistiti, dell'eskimo...
Il mare di fondo che il giorno precedente aveva reso le sessioni alquanto movimentate, perché l'onda lunga sollevava ed allontanava di continuo i kayak, si era andato nel frattempo riducendo, increspando la superficie con un'onda lunga molto interessante, anche se il vento aveva preso a soffiare con maggiore intensità, imbiancando il golfo di tante pecorelle bianche. Le prove in acqua sono quindi diventate sempre più impegnative e divertenti...

Un tecnico di secondo livello deve avere le competenze per insegnare anche in mare aperto...
La gestione del gruppo e la comunicazione efficace hanno garantito a tutti uno sbarco sicuro...
L'incontro pomeridiano dedicato alle tesi è stato preceduto da una apprezzata e necessaria merenda a base di cannoli siciliani! Gli argomenti trattati sono stati tutti brillanti ed esaustivi, complici forse gli zuccheri acquisiti: l'alimentazione in kayak, la sicurezza in mare, l'equilibrio, l'edging, il campeggio nautico, la storia del kayak da mare, la storia della pagaia groenlandese, moderna e wing, il folding, lo zen ed il kayak da mare (ovvero tutto quello che non avreste mai voluto sapere sul kayak!).
Non appena avremo raccolto tutto il materiale, saremo contenti di pubblicarlo sul sito con lo spirito di condivisione delle esperienze che accomuna tanti di noi...

Non sono mai mancati momenti di grande convivialità
La sera del sabato ci siamo concessi una lunga cena in un ristorante del centro storico di Palermo, uno degli ottomila esercenti che hanno aderito alla catena Addio Pizzo. Il lungo sonno ristoratore nella accogliente ed ampia co-house Re Federico, dove in molti abbiamo alloggiato, ha consentito i più di affrontare con slancio la giornata conclusiva di esami. Prima le prove pratiche in mare aperto, poi gli sbarchi e gli imbarchi nel dumping, poi ancora la conduzione del gruppo in sicurezza, poi altre domande teoriche e per concludere la valutazione finale. I colloqui individuali hanno rappresentato un ultimo momento di confronto e di crescita e sono stati seguiti da un incontro collegiale durante il quale sono state gettate le basi per le future attività degli otto nuovi istruttori federali di kayak da mare...

Confronto di gruppo sulle possibili modalità di imbarco con onda frangente...
La struttura del corso, articolato in due sessioni distinte, svolte in primavera ed in autunno ed inframezzate da un lungo periodo estivo dedicato al tirocinio presso altri Maestri federali, è risultata molto efficace: tutti abbiamo apprezzato una notevole crescita tecnico-didattica degli aspiranti istruttori e la FICK può ora vantare nuovi tecnici preparati e capaci, sia di condurre l'imbarcazione con maestria che di insegnare il kayak da mare in corsi base ed avanzati, trasferendo ad altri la nostra comune passione per il mare, nel rispetto della natura ed in completa sicurezza.
Grazie e congratulazioni ai nuovi Istruttori Antonino Pusateri, Danilo Tulone, Dario Bisso, Domenico Amato, Enrico Cigno, Gianluca D'Antoni, Giulio Ceccacci e Massimo Chiti.

Pagaie in alto per i nuovi Istruttori FICK!
Last week-end was devoted to the second session and the final assessment of the course organized in Palermo to train the future Instructors of sea kayak for the Italian Federation of Canoe and Kayak (F.I.C.K.). We were able to plan, do and review four intense days full of technical and didactical sessions, from theory to practise. I worked as assessor with Mauro Ferro and Vincenzo Stuppia, the managing Coach of the course. The weather forecast was more than perfect to run every single session on the open water and the group of candidates was really very cool, spending each day with lot of fun and competence. We also were so lucky to eat lot of delicious tradicional dishes, lot of cakes and "cannoli alla siciliana"! Palermo is a perfect place where based a sea kayak center!
Thanks to the eight new Italian Instructors: Antonino Pusateri, Danilo Tulone, Dario Bisso, Domenico Amato, Enrico Cigno, Gianluca D'Antoni, Giulio Ceccacci e Massimo Chiti.

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at October 29, 2014 09:18 pm

Frogma
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!)

Have You Seen This Dock?

Passing along a message posted on the NYC Kayaker moderated email list. Hoping that local waterfront and boating enthusiasts will help keep an eye out for the lost dock. One of the local tugboat owners did mention on a related Facebook post that a dock this size is very hard to tow and suggested that it may have just been cut loose - whether it's that or somebody actually stealing it for their own use, this is a really lousy thing to do. Here's the note that accompanied the photo:

The board of Manhattan Community Boathouse requests help in recovering their modular dock.  It was at Pier 96 on the Hudson River and was removed sometime in the past two weeks.  The dock is used at the free kayak programs run at this location by Manhattan Community Boathouse (and previously by DTBH).   The board of MCBH has filed a police report and asks the waterfront community to help find the dock, and the culprit(s) that took it.

If anyone has information, please contact the boathouse at

manhattancommunityboathouse"at"gmail.com (replace "at" with @ as usual).

Hope they get their dock back soon!

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at October 29, 2014 09:18 pm

josebelloseakayaking

Rincones de la Sierra de San Cristobal

Esta tarde, Mangue e Ivan me han llevado a nuevos sitios en la Sierra de San Cristobal, y de paso me han dado una paliza considerable...

 

 

Dejamos los coches y empezamos suavito..

 



Poco a poco nos fuimos perdiendo por lugares muy bonitos 

 




Dia de "entrenamiento de calidad", viene bien porque en esta sierra tenemos carrera de trail runing dentro de poco.

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at October 29, 2014 09:09 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Njupeskär

Rörligt vatten

Rörligt vatten

Hänger vid fallet

Hänger vid fallet

Nyfikna fikahungriga Lavskrikor

Nyfikna fikahungriga Lavskrikor

Fina bäckar och finfin skog

Fina bäckar och finfin skog

Igår var det blåsvarning för Trysilfjällen så vi drog till Njupeskär en sväng. Riktigt fint där. Go promenad upp till fallet genom gamla fina granskogar och tillbaka. Sen vi var där senast har det kommit naturrum på plats och mer spångar. Lättillgängligt för alla. Tydligen riktigt gott om vatten i alla åar, älvar och vattendrag på dessa breddgraderna nu.

Njupeskär ligger i Fulufjällets nationalpark i krokarna av Särna och Idre.

Fin promenad upp till Njupeskär

Fin promenad upp till Njupeskär

Fotonörderi på vägen

Fotonörderi på vägen

Gott om vatten

Gott om vatten

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 29, 2014 08:48 pm

calkayak
California Canoe & Kayak Staff Blog

What is PaddleFit?

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PaddleFit is a Stand Up Paddle outdoor fitness coaching system. It is a complete system that incorporates stand up paddling and fitness. PaddleFit teaches people how to paddle efficiently with minimal injuries and promotes general health and fitness. It is designed for paddlers of all levels (beginner to elite athletes).

For more information about PaddleFit: http://www.paddlefitpro.com/

No really, what do you really do in PaddleFit?

Here’s a typical PaddleFit class:

15 minutes warm up: land warm up of all of your major muscle groups – very important to minimize injury!

45 minutes work out: PaddleFit workout includes forwarding paddling at 70% effort, turns (any kind of turns at your level), and on-board exercises such as push ups, sit ups, and squats. And no we don’t expect you to do jump around the board!

15 minutes of cool down: stretching exercises– again, very important to minimize injury!

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Sounds intimidating, is it hardcore like CrossFit?

PaddleFit is a complete body workout but it focuses on quality and balance. The exercises are designed to be performed by a beginner or an elite athlete. There are many drills and exercises that we can choose from and there are often different forms for beginners, intermediates and advanced. You can make it as challenging or as easy as you want it!

We also focus on making sure you have the right paddling techniques such as forward paddling and turns, so we require all participants to complete an SUP 101 class.

We have PaddleFit Demos with our social meet up paddles (rentals of board/leash/pfd/paddle $20, bring your own equipment for free)! Once you have completed an SUP 101, come try out a 15 minute PaddleFit Demo at the meet up!

SUP 101 Class: http://www.calkayak.com/class_board.cfm#1148

PaddleFit 1 Sign-up: http://www.calkayak.com/class_board.cfm#3882

CCK SUP Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/CCKSUP/

I’m training for SUP races, how would this help me?

If you are an intermediate or advanced paddler, PaddleFit 2 is the right class for you. In a typical 45 minute workout, you’ll have a chance to practice 20-30 pivot turns while you’re paddling at 70-80% effort, performing drills that requires more stability control, and also practice interval and other drills to increase strength.

PaddleFit 2 requires you complete a SUP 201 class.

SUP 201 Class: http://www.calkayak.com/class_board.cfm#1775

PaddleFit 2 Sign-up: http://www.calkayak.com/class_board.cfm#3882

CCK SUP Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/CCKSUP/

When, where and how much?

Both PaddleFit 1 and PaddleFit2 classes are in the mornings, the best time to get your body warmed up for the day! Classes are 7 to 9am. PaddleFit 1 is on Tuesday and PaddleFit 2 is on Wednesday. $50 per class. We are considering selling a 10-class card at a discounted price.

Instructor: Mike Wang – Certified Level 3 PaddleFit Coach

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Mike Wang is a passionate paddler with 16 years experience in kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. Mike was first introduced in paddling on a frozen lake in Beijing when he was a child. Mike has paddled many parts of the San Francisco Bay, California coast and rivers in the Sierra. Paddling has also taken him to many beautiful locations: Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Canada, Mongolia, Mexico, Hawaii and China. His favorite paddle is his commute from the Alameda island to California Canoe & Kayak on the Oakland Estuary. Mike is also the board chair of Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures, a nonprofit organization that provides wilderness adventures that empower, inspire and enrich the lives of people with HIV/AIDS.


by CCK Staff Blog at October 29, 2014 06:30 pm

PenobscotPaddles
Paddling to See- A blog about sea kayaking in Maine. Join us on scenic sea kayak trips in Maine and other beautiful places

Florida Road Trip! Visit with Durhamblogger! Carl and the important rhyme!

  About two weeks ago we packed our van with towels and paddles and life jackets and way too many clothes and a few too many guidebooks and just two iSUPs and headed south!
  Why no kayaks?   Because we weren't planning any big trips and having kayaks with us meant always keeping them on the roof.  Besides our kayaks are meant for big water and we were headed for shallow bays and narrow springs.
  We drove as fast as was comfortable to Florida, spent some time there and drove back a little slower and more randomly.  Which was grea,t because that gave us a chance to meet Durhamblogger; Mike and his lovely wife, Rachel!
  If you read his blog regularly, you know he is very safety conscious and also has many how-to posts and gear reviews.  It's obvious that he is an avid kayaker, but you might not guess that it was his wife, Rachel, who talked him into getting that first kayak.  It was a terrific visit!

   Now we're back home and in the midst of catching up on all sorts of miscellaneous work/house chores.  We've got all our pictures stored on the computer, so I just need to sort out what to report from the thirteen paddle adventures and  200 plus photos.

   Tonight I'll just post one more picture:  a portrait of Carl the venomous Coral Snake:
   For years and years a part of my brain has been dedicated to this rhyme:
      "Red touch yellow; kill a fellow"
  (There may be more to it than that, but it didn't seem as important.)
  Finally it's proved useful!  Without that rhyme I surely would have picked up and cuddled Carl, but because I had it memorized, I just kept my distance and let him go his own way!

by PenobscotPaddles (noreply@blogger.com) at October 29, 2014 10:43 am

Silver Springs State Park - Florida

   Silver Springs State Park is home to glass bottom boats, which do 30 or 90 minute tours of the area, including a group of springs considered to be one of Florida's largest first magnitude springs.  It got its start as a steamboat destination. In the 1860's Hubbard Hart purchased a steamboat which he used to bring tourists from Paloka to Silver Springs.  The steamboat offered a 24 hour trip, but was safer and faster than the roads.  Hart was key in developing Silver Springs, attracting a railroad depot there for connecting trips and building a hotel at the springs.  Considered one of Florida's first tourist attractions, the park has offered glass bottom boats rides since the late 1870's. 
    Like many early attractions, it is now a state park.  Over the years Silver Springs was used as the backdrop for early Tarzan movies, and also appeared in Creature from the Black Lagoon, among other films. The park has many other components; a camping area, an outdoor stage, a reconstructed village (open on weekends only) the boat tours and smaller museums.  Also off to the side is a canoe/kayak rental and launch.  The launch (and the boat tours) are an additional fee to the park entrance.
 


   The launch is in a corner of the parking lot, away from the main entrance.  It leads on to a small channel, like that shown above.  (This picture was taking coming back along a connecting channel.)  Spanish moss dripping from live oak, adds a certain serenity to the trip.
    Because we were there when the park opened, the boats were not yet at their docking stations, and we could glide over the various springs, admiring the depths and water life.
    Another picture showing how still and quiet the park was, and how clear the water is.
   We paddled by a variety of springs, some are known for their depth, or for their use in movies or TV scenes; one has a boat sunk into it, others are known for attracting turtles.
  In the 1930's the park offered "jungle cruises."  In an effort to enhance the experience, Colonel Tooey placed some rhesus monkeys on an island.  According to the woman at the entrance gate, Colonel Tooey had been told monkeys did not swim, and would be confined there.  By the next morning the monkeys were gone and now can be found from the Carolinas to the Keys.  There are still several troops on the ground, each with their own personality.  We didn't happen to spy any, but I did learn that anhingas have a cry very similar to squirrels, and sort of like a monkey.
   We did see lots of turtles and fish though.

   And several birds, including these ibis.
   We were a little worried either that the current from the springs would be fairly strong, or that the back channel behind the springs would be too shallow for the nine inch fins of our paddleboards, but neither was the case.
   The back channel was also filled with interesting sights and a fair number of animals.  At one point, Mark heard a splash and saw a three foot long alligator, fish in mouth, take off in the river.  The alligator swam by my boat, a dark shadow moving quickly.  We didn't manage to capture it on film, but let's pretend Mark is observing the alligator above.
   The back channel also passes by another sunken boat, a reconstructed "cracker" village, fort and steamboat landing, so there was plenty to entertain us on our journey back.
    The loop we did was just under two miles, pretty short, but considering we got to travel over several springs (in many parks the more active springs are roped off for swimming),  see all sorts of scenery and wildlife, plus enjoy a shady paddle, it felt like a great deal.  Those seeking longer paddles can head down Silver Springs River.  Though you may not be able to get all the way to Palotka anymore, you can certainly paddle a number of miles. 

Links:
Wikipedia Silver Springs Park
Map of Florida Springs
Florida State Parks information about Silver Springs

Summary:  Entrance to the park $8, launch fee $4 per boat, kayak and canoe rental's available.  Portapotty by boat ramp, flush toilets in the park.  Glass bottom boat tours are an additional fee.  Displays, and food available in the park.  The park sometimes shuts early for concert events.  Two mile loop with gentle current, longer trips available down the river. 

by PenobscotPaddles (noreply@blogger.com) at October 29, 2014 10:42 am

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Cykling runt fjäll

Cykelgrusväg över lågfjället

Cykelgrusväg över lågfjället

Nerförsbackecykling

Nerförsbackecykling

I måndags tog vi en go cykelsväng runt Trysilfjellet. Kul för våra bergscyklar att få se berg och inte bara platt skånemiljö :) Vi tog en lätt runda med finfint lättcyklat underlag, i alla fall så länge vi inte tog genvägar ;) Vädret höll sig på fårduganivå. Göttigt värre. Det kändes lite i benen oxå att vi inte är vana vid höjdskillnader!

Vilse i nedförsbacke. De där bäckarna ser man ju inte på vintern ;)

Vilse i nedförsbacke. De där bäckarna ser man ju inte på vintern ;)

Var ska vi? Strax nedanför Skihytte på sydsidan

Var ska vi? Strax nedanför Skihytte på sydsidan

Ensamma i slalombackarna

Ensamma i slalombackarna

Turløyperna är inte lika släta som de är på vintern. Genvägar är inte alltid bättre ;)

Turløyperna är inte lika släta som de är på vintern. Genvägar är inte alltid bättre ;)

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 29, 2014 08:53 am

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

Stargazing

Sea kayakers often have a significant interest in lighthouses.  There is something about their location, design and history which attracts us in a way that perhaps no other type of building does.  Some of us have probably been paddling long enough to remember the days when if we were heading out to somewhere with a lighthouse we would pack fresh milk, daily newspapers etc as a gift for the guardians of the light in the hope that we might be invited in.
Over the years I was invited into Beachy Head, the Skerries and the Hanois to name just 3 but as we are all aware automation has had its impact and these visits are a now just a distant memory.


Much has been written over the years about the development of lighthouses and when you are in France, pop into a bookshop to see how many "coffee table" books are available on the subject.  The lighthouses of Brittany in particular have fired the imagination of a generation of photographers.
On the subject of books about lighthouses the other day I was given the book "Stargazing" by Peter Hill.  It is a delightful book about a 19 year old Art student, in the early 1970's who took a job as a relief keeper for the Commisioner of Northern Lights.
He starts his short career on Pladda, an island which I had recently become acquainted with through reading the sea kayak photo blog by Douglas Wilcox. He describes the daily routine of the keeper, expressing his concern about having to undertake the cooking duties whilst learning about the routine required to keep the lights burning.
Considerably younger than many of the other keepers he not only learns about the lighthouses but some of the characters who spent significant proportions of their lives on these remote outposts fulfilling a valuable service.
His second posting was to Ailsa Craig, an island which he eventually spent 8 weeks on, as a consequence of changed rotas etc.  It is interesting to note his observations on the rats, which were so numerous that doors had to remain closed to prevent infestation of the lighthouse buildings.  The first rat was seen on the Island in 1889 when one was killed by a lighthouse keepers dog.  The impact of the colonisation by rats was significant on the nesting sea birds, including the complete destruction of  the puffin colonies.  In 1991 it was decided to eradicate the rats, which involved flying in 3 tonnes of Warfarin that year and another 2 tonnes the following year.  It was an immediate success and the last live rat was seen on Ailsa Cgaig on the 15th April 1991.  By 2009 the puffin colony which had re-established itself had between 50 and 100 pairs of puffins.
In contrast to comparative spaciousness of Ailsa Craig his final lighthouse was Hyskeir, accessed by helicopter it has the Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck to the north with Coll and Tiree to the south.  It was here that he was introduced to the game of nautical scrabble, a 30 minute time limit and only nautical words allowed, sounds like a must have game on the next sea kayaking trip.
Peter Hill was not destined to be a full time lighthouse keeper, Hyskeir was his final stint on a light, but what a great way to spend a summer.
This book will appeal to anybody who has an interest in lighthouses or sea kayaking off the west coast of Scotland but you will probably enjoy it far more if you remember Captain Beefheart, Carlos Castenada, the Vietnam War and Watergate.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at October 29, 2014 03:40 am

October 28, 2014

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Patience

New posts are coming. Heck, a whole new site is coming! This site will look different and (hopefully) be easier to navigate and more interactive. That’s the plan, anyway.

And, there are some exciting new projects that are going to be moving forward over the next few months… all you need right now is patience. (Same as me!)


by Ken Campbell at October 28, 2014 07:05 pm

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Kajak.nu på Instagram

Kajak.nu på Instagram

Kajak.nu på Instagram

Äntligen! Eller det har nog legat ett konto där och skvalpat ganska länge ;) Men inte varit sådär vidare värst aktivt. Det kanske det inte blir nu heller, men kanske :)

Precis om med våra egna Instagramkonton; piafra & eriksjos blir här mobila bilder, ungefär när det händer. Andra bilder hittas som vanligt här på kajak.nu, på Flickr m.m. Skulle det förekomma nån gammal bilder märker vi den med #latergram och skulle vi få in nån kamerabild tjoar vi säkert till :)

En hel del av Instagrambilderna kommer säkert synas även på Facebook och Twitter. Aldrig hört talas om Instagram? Det är en fotoapp där man lätt kan ta bilder och korta filmsnuttar, lägga på filter och sen enkelt dela på Instagram och samtidigt på andra sociala medier. Mer om Instagram på Wikipedia.

http://instagram.com/kajaknu

by Erik Sjöstedt at October 28, 2014 06:59 pm

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

Under the weather


Wind has kept me off my beloved ocean now for a couple days; fingers crossed for the AM!

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at October 28, 2014 05:42 pm

Have Kayaks Will Travel
Paddlesport Coaching

It’s all about having fun in boats

Yorkville-2

After a long season of coaching and training, we spent the past two weekends just paddling. All sorts of boats; all kinds of water.

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Greg and Sharon take the Prospector down the Marge Kline Whitewater Course.

We were especially excited about paddling our new Esquif Detonator, a ten-foot banana of a whitewater canoe that was all kinds of fun catching eddies and surfing small wave holes.

Sharon twirls her paddle while surfing a wave.

Sharon twirls her paddle while surfing a wave.

It was also nice to be back in our whitewater kayaks, which have seen too little water this season, eclipsed by our time in sea kayaks and canoes.

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Alec, enjoying the ride.

As Leon Sommé of Body Boat Blade says, we work on our skills so we can have more fun. In our quest to improve as coaches and paddlers, it’s easy to forget that we got into this sport–and stay in it–because we truly enjoy being out on the water in small, human-powered craft. And it’s important to take the time to reconnect with that most basic idea.

Yorkville-14

by havekayakswilltravel at October 28, 2014 01:38 pm

Jimski's Blog

Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Back in July I quietly embarked upon a training schedule. I kept my regular Tuesday and Thursday  running activities whilst adding a longer run into the mix. Each week this longer run would gradually become longer and more challenging occasionally adding in some hill training.

Doing laps of Llandudno's Marina Drive became great preparation (and education) ahead of the toughest marathon in Europe. Marina Drive runs along the cliffs of the Great Orme; a huge limestone headland that towers more than 200 metres over the Irish Sea. One lap of the Great Orme is around 5 and a third miles with a climb of 120 metres.

The final training run was a gruelling four laps. This left me with a crippling injury to my right knee at only three weeks before the marathon. There was a real possibility that after all the training I might not be able to take part in the marathon.

After a week of little recovery I went to see a physiotherapist. I was half expecting to be told that I would not be fit for the marathon. To my surprise, I was told quite the opposite. Although painful, the injury is quite common to long distance runners and easily rectified with a good dose of massage and carefully targeted exercises and stretches.

So, on the day, I stuck to my plan and started at a relaxed and steady pace. Along with my work colleague Tina, I was enjoying the running, the scenery and the occasion. My name was printed just above my race number and it gave me an amazing morale boost to hear spectators call out, "Come on Jim!"

Photo: Claire Bishop
The first climb up to Pen-y-Pass was straight forward. The second climb was more difficult and I resorted to walking when I found it difficult to overtake those who were walking. By the time I reached the village of Waunfawr and the final climb, I began to feel a little pain in my injured right knee. Once again I (along with most others) resorted to walking. This preserved my energy and protected the knee, but the downside was it allowed me to get cold. Stiffness and cramp began to set in. It took a great effort to get going again but the last mile and a half was all down hill. The steep descent was painful but short lived and 5 hours and 19 minutes after crossing the start line I reached the finish. It was over. I'd done it... and now I could stop running.

However, the marathon is not quite over. At the time of writing I'm still hobbling around on stiff legs with a sore right knee and a troublesome left Achilles. The question is, as the aches and pains melt away, how long will it take for me to consider doing something like this again?



by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at October 28, 2014 07:38 am

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

Parish Crosses

On a day, when paddling wasn't an option I decided to visit all of the Millennium Crosses on the Island.  Every parish placed a cross and a stone at suitable locations, I had visited the Millennium Stones, in one continuous, a journey of 49 miles.  The wayside crosses which were placed around the Island are based on the design of a medieval cross, a model of one which can be seen at Elizabeth Castle, having been placed there in 1959.  It is thought that there many of theses crosses around the Island but they were probably all destroyed during the Reformation.
The circular ride to each of the Millennium Crosses is an entertaining way to pass a few hours and the route will take you some interesting areas of the Island.  The total distance was 39 miles which contrasts with the 49 miles it takes to cycle around the Millennium Stones
 First stop was the cross of St Brelade.  On a road junction near to the Airport garages.  It does look like it could do with a visit from the Parish gardeners.
 The St Peter cross is on the northern perimeter of the airport.  From here it was the shortest distance to the next cross, close to St Ouen's Manor.
The St Ouen's cross is close to the main entrance of St Ouen's Manor.  The flower beds added a dash of colour which was missing at many of the crosses.
 The St Mary cross is only just in the Parish.  Situated at Greve de Lecq it close to the historic barracks.
 Built during the German Occupation La Route du Nord runs above the cliffs of St John and it is where the parish decided to locate their Millennium Cross.
 The Trinity Cross would be easy to miss, located close to the walls of the Parish Church.
 The parish cross of St Martin is the only one on the east coast.  Close to Archirbondel, from here to St Clement's cross my next stop was the longest non stop stretch on the tour of the Millennium Crosses.
 The St Clement's cross is situated on the sea front at Le Hocq, overlooking some superb sea kayaking waters.
 From the St Clement cross it was an uphill ride to the Grouville one, situated on small grassy section of land at the top of Grouville Hill.
 St Saviour's cross is close to the Parish primary school.
 The St Helier Cross is in Victoria Park, which is the small open space close to the Grand Hotel.  This cross bears an inscription in Jerriais (the traditional language of the Island) À la glouaithe dé Dgieu (To the glory of God).
The last cross was in St Lawrence.  Located at the top of Mont Felard it was a steep climb to the final cross.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at October 28, 2014 05:50 am

Frogma
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!)

What's cookin' #2 - all KINDS of stuff (including a Century Egg)

Actually I've been cooking quite a bit - September and the beginning of October got so crazy that I ended up eating out to the point where I was tired of eating out and it's been nice over the last couple of weeks to replenish the refrigerator and freezer. 

Spam musubi was not my only Asian-inspired experiment - weekend before last, I finally made the dried scallop congee (rice porridge) I'd planned to have the night I stayed on Croton Point during my paddle down the Hudson - I'd started out with a really nice visit with friends at the Chelsea Yacht Club, which got me off to a late start, which meant that I got to the Annsville Creek Paddlesports Center fifteen minutes after Bill had shut up shop and headed up to Norrie Point for the Friday night activities he has up there. With nobody to visit at Annsville Creek and a fair distance to travel before I got to my campsite for the night, I lost all my inclination to do all the unpacking I was going to have to do to get the scallops and rice into their soaking containers, so I left 'em bagged up and had round 2 of pasta with sausage, squash, green onions and cheese.



Congee fixin's, delivered by kayak from Waterford, NY.

After Saturday's big swim support across the lower Hudson, I was ready for a day of puttering around at home, and ended up doing 2 projects in the kitchen.

Project 1 was finally making the congee. I was extra-glad that I'd gone with the pasta because this really took a long time to cook down into a nice porridge-y consistency. I still think this could be a good camp dinner but it would need to be on one of the shorter days, not the very longest one!

Only benefit to having it while camping would have been that I would have been eating it in the dark.

In the dark? Yup. You see, I had decided to get extra-fancy with this ten mixed grain rice I'd picked up in Chinatown a while ago. The rice mixture was attractive enough out of the bag (although it did look disconcertingly like birdseed):




But the end result reminded me a lot of the time when I came home from Ithaca with a beautiful homegrown purple cabbage from the garden of the lovely folks who'd put me up for Women Swimmin' 2013, and made it into corned beef and cabbage. Do you know what color corned beef and cabbage turns when made with a beautiful purple cabbage? I didn't, but I found out, and let's just say that if you're looking for a fun dish to make for a Halloween party, that would work well. You could call it Zombie Stew - everything in the pot went this sort of dead blue color. Delicious, if you like corned beef and cabbage (which I do, very much)- but really, really offputting in appearance.

Same story with the congee. Very tasty, and I'm adding it to my winter comfort food cooking list, but next time I'm making it with normal white rice - after an hour and a half on a low slow simmer all of those lovely browns in the rice had just sort of mushed into a dispirited gray. 
Project #2 was much more of an unqualified success - when I'd gone out to the club to collect my gear for the swim, I also decided to collect some basil from the garden even though it was weird picking it in the dark. I didn't strip the bushes, but I got a nice big bag, enough for my annual Pestopalooza!

Never any questions about that. Basil + garlic + pignoli + olive oil = freezable yumminess (I'll add the cheese as I thaw it out for use over the winter). The only thing I'm wondering is whether there were enough leaves left on the basil plants that I might get a Round 2 out of it.

Have to check that out as I managed to NOT make it out to the club last weekend. I'm glad I decided to check the garden when I did, though, the tomato plants had one last ripe tomato for me! This one didn't even need to sit - this was an orange variety and it was ready to eat. We'd had a warm spell the week before and I think that was just enough to coax this last one into perfect vine-ripeness and in fact the plant had flowered again -- I don't think that's going anywhere but this was a lovely surprise in October. Also picked a palmful of peppers.

You'd think that this and the spam musubi experiment would've been enough culinary fun for a while, but somehow although I went into last weekend feeling fairly confident that there would be boating, it ended up being A Weekend In The Kitchens (how enchanting, how deliciously droll)!

TQ's taking a few vacation days in here and a weekend together is a rare treat! Saturday was absofreakinlutely gorgeous and we totally should have gone paddling or maybe sailing - but first we slept in, and then since I still had all the fixings, I just had to make spam musubi and eggs for breakfast. Sorry, no pictures this time, just picture two on the leaf plate with a nice heap of scrambled eggs (scrambled in the spam pan with the caramelized spam-shoyu-sugar-and-ginger juice, yummy). By the time that was done, it was feeling somehow too late to pack up for a Jamaica Bay trip, plus we both had odds and ends to do around the house, so he headed home and I headed, yup, back into the kitchen. Round 2 that day was "butterduckennuttercress" soup - I'd had a bunch of watercress left from the congee, I'd thought that would go nicely in butternut squash soup so I'd picked up a squash earlier in the week. I ran to my local greengrocer for a sweet onion and a head of garlice; I roasted the squash, onion, garlic in the dutch oven, thawed out a container of ducken soup, fried up some bacon in the stockpot, sauteed the watercress with the bacon, threw in the soup, pureed the roasted veggies, threw those in - thought that was it and then realized that there was caramelized squash and onion juice all over the bottom of the Dutch oven so I deglazed that and threw that in the stockpot too. Delicious.

Took some of that over to TQ's for dinner and then we watched 3 episodes of Iron Chef - 2 Japanese (an early early Japanese one where the Iron Chef was being a total goofball and everybody on the set was trying to crack everyone else up while cooking their octopi, a later Japanese one where they were being Much More Serious - or maybe it was just the horrible English voiceovers, I would've preferred subtitles) - and then a very strange one from Thailand where they started with some sort of crocodilians (caimans?), the entire critter, toothy head to scaly tail, and finished with these astoundingly gorgeous dishes. All in Thai, no subtitles, but you could pretty much see what was going on the whole time.

The next day TQ made steak and eggs for breakfast and then we just carried on with the culinary theme with a trip to New York Mart, a grocery store in Brooklyn's Chinatown. We came home with bean paste and lup cheong and mirin and char siu sauce mix packets and an assortment of frozen dumplings and I don't remember what all else, and TQ bought himself a wok (he's been wanting one for ages) and I got a small thermos (I discovered my old one had lost its vacuum during the lower harbor swim when I got on the support boat looking forward to some hot tea and it was luke warm) but the main point of the trip was to find some century eggs -- I'm not sure where TQ had read about these but he really wanted to try them and we did indeed find them, plus some salted boiled duck eggs. I ran home to get some white rice and green onions while TQ seasoned the wok, which I broke in with rice with the green onions and the Chinese sausage.


and when that was done TQ got the eggs out. Here's a century egg straight out of the box. 

 Starting to peel. We'd done enough reading to not be surprised by the color. Century eggs are preserved by coating them in a mixture of clay, salt, ashes, and quicklime, which causes this change in appearance. Still strange to see this color -- I can't imagine what we would've thought if we hadn't seen pictures. 

 All peeled, on the plate with the salted egg (which didn't peel nearly as neatly). I was a little disappointed that this one didn't have the snowflake patterns they showed in the picture on the box - that's apparently a hallmark of these eggs but it wasn't very pronounced on this one. 

 Sliced, the deep amber color of the yolk comes out - really looked nice. The yolk was a little scary looking and the egg didn't smell too good - we both took a sniff while TQ was peeling it and we both wrinkled our noses at it. But we're both big fans of stinky cheese too, a food that's frequently mentioned in online articles about century eggs, so we don't scare that easy. 

 We got a little silly with the plating after all the prior night's Iron Cheffery. The salted egg had been very messy to peel and the century egg was a little wobbly when slicing but I tried to arrange them and then I put a green onion on the plate and then TQ said "Ha ha!" and added the red pepper garnish. I don't think we're ready for Iron Chef but we were having fun.  

TQ tried his first and then after watching his face relax from a very tentative state as he began to chew to a "well that's not bad" expression, I tried mine. Not bad indeed - somehow, very much like a stinky cheese, the smell that was so unpleasant to the nose didn't translate to an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and I really liked the creamy texture of the yolk. Of course after the first couple of bites I sort of diluted the taste trial by deciding that what would be really good would be to chop up the eggs and mix them in with the sausage-and-green-onion rice - and that combination was really, really good. 
Second course was a few assorted steamed dumplings, but the century egg was really the big experiment of the day. Might have to try them in my next go at congee - they're a very traditional thing to put in there.

So that's what's cookin' - all kinds of things!

Hopefully back to something on the water or at least outside next weekend - but this was good fun.



by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at October 28, 2014 04:18 am

Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde: Nouvelles
Cette section du site Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde présente les nouvelles et actualités qui touchent de près ou d'un peu plus loin, le kayak de mer, le milieu marin, la faune et la flore, l'environnement, des trouvailles et nouveautés d'équipement de kayak et plus.

Abitibi & Co à l’assaut l’industrie du plein air


by Thierry de Noncourt - La Frontière at October 28, 2014 12:03 am

October 27, 2014

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

River Kayaker Video Rescue

A neat little video is making the rounds today. It shows a river kayaker with his boat jammed in the rocks, and unfortunately, his head is under water. But with the help of his friends, he's pulled out of his kayak and a few steps to shore.
Yes, I said "steps." The incident took place in a rocky rapids, looking about Class 2 or 3, which translates as water that is dropping about 2 feet + over and through rocks that make it challenging enough to be fun for experienced whitewater kayakers. There would be deep pools and shallow places all through those rapids.
You can see the video here on a news site. One of the paddlers had a helmet camera and recorded the quick rescue as it was happening.
It's worth saying again: Be prepared! Practise your rescue techniques. There's nothing like a little practise with your tow ropes or wet exit and re-entry skills to give your body the confidence you need if a small emergency happens -- and safety practise can be one of the things that helps keep an incident from becoming a big emergency. That's what happened this summer when Heather and I were able to help a tired swimmer (read it on Kayak Yak here)! And safety practise can be fun and games, as it was when Mike Jackson taught a towing workshop.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at October 27, 2014 04:59 pm

PAGAYEURS DU LEVANT
Blog collectif

Tres dias en el Parc natural Cap de Creus


Cala Portalo

Avec le cap Cerbère au loin...



Portligat

Source près du Cap Norfeu

Cadaquès

Roses/ El Port de la Selva / Roses
25 au 27 octobre 2014
Kayakistes : Pascal P. ;  Jean-Marc G. ; Nadine B. ; Jean-Luc B. ; Laurent D.

by Laurent D. (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 03:35 pm

Mackayak
What I talk about when I talk about kayaking.

An Fheis Mhor - Scotland's Festival of Paddlesport


Each year the Scottish Canoe Association organise a weekend of films, talks, workshops and retail stands in Perth. Occurring simultaneously on the Saturday, dozens of people take part in the River Tay Descent in a variety of craft. For the first time this year the show also had a pool organised for folk to come and try paddling, watch canoe polo matches or slalom.
I was pleased to be asked to contribute a demonstration of Greenland rolling to the activities in the pool.


It was great to be able to bring a flavour of the 'roots' of the wider sport to the big show in Perth. Though a bit of a daunting prospect, Rhiannon and I decided that we would make it clear that we are enthusiasts, and not experts, and try our best to be good ambassadors for traditional skills. 


After a practice in the pool on Saturday with a few onlookers from the balcony, I was acclimatised to being indoors again. Thanks to Nick I had a Tahe Greenland kayak exactly like my own to use.
 
On Sunday our audience was at the poolside with Rhiannon providing the commentary and describing what I was demonstrating.  We made sure to articulate our respect for the cultural origins of our sport, and acknowledge how the Greenland Games is helping to perpetuate this intangible cultural heritage. 

 
I worked my way through a progression of foundation skills which provide the basis for layback rolls, then demonstrated a few of these rolls starting with the avataq in a balance brace position and ending with hands only. Then I demonstrated a few of the layback rolls finishing off with elbow and brick roll.  We repeated a similar progression for forward finishing rolls, starting with static brace 'face down' and recovering on to the front deck. I deliberately stuck to a range of rolls which I know I can do reasonably well, omitting those which are in my zone of proximal development!

'Mummy! Mummy! She's stuck!'  (heard on the balcony)
In the audience there were a few familiar faces, including Duncan Winning, which added a little to the pressure felt by this demonstrator.


 
Duncan, inspired by the original kayak brought to Scotland from Greenland by Ken Taylor in 1960, was involved in the designing and building of kayaks that many of our modern sea kayak designs originate from, so it felt like we were part of squaring the circle at this Scottish celebration of paddlesport. Nice to be part of it!

by Mackayak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 02:34 pm

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

Ashydoo Kirk and a Victorian Horn House.

The main sea bird breeding colonies on Ailsa Craig are found on the western craigs. High above the distant Kintyre peninsula, the western sky is full of gannets, guillemots, razorbills, black guillemots, fulmars and kittiewakes. At this spot known as the Bed of Grass, puffins have re-established themselves after the island's rats were eradicated. They whirr in and out from the sea on

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 11:57 am

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

NMAI Abenaki Inspired Paddle Decoration

This post on the Paleoplanet forums features a beautifully carved and decorated paddle by member, Dauntless.




A closeup of the blade showcases some of the delicate etching...

 


It was apparently inspired by an Abenaki paddle in the outstanding collection of the American Museum of Natural History (see that post full here)


Catalog No: 50.1/ 9825
Culture: ABNAKI, PENOBSCOT
Regions: EASTERN CANADA, NORTHEAST
Dimensions: L:182 W:20 H:3.5 [in CM]
Accession No: 1916-9









by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 09:26 am

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

A Paternoster Sunday

The Paternoster's is a wild reef nearly 3 miles off the north coast of Jersey which is always an interesting place to visit.  Sunday morning's forecast couldn't have been more co-operative with a light southerly breeze to blow us out and then dropping off, with the sun coming out.
It was a slightly longer Sunday morning paddle for the Jersey Canoe Club than usual and it did involve taking sandwiches but it was well worth the effort.  It is strange that we were only out for 5 hours in total but after a visit to the Paternoster's you always feel as if you have had a break from the island.
 The Paternosters are just visible, with Sark on the horizon beyond
 Nicky and Kate leaving the north coast.  Sorel lighthouse is just visible on the headland behind the kayaks.
 Just approaching Great Rock from the north, landing would probably have been impossible an hour earlier due to the swell but the ebbing tide had produced some relatively sheltered areas in the reef.
 Looking south west from the summit of Great Rock.  Grosnez is the obvious headland behind
 The view north.  Sark is visible on the horizon.  What a delightful paddle we had back from Sark earlier in the summer.
Paul crossing one of the tidal flows, which contribute to making paddling in this area so entertaining.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at October 27, 2014 08:06 am

SimonWillis.net
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Promo Video - Sunart Hydro Project

Last week I wrote about the hydro electric project that's taking shape up behind our house in the west highlands of Scotland.  It's a community project and my contribution is this promotional video.

The aim of the wee video is to make you want to find out more about this rather interesting investment opportunity which offers a return that's equivalent to 10%pa over five years.  If you are interested then SunartCommunityRenewables.org.uk is the place to find out more.  The video is made to be embedded on that website.

Incidentally, I used a mixture of Canon XF305, GoPro and my new Canon 5D to shoot the video.



by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 07:00 am

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

Canoeing...Uphill

Leslie, Rachael and I went out to the Club Stretch on the Snoqualmie River to practice in big canoes. It was Rachael's first time solo in a tandem canoe on a river, and she did an excellent job. Leslie had phenomenal control snubbing (going downstream) using her pole, while I, on the other hand, did a marvelous job hitting ALL the rocks and swimming plenty, including a good loop around the endless eddy at the takeout. I almost pinned myself against the rock wall! Here are a few photos.
Pretty much sums up "you want me to go UPstream?"
Leslie snubbing downstream.
Regaining focus/gunwale bracing
Rachael poling up the inside track of a rapid.
...and snubbing back down it.
Making the safe call to kneel down and paddle it after I did a few pirouettes, emergency maneuvering, and falling out twice in 50 yards.
Leslie in control.

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at October 27, 2014 05:19 am

October 26, 2014

GOTT UTE OCH INNE

Detta är riktigt, riktigt bra service.

Det här känns lite för bra för att vara sant – men det tro det eller ej…

För cirkus ett år sedan köpte vi en brännare, Muka Stove, från japanska Soto. Tyst och effektiv. Liten och behändig. Definitivt inte den billigaste.Men… det var lite, lite för bra ös på den. Det mesta från grytor till ägg och bacon brändes väldigt lätt vid på grund av att den höga effekten inte gick att reglera särskilt bra. Av eller på. 100% eller noll. Ja ni fattar…

Sagt och gjort – häromdan mailade jag några rader till tillverkaren i Japan och frågade om det möjligen fanns något man kan göra. Får strax tillbaka ett mail fyllt av japansk artighet där man rakt av lovar att utan kostnad skicka en ny bränslepump och lite andra prylar som skulle fixa problemet. Den 22 oktober meddelade Soto att de lämnat prylarna till DLH. Den 24 oktober plockar jag ut paketet i butiken hemmavid. Givetvis kunde jag följa paketet när det lämnade DHL Nagoya i Japan, mellanlandade i Frankfurt, Leipzig och Köpenhamn för att, så småningom, nå slutstation i Malmö, där DHLs kurir körde ut paketet till Helsingborg. Grymt snabbt.

Att det går att skicka paket över halva jorden på nolltid är väl inget nytt, men Soto hanterade detta så himla snyggt. Riktigt, riktigt bra service. Sådant blir man glad för! :-)

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Paket från Japan.

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Spännande, spännande!

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Jodå – ser lovande ut.

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Ny pump och lite annat smått och gott.

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Problemet löst. Funkar perfekt. :-)


Postat i:Övrigt Tagged: brännare, soto

by Christian Cronberg at October 26, 2014 05:38 pm

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

October 26th - Jemmy Jones Island (#89)

After the sun came out, I went for an afternoon row with the Oarboard and the Starboard touring SUP. It was a gorgeous afternoon on flat water. I saw a few kayakers out as well as a few SUPers. I also ran into Dylan who was trying to make his 49er move in minimal wind!
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6 km, YTD 860 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at October 26, 2014 04:39 pm

October 25th - Chemainus River (#88)

I joined a SMUS river paddling day and paddled the Chemainus river down to the highway bridge. It has been a while since I have paddled rivers, so it was good to get back in the river boat (Necky Jive). Once capsize and roll and no swims! I need to reseal the fin slots as I was taking on some water...
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6 km, YTD 854

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at October 26, 2014 04:36 pm

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

how many muscles did you say?


So I spent two days with Ben Lawry helping during our Optimist annual Symposium, and when I got home my wife asked me if I learnt anything new.
I`ve been paddling for over 14years now and think that Im ok on the water, I can handle my kayak under most conditions and paddle pretty fast if I have to.
So why was it difficult to answer her question?
Well there was just so much information it was hard to latch onto one thing .
Bens lesson on forward paddling begins with the basics of posture, grip, knee position  all while on the shore or lawn,
and there is a lot to learn  before getting to the actual paddling part
With willing volunteers he gets the point across clearly and we all managed to improve our basic understanding of the 4 stages of the forward stroke.
On the water we all began to paddle with much more style and corrected technique. One thing that did catch my attention was the  power phase and the sequence of muscle use, beginning from the lower hand pulling then the lat then the upper hand and then the obliques and then the leg thrust  last.This has the effect of using the smaller muscles first and ending with the larger ones thus getting more power out of every stroke, not to mention correct torso rotation and catch  and of course exit
So then I wondered which muscles do we use when paddling and this is what I found  Now whenever anybody says oh you kayak, thats upper body  exercise, I have a much more complete answer for them.
And yes I did learn a lot from Ben`s lesson, its just that the answer is too long  for a quick reply.
Thanks Ben, it was great working with you again.

by Steve Gordon (noreply@blogger.com) at October 26, 2014 11:42 am

Mundokaiak
Blog dedicado a mi mundo dentro de un kayak. Aventura...pesca...surf...rolls...travesías...y un sinfín de posibilidades que hacen del kayak una pasión, un estilo de vida.

ROBALITO CON MAR DE FONDO...

Hola amigos:
Por aquí ando de nuevo con otra nueva historia de pesca...

Son las 8 Am, salgo del coche y saludo a Berto, mi compañero de pesca hoy. Después de las típicas charlas preparamos los bártulos y nos hechamos al mar. El mar de fondo entra en la ría con fuerza. Haciendo zig-zag entre las rocas conseguimos salir sin problemas. Calamos las cañas y comenzamos una larga jornada dedicada íntegramente al curricán. Desde el punto de partida hasta Cabo home nos queda una hora de paleo. Aprovechamos el viaje para charlar relajadamente. Berto de vez en cuando sube un bonito, una caballa....


Una vez llegamos a punta Subrido vemos como entra una ola inmensa y bate con fuerza en las rocas. Tenemos que alejarnos para pasar el cabo sin peligro...
Pasamos punta Subrido y empezamos a cacear cerca de la playa en dirección a punta Robaleira. El mar está muy revuelto, oxigenado, con corrientes en todos los sentidos, muy vivo...Veo unos cormoranes cerca de las rocas cazándo frenéticamente. Le digo a Berto que me voy a acercar a probar suerte...Llego a ellos y mi caña se dobla bruscamente...no hay duda....Robalo!!

Me pongo a recoger y veo que cada vez la ola viene más grande. Aviso a Berto y nos apresuramos a salir de la zona de rompiente. Por unos metros no nos cogen dos olas rotas. Vemos como nos sobrepasan y viajan a toda velocidad hacia la costa. Se nos pone la piel de gallina. Ya fuera de peligro empezamos a debatir si seguir pescando allí o no. Lo cierto es que tenemos muchas ganas de hacer otra pasada, ahí hay más robalos!!! Pero una cosa está clara, si en el mar dudas es que hay cierto peligro, y en estas condiciones no vale la pena jugársela.

 Decidimos meternos a resguardo en la ría, dejar a los Robalos pastar y poner rumbo al punto de partida...





 Un pequeño vídeo de nuestra aventura de pesca....
un saludo amigos!!

by mundokaiak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 26, 2014 10:53 am

josebelloseakayaking

La regata ideal



¿A quien le interesa competir? .... pues depende.... Sobre todo del tipo de prueba. Desde luego hay que tener espíritu competitivo, pues cualquier regata exige esfuerzo, y sobre todo una historia previa de entrenamiento y preparación ...que eso si que cuesta..! Si no tienes ese espíritu, el entrenamiento eficaz no es viable.


Las regatas de kayak de mar en nuestro entorno son bien simples, hay que ir a una (con suerte a dos) boyas y volver lo más rápido posible.

 
Si los organizadores tienen mentalidad SS puede que la prueba sea un downwind, perfecta para los rápidos Surfskis.


No puedo quejarme demasiado por este formato, pues he participado en muchas y en mi etapa federativa también he organizado un buen número de ellas. Sin embargo, a los que nos gusta el auténtico  KDM, es decir, la mar y la navegación, nos irían mejor otro tipo de pruebas.


¿Que tal una regata de varios días con una distancia que exija un paleo mínimo de 7-8 horas diarias?

 

En esta prueba habría way points de paso obligado, que estarían marcados en la carta náutica.

 
 
 
Habría que navegar con las condiciones meteorológicas y oceanograficas del momento y la zona (que presentaría condiciones de marea y otros fenómenos que requerirían su planificación).

 




Cada palista debería ser autosuficiente y transportar en el kayak su equipo completo (incluido el de seguridad obligatorio) toda la comida necesaria y material de acampada para pasar las noches.

 
Los participantes deben llevar walkie-talkie abierto todo el tiempo para que la organización contacte con ellos en cualquier momento y duermen en el lugar indicado por la organización al final de cada etapa (estilo rally). Gana el/la que complete el recorrido en un tiempo acumulado menor.
Vale cualquier kayak........


Ahora solo falta conseguir patrocinadores y gente que quiera echar una mano .... ¿quien se apunta?

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at October 26, 2014 01:32 am

October 25, 2014

IKDM Channel (video)

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Greenland 550 CS Canoe A greenland kayak, looking quite similar to a Qaanaaq despite the different size, 5,50 m x 50 cm. The cockpit is a keyhole type,75x40 cm, the fit is precise. The front hatch is 10" and is installed perfectly flush to the deck.The rear hatch is oval and allows to fill larger objects. Anyway the storage space is limited. The boat has a medium rocker, bow and stern are slim. The sides are well flared, according the east greenland style. This should give a good speed expecially upwind. Same for the rolling, it should be quite easy. Si tratta di un kayak di concezione groenlandese ispirato al Qaanaaq ma decisamente diverso nelle misure (5,5 m per 50 cm) Il pozzetto è molto ampio, quasi un key-hole,75x40 cm, aggancia molto preciso, ottimo il sedile fisso avvolgente. Il gavone anteriore è da 24 cm perfettamente incassato. Il gavone posteriore ha il tappo ovale che permette di far passare gli oggetti più lunghi. Lo spazio sotto i ponti è comunque poco. Il rocker è medio, poppa e prua decisamente filanti. I fianchi sono ben sfilati, in accordo allo stile delle barche east greenland. Ciò conferisce una buona velocità e capacità di risalire il vento. Idem per il rolling. Filmed with camcorder GE DV1

by IKDMCHANNEL at October 25, 2014 01:17 pm