The Stikine

The Stikine

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Creeking, Kayaking, musings | No Comments

Author’s note: this article was written after the 2014 season. Since then, the Tahltan people lost a major court case; Imperial Metals completed construction of the Red Chris mine. It began operating in 2015. That battle has been lost, but there will certainly be more in the Sacred Headwaters. Learn more about the ongoing fights the local First Nations face to […]

Upper Grand Canyon of the Rio Marañon

Upper Grand Canyon of the Rio Marañon

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Kayaking, musings, photography, rafting | No Comments

After a quick rally from Utah to Vermont in time to catch a few laps on my favorite river, the New Haven, and to catch up with friends on the Deerfield Dryway, Daphnee and I dropped Dog off at my parents’ house and caught a direct flight from NY to Lima, Peru. The only advice […]

Earthquakes, SUPs, and Life as a Utah Boater

Earthquakes, SUPs, and Life as a Utah Boater

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Creeking, Kayaking, photography, racing, SUP | No Comments

Back when we moved to Utah (just over a year ago), we thought we could continue to fashion ourselves “whitewater kayakers” while living in the desert. So, we drove. A lot. Around Utah, throughout Idaho and Wyoming, and even all the way to Montana. In the process, we discovered one of the best kept whitewater […]

South Fork of the Salmon

South Fork of the Salmon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Kayaking | No Comments

The Salmon River drainage in Idaho is home to some of the most classic multi-day rivers in the country, if not the world. The Middle Fork and the Main are permitted sections of river with phenomenal class III-IV whitewater, beautiful canyons, and hot springs. I’ve kayaked and rafted the Middle Fork a number of times, […]

’13-14 Winter in Photos

’13-14 Winter in Photos

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Creeking, Kayaking, Skiing | No Comments

I’m not really good enough at skiing to warrant blogging about it, but sometimes I ski with people who are, so here goes. December sucked. It was too cold and icy to do anything at all. Seriously, I wished I had crampons to walk to the grocery store from my car in the parking lot. Next […]

The Year in Numbers and Some Favorite Photos

The Year in Numbers and Some Favorite Photos

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking, musings, Playboating, racing | No Comments

188 days on the water 82 sections of river 3 countries 11 US states 61 New Haven laps 13 Vermont Weekly Whitewater Beer Series Races 5 published pieces (for which I was paid — a couple more pro bono in the Dirtbag’s Guide to Whitewater) 1 swim Any year in which you kayak more days […]

The Middlebury Gorge

The Middlebury Gorge

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking, musings | No Comments

Outside Middlebury, VT tucked away just beyond the prying eyes of passing leef peepers lies one of the most dramatic bedrock river gorges in the state. Its sculpted corridor houses four back-to-back waterfalls, the final two hidden beneath overhanging walls poised to collapse any millennium now. The whitewater run is roughly two miles long with […]

Vermont Weekly Whitewater Beer Series Season Recap

Vermont Weekly Whitewater Beer Series Season Recap

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Kayaking, musings, racing | One Comment

For those who aren’t members of the Vermont Paddler’s Club, below is an article I wrote for their yearly publication about the Otter Creek Race Series I started this summer. Arriving in Vermont in February after three months paddling in South America, it was hard for me to accept that paddling season here isn’t year […]

Bourne Brook

Bourne Brook

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking | One Comment

I’m no stranger to the kind of kayak trip that people call a “mission.” Accidentally spending a night on the river in Mexico. Postholing tits deep in northern NH with a kayak strapped to my back. The list goes on; I’ve had my fair share of brutally long devil’s club infested paddling outings. So when I say […]

Carbon Neutral Kayaking

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Kayaking | No Comments

So, you eat local. You’re an AW member. You signed that online petition to save the polar bears from drowning – that one everyone shared on Facebook. You even sent a check for twenty bucks to that conservation group after your last pay day. But you flew 7,000 miles to Uganda last year for a […]