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 […]

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 […]

’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 […]

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 […]

In Which Nick Goes to Idaho, Canada, Idaho, Connecticut, Maine (Canada?), and Vermont

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking, Playboating | No Comments

The spring we never had rolled into the best summer in recent memory here in New England. The New Haven ran over 800cfs every day for 14 days straight…and to top it off, it would rain at night and be sunny during the day, so we had gorgeous 80 degree sunny days lapping the New […]

2013 Northeast Spring Video

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking | No Comments

I put together a short video from paddling in the Northeast this spring. Rivers are New Haven, Middlebury, Clarendon Gorge, Mettawee, Moose, Otter Creek.

Sheldon Springs on the Missisquoi

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking | No Comments

I managed to get out on the Sheldon Springs section of the Missisquoi yesterday. American Whitewater is working on negotiating (well, arranging — they were negotiated something like twenty years ago) releases on this northern VT section, and so I figured I’d post a video and brief description of the run. It’s about a mile […]

VT Spring 2013, In Which There is Decent Snowpack, Yet Still No Water

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Creeking, Kayaking, Playboating | No Comments

It was an interesting but disappointing spring here in New England. Some late season snowfall brought us up to average or better snowpacks in the mountains, but spring never really arrived and so the entire snowpack dwindled away over the course of a dry month of 55 degree temps. Rivers held at a teasing “almost […]