If you ever want to save money by going on a paddling vacation, Ecuador is the place to go. Fly to Quito, take a $3.25 bus to Baeza, get off the bus, walk 50 feet up a hill and check in at either Rodrigo's or Gina's (neighboring kayaker-friendly hostels) for $6-10/night, and then call a... Continue Reading →
Back in the Pucon siphon, my back started to improve and I began kayaking again on some of the easier runs. In the meantime, Daphnee, Ari, Greg, et al ran the Carhuello and returned with reports of one of the worst rivers they'd ever run and, unfortunately, a broken back. Greg ended up going up... Continue Reading →
After a brief stint at the Pucon hospital -- which looks like it's from World War I -- I confirmed that I probably didn't have a broken back. Unfortunately, it was feeling worse than it had been, so I resolved to not kayak until it at the very least showed signs of improvement. After two... Continue Reading →
After a sweet late-October run of the Dryway and a high water lap on the East Branch of the Pemi, I packed my kayak in a bag, batted my eyelashes at the American Airlines check-in counter lady, and checked a (full and very overweight) ski bag and kayak free of charge all the way to... Continue Reading →
I'll be honest, when I was growing up in New York City, I didn't envision spending my 24th birthday living in a van in Chile...but here I am. Not much of an update, just some photos from the last week -- uploaded from the back of the van at the Rio Fuy takeout.
This past weekend was a Raquette off-week, so I figured there'd be nothing to do but Deerfield Fest. Then, lo and behold, it dumped rain on Friday. I refreshed the radar every ~5 or so minutes through the whole work day and it was looking really promising right up until 6pm or so. Then the... Continue Reading →
Well, summer time is here in New England...which means 13 days of Hartlands in a row interspersed with the bi-weekly Raquette releases. I went up to the Raquette this weekend and it was everything I remembered from last year...What a fun river. Good times were had by all. Colton Falls has changed a little bit,... Continue Reading →