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2013 was my first year as a parent. On 12/12/12 my special lady Keri gave birth to our son Aulin. Aulin was born in between the rainiest and snowiest storms of the winter, amidst great creative energy. His arrival time was fortuitous because we lived at 5,000 feet of elevation at the time and driving to meet the mid-wife mid-snow-storm would have been overly exiting.
Aulin is named for Glen Aulin, a place on the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. "Glen" means "valley" and "Aulin" means…Continue
Posted on January 1, 2014 at 12:51am — 1 Comment
When WS first announced the Recon series, I was keen to see what design features were worked into the new boat, but immediately fired-up about the 93 gallon size. I loved paddling the Habitat 80 all-around, and especially on creeks. The main design update I was hoping for was a more lifted nose for gliding away from the base of pour-overs and punching through holes. I figured an extra 13 gallons of volume would do the trick. (For frame of reference, I weigh around 185 lbs... anyone will…Continue
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 2:40am
I love the Devil's Postpile. Not everybody does. I know one paddler who completed the run this year and has no plans of ever returning. But when I daydream of paddling, often this is the place to which I teleport.
The Devil's Postpile section of the San Joaquin has a personality split between thundering whitewater and the quiet reflection of mirror-calm pools. It makes me question why I put myself in inherently dangerous situations, yet readily answers that same question. It presents…Continue
Posted on July 25, 2013 at 2:40pm
Posted on December 30, 2012 at 5:42pm
Over the summer, I was approached by Australian Public Radio journalist Brendan King who travelled to the western U.S. to paddle and record a story that would relate kayakers' motivations to a general listening audience. He and I paddled the Gorge section of the South Fork American as the first U.S. river of his trip, and recorded an interview that afternoon. Our interview ended up as a segue from a story about kayak commuting across the Sydney harbor to the next episode, which picks up…Continue
Posted on November 7, 2012 at 4:28pm