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December 2009 Blog Posts (15)

An Unforgettable X-mas Day: Todo Palguin

Photos: Chris Baer and Bryan Kirk





I decided this Christmas would not be a white one for me. I'd been wanting to come to Chile for the past few years, and this year seemed to be the perfect time to go with so many buddies on the same plan.



The Villarica Volcano sits overlooking the town of Pucon:



Yesterday, X-mas day, 12 solid boaters met for a delicious breakfast at the vegetarian wi-fi hostel/restaurant Ecole in… Continue

Added by Bryan Kirk on December 26, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Pool loop

Hey
At the moment we are in Zambia kayaking on the Zambezi river.
Today was the day off so we play a bit in the pool...

Added by Peter Csonka on December 25, 2009 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

Top Five Days of Paddling in 2009

Happy Holidays everyone!



Seeing that 2009 is coming to a close, it's a great time to think back and remember your top paddling trips of the year.



Here's my top five days of paddling in 2009!





1. SF Feather, California






This summer I was fortunate enough to paddle a few runs in California, the SF Feather included. It was a nice sunny day and a crew of four: Taylor Cavin, Justin Patt, Jesse… Continue

Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on December 22, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

10 New Year's Resolutions for 2010

Well, whatever you celebrate around this time of year, there is that universal celebration of the New Year around the corner, so here are some thoughts looking forward to the next decade. I'm not preaching depriving yourself of vices, just enjoying the life-enhancing activity of running rivers. These suggestions could better yourself, your friends and the environment. Who knows? Maybe these are not even separate things. I promise to practice them.



1. Take someone under your… Continue

Added by Taylor Cavin on December 18, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

A Paddler's Wishlist

As we are nearing Christmas, many people, including myself are hustling about trying to find last minute gifts for those we love.





Here's a few ideas for those looking for an idea for a paddling related gift.





Stocking Stuffers:





1. Poagies or Gloves (about $40.00) to keep those hands warm



2. Paddle Wax (about $7.00):



3. Head… Continue

Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on December 16, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Rivers are Frozen!



Out of school and ready to play, a small group of us went up to run the "Truss" section of the White Salmon here in Hood River, only to be denied access because... DUN DUN DUN.. it was FROZEN OVER!



BRRRR!



Desperate to get some exercise, we ran the Orletta, a lower run on the White Salmon. And then my camera died because it was so cold.…



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Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on December 14, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fall Freestyle

Here's a short video I just whipped up featuring some downriver freestyle on the New River Gorge at 5ft and the Lower Gauley around 1600cfs. Fayetteville, WV is THE place to playboat in N. America year-round. As I am writing this blog post the Dries are an incredible 55,000cfs, more on that later. The New and Gauley have such large drainages that they literally always have enough water to boat. At the different levels there are a myriad of cool spots to surf, kickflip, and macho move on the 35… Continue

Added by Bryan Kirk on December 9, 2009 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

EP may be one of the last to run gigantic Amazon rapid - scouting photos

After our adventure down the Rio Roosevelt came to an end two days ago, we found ourselves in the town of Porto Velho for one last scare with Amazonian rivers. This time, not because of the jungle, but because of the GIGANTIC whitewater on the rapids of Cachoeira de Teotônio (Teotônio Waterfall). We plan to run the rapids as one of the first and last descents they will ever see.





The falls are on the Rio Madeira — the longest and the… Continue

Added by Trip Jennings on December 9, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Rio Roosevelt expedition - photo update

OK, I can't give away the ending, I think that National Geographic Television would ex-communicate me if I did, but here's a pretty cool update with photos and all:



On Nov. 27, the Epicocity Project joined up with a team of scientists to descend the remote River of Doubt in southwestern Brazil. Our mission — to catch some of the huge fish that Teddy Roosevelt first described during his exploration of this Amazon tributary in 1914.…



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Added by Trip Jennings on December 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Jonny Meyers Looping large in the 54cx

I was going through a few clips I shot in Colorado this summer and came across a few of Jonny Meyers looping the Project 54cx in the Salida hole. This was Jon's first time in the cx and...well he like it! Check out a couple of his big loops in the video.





Kelsey… Continue

Added by Kelsey Thompson on December 7, 2009 at 9:51pm — 1 Comment

Session video

After the full session of kayaking Sasa made nice video from the year 2009.
So enjoy the movie like we did.
watch the video

Added by Peter Csonka on December 5, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Diesel Action

It's been raining like crazy this fall on the east coast, and the river levels have been epic! The redesigned Diesel 70 and 80 have been my tools for getting down WV class 5 lately. Here's a short vid Kelsey put together of some footage from WV and Nova Scotia this past spring,… Continue

Added by Bryan Kirk on December 2, 2009 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

Whitewater Paddle Holiday Closeout - Starting at $79.99

Looking for a solid paddle or a great deal on a spare paddle? Then do not miss out on this awesome deal we've got going on for the holidays from Harmony just added today.



We're offering the Ty Warp Beam 10 straight and bent shaft paddles for 50% off with Free Shipping now through Jan.1. Supplies are limited so head over soon.





To view these holiday whitewater gear offers,… Continue

Added by Webmaster on December 2, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Great Fall in New England

The fall has been awesome in New England! We've had a bunch of rain and the temps have been in the 50's. I've paddled a bunch of new rivers in NH and MA this fall. There are so many amazing rivers in New England it's so hard to choose which to paddle when so many are running at the same time. My Diesel 70 has been getting a lot of use!



I also have been doing a lot of flat water training in my slalom boat. I figure instead of running to stay in shape I'll paddle flat water to stay in… Continue

Added by Elaine Campbell on December 2, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tanya Faux Helps Save Kimberley River



Tanya Faux shows up in Outer Edge this month for her assistance in stopping mining activity in the North Kimberley / Mitchell plateau region in Australia is a last refuge for wildlife and an understudied region where new species are being discovered all the time,



Read more about this exciting decision over at their website.



Norwegian-owned aluminium corporation Norsk-Hydro has confirmed at a meeting with the Wilderness… Continue

Added by Webmaster on December 2, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

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