Author Archives: Pete

I’m Going Kayaking, but I Can’t Decide Which Shoes I Should Wear.

Life is a never ending series of choices. Where will I kayak today? Which boat will I paddle? Is it a dry suit day? As kayakers we face these difficult decisions more often than we might like. Deciding what to wear any given day on the river is perhaps the most vexing question facing paddlers today. After all, it’s not about how good you are but how good you look doing it. Continue reading

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Winter Solstice and Hibernation

This time of year is known for leaves changing, the harvest, and the days getting shorter. Years ago our ancestors spent the fall preparing in order to survive the winter. Today we don’t have to worry so much about if we are going to make it through winter, but I think, at least for my part, we are still genetically programmed to respond to the shortening of the days. Continue reading

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How Far Has the River Taken You?

There’s an old saying, or maybe it’s a Chinese proverb, I don’t know, but it says, “no man ever steps in the same river twice forĀ it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” If you’ve … Continue reading

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Is Kayaking Really a Metaphor for Life?

2016 has been an interesting year in my life. If I’m being honest it has easily been the most difficult year of my life to date. I started the year off with big plans and high hopes and nearly none … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Paddle On: How to Keep a Less Than Ideal Situation From Becoming a Really Bad One

Whitewater kayaking might be the best thing on Earth, at least for me anyway. If you read what I write here then I’d guess there’s a better than average chance that you like kayaking at least a little bit too. … Continue reading

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Why Is Everyone Talking About The 9R?

If you still haven’t tried one yet, I’m sure you are at least aware that everybody is talking about the 9R. Why is this boat getting so much attention? It could be because it’s the best kayak ever made. I … Continue reading

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Why Do You Kayak?

There are so many things that we could do on any given day. Yet, we choose to spend our days kayaking. Sometimes we are kayaking with friends down chaotic whitewater. Other times we are by ourselves on alpine glacial lakes. … Continue reading

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Don’t Ever Allow Yourself to Think That Your Adventures Are Not “Real”

If you went on the water and had fun then you won today and that is worth celebrating. Don’t ever let anyone make you think that your adventures are any less real than anyone else’s. Let’s be proud that we packed up our gear, and we got out there today. Continue reading

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Why We do Things that are Challenging, Dangerous, and Scary as Hell

Water is probably the thing in this world of which I am most afraid. People typically laugh in disbelief when I tell them that. I don’t even really understand it myself, but I think it is because I’m afraid that … Continue reading

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Three Easy Ways to Keep in Paddling Shape During the Off Season

I’ve met kayakers who could not paddle for a year or even longer and then one day roll off the couch and do some of the hardest class V runs around. For most of us however, that is not the … Continue reading

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