I was so lucky to join a group of friends on a weeklong adventure down the Allagash waterway in Maine. My goal was to truly embrace what the waterway has to offer in the time I was on her and to try and film and document some of the wildlife in a way that is not often done here.

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Especially when you are new to kayaking, you quickly notice the abundance of contradicting opinions in kayaking equipment and paddling advice. I enjoy these apparent contradictions because it makes people think. So, who's right?

Whether you are paddling near a lake, river, pond, or the ocean, one of the most important skills to learn for is how to choose an appropriate paddling location. By knowing what to look for and what to avoid, you'll stay safe and ensure that your paddling experience is fun for everyone involved.

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This river is our umbilical cord. What feeds us, what nurtures us. This reciprocal relationship that we have with it. I would do anything for this river, just like I would my own children. I would die for it, I would do anything before I would give up on it.

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This question comes up often, and since I was in the process of updating my storage setup, here's a couple of hopefully helpful tips when you're storing your kayaks.

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Holes provide your most formidable challenge when running a rapid. More often than not, the line you pick through a rapid will take you around the holes, but sometimes this just isn't an option. We're going to take a quick look at what your best options are when an encounter with a hole is inevitable.

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You'd think choosing a canoe pack, since it's only generally used for carrying a large volume of gear for a short period of time, would be quite simplistic. It's the complete opposite, however. Here's a general breakdown.

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I have been exploring all sorts of recipes in order to come up with original easy-to-make treats that will keep for at least one month. This kind of gift is especially nice for paddlers because on a kayak or canoe trip, good food is usually something one really craves.

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Curious what the most popular kayaks of 2020 have been? Now that the year is wrapping up, we can finally…