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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

How to Paddle Into Old Age

A not-so-funny thing happened this year.  I turned 77.  That's seventy-seven!  Which is really …

Being Prepared for the Worst Scenario

In October 2017, four friends and I paddled 150 miles down the upper Missouri River from Fort Benton, Montan…

What's Around The Bend?

Round the bend you see the dancing horsetails of the rapid. As is the stern's prerogative, you command the bow…

Different Boats; Different Skills

Some years ago, I had the privilege of taking a FreeStyle canoeing class from Karen Knight and the late Tom Ma…

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Make a Tumpline for Your Pack & Canoe

Canadians love tumplines. Americans generally consider them torture devices, largely because they've never tri…

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Towing Canoes

What do you do if your canoe trip begins or ends with a long open water crossing? You can paddle the big water…

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Observations from Canoeing the Buffalo River

The national wild and scenic Buffalo River in Arkansas is one of the finest canoeing rivers in America. I've d…

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The 'Big Thicket' Canoeing MisAdventure

Every spring I do an annual canoe trip with friends. One year we chose “Big Thicket National Preserve” on the …

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Real Concerns of a Wilderness Canoeist

Previously, I wrote about some perceived fears of first time wilderness canoeists. This time, I wanted to addr…

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Fears of a First-Time Wilderness Canoeist

Ask folks what they fear most about canoeing a wild river - where help may be an airplane ride away - and you'…

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