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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

We Can't Paddle Forever

Stuff happens as we age, and it’s not all good.  Darrell Foss, 75, one of my closest friends, has Alzheim…

How Important is Canoe Strength?

My first remote country canoe trip was in 1974.  We began at Folliet, Ontario and cruised the Groundhog R…

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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