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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

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…

Tags: Canoe, Portage, gear, Cliff Jacobson

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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The Benefit of Using Guide Books

I turned 76 in September.  No matter, I continue to think—and largely feel—like I’m 29&hellip…

Tags: navigation, canoeing

Kayak or Canoe? Which one is best for you?

Kayaks now outnumber canoes on almost every waterway. Why are they suddenly so popular? Some years ago, I gui…

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Portaging - Expedition Canoeing

The ax-blazed spruce that juts from the riverbank indicates we have arrived at the portage. A 2-mile carry wil…

Tags: Canoe, Paddles, Safety, Portage

Camping Gear Features That Don't Cut It

Dozens of new canoeing and camping products are introduced every year.  Some are honestly useful;  o…

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