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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

A Good Sharp Knife

Quick! You're going on a wilderness canoe trip. Besides your paddle and PFD, what tool do you value most? If y…

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Rain Gear for Paddlers

Slowly, it begins, first with a gentle rain that lasts an hour. Then the storm intensifies, ultimately eruptin…

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Equipment Concerns

If you take wilderness canoeing seriously, you'll want the best gear you can afford. Sure, you can get by with…

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How To Winterize Your Boat

I live in Minnesota where winter stops canoeing and kayaking cold. Snow arrives in late October and hangs arou…

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Custom Canoe Care Tips

My friend Bob Brown once eyed my four impeccably maintained solo canoes and suggested that I was really a yach…

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GPS Tips

You've decided to go high tech and get a GPS receiver but are bewildered by the huge array of models. Here are…

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Canoeing a Pair of Ontario Aces

If you can canoe Class II, you can do these two wonderful Canadian rivers! STEEL RIVERThere are no herds of mu…

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The Allure of Canoeing Wild Northern Rivers

Some years ago, a man called to chat with me about a canoe trip in Canada that I was leading for the Science M…

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Preparing for BWCA trip Vs. the Wild North

OK, so you've made many successful trips into the Boundary Waters and Quetico. You've never been lost - just c…

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Paddling North!

Canoeing an arctic river is like canoeing a southern river, with these exceptions:The water is bitterly cold; …

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Canoeing Myths

I was once asked what prompted me to start writing about canoeing and camping. "Myths," I replied. I was in…

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Canoe Outfitting

Most people can ride a horse better if they have a saddle. Knee pads and/or foot braces are like "canoe saddle…