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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

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…

Tags: gear

The Toughest Loop in the BWCA

Funny, how one's perspective on things changes with age. Trips that are easy when you're young become challeng…

Tags: Canoe, BWCA, destination, Safety, Cliff Jacobson

Canoe Paddle Care

Have you checked the price of canoe paddles lately? Good ones cost over $100; great ones approach $300 —…

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River Profiling

Let's say you are planning to canoe a river in northern Canada or Alaska. A trip guide, which you got off the …

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Duluth Packs - Birth of a Legend

The idea to produce a packsack for campers and canoeists probably emerged while watching streams of hunters, f…

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…

Tags: knives, canoes, gear, Cliff Jacobson

Rain Gear for Paddlers

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

Tags: Cliff Jacobson, Weather, gear

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…

Tags: Cliff Jacobson, Canoe, maintenance

Custom Canoe Care Tips

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

Tags: Canoe

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…

Tags: Cliff Jacobson, GPS, navigation