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Cliff Jacobson

Until recently, three major map companies have serviced the BWCA Fisher (www.fishermaps.com)McKenzie…

Some years ago, I was privileged to join a canoe trip that was sponsored by Bell Canoe (now, Northstar…

Patience is like a secure eddy in the middle of a raging rapid.It gives you time to formulate a plan…

I recently talked with the editor of an on-line magazine who was reviewing the Twentieth Anniversary…

When Alv Elvestad, owner of Pakboats (www.pakboats.com) invited me to join him and three friends on a…

The ends of your canoe should have a fitting for the attachment of tie-downs and lining ropes.…

Some of the wildest Canadian rivers are accessible only by float plane. But flights are costly. For…

A lot of hand labor goes into building a good canoe, so manufacturers are constantly alert for ways to…

Ask any newcomer to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway or Boundary Waters Canoe Area what he or she fears…

Eastern and midwestern waterways are generally clear and inviting. Not so in the far west and parts of…

Some years ago at Canocopia in Madison, Wisconsin, I chatted with a young man who had recently completed…

Blending with nature is part of what wilderness canoeing is all about, and for many paddlers this means…

I advise people to put a waterproof plastic groundsheet INSIDE their tent, not under the floor as…

When it comes to cooking in the outdoors, you can't do good work without good tools. Badly designed,…

In the mid-seventies, I shared an afternoon with the famous woodsman, Calvin Rutstrum, whose flagship…

Quick: name the one thing that an adult most fears about camping in the backcountry with a normal group…

Mid-summer on your favorite river. High water, low water, or inbetween. No matter; you know every curve…

Mention guns and canoe trips in the same breath and some folks are apt to go ballistic. Still, if you're…

Part way through a portage you come upon a group carrying a teenage girl on a stretcher. You determine…

The canoeing literature universally recommends that landed canoes be turned belly up when stored for a…

In the 1960's and 70's I was hooked on whitewater canoeing. When I moved to Minnesota in 1977, I joined…

After a fast-paced breakfast and determined lunch, supper is hyacinths for the soul. At last there's…

I once received a letter from a man who was about to embark on his first Arctic canoe trip. He said he…

Everyone who canoes the Boundary Waters of Minnesota knows that the maximum group size is nine people…