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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

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…

Costly Canoeing Mistakes

For nearly 40 years, I canoed one or more Canadian or Alaskan rivers each summer. In the late 1970's, I began…

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Playing It Safe

I figure I've guided around 80 canoe trips in Canada and Alaska. Personal injuries? Just one: a man broke two…

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Paddling Instruction v. Paddling Expedition

It's your first trip down a wild Canadian river. You expect big rapids, large lakes and long portages. You j…

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Canoeing Comfort

I once asked the late Verlen Kruger what he valued most on a wilderness canoe trip. "My comfort!" he replie…

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Gear for Camping: Silly or Serious?

One of the joys of being a writer is that I get to try a lot of new stuff. Some products are genuinely useful;…

Delinquents In The Bush

It was nearly midnight when I heard the clanging of their canoe. Two clean-shaven men -- correction, "boys"--…

Gray Hairs

A few years ago, I presented a program for the Minnesota Canoe Association. About 150 people attended. With th…

10 Essentials for Wilderness Canoeing

Canoeing wilderness rivers in northern Canada and Alaska is the same as paddling in the lower 48, with these e…