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Articles by Cliff Jacobson

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 repl…

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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…

How Much Do You Know About Camping?

Camping out has changed considerably since the good old days of pine bough beds, bonfires and fresh-cut trail …

8 Great Places to Paddle

When a reader asked me to share my favorite places to canoe, I balked. After all, one person's treasure is ano…

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A Matter of Principle

In 1971, I outfitted and guided three wealthy Chicago men--the least affluent of which earned a quarter millio…

Maps for the BWCA

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

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