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Articles by Tim Sprinkle

Dressing for Cold Weather Paddling

I bought my first boat, an "experienced" little whitewater kayak, right in the middle of a balmy August. It wa…

Tags: Weather

Keeping Your Kayak Hull in Tip-top Condition

In a perfect world, your new kayak would glide through the years without a scratch or dent on its smooth polye…

Tags: Kayak

GPS Navigation: What can it do for you?

A handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver can be an extremely useful piece of navigation gear when p…

Packing for an Overnight Trip

There's no way around it; multi-night paddling trips are one of life's great pleasures. Escaping into the back…

Tags: Sleeping Bags, Kayak, Canoe

Applying the Principles of Leave no Trace

In the 30-odd years that the phrase has been in widespread use, "Leave No Trace" has emerged as the mantra for…

Wildlife Encounters on the Water

"Eager to catch up and excited to begin the river journey, I pushed off into the river - and then was startled…

Tags: Kayak, Canoe, wildlife, Bears, Safety

Building the Paddler's First Aid Kit

It's late on Sunday, and you've been out on the water for nearly four days, paddling through country that you …

Tags: Safety

Know Your Rolls

What's the best way to quiet a novice paddling class? Mention the "Eskimo Roll." Nothing worries beginning kay…

Tags: Kayak

River Signals

By Tim Sprinkle Whitewater rivers are, by their very nature, chaotic and confusing places. Mixing bowl…

Tags: Kayak, Canoe, Safety

Paddling a Tandem Canoe

For many people, paddling is all about the quiet, stress-free calm that comes with heading out alone and under…

Tags: Canoe