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Articles by Tom Watson

Tried and True Kayak Packing Tips

There was a time not too long ago when kayakers didn't have fancy neo' nylon stuff sacks, front bulkheads and …

Tags: Kayak, packing, Sleeping Bags

Clips, Clamps and Cleats…

Kayakers from antiquity utilized deck space for storing gear, namely hunting and fishing accessories. Space wa…

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Crossover Gear for Paddling

Each year the outdoor industry pulls back the curtain to showcase more and more "stuff" for us to drool over. …

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Types of Campfires

I have to believe that one of the first things a critter did once it climbed out of the primordial ooze was to…

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Battling Bugs!

A couple of hundred yards from the island, the huge fog-like smudge hanging just above the water’s surface slo…

Overnight Kayak Camping

One of the most regarded luxuries of a kayak is its use as a means of "escape", a chance to ply quiet waters; …

Tags: Sleeping Bags, Weather

Firestarters

The spark has always been at the heart of fire starting - Nature's lightning providing the only access prehist…

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Beyond the Warming Stone

Somewhere along Man's evolutionary association with fire, we learned that a stone magically took some of the h…

Gear-Gadgets & Gizmos

Over 25 years ago I attended my first kayak "symposium". It was held in a gymnasium in Anacortes, Washington a…

Ancient Kayak Clothing - Form Fit for Function

Imagine kayaking in the unforgiving North Pacific Ocean, where on even a warm day, the water temperature rarel…

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Getting to Know Outdoor Fabrics

Polytetrafluoroethylene, "hydrophilic monolithic laminates", oleophobic or perhaps even WVTRs – enou…

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Outdoor Fabrics: Gore-Tex and Beyond

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe;All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mom…

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