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Tom Watson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For some of us, storing our canoe or kayak is as simple as dropping it off alongside the garage or…

I can still see myself thrusting the tip of my fiberglass paddle into the murky water as I initiated a…

It's so easy, after squeezing in that very last paddling trip of the season, to shove your boat in or…

While I don't want to suggest that paddling is over once the leaves start to fall, this is the time of…

The access point on Lake Monson is at the head of a small inlet on the amoeba-shaped, glacial formed…

Looking at the compass from the cockpit will tell you which way the boat is pointing, not necessarily…

A discussion on the use of a compass from a kayaking standpoint begins with basic compass savvy and then…

Have you noticed that land features represented on a flat plane are called topographic maps while…

Fishing from a "touring" kayak, whether it be a sleek, blue-water craft or a broad and stable "rec"…

We must always remember that we are the visitor, the guest, eventhe intruder, floating on top of a…

Imagine yourself as a native paddler, drifting stealthily into killing range of a spotted seal. You've…

I remember buying my first sea kayaking manual after meeting its author, John Dowd, at an early kayak…

Ever imagine what the evolutionary jump felt like between crossing a river bear-hugging a floating log…

It’s somewhere along the north Pacific Rim, early spring. You need to build a boat in which you will…

Because kayaking and canoeing include other activities such as camping, hiking, bird watching, fishing…

There was a time when gift giving between kayakers was pretty basic. Many of the items that can be…

Gift guides are a great way of sharing a cool find with friends, and help fatten a paddler’s wish list…