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Rain Gear for Paddlers

Slowly, it begins, first with a gentle rain that lasts an hour. Then the storm intensifies, ultimately eruptin…

Tags: Cliff Jacobson, Weather, gear

Getting to Know Outdoor Fabrics

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

Tags: Weather

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…

Tags: Weather

Cool Camp Gadgets & Fashionable Undies

"The tents weren't all that great, and I often slept under a canoe and would wrap my head in a towel to keep t…

’Thickening Up’ for Cooler Paddling

Mark Twain once described the Mississippi River as being "too thick to swim it and too thin to plow!" I'd like…

Tags: Weather, Sleeping Bags

Color Counts

Blending with nature is part of what wilderness canoeing is all about, and for many paddlers this means dressi…

Tags: PFD, Safety

Treating the Big Chill

Only once have I suffered the ill effects of hypothermia. Once was enough, however, for me to quickly realize …

Tags: Safety, Kayak

Staying Warm this Winter!

I'm getting older, which means winter camping just isn't as fun as it used to be. Problem is, I still love bei…

Tags: Clothing, Weather

Do I Need a Helmet?

I was recently asked via e-mail, "when is it recommended that you wear your helmet?" I was asked this que…

Tags: Safety, Kayak