For nearly 40 years, I canoed one or more Canadian or Alaskan rivers each summer. In the late 1970's, I began guiding canoe trips for my local school district and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Some were easy Boundary Waters/Quetico affairs, others were adventurous runs to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean. Injuries? Some minor cuts and sprains and two mild cases of hypothermia, that's all. Canoes damaged beyond repair or lost in rapids? None. Mistakes? Plenty! Here are some costly mistakes you won't want to make.
Cliff Jacobson is a professional canoe guide and outfitter for the Science Museum of Minnesota, a wilderness canoeing consultant, and the author of more than a dozen top-selling books on camping and canoeing. www.cliffcanoe.com