After years of taking awesome whitewater kayaking photos and videos, Dan Patrinellis has finally started a blog to share it all with the rest of us. Here’s the link to his new Fluid As A Lifestyle paddling blog. Anyone who’s been fortunate enough to paddle with Dan knows he’s one of the first people on [...]
It was October 2008 when everyone’s favorite local paddler, Rob McKibbin, ran the 275-foot Sunset Falls in Index, WA – on his lunch break, for heaven’s sake, after which he geared back up for his contracting job and went back to work. The falls hadn’t been run since 1926, when daredevil Al Faussett drew a [...]
A few months ago I joined in as a supporter of the recovery fund for Matt Thomas, and I’m giving it a shout out here for those of you who would like to pitch in as well. Matt Thomas is a former local whitewater kayaker who ended up with spinal cord damage from a mountain [...]
I don’t usually post non-kayaking stuff on here, but a lot of paddlers are climbers too, and this video of Sasha DiGiulian climbing the 9a “Pure Imagination” in Kentucky is pretty great. Not only is she just eighteen years old, but she’s also apparently the first American woman to climb 9a. What really struck a chord [...]
OK, I know it’s pushing the definition of ‘kayaking video’ to put this on a whitewater kayaking blog, but hey, it’s just too funny not to. And he is sponsored by Jackson, after all.
Team River Runner is a stellar non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans and their families “find health and healing through whitewater” by teaching them how to kayak. My kayaking friends from Texas who came out here last summer (on a trip I have yet to blog about, of course) – Ben Kvanli, Jennifer Kerr and Kelly Howard, [...]
Since apparently I’ve been freaking people out lately with my posts about kayaking carnage, here’s some more cheerful fare. A couple of weeks ago I took the ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor Certification Class run by Chris Jonason of Wave Trek Rescue in Index, WA. It was really a blast – a mix of great people taking [...]
Scott Henderson posted a really poignant account a while ago on Professor Paddle about how he nearly didn’t make it out of a hole on the Middle Middle run on the Snoqualmie – a mostly Class III run with a pretty easy IV section that most of us Seattle area paddlers are used to bombing after [...]
Here’s a video that Jessie McCarthy posted on Professor Paddle a while ago. It’s a good example of how you can run something no problem one time and then the next time be a little bit off and turn into a cautionary tale. Watch the rescue and see how many things go wrong.
I stopped in at the Friendly Foam Shop in Bellevue today to pick up some kayak outfitting stuff and thought I’d give it a shout out for our local kayakers. They have a good selection of kayak outfitting type foam, ranging from thin pieces to 4-inch blocks. Prices are reasonable, and Emy, the manager, was nice enough [...]