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Skills

Skills

Skills: Get a Leg Up

Skills: Get a Leg Up

The thought of tossing a 16-foot canoe over your head and down onto the base of your neck can be intimidating—until you’ve been schooled in…

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Skills: Lining Rapids

Skills: Lining Rapids

Think of lining rapids as the great compromise. Lining lets you avoid a rapid that is too shallow or tight and technical to paddle, without…

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Skills: Fast and Fresh Dinner

Skills: Fast and Fresh Dinner

By day 10 on the Coppermine last year, even the non-fishers were angling for pan-fried char. But how exactly does that slippery critter get from…

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Performance Paddling for Dummies

Performance Paddling for Dummies

For nearly 30 years my friend Steve has been paddling canoes “marathon style,” calling “huts” and switching sides every eight strokes or so. While some…

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Skills: Light a One Match Fire

Skills: Light a One Match Fire

In Jack London's short story To Build a Fire a greenhorn gold prospector falls through river ice and realizes he must build a fire or…

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Skills: Hang Ten

Skills: Hang Ten

If you think you need a floral shirt, bleached hair and Californian accent to surf you are wrong. Surfable standing waves form whenever fast-flowing water…

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Skills: Pulley Power

Skills: Pulley Power

You’ll never feel more helpless on a remote river than when your canoe has flipped, filled with water and been pushed up against rock. Trying…

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Skills: The Low Brace

Skills: The Low Brace

The low brace is incredibly effective at preventing you from capsizing to your onside. It allows you to reposition your body so that you can…

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How To: The Compleat (Beginner) Angler

How To: The Compleat (Beginner) Angler

At first it’s a distant whine, but in the time it takes to raise your eyes, it’s upon you.  Zoom!  The metallic blue blur of…

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The Tandem Sideslip

The Tandem Sideslip

A sideslip is an elegant way to shift your canoe sideways while underway. It is an efficient way for both solo and tandem paddlers to…

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A solo canoeist finishes off a forward c stroke.

Skills: The Canoe 'C' Stroke

The C stroke is a good start-up stroke for soloists to get a canoe moving forward in a straight line. It’s so-named because it’s a…

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Hot Rod Paddling: Canoe Fishing

Hot Rod Paddling: Canoe Fishing

Essential Trip Tackle Box  You don’t need a lot of gear to catch a lot of fish. All the lures necessary to target a wide…

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Close-up of a compass sitting open on a wooden table.

Skills: How To Use a Map and Compass

Part of anyone's ten essentials kit should include a map and compass, though most hikers, canoeists and other outdoor adventure enthusiasts now prefer modern electronic devices.…

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