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Saranac Lake Islands

Kelly has been telling me about Saranac Lakes for years and we finally were able to pick a weekend to get out there.  She was originally only able to get a reservation for Friday night at the Saranac Lake Islands Campground but we knew we could probably get a walk-in reservation for Saturday too.  If not,… Read more »

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Onion River Race and Ramble

I was invited to join the Onion River Race and Ramble with some friends who had an extra kayak.  It’s a 10.5 mile paddle down the Winooski River that benefits Friends of the Winooski and you can sign up in multiple categories but it basically boils down to racing (competitive) or rambling (lazy).  We rambled, of… Read more »

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

I love Banff!  I try to see the World Tour every year and this year I made it to a Burlington show. Max Your Days This is a fast moving, multi-sport adventure film with a great soundtrack and nonstop energy.  I loved it!  Watch the full film here. Poumaka Climber Angie Payne joins Mike Libecki… Read more »

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Kayaking Lake Fairlee

Exciting news: I have moved to Vermont! Jenn was so excited about it that she planned a weekend orientation for me.  We drove around checking out potential new hometowns, went apartment shopping, wine and cider tasting, and kayaking on Lake Fairlee.  She happened to be house/dog sitting there so we had kayaks handy and had to… Read more »

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Tubing Brandywine Creek

This summer has been one heat wave after another, which has led me to daydream about tubing constantly.  I have been tubing a few times before – once on the Delaware River with a commercial outfitter, once on the Susquehanna River while hiking the AT, and once on the Owens River while hiking the PCT…. Read more »

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Kayaking Lamoka Lake

Lamoka Lake, formerly called Mud Lake, is a small lake in the midst of the much larger Finger Lakes in central New York.  It is 1.6 miles long by .7 mile wide, not including Mill Pond at the south end of it.  There is a half mile channel connecting Lamoka to Waneta Lake, formerly called Little Lake…. Read more »

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

It’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour time!  But first, Kelly and I stopped at Rancocas State Park for a little hike on the way there.  It’s finally getting far enough into spring that the trees are starting to leaf out in New Jersey and it was a prettier hike than others I’ve gone on… Read more »

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Book Review: There’s This River

Reading this anthology of boatman stories from the Grand Canyon is like sitting around a campfire hearing the stories first hand.  At times introspective, but mostly just hilarious, they recount mishaps, near misses, and crazy passengers over decades of river runs.  There is even a condensed telling of the speed run in 1983 (whose record was… Read more »

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Book Review: Canyon Solitude

Patricia McCairen was the first woman to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon solo and this is her account of that trip.  While her descriptions of the trip itself – the act of rafting, the river, the rapids, the canyon – paint a vivid picture of what rafting through the Grand Canyon would… Read more »