Stepping It Up

By Emily Shanblatt We all have goals in life.  Landmark moments we hope to someday achieve.  Things that seem to always coat our minds, places our thoughts go when there’s nothing else present, subconsciously always waiting for attention.  In kayaking, maybe your goal is a skill, such as mastering the roll.  Maybe your goal is to run a certain river, or paddle in a certain place.  For years, my goal has been one rapid: Gorilla on the Green River Narrows. I’d dreamed of someday running “the Monkey” since I’d first seen it when I hiked in to the Narrows Gorge in 2007.  My first thought was actually “you have to be totally crazy to run that thing!”…but after several years 

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Who's Your Favorite Paddling Partner and Why? 17 Women Share

In last month’s newsletter (sign up on our home page) we asked recipients to tell us about their favorite paddling partner and why, to enter into our monthly gear raffle. The 5 raffle winners won two Vapur water bottles and 10 packets of the wonderful Emergen-C Vitamin Supplements. The entrants all spoke of supportive, fun, inspiring people who keep getting them out there and make their paddling experience better. Thank goodness for these adventurous guys and gals! It is great to honor these people and to think, you’ve probably inspired someone else on the water if you know it or not. Read on to see if you or a friend was mentioned. They are in no particular order.   Blake 

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Silver Surfers a.k.a. Advanced Kayaking Clinic

by Mary Frances Hansford On Monday morning when our Advanced Kayaking clinic met at 8:30 am for the first time, we all noticed that most of the six women who had signed up were older than your average kayaker. During introductions, as everyone shared their experience on the water and goals for the 4-day clinic, we recognized this interesting coincidence. The average age of the women present was 60. Each woman wanted to step it up and push themselves to the next level of paddling. How cool is that, women who many might assume would want to slow it down, all wanting to take it to the next level. Each woman expressed that before the clinic, they envisioned they would 

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