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12 Pictures and Reflections from 2006 Paddling and Racing

July 14, 2017 – 8:56 pm | Comments Off on 12 Pictures and Reflections from 2006 Paddling and Racing

I just dug out the 11 year old post summarizing my paddling activities in 2006…
Paddlewise, it was probably the richest year in my 45 years of paddling: the first Watertribe Ultimate Florida Challenge and the first Missouri River 340 race. Arguably, the 2002 year …

4 Days of Paddling and Sailing in Canyonlands

May 14, 2012 – 3:38 pm | 3 Comments

Here is a short summary of my paddling with Rob Bean using two Kruger canoes in Canyonlands from the town of Green River down the Green River to the confluence and upstream the Colorado River to Potash near Moab.

May 2-5, 2012. 4 days of paddling with some downwind sailing. 168 miles. These were 4 long paddling days up to 15 hours per day. 53:18 hours total on the water including short stops during day, but without camping time. Green River flow: 5000-6000cfs, Colorado River flow 4000-5000cfs.

We had a great weather, but with a lot of strong wind – more headwind in the downriver section, then downwind when going upstream. Nevertheless, the wind was very helpful when paddling up the Colorado River. Our downwind sails were a good idea. Calm mornings and nights. A great paddling at the full moon every night. No flash lights needed.

Typical paddling speed in the upstream section: ~2.5 mph. No problems with the Slide (a narrow spot just above the confluence), but, further upstream, there were two more difficult wider fast sections or “rapids” from our perspective. First, we managed to paddle through with the aid of our sails. We ended up walking the second after a good paddling fight with a jet boat audience. These two sections could be easier with higher and deeper water, but the Slide would be more challenging.

I will post more pictures soon, but I didn’t have too much time for shooting except around sunrise. I did some shooting around Moab before paddling and in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado (9 Mile Canyon, Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam at Brown Park). Rob produced some nice video clips for the day 0, day 1, day 3, day 4.

Canyonlands Intense Paddling Therapy

April 30, 2012 – 3:40 am | One Comment


4+ days, 120 miles downriver, 64 miles upstream.

Next week, I am going with Rob Bean for some paddling in Canyonlands in our Kruger canoes (Sea Wind and Sawyer Loon). We are going to launch at Green River, UT and paddle 120 miles downstream of Green River through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons to the confluence. Then, we are paddling 64 miles upstream the Colorado River to Moab. We have 4 days with a half day in a reserve. It looks to me as a good paddling prescription for any troubles and stress of a land life.

Spot Live Track

. The trace will be activated on Wednesday morning (May, 2) at Green River. You are welcome to check our progress online (before Wednesday you can see only some results of testing from my backyard).

We are planning to use downwind sails – a little bit of sail/paddling in a WaterTribe style. It must a downwind somewhere in those canyons! I am taking my Pacific Action sail which I used in WaterTribes challenges in Florida. Rob produced a sail of similar design at home. Above, we are testing these sails still in Fort Collins on a local pond.

Related posts and resources:
Green River – Labyrinth Canyon, Utah
River Guide to Canyonlands National Park and Vicinity
Belknap’s Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide
Jerry’s Local River Guide

Winter Paddling Season on the South Platte River

February 17, 2012 – 4:46 pm | 3 Comments

Paddling JKK Supernova kayak below Plumb Ditch Dam on the South Platte River near Greeley. The picture was shot with Canon 5D camera with a timer control on a tripod.

Eat Less, Move More – A Healthy Lifestyle Mantra

November 15, 2011 – 12:04 am | One Comment

These words of wisdom are popular on web, but I’ve found them in a little book: Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh, the author and several more books and blog. A lovely Christmas gift!

It may be somewhat oversimplified recommendation from the perspective of training for ultramarathon paddle races. I would perhaps replace “less” and “more” by “smart”. Nevertheless, it’s an essence of a healthy lifestyle and a good mantra to repeat to yourself during the incoming holiday season.

Keep paddling as long as you can find a liquid water!

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Related posts for those interested in a more advanced training:
Carter Johnson on Training for Ultra Marathon Kayak Races
How to Sit in Water and Paddle a Surfski for 260 or 300 Miles by Carter Johnson
13 Tips on Training for Endurance Paddling Races from West Hansen
Dawn Stewart “SandyBottom” on Training for Paddle Racing – A Cruiser Approach

Opening 2011 Paddling Season on the South Platte River

January 29, 2011 – 8:46 pm | 3 Comments

I had a rather late start to my 2011 paddling season.

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