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Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard
Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Portaging and soloing whitewater paddling up to class three was the plan for my short adventure this day. First, I go through some of my wilderness outfitting gear including my spraydeck, whitewater canoe, drybag and drysuit before heading out on my Magnetawan River canoe trip.

My plan was to head downriver to a bridge where my wife would pick me up. The route would include two portages, a couple class 1 and a couple class 2 rapids as well as one big class three rapid. As soon as I ran the first rapid it felt awesome to be on the river. It was hot out for this time of year and after a portage around a big canyon and unrunnable rapid, I soon ran out of drinking water. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I found a natural spring with delicious and cold water.

After dealing with the raging whitewater of a big drop, I paddled through a calm section and had a weird feeling like something was staring at me. I turned around to see a small, brand new log cabin built on top of a hill. It kind of struck me as odd that this would have given me the urge to turn around and look behind me. Before too long my trip was over and I met Tori at the bridge and I was home by dinner time. I felt tired but rejuvenated after the little outing, but more so I felt fortunate to live in the place that I do.

Jim Baird
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The Best Canoe Ever Made

The Best Canoe Ever Made
The Best Canoe Ever Made

Standing up for Love. The Covert 9.3 – the best canoe ever made. HANDS DOWN!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to be re-united…I miss her.

The Gnarlz
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Custom Agent

Silverbirch canoes have created this custom Agent for Travis Overstreet II.

Custom Agent

What do you reckon?

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C1 Kayak Conversions

Over the last few months we have seen a number of images on Instagram showing some really trick conversion kits that allow a K1 to be converted to a C1 without the need for lots of cutting/sticking of foam. We reached out to Paul Harwood at UK firm C1 Kayak Conversions to find out a little more about what they are doing.

C1 Kayak Conversions

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Blackfly Condor – First Look

Blackfly have recently released details of the Condor. The Condor is Blackfly’s 11’3″ PE river-running open canoe.

Black Fly Condor - First Look

This new canoe looks pretty interesting so we threw a few questions over to Chris Loomis at Blackfly to tell us a little bit more.

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Esquif Extasy

Check out the new Esquif Extasy some interesting lines on this one.

Esquif Extasy

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Buyers Guide – 2nd Hand Kayaks And Canoes

With the RRP of most whitewater kayaks hitting the dizzy heights of £900-£1000 buying second hand has a great deal of appeal. There are hundreds of unsused boats out there lurking at the bottom of gardens or getting in the way in garages.

You can find adverts for 2nd hand boats listed on Kayak/Canoe Forums, Facebook groups and of course sites like ebay. If you can it is always best to see the boat in person as you will potentially be buying something that will cost 100s of pounds and will need to take you safely down whitewater.

I am going to give a quick run down of what to look out for if you decide to go down the 2nd hand route. I’m also going to focus on the plastic kayaks that the vast majority of paddlers use.

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Silverbirch Agent 88 – Preproduction

The new Silverbirch Agent 88 is about to go into full production. Here are a few shots of the Agent 88 from the guys at Silverbirch.

Silverbirch Agent 88 - First Look

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Silverbirch Agent 88

It takes a great deal of time, effort and commitment to bring a new design to life.

Silverbirch Agent 88

The guys at Silverbirch are putting the final touches to the mould that will be used for the production Agent 88 canoe.

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From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

Before 2014, I’d only seen a Pyranha Spanish Fly and a Big Dog OC1 on the rivers around Scotland. They looked weird and I didn’t like the idea of swamping and kneeling when I could have a comfy kayak seat and a spraydeck. After stumbling across a group of OC1ers in Glen Etive one New Year’s Eve, I really had my eyes opened to the C-boat world, albeit a rather mad one! After enjoying open canoeing for the past few years and becoming impartial to the single blade, I’ve recently decided to take the plunge with a Silverbirch Covert 9.3.

From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

This is what I think of it so far…

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More 2018 Gear From Paddle Expo 2017

We have got more 2018 from Paddle Expo 2017.

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Silverbirch 2018

UK Canoe specialists Silverbirch have been developing some exciting new products for 2018.

Silverbirch 2018

This includes a new composite material.

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