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Day: 18 December 2013

Made in Canada Episode 5 | The Elk

For Canadian paddler Mikkel St-Jean Duncan, the Elk River in British Columbia holds a special significance. Not only is it one of his favorite rivers to kayak, but it’s also where he got to know, and later married, the love of his life. Join Mikkel and his bride, Lianne, for a story of life, love and paddling on some of Canada’s finest whitewater.

Made in Canada Episode 5 | The Elk from NRS Films on Vimeo.

What SD Card For My POV Action Camera?

One of the biggest areas that is overlooked when getting a video/camera setup for trips out is the speed of the your SD or Micro SD card. Now this doesn’t matter if your camera is a GoPro, Contour, Garmin, Sony or whatever because without a good memory card you may struggle to capture the video footage you want.

Which SD Memory Card For My GoPro?

The Speed Class Rating is the official unit of speed measurement for all SD cards, including both full and micro sized versions. Speed Class is a minimum speed based on a worst case scenario test and represents the minimum transfer rate of data that the card is capable of.

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Sam Ellis – WWGP Entry 2014

Sam Ellis – a Brit pushing the boundaries of paddling within the UK and abroad. Here is Sam’s WWGP entry.

Sam Ellis WWGP Entry 2014 from THE RIVER MILITIA on Vimeo.

Kayak – William Nealy

I can’t actually remember how many times I have read or flicked through the first edition of Kayak by William Nealy (Kayak: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique).

Kayak - William Nealy

It is my firm belief that this has to be one of the best kayaking related books around. Nealy has managed to capture something really special, a combination of wit, humour and instruction rolled into a single book. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that its fun to read whilst at the same time being informative.

I know that during my early days of paddling (some 20+ years ago) that this book made a massive difference to how I ran whitewater.

Kayak – the New Frontier: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique

Kayak has recently been updated. A few tweaks here and there. Still the same great book, same great humour.

If you have never seen or read Kayak, I would strongly recommend picking up a copy.

Other great Nealy titles include:

Whitewater Tales of Terror

Kayaks to Hell


After spending a little over a week in Chile its time to head back to work for a bit. I give you the fruits of chile and my sore back. Big thanks to LJ at Escape for an amazing week of rallying around. This video features the Rio Gol Gol, Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Blanco.

Chilescapades from Paul Butler on Vimeo.

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