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Day: 10 April 2014

1600 Posts!

This is the 1600th post on Unsponsored since September 2011.


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Spring Paddling: Contoocook River

Some great footage from Rob Schafsteck’s GoPro setup.

Spring Paddling: Contoocook River from Rob Schafsteck on Vimeo.

Recent rain and snow melt pumped up the ‘Took to a “sporty” 10 feet on the gauge. Decided to test out my homemade stern mount and as you can see, the breakaway feature worked…

A Kayaker’s Guide To Making Friends

Believe it or not, the topic of making friends will perplex even the most sociable of kayakers at some point in their paddling career. This is not because we are weird, many of us are in fact relatively normal. It’s because we rely on our paddling buddies in a very different way to how we rely on our boozy weekend buddies.

Whilst considering the differences between my paddling buddies and my boozy weekend buddies, it occurred to me that my experiences as a disabled paddler are probably not particularly representative. For example, I look for friends with the ability to carry both my weighty kayak and my weighty self to and from the river. I have therefore decided to supplement my own advice with the opinions and experiences of other paddlers. The added advantage is that, should you need to blame anyone for any negative consequences incurred as a result of following this advice, you can blame them rather than blaming me.


You can of course go boozing with paddling buddies. Taking your boozing buddies paddling however is less advisable. Continue reading

The British University Creek Race 2014

img_4249(Photo Credit – Amy Morton)

Last Saturday saw the second annual British University Creek Race take place in Glen Etive. Perfect medium water levels allowed for a challenging but fun day of racing. The student race course was comprised of two runs of the middle Etive and a final lap of the Allt A’ Chaorainn. 23 students and 7 old boys took to the river with Callum Strong and Beth Morgan taking the student titles, while David Bain took the title in the old boys race. Continue reading

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