A Kayaking Blog By Dan Simenc

Four Star Day

Four Star Day

May 13, 2012

To many, Idaho’s capitol is the land of potato farmers and blue football fields, but the vibrant city of Boise also boasts an expansive trail system, numerous local crags, nearby rivers, skiing, and just about everything else you could ask for short of a coastline. After a day of work, depending on the season, you can choose between night skiing at Bogus...

Alone in the Sierras: A Solo Trip Down the Middle Kings River

Alone in the Sierras: A Solo Trip Down the Middle Kings River

May 6, 2012

California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are geologically blessed with some of the best Class V kayaking on the planet. The combination of sunny weather, beautiful canyons, long wilderness stretches, smooth granite and excellent whitewater beckons me back from Idaho to my home state nearly every summer for a paddling pilgrimage. The best and hardest stretches of...

How to Make a Drydeck

How to Make a Drydeck

Dec 13, 2011

The two most luxurious pieces of kayaking gear are drysuits and drydecks. Most paddlers are familiar with the wonders of drysuits, but the beauty of drydecks is much less well known. A drydeck is a one-piece combination of a drytop and a sprayskirt. Imagine no water leaking between the folds where your skirt and drytop meet; no more struggling to squeeze your...

Green River Days

Green River Days

Nov 17, 2011

The Green River Narrows; Asheville’s bread and butter creek; a South East ultra classic; the host of the “Greatest Show In All Of Sports;” this fine three mile stretch of falling water has inspired, trained, beat down, and entertained hundreds of kayakers over its 25 years of paddling history. My personal history with the river began 10 years...

The Mighty Moose

The Mighty Moose

Oct 19, 2011

With my face pressed to the mirror I plucked 13 stitches out of my nose then got some help from Jared with the last three. After giving the wounds a few more days to heal it was time to go kayaking again. After a surf session at Scudders hole on the Delaware River we left Pennsylvania to chase the rain to Ithaca, NY where several large un-run drops awaited us....