A Kayaking Blog By Dan Simenc

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...

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...

Off The Middle Kings And Heading East

Off The Middle Kings And Heading East

Sep 1, 2011

California beckoned once again and I made the ten-hour drive South to Bishop California to revisit one of the most physically demanding rivers in the state. The Middle Kings drains the high peaks of the Southern Sierras and is usually the last major California river to hit a prime flow. This season’s extra thick snowpack pushed the window for this classic...

Meet The Lammlers

Meet The Lammlers

Aug 21, 2011

Meet Switzerland’s “Jackson family” of class V shredders. Felix Lammler (46 years old), and his two sons Lars (18) and Sven (17) assaulted California’s “creeking circuit” this Summer on a hardcore kayaking binge/family road trip. Instead of spending their Summer holiday lounging on the beaches of Cyprus, these kayaking heros...

Dinkey Creek Waterfalls

Dinkey Creek Waterfalls

Aug 18, 2011

Hidden amongst the manzanita and dirt backroads in the hills above Fresno, Dinkey Creek cascades down countless granite slides and waterfalls. After running the Royal Gorge, we rested for two days then headed South for another adventure down this gem of a creek. The “Waterfalls” section of Dinkey Creek is short but sweet, and full of steep granite...

Royal Flush Video Update

Royal Flush Video Update

Aug 12, 2011

I recently dug deep into my savings account, purchased a 15″ MacBook Pro laptop, and downloaded the latest version of Final Cut Pro. This new set up is infinitely better than the combo of Ubuntu and OpenShot, which I had previously used for my video editing needs. This edit from our July kayaking trip through the Royal Gorge is the first product from my...