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...

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....

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...

Royal Gorge Epic Trip

Royal Gorge Epic Trip

Jul 31, 2011

The headwaters of the North Fork of The American River drain the backside of Squaw Valley and the surrounding peaks. The river cuts through a beautiful, challenging, and isolated canyon dubbed the Royal Gorge. In the late 90s, the Driftwood Productions Crew made the first descent of this incredible river, and was amazed at the abundance of waterfalls on the...

Kelly’s Whitewater Park 2011 Competition

Kelly’s Whitewater Park 2011 Competition

Jul 12, 2011

Today I competed in my first freestyle kayaking competition since the 2005 Teva Mountain Games. I didn’t do as well as I could have, but had a great time competing and seeing old friends. It’s amazing watching how strong some the paddlers have gotten, and it has definitely gotten me fired up to work on my own freestyle skills. Dane Jackson, Bryan...