A Kayaking Blog By Dan Simenc

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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...

The Devil’s Washbowl

The Devil’s Washbowl

Aug 3, 2011

Being only an hour and a half’s drive East of Boise, and directly under I-84, it’s amazing that Devil’s Washbowl in the Malad Gorge has seen so few kayaking descents. The steep canyon walls, difficult entry rapids, and the drop’s checkered history are all likely reasons for why many previous kayakers have merely pulled over, looked at the...

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...

Tenaya Creek’s Giant Waterslide

Tenaya Creek’s Giant Waterslide

Jul 28, 2011

I left Cascade, Idaho on Saturday evening after the first day of the freestyle competition there came to a close. By the time I made it back to Boise, finished packing, edited two short videos, and threw up a blog post it was 3:00 AM. I slept until 9:30 AM, then took off on the road to California. Equipped with a fantastic audiobook, Shadow Divers, I cruised...

High Sierra Huck Fest 2011

High Sierra Huck Fest 2011

Jul 27, 2011

For creeking and river running, there’s no better place to spend the summer than California. This July I was fortunate enough to make a two-week pilgrimage to my home state, where I was able to knock off several big drops and classic runs with a strong group of motivated paddlers. The heavy snow pack and mild weather has made 2011 an exceptional paddling...

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...