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The Basics on How to Read Whitewater

The power of water can be intimidating, especially fast moving whitewater. Humans tend to fear what we don’t understand and when we first come to a swiftly flowing river it appears chaotic and scary because we don’t yet understand the …

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Nanty Fest/GAF Weekend

Right after Gauley Fest a lot of people headed down to the Nantahala Outdoor Center for their annual Guest Appreciation Festival — now being referred to as Nanty Fest.  It’s a huge sale of all of NOC’s gear from kayaks, …

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Ladies on the Lower G and Gauley Fest

The Gauley River is one of my favorite rivers. It’s got everything — scenery, great rapids and fun playspots. I look forward to Gauley season every year as it gives me an opportunity to visit with friends who live up …

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Grand Canyon Trip Report and Photos

As I was getting ready for my second Grand Canyon river trip, I admit that I wasn’t that excited about it. I didn’t actually admit those feelings to anybody except my husband Andrew. I knew that people would not be …

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Glitches!

Hey Everyone, I just got off the Grand Canyon and I can’t wait to share some photos and stories with you! It was an amazing trip. While I was gone I had my website switched to a new server and …

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Women's Whitewater Festival at Bearpaw

I was so happy when Jamee and Scott contacted me about Women’s Whitewater Festival at the Bearpaw for this year. For those of you who don’t know, a tornado tore through Bearpaw last year and they closed their operations while …

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Ladies Paddling Retreat at MKC, Canada

The 1st annual Ladies Paddling Retreat was held at the Madawaska Kanu Center in Ontario, Canada this summer.  The idea was to have a spa approach to kayaking and it was fantastic! The week was open to all levels and …

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Surfing Mini-Bus!

While I was up on the Ottawa I had the opportunity to surf Mini-Bus for the first time in 2 years with Andrew and Tiffany Manchester. Tiff and I haven’t been playboating very much in the last year since she …

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GAP Summer Tour at Potomac Paddlesports

  I’m off on a three week road trip that started with a Girls at Play Summer Tour event at Potomac Paddlesports in Washington D.C.  It’s one of the coolest looking paddlesports stores I’ve been into.  The owner, Sunny Pitcher, has great …

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The Sweep Stroke: To look or not to look

When I’m teaching basic strokes women often ask me if it’s better to follow the blade through the water in the sweep stroke and stern draw or to look in the opposite direction of the spin momentum. In my opinion, …

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