Tent Bound

An Ode to Beaver Dams

beaver dam

We paddlers don’t give beavers enough credit. When we come to a beaver dam that blocks our way, we know it’s going to be a haul over. Often in remote canoe locations, paddlers will have tried to break the dam to make it easier to paddle through. But, we don’t give beavers enough credit. Despite …

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Free Boundary Waters Guidebook

Sunrise on Cherokee Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Stuck inside somewhere waiting to be released, dreaming of adventures on the 1000s of lakes in northern Minnesota after they thaw or just someone who loves paddling? Then there’s a new free Boundary Waters guidebook for you. The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness released The Friends’ Guide to the BWCA. The new guidebook is …

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Siskiwit LV Launched

siskiwit lv kayak on grass

Ralph M. recently completed a Siskiwit LV build. Here’s what he wrote: I put my just completed Siskiwit in the water (Puget Sound) for the first time on Thursday evening.  It is a wonderful boat; stability and handling  exactly as you said.    Excellent response to leaned turns, a bit of skeg as needed.    …

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Crackpot Kayak Dude

A kayak sits in front of a tent at moonrise. Lake Nipigon, Ontario.

Every now and then some crackpot contacts me, and it irritates me enough to post the conversation. I get a ton of these types of emails and sometimes share them on my private FB profile, because they are humorous. But a few deserve to see the light of day. Here’s one of them. I have …

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The First Roll Expedition

first pool expedition

For Immediate Release: 4/1/2019 Grand Marais, Minnesota: PaddlingLight’s publisher and primary author Bryan Hansel is excited to announce a new world record attempt and a new expedition. Over the next year, he will attempt to roll his kayak in a new pool every day. Not only will the pools be different, but each pool will …

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