Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 28th, 2016

I thought of calling this post “Boulder Drop Never Used To Be This Way!” because that was JP’s outraged-sounding remark when, after a day of serious hole/multiple swimmer carnage on Boulder Drop at a medium to low flow he noticed that – adding injury to insult – the bow of Jon Griffin’s playboat was also […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 18th, 2016

Mike says Deer Creek is the most underrated whitewater kayaking run in Washington, and it’s only an hour from Seattle. Back in October he showed Nick Baughman, Anne Bilton, Kieran Thurlow and Allen Yip down it, here’s Nick’s video. The cover frame of Mike boofing a ledge is one of my favorite shots – classic […]...

Mike Nash, Anne Bilton, Allen Yip, Kieran Thurlow and myself went for a rip down Deer Creek mid October. Mike Nash was showing u...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 5th, 2016

Here are some Eskimo rolling myths you may hear at some point in your beginner whitewater kayaking journey. If you do, just tell the person talking that “I’ve read the blog post, so I know that what you’re saying is complete otter spittle.” Or something like that. ;) Myth 1. “You will lose your roll […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 5th, 2016

I spent Saturday morning at the slalom gates at the Cedar River alongside Landsburg Park, thanks to slalom kayaker Joey Yeaple who organized an all-welcome event to get people working on technical skills. It sounds like this is going to be a monthly event, taking place at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Aug 19th, 2016

Nick Baughman teamed up with the venerable Mike Nash and Marco Colella last weekend for an assault on the Ashlu Box and Mine runs in B.C. (Nick’s first runs on the Ashlu), and here’s his sweet video of the action.  Here’s the Box video: Ashlu Creek – Box Canyon – Whitewater Kayaking from Nick Baughman […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Aug 14th, 2016

Finally there’s a new whitewater kayaking guidebook for the Pacific Northwest and it is sweet! It’s called ‘Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater – The Best Whitewater in Washington and Oregon’ and you can buy it on Amazon here.  Here’s a video description: Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater: A Fresh Guide to Northwest Rivers and Creeks from Substantial […]...

It has been over 20 years since the original Whitewater Rivers of Washington was released by Jeff Bennet. Since then many new r...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Feb 15th, 2016

It’s that time of year when late winter rainstorms, grey weather, and general clammy chilliness irresistibly draw the unwary future whitewater kayaker from hibernation and onto the Internet in search of whitewater kayaking classes.  Well, there are a few coming up around Seattle this spring and summer of 2016, so don’t miss out – these […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Jul 21st, 2015

OK, I’ve heard enough whitewater kayakers tell me that when they first came to Seattle they had a hard time finding paddling buddies and generally getting started, so this post will hopefully cover the basics: Finding People to Kayak With Around Seattle There are two main places to look for paddle buddies if you’re in […]...

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 31st, 2014

Here’s a sweet video of whitewater slalom kayaker Campbell Walsh in 2009 in Great Britain, notice the side to side ferry moves using a wave hole starting at around .10, it’s a gorgeous example of boat handling skills and shows you why the kind of techniques that paddlers learn by practicing slalom can give you […]...

Canoe / kayak slalom. GB Selection Races 2009, Day 2, Nottingham. Campbell Walsh www.campbellwalsh.com

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Irene’s Kayaking Blog
Dec 22nd, 2014

Troubleshooting the eskimo roll is one of the key things that I think is super helpful for people starting out whitewater kayaking, and I wish I had learned a lot of these rolling tips sooner than I did. The Eskimo Roll Having a reliable roll is key, and I mean key, to having confidence and […]...

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