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Trip Report: The Green Truss of the White Salmon

Posted by on Mar 16, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 2 comments

Trip Report: The Green Truss of the White Salmon

Fear is exhausting. Fear is exhausting. Fear is exhausting…Today my hands look like they were taken out of a blender. They are huge and purple with nicks and bruises all over. My upper body was pummeled by oars, frame, etc and is pretty sore too. Swimming Double Drop, an 18-footer on the Green Truss, took some energy out of me. The real reason I’m exhausted right now… is because I was absolutely terrified for nearly six hours yesterday. That’s right, we did a five mile trip in six hours, less than one mile an hour. Rowing the Truss,...

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Paddling Patagonia

Posted by on Feb 18, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Paddling Patagonia

I’m not one to pay for tours as I’ve got enough equipment and connections across the globe to do pretty much anything on the cheap. But as fate would have it, Nicole wanted to do a kayak trip with a bunch of her friends kayaking the lakes of Patagonia. Not cheap, but it sure sounded like a fun time, so who was I to say no? So just like that, we were going kayaking in Patagonia. As so many of our trips begin, we missed our connecting flight in Santiago. After arguing with the airline for 5 hours (they wanted us to buy new tickets),...

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Kayak Safety Gear or Not ?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2008 in Blog, Instructional, Team Clavey | 7 comments

Kayak Safety Gear or Not ?

As one of the owners of Clavey, this story is not easy to tell, but alas…Last winter I had an unusual experience I thought I would share with the rest of you in the hopes that none of you will repeat it.  It was a beautiful winter morning and I decided to head out at about 5:30am to check the surf at one of my favorite breaks in the Point Reyes National Seashore. I loaded my boards and wetsuit in the van and, as an afterthought (because I had a new NeckyChatham 16 Carbon kayak on top of the car anyway) I threw in SOME – but not all – of...

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Rafting on the Rogue River (with a permit)

Posted by on Dec 1, 2008 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Rafting on the Rogue River (with a permit)

There are few different ways to get on the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, arguably one of the best multi day float trips in the world.  Assuming you’ve already got the boat and the gear (and if you don’t, you can get it at www.clavey.com ), know how to row your boat and can get a permit from the BLM, well then, the number of days you can escape for is your only limiting factor. Of course, if you said no to any of the above, you should probably book your first trip with a commercial outfitter – you don’t need a boat, any...

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The Petaluma River: From the Source to the Sea

Posted by on Nov 26, 2008 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

The Petaluma River: From the Source to the Sea

So technically the Petaluma isn’t really a river, it’s a tidal slough. And being a slough, it can’t really have a source, per se, so we actually started at the Petaluma Marina. Also, it doesn’t really flow to the sea, it flows into San Pablo Bay which, in turn, becomes San Francisco bay which, of course, eventually opens up into the Pacific Ocean. So while we maybe didn’t really paddle all the way to the sea, we did actually paddle all the way to the Black Point Marina which does actually sit at the mouth of the Petaluma River at San Pablo...

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