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Leopard Shark vs Kayaking Veterinarian

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Leopard Shark vs Kayaking Veterinarian

Battle Royale! My back hurts. Partially because I broke it in college. Partially because I refuse to get in better shape. Partially because I spend all day lifting kayaks. But mostly I think my back hurts because my wife is always on it about wanting to go do something fun. Mind you, it’s not like we spend our days off sitting in front of the TV wondering what stellar advice Dr. Phil has that we can’t live without. Quite the contrary. In the past month for example, we’ve spent two weekends skiing Tahoe, one weekend SUPing...

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Takin’ Tahoe to Sausalito

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 1 comment

Takin’ Tahoe to Sausalito

That is to say literally, taking a couple of Tahoe Stand Up Paddleboards to Sausalito for a little on the water fun. We were originally going to get out of the house by 6am so we could go paddle the waterfront in San Francisco before an appointment I had at 11 am. A 6am departure from our house would realistically put us on the water under the Golden Gate bridge around 7:30. What wasn’t realistic was leaving the house by six. On the water by 7:30? I was still fighting the cat for more covers at 7:30. So by the time we rolled into the...

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The Private Boater is Readily Earthquake Prepared

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 2 comments

The Private Boater is Readily Earthquake Prepared

We were talking about Japan the other day (just like the rest of the world) and somebody mentioned the run on potassium-iodide tablets at the pharmacies. Then we started talking about the overall lack of preparedness in general here in the golden earthquake state. In our opinion, there’s going to be two groups ready for the kind of disaster that shuts the whole state down: The first group is the survivalist nut job (no offense if this is you, I mean it in the most positive way possible). And the second (more socially acceptable group)...

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Whitewater Rafting Schools

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Blog, Instructional, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Whitewater Rafting Schools

We love whitewater rafting–its the roots of our business. We started guiding many years ago, and the hook was set. Guiding commercial trips led to running the shop and setting up gear for trips with friends and family.  But rafting is a skill and gear intensive sport. Many of our customers began rafting as commercial guides, thus giving them the skills to do trips on their own. When they settle down a bit and get “real” jobs, the funds become available to buy their own set of gear. But what if you’ve never been a guide, and don’t want...

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Trip Report and Boat Review

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Blog, Clavey Tours, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Trip Report and Boat Review

My daughter Raini and I led 7 hearty souls who braved the rain on Sunday for a trip to the marsh cabins on the Petaluma River. In a constant drizzle and rain, we paddled through the marsh and tidal sloughs to an old duck hunters cabin. The marsh is a fascinating place to explore, with signs of life everywhere. Route finding is very critical though, take a wrong turn and you’ll find yourself in a dead end. And you’ve got to pay attention to the tide as it can leave you high and dry very quickly. On this trip I decided to test...

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