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Honeymoon in Cancun – Part 1

Posted by on Dec 13, 2009 in Blog, Team Clavey | 3 comments

Honeymoon in Cancun – Part 1

Among the many, many issues I spent the summer before our wedding stressing about, not least of which was where Nicole and I should take our honeymoon. The day for our nuptials was in early September so that dropped us into one of the best seasons of the year to travel; the families are back in school, the rates have dropped into low season and the weather has yet to turn – let us use the term – poopy. Where to go? Where to go? Where to go? This past year we’d finally brought canoes back into the shop at Clavey and I was...

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Did my nickname have to be Riverboy?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2009 in Blog, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Did my nickname have to be Riverboy?

My first time on the river, how it changed my life & I why I still begrudge Tom Meckfessel. When I got out of the Navy in ’92, and with no prior experience, I decided I wanted to be three things: mountaineer, big wall climber & whitewater kayaker. I didn’t know any mountaineers or big wall climbers but my sister’s boyfriend Tom was a river guide. Taking pity on her little brother, my sister invited me (against Tom’s better judgement) on their upcoming float down the lower main Salmon. So I made my way up I-84...

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How to make class V a little hairier

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 3 comments

How to make class V a little hairier

I had an opportunity this summer to work on the Kern – not as a guide though – but as some sort of “manager”, thus ensuring that I would never get on the water. The Kern is broken into three sections: the Lower is below Lake Isabella, the Upper is above, and the Forks is pretty much the “Upper-Upper”. Chris and Chandra pop out of the hole in Big Bean: For day-trippers, the Kern is perfect because there are lots of access points and different runs, with everything from flat water to class V. The Forks is the only trip with difficult access...

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Scotto’s Bachelor Party on the T

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 4 comments

Scotto’s Bachelor Party on the T

You can say what you want about the sanctity of marriage. You can say 50% of marriages end in divorce. You can say it’s an antiquated institution that’s no longer necessary in modern society. And to you I say this: If marriage is nothing more than an excuse to get all your best buds together to float some of the best whitewater in the world while pushing your liver to its limit, then I say it’s worth it (No honey, of course that’s not why we’re getting married). We were loading boats and gear when those friends of mine who’re either...

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Tales of the Janitor or Confessions from the Stand Up Paddleboard

Posted by on Jul 13, 2009 in Blog, Instructional, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Tales of the Janitor or Confessions from the Stand Up Paddleboard

I arrive at one of my local surf breaks (one that I usually avoid because of the crowds -but it’s the perfect spot to SUP) at about a quarter to six in the morning. The drive from Point Reyes to Bolinas at this time of day can be as spectacular as my time on the water; the Olema Valley is covered with wisps of ground fog and I have to break for the occasional coyote. If I hadn’t checked my Mac for the surf report before I left the house, I would still know the surf was going to be smallish at best by how easily I find a place to park near the...

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