The Rhododendron Roll – River Bank clutter, a Safety Consideration

Following the latest Duck Boat tragedy, I thought about the end of a recent boat chase and the potential entrapment in strainers. Between a group of us, a swamped kayak was bullied to shore, in amongst Rhodendron shrubs clogging the bank. This location appeared reasonable to us to get the boat and paddle onto a …

KCCNY Beginner Weekend – June 2015

This year's beginner weekend was a great success. Perfect weather, intrepid students, great lunches (thanks to Ellen), and successful river runs by all. Lots of interest in continuing instruction and we already have some follow-up trips on the schedule. Thanks to all the instructors, helpers and students for making it a great one, and special thanks …

Into the Deluge

A couple of years ago, a mirco-cell thunderstorm stalled over the town of Florida, Ma. and nearby areas. The news service reported that over 7 inches of rain fell in the two hour duration of the storm. I chose that day to invite my Uncle on a paddle trip down Fifebrook. A year later I …

Beaverfest 2014

This account of the Beaverfest was written and paddled by Mark Hrubant Friday August 29th, noon… I call the caretaker at Soft Maple campground & ask if he will hold a site for me as I am driving up from Bingo. While enroute to Croghan I learned there will be six of us camping for the …

Esopus Creek – Preserving Cold Water for Whitewater and Angler Recreation

It's the time of year we look forward to being out on the river to renew and recharge after a challenging week; I've never contemplated the content of an email while navigating a rapid. I've enjoyed the Esopus Creek and what the town of Phoenicia offers since 1978; it's just good for my soul. But …

Beaver Weekend Taylorville

The wispy tendrils of ground fog had reluctantly released their tenuous grip on the wooded mountain slopes to the mid-morning sun as our small group of paddlers arrived at the Taylorville put-in. The road and pathway seethed with chaotic activity as enthusiastic paddlers parked cars, changed clothes, greeted friends and carried brightly colored boats, all while holding general road …

Bottom Moose

This post about my first Moose run is out of sequence from my last couple and jumps forward about 5 years from when I ran the Moodna. I peel out gingerly from behind a large rock and work my way cautiously to the right around a shallow rock ledge. The current isn't very strong here …

Moodna Creek

I'm paddling around in the pool at St. Elizabeth's College on a Saturday morning. It feels kind of strange to be back here. I was dating my wife when she attended this school. The nuns make everyone who attends the school take swimming lessons, so Carole spent some time in the pool also. She did …

Battle of the Sexes

 Something a little different from my previous posts. This past summer I took 2 of my daughters and their boyfriends for a short trip down the Delaware. None of the 4 had ever paddled a kayak before. I immediately noticed that while the girls were quick to grasp the concept of using their hips and …