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Oct

Bellefonte Slalom Race

Bellefonte Slalom Race By Jon Nelson The annual Bellefonte Slalom will be held October 13-14 at the Sunnyside Paddling Park. This year it is jointly sponsored by CC of CC and the National Slalom Training Center #9 race committee. A slalom has been held annually (almost) at this site since 1967, making it one of …

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Sep

Message from the President

Message from the President By Joyce A. Furfaro Grange Fair is over, school has started, and the nights are getting cooler, but don’t put your boats away just yet. Remember that Spring Creek and Bald Eagle Creek are almost always navigable (I’ve paddled Bald Eagle Creek in mid October a few times, now). And, OH! …

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Aug

Kayaking Made Easy Book Review

Kayaking Made Easy: A Manual for Beginners with Tips for the Experienced, 3rd ed., by Dennis Stuhaug A Book Review by Roxanne Parrott We have a small library devoted to paddling books and this is one of the ones that we find ourselves recommending to others. Here is why. The book includes topics such as …

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Aug

Paddling and Pedaling: Combining Boating with Bicycling

Paddling and Pedaling: Combining Boating with Bicycling by Jon Nelson Pennsylvania is fortunate to have several Rails-to-Trails (RTTs) that parallel whitewater streams. Paddlers can use the RTT for a bike shuttle (take a lock) or combine a day of paddling with some biking. Many of the RTTs can be ridden using road bikes, such as the Pine …

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Jul

Father’s Day Weekend Paddle on the Clarion

Fathers Day Weekend Paddle on the Clarion River by Todd Brunermer My wife and I decided to get away with the family for the weekend of Father’s day this year. The weather forecast was calling for lots of sun and warm weather so the date was set. Food was prepared, popup camper supplied and hooked …

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Jun

All Club Trip – West Branch

Trip Report – West Branch Susquehanna, May 26 Twenty-two CCCC members paddled the Rolling Stone to Karthus section of the West Branch (about 10.5 miles). We put-on the river at 10am and took-out at 4pm. This was one hour later than expected, due to a thunderstorm that caused a pause of almost one hour. The …

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May

Keep an Eye Out – Minks

Keep an Eye Out by Joyce Furfaro Did you know that we have mink around here? Yeah, I was surprised when I saw my first one along Bald Eagle Creek about two years ago. I’ve seen them twice since. You have to be on the lookout and prepared for a brief visual of them – …

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Apr

Red Mo Race History

Red Moshannon Downriver Canoe/Kayak Race by Jon Nelson The Red Mo race was begun in 1967 by the Penn State Outing Club (PSOC) Canoe Division, and this organization ran the race from 1967 to 1980. Early races were generally held in mid- to late-April. Depending on other race dates, the PSOC events attracted 40-80 paddlers, …

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Mar

Common Paddling Mistakes

Common Kayak Paddling Mistakes by Jon Nelson By paddling more efficiently, especially on forward strokes, you can paddle longer distances, finish familiar trips with more in the tank, and impress youngsters with your newly found athleticism. Wildwater and whitewater slalom racers have to learn to paddle efficiently in order to be at the top of …

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Feb

President’s Notes –The 2012 Season is Beginning

President’s Notes –The 2012 Season is Beginning By Joyce Furfaro I love living on the side of Mount Nittany. In recent years we’ve have had a number of animals outside our front window in the late evening looking for food under our bird feeder pole. We’ve seen absolutely adorable skunks (really, like kitten adorable) that …

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