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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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Jan

Outgoing Vice President’s Reflections

Outgoing Vice President’s Reflections By John Parrot Three years have passed since the start of this club. As we enter the 4th year of the CCofCC, I congratulate Brian Gilbert on his election to the office of Vice President for the club. Joyce, Susan, and Dave will continue as President, Secretary, and Treasurer respectively. We …

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Aug

Bullit Run – Ominous Stump

President’s Notes – The Ominous Stump John and I put the dogs in the car, the boats on the car roof, and headed down to Bullit Run last Saturday for some relaxing paddling. After a brief walk, we put on our life vests (dogs included). We spent 45 mins on the water. The smaller dog, …

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Jun

Susquehanna Downriver Race 1989

What do you do with a 40 lb dog on a hot summer day when you want to paddle in a downriver canoe race? This “historical event” occurred in June 1989 on the Susquehanna River, at Harrisburg, and was sponsored by the (then) twelve-year-old, 135-member Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg. According to a June 12, …

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May

Should I purchase a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) launch permit?

Should I purchase a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) launch permit? By Brian Palmer A few weeks ago the Canadian government announced new regulations for canoe trips in Canada. Among other things, the new Canada regulations require that, “Any canoe or kayak that has an instructor, guide or leader in it is now classified …

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May

Keel Haulers Paddlers Rating Test

Keel Haulers Paddler Rating Test for Class II and above reported by Jon Nelson The Keel Hauler Canoe Club is a large organization located in Northeast Ohio. On their main web site is a self-test for determining one’s level of river skill. The 16-item test covers four main areas: physical, equipment, experience, and paddling group. …

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Apr

I Can See Clearly Now (Not the Johnny Nash 1972 song)

I Can See Clearly Now (Not the Johnny Nash 1972 song) By Dirk Dixon I could wax poetically about the sparkle of sunlight off the water on a warm summer day, but what I want to address here is how that reflected light impedes your visibility and how you can easily improve it. Polarized lenses …

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Jan

Fabrics and Garments for Cold Water Paddling

Fabrics and Garments for Cold Water Paddling by Joyce A. Furfaro [Note from the editor: Some of the links below may have expired.] If you plan to paddle in water below 65 deg F, you need to think about protecting yourself from hypothermia and drowning. Cold water is much better/faster at lowering your body temperature …

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Aug

Review of Ontario’s Madawaska Kanu Centre

Review of Ontario’s Madawaska Kanu Centre By Jon Nelson Madawaska Kanu Centre is a well-known paddling school for kayaks and whitewater open canoes. Located in Barrys Bay, ONT on the banks of the Madawaska River, MKC was established in 1972 and is now operated by the founders’ daughter and her husband, Claudia Kerckhoff and Dirk …

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