Green River Vermont

Green River Vermont, Upcoming Dam Re-licensing, January 2015

While the famous Green Race was taking place in North Carolina, I decided I needed to check out the Green River. Only this Green river is in Vermont! I’ve had my eye on this run for a while and jumped on the opportunity to get on this run, which seldom releases, and with no particular schedule. After loading up in an 86′ Subaru Outback with my friend Mike Flynn we made the 5-hour drive north from my house. The drive was worth it!

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From the Shop- Fitting the outfitting.

If you’re coming from a boat with thighstraps, getting the bulkhead outfitting dialed in can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be.  The Blackfly saddle is designed to be a (too) tight fit for most people because its easier to carve it out than to add to it, so some cutting and carving of foam is required.  This week, I’m sharing some of my tips, tricks, and strategy.

The starting point.

The starting point.

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From the Shop: Can I get a Magenta boat? What about Emerald and Ivory swirl?

bucket of plastic

bucket of plastic

This is the first in a semi-regular series of posts titled “From the Shop,”  focusing on the production side of things here at Blackfly Canoes.  Today’s topic:  Color.  I get asked about colors of boats just about every day.  I know it’s important to people, and I wish Blackfly could offer every color of the rainbow.  But the reality is it’s just not possible, and to get into why, we need to look behind the scenes a bit.

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Good Gauley!

Octane 85 Gauley River

Setting up for Pillow Rapid, Upper Gauley. Photo: Shawn Alexander.

After two years of hearing all the talk about it, I finally got to go to my first Gauley Fest. What better time to hit the Upper Gauley for the first time, right? And what better boat to do it with than the octane 85? A crew of 12 open boaters hit the upper on Saturday of the festival almost bright and not early enough for Mark Z.. I’ll be honest; I was a little nervous peeling out of the put-in eddy. The Gauley has the big-water and beatdown stories that can put the fear of God in you. Continue reading

The Green Dream

canoe Green Narrows

Futrapper, Keith Clark, and me scouting Groove Tube. Photo: Michael Lewis

The Green River Narrows is one of the most iconic steep creeks in the Southeast. Most paddlers see it as a right of passage and daydream at least once about running it. After three years of kayaking and just a summer of open boating, I finally saw the creek at the November 2012 Green Race. I watched as kayaker after kayaker cut between the narrow channel of the Notch and sailed off the launchpad of Gorilla Rapid into the whitewater chaos 16′ below. From that day I started to dream. Continue reading