PaddleNews: Bear Eats Kayak; Tips for Your Wilderness Canoe Trip

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7 October 2015
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 • Kayak & Canoe Sails
 • Paddling Jackets
 • Dry Bags
by: Dave Conley

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 • Forest Service sued over motorized tow trips in BWCAW
 • Paddling for Pints on Tahoe's Ale Trail
 • Kayak Angler Lands an Owl
 • Featured Product:
Kayak Trees T-Shirt
 • Photo Runner-up
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Kayak & Canoe Covers

by Danuu Paddle Gear
Last Week for Shirt Special!
The "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" shirt special ends soon. Take advantage of these great savings on all our original shirts. It's easy to do! Just go to the store, choose 3 t-shirts (long-sleeve, short sleeve, wicking, fleece, whatever...), put them in your cart and you'll get the third one of equal or lesser value at no charge. There are over 50 designs to choose from, so pick out your three favorites before the special ends!

Kayak Fishing Narrow Creeks
Kayak fishing guru Chad Hoover looks at the advantages to fishing small creeks in this short video. It may be a struggle to get to them, but you can find some really unusually large fish in narrow creeks off the main branches of waterways. He also looks at the nesting habits of fish that could help indicate whether a fish is worth pursuing.

Tiny Tips for Wilderness Canoe Trips
Experienced trippers like Cliff Jacobson know that small errors can cause big problems. In his latest article, Cliff mentions some "little things" (tips and techniques) that can make or break a wilderness canoe expedition - things like having your canoe tow lines neatly coiled and ready to use... Read more of his tips here.

New Product Announcement
Motor Drive by Wilderness Systems
Partnering with the proven technology of Torqeedo, the new Wilderness Systems Motor Drive takes you farther, faster. Reaching top speeds of up to 6 mph at a range of around 20 miles, and featuring a solar-rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 8 hours and can charge while underway. The unit is lightweight at only 15 lbs. including battery, and comes equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays your GPS-calculated speed, remaining range and battery runtime.

Final Day to enter the 3-Boat Sweepstakes!
The current sweepstakes ends on October 8th! Register now for your last chance to win a Strait 140xe kayak from Elie Kayak, a Cruise 12 Angler kayak from Jackson Kayaks, or an Explorer 14.6 DLX canoe from Pelican International. The boat prizes all come packaged with other valuable items such as kayak/canoe sails from WindPaddle Sails, anchor systems from Squid Anchor, PFDs from NRS, paddles from Bending Branches or Aqua-Bound, and safety decals and boat lights from Illumarine. Congratulations to George McCrary from Raleigh, NC who won a Small Stormproof Compact Camera Pouch from Aquapac just for entering this past week!
In The Same Boat: Nature's Potholes
Potholes are an urban commuter's nightmare, but paddlers encounter potholes of an altogether different sort — wonderfully diverse, intricately sculpted examples of nature's art. Tamia's written about them before, but then she could only tell half the story, and the half she left out was the best part. Now, thanks to digital technology, she's able to fill in the gaps, "Putting Potholes in the Picture" at last. You'll find her column at In the Same Boat. Check it out.
Lodge Based Trips
Don't like to camp, but want to spend a weekend or more on a great paddling excursion? Check out these three trips in South/Central America that will have you paddling during the day and sleeping in comfort every evening.
Costa Rica Eco-Adventures - by Burnham Guides
Belize Coral Islands SUP journey - by Island Expeditions
Honduras Paddlesports Retreat - by Uncommon Adventures

See these and many more great trips at:
Product Review Spotlight
Little Wing 15.5 kayak by Warren Light Craft
What I love about the Little Wing is how easily it translates muscular effort into motion. I love too the inherent safety of the boat--though safety is of course a matter of personal responsibility and skill. It just feels more buoyant than other kayaks I've paddled, even though it has a lean profile on the water. Nimble is the word that comes to mind... Rating 10 of 10
Read more reviews or get more info on the Little Wing 15.5 kayak.

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Bear Eats Kayak!
This crazy video was recorded by an unfortunate kayaker on a solo-trip in Alaska who encounters a black bear that begins to gnaw on her kayak after she sprays him with pepper spray.

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