Race the Falls 2016

I love community. In my 35+ years of adventure sports; I have had the opportunity to belong to a number of adventure communities of athletes.. As a “35 year novice kayaker”, this is one community that I have the least experience with. I am not sure why. It is probably because I spent the majority of my time on the Big Piney Creek and never really ventured out of my comfort zone till a few years … [Read more...]

Winter Floating in Arkansas

The rains of early January have given way to some great floats around the state this Winter. Here is some nice video that Laramy Ridley shared with us of Snow Creek/Illinois Bayou on a recent trip. Looks like a fun day of river running. Snow Creek / Illinois Bayou from Laramy Ridley on Vimeo. You can see more great kayaking video at KayakArkansas. … [Read more...]

Chilly Water

We've found ourselves in fall’s chilly march toward winter.   Warm weather sports are over for the year. Fortunately for the paddlers of Arkansas, kayaking and canoeing is not a summertime-specific activity. Paddling is a whenever-and-wherever-the-water-is sport, and this time of year, the water is coming up. This makes for some happy paddlers, adrenaline junkies and casual boaters … [Read more...]

On a Scale of One to Stupid

On a scale of one to stupid, attempting to compete in an event called 40 Acres of Hell as a last minute bit of fun, is stupid-er. Whatever else, my method of event participation in place of actually training  for events, is consistent. But that kind of stupidity ranks right up there with things that follow "here, hold my beer." Each weekend of October offers a variety of events to attend … [Read more...]

Ice-Water School

We've been looking forward to Whitewater School since we started paddling with the Arkansas Canoe Club.  As the class got closer and closer, we got more and more excited.  Camping!  In May!  On the Mulberry River!  With friends!  It sounded like a great weekend. We like to paddle, and we like to learn stuff, and that was just going to make it better. But then it was the week before class, and … [Read more...]

The Stoke

Warm beams of sunlight warm your tent, begging you to brave the cold morning air to make coffee. Reluctantly you unzip the tent, careful not to disturb the thin layer of dew that accumulated while you we're sleeping. Standing now, the morning has officially started and you root through gear bags trying to find the press and stove. As the first sips of coffee pass over your lips, your mind turns … [Read more...]

Do You Rendezvous?

...well, you should. We don't have a lot of canoe and kayak events on the Arkansas Outside calendar for good reason. By default, denizens of the lakes and rivers of Arkansas are a spontaneous lot. Waiting for enough rain to turn a small creek into something that can be run by boat or a deluge that brings the Cossatot River to the perfect level for whitewater play. Sure you can always take a lake … [Read more...]

Olympic Feats

I grew up in a family that watched the Olympics religiously every four years. I even remember one year watching the Summer Olympics on a black and white television set in the driveway getting a signal from an antenna while I painted the garage door. Yes, I'm that old folks and yes, television was available without a monthly payment to anyone back then. Things change. I also spent most of my … [Read more...]