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Perception Expression Kayak Review

By on April 9, 2018

Three years ago I got together with an old friend over a few beers to catch up on a Saturday night. Not just any Saturday night, however; it was…

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GoPro HERO5 Black Review

By on February 16, 2018

Sure there’s a newer version of GoPro’s Hero camera – the HERO6, but the HERO5 was brand-spankin’ new to us before the newer version was released last fall (GoPro…

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The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway

By on July 17, 2017

Recently, we were invited to review a new book by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, just published in 2017, The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway, by Richard D. Cornell. As…

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Thule 835 Hull-a-Port Pro Kayak Car Rack

By on April 12, 2017

The upside of getting a new car is, well, getting a new car. The downside of getting a new car is the possibility that your old kayak roof rack may…

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Pyranha Fusion Crossover Kayak

By on March 27, 2017

Before making my third boat purchase at Canoecopia 2015, I knew I wanted a crossover because I needed a smaller boat for the variety of paddling we do -…

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Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin

By on December 4, 2016

Following in the footsteps of notable paddling guides and authors, Timothy Bauer, co-author of, has added to the paddling landscape by highlighting less-traveled opportunities in the Southern Wisconsin…

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REI Flex Lite Chair

By on July 26, 2013
Finally, an affordably-priced, packable camp chair that keeps you off the ground and is lightweight and small enough to stow in a kayak hatch...
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ENO DoubleNest Hammock + ENO SlapStrap Pro

By on July 23, 2013
More of a luxury than a necessity, the ENO DoubleNest (or SingleNest) Hammock is a relaxing alternative to camp chairs and picnic tables and nothing will make you feel more like a hippie than swinging in a hammock in the Northwoods...
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DVD: River Trails of Northern Wisconsin

By on December 8, 2012
River Trails of Northern Wisconsin is the third dvd from Morrall River Films. Although it's a bit of departure in presentation from their first two videos, it provides an invaluable amount of great information and a broad view of seventeen rivers and one creek in 23 day paddles...
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Joby GorillaPod Hybrid

By on July 3, 2012
Joby makes a unique tripod they call the Gorillapod. It's essentially a tripod with flexible legs allowing you to wrap it around objects and secure it in unique places ensuring a different point-of-view...