River Magic

Where Do Guides Go in the Winter

The Nantahala is a bustling community in the summer. In the winter it seems the Gorge slows down and catches its breath. Where do all the guides go during the cold winter months? That was the theme of one of the latest articles in the Tuckasegee Reader (an online...

The Artistic Expression of Graffiti

The artistic expression on the walls in the form of graffiti cover concrete walls Taking your eyes from the streets lined with trash - the potholes, the whores How tastefully done - faces, names, city scapes. The people see the walls and look with disgust while...

Hair Cuts and Kayak Instruction

If you ever thought that there could be parallels drawn between two more different commitments: investing in a good hair cut and kayak instruction then you need to read on........

Inspiration to get out and Kayak!

Learning to kayak can be a challenge for an adult. Not because of age. But because learning to kayak necessitates checking your ego at the front door--or riverside in kayaking terms. The challenges to learn to kayak are soon exceeded by the joy of paddling. And that...

Learning to kayak not once, but twice

When Doug Worful called Endless River Adv and introduced himself with the statement “you have not met me yet, but I am giving you one day to teach me this blasted roll or I am selling my kayak and taking up golf,” we were not surprised.  Not the first time we had...

Where to not carry your throw bag

A throw rope is a key piece of paddling gear right behind the initial "five." But like any rescue equipment, use a little common sense! Have it inside your kayak. Secure it around your waist. You chose. But be advised that there should never ever be something attached...

Kudos for Kids: Running Nantahala Falls

Everyone who participated in our kids camps this summer was a winner: great kayaking, super fun kids, ice cream, great rivers, camaraderie….the list goes on (oh yea, and no aliens as instructors this year) Special mention goes to Alyssa Taylor, 2nd year participant of...

ERA’s Kids Camp a Blast

The 6th annual Endless River Adventures Kids Camp was such fun!!  We started out with sixteen participants for the first two days–with only Harrison holding up the men’s camp end of things for the first two days. Kids Kayak Camp was a blast for all fourteen girls and...

First Lady: Importance of Outdoor Recreation

First Lady Michelle Obama’s recently released her report on Childhood Obesity in which active outdoor recreation is identified as playing a key role in solving the nation’s childhood obesity problem.  Reported in the Outdoor Industry Association’s monthly newsletter,...

Improving the Roll with a little Yoga

A while back Sharon Myers mentioned doing side planks. I didn't know she was building anything with boards!  Turns out it had something to do with yoga. I've been doing sit-ups & hamstring stretches for 30 years but have "total idiot" status when it comes to...

Spring Means Getting Your Head on Straight

It is sometimes worthwhile pulling out a previous post and looking at it again...such is the case with Exorcising the Spring Hibbie Jibbies.  This is a good time to re-read our thoughts on spring paddling.... only thing missing from the original post was checking your...

Time to Go Home

February 14, 2010 Quito Airport Time to go home. There is so much of Ecuador that I will miss.  For starters, I will miss the closeness of everything.  I will miss crowded buses and packed markets.  I will miss the jungle pressed tight against me, the intimacy of the...

First Descent down the Rio Cofanes, Ecuador

First descents. In most countries they start out with the most obvious runs– roadside boating, the runs that have access, the runs that have the most potential; eventually goals are set on those that have a drop that looks the best on television/ in a magazine/ or for...