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Forum: General Paddling Discussion 05-11-2021, 10:08 AM
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Posted By JPTolson
Dustin, Here's the link:...

Dustin,
Here's the link: http://www.trumbullcanoetrails.org/forum/showthread.php?t=764

Try not to laugh too hard!
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 05-09-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By JPTolson
The unending debate continues...

In the never ending debate (euphemism for trash talk) over the superiority of canoes versus kayaks, a fusillade from 10 years ago has surfaced that should once and for all certify the claims that...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 05-02-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,310
Posted By JPTolson
Rendezvous is “on.”

Earlier today, I received the following message from Bruce Kemp regarding this year’s Western Pennsylvania Solo Canoe Rendezvous:

Hi Folks – we are pleased to say that the decision has been made...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 04-18-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By JPTolson
The flat water racing canoes are not as closed as...

The flat water racing canoes are not as closed as I thought, but they are more closed than the canoes that we paddle. Check out the 1000 meter C-1 finals in the 2016 Olympics...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 04-17-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By JPTolson
I don't believe there are open canoes like we...

I don't believe there are open canoes like we paddle in the Olympic slalom and flat water racing events. For slalom, the canoes are closed or decked boats, very much like kayaks, but the competitors...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 04-16-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By JPTolson
Teen Paddler Makes US Whitewater Olympic Team

Oh to be young again and live on the Nanthahala River! North Carolina teen paddler wins a spot on the US Olympic Whitewater Team...
Forum: Trips (Official) 04-08-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By JPTolson
Planning to be there

I'm planning to come, but sure hope we get some rain in the next few days. Western PA rivers are running low (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/rt).
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 04-03-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By JPTolson
Thoughts on Ron

I am extremely shocked and saddened to learn that our good friend and fellow paddler, Ron Eells, has passed away. Our club has lost a great asset.

Ron exuded The River, and he approached the sport...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 03-31-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By JPTolson
Whitewater Self Defense

The presentation gave an interesting historical perspective on the evolution of whitewater safety. For example in the 1950s, the early days of whiitewater boating, hardly anyone wore a PFD.

Here...
Forum: For Sale or Wanted 03-29-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 930
Posted By JPTolson
Another take on kayak paddles

Just saw this recent post (http://www.monocacyboard.org/mboard/msg/65148.html) on another paddling board for what to consider when selecting a kayak paddle for one person who is 6'4'' and another who...
Forum: Trips (Official) 03-28-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By JPTolson
Trip Report

Many thanks to Mike Danko for leading the club's ice breaker trip up and back from Canoe City on the Mahoning. The timing was perfect! After a rainy and blustery morning that was not conducive for...
Forum: For Sale or Wanted 03-25-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 930
Posted By JPTolson
PFDs

Welcome to Trumbull Canoe Trails!

I’ll try to answer your question on personal flotation devices (PFDs). Since I paddle a canoe, it’s more appropriate for a kayaker to address the question about...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 03-24-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By JPTolson
Charlie Walbridge, Whitewater Safety Expert

Earlier this evening (3/24/21) I had the good fortune of joining a ZOOM presentation by Charlie Walbridge, a nationally known expert on whitewater safety and swiftwater rescue. He also maintains the...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 03-23-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,101
Posted By JPTolson
Worth reading

Just finished ramoore’s recommendation, Without a Paddle. Definitely worth reading! Participants in a long-distance race using non-motorized boats around the entire Florida peninsula, including a...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 03-19-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By JPTolson
Little Beaver Creek

Paddled Sprucevale to Ohioville on Little Beaver Creek on March 9th. Water was really cold. Low 40s? Wore a Farmer John wetsuit over a full suit of polypro, wool sweater, neoprene boots over wool...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 03-07-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 487
Posted By JPTolson
Most Scenic, Challenging and Favorite Runs

I thought it might be interesting to get different opinions on the most scenic, most challenging, and most favorite runs in the region covered by our club trips. Here are some of mine. I hope a few...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 02-10-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By JPTolson
River of Doubt

In a slow, but ongoing search for tales of adventure paddling, I recently finished reading The River of Doubt, Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. The book recounts an expedition...
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 01-11-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,497
Posted By JPTolson
Waves are huge!

A few of us know what it’s like going through Fredericktown at 8.7 feet in canoes and kayaks. The waves are huge! One guy in a playboat went up the face of a wave and as it curled upstream the boat...
Forum: Local Waters 01-07-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,457
Posted By JPTolson
My paddling high and low points are pretty thin...

My paddling high and low points are pretty thin this year. Between COVID and caring for my mother, I only made it out in the boat three times. Nevertheless, here goes:

High Points

1. Shenango...
Forum: Trips (Unofficial) 12-28-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,158
Posted By JPTolson
Whitegrass Ski Touring Center

Check with Whitegrass (https://whitegrass.com) in Davis, West Virginia. They may be able to direct you to some places closer to you.
Forum: Off Topic 12-25-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,434
Posted By JPTolson
Merry Christmas to my paddling family!

Merry Christmas to my paddling family!
Forum: General Paddling Discussion 12-16-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,310
Posted By JPTolson
2021 Western PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous

TCT,

Earlier today I received the message below from Bruce Kemp who once paddled occasionally with TCT. For the canoeists among us or anyone who may have an interest, it is well worth checking out...
Forum: Trips (Unofficial) 11-29-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,252
Posted By JPTolson
Sounds like a great run on a beautiful whitewater...

Sounds like a great run on a beautiful whitewater stream. Glad you were able to slow it down, scout, and read the lines. Eight miles in 2:15 with one spill, two scouting breaks, and carrying the ford...
Forum: Paddling Videos 11-25-2020, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,896
Posted By JPTolson
They are all exceptional paddlers, but also keep...

They are all exceptional paddlers, but also keep in mind that they are in boats that turn on a dime.
Forum: Paddling Videos 11-25-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,896
Posted By JPTolson
HAH! I should be able to bang the blade on the...

HAH! I should be able to bang the blade on the side of the boat, lose the grip on the paddle and have it hit me in the chin.:18::18::18:
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