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The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

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  1. Interview with Ray Goodwin

    "The canoe was seen as the unskilled cousin of the sport, something you paddled if you couldn’t paddle a kayak. Most canoe articles in magazines were about kayakers that had gone off to do a wilderness canoe trip. There were exceptions, but they didn’t seem to break the perception. Nearly all the kayakers we met on the Wales trip, were very dismissive of us because we were in a canoe. So we had one lot doing the theme from Hawaii Five O but not acknowledging us otherwise and another enquired if we were having a nice afternoon out ‘boys’. Our Circumnavigation of Wales changed a lot of people’s opinion of the canoe."

    Continued...

  2. Interview with Ray Goodwin

    "The canoe was seen as the unskilled cousin of the sport, something you paddled if you couldn’t paddle a kayak. Most canoe articles in magazines were about kayakers that had gone off to do a wilderness canoe trip. There were exceptions, but they didn’t seem to break the perception. Nearly all the kayakers we met on the Wales trip, were very dismissive of us because we were in a canoe. So we had one lot doing the theme from Hawaii Five O but not acknowledging us otherwise and another enquired if we were having a nice afternoon out ‘boys’. Our Circumnavigation of Wales changed a lot of people’s opinion of the canoe."

    Continued...

  3. Ray Bloodvein 2008

    My partner Lina was coming along as well, her first Canada trip. As soon as she realised we were starting with a floatplane ride her excitement grew yet more. Whenever the trip was mentioned to others she started on about the plane, I began to wonder if she was that interested in the paddling [...] Continued...

  4. Ray Bloodvein 2008

    My partner Lina was coming along as well, her first Canada trip. As soon as she realised we were starting with a floatplane ride her excitement grew yet more. Whenever the trip was mentioned to others she started on about the plane, I began to wonder if she was that interested in the paddling [...] Continued...

  5. Assynt - A Scottish canoe journey from Wilderness Canoe on Vimeo.

    Summary:

    • 4 days or thereabouts
    • 32 - 39 km in total
    • 2x Otters
    • 0x people, other than the three of us
    • Bit of walking required
    • Bit of canoe dragging required
    • 1x Bottle of Jura 'Superstition'
    • 1x Bottle of Monkey Shoulder
    • 1x Bottle of Glenfiddich
    • Numerous Curries
    • Steamed Puddings
    • Custard

    Continued...

  6. Assynt - A Scottish canoe journey from Wilderness Canoe on Vimeo.

    Summary:

    • 4 days or thereabouts
    • 32 - 39 km in total
    • 2x Otters
    • 0x people, other than the three of us
    • Bit of walking required
    • Bit of canoe dragging required
    • 1x Bottle of Jura 'Superstition'
    • 1x Bottle of Monkey Shoulder
    • 1x Bottle of Glenfiddich
    • Numerous Curries
    • Steamed Puddings
    • Custard

    Continued...

  7. Successful entry into the attainment on the far side of the river depends upon your tactical approach to the exit from the original eddy. To begin with forward speed needs to be generated in the eddy with good power generation and transfer. This could only offer you the oportunity for one power stroke!  By carrying this speed across the eddy-line with some stern-heavy trim to maintain directional stability (keeping a straighter line), the boat moves into the flow with more of a ferry-glide angle. This is so positioning across to the other side of the river can be begun early in the sequence.

    Continued...

  8. Successful entry into the attainment on the far side of the river depends upon your tactical approach to the exit from the original eddy. To begin with forward speed needs to be generated in the eddy with good power generation and transfer. This could only offer you the oportunity for one power stroke!  By carrying this speed across the eddy-line with some stern-heavy trim to maintain directional stability (keeping a straighter line), the boat moves into the flow with more of a ferry-glide angle. This is so positioning across to the other side of the river can be begun early in the sequence.

    Continued...

  9. Attentional Focus
    We had a great time in Scotland recently on the OC1 Creeking Course and I was reviewing the pictures today with the intention of posting a Blog. It occurred to me that some of the pictures showed an aspect of paddling we often ignore the importance of: psychological skills. As skills they are learned and take time to develop, so require some deliberate practice.

    Continued...

  10. Attentional Focus
    We had a great time in Scotland recently on the OC1 Creeking Course and I was reviewing the pictures today with the intention of posting a Blog. It occurred to me that some of the pictures showed an aspect of paddling we often ignore the importance of: psychological skills. As skills they are learned and take time to develop, so require some deliberate practice.

    Continued...

  11. Ray Goodwin's Mallaig Trip of 1991

    Fired up by Bill Mason's books and as much else I could get my hands on I was ready for some advanced expeditioning but I didn't have the money for a Canada trip. A chance meeting with Stuart Bell had freed my mind from the negative comments of other paddlers who thought my idea of portaging was bonkers (perhaps correctly). Stuart had done several crossing of the the Highlands including the first over the Rannoch Moor having started in Moidart.

    Continued...

  12. Ray Goodwin's Mallaig Trip of 1991

    Fired up by Bill Mason's books and as much else I could get my hands on I was ready for some advanced expeditioning but I didn't have the money for a Canada trip. A chance meeting with Stuart Bell had freed my mind from the negative comments of other paddlers who thought my idea of portaging was bonkers (perhaps correctly). Stuart had done several crossing of the the Highlands including the first over the Rannoch Moor having started in Moidart.

    Continued...

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