NRS Trip Tales Archive


"Why Do I Keep Boating?"– It's a hassle getting ready for a trip and a pain in the butt cleaning up after one. After 35+ years of doing this to myself, there's gotta be something else there.

"When Did Inflatable Boating Begin in the West?"– In the 1840s a forward thinking explorer was using an inflatable raft.
(June 2012 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Mexico Boating Adventures, Part III: Read and Run"– Mexico has an amazing number of great seldom run multiday trips.
(May 2012 Vol 4 Newsletter)

"Mexico Boating Adventures: Part II, Ten Lessons"– Lessons learned while running uncharted wilderness rivers.
(May 2012 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Mexico Boating Adventures: Part I"– A second descent of a great Mexican multiday river.
(May 2012 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Tale of Two Trips, Part 2 - Four for Heller!"– Clyde puts a motor on Lady Godiva and gest ready to shove off solo.
(November 2011 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Tale of Two Trips, Part 1 - It's a Family Affair"–An August float trip on Idaho's Main Salmon River.
(September 2011 Vol 5 Newsletter)

"Ripples of Wisdom - The Final Leg"–Women boaters kayaking the length of the Mississippi.
(October 2011 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Water * Women * Wisdom - A Voyage of Discovery" - A women's group trip down the Mississippi River.
(August 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Big Water Bruneau"–High water chaos on a desert river.
(May 2011 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Hey, Let's Go Boating In January!"–New NRS fishing and cataraft frame improvements.
(March 2011 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Middle Fork Carnage in Impassable Canyon"–A gripping tale of whitewater adventure, Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho.
(February 2011 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Inside Passage"–Kayaking the West Coast Inside Passage.
(January 2011 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Rocktoberfest"–Fun fall trip in Hells Canyon.
(November 2010 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"The Selway River Rocks!"–Story of a thrill-filled Selway River trip.
(October 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Middle Fork Mayhem"–High water excitement on Idaho's Middle Fork.
(August 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Flood Waters, Wild Animals and a Flight"–High water Salmon River, plus other dangers.
(August 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Seeing of the Thing"–Directions for viewing amazing 360-degree panoramas of the Grand Canyon.
(July 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"River Runnin', Relaxin' and Ramen"–Friends' final trip down Hells Canyon.
(July 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"2010 Best in the West Kayak Competition"–Team NRS members score big at competition.
(June 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Solo Traverse of Woodland Caribou Week Five"–Conclusion of a five week solo canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness.
(June 2010 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Solo Traverse of Woodland Caribou Week Four"–Fourth week of a solo canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness.
(June 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Solo Traverse of Woodland Caribou Week Three"–Third week of a solo canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness
(June 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Solo Traverse of Woodland Caribou Week Two"–Second week of a solo canoe trip through the Canadian wilderness.
(May 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Solo Traverse of Woodland Caribou Week One"–Start of a five-week solo canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness.
(May 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Grand Canyon GigaView"–A Virtual Tour of Americ''s Premier River Trip.
(April 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"PROOF"
(April 2010 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Raised On the River"–NRS Ambassador Team Member, 12-year old Alec Voorhees, describes what it's been like to be raised in a kayaking family.
(March 2010 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Let's Be Frank About This"–A Great Horned Owl adopts an NRS family.
(January 2010 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"What Are You Thankful For? Or, Boating With the Turkey(s)"–Thanksgiving weekend boating in northern Idaho.
(December 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"The Shuttle Run From Hell"–A late season Rogue River trip has an exciting ending.
(December 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Perils of Powell Part 2"–Ray Zvirbulis writes about a multiday touring kayak trip on Arizona's Lake Powell.
(November 2009 Vol 4 Newsletter)

"Perils of Powell"–Ray Zvirbulis writes about a multiday touring kayak trip on Arizona's Lake Powell.
(November 2009 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"A Day of Action"–NRS and local boaters put on a 350.org event.
(November 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Gig, GigBobbing Along"–Taking a trip on the Salmon River in the NRS GigBob.
(September 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Backcountry GigBob"–Luc goes fishing for Muskie on a GigBob.
(September 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"2009 World Surf Kayak Championships"–Team NRS Member, Devon Barker, reports on the Worlds, in Portugal.
(August 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Wet Rock Rendezvous"–NRS boaters float the Lower Owyhee River in Oregon.
(June 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"2008 NRS Boatin' Tales, Part 2"–More tales of the boating NRS folks did in 2008
(June 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"GigBob on the Middle Fork"– The NRS GigBob fishing craft on a six-day Middle Fork of the Salmon trip.
(May 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"2008 NRS Boatin' Tales"– NRS folks boating tales from 2008.
(April 2009 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"March Madness Redux"- Winter boating in Idaho
(March 2009 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Boatin' and Musin'"- NRS CSR, Gabe Hinkley, riffing about spring boating and gear.
(March 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey - Days 43 - 44"- Ray fulfills his dream: ending his journey where the river empties into the Bering Sea.
(January 2009 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 41 - 43"- Tales of shortcuts and great hospitality.
(January 2009 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 39 - 41"- Ray meets us with old friends and makes new ones.
(November 2008 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 35 - 39"- Refuge from the storm and friendly Alaskans.
(October 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 30 - 34"- Ray and Kenneth sample village life in rural Alaska.
(October 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 28 & 29"- Easy paddling and infamous Alaska mosquitoes.
(September 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey - Days 26 - 28"- Humiliated by grebes and other adventures.
(August 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 23-26"- Ray and Kenneth do some hard paddling and enjoy Alaskan hospitality.
(July 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 21-22"- Ray Zvirbulis is working his way through the Yukon Flats.
(June 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 18 & 20"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(June 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 15 & 17"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(April 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days 13 & 14"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(March 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days Ten - Thirteen"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(February 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Epic Yukon River Journey: Days Eight & Nine"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(January 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Yukon River-Day Six & Seven"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(November 2007 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Yukon River-Day Five"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(October 2007 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Yukon River-Days Three & Four"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(October 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Yukon River-Days Two & Three"- Yukon River, Yukon Territory
(June 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Skagway to Atlin Lake"- Yukon River, British Columbia
(Feb 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Journey Begins"- Yukon River
(Nov 2006 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"The Yukon Awaits"- Yukon River
(Jul 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Descent Into Madness - The Podcast"- Link to a podcast of a story by Epicocity Project paddlers in Papua New Guinea.
(December 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Water Trails and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail"- The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the longest in the NE United States.
(October 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"On a Strap(s) and a Prayer"- Boater ties his trailer back together with NRS straps, and saves his trip.
(September 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Kayaking, College and Hockey: Maintaining a Balance"- Ben Guska, Team NRS, talks about balancing his kayaking with the other things in his life.
(August 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"On My Way to the Worlds!"- Devon Barker, Team NRS, goes to the World Freestyle Kayaking competition.
(August 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Running the River Both Ways"- NRS boaters and friends take a high water trip on the Salmon River.
(August 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Five Days on the Smith River"- Some NRS folks float the unique Smith River, in Montana.
(August 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Start of Things"- Announcing the start of an Arctic kayaking expedition.
(July 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Boaters Love PBR!"- Gabe goes to the Payette/Boise River Festival, with his C-1.
(June 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Women's Sands of Time"- Team NRS member, Devon Barker, writes about an all-women boating trip.
(June 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Cold Days in Hells - Part 2, Alone With the River"- The second half of a Snake River Hells Canyon raft trip.
(May 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Cold Days in Hells"- Late winter boating trip on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
(May 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Grand Canyon at 41,000 cfs"- Tales from boaters during the 2008 high water release.
(April 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Team NRS in China"- Team NRS members in China to highlight threatened river systems.
(March 2008 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Water*Women*Wisdom Finish the Second Leg"- Post-trip report on Mississippi River paddle.
(February 2008 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Two River Bag Boogie"- Boating two different rivers, Snake and Salmon, on the same trip.
(December 2007 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Water, Sea Lions & the Joys of Chocolate"- A kayaker takes a trip to the legendary Skookumchuck Narrows.
(December 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"First Overnight"- A touring kayak paddle into Idaho backcountry.
(November 2007 Vol 3 Newsletter)

"Bees, Whining and Whitewater"- Summer adventure on the Lower Salmon River
(November 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Hood Canal Memories" - In prose and poetry, a paddler recounts experiences on Hood Canal.
(September 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Part 2 - Off the Middle Fork & onto the Main Salmon." - Off the Middle Fork and onto the Main Salmon.
(August 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Plan B - An Epic Journey, Part 1" - Story of a Spring Middle Fork/Main Salmon Trip
(July 2007 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"A Lifetime of Boating & A Day on Chatcolet"- Lake Chatcolet, Idaho
(July 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"And This is Where It All Begins"- Delaware River, Pennsylvania
(April 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Never BBQ A Beer"
(Mar 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Crossing the Ungava"- Ungava Bay, Canada
(Feb 2007 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Northern Ungava Canoe Expedition Announced"- Little Whale River, Quebec
(May 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"‘Twas Just Right Before New Years"- Potlach River, Idaho
(Jan 2007 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Warm Springs"- Yampa River, Colorado
(Nov 2006 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Longest 45 Minutes"- Colorado River, Arizona
(JuL 2006 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Leave Only Pawprints"- Main Salmon River, Idaho
(Jun 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"South, Way South"- Peru
(April 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Boating of a Different Sort"- Caribbean Sea
(April 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Me and My Cave Clan"- Idaho Backcountry
(April 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Freeze and Thaw Wilderness Walk"- Stanley Hot Springs, Idaho
(April 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Seguin Island"- Seguin Island, Maine
(April 2006 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Rafting 101"- Lower Salmon River, Idaho
(March 2006 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Creekin'in BC Part II"- British Columbia
(January 2006 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Creekin'in BC Part I"- British Columbia
(December 2005 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Devon Takes World's"- World Surf Kayaking Championships , Costa Rica
(December 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"The Spit Test"- Salmon River , Idaho
(December 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival"- Upper Clackamas , OR
(November 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Experienced Boater in a New Sport"- Wallowa Lake, OR
(October 2005 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"First Raft"- Idaho Boating
(September 2005 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Floating Fathers Part II"- Selway River, ID
(June 2005 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Floating Fathers"- Selway River, ID
(June 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Gifts of the Potlatch"- Moscow, ID
(May 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Urban Paddling"- Seattle, WA
(April 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Gauleyfest"- Summersville, WV
(February 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Fall Sea Kayak Training Trip"- Lake Coeur d’Alene, ID
(January 2005 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"Main Salmon Memories 2004"- Main Salmon, ID
(January 2005 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"Valuable Lesson"- Selway River, ID
(December 2004 Vol 1 Newsletter)

"A Trip Through Time"- Grand Canyon
(November 2004 Vol 2 Newsletter)

"The Lure of the Lochsa"- Lochsa River, ID
(November 2004 Vol 1 Newsletter)