Whitewater Kayaking Progression: Getting Started in Sydney

Whitewater kayaking is one of the trickier sports to get into in Australia. There is a ton of new gear to use, a bunch of weird language getting thrown around and heaps of hard to learn safety skills. One of the worst parts however is not knowing which rivers are safe for beginners and what … More Whitewater Kayaking Progression: Getting Started in Sydney

Kayaking The Franklin Part 2: The Upper Franklin

So we set off on the boisterous and bankfull Franklin, on the afternoon of day 2. The front had passed, leaving glorious sunny weather. I knew this would continue for several days as a high pressure ridge now lay over the island. Anasthesia Ravine Right from the start it was clear this water was definitely … More Kayaking The Franklin Part 2: The Upper Franklin

Kayaking The Franklin Part 4: The Return

The Gordon River The Gordon River is also extremely beautiful, and different in character again from the lower Franklin. Large and gentle, it moves slowly between hills overflowing in astonishing green forest. Despite being the official “end” of the trip, St John’s Falls is still a very, very long way from the nearest flushing toilet, … More Kayaking The Franklin Part 4: The Return

Should I Huck That?

One of the things I get asked a lot by new paddlers is how to make decisions about what to paddle and what to walk. It’s actually a process I’ve thought a lot about and always try to get better at. My rough process is outlined below. It works well for snowboarding as well and … More Should I Huck That?