With spring approaching and thoughts starting to switch to paddling, it becomes time to think about the summer at Zoar Outdoor. Every year during the last weekend in March, the majority of Zoar Outdoor’s staff returns to the area for Returning Staff Training. Each year, this weekend is an opportunity for staff to reconnect, shake off the rust, get some time on the water and hopefully learn some new tricks and skills.
With a little bit of rain recently and the snow rapidly starting to melt, spring is right around the corner and stoke levels are high. My TV has slowly been making the transition from showing skiers and boarders ripping through big powder fields and tight gullies to paddlers dropping waterfalls, playing on classic spring big water playspots and bouncing down technical creeks.
In my last post I reviewed some of the gear that I choose to keep me safe on the creeks and to make my day more enjoyable. That post focused on the five essentials; boats, paddle, helmet, skirt and pfd. In this post, I’ll look at some of the other gear that I use for rescues, to keep myself warm, and to protect my elbows from impacts.
Everyone has a few favorite pieces of gear that they trust to keep them safe or to make the day more enjoyable. When paddling technical creeks that are close to your ability level it is important to use gear that you can trust. Here are the boats, paddle, skirt, helmet and PFD that I trust to keep me safe on the creeks and to help maximize the fun level.
With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting back in a boat. Often the first whitewater we paddle each season is some of the hardest. Whether we are out at playspots during high spring runoff or paddling some of the steep creeks that are only runable for a few weeks a year, it will likely be some of the most challenging and the most exciting paddling of the year. It is important to be ready so that we can make the most of these few weeks.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.