It has been a pretty exciting season for me. I had the opportunity to work with Katelyn, who was interning at Zoar and watch her develop as a paddler and as an instructor. It was really exciting to watch her challenge herself and step up her boating in a big way.
The Deerfield River is probably the most paddled river in New England due to its regular schedule of whitewater releases from Fife Brook dam and from #5 dam (the Monroe Bridge Dryway), but did you know that the Fife Brook section runs almost every day of the year?
I've been paddling the Mobius 49 since the end of April. I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like the boat because I was still having a great time paddling my ProjectX 48 and really liked mostly everything about it. After Team Trials Jeff and I headed to upstate NY to test it out at Hole Brothers which was around 3,000 cfs.
This past weekend was my first time attending the annual West River release. My mom and left early in the morning and drove up to Jamaica, Vermont, a two hour ride from CT. It was a cold, crisp fall morning and many boaters were walking around clutching warm cups of coffee or tea when we arrived.
The splitwheel is another one of my favorite tricks to do in a hole. It's a bit harder to learn than the cartwheel since you have to change direction mid trick while keeping the boat vertical. The best part is once you learn how to splitwheel you can start linking splitwheels to cartwheels, splitwheels to loops, splitwheel to splitwheel and other really fun tricks.
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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.