2014 was a pretty different year for me. I moved on from the seasonal lifestyle and stepped down as an Assistant Instruction Manager at Zoar Outdoor to take a full time position at NEMO Equipment... I also became an ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, AT Paddles, and Bomber Gear this year. I have been using AT Paddles almost exclusively for many years and I couldn’t be happier with the Mamba Creeker and the Jitsu. I really like what these companies are doing and I am really excited to be representing them in a professional capacity...
The dawn patrol is an attempt to paddle on days when you don’t really have time. The day starts with a really early morning, well before sunrise. After drinking a little too much coffee and possibly a Redbull and/or Mountain Dew, you drive to the river with the goal of having shuttle set and being fully geared up before sunrise. Then as soon as it is light enough to paddle, you put on and get in some boating. After boating, you head back to reality and start the day.
When we arrived, Tyler and I met up with Steve, Dave, Jeff, and a few other friends and headed down to scout. I think Steve really summed it up, saying it looks like someone photo shopped some water into the forest. There was so much water flowing through the trees that we had a hard time telling where the river bed actually was.
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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.