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  1. eckilson

    Phoenix Speed

    I have a whitegold Wildfire that is pretty comparable to your Phoenix (6" shorter, 1" wider at the gunwales and waterline). I can paddle it fast for short bursts, but I don't think of it a a particularly fast boat. I never paddle it with a double blade, or even a bent shaft, so maybe that is...
  2. eckilson

    Photo of the day

    A nice summer night at Tville (Farmington River, CT). This was last night. With all the rain, Tville is still running great - unusual for the middle of July.
  3. eckilson

    Does anyone have experience paddling a Bell Prodigy?

    I have seen a few Prodigies over the years. Little longer than and Ocoee, little wider than an Outrage, but pretty typical for a 12’ boat. As popular as Bell was with touring boats, they never really competed with Dagger or Mad River in whitewater boats. They did pick up some Dagger designs when...
  4. eckilson

    One last chance

    I'm a relative youngster (turned 64 yesterday), but I do have some friends that are in their mid-70's. Paddle days are a little shorter, and we avoid long portages, but I still do my best to drag them out, and maybe carry a little more of the load than I might have otherwise. Hopefully in 10 or...
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    Anyone else cook with a Big Daddy skillet?

    When I started I always cooked on a Coleman two-burner with a stand. Up off the ground just like cooking at home, and the pots and pans stay pristine - none of that black soot on everything. That's not the way my current crew does it - everything is on the fire. I am becoming a convert. Takes a...
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    Anyone else cook with a Big Daddy skillet?

    The guy doing the cooking is a competition BBQ cook and judge. He know's how to cook over a fire. This was dinner the night before - campfire paella. Not in a Bid Daddy pan, but about the same size. Life is good when you travel with him...
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    Anyone else cook with a Big Daddy skillet?

    This is the 20". It is nice to cook everything in one pan. You can set up different heat zones depending on where you position the pan on the fire. It would be nice to have the lid - on this trip the eggs would have set up faster. I didn't realize that Lisa DeHart did a video on it.
  8. eckilson

    Anyone else cook with a Big Daddy skillet?

    A friend has been bringing one on trips, and I am becoming a convert. Doesn't take up to much room, will cook a ton of food, and is easy to clean. Here was breakfast yesterday - a dozen eggs, home fries and bacon. I'm not big on runny eggs, so I had him flip mine - tasted great. This was...
  9. eckilson

    Summer swims are kind of nice

    He sure did - calm and cool - went through like a pro.
  10. eckilson

    Summer swims are kind of nice

    I had my third swim of the year yesterday at the Bradford Fish Weirs on the Pawcatuck River in RI. At least around here, fish weirs have become a popular alternative to dam removal at sites where there is a desire to keep the wetland behind the dam, or where the cost of removing pollution from...
  11. eckilson

    Greetings, and a Bell layup question.

    Congrats. I have the whitegold version - red like in the picture above. I had it out yesterday. Its a great boat.
  12. eckilson

    Can't do this in a tripping boat

    I'll be honest - I haven't tried in years - this was the result of my last attempt - lasted about 10 seconds and over I went... There are plenty other places to surf on that run that are less likely to put me on the water. ;)
  13. eckilson

    Can't do this in a tripping boat

    He is kneeling on a pedestal - probably about 6" tall. He was pretty amazing to watch.
  14. eckilson

    Can't do this in a tripping boat

    One of the local AMC chapters does Thursday night runs on the Tville section of the Farmington River. I finally made it to a run last night. Tville is a short run with lots of play spots, but the best known in the main play hole. I've seen plenty of kayakers play boating in that hole, but this...
  15. eckilson

    Open Boats at Zoar Gap

    Mine is a regular Outrage, not an XL. I am 240 lbs, and back in the day people would have said that I am too big for an Outrage. Now people bigger than me are paddling 8' boats. I do have to be really careful to lean going into turns or the boat will come out from under me. Not sure if that is...
  16. eckilson

    Open Boats at Zoar Gap

    Could be that the current generation in interested in running continuous stuff where a pump is helpful, if not essential. There are times when I wish I had a pump, but I don't run a lot of continuous stuff where I can't get to shore or where a swim would be dangerous.
  17. eckilson

    Open Boats at Zoar Gap

    Nope - I don't have a pump. I've thought about it, but never pulled the trigger. For most of the stuff that I do it is easy to get to shore to empty the boat. Also a nice excuse to get out and stretch. For that run I don't need one - I got to the bottom dry (very unlike me). Not like the second...
  18. eckilson

    Open Boats at Zoar Gap

    Don’t know how many of you folks are in the northeast, but if you are you have probably been to a dam release on the Deerfield River. You can do the big stuff on the Dryway, or easier stuff below the Fife Brook Dam. We went Saturday and did the run from the Fife Brook Dam down to the Shunpike...
  19. eckilson

    whitewater chain of command

    Hadn't really thought about the stern initiating the carving arc untill I watched this: Still think bow leads and stern follows. With a good bow paddler the stern can tell which way they need to go and initiate the carve.
  20. eckilson

    Back with the kayakers - Pemi in Woodstock

    I was back with the kayakers yesterday for a run on the Pemi in Woodstock, NH. The Pemigewasset arises in the White Mountains near Franconia Notch and flows south for 65-miles to Franklin where it joins the Winnipesaukee River to form the Merrimack River. There are several sections of the Pemi...
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