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PUT IN: FEBRUARY 2017 ~ #WOW! Four Women of Whitewater.

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Since my first day ever paddling back in 2003 I’ve boated with awesome ladies. On that first trip, I went rafting with Whitewater Adventurers on the Lower Yough in Ohiopyle, PA. Two of the guides were badass females, September and Zorb, and from the start I got to know that it […]

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TAKE OUT : JANUARY 2017 #DBFamily Photos from Our Admins Around the World

EDITOR’S DESK: January is a special month, because it sets the tone for a new year. We are very proud of the tone Dirt Bag Paddlers set for 2017 with the collection of #DBFamily stories we delivered to you throughout the month. We hope we’ve inspired you to get out there with your loved ones […]

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The Pure Spirit of #DBFamily ~ Paul Eckel and the River Warrior Family.

Now for a story filled with love: for the river, for a father, and for four young siblings who have experienced some very hard and some very joyous times in life- the River Warrior Family of Oregon. DBP Admin Paul Eckel and his kids Uno (Cayden), BG (Ashten), Sweet Petunia (Lexie), and Little Beast (Tristan) […]

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THE BOND OF BROTHERS ~ R2ing the NF Payette River.

EDITOR’S DESK: The bond between siblings, between brothers… Is there any relationship stronger in our human experience? It’s hard to imagine so. As we continue January’s #DBFamily issue, we thought we’d examine that relationship through the lens of theultimate two-man adventure sport: R2 or rafting with only two paddlers. And what more intense way can […]

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WHIRLPOOLS ~ A Father & Son, and Raising a River Man

Sitting here, reflecting in the aftermath of events that changed my life and that of several others, mind still spinning like whirlpools in a canyon… I am a 26th Year professional river guide and instructor, having logged over 22,000 commercial river miles, a class V guide since 1995. Known by my peers to be “over […]

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THE RIVER WILL WARM THE HEART ~ A #DBFamily Story. By Amanda & Doug Walton

EDITOR’S DESK: We have dedicated the month of January to the #DBFamily. What better way to ring in the new year than in celebration of the concept of the family in its many forms spending time together on the whitewater rivers that draw our community together, celebrating the #OneLoveOneRiver Philosophy? In that spirit, we invited […]

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PUT IN: JANUARY 2017

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Happy New Year! With the beginning of January comes a new cover, reflecting a new theme, one we hope will inspire everyone in their pursuit of whitewater in 2017 and beyond. Family has always been major to Dirt Bag Paddlers, and the hashtag #DBFamily has appeared on many of our posts […]

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REMEMBERING JAMIE PAGE ~ The Greatest Gift is Love and Friendship. by Alex Wilson & Mike Toughill.

As a person approaches the end of a year, we all tend to look back at the moments that we have enjoyed and endured. Some things are joyful, some are downright painful, and some seem at the time so tragic that they’ll never be overcome. But overcome we do, and move forward. However, not without […]

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WHITEWASHING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ~ The Subconscious Role Race Plays In Our Community

Article by Kelsey Gaffigan, photos from Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. According to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2016 report, “Caucasians had the highest participation rates and African Americans had the lowest” in outdoor recreation (Outdoor Industry Association 2016). Additionally, in a 1986 study the National Park Service reported that 58% of whites had visited a park whereas […]

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GOOD GAULEY ~ A Driftboat First Descent. by Joe Mayer

cover photo: Curtis Warner pilots his hand-made drift boat West Virginia’s Upper Gauley. Photo by Ted . EDITOR’S DESK: This article by DBP Admin and Staff Writer Joe Mayer first appeared on canoekayak.com the online arm of the veritable Canoe & Kayak Magazine, long considered a literary bastion of the paddling community and a publication […]