Team Z Blog

Punch Brook Slalom

April 6, 2014 by Janet Burnett Cowie (comments: 1)

tl_files/zoar/images/blog/Team Z/jim/kayak 12/summer 13/kracer.jpgIf I had to describe slalom, I would say that it is the more refined side of whitewater. Even at a small event such as this, people still arrived with their polished glass boats, and it’s a very different atmosphere and paddling style when compared to river running or play boating. As described by one of the paddlers there, you have to go where the gates are, and use the river to help you get there.

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Spring Training

April 3, 2014 by Janet Burnett Cowie (comments: 0)

tl_files/zoar/images/blog/Team Z/jim/kayak 12/summer 13/kat g.jpgThis weekend was my (Katelyn Green) first experience at a Zoar Staff training. Going into it I was a little nervous and even a little intimidated because I wasn’t sure what to expect my first time.

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A long winter in VT!

April 3, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

tl_files/zoar/images/blog/Team Z/elaine/winter/IMG_0245.jpgThe new year started off pretty good with a bunch of rain and we got to go kayaking for a few days.  Then winter fully kicked into gear with ridiculously cold weather and snow.  Jeff and I spent our time going to pool sessions, xc skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.  I worked another season at Timber Creek Cross and Jeff worked his regular job and played music at a few different places in the area.  

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Staff Training At Zoar Outdoor

March 31, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

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.

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A little STOKE for your Tuesday

March 25, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

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.

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Creeking Equipment Part II

March 21, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

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.

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Creeking Equipment

March 16, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

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.

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Spring Prep

March 6, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

Ben Natusch on Pelhem Brook

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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February Boating

March 1, 2014 by Janet Burnett Cowie (comments: 0)

Last weekend I headed to Tariffville Gorge to do some paddling with my friends David Silk and Keith Warner. Tville, as it’s known, is a great place to paddle and play and also the site of the Triple Crown every year. This time however, was likely the coldest day I’ve ever been paddling.

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The Winter of a Kayak Instructor

February 28, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

The last few months have been pretty exciting for me.  While I haven’t been boating, I’ve been having plenty of adventures.  With all the recent snow storms, I’ve been pretty focused on skiing.  I’ve had a bunch of fun days skiing at the resorts but this year I have been far more excited by the backcountry potential found in the northeast.

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