What better way to safely enjoy summer than to get out on Lake Champlain? Two Vermont authors and Black Dome Press have just released an updated and expanded guide to paddling on the lake called “A Kayakers Guide to Lake Champlain.” Art Cohn, former long-time director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, calls the book “one of the best all-round, multi-faceted orientations to the lake that I have ever read.”
This new edition provides expanded information about the history, geology, people, and ecology of our treasured body of water, including overviews of the Abenaki and...
On Wednesday last week I went kayaking with a friend on Lake Dunmore. I had a freak accident. I fainted and passed out in the water and almost drowned. Thank god a kind man in his boat with two younger men took me aboard despite COVID-19 and boated me to shore. Then an elderly couple at the house at shore kindly offered towels and a ride despite COVID-19.
My life-saving friend jumped in what must have been very cold water risking hypothermia to save me. I used to be a lifeguard and swimmer so I rarely think drowning would be a threat to my life. Thank god I put that life jacket on. I’m...
PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical
roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont
Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12.
Independent photo/Abagael Giles
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll.
Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water.
On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...