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The Gearboat Chronicles

Tartan Plaid VDubya Screamin’ Golf

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

My dad had the coolest golf bag when I was a kid. It was plaid. Real classy. I now own a Volkswagen Golf. It was blue. And not so classy. But I had some leftover paint. Behold. The Tartan Plaid VW Golf, sporting wings of glory on the hood. Here’s a before picture. Sort of a […]

Bestest Ever Soap For Rafting – Dr. Bronner’s

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Get yourself a little travel bottle of this biodegradable Bronner’s and tuck it away with your personal items for the river trip. Wade out in the river at camp and give this stuff a go. You’ll thank me. Or track me down and make me pay for skin grafts. A wee dab of Dr. Bronner’s […]

Best Outdated Outdoor Tips From 1970

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Found a blast from the past today at the local thrift shop with the book, ‘The Art and Science of Taking to the Woods,’ published in 1970. I figured I’d compare Winding Waters rafting trips with old-style 1970s outdoorsiness. I expected to smile condescendingly at their crappy old gear, but instead I saw this futuristic […]

Wallowa County Day Trips: Buckhorn Overlook

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Most Bang For Your Buckhorn You’ve got 24 hours in Wallowa County and are not allergic to awesome things. What to do? The most bang for your Buckhorn could be the scenic drive out through Zumwalt Prairie to the eyeball-widening canyon views of Buckhorn Overlook. Bring the Binoculars and Camera The trip to Buckhorn makes […]

River Reads Book Club: Astoria by Peter Stark

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Ever wondered who the town of John Day or the John Day River was named after? Turns out it’s the same guy. Should have given you a spoiler alert there. Sorry. Or maybe you’ve wondered while rafting through Hells Canyon on a Winding Waters trip, looking up at all those jaggedy rocks: what would it […]

Basalt and Pepper

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Sonic booms reported last weekend by residents of the Lower Wallowa Valley were just echos of me yelling Oh Yeah like the Kool-Aid man after hooking and landing steelhead. I had a few previous outings that did not go as well, so it’s good to be landing something other than sticks. So good. As a bonus, the […]

Hells Canyon On the Rocks: A Bourbon Tour

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Fine bourbon meets wilderness adventure with “Hells Canyon On the Rocks,” a whitewater rafting, fine dining and bourbon appreciation tour with Winding Waters River Expeditions and guest bourbon experts.

Split-Lip How-To Guide

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Today on Handyman Corner I’ll guide you through how to call the doctor to get your face stitched up after trying to load a truck camper. It’s steelhead season and the days are getting longer, so that means camping trips to our favorite Northeast Oregon rivers. I recently came into possession of a pretty sweet […]

Quality Control

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Off-season water sampling was conducted last weekend by myself, Gearboat Zen master Todd Kruger and his lovely wife Tammy. We skied into a remote wilderness shelter as base of operations to do inventory on snowpack that will eventually melt and trickle down to form super-fun boating times on the Snake River. This particular survey was […]

Freedom Or Whatever

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Thirty Wallowa County patriots occupied the Lostine Wildlife Area Saturday night in a show of solidarity to exercise our rights to, uhhh … get together on the weekend or something? The firepower on display was impressive. You couldn’t stand closer than about three or four feet from the bonfire. Otherwise, nobody was packing heat that […]