Oct 6 | A Tiny Home for Big Adventures

by Sarah Mcnair-Landry

As seen on HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry decided a tiny house was the one thing that would take their adventure lifestyle from comfortable to luxury. As long-time NRS Ambassadors, we couldn’t have been more willing to help these two with funding and material. The more expeditions they embark on, the more rugged, real-time testing our gear undergoes. Sarah took NRS behind the scenes, from the planning, sketching and construction to the finale: a look inside their completed tiny home.

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Sep 29 | Wild Streak: Women-Powered Adventure

by Krista Langlois

krista_langlois_headshotWild Streak encompasses six women with two goals: make time in their lives to embark on empowering adventures and raise funds to give underserved teenage girls the same opportunities. Their first adventure finds them in canoes paddling the Upper Stikine and Spatsizi Rivers in northern British Columbia.

Last fall, a few friends and I decided to plan an all-women’s canoe trip somewhere in the north. We assembled a team of six strong-armed, quick-witted ladies who were able to put aside jobs and mortgages and marriages for nearly a month. We spent the winter pouring over maps of Canada and Alaska. Eventually, we chose two rivers: the great, silty Upper Stikine and its meandering tributary, the Spatsizi. Together the rivers flow 218 kilometers through a remote region of northern British Columbia known variously as the Serengeti of the North, for its abundance of large wildlife, and as Klabona, the Sacred Headwaters. It’s here that three of the greatest salmon-bearing rivers of North America—the Skeena, the Stikine and the Nass—are born from a raw topography of forest, mountains and swamp.

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Sep 25 | Crushing it in Turquoise

by Emerald LaFortune

Emerald-LaFortuneFrom rigging and de-rigging, to leading side-hikes at camp, to throwing a line at a fish or two, Emerald LaFortune put the Crush through the ringer. In her typical candid fashion, she offers her full opinion of this river-to-pub shoe.

The Crush shoe arrived on my doorstep this spring and happened to be the best shade of bright blue. I put them on and they make my pasty, Montana-white legs look almost like summer. Along with the NRS H2Core Lightweight pants, I can literally be one turquoise blob from head to toe. Having no fashion sense, this is my go-to move. Now my shoes match my nose piercing! Perfect.

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Sep 18 | Falling for the Freestone Drifter

by Emerald LaFortune

Emerald-LaFortuneEmerald LaFortune hauled off one of our Freestone Drifters to see how it handled weeks of fishing and debauchery. From flatwater to whitewater, gearless day trips to fully loaded multi-days, Emerald offers her most candid opinions on the drifter’s performance.

Let’s just say what everyone is thinking: an inflatable drift boat just looks weird. I mean, what is that boat anyway? A mutilated SUP board? A boxy raft? The strange redheaded-stepchild of a fiberglass drift boat?

I’ll explain it this way: if the Freestone Drifter is a fisherman, it’s that guy who shows up to the boat ramp in a Carharrt jacket and ditch boots. He isn’t flashing you a Headhunters trucker hat and only has one (ONE!) fly rod. The rest of the fishermen roll their eyes and go back to stringing their four Sage rods and clipping into their fancy waders. Behind the boat ramp, the Freestone-Drifter-ditch-boot man rips a twenty-inch brown out of the eddy on his thirteen-year-old Le Croix his dad gave him. The Freestone Drifter sure as hell isn’t a dory, a driftboat, or even a raft. It’s a big gray gaper-mobile. But, in certain situations, the Freestone out performs all three of its traditional stepsiblings.

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Sep 11 | Gauley Fest: The Rowdiest Weekend in Summersville, WV

by Jean

Jean HeadshotThe inaugural Gauley Festival celebrated the derailment of a proposed hydro-electric project. Today, the festival brings to mind images of carnage and rowdy boaters. NRS Field Rep, Jean Slade, checks in from her van down by the river with these pro tips to maximize your Gauley Fest experience this fall.

The Gauley River is a 105-mile river in West Virginia that merges with the New River. It’s one of the most popular whitewater runs on the East Coast. The Gauley can be run year around, but the flows fluctuate depending on rainfall and the water level of Summersville Lake, a reservoir formed by the Summersville Dam. However, in late summer, early fall, a set of scheduled dam releases creates Gauley Season. At the start of Gauley Season, paddlers around the country flock to West Virginia, throw tents on a baseball diamond and celebrate Gauley Fest.

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Sep 9 | Best of #DrawnToWater

by Ashley Peel

In 2015 we wanted to feature the good, the bad, the ugly and the hilarious (mis)adventures of the river guide’s lifestyle. We weren’t sure we could create a campaign that inspired us quite as much as #Guidevibes, but (we think) we pulled it off.

For over forty years NRS has been drawn to all types of water. From rivers and lakes, to oceans and streams, man-made and natural we’ve found ourselves recreating, relaxing, making new friends and reuniting with old ones, mastering new skills and teaching old ones, working hard and hardly working in the waters around the world. We’ve even managed to make a few pay checks because of water.

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