Ben Aylsworth

What Is The Ultimate Sacrifice In Paddling?

WHATEVER YOU GIVE UP TO PADDLE: IT DOESN’T COME CHEAP.

Who Said That?: Mentally Unravelling on the Solo Trip

Solo canoe tripping evokes noble images of earnest trippers reaching the height of outdoor purity. We can all picture it: mountains rise on the horizon, trees flood the...

I’m Not a Rower

They will ask, “Whatcha doing this weekend?” You will answer, “Paddling.” Inevitably, they will reply, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go rafting.” It will pain you even though...

Women Paddlers Need a Venus

In the 1990s women sucked at freestyle kayaking. Why? One theory was that men are taller and stronger. For years men were happy with this state of affairs. We...

Re-Actionary: Rodeo in the Olympics?

At a real rodeo, if you can ragdoll on a bull longer than seven seconds before it kicks your head in, you’re a star. That’s pretty sad. Also sad...

Re-Actionary: Roadside Charades

There are many obstacles to paddling in Canada: variable water levels, seasonal issues (a.k.a. winter), the Prairies, and the fact that all the great rivers are in Quebec! ...

Re-Actionary: Who Let the Dogs Out?

It’s a pretty picture—the photo of the outdoorsman in the plaid shirt. He’s rugged-good-looking, in his forties, perhaps a few days’ worth of perfectly even stubble adorning his rich...

Re-Actionary: Airing Out Whitewater’s Dirty Secrets

While at my local pool, I stumbled across one of paddling’s dirtiest little secrets. As the public swim closed down, these punters came in carrying paddles,...

Re-Actionary of Fear

Fear. Whitewater paddling is full of it and we all feel it sooner or later. You can die paddling, people do. But there is fear you should have...