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Welcome to In the Same Boat,'s weekly column! Got a question—about trip-planning, say, or camp cooking, or reading the water of a wild river? Whatever you need to know, you've come to the right place. Tamia Nelson and Farwell Forrest have written about 500 articles for us, and chances are pretty good that you'll find an answer to your question by clicking on one of the links below.

But what if you can't find what you're looking for—or if you've found a better way? Easy. Don't keep it to yourself. Send Tamia and Farwell a heads-up. Ask them a question. Or set them straight. Either way, tell them what's on your mind. After all, whether you're a canoeist or a kayaker, a novice or an expert, when it comes right down to it, we're all in the same boat. And that's exactly where you are now: In the Same Boat. Read on!

In a hurry? Then jump right in. These links will take you straight to the topic that interests you:



Or would you rather browse? No problem! Start here…


Maps and Dreams—Trip-Planning Secrets Bend in the River


Impedimenta—Boats and Gear So Many Packs!

The Boats That Float Us

Outfitting Your Boat

Overland: Storing, Car-Topping, and Portaging

Up Close and Personal—Clothes Make the Paddler Shell Game

Camp, Sweet Camp

Image-ine That! The Eyes Have It

The Practical Paddler

The Things We Carry—The Contents of Our Personal Packs Basket Case


Different Strokes—Technique and Safety Heading Out

Starting Out

Basic Training

Safety First—Staying Out of Trouble

The Art and Science of Staying Found

Ropework for Paddlers

Secrets of a Happy Camper

A River Runs Through It

Looking Beneath the Surface—Reading Water

The Complete Boatpacker

One Foot in the Grave? Paddling With the Over-the-Hill Gang

Health and Comfort Items


Getting Around—The Arts of Backcountry Travel Room With a View

Off the Beaten Track—Travelers' Tools

Putting the “Old Woman” to Work—Harnessing the Wind

The Amphibious Paddler—Tips for No-Octane Trips

Off Season? Making It Through Winter


Alimentary, My Dear—Fuel for Paddlers

Getting Started

Thirst Is a Dangerous Thing Our Daily Bread

Everycook's Staple Foods

Starting the Day

From Soup to Nuts

Come ’n Get It!

Sweets and Treats

Other Times, Other Places

What's for Dinner?

The Portable Pantry—Food and Trip-Planning


It's Only Natural! Personal Voyages of Discovery


Air, Earth, and Water—Natural History for Paddlers

The Four Pillars

The World of Water At the Seaside

Liquid Assets—Marsh, Bog, and Swamp

Where Water Meets Rock—Of Gravity and Geology

The Restless Air

Flora and Fauna

Read All About It! Books for Nature-Lovers


No Here This! Voices From the Wild—The Silent Majority Speaks Out


Waterway Rambling—Paddling Back to the Future


Paddling through Time—The Canoe and Kayak in History


Beyond the Beauty Strip—Ethics and Environment A Tangled Web


Wheel of the Year—Reflections on Spirit and Season


Our Readers Write—Letters from Our Mailbox


Spotlight—Books and Videos for Paddlers Good Books


Trip of a Lifetime—A Novel Experience Heart of Darkness

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