Into the Mystery of Squirt Boating

An underwater journey with Jim Snyder into the mysteries of squirt boating.      …from an evening with friends along the Cheat River

“Squirt boating originally evolved from slalom kayaks. Racers found that if they let the upstream hip drop into the current and slide the stern of the boat under water, they could decrease the amount of time required to make large degree turns (90+ degrees). West Virginia kayaker Phil Coleman dubbed it squirt because of the way the boats squirted forward with extra speed thanks to the trapped buoyancy of the stern and the shape of the hull and deck. It is analogous to squeezing a pumpkin seed in between your fingers and having it shoot out away from you.
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After this original maneuver was developed, a number of paddlers noticed that squirting was a lot of fun and introduced a new method of playing on the river. Squirts allowed the boats to get vertical even in flat water. The problem was that the predominant kayak designs of the 1980s were not conducive to doing squirts. Most kayaks at the time were more than 10 feet long and had a volume greater than 70 gallons (260 liters). Jess Whittemore, a kayak designer, designed the first chopped boats based on race boat designs that were intended to squirt. Then, one fairly well known paddler, boat designer, and paddle maker by the name of Jim Snyder decided to try and create a shorter boat that was designed to squirt that could also be used for running and playing on the river. The result, after many years of trial and error, was a radically low volume boat.

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Squirt boating is slowly becoming more and more popular. Because it has the best of both worlds, since certain ones are very good at doing tricks in (Underdawg, Hellbender) and others are very good at doing Mystery moves in (Shred, Kor) and some are just as good as doing both (Funk, Angst.) Also most squirt boats are very good at surfing.” ~wiki

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Climbing in Colorado

A few photos from climbing in Colorado last October (trying to get caught up on 7+ years of photos).

Tara’s first time climbing in Colorado started on the First Flat Iron (direct route 5.6R). We simul climbed most of the 1,200′, which is a great way to shave a few hours off long and easier sections of climbs. After playing around Boulder for a day we met up with friends Alex and Brittany, and simul’ed the 3rd Flat Iron in just a couple hours (which helped them break their personal speed record on the 3rd by a decent margin). On this trip, my favorite climb was the Edge of Time (5.9), up by Lily Lake near Estes Park.
Enjoy the views.
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ArtSpring in Thomas

Last weekend I finally slowed down long enough to see what all the commotion was about. We picked a good time for a first impression, as their Annual ArtSpring was in full swing when we pulled into town.

I’ve never actually stopped in Thomas before, though I’ve passed through countless times…heading to Whitegrass or Seneca Rocks mostly…

The following are my photo highlights from the day and nights’ events… Feel free to leave any comments toward the photos.

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Flat-spired three-toothed snail

Look at what Tara found beside our tent on Sunday night…the endangered Three-Toothed Snail!

The flat-spired three-toothed snail is found only in West Virginia, among Upper Connoquenessing sandstone outcroppings and boulders, in a restricted area along the rim of the Cheat River gorge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers this snail to be threatened since 1978.

Little is known about the life of this animal, but the West Virginia captive breeding program and past survey efforts have provided some information.[8]

This snail is primarily active at night (nocturnal). Optimum snail activity occur during spring and early summer, especially during cool, moist weather conditions when air temperatures are between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity greater than 85 percent.[9]

During the daytime, the species has primarily been found on the ceiling, wall, or floor of rock structures. During the night, the snails have been found equally on both rock surfaces, and on the leaf litter near rock features. The species has been observed foraging and resting under wet leaves (next to rock structure), and moving across the leaf litter to a rock feature
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