300 days left until Canoecopia!     March 13 - 15
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports


  Cliff Jacobson


Cliff Jacobson is one of North America's most respected outdoors writers and wilderness guides. He is a professional canoe guide and outfitter, a wilderness canoeing and camping consultant and the author of over a dozen top-selling books on camping and canoeing. His video, "The Forgotten Skills," details the most important campcraft procedures. His flagship book, The 30th Anniversary Edition, "Canoeing Wild Rivers," is considered to be the most authoritative source for paddling wilderness rivers. His teen book, "Justing Cody's Race to Survival," mixes a fictional wilderness survival tale with practical outdoor tips—a first for books of this type. Cliff's methods are proven by the sweat of pack and paddle and are reminiscent of the days when skills were more important than things. A retired environmental science teacher (34 years!), Cliff is respected by educators for his backcountry ethics, water quality, and wilderness navigation curricula. "The Wilderness Meal," an outdoor ethics unit he wrote for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is among the most successful environmental education activities of all time. You'll find a copy in his book, "Boundary Waters Canoeing With Style." Cliff is a distinguished Eagle Scout, a recipient of the American Canoe Association's prestigious Legends of Paddling Award, and a member of the ACA Hall of Fame.


 Canoeing Secrets
Live Q&A Only - Fri 1:00pm-2:00pm 

The focus is on how to "tune" a canoe for casual and wilderness travel. Learn how to install "blind" lining holes at cutwater, choose and safely store tracking lines, install knee-pads and footbraces, shock-cord decks and thwarts, correct the seat height, re-position thwarts to make more space for gear, select straight and bent-shaft paddles, correctly fit a life jacket and portage yoke, make and safely use spray covers, and pack the canoe efficiently for a wilderness trip. Canoe repair materials you need and how to use them is also included. Also, obscure but important things you need to know when planning trips.

 Canoeing Wild Rivers
Live Q&A Only - Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm 

Loosely based on Cliff's flagship book, "Canoeing Wild Rivers" (Falcon Guides, 2015; formerly titled "Expedition Canoeing"), this fast-paced presentation focuses on canoeing remote northern rivers, and remote but easy north American rivers that are suitable for those with limited paddling skills. Tips and tricks and lots of laughs are the rule at Cliff's seminars. There's practical advice for every outing, whether it's close to home or off the beaten path.

 Live Q&A with Cliff Jacobson
Live - Sun 11:00am-12:00pm 

Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports