A Paddler’s Guide To Self-Quarantine
For most of the country, we’re now on week 4 of self-quarantining or bound to a Shelter-In-Place Mandate. Although hard for everyone, outsdoorsmen and women who are used to spending every waking minute away from work out on the trails, rivers and forests may be finding it exceptionally tough. That’s why we’ve asked our favorite kayakers, cooperatives and Team Watershed athletes for inspiration. If you’re going stir-crazy (and have already completed Netflix), read on for some ideas!
Aniol Serrasolses – Professional Whitewater Kayaker
Just really trying to keep myself busy and use this incredible amount of time in our hands to make something good.
Last few weeks have been tough for us all. I’m writing this from Futaleufu, Patagonia. I’ve been building my cabin for the last few months and I was about to leave for the season in North America when the virus came with full force. I do not have running water, WiFi, or electricity yet, but I am feeling extremely lucky to spend the quarantine in a place where I can still get outside. My days are filled with work. Fixing the road to my house, chopping wood for the winter, doing workouts with whatever means available, shoveling, fishing, making tables of fallen trees, painting the house, planning new projects and editing fresh videos. Just really trying to keep myself busy and use this incredible amount of time in our hands to make something good.
Barny Young – Part of Kayaking Trio Gradient and Water
I think the key thing to do during these times is make up a solid to-do list at the beginning and consciously focus on using this time to catch up on all those jobs you wouldn’t normally do
Ellen Wright – Kayaker/Hunter, Team Watershed
We are watching loooots of paddling videos, and organizing our gear closets
Landon Blanchard – Wyoming Rivers Cooperative
We are looking for ways to keep communities engaged around their river resources, and this “down-time” is an opportunity to encourage such things (river clean-ups are one thing we are focused on here in our hometown of Lander, WY for the Popo Agie watershed).
Rebecca Tarbox – Ski/Paddle/Climb, Team Watershed
I’m doing the forever put-off “odious watersports chores” list