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Dear Reader, I admire your bravery. You’ve opened the pages of a rather dubious looking publication. This is an act of courage, and the first step to becoming a great dirtbag. Good for you! You see, being a dirtbag really isn’t that bad. We’re economically conscious. We’re focused. We love what we do, so we do what we love. And we don’t let things like careers, houses, or appreciation of high quality food get in the way of that. Give us some gas money, a spacious van, and a package of hot dogs and we’ll head to the river without a glance back. This mag showcases us dirtbags and our talent in our natural habitat. I hope you enjoy! - Eric Adsit, Chief Dirtbag

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The Magazine By Dirtbags


Editor in Chief Eric Adsit

Cover Photo Danny Siger

Cover Design Dave Gardner

Photos Scott Martin Mark Zakutansky Erik Debbink Brian Murphy Angela Baldo

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Tips for Successful Dirtbagging By Eric Adsit

Let’s Face It… There’s always room for improvement. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re maximizing your Dirtbag experience 1. Make lots of non-dirtbag friends. These people are easy to spot. Look for people cleanshaven and driving nice cars with out of state license plates. This usually indicates a nice house in a region that you probably haven’t paddled in yet. 2. Bring a tarp. They’re really useful, just use your imagination. And yes, those blanket forts you built when you were 5 are still cool. &

3. Invest in good sleeping gear. Less sleep means less performance, and if you have to start your car, you’re just using extra gas that could be spent driving to new rivers. &

4. Avoid romantic partners. They’re usually expensive and take time away from paddling (unless they’re a fellow dirtbag). &


5. Maximize time on the river. The more time you spend in your boat, the less time you have to realize you’re a dirtbag. 6. Film Everything. Everyone knows the pros aren’t actually that good, they just have tons of footie to choose from. Plus carnage is always fun to watch. 7. Pick a place with consistent whitewater. Gas is expensive, and so is a big carbon footprint. Keep it local, or at least in the same drainage when traveling.


Kayak Addiction Screening Test 1. How often do you go Kayaking? (Score) Never (0) Monthly or less (1) Two to four times a month (2) Two to three times a week (3) Four or more times a week (4) 2. How many miles do you go Kayaking on a typical day? 1 or 2 (0) 3 or 4 (1) 5 or 6 (2) 7 to 9 (3) 10 or more (4) 3. How often do you make more than one lap on the same section of river while Kayaking? Never (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4) 4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop driving to the put-in once you had started? Never (0) (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4) 5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of Kayaking? Never (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4)

6. How often during the last year have you needed to go kayaking in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy Kayaking session? Never (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4) 7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after Kayaking? Never (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4) 8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the day before because you had been Kayaking? Never (0) Less than monthly (1) Monthly (2) Weekly (3) Daily or almost daily (4) 9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your Kayaking? No (0) Yes, but not in the last year (2) Yes, during the last year (4) 10. Has a relative or friend, or a doctor or other health worker been concerned about your kayaking, or suggested you cut down? No (0) Yes, but not in the last year (2)

A score of 8+ on the KAST generally indicates harmful or hazardous Kayaking





12 Steps Towards Recovery Step 1 Admit that we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives have become unmanageable Recognition is the first step in the healing process Step2 Learn to ignore all distractions Ignore the rain outside it will soon pass. Step 3 Learn to forgive any enemies that you may have come in contact with in the past. This includes that time the dumb raft guide rammed you off that perfect wave. Step 4 !"#$%"&'(&)*+"&*&,$-"&#.*/0"1 Remove AW and USGS from your web browser favorites. Step 5 Spend your time more wisely. Pick up a hobby to fill your time cause you are no longer going to spend it boating. Knitting or stamp collecting may be viable options. Step6 Find a better use for your resources. As you will no longer need your boat finally weld the last cracks in you hull. Maybe you can use it as a mailbox or a planter. Step 7 Remain focused on your goal. As you hear rain outside, ignore the sound. Do not think of your local run about to reach its runnable level Step 8 Compline all your shortcoming and forget them. Make a list of all runs we have never been able to complete become willing to forget them all. This includes that run you had to walk off by yourself. Step 9 Find a supportive group. Call up all your boating buddies and break up with them. They will understand. You will be able to find better smelling/more fun/more financially sound people elsewhere. Step 10 Do something you have always wanted to do. Finally dry out all of your wet gear. Step 11 Do not become discouraged in your recovery process. Stop starring outside. I know its pouring like a monsoon, but you can overcome this. Step 12 Stay vigilant and avoid a relapse. Ahh forget it. Lets go BOATING!

Addiction and Recovery Guide provided by D.J. Scott, Ph.D of Stout-ology




Us dirtbags can’t always make ends meet. That’s part of the reason our first issue is a double feature… that and the fact that we’re pretty damn excited to strut our stuff! Click the pic to check out the second half



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