Truly efficient paddling takes practice, patience

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS SEPT. 6-7 - In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo, Brook and Lisa Swanson are in perfect synch as they paddle their racing canoe in the Spokane River Classic in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Rich Landers) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Anyone can move a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard over the water, but precious few have savored the joy of paddling efficiently.

Adventure hike in the Tetons goes up, but not over

Chris Henvit hikes toward one of the larger South Leigh Lakes high in the Teton Range on Saturday. He is shouldering Barbara Young's pink pack who was suffering with a sprained ankle. Jerry Painter photo

On Saturday, we had hiked about two-thirds of the way across the ridge that connects Grand Targhee Resort to the west rim of north Cascade Canyon when I heard a yelp.

In the Woods: Daylong river rodeo

From left to right, Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Chuck Traughber, Dan Garren and Brett High talk with Mike Lein, who works with Friends of Teton River, about how to overcome a Badger Creek boulder field during an electro-fishing trip Aug. 21.

Imagine putting a 12-foot boat on a river that is too small to float an eight-foot craft.

And then imagine traveling three miles with hundreds of pounds of gear.

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