The Nate Stick

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Jim Dodd
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The Nate Stick

Post by Jim Dodd » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:34 am

Sorry for posting this here, but I thought I'd share this paddling tool, and didn't know where to post it.

On my youngest son's first BWCA canoe trip, he complained that his back was aching.
He asked me to pull over to an old beaver house, and began sorting through the sticks, until he found one the width of the gunnel, where he was sitting. Nate placed the stick between his long legs and the gunnels to support his legs and back. He and I was amazed at the instant relief he received from this.
I use this often, and have cut a stick that I use. Try it and let me know how it works for you !
here's a couple of pics.Image Image

Jim
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Re: The Nate Stick

Post by alick burt » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:52 pm

Hi Jim
I don't normally get back ache just the odd bit of cramp from staying in one position for too long and I usually switch from seat to kneeling thwart or vice versa to cure it but I will log your idea in the back of my mind and give it a go next time I am out.
I recently lowered my thwart brackets by an inch which has improved my stability and hopefully will make paddling in the wind a little easier too.
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Alick

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Re: The Nate Stick

Post by Jim Dodd » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:31 pm

Hi Alick

Next time you are out, and don't have a stick, place the shaft of your spare paddle under your legs. Put the blade on the off side. Me, I favor my left, so I put the blade on my right.
I get almost instant relief, and stability is the same, if not better.
Cheers !

Jim
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Re: The Nate Stick

Post by Jim Dodd » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:19 am

Paddling the river about every other day, collecting Black Walnuts.
Using the Nate stick a lot, and lovin it ! It works great in the mild rapids I encounter, as well as providing comfort while paddling. I forget it's there.Image
Sorry for the dirty canoe !

Jim
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