billy mcmahon

billy mcmahon

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William's Passions

Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Trail Running
Paddling
Road Cycling
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

William's Bio

I am a grad student who loves to rock climb, road bike, backpack, ski, and whitewater kayak. I have been skiing consistently for 18 years, climbing (off and on) for 10, and kayaking for 15. I've worked in recreation for the past 4ish years as a trip guide and campus recreation employee. I'm engaged to my best friend in the entire world and we have an 80lb labratriever mix who doesn't like to swim.
Future dreams: write several books, work in Africa for several years, become a pastor, and continue to develop outdoor adventure skills.

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billy mcmahon wrote a review of on October 15, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

i've read a lot of reviews that kind of bash this rope. yeah it's on the inexpensive side, but I would not necessarily assume that this is crap. i've used it a couple of times and have not had any problems with it. i've even taken a decent sized fall on it and it stretches nicely

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billy mcmahon wrote an answer about on June 25, 2012

Depends on how calm the water is. I would say no if there were lots of waves that have the potential to crash over you and swamp the interior of your boat. If these were the conditions you had in mind, I'd say go for something that Ocean Kayak makes (sit-on-top boat). But if you are paddling in a calm bay that is a lot like a lake, then I'd say yes.

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billy mcmahon wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

3 5

Pros:
I got this for my fiancee and we both like it. We got the large sized one. It's very spacious! We have travelled with this bag and it is pretty secure (haven't worried about anyone trying to open it while we are crammed onto a bus or anything). The laptop sleeve is nice and wide as well. It can hold a laptop, couple books, two water bottles, and a couple small jackets with no room to spare (ha!).

Cons:
No water bottle holder on the outside. Not too many interior pockets. Probably my biggest criticism of this bag is that the material is super stiff. The shoulder strap has actually scraped my neck a couple times because of how stiff it is. It definitely is not seat-belt soft/bendable.

Summary:
Good bag for the money. There are little things that I would change about this, but there are also some noteworthy benefits. Overall I'd say it's average. Not awful, not stunning.

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billy mcmahon wrote an answer about on June 7, 2012

depending on when your frenzy was made, they may or may not. It looks like these medium sized scupper valves only fit the 10/25/05 XKA03712J506 frenzy model.
Check out this chart for more info (from OC's website):
http://www.oceankayak.com/uploadedFiles/Website_Library_Assets/Files/Product_Support/Scupper%20Size%20Chart%202012%20%282%29.pdf

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billy mcmahon wrote an answer about on June 7, 2012

This kayak is used for whitewater kayaking on rivers.. you know, big rapids and such where you can surf waves and the like. If you are looking to get into kayaking, you can check out several different places...
Parks and Recreation departments- depending on where you live, your local Parks department can actually be incredibly developed and offer extensive programs or even kayak rentals and instruction. The professionals running these operations are usually certified with different organizations and are trained to teach others.
Local stores/shops- I live in Texas and there's a place called Austin Canoe & Kayak that offers rentals for relatively cheap prices. Some will even offer kayaking classes from people who are also certified to teach.
Higher Education- if you're a student or employee, see if your university has an outdoor adventure program. They'll provide all the instruction, gear, and safety training for paddling trips.
Friends- several of my friends started out paddling because others encouraged them to do so and provided instruction.

Those are a few places that come to mind right now, hope that helps!
I'd also recommend kayaking anywhere- even lakes or slow moving rivers. I'm not sure how much you've kayaked but it never hurts to get used to the paddling motion on flatwater!
The most important thing to do is to learn from someone who knows quite a bit about kayaking and river safety. Just like any other outdoor sport, kayaking has many dangers and risks involved. Never kayak alone, always wear proper safety gear (PFD, whistle, etc.), and never attempt anything above your level of experience.

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