Greg Stahl has been writing news and feature stories for more than 20 years, and recently began working on long-form projects. To date he has started a half-dozen manuscripts, most of which are in varying states of in-completion. He finished writing Paddling Idaho in September 2015 (published by Falcon Books in late May 2016) and then spent the ensuing months dusting off the as-yet unfinished old projects.
Ironically, Stahl never set out to write a paddling guidebook, but it's a project that landed in his lap. Stahl has been paddling canoes and other recreational watercraft his entire life, but when he moved to Idaho in 1998 he began to pursue hard-shell whitewater kayaking with vigor. That pursuit was nearly singular for the better part of a decade, and with an eye toward self improvement he kept a detailed journal about much of the journey. When Falcon Books approached him in 2014, he excitedly realized that a solid portion of his research was already completed.
Paddling is a way of life in Idaho. The state oozes with huge, unspoiled watersheds full of gentle headwaters streams and challenging, roiling whitewater. Rafts, kayaks and canoes are as common on or behind the cars coursing Idaho’s highways as camp trailers and roof-top carriers. Increasingly there are touring kayaks and stand-up paddleboards plying Idaho’s waterways and lakes—and highways—as well.
“With apologies to the potato,” writes Boise journalist and whitewater kayaker Joe Carberry, “Idaho is arguably most famous for its rivers.”
Idaho has more than 100,000 miles of rivers, with more than 3,100 miles of whitewater. Paddling Idaho is the definitive guide to Idaho's huge diversity of paddling rivers and lakes.
If possible, please shop local in Idaho in order to support the small businesses that support and protect Idaho's rivers. If you can't buy local, Paddling Idaho is available at the following large retailers.
The Snow Inside Me
The Snow Inside Me
In a fraction of a second at 5:05 p.m. on January 7, 1984, the sleepy Appalachian berg of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania lost a promise: one boy gone, another left behind and the rearranged topography of a moment frozen in time. Verse and vision combine in The Snow Inside Me, a thought-provoking memoir about a man’s unknowing journey to overcome a long-ago winter day.
The Snow Inside Me is a short story, not a book, but is envisioned to ultimately be a six-part tale that stems the the mountains of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Idaho and the unspoiled vastness in between. It is is equal parts poetry, meditation and forward-driving narrative and incorporates the landscape as a powerful character of its own. It’s a tale of fear and courage, friendship and loss, misfortune and adventure. And, ultimately, it’s a story about love.
In the massive expanse of the American West stereotypes hold fast. The farther one travels from cities or ski towns the truer they ring. The people are as rugged and independent as the mountains and rivers. The livings they carve can be as difficult as the arid climate that shapes their lives. The culture is a stew of frontier-bred attitudes and sensibilities blended with the economic realities of a global society. It’s a culture mixed in the cauldron of a landscape. The land has shaped its people, and the people have shaped their land.
Western Perspective is a mostly completed manuscript that includes portraits of the West and of westerners, as well as short essays that elicit particularly western moments or ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for publication.