Flip Ultra Camcorder + Waterproof Case = Video Camera for Paddlers? Part 1

Flip Ultra is the model interesting for paddlers because you can get a waterproof case for it just for $30 or so. Waterproof cases for Canon point-and-shoot cameras are almost 10 times more expensive. Of course, you don't have so many control buttons in Flip camcorders.

Unfortunately, there is no tripod socket on this waterproof (there is one on a camera) case which limits paddling applications of the Flip from my perspective. I like to shoot movies with a camera mounted on a kayak deck or use it as a helmet cam. There are at least three solutions to this problem.

Paddling Horsetooth Reservoir (River) 6 Years Ago

During two years, 2001 and 2002, the Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins, Colorado, was drained to just few % of its capacity to allow repairs to the main dam. The 6 mile long lake was reduced to three ponds connected by long narrow channels with some whitewater. The flow was supported by water diverted from the Colorado River within the Big Thompson Project.

Paddling was very interesting, but quite challenging in these narrows channels with a strong current. It was quiet, no motorboats since boat ramps didn't reach water. Low water uncovered many structures at the lake bottom. Below you can find 10 selected pictures from these dry years on the Horsetooth.

Word Cloud from Paddling with a Camera Feed

I was just playing around on the Wordle.net website. It's an online tool that creates word clouds from any text provided by you. There are several option to try: different colors, word orientation, shapes, etc. Just a little fun online. This word cloud was created by using the current feed from my blog. It's not very surprising that the word paddling is a trunk of my "word tree."

Paddling Photography a Year Ago – October 2007

A lot of paddling on my local waters in northern Colorado including Beaver Pond, Horsetoorh Reservoir and Boyd lake. Starting paddling season on the South Platte River. I was paddling Thunderbolt-X kayak and shooting with Pentax Optio W10.

A Big Pipe Feeding Boyd Lake

When I paddled Boyd Lake last time in summer it was pretty low. Today I was skating on a bike trail along the lake. The water level is rising. It may be a nice time to paddle there. I didn’t […]

Dangerous Rapids on South Platte River 50 Miles below Denver… Where is Deer Island ?

"A thousand miles in a canoe: Or, A canoe voyage from Denver, Colorado, to Leavenworth, Kansas during the summer of 1867"

Blogging, Blogging, and It’s Time for Migration Again

It's time for a big move ... I started blogging about 4 years ago. My first blog, Wayfarer on paddling and photography, was just an addition to my static web site, Mountain Wayfarer. After a couple of years I had to move my blogging to another server under my own domain, fit2paddle.com, and at the same time the original blog split into three: Paddling with a Camera, Fitness Paddling, and Virtual Racing. It was a quite big migration. For all these years, I have been using iBlog to write post from my Mac Power Book laptop ...

3 Pictures from My Paddling Pond in Fall Colors

September, October and November with Pentax Optio W10 camera and Sisson Nucleus 100 kayak on Beaver Pond in Arapaho Ben Natural Area near Fort Collins.

Paddling Photography a Year Ago – September 2007

Just local paddling in northern Colorado with some nice sunsets, several posts on cameras and photo gear, finally, a trip to Portugal and Poland. I mentioned upgrading my Canon ESO 10D DSLR camera to ...

There are 4 comments so far

  • Bill Ashworth
    3 years ago

    Marek – what do you know about the condition of the South Platte put-ins/take-outs and river courses traditionally used by the Joint Clubs March event? Poudre and RMCC are organizing for 2015 and looking for information

    Bill Ashworth

  • Marek Author
    3 years ago

    I haven’t paddled the South Platte this year yet. Last year, I paddled the river around Kuner and Kersey – no significant changes in river character or access after flooding there. I haven’t seen Riverside Park in Evans after re-opening. I may have some updates in the next couple of weeks.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Marek – Great pictures! This canoe stabilizer and platform may help if you have a tripod on your Penobscot.


  • 2 years ago

    Hi Larry. I go to southwestern Wyoming where my dad lives and saretm fish with sinners and do some fly fishing. Been doing it every year since I was in third grade. Lots of water up there this year so fishing was slow but still fun. Love to pan fry smaller trout or wrap them in tin foil with some butter and garlic and put them on a grill or in the coals of a camp fire for about 30 minutes. Can’t go wrong with either method.RG

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