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-PaddlingABC was formed in the winter of 2009 with a flurry of posts on [[http://​www.calpaddle.com|CalPaddle]] (Calgary area paddling forum) and a face to face meeting to set some priorities. ​ The challenge for the whitewater paddling community in Alberta is that the Stewart Smith guidebooks we all treat as bibles are now out of print and becoming harder and harder to find.  These guidebooks are in many ways still the gold standard for us all and we owe a great debt to Stewart and the work he put into them.  In order to address this challenge PaddlingABC was created. ​ It has gone through three versions already and is still a work in progress. 
  
 The name is short for Paddling Alberta and BC. The name is short for Paddling Alberta and BC.
  
-Another challenge ​with paddling ​websites that was identified ​is that they are often well maintained for a period ​of months or years and then when whomever is managing them moves on to other things ​in life they languish in cyberspace eventually becoming outdated.  In order to address this challenge ​it was critical that PaddlingABC ​be a wiki based website.  ​The structure ​is maintained by Eric Howey but the river entries are made and maintained ​by you and for you!+For additional information you can read these two blog posts; [[blog:​paddlingabc_the_future]] and [[blog:​version_3.0]]. 
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 +PaddlingABC was formed in the winter of 2009 with a flurry of posts on CalPaddle (Calgary area paddling ​forum, [[https://​www.facebook.com/​groups/​365932053518938/​|now on Facebook]]) and a face to face meeting to set some priorities. ​ The challenge for the whitewater paddling community in the west is that the Stewart Smith guidebooks we all treat as bibles ​are now out of print and becoming harder and harder ​to find.  These guidebooks are in many ways still the gold standard for us all and we owe a great debt to Stewart and the work he put into them.  In order to address this challenge PaddlingABC ​was created.  ​It has gone through three versions and is always a work in progress. ​ In 2014 the management of PaddlingABC was taken over by both [[http://​www.paddlealberta.org|Paddle Alberta]] ​and the [[http://​www.albertawhitewater.ca|Alberta Whitewater Association]].
  
-In developing ​the structure ​for this website ​number ​of other goals were laid out, not all of which have been accomplished yet.  Google Earth integration was an obvious and important goal and on this front we have largely succeeded.  ​Developing a system for river alerts ​was an important goal and has been implemented but admittedly is still less than perfect. ​ Another goal that we did achieve ​was to have live river levels on the website ​much like the American White Water (definitely an inspiration) website.  ​This year we have added custom support for smart phones ​to make PaddlingABC even more useful on that paddling ​bum road trip.+One of the key challenges facing paddling websites is that they are often well maintained ​for a period ​of months or years and then when whomever is managing them moves on to other things in life they languish in cyberspace eventually becoming outdated.  ​In order to address this challenge it was PaddlingABC ​was conceived as a wiki based website ​from the outset.  ​In addition ​to this it is now jointly overseen by the two provincial ​paddling ​bodies ensuring that the upkeep and maintenance on the site is ensured for years to come 
  
-In the future as PaddlingABC expands west across BC (the majority ​of the rivers are currently centered around the Alberta/BC border) ​and we crest 100 river entries in the guide it will be important ​to create the organizational framework to support users from across Canada rather than focusing ​on Canadian Rockies based users as we have been these first two years.  ​We are all looking forward to continuing ​to grow and meet the needs of paddlers ​across western Canada  ​+In developing ​the structure for this website a number ​of other goals were laid out beyond having a basic wiki, not all of which have been accomplished yet.  Google Earth integration was an obvious ​and important ​goal and on this front we have largely succeeded.  ​Developing a system for river alerts was a another important goal and has been successfully achieved with the river alerts being automatically posted ​to Facebook ​and Twitter. ​ Providing live river levels on the site is one of our biggest accomplishments as this is the information ​paddlers ​most frequently want to access
  
 +PaddlingABC is continuing to grow and in 2013 we reached a milestone of having over 100 entries in the RiverWiki and over 28,000 visits from over 11000 unique users. ​ PaddlingABC is thriving!

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