Mark Divittorio

THE FIRST RESPONDER

Moose on the Loose

King of New York race series wraps up with huge water levels (and parties) on the Moose

The Gurkha Ellesmere Expedition

Veterans of the Royal Gurkha Rifles seek to circle Ellesmere Island to commemorate 200th anniversary of the storied Regiment

Before His Time: Merv Larson in 1969

Long before kayakers attempted spins and cartwheels on river waves, Larson nailed them in the surf

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Saving China’s Salween River, One Trip at a Time

10.20.2014

This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. Photos and Story by Will Stauffer-Norris This is the fourth pig carcass that has washed up in Dead Pig Eddy. The bloated creature rocks gently up and down against the beach about 10 feet away from our brewing morning coffee. The pig […]

EXTRA ORDINARY PADDLERS

10.15.2014

— The following originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of C&K. The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. This is our salute to a handful of everyday paddlers, the brokers, the carpenters, the nurses, you might meet on the water who have earned other […]

Ultimate senior project: the custom kayak

10.09.2014

“Having put in the work to make it a reality and having felt the effort that went into every fiber makes the boat that much more special for me.” — Quinn Connell, who recently paddled his way to an engineering degree at Dartmouth, using an independent study to learn the pitfalls and rewards of crafting a custom composite freestyle kayak.

Digital Feature: FUEL’S GOLD

10.05.2014

Paddling through American’s hydro-fracking boom at the high-plains confluence of Big Oil and Big Muddy.

The Rio Grande’s Vanishing Water

09.29.2014

No other major river in the United States is going to change more than the Rio Grande as weather patterns shift. The snowpack is going to be smaller and melt earlier, the droughts are going to be longer, the monsoon floods bigger. I wanted to follow the river to understand how these changes are already impacting the people and places that depend on the river.

The Inside Line: Amber Valenti’s All-Female Siberian Source to Sea

09.27.2014

In 2013, four female paddlers set out to brave 2,500 miles of wild river in Mongolia and Russia. In the latest installment of the Inside Line series, we hear from the expedition’s leader, Amber Valenti, about running the Amur River — the third longest fully-connected river in the world. –Click here to read more about […]

Catching up with Sam Grafton

09.25.2014

After a collision with a paddling partner fractured his jaw in two places and compromised his 2013 paddling season, Index, Wash.-based boater Sam Grafton knew he wanted to go big this season. The accident happened on one of Grafton’s favorite runs—Tumwater Canyon of Washington’s Wenatchee River, which was flowing at a whopping 15,000 cfs. Grafton […]

Elwha River Unplugged: Whitewater Remade as Salmon Return

09.23.2014

“As boaters, we may enjoy the thrill of running a great rapid, but sharing that river with massive Chinook salmon and witnessing the feats they are capable of as they migrate upstream is truly awe inspiring.” — Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater

Photos from the 2014 Slalom Worlds

09.23.2014

As the last racers finished this year’s ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships on Sunday afternoon in McHenry, Md., the 2014 worlds had written its own page in the annals of whitewater racing.

Photo Essay: Packrafting Wyoming’s Absaroka Range

09.22.2014

This is a big, wild place. The Teton and Washakie Wildnernesses, combined with adjacent roadless areas including the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, comprise a 2.1 million-acre road-free wonderland. Few humans ever penetrate the heart of it.

Mountain Mind Collective: ‘Battle of the Susitna’

09.22.2014

“Battle of the Susitna,” the latest feature episode from Todd and Brendan Wells’ production company Mountain Mind Collective explores one of Alaska’s premiere whitewater runs, Devil’s Canyon of the Susitna. As the crew journeys into the Susitna via seaplane, and the massive rapids of Devil’s Canyon, the quickly find out the greatest battle is off the river, with a proposed dam on the Susitna.

The Party that Saved the Gauley

09.16.2014

Even without the bear wrestling, Gauley fans had begun to arrive in unexpectedly high numbers.

One Square Mile of Hope Event Sets New World Record

09.16.2014

Above: World record by Hashtag. Check out the event’s Instagram photos tagged to #OneSquareMileofHope By Mike Lynch The One Square Mile of Hope breast cancer fundraiser looks like it has regained the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats. Despite rain and 50-degree temperatures, more than 2,700 boats came […]

Going Source to Sea on the Missouri-Mississippi

09.15.2014

Catching up with Paul Gamache, the second American to paddle the entire length the country’s longest watershed, after 3,900 miles down the the Missouri-Mississippi river system from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. Gamache’s source-to-sea epic took 78 days to complete.

Will the Colorado River Delta’s Green Lagoons Ever Return?

09.12.2014

By Kevin Fedarko “A wilderness … is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – The Wilderness Act of 1964 If the Wilderness Act is the body of law that is designed to protect a […]

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

Newman’s Own Stikine

09.02.2014

In the latest Mountain Mind Collective Quick Flick, French kayaker Nouria Newman walks us through her successful run through Site Zed, the largest signature rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which punctuated the first complete female descent of expedition kayaking’s benchmark run.

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