So you call yourself a paddler? Before joining this hallowed subculture, there are a few key lifestyle skills that you should look to work into your arsenal to distinguish you from other waterman wannabes. Here are a few to get you started.
Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.
Gallery – Upper Valldal River, Norway
The Robe race is among a handful of Pacific Northwest creek races for two-person teams, including B.C.’s Callaghan Creek Race and Washington’s Little White Salmon Race. Teams start together, and the clock stops when the second paddler crosses the line.
Where tectonic upheaval flatlines and the Brooks Range runs out, infinite space welcomes the traveler like a door thrown open. Blue as the Caribbean, the Canning River spills our two rafts from between foothills into the arctic coastal plain.
Oregon rafting team on White Salmon River, Washington.
In the first two weeks of February 2002, seven of the world’s best and boldest paddlers completed the first descent of Tibet’s Upper Tsangpo Gorge.
If you caught Vavinec Hradilek’s silver-medal performance at this summer’s Olympic Games, you witnessed one of the world’s most dynamic slalom paddlers lay down a near-perfect run. But you probably missed the 25-year-old Czech’s clever shout-outs to his steep-creeking buddies.
Tobias Johansson on Virgin River Narrows, Zion, Utah
Al Widing Sr. has finished the 120-mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon a record 33 times, including 16 consecutive finishes from age 63 to 79.
Rok Sribar on Fuefuki Gawa, Nishizawa Canyon, Japan
On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake, centered off the coast of northern Japan, generated powerful tsunami waves that slammed into 400 miles of the Japanese shoreline…The waves washed more than 5 million tons of debris out to sea. In the fall of 2011, some of the estimated 1.5 million tons of remaining flotsam—everything from buoys and boats to entire shipping containers—began arriving on North America ’s west coast.
Fred Norquist on Toketee Falls, North Umpqua River, Oregon
Ugandan David Moor wins Itanda Race at Nile River Festival.
When it comes to the U.S.-Mexico Border perhaps it’s natural for the media to focus on bad news. But residents of Laredo are having none of it.
A preview of the fifth annual Adidas Sickline Championship.
Episode 10 of Jeffrey and Giulio’s Ukrainian Odyssey.