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When you go to buy a life jacket, you’ll hear a lot about pounds of flotation and Coast Guard safety ratings. But here’s what you really need to know: If it doesn’t fit, it won’t work. That’s reason enough to love the latest generation of comfortable, form-fitting PFDs.
Listen, I’ve paid my dues. For years, I shouldered 70 pounds of Royalex and trotted down the trail, only to turn right around and fetch my packs. Now I leave the hard work to somebody with more to prove. Because hoisting a canoe overhead isn’t the lark it once was, and now I don’t have to.
The last thing I did before I left Maine was cash in a half-used gift card at the L.L.Bean outlet store. I was headed to the Yukon later that week and I needed a jacket. For $19, I walked away with a sharp crimson scrap of ripstop—hood, front-zip, pockets. Seven years later, it’s faded to a rusty peach and sports a mess of sutures on the shoulder seam and sleeves.
“Ahhhhhh, go away you stupid bug!” Paige shrieks and flails her arms, lurching the canoe to one side. Then come the words I’ve dreaded since the insects began swarming at the put-in: “I want to go home!” Two hours into a five-day trip around B.C.’s Bowron Lakes and my 9-year-old daughter is already losing her mind.
I love that feeling. So why is everyone making it so hard to leave my phone behind? First it was waterproof cases, then in-phone cameras good enough to replace the real thing. Next came waterproof VHF handsets like Cobra’s Marine HH500 that link via Bluetooth to your smartphone, so you can make voice-activated calls even when your phone is stowed.
The Destination Torngat expedition wasn’t your garden-variety whitewater mission. Here was a crew of paddlers exploring one of our planet’s last great wildernesses using canoe routes pioneered decades ago. Instead of portaging around the many cataracts and waterfalls, however, they were charging straight over them.
Rafting Fantasy Falls: Line ‘er up and hold on… Dan McCain and Jeff Compton continue to push the limits of extreme rafting accompanied by a soothing beat How well do canoes and power boats mix? Because it’s only 12 seconds. Shredding on Skook (and how to chug PBR in a windstorm) Big air and plenty […]
Coverage from the Green Race to Lumpy Waters, and paddling expeditions from the Adirondacks to the Amazon
Photo by Charlie Munsey This photo originally ran in the May 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. The 33-foot Sprit Falls on Washington’s Little White Salmon River is as iconic as waterfalls get to whitewater kayakers. To many, paddling the Little White and cleanly running Sprit is a mark of having “made it” to the […]
In this short video, veteran kayak coach Paul Kuthe explains how to do a cross-current ferry in your kayak, a key skill for boaters of all levels. Whether it’s being used on a Class I float or in Class V rapids, the ferry allows you to move from one side of a channel to the […]
Intrigued, Whitlock paid the $125 and commenced a year of reclamation. But even after turning the long-neglected junker back into a beautiful, red vessel once again capable water-worthy, Whitlock still wonders about the history of his rescue. Where did it come from? What was its original model? The garage sale find remains a fiberglass mystery.
The second installment in our 2014 “Voices of the Green” series. C&K correspondent Scott McCleskey did some on-the-ground reporting at the halloween pre-race party last night. Here’s what he found: Mario Levinson and Mary Jackson: The couple favored to win this year’s longboat event Benn Fraker: “You run that Gorilla enough times in one of […]
But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.
Scott McCleskey, a C-2 slalom paddler for Team USA and a Green Race veteran, has been making the rounds with his camera, interviewing athletes who’ve started to gather for the 19th annual Class V throwdown in North Carolina. Here are some of the highlights: Pat Keller, three-time champion of the Green Race, is shooting for […]