For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.
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.
C&K staff also made their way to Canoecopia and filmed the products they thought were especially quirky, new or innovative. Check out the products they viewed in the series, Trade Talks.
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.
Having the right backcountry tent, tarp or even hammock really can allow the paddler to have a good night, sleep tight, and rest sure the bugs can’t bite.
The ice is off the lakes and the rivers are gushing with snowmelt– it’s the best time of year to be on the water…if you can keep your hands warm enough to hold onto a paddle. And you’re going to need gloves, mitts or pogies to do it.
Each style of hand warmer has its own distinct perks and problems, in different conditions and situations; so don’t let anyone tell you which one’s “better.” They’re all good–just for different things. It largely depends on your own personal preference and what sort of paddling you do, where, and when.
This story first appeared in the May 2012 issue of Canoe & Kayak Magazine. By Sebastian De La Torre The most inviting thing about Svalbard, a handful of islands precisely halfway between Norway and the North Pole, is the opportunity it presents sea kayakers: the unclaimed circumnavigation of one of Earth’s northernmost landmasses. It is […]
Rafa Ortiz is one intense and busy paddler. Last May, he become the second boater to land the record-high 189-ft. Palouse Falls in Washington state and soon after competed in the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile. Now, Rafa Ortiz sets his sights back home for Mexico and the many waterfalls on the Alseseca River. The adventure will be a Red-Bull film project, led by Rush Sturges, called Chasing Waterfalls. Click below for a teaser, and stay tuned for more on Ortiz’s adventures to come.
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