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American Rivers released its annual “America’s Most Endangered Rivers” report. This 2013 list features 10 rivers around the country facing urgent threats. Grassroots river conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers.
The voyageurs, men and women who worked the waterways in search of adventure and treasure did more than open up North America—they lived a life rich with exploration and discovery.
That’s the caption to the story in May 1998′s issue, titled Waterways of Promise, and this month’s From the Vault.
Thomas Hall is a recently retired Canadian national team athlete and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in sprint canoe (C1 1000m). His experience with canoeing stretches over 20 years. He began paddling on family canoe trips, and, inspired by his mother (a sprint paddler) and the success his sister enjoyed at the 1993 Canada Games in sprint kayak, Thomas decided to try sprint canoeing. At 15, he followed in his sister’s footsteps, winning gold and silver at the Canada Games. Thomas then set his sights on Junior Worlds, where he surprised many, including himself, by winning gold.
By: Thomas Hall I thought I would begin this series of tips by sharing my secrets for dealing with one of the fundamental, and insanely frustrating, features of skill development: the plateau. The plateau is something I wrestled with throughout my athletic career. In trying to master the vagaries of the sprint canoe stroke, I […]
Though I’ll be using paddling specific examples, which shouldn’t be a problem for readers of Canoekayak.com, the tips and tricks discussed will be applicable to almost any activity. For example, the first in this series is the concept of rest. Rest is often seen as just a reward for a hard days work, when in reality, it’s an essential part of skill acquisition.
When I first started going on these trips, it was a matter of what gear I could make, scrounge, borrow, substitute or do without. Now my dilemma is more often picking from several different models of pot sets or sleeping mats that are in my basement. I thought that I’d share my top 10 pieces of gear (in no particular order) that I would take on a whitewater canoe trip to say the Hood, Nahanni or Bonnet Plume Rivers in the Canadian Arctic.
After rolling, boofing may be the most sought-after skill for whitewater paddlers. Nailing the boof means getting some air, clearing the hole at the bottom and hitting that perfect landing without compromising the spine.
There are a lot of pieces to the boof and many nuances to keep in mind. We have compiled all the tips and tricks we know on how, when and where to the boof.
Prologue Some things never change: the power of a good paddling tale Between the Frames Tracing the degrees of influence and separation between expedition kayaking’s greatest films Put In In today’s energy-thirsty world, the role of the paddler-conservationist plays as an important a role now as ever. Destinations Six well-worthy expedition routes that made history
Florida Forgotten Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail leads to a different kind of Florida Mission Specific Paddlers who dared to dream big, and the specialized gear that got them safely home Put In Creek-racing’s new dance Destinations Get your boat at the source Skills Tandem eddy turns and live-bait rescues
Canoandes Slipping under the Iron Curtain and making whitewater history Boundaries Hendri Coetzee, Ariene Burns and an anonymous contributor share tales of fear, doubt and reflection from the rivers that lured them across physical and metaphorical boundaries. Put In The North Fork affect, kayaking blind and a case for polluted places Destinations 7 Pacific Northwest […]