Charli Kerns

Charli Kerns

Charli is the online editor for Canoe & Kayak magazine. Her boating career started with kayaking in the Appalachian mountains of east Tennessee. She picked up canoeing in New England where she got her master's in science journalism. She has since switched mainly to whitewater canoeing and multi-day adventures though picks up the play boat and creeker from time to time.

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Timeless Paddling Destinations

03.26.2013 //

Paddling on the rivers of fur traders and explorers.

40 Years of Shooting Whitewater

03.26.2013 //

Over the last 40 years, filming kayak and canoe adventures has been on a roller coaster ride. Cameras have shrunk and become waterproof, while the rivers have gotten only harder and more harrowing. This gallery showcases where filmers shot and with what.

From the Vault: After the Storm

03.26.2013 //

Boating takes on a new meaning when it’s what saves you’re life. That’s what these victims of Hurricane Katrina learned. They shared their story with Canoe & Kayak’s managing editor Dave Shively. Read their stories here.

Timeless: Ammo Can

03.26.2013 //

Originally designed for the military, the ammo can has been the perfect boating gear, keeping paddlers’ essentials dry as they cruise down the rivers. Canoe & Kayak covered the ammo can in their 40th anniversary issue, and here’s what we had to say about it.

Women of Ain’t Louie Fest

03.26.2013 //

In early March, canoeists from all over the U.S., Canada and even Europe gathered in tiny Lenoir City, Tenn., to paddle some of the Southeast’s finest rivers and creeks. The Tellico Race kicked off the nine-day Ain’t Louie Fest gathering, and among the 100 or so canoeists who participated were a dozen female paddlers, marking […]

Rivers Be Dammed: Somos del Rio Baker Update

03.25.2013 //

The Somos del Rio Team has paddled miles of some of the world’s biggest whitewater down in Patagonia. Their journey was to paddle the country’s endangered rivers and immerse themselves in the life they support before the proposed damming project erases them from the earth. They have offered a report of their travels so far.

Fillo Camping Pillow

03.20.2013 //

Nemoequipment.com Fillo (camping pillow) MSRP: 49.95 nemoequipment.com Honestly, I took my five pound Tempur-Pedic pillow on my last kayak expedition; a good night’s sleep is that important to me. But I won’t have to do that again; next trip I’ll haul the Fillo (rthyms with pillow). Because it’s inflatable, it smooshes down to the size […]

Jetboil Sol Ti System

03.20.2013 //

JetBoil Sol Ti System: $149.95 Jetboil.com Jetboil Sol Titanium Premium Cooking System. If my buddy doesn’t bring me a cup, I brew my own cup of coffee while still in my bag, leaning out the front door and firing up the JetBoil. Some of us like to pre-empt (or obviate) the wait for camp coffee […]

UltraLite Cot

03.20.2013 //

I first tuned into this cot in its original iteration before CD bought it up. I was sold on the original but CD has improved it. Wizard light at 2lbs 12oz. Throw a pad on this thing and you might never sleep in your bed again. Even backpackers will carry it. Granted, not essential sea kayak equipment, but it goes on our rafts and IKs in a heartbeat. Caveat is fussiness. Set up can be daunting, improves with experience.

Boat Camping Essentials

03.20.2013 //

By: Rob Lyon The two extreme styles of kayak camping are, of course: light and, not so much, and they both have their upsides. The corollary of light is easy traveling, while the corollary of heavy is comfort ashore. With that as a yardstick, the following are some gear items that can turn a camp […]

Petzl Ultra Rush

03.20.2013 //

Petzl Ultra Rush MSRP: $430 Petzl.com For kayak camping, particularly in critter country, it’s good to pack a lamp with punch, in case you need it. This baby sheds some serious bright at the turn of a knob and putting big light on a problem at night, be it storm tide, bear, raccoon or busted […]

ComPack Chair Kit

03.20.2013 //

ComPack Chair Kit: $49.95 Cascadesdesigns.com Now, Cascade Design recently introduced the ComPack Chair Kit, which is a redux of their bomber, Trekker Lounge. The ComPack came out recently with CD’s Neo-Air line that radically streamlined their inflatable tech, which is their expertise. You can run the chair kit with either the Neo Air pads or […]

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit

03.20.2013 //

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit: $49.95 If you’re out for any length of time a portable chair that doubles as your sleeping pad, is an awesome thing. Most of you are familiar with CD’s chair kits, but the Trekker Lounge knits them together. A pad cover cum conversion sleeve morphs the pad from sleep to sit […]

Hucking Fun x 2

03.19.2013 //

Duo means two times the fun, right? It did for Katrina Van Wijk and Nicole Mansfield, who recently doubled their fun on Sunday with a women’s tandem first descent of Oregon’s iconic Celestial Falls. The stunning 45-foot huck wasn’t part of the Upper Wind Festival, part of the Western Whitewater Championship Series. But the two […]

Motorola MS250R two-way radios

03.19.2013 //

Whether out in the ocean, down a whitewater gorge or through dense wilderness, having good communication among members is always important. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt and online editor Charli Kerns tested out the Motorola MS250R two-way radios to see what they were made of. The C&K rating, on a scale of 5: Durability— Function— Ease […]

Going Over and Staying In

03.19.2013 //

For some, running tall waterfalls has become the Holy Grail of whitewater kayaking. But for a successful descent to count, among both peers and any world record claims, the kayaker has to stay in his or her boat after the plunge. While swimming doesn’t diminish the size of one’s cajones, it does place an asterisk net to its listing in local lore. That said, following are the largest droops of note we could find recently where the paddler stayed in his boat.

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