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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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.

From the Vault: Dams of America

03.18.2013 //

Over the last year, boaters have been enjoying the rebirth of rivers as companies and governments remove old dams, some standing as long as 98 years. So when Canoe & Kayak’s staff dug through the archives for this month’s From the Vault, we thought it would be appropriate to feature a story that came out […]

Bonkers Sleigh Ride

03.15.2013 //

Lamoureux decked a 156-lb bluefin tuna off Cape Cod in Nov 2009, for a time the heaviest kayak-caught fish. It’s still easily in the top ten. Since then, he’s cultivated an air of mystery around his exploits, leaving doubters in his wake. Some of that is due to Lamoureux’s unconventional approach. For instance, he paddles a short sit-inside.

Paddle for St. Patrick’s Day

03.13.2013 //

To celebrate the luck o’ the Irish March 17, we’ve compiled a list of classic paddling spots to unleash your inner leprechaun (cool fact: there are 14 Green Rivers in the U.S., and two more in Canada). Even if you can’t hit them on all on March 17 in honor of Ireland’s most recognized patron saint, put them on your list for the rest of the year to make your paddling peers green with envy.

LifeProof LifeJacket and Case

03.12.2013 //

Sometimes, having a cell phone while on the water is a nice thing to have. Some cases such as the Watershot offer both full-on water protection and the capability to take underwater photos/videos. For those who need something a little less sophisticated but still protective, the LifeProof LifeJacket and Case may be the perfect option. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt tested it out, and here’s what he had to say:

Paddling in Costa Rica Tips

03.11.2013 //

To many people, Costa Rica is the definition of exotic: trees ripe with bananas and mango, howler monkeys swinging through jungle canopies and active volcanoes punctuating a pristine landscape. To boaters, it is simply paradise.

From blue waters and classic rapids on the Pacuare River to the exploding waves of the Reventazon, Costa Rica offers something for every paddler. Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns is just back from a week-long whitewater safari with Turrialba-based adventure outfitter Esprit. Here are her tips for your next trip to paddling paradise.

Chattahoochee Journal: Waking Morpheus

03.08.2013 //

Morpheus hadn’t moved since I put him to rest there in November 2009. I know boats are supposed to be female, but I named the canoe I borrowed from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for my ‘Hooch float in 2009, Morpheus, God of Dreams. My grandfather, who had passed away earlier that year, said, as he left the living room to take his daily nap, “I’m off to the arms of Morpheus.” Seemed like a good name for a dirty old canoe that would float me down a dirty old river.

Two Girls and a Tree Named Makeba

03.08.2013 //

Countless adventurous journeys have proven the open canoe to be world’s the humblest yet accomplished vessel. Last summer, Michigan City, Indiana-based friends Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas, both 24, chalked up another amazing feat by completing a three-month, 1,200-mile circumnavigation of Lake Michigan in an 11-foot, outrigger-equipped dugout canoe that Catterlin crafted herself from a cottonwood log. This weekend, the pair’s story is sure to wow audiences at Madison, Wisconsin’s Canoecopia, North America’s largest paddlesports tradeshow.

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