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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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.

MSR: Carbon Reflex 3

03.07.2013 //

Same vertebral shape as the smaller Topaz 2, but much bigger. I ran a CR3 on the Owyhee recently and dropped my jaw when it set up. It is amazing how spacious a tent of this weight and packed size becomes. Design targets maximum livable space with few bells and whistles. Sets up easily, enters […]

When the Currents Stop

03.06.2013 //

Airing his last episode airing in April, TV producer Mike McKay is ending Currents, the web TV documentary series that both illuminates the risks threatening the world’s rivers and highlights the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state. Currents episodes have won several awards, including its latest episode The Ottawa River, which won Best Accomplished Documentary at the National Paddling Film Festival last month.

The North Face: Topaz 2

03.05.2013 //

The North Face: Topaz 2 MSRP: $249 thenorthface.com Admittedly, a TNF fanboy here, the Topaz is another 2P/3S tent option and one I might actually consider for two. A half moon shape with a pole at front and back and two connecting strut poles sets up tight, suggestive of a vertebra as seen from the […]

Sierra Designs: Mojo 2

03.05.2013 //

Sierra Designs: Mojo 2 MSRP: $399.95 sierradesigns .com The Mojo is a hybrid, single/double wall structure that reminds me of a shirt tail sticking out below a sweater or two dogs humping, I’m not sure which, but the way the rear of the tent protrudes out from under the fly jars my aesthetic. Rant end. […]

Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Echo II

03.05.2013 //

Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Echo II MSRP: $595 Hyperlitemountaingear.com The Echo II is made with high performance Cuben fiber fabric with an unmatched strength to weight ratio. They call the Echo series the most technically advanced professional tarps available and I believe it. A three piece modular: tarp, mesh tent and detachable vestibule, handy concept for […]

Kelty: Vista 3P

03.05.2013 //

Kelty: Vista 3P MSRP: $349.95 Kelty.com Another good 3S, 3P choice with highly livable interior space. Excellent vestibule footage as well, front and rear, always a premium for storing dry bags and cooking a quick meal. It has average weight, with slightly more interior space and vestibulage than the much lighter Carbon Reflex 3. Fabric […]

Mountain Hardwear: Hoopla 4

03.05.2013 //

Hoopla 4 MSRP: $373 Mountainhardwear.com An interesting design and one that would work well for kayakers needing an emergency group shelter from rain and light winds. Storm winds might make a mess of it, but if well positioned, it might be a game saver. Covering 64 sq ft and weighing a hair over two pounds, […]

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