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The only thing inviting 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 home to innumerable hull-shredding icebergs, long and exposed crossings, and a 300-strong population of polar bears, each equipped with […]
Norwegian sea kayaker Simen Havig-Gjelseth is accustomed to experiencing worst-case scenarios. He and a partner were attempting to circumnavigate the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in 1999 when a hungry polar bear destroyed their kayaks, robbed their provisions and precipitated a helicopter rescue. Last November, while leading a four-member team in the first unsupported trip around Antarctica’s South Georgia Island, Havig-Gjelseth was jolted awake by the sound of cracking fiberglass in a startling case of déjà vu.
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. That was the motto by which a raft guide lived and died on Idaho’s Salmon River in 1996. Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award, Anything Worth Doing tells the true story of larger-than-life whitewater raft guides Clancy Reece and Jon Barker, two men who share a […]
Reel Motion Inc. and American Whitewater’s Evan Stafford has two main passions in life: filming and river activism. The perfect stage right for such passions is set in Chile, Patagonia’s rivers are under threat to be dammed. Canoe & Kayak Magazine caught up with Stafford to see just what he plans for this project and will be following him as it unfolds.
The Retailer Winter Marketwas in full swing last week. During the event on Thursday, January 24, Kokatat recognized winners of the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, offering hand-carved wooden Sasquatch statues to the producers of quality American-made products who presented the best “made in America” story.
On January 26, 450 people gathered under a dreary, rainy sky to compete in the 17th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Every year, the event brings in paddlers of all ages and of all disciplines to celebrate the sport of paddling.
Wildfires consumed over 300 square miles of forest in Colorado early last summer, destroying hundreds of homes and altering the environment. When the rains finally came in July, whitewater boaters like Forest Greenough, a Colorado State University music professor and raft guide at Mountain Whitewater Descents, discovered that their favorite runs were barely recognizable—not for the features, but for the color of the water. Sooty runoff turned the water of the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins inky black, making the stout Class IV-V narrows section otherworldly. We contacted Greenough to find out what it’s like to paddle black water.
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.
Canoe & Kayak Magazine is turning 40 years old this March and just launched the 40th Anniversary Issue yesterday. It’s been a long, fun journey through history for the staff as they sought old stories, writers and boaters for this issue. Part of the search was for good covers, and everyone naturally found a couple to which they were drawn. In a few words, the staff all explain the covers they chose as their favorite.
Wick Walker waited six years for permission to run rivers in Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom toothed with 25,000-foot peaks. “Logic dictates that the best rivers in the world pour from the flanks of the world’s greatest mountains,” Eric Evans explained in the June 1982 issue of Canoe magazine.
Last week, The Consumer Electronics Conference, by far the biggest technology tradeshow in the world, convened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everything from futuristic head massagers to vibrating diet spoons debuted over the week. Of the more than 2,000 odd and interesting gadgets that companies showcased during the event, Canoe & Kayak found a couple that paired well with an outdoor lifestyle. Check out the five outdoor gizmos to look out for in the coming months.
Forge Motion Pictures and NRS have done it again. In November, paddlers Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, and Galen Volckhausen spent a week with the Forge team hunting waterfalls in the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico. Despite torrential rain dousing their cameras and insects feasting on their bodies, videographers Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong came away with some of the most amazing waterfall footage yet captured. Last week Canoe & Kayak caught up with Bradt and Boomer about their behind-the-scenes experience for Cascada, and here’s what they had to say.
Back in the 1970′s, the idea of running waterfalls appeared to many as a reckless and self-destructive stunt of the sensation-crazed. But to those who partake of the forbidden fruit (and to those who write about it), hucking waterfalls had become the ultimate in river running.
Today is the last day of 2012, and people across the country will be counting down the final moments with ball drops and songs of farewell to the old, hello to the new. The next day will start the New Year, and boaters and locals of the small town of Franklin, NH will be kicking off 2013 with the 32nd New Year’s Paddle down the Winnepesaukee. The festival celebrates both the New Year and the historical efforts put forth by the boaters, fishermen and Franklin citizens to revive a river and restore the community into something they could enjoy year round every year.