Author Archives: "Charli Kerns"
The Olympic spectacle is a lot like the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in suburban London. For five days this summer the world’s attention will be focused on this pump-driven facsimile of a Class IV creek, where the planet’s best slalom boaters will compete for the sports biggest prize. Some will triumph, others will falter, and […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan An observer unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Olympic selection process might have thought Scott Parsons a surprisingly subdued winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials in April. Yes, it was all very nice—congratulations, thank you—but where was the wild celebration, the winner hoisted on […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan Fraker seems to ignore the stopwatch, remaining focused on the perfect path, the ideal stroke, the brilliant solution that resolves the chaos of churning water into a single, fluid line. Slalom canoeist Benn Fraker, 23, is on a hot streak, having won the C-1 […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jeff Moag The first of the day’s three workouts starts at 8 a.m., after a small breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, and typically consists of an hour and a half of hard paddling. Then it’s time for ‘second breakfast,’ and a little downtime before lunch and […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Frederick Reimers My dad was a summer camp director. Not the goofy clipboard, short-shorts, and Gilligan-hat camp director, though. Camp Keewaydin, in Temagami, Ontario, is all about canoe tripping. There are no archery lessons, or arts and crafts. Just a long, rigorous immersion in paddling, camping, […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Mike Lynch In the 19th century, guideboats were the main mode of transportation for wilderness guides in the Adirondacks. Today, guideboats have been largely replaced by the lightweight likes of carbon fiber and Kevlar canoes. That is, unless you’re in the world of Chris Woodward—one of […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. Yuri Klaver plans to kayak and ski 6,000 miles around the top of the world. Can he do it? C&K Expeditions Editor Jon Turk weighs in. Stone Age Siberians migrated from Asia eastward across the circumpolar north, with pregnant mothers, bone-tipped spears, and parkas sewn from whale […]
Canoeing for me has always been about escaping the crowds, cruising alone across a misty lake or working with a partner to negotiate a boiling whitewater river. Big canoes, however, the curious 20-foot-plus behemoths powered by a half-dozen or more paddlers, are the exact opposite. Big canoes require a crowd.
The weather is getting warmer, and spring is just beginning to emerge, which means paddle sport enthusiasts are knocking the dust and cobwebs off their boats and are ready to hit the water. But before heading out, remember a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.
This story featured in the July 2012 issue. The Big Bend Saltwater Trail stretches across 105 miles of seagrass-carpeted shallows and shifting sandbars bristling with live oak and pals. The coastline here is too shallow for yachts and the ground too swampy for condos. That makes this stretch of north Florida coast a thriving refuge […]
This story featured in the July 2012 issue. Darin McQuoid captured Ben Coleman on a rare descent of California’s Slate Creek this April. “Ben was boat-scouting and just charging, catching eddies that are marginally even eddies,” McQuoid said of the lush six-mile, Class V run that feeds the North Fork Yuba. “I think it was […]
This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Sean Morley An ocean pour-over is like a river rapid’s salty, schizophrenic cousin. In the course of a typical 15-second swell interval, seawater will gush in and out of these narrow passages between and over seaside boulders. The flow will smash together, and drain away completely. […]
This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Eugene Buchanan River permits are a blessing and a curse. We just hate that government bureaucrats in green pants decide what rivers we can paddle, and when. On the other hand, the rarer the permit, the more desirable the river run—as if time spent on the […]
This story featured in the March 2012 issue. A morning like so many on this river. Also, a morning freighted with somber purpose. Summer warmth rises like mist. Mosquitoes linger. The canoes wait in a backwater eddy where blue heron and whitetail prints stipple the mud bank. I hurry to load the boat, eager to […]
This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Eugene Buchanan At this October’s World Rafting Championship, teams from 34 countries descended on Costa Rica’s upper Pacuare River for four days of racing, camping, bull-riding and reveling with like-minded kin from the world over. Their goal? A world title crowned after six-man sprint, head-to-head, slalom, […]
This story featured in the March 2012 Issue. I heard Pope John Paul II was a kayaker. True? Does the Pope wear a funny hat? Depends on your view of fashion, but there’s no disputing the late pontiff was an avid paddler. As a young pastor in Krakow in the early 1950s, Karol Wojtyla, later […]