30 Articles by: Conor Mihell
Battle for the Boundary Waters

Battle for the Boundary Waters

Advocates say “historic” bill is a key step in outlawing mining on the doorstep of America’s most popular wilderness area

Loss of a Legend: George Luste, 1940-2015

Loss of a Legend: George Luste, 1940-2015

On a snowy February day in Toronto, I’m feeling inadequate standing at the podium in a high-school auditorium—not because of the 500 people in the audience, but for one larger than life man in the[...]

Short Boats, Big Gains

Short Boats, Big Gains

Exploring the genre of high-performance, light-touring boats that bridge the gap between expedition and rec kayaks with a look at Paul Gamache's 3,900-mile, 78-day source-to-sea record descent of the [...]

A Paddler’s Pilgrimage

A Paddler’s Pilgrimage

Canadian paddlers James Roberts and James Manke highlight memories documented in 'Greenland Bound,' their film with David Hartman capturing the experience competing at the Greenland National Kayaking [...]

Auction Block: Bill Mason’s Grumman Canoe

Auction Block: Bill Mason’s Grumman Canoe

Bill Mason called her “Queen Mary.” As much as Mason, a filmmaker, painter, author and Canada’s most famous canoeist, praised his beloved wood-canvas Chestnut Prospector, a stalwart 17-foot alum[...]

Meet Me at the Sea

Meet Me at the Sea

It took Bill Mason a number of tries to sell the National Film Board of Canada on afilmrendition of Holling C. Holling’s classic children’s picture book Paddle to the Sea.  But the filmmaker pers[...]

Race to Alaska

Race to Alaska

In early June, teams of rowers, sailors and paddlers will launch from Port Townsend in the inaugural Race to Alaska. The rules are simple: The first team to make it 750 miles to the finish line wins $[...]

Book Review: The Carry Home

Book Review: The Carry Home

After nature writer Gary Ferguson lost his wife, Jane, in a whitewater canoeing mishap on a wild river in 2005, he gradually returned to the wilderness to put his life back together.

Patagonia By Sea Kayak

Patagonia By Sea Kayak

'There were so many great moments during the trip. I’ll never forget the stunning scenery and remarkable wildlife we encountered every day. Patagonia is a truly remarkable place to explore.'

Yukon’s Peel Watershed: Threatened Paddling Classics

Yukon’s Peel Watershed: Threatened Paddling Classics

#9 – The Peel Watershed An expansive, roadless canoe-tripping haven threatened by resource extraction Text by Conor Mihell Photos by Peter Mather A half-dozen brawny, whitewater rivers tumble ou[...]