Author Archives: "Conor Mihell"

Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

10.21.2014 //

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Ultimate senior project: the custom kayak

10.09.2014 //

“Having put in the work to make it a reality and having felt the effort that went into every fiber makes the boat that much more special for me.” — Quinn Connell, who recently paddled his way to an engineering degree at Dartmouth, using an independent study to learn the pitfalls and rewards of crafting a custom composite freestyle kayak.

Catching up with Sam Grafton

09.25.2014 //

After a collision with a paddling partner fractured his jaw in two places and compromised his 2013 paddling season, Index, Wash.-based boater Sam Grafton knew he wanted to go big this season. The accident happened on one of Grafton’s favorite runs—Tumwater Canyon of Washington’s Wenatchee River, which was flowing at a whopping 15,000 cfs. Grafton […]

Rides: Jerry Nowak’s Necky Manitou 14

09.19.2014 //

The Necky Manitou 14 might be a bit slower and get bounced around more than the longer boats, but it always feels stable and chugs steadily along.

Mississippi Madness

11.27.2013 //

Every year, paddlers test their mettle on the longest river in North America. C&K caught up with two seasoned expedition paddlers looking to finish their separate, ambitious months-long bids to complete the through-paddle journey before the holiday season, connecting with Lucas Will south of St. Louis, and Natalie Warren on a layover in Memphis.

Pushing to the Source of the Columbia River

10.31.2013 //

The journey from the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific Ocean to its headwaters in British Columbia has been nearly a year in the works:

Dispatch: Upper Amazon

10.11.2013 //

Interview with Darcy Gaechter part-way through the top leg of her team’s current Amazon source-to-sea expedition, where Gaechter is attempting to be the first woman to complete the descent. Says Gaechter of paddling by an active dam construction site on the Mantaro: “The engineers knew we were coming and agreed to stop blasting for the day, which is a very good thing, otherwise, we would all probably be dead.”

He’s Baaaaack

10.01.2013 //

Aleksander Doba, 67, embarks today (Oct. 1) on his second crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in three years, a 5,200-mile expedition from Lisbon, Portugal, to Florida projected to take four months. The Polish sea kayaker’s 3,345-mile, 99-day crossing from Senegal to Brazil from late 2010 into early 2011 set a new record for the longest trans-oceanic paddling journey.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide