Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
The following is an exclusive excerpt from the new book NOLS Canoeing, by NOLS senior faculty member and program supervisor Zand Martin. The book is billed as “The perfect guide for those getting started and those who want to build on their skills.” It covers “basic strokes and maneuvers, lines, drills, rigging, loading and unloading, […]
NINE RIVERS is a short film from Hayfire Media’s David Hartman, Adam Biehler and Matt Perpick, who joined passionate canoe-tripper and born-again coureur-de-bois Ryan “Turbo” Forsyth for a 600-mile, monthlong journey across Canada’s ‘Little North,’ that pushed all four men to the breaking point. The film is debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com
Catching up with Russell and Graham Henry, the Canadian brothers whose bold sea kayak journey across the Caribbean has been an expedition of opposites thus far: Daylong crossings on windy, current-laced waters with crash landings on boulder beaches, and a layover on Richard Branson’s private island. After tracing the coastlines Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, we hear from the Henrys before the biggest crossing of their expedition.
Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Europe and North America, Polish super-paddler Aleksander Doba is spending Christmas alone in a 23-foot-long, 39-inch-wide kayak. In October, the tireless 67-year-old departed Portugal. Next stop: Florida.
Episode 5 of Five2Nine’s Made in Canada series features British Columbia’s Elk River, seen through the stokes of one of B.C.’s top expedition paddlers, Mikkel St. Jean-Duncan, and his wife Lianne Germaine. C&K caught up with St. Jean-Duncan to tell us about his favored hometown run and on keeping paddling and work local to balance a stacked schedule of elite steep-creek races and big expeditions.
The River Gator crew celebrates the opening of the new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail in three parts, paddling the next section from Memphis, Tenn., to Helena, Ark., while exploring the river’s longtime lore and appeal in the minds of international travelers who visit its muddy waters.
Video and full story from our Dec. 2013 issue detailing Dan McCain and Jeff Compton’s bold multi-day descent of one of the High Sierra’s signature river-running tests: tackling all 14 miles of hiking and 40 miles of technical wilderness paddling down the Middle Fork Kings.
Update from the 2013 International Rafting Federation White Water Rafting World Championships in New Zealand, where the US women took a third place in the Head-to-Head race and the men took fourth in the Sprint as both strong finishes build overall points to a world championship finale this weekend.
This episode of The Inside Line looks at Chief Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation, who provides more background on this summer’s Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign paddle across New York and down the Hudson River.
The River Gator project to build a paddler’s guide to the Lower Mississippi Water Trail gains momentum with the website live at rivergator.org, and as paddlers embark on the first of three November trips to mark the expansion of the trail, which outfitter/water trail architect John Ruskey describes as “the longest free-flowing water trail in the continental United States, over 1155 miles from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.”