Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
“Exploring Antioquia,” the second in a series of Mountain Mind Collective feature episodes debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com, follows a team of international paddlers’ pair of first descents on a big-water canyon section of Rio Cauca, and then 55 miles down the politically unstable Rio Nechi, “a steep river deep within Colombia’s narco-ruled jungles.”
Video from 2014 Expedition of the Year nominees Darcy Gaechter, Don Beveridge, and David Midgley: the first team to complete the Amazon’s 4,300-mile, source-to-sea descent without raft support from its newly discovered most-distant source in the headwaters of Peru’s Rio Mantaro.
Competition survival tips from the Payette River Games in Cascade, Idaho, traditionally a freestyle kayak competition that private financiers have turned into a multi-discipline, all-inclusive, spectator- and athlete-friendly “marathon weekend of brutal competition” featuring the biggest payouts in its marquee kayak and SUP events.
What to watch for as the NFC’s main event, a giant slalom through Jacob’s Ladder–generally considered to be the most challenging kayak race on the planet–starts tomorrow, with analysis of the marquee competition’s first female competitor, boat design, water levels, and a deeper international talent pool.
BY CONOR MIHELL Canadian sea kayaker Russell Henry is on the home stretch of his bid to set a new speed record for circumnavigating British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. A forecast of strong northwesterly winds convinced Henry to start the 750-mile, counterclockwise journey in Winter Harbor, a remote community on the island’s west coast, on May […]
A look into R.W. Hand’s second attempt to replicate Ed Gillet’s historic 1987 crossing from California to Maui in a stock tandem sea kayak. Hand, a 57-year-old retired Federal Air Marshal, aborted expedition after 12 days trying to paddle off the California coast.
C&K sits down with James Roberts and James Manke, two Canadian sea kayak instructors hoping to keep kayak traditions alive by challenging their skills and learning more about traditional kayak culture at this summer’s Greenland National Kayaking Championships, with their short video edit, ‘Greenland Bound.’
Book review of “Flying Off Everest,” author Dave Costello’s account of the 400-mile journey by two Nepali men, Sanu Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, who in 2011 jumped off Mount Everest, paraglided to the Sun Kosi River, and paddled the Ganges River to the Bay of Bengal. linking the highest point on Earth to the ocean in one continuous, non-motorized trip.