Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
“Cuando en Colombia,” the first in a series of Mountain Mind Collective feature episodes debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com, follows a team of international paddlers’ exploration of the remote waterways, dense jungles, and turbulent whitewater of Colombia’s Suarez, Samana and Caldera rivers.
How a paddling exchange taking students from Chile’s threatened Rio Baker to the Grand Canyon helped one writer realize that tackling conservation’s biggest challenges can start by helping the next generation of advocates focus on the small changes of simply understanding a river’s ecological role.
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.