Dave Shively

Dave Shively

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THE INSIDE LINE: Onondaga Nation Chief Jake Edwards

11.14.2013 //

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.

OPINION: Flood Paddling Problems

11.07.2013 //

Paddler David Spiegel weighs in on the risks and rewards of capitalizing on Colorado’s historically rainy fall season, raising questions about paddler responsibilities in a flood-ravaged disaster zones.


11.06.2013 //

Six new drysuits highlighted in the December 2013 issue of Canoe & Kayak and put through an “exclusive, super-scientific, extra-qualitative stress test,” by Contributing Editor Joe Jackson.

Mapping the Lower Mississippi Water Trail

11.06.2013 //

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.”

My Happy Thought

11.04.2013 //

Our August 2013 Letter of the Month award winner, Nebraska paddler Bruce Tomes, sharing the tale of his battle with cancer, inspired by his goal to kayak again with his granddaughter

5 Things We Discovered

10.23.2013 //

The sea kayak team behind last year’s tsunami debris-hunting Ikkatsu Project shifts its focus from Washington to south-central Alaska, where they explored Augustine Island on one of the least-visited and wildest shorelines in Cook Inlet this summer, and (unfortunately) found what they were looking for … and more.


10.21.2013 //

“Followed by his pet mallard, John Lawrence Jolley stepped out of a battered aluminum canoe adorned with a cow’s skull, wearing a stained suit with black work books, a wool beret over a baseball cap, and designer women’s sunglasses. He rolled a smoke and began talking.” Our correspondent reports from the 12th Annual Phatwater Challenge in Mississippi.

Fully Loaded

10.09.2013 //

When it rains in Quebec, it pours, especially during a Canadian crew’s unprecedented high-water descent of the remote Magpie River this summer using a fleet of Dagger Greenboats. Read the story and watch the latest installment of the ‘Made in Canada’ series featuring the Magpie’s local paddlers, shot prior to the descent.

Disappointment at the Grand Canyon

10.01.2013 //

The government shutdown that began today left employees at national parks across the nation temporarily furloughed, forcing the parks to shut off access. The restrictions hit hard for private, permit-holding paddlers with scheduled October launch dates in the Grand Canyon National Park. One day in, Arizona outfitters and paddlers are already feeling the economic impact.

The Show Must Go On

09.12.2013 //

On-site preview coverage of the 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, with a look at the top US contenders in 19-year-old Michal Smolen and C-1/C-2 dual competitor Casey Eichfeld.

Four Play

09.11.2013 //

Inside the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic, a fall amateur event from Old Forge to Saranac lake, NY, that attracts novices and experts alike, including some of the biggest names in marathon canoe racing (who set a new course record), as well as nearly 300 paddlers across the racing and touring divisions of paddlers in increasingly popular four-person canoes.

The Inside Line: Steve Landick

09.10.2013 //

Endurance paddling legend, Steve Landick, the subject of the ‘Unfiltered’ profile from Canoe & Kayak magazine’s August 2013 issue, provides more detail on a few stories from years spent racing canoes and partnering with the late Verlen Kruger for the pair’s self-proclaimed ‘Ultimate Canoe Challenge.’

Draw the Line

08.16.2013 //

On July 27, river enthusiasts from across the Northwest gathered on the Columbia River to transform their tiny paddle-powered crafts into powerful tools for protest. The Portland chapter of Rising Tide organized over 800 people for a non-violent direct action on the Columbia River called Summer Heat. The figurative line along the Interstate 5 bridge stated a simple message: end fossil fuel exports from the Columbia River Gorge.


08.09.2013 //

C&K correspondent Chris Gragtmans takes us inside his recent multi-day run of California’s Upper Cherry Creek, offering nuggets of packing advice to intrepid multi-day expedition paddlers.

Many Miles to Go

08.08.2013 //

A look at the 2013 running of the cross-Missouri MR 340, where a new division record went down as 526 racers ventured out in the Midwest’s massive 340-mile, multi-craft, multi-day endurance event.


08.06.2013 //

Watch all the video highlights from the 2013 Canoe & Kayak Awards presented by Verizon. The videos include all six reader-selected award presentations and award acceptances, as well as Rob Lesser’s heart-felt acceptance for the Lifetime Achievement Award presented last Thursday, August 1, in Salt Lake City by an all-star cast of presenters including Sean Morley, Scott Lindgren, and Jason Craig.


07.29.2013 //

From our July 2013 issue, Chris Gragtmans shares his thoughts, plus some footage and photos, on the record runoff event this spring on the Ottawa River, where a haddful of the planet’s top paddlers used the massive water to push freestyle kayaking ahead in new directions.

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