Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
The final episode of CanoeKayak.com’s exclusive 4-part series, Skook Classified, detailing the unique invitational sea kayak competition to “push long-boat surfing to the next level” at one freestyle kayaking’s most hallowed grounds: the tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows, B.C.
While the Southeast has not traditionally been known for its large waterfalls, a crew of young “hucksters” have been chasing rain and redefining the paradigm. At the forefront is Pat Keller, who has more Southeast waterfall first descents than anyone else. We caught up with him and fellow paddler Hunt Jennings after their side-by-side second and third descents of 80-foot Cane Creek Falls in Tennessee.
Film preview and update from the Ikkatsu Project crew, whose original mission to paddle Washington’s Olympic coast and survey remote beaches for debris from 2011′s devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, has grown into new plans to launch another innovative expedition to south-central Alaska.
Dan “Stuntman” McCain has earned his nickname by knocking off a string of hairy raft descents including Oregon’s 70-plus-foot Mosier Creek Falls and the old 125-foot Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. The 31-year-old Oregon State University grad student takes us inside his trip down B.C.’s Box Canyon of the Ashlu with the footage to back it up.
Expedition paddler Wave Vidmar made some serious attention-grabbing waves this summer with his plans to retrace Ed Gillet’s historic 63-day crossing from California to Hawaii in 1987. After numerous setbacks and pushing his launch date well into the winter, Vidmar’s attempt fell far short of the 2,200-mile mark. Read the details about his boat and the end of the aborted mission here.
Adam Bradley, a low-emissions, fast-packing adventurer known in backpacking circles for his Pacific Crest Trail 65-day record, talks about his impressive multi-sport human-powered journey this summer from Reno, Nevada, and across Alaska, including a 1,892-mile paddle down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea.
Outdoor educator Adam Wicks-Arshack of Washington state nonprofit Voyages of Rediscovery looks back on a year spent reintroducing birch-bark canoe-making to the Ojibwa communities of Ontario’s Lake Temagami region, and then working on a series of massive dugout canoes with tribes back in Washington.
Six miles of paddling through tidal rapids in 40-degree December temps with horizontal angled rain and driving wind isn’t what most people would consider to be much fun. But for the past seven years, 100-plus paddlers of various human powered water craft plus volunteers, sponsors and spectators show up to race in the Deception Pass Dash in Washington State.