Author Archives: "Jeff Moag"
By Jeff Moag Sixty-seven-year-old kayaker Aleksander “Olek” Doba landed at Ely’s Harbour, Bermuda early this morning, 142 days after leaving Portugal in a 23-foot kayak. Despite storm winds that pushed him in circles for six weeks, and finally a broken rudder that forced him to divert to Bermuda for repairs, Doba reached the Atlantic island […]
Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer was held overnight this week on Peru’s Maranon River by villagers who mistook his river-running party for a dam survey crew.
C&K speaks with Scott Lee, one of more than two-dozen river runners camped near the barricaded road to the Grand Canyon put-in. Lee and his 16-person party have a valid permit to Wednesday Oct 2, but National Park Service rangers barred access to the river, citing the government shutdown.
Bryson City, NC — Today is a big day at the World Championships as the major competitions face off for semi finals. America’s Clay Wright currently sits in lead of squirt boats with a total score of 1220, and Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara sits in the top women’s squirt with a total score of 1253. […]
A wood and canvas Old Town canoe used in the most iconic paddling movie of all time goes on the auction block next Tuesday. The weathered green canoe has hung in the restaurant of the Clarion Hotel in Fremont, Neb., for 13 years. The hotel is now going out of business, and as they say on late-night television, “Everything must go!”
Canoeing icon Ralph Frese died December 10 in a hospice overlooking the Chicago River’s East Branch. He was 86 years old. The proprietor of Chicagoland Canoe Base began paddling in a canvas-covered kayak on the Illinois River when he was a teenager. By the time he was 24, Frese was mass-producing canoes for his local Boy Scout troop, and in 1967 he paddled voyageur canoe replicas from Chicago to the World’s Fair in Montreal. In 1973 he retraced Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette’s 3,000-mile 1673 expedition.
What lies beneath?
It’s a question that’s been on paddlers’ and naturalist’s minds alike since the 98-year-old Condit Dam was removed from Washington’s White Salmon River in October 2011. With the dam gone, the still waters of Northwestern Lake drained away, revealing nearly two miles of riverbed coated in a nearly100-year accumulation of silt and downed timber from the surrounding forests. Access to this new run officially opened this weekend, November 3, and C&K has a preview from the first paddlers to document the stretch.
Day 3 of the Nile River Festival went HUGE. It was a slow morning after a big night in camp. It rained nearly 3 inches Saturday night, which created a massive mud pit in the middle of the party. Mud dancing and wrestling lasted throughout the night! The hang-over cure was a 15 kilometer mass-start race from Itanda to Nile Special Sunday morning. Local paddler Jackson 1 (that is his real name; he has two brothers named Jackson 2 and Jackson 3) got the beatdown of the weekend in the Bad Place at the bottom of Itanda, starting the day off with a big swim!
Words and Photos by Seth Warren We made the pre-event journey to Itanda Falls today. This is going to be one of the best river festivals of all time here in Uganda. There is still plenty of whitewater to be had, despite the tragic damming of Bujagali, which has drastically impacted the whitewater tourism. In […]
Alexander was a trainer of champion triathletes during the Soviet era but is now retired and sticks to sailing and regattas. He is very humorous and manages to fit swear words into sentences in ways that Pushkin or Ukraine’s revered national poet Taras Shevchenko would be jealous of. His cursing is an art form; poetry in emotion. Alexander tells us to set up our tent in the club’s yard and come join everyone for dinner posthaste. In the meantime another club member pulls up in his giant Landcruiser and invites us on a light-speed tour of the city, using the curbs as a mere navigational suggestions.
In our final installment, the crew load their nearly finished kayaks for the trip home, and John extolls the virtues of wood-composite construction. In a series of short videos over seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. A typical workshop […]