Gearing up for Summer Paddling
Snowflakes and icy river banks begone, spring is upon us at last. With warm temperatures throughout most of the country, that means shedding our drysuits for the season and gearing up for sunny days on the water. Whether you’re chasing snowmelt or dam released flows, whether you’re kayaking, rafting or SUPing, here are some pieces of gear that have kept our writers comfortable this spring.
10 Tips for Dealing with Fear on the Water
Overcoming fear is what addicts many of us to paddling. But when fear paralyzes you, it becomes important to manage it, rather than to let it rule your paddling experience.
7 Places to Escape from your Escape
Need to Escape From Your Escape? Here are 7 places to get away from your getaway including locations in Belize, Oahu, Florida, Louisiana, and Mexico.
Photos: Wild Norway as seen from a kayak
By Aaron Schmidt, Canoe & Kayak’s Photo Editor I’ve been a huge fan of Tomasz Furmanek’s Instagram account since I stumbled upon it last summer. But I’m not the only one. Furmanek (@tfbergen) has over 40,000 Instagram followers and the staff here at C&K was so impressed by his work that one of his shots ended up on the cover of our December 2014 Photo Annual. We loved the way the image is so symmetric; it guides the eye straight up to the main title and the C&K logo. The golden light allows the title and our cover blurbs to pop. Above all, this photo has that amazing ‘aspirational’ quality that makes a paddling photo great. It transports the viewer into the scene and empowers their mind to say, “I want to be there and doing that!” Normally we would have shied away from an off-the-bow shot, but Furmanek has a knack for making these compositions sing. Maybe it’s the light, maybe it’s the mountainous backgrounds above his home waters in Norway, heck maybe it has something to do with the Instagram square crop. Regardless, Tomasz is able to line up all these elements to create stunning images that appeal to
BY JIM BAIRD We set out to reach the Labrador Sea via four rivers. We’d travel on the Du Pas, then paddle a river with no name until we joined the mighty George. Finally, we’d reach the Adlatok, a spectacular mountain river of deep canyons and numerous thundering rapids. This route we planned is about as tough as a month long trip gets. In front of us lay three height-of-land crossings, countless compass-led, bushwhack portages, massive open water crossings, and six miles of up river travel on the mighty George. The region is known to be among the most rugged and unforgiving in the Canadian north. Steeped in the history of Vikings, Basque whalers, fur traders and first nations, just the word Labrador can give goosebumps to the adventurous at heart. We’d be the first to travel this route since 1982. We used, and in some cases invented, a variety of bushcraft skills to keep ourselves alive and moving. It’s a 32-hour drive to Labrador City from southern Ontario, the final five on gravel. Friends Will Wilkinson and Martin Anevich looked on from the back seats with fear in their eyes as logging trucks drifted around the tight corners in front
Seattle ‘Kayaktivists’ Stage On-Water Protest of Arctic Drilling
Kayak activists are taking to the water to draw attention to the arrival of Shell’s 400-foot long Arctic oil drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, in Port Angeles, Wash., and plans to dock it at the Port of Seattle in the coming weeks.
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Seldom Seen Floats
The naturally flowing streams of the arid American West are all about timing. Read Seldom Seen Floats and find out where the Best Desert Paddle Destinations are.
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