This story featured in the 2012 June issue. By Eugene Buchanan If Jim Lochhead’s stainless steel Sierra cup could talk, it could hold court—and coffee—among canoeists anywhere. Etched onto it are the names of Arctic runs like the Great Slave/Burnside, Yellowknife/Coppermine and South Nahanni. His homemade, 6-foot, mahogany camp table contains the burned-in names of [...]
Mothers all have in common the love they bare their children, the sweat and tears of raising them and the laughs and memories that develop along the way. Canoe & Kayak wanted to recognize the water mommas. Below are a few stories of mothers and children celebrating family on the water.
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Dan Blessing Marc and I were leading 22-day Outward Bound expeditions when we started talking about an outlandishly longer expedition—from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, Marc built the birch-bark canoe to carry us the 4,000 miles across North America. Marc forged hand tools [...]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Rob Lyon “Desolation’s way up there, Ray, six thousand feet or so looking into Canada … thousands of miles of mountains, deer, bear, conies, hawks, trout, chipmunks. It’ll be great for you Ray.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. I had a call from an old friend [...]
Canoeing for me has always been about escaping the crowds, cruising alone across a misty lake or working with a partner to negotiate a boiling whitewater river. Big canoes, however, the curious 20-foot-plus behemoths powered by a half-dozen or more paddlers, are the exact opposite. Big canoes require a crowd.
In this installment of The Inside Line, we look deeper into the profile on Bill Nedderman from the “Covert Operators” feature package headlining C&K’s current May issue, available on newsstands now. The stealthy Iowa paddler waxes about life off the grid and on his low-profile, 6,000-mile route around the eastern United States in his homemade canoe.
This story featured in the Put-In section of the March 2012 issue. By Joe Glickman Five hundred meters into October’s ICF World Marathon Championships, a 21-mile showdown of the planet’s fastest kayakers in Singapore, Hank McGregor took up the pull. Savvy racers know better. But instead of riding in the wash to save strength for [...]
A decade after whitewater canoeing visionary Frankie Hubbard passed away, Knoxville-based open boater Dooley Tombras cannot fathom what new ideas Hubbard would’ve come up with if he hadn’t succumbed to lung cancer in 2003, at the young age of 41. “Frankie completely modernized the sport,” says Tombras, an elite open boater who’s taken the sport to new heights with his role in The Canoe Movie series of OC-1 videos. “His designs made it possible to run steep creeks and evolved the whole rodeo thing.”
The U.S. Team Trials preliminaries kicks off today! More than 70 competitors have come to the Nantahala Gorge, just outside Bryson City, North Carolina to face off for a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team and the opportunity to compete in the 2013 International Canoe Federation Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Paddlers are taking their final practice sessions and competition will last through the weekend.
Last March, more than 300 canoeists from around the United States, Canada and Europe collected in a hole-in-the-wall Tennessee town to boat some of the Southeast’s finest rivers for the annual Ain’t Louie Fest. This year, ALF was dealt a blow few festivals have faced in the history of whitewater: a death on the river. [...]
Canoeing is how this whole paddling business got started, and as they navigated their bark craft through the boreal forest, early paddlers faced the same challenge you did at summer camp: sharing the canoe with another paddler.
Though solo canoeing is always an option, nothing moves a canoe better than a well-matched tandem team. The trick is good communication and knowing your job. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Arthur Moffatt lead five young men into the Canadian Barrens, where, on a bitter September day 200 miles from the nearest settlement, his canoe capsized in a rapid he hadn’t scouted. Moffat froze to death on the riverbank, leaving a wife, two daughters and a name that, in canoe-tripping circles, became synonymous with incompetence. Skip Pessl—then 22, now 79—can’t shake the memories of that day and can’t abide the one-sided caricature of his friend and mentor. This is the story of the Moffatt Expedition, revisited.
Chip Cochrane is the Maine woods come to life—a gnarled tree trunk of a man with enough muscle to power his canoe against rushing whitewater. The third-generation Maine Guide’s raw strength and competitive nature have made him the American Canoe Association’s canoe poling national champion, year after year.
Several hundred paddlers—many in traditional Voyageur costumes—celebrated the life of Ralph Frese with a 6-mile paddle down the Chicago River North Branch on Sunday, April 14. Frese passed away in December. For 28 straight New Year’s mornings, Frese led hard-core paddlers on a “Happy Ca-noe Year Paddle.” The 2013 event was cancelled due to weather, so his friends gathered to remember his indomitable spirit, featuring a tribute by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, a Proclamation by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declaring it “Ralph Frese Day” and a moving “empty canoe” memorial.