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Rediscover North America: A Gulf-to-Arctic Canoe Expedition

12.19.2014

Last year, our readers were so impressed by the Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition–a four-month, 2,600-mile canoe journey across Canada’s Northern Territories–that they voted it the Expedition of the Year at the 2013 C&K Awards. But for expedition-member Winchell Delano, crossing Canada’s far north from the Pacific Ocean to the Hudson Bay wasn’t enough. He is planning […]

The Final Paddle to D.C. Dispatch: Urban Paddling Advice

12.10.2014

By Amy Freeman Dave and I unlocked the gate of the North Brooklyn Canoe Club as the sun was rising over a rough, industrial part of New York City. Located on top of another Superfund site, this was our access to the water. Donning our drysuits, winter hats and paddle mitts, we launched our canoe […]

Border Paddling: Big Bend and the Rio Grande’s Wilderness Canyons

12.06.2014

By Colin McDonald Like many Western waterways, the Rio Grande sometimes seems closer to a complicated, engineered plumbing system than a river. Its sporadic (and often nonexistent) flows are the result of growing demand, changing climate and the ideals of the 21st century running head on with a river managed by 19th century laws and […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches VI: Paddling through a Superfund Site

12.03.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman finish their 2,000-mile route from Minnesota to Washington to raise awareness for the sulfide ore-mining threat to the Boundary Waters, looking back at their paddling experience on the Champlain Canal into the Hudson River, “because it’s not every day you paddle through one of the nation’s larges Superfund sites.”

Cannonball Runners: The Adirondacks’ Outlaw 90-miler Declassified

12.02.2014

For those who attempt this feat, there are only two rules: the trip must be completed within 24 hours, and the boat must pass the cedar tree near the boat launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, which also marks the finish of the 90-Miler.

What happens when you throw a Nova Craft Tuff Stuff canoe off a 100-foot building?

11.20.2014

Thirty-five years ago, when Royalex was a new and unproven canoe material, the folks at Old Town tossed one of their new Royalex Trippers from the factory roof. The canoe bounced, and Old Town made its point. The new material was tough. Fast forward to yesterday. Royalex has been discontinued and stockpiles are dwindling. Canoe […]

‘River Dreams’ Is Now Available on DVD

11.18.2014

“I love to showcase beautiful parts of our backyards,” says Hunter Nichols of his new film, River Dreams, which documents a 600-mile solo canoe trip he took from central Alabama to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in Mississippi. “Like many, I can’t afford to plan a big trip overseas, but almost everybody has a backyard river that […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches V: Canoe Cart Portaging Tips

11.14.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman check in from a portage-studded section of their route from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., highlighting some canoe-cart portaging Dos and Don’ts in this latest dispatch from their ongoing series of lessons learned during their 2,000-mile expedition across the Northeast.

Video: Paddle to D.C. – The Floating Petition

11.13.2014

Video by Nate Ptacek National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman, are in the midst of Paddle to DC, a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining. The couple has been sending C&K a series of dispatches highlighting […]

Big Al’s Canoe Seats Rant

11.13.2014

Over a 35-year run, my old butt has made the acquaintance of damn near every style of canoe seat; from aluminum to roto-molded plastic, from foam pedestal to tractor seat, and from cane-laced to webbing. Some have been a pleasure to meet, others . . . notsomuch.

Mike Ranta finishes 4,750-mile adventure

11.10.2014

Mike Ranta shares lessons learned during a seven-month, cross-Canada canoe voyage from B.C. to Nova Scotia: “We’ve got something really special (in Canada) and we need to keep it this way. We can’t let the mighty dollar change our attitudes on that. That kind of pride is not for sale.”

Canoeist Keith Lynch’s New (4,000-mile) American Dream

11.07.2014

Keith Lynch was tired of his office job and wanted a challenge. He resigned and committed to a now five-month canoe trek from Montana back home to Dallas 4,000 miles down the Jefferson, Missouri, Mississippi, Red and Trinity Rivers.

Across the Canadian Subartic

11.05.2014

Adam Maxwell relives his six-member crew’s 56-day, 907-mile summer expedition across the Canadian subarctic, tracing eight wild waterways from the heart of the Canadian hinterlands to the Hudson Bay coast.

Photo Essay: Canoeing British Columbia’s Turner Lakes

11.05.2014

Lying on my stomach, I looked over the edge of the falls. A heavy white mist rose from the base of the canyon, 1,316 feet below. I couldn’t see the bottom. Looking up, I watched the wind silently gusting through the pines, scattering the mist. Not your usual start to a canoe trip, I observed.

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches IV: Destination Mattawa River

11.04.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman check back in on the Mattawa River as they continue east across the Canadian Shield, plugging along with their message about the sulfide ore-mining threat to the Boundary Waters, and continuing their series of dispatches on tips, destinations, and lessons learned during their 2,000-mile expedition across the Northeast from Minnesota to Washington, D.C.

Mike Whitlock’s Mystery Canoe

11.03.2014

Intrigued, Whitlock paid the $125 and commenced a year of reclamation. But even after turning the long-neglected junker back into a beautiful, red vessel once again capable water-worthy, Whitlock still wonders about the history of his rescue. Where did it come from? What was its original model? The garage sale find remains a fiberglass mystery.

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