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.
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.
C&K contributing photographer Darin McQuoid takes us on visual journey with some more details from his July return expedition to Japan.
Oregon rafting team on White Salmon River, Washington.
In the first two weeks of February 2002, seven of the world’s best and boldest paddlers completed the first descent of Tibet’s Upper Tsangpo Gorge.
Tobias Johansson on Virgin River Narrows, Zion, Utah
Rok Sribar on Fuefuki Gawa, Nishizawa Canyon, Japan
Fred Norquist on Toketee Falls, North Umpqua River, Oregon
In the new December issue of Canoe & Kayak, available on newsstands now, photographer Benjamin Hjort made a huge visual statement about the paddling possibilities in his home country of Norway. Check out the behind-the-scenes action here and get the full story.
Photos and commentary from the 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, which is growing in international stature and staying true to the grassroots, as evidenced by its winners, New Zealander and Olympic paddler Mike Dawson and local paddling hero Adriene Levknecht.
Green Race season is officially upon us. Asheville-based racer/writer Chris Gragtmans provides an insider’s look at the preparation happening two weeks out from 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, taking place at high noon on Nov. 3, as international racers descend on the North Carolina race course.
Photo gallery and story from Scott Martin of this weekend’s Fall Moosefest, 2012. The finale of the 4-part King of New York race series.
Photos from this weekend’s Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship, Stage 5 of the AWP Whitewater World Series, where New Zealand’s Sam Sutton, took home another (third) title on the short and sweet course in Austria.
A look at this weekend’s fourth stage of the AWP Whitewater World Series–the Devils Extreme race in Lipno, Czech Republic–with organizer Jakub Nemec and photos and video from the 2011 race.
Brett Dufur takes readers on his 80-hour journey down the Missouri: “On Tuesday morning, July 31, nearly 400 misfit paddlers, weekend warriors and river rats from 37 states looked fresh and eager to take on the MR340—the world’s longest, nonstop ultramarathon paddling event … “
The inspiration to movie Deliverance which introduced a generation of adventure-seekers to the possibilities of river-running.
Washington kayaker Darren Albright boofs Rodeo Hole in Jacob’s Ladder, the signature rapid of Idaho’s North Fork Payette, during the 2012 North Fork Championship.