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Paddle to D.C. Dispatches III: Upstream Travel advice

10.10.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman, in the midst of Paddle to D.C., 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, share tips on upstream travel.

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

HOW TO PACK: Expedition with kids

05.22.2014

The idea of kids and canoe trips can seem like a daunting undertaking. Don’t fret; here are some Dan Clark’s tips and tricks to create the best memories in your life.

Try These Pelvis Stretches for Paddlers

05.08.2014

A few simple hip stretches for paddlers stretches can fix major hidden pelvis issues, helping you feel good in your boat and top of your game on the river.

Fund your fun

05.02.2014

Expedition paddler Ken Campbell highlights five diverse methods for raising money for your next paddling trip, offering an array of options to complement online crowdsourcing websites.

How To Crowdfund Your Expedition

05.01.2014

Finding the funding for expeditions is never easy. Thankfully, those who have offered tips and advice for how to crowdfund paddling expeditions.

5 Shoulder Tips to Hone Your Paddle Stroke

02.24.2014

Paddlers are pre-disposed to shoulder injuries, but paddlers can avoid them. Athlete Kim Becker offers five savvy shoulder tips hone paddle stroke.

Learn How to Canoe

02.12.2014

Canoeing down North America’s rivers is as much a part of the land’s history as hiking through its mountains. Learn how to canoe and carry on the tradition.

Mastering pivot and sideslip strokes

02.12.2014

In this segment of canoeing 101, Paul Mason instructs on tandem canoe technique, specifically pivot turns and sideslip strokes.

Canoe Rigging 101

02.09.2014

The following is an exclusive excerpt from the new book NOLS Canoeing, by NOLS senior faculty member and program supervisor Zand Martin. The book is billed as “The perfect guide for those getting started and those who want to build on their skills.” It covers “basic strokes and maneuvers, lines, drills, rigging, loading and unloading, […]

Wilderness First Aid: Shoulder Dislocation

02.05.2014

By Grant Lipman One of the most common dislocations is the shoulder. This is especially true for paddling. The following offers a simple breakdown of what a shoulder dislocation looks like and how to relieve it. This instructional is not a substitute for actual wilderness first aid training, which we highly recommend all paddlers pursue.  […]

Canoe Camping Recipes: Naan Bread

01.30.2014

Making a gourmet meal in the wilderness is less intimidating than it sounds. Breads are easy recipes. Here are the camping recipes for two Indian breads.

Top 5 Tips for Camping With Kids

01.23.2014

Parenthood enticed Canadian mountain guide Dan Clark and his wife Alice Young Clark to hit the water. Here are their top five tips for camping with kids.

What I Learned in B.C.

10.05.2013

BC is of the most beautiful and most challenging whitewater destinations in the world. Paddler and C&K contributor Eric Adsit offers advice from his kayaking experience to help others make good judgment calls without the portages.

Backcountry Gourmet

07.26.2013

Good backcountry food makes the difference between roughing it on short trips and living well on longer ones. Healthy, tasty, camp-cooked food can become a mainstay for canoeing trips with help from the new book The New Trailside Cookbook.

Help the Coast Guard Help You

06.26.2013

June’s installment of Staying Safe with the Coast Guard. Canoe & Kayak magazine teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide monthly service stories on how to stay safe while paddling on the ocean.

Rack and Roll

06.20.2013

No matter what you hear about raging rapids, the most dangerous part of paddling is getting to the put-in. You can’t do anything about others on the road, but you can make sure your boat stays safe and secure on your roof rack. Here’s how.

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