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‘The Super Bowl of Tahiti’: Hawaiki Nui Va’a Race 2014

12.15.2014

Photos and words by Shawn Parkin The small and normally quiet village of Fare on the island of Huahine in French Polynesia is abuzz with activity. Children play in the ocean, climbing the mooring line of a research ship, and jump into the water below. Local vendors of island crafts and food sell their wares […]

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.”

Faces of Rey del Rio

11.28.2014

In Mountain Mind Collective’s following Quick Flick, competitor Todd Wells captures a few of the colorful characters (and highlights) from the 2014 Rey del Rio Waterfall World Championships’ talented international roster of 18 invitees.

Pat Keller claims ‘Rey del Rio’ title

11.25.2014

Photos from Chiapas, Mexico’s innovative three-event waterfall world championship and result rundown from the ‘Rey del Rio.’

Conserving Fiji: The Good Tabu

11.20.2014

Colin Philp is an outrigger canoeist with a singular vision: to make a 24-acre speck of Fiji called Leleuvia Island into a world-class resort for paddlers.

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 […]

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.

Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

10.24.2014

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

The Gurkha Ellesmere Expedition

10.22.2014

Now the British Army is low on cash and cutting regiments that are not well known to the public. Enter Jon Armstrong and his 29-year-old partner Corporal Arjun Limbu, both of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who plan to repeat our Ellesmere circumnavigation to publicize the history and current plight of their regiment. It’s like holding a bake sale to support a war.

Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

10.21.2014

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Canoe Maine: The Upper St. John River

10.15.2014

The upper St. John is a true immersion in the deep woods of northern Maine, what the Allagash used to be: hinting at the legacy of Indian camps, logging booms, and the lingering culture of Acadia. It flirts with the Canadian border, flowing north through pine forests. Locals tout it as the longest wild and […]

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.

Destination: Florida’s Suwannee River

10.08.2014

Forget the frenzy of Miami, the spring break throngs, the crowded beaches and glitz. On the Suwannee, settle into a week or more of original Florida.

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches II: Superior Paddling Destinations

10.06.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman, are 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.

Digital Feature: FUELS GOLD

10.05.2014

Paddling through American’s hydro-fracking boom at the high-plains confluence of Big Oil and Big Muddy.

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