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Boating in Costa Rica

03.29.2013

Last February, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns traveled down to Costa Rica where she joined Jim Coffey from Esprit and canoed some of the country’s most pristine and endangered rivers.

“I got way more out of the trip than I ever thought possible,” Kerns said. “I thought I was just going down to paddle and report, but Coffey shed light on so much regarding the culture, environment and conflicts that make Costa Rica such a dynamic and fascinating country.”

Testing Boundaries

03.28.2013

Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.

Rivers Be Dammed: Somos del Rio Baker Update

03.25.2013

The Somos del Rio Team has paddled miles of some of the world’s biggest whitewater down in Patagonia. Their journey was to paddle the country’s endangered rivers and immerse themselves in the life they support before the proposed damming project erases them from the earth. They have offered a report of their travels so far.

When the Currents Stop

03.06.2013

Airing his last episode airing in April, TV producer Mike McKay is ending Currents, the web TV documentary series that both illuminates the risks threatening the world’s rivers and highlights the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state. Currents episodes have won several awards, including its latest episode The Ottawa River, which won Best Accomplished Documentary at the National Paddling Film Festival last month.

Demshitz Does the Grand

02.27.2013

Last January, members of Demshitz and their friends and family paddled down the Grand Canyon on a 14-day, self-supported trip. They experienced adventures, endured some trials, enjoyed many laughs and took some great photos during their voyage. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with Dave Fusili about the trip and learned what he had to say.

National Park Sequestration and Paddling

02.26.2013

It’s a little more severe than chipping in shuttle money for gas. On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them.

Nation’s Top National Parks for Paddling

02.26.2013

While it remains to be seen what sequestration will spells for paddling options in our national parks, following is an alphabetized list of the top national parks for dipping a blade, whether it’s from a canoe, kayak or raft.

What the Parks Will Lose

02.26.2013

On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them. Under cuts unearthed by CNPSR, the following national parks are among those that would be affected:

Mirror River

02.25.2013

Have you ever seen an entire river? “Mirror River” is a journey from source to sea down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 3 and a half minutes. We started in the Wind River Mountains (Wyoming) in October 2011 and finished at the Sea of Cortez (Mexico) in January 2012. The river begins as a trickle, carves ever deeper and more spectacular canyons, and is reduced to a trickle again by water diversions. This timelapse has 24 still images from almost every day of the trip.

I See a Whale!

02.08.2013

It’s starting to be that time of year again when whales migrate from one extreme pole to the other. That means whale sightings and what better place than from the seat of a kayak? Canoe & Kayak has compiled a list of the best places to find whales while cruising along the ocean waves.

Following the Wizard’s Eye

02.04.2013

In March of 2013, the sailboat Wizard’s Eye will sail quietly out of the Bay of La Paz, Mexico and begin a journey across the planet’s largest ocean, the Pacific. Led by world record holding extreme kayaker Tyler Bradt, the Wizard’s Eye crew will point the bow toward New Zealand, kicking off a five-year-long circumnavigation of the globe combining modern-day action sports with time-honored exploration. Their goal: to explore the limits of what’s humanly possibly while exploring the farthest reaches of the planet.

Rivers Be Dammed

01.29.2013

Reel Motion Inc. and American Whitewater’s Evan Stafford has two main passions in life: filming and river activism. The perfect stage right for such passions is set in Chile, Patagonia’s rivers are under threat to be dammed. Canoe & Kayak Magazine caught up with Stafford to see just what he plans for this project and will be following him as it unfolds.

Fire and Water

01.25.2013

Wildfires consumed over 300 square miles of forest in Colorado early last summer, destroying hundreds of homes and altering the environment. When the rains finally came in July, whitewater boaters like Forest Greenough, a Colorado State University music professor and raft guide at Mountain Whitewater Descents, discovered that their favorite runs were barely recognizable—not for the features, but for the color of the water. Sooty runoff turned the water of the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins inky black, making the stout Class IV-V narrows section otherworldly. We contacted Greenough to find out what it’s like to paddle black water.

Daddy’s Creek Race

01.22.2013

For most paddlers, the creek racing world of whitewater kayaking is pretty epic. The world’s top boaters compete down steep V+ Chilean gorges in the Whitewater Grand Prix and gnarly Homestake Creek at the

Solstice Special: How to boat all winter

12.21.2012

Today is the first day of winter, and many paddlers in colder climates have already packed away their boats for the season. That’s too bad, because with a little gear and good planning, you can boat straight through the winter while having a great time and staying safe. We caught up with four paddlers in the blustery Northeast who have the right attitude, and these tips to keep you going strong through the winter.

Racing Through Stage 1

12.04.2012

The athletes kicked off the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix race yesterday with the first whitewater enduro stage on the Rio Gol Gol. They raced against the clock on a nearly one mile-long stretch of class V whitewater, navigating not only extremely technical rapids, but also several 15-20 foot waterfalls.

Convergences

12.01.2012

Where tectonic upheaval flatlines and the Brooks Range runs out, infinite space welcomes the traveler like a door thrown open. Blue as the Caribbean, the Canning River spills our two rafts from between foothills into the arctic coastal plain.

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