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Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

The Usumacinta has a reputation as one of the best river trips in the world, and also one of the most dangerous. It forms the border between Mexico and Guatemala through the heart of the Mayan region, a vast, densely jungled wilderness where traditional authorities hold little sway…because of these amazing features, the Usu became one of the world’s preeminent raft trips in the 1970s, and a prime winter playground for off-season Grand Canyon guides.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

It took me two days to hitchhike from Haines, Alaska, to the Yukon highway bridge where Walt Blackadar started his fabled 1971 first descent of Turnback Canyon. I launched in a drizzle feeling quite puny, just as Walt probably did, which I guess was the point. I was alone, as he had been, with 10 days and 230 miles of the Alsek River ahead of me. Running Turnback was never part of my plan, though.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

I always thought I needed to do something ‘legitimate’ for a living. Then when I graduated I got job offers in geology, and thought, ‘What do I need money for so badly that I’m ready to sacrifice my life for it?’

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

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.

En Route: Rails to Whales

07.30.2012

Canoeing and kayaking over 1,800 miles from Jasper, Alberta, to Hudson Bay on the thrift.

Kayaking Ukraine: Olympic Refugees

07.27.2012

Jeffrey Andreoni and Giulio D’Eramo are escaping London’s Olympic crowds by fleeing the country (for a month) to paddle Ukraine’s Dnieper River.

London 2012 Olympic Preview

07.27.2012

The (paddling) Games of the XXX Olympiad.

LESSONS FROM THE RIVER: It All Washes Out In the End

07.27.2012

Dispatch No. 5 from C&K Online Editor Dave Costello’s week at First Descents.

LESSONS FROM THE RIVER: Ditch the Heavy Stuff

07.26.2012

Dispatch No. 4 from C&K Online Editor Dave Costello’s week at First Descents.

LESSONS FROM THE RIVER: Self-Rescue

07.25.2012

Dispatch No. 3 from C&K Online Editor Dave Costello’s week at First Descents.

Memories of Distant Summers

07.25.2012

P.G. Downes newly published journal ‘Distant Summers’ reveal the ways of the Old North.

LESSONS FROM THE RIVER: Keep Paddling

07.24.2012

Dispatch No. 2 from C&K Online Editor Dave Costello’s week at First Descents.

LESSONS FROM THE RIVER: We’re All Just In Between Swims

07.23.2012

Dispatch No. 1 from C&K Online Editor Dave Costello’s week at First Descents.

Video: The 2012 Little White Salmon Race

07.23.2012

A look inside the 2012 AWP Point Series Little White Salmon Creeking Race.

The Black Festival

07.18.2012

Stories and photos from the 2012 Black River Race

In Their Own Words: Birch-Bark Odyssey

07.16.2012

Dan Blessing and Marc VanGrinsven’s 4,000 mile journey from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean in a homemade birch-bark canoe.

Video: Bam, After the Falls

07.12.2012

C&K staffer Michael Gordon recently ran into Bam Margera of MTV’s popular television series “Jackass,” in Iceland of all places, and couldn’t help but ask him about his most recent stunt with pro kayaker Steve Fisher: Hucking himself off Oregon’s 88-foot Metlako Falls in the front seat of a Jackson Dynamic Duo.

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