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Week in Review: October 17, 2014

How not to launch your boat, blind kayakers finish Grand Canyon, scary kayak spelunking and more

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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 […]

Scott Gerber

10.15.2014

Scott Gerber is “The Lifer”. The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling.

Mary Kurt-Mason

10.15.2014

The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. STORY BY CONOR MIHELL Mary Kurt-Mason is the first to admit that some rapids terrify her. A self-professed “water baby” who has been whitewater kayaking, rafting and sea kayaking for over 30 years, she still sometimes worries that […]

Loretta and Dalen Bayes

10.15.2014

The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. Story by Ryan Stuart Go ahead and ask Loretta and Dalen Bayes to recommend their favorite northern river. Just don’t expect an answer. It’s not that they’re keeping secrets. It’s just that after 40 years of exploring from […]

Mark Divittorio

10.15.2014

The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. Story by Conor Mihell Kayaker Mark Divittorio calls the euphoric sensation of finishing a run on a favorite river “that takeout feeling.” The 42-year-old real estate broker from Coloma, Calif., was feeling that buzz after an April solo […]

Doug Green

10.15.2014

The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. STORY BY LARRY RICE Upon first meeting Douglas Green, and beholding his middling skills when running Class III rapids near his home in Boulder, Colorado, you might be forgiven for wondering why this stout 58-year-old fine woodworker with […]

EXTRA ORDINARY PADDLERS

10.15.2014

— The following originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of C&K. The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. This is our salute to a handful of everyday paddlers, the brokers, the carpenters, the nurses, you might meet on the water who have earned other […]

Brooks Range Tension 30: Lightweight Protection

10.14.2014

I admit I was dubious at first. The fabric is so lightweight, and the single-pole design seemed sketchy. Yes, it is seductively light (less than 2.5 lbs.) and very compact for a tent with 30 sq. ft. of floor space, but I worried how it would stand up to rough ground, wind, weather. Then I […]

Big Agnes Scout Plus: A Minimalist Treasure

10.14.2014

Looking for feather-weight, tiny stuff sack shelter? This might be it. At a trail weight under 2 lbs., this single-wall pup tent design is compelling for trips where compact, lightweight gear is a premium – think packraft expeditions or small-hatch kayak journeys.

Wilderness Readings for the Drybag

10.14.2014

I had never been able to find a wilderness compilation of this sort, so I was motivated by the fact that what I was creating would be unique and, hopefully, of real interest to folks in the outdoors community.

Wallace Stegner’s Wilderness Letter and the Geography of Hope

10.14.2014

BY PAGE STEGNER In 1960, David Pesonen was helping prepare a report to Congress on the crisis of overuse in the nation’s parks and recreation areas. Fearing that the idea of wilderness would be sapped of its power by a report bogged down in bureaucratic details, Pesonen solicited the help of my father, novelist and […]

Good Times at Lumpy Waters 2014

10.13.2014

C&K’s online editor gets schooled at the Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium in Oregon.

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.

Wave Sport Mobius Review

10.09.2014

Designed by math, made for excellence the Wave Sport Mobius a kayak in which both experts and novices could excel.

Ultimate senior project: the custom kayak

10.09.2014

“Having put in the work to make it a reality and having felt the effort that went into every fiber makes the boat that much more special for me.” — Quinn Connell, who recently paddled his way to an engineering degree at Dartmouth, using an independent study to learn the pitfalls and rewards of crafting a custom composite freestyle kayak.

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.

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