Life After Royalex
In 2012, the Mayan Calendar predicted the end of the world. It didn’t happen, and many a canoeist was among those who scoffed at the Mayans and their silly doomsday predictions. Then, just two years later, the company that made canoeing’s miracle material, Royalex, was sold to plastics conglomerate PolyOne, which soon shut down the
River Etiquette: 8 Tips for Paddling in a Group
By Kim Russell River etiquette is just as important as table etiquette. Below are eight important tips to stay safe and happy both on and off the river. 1. River signals: Have you ever been on the opposite side of the river from your friends and played a game of charades as you tried to
The Benefits of Stepping Out Your Paddling
Lately, I’ve embraced a philosophy of “stepping out.” Sometimes that means harder runs, or tackling trickier expeditions like the Powell Pilgrimage. Other times, it’s stepping down on runs I once dismissed as too flat or long. Usually, it means saying yes instead of no thanks.
Part II: Into the Tian Shan
From the Mag (C&K Winter 2016): Sam Sutton blurs through the first of three cracks in the “Eyes of God” gorge of Kyrgyzstan’s Sary-Jaz River. The channelized constriction of glacial high-volume flows marked the final test of a seven-day descent for an international team of some of the world’s best expedition kayakers this fall. Photographer Erik Boomer documents the full adventure through Central Asia’s Tian Shan Mountains, down the harrowing “Stikine-like” canyons in Part I, and shuttling out
Behind the Scenes of the Web’s Most Viral Snow Kayaking Video
A half a million shares, 75,387 Facebook likes, and tens of millions of views paints the picture: the snow kayaking footage from the ‘90s shot by ski filmmaker Warren Miller is as viral as it gets. With the footage making a recent resurrection of sorts thanks to a weird social time warp, we thought it
Film Debut: Salween Spring
Film by Will Stauffer-Norris and NRS Films “You’ve got to believe in the power of the river to take care of itself. You’ve got to believe it just makes sense for there to be free flowing rivers in the world and for people to be able to experience them.” — Travis Winn, Last Descents River
On Sale Now: Spring 2016
12 Reasons to Start Paddling
In my book, nothing on the planet matches self-propelled boats and water for the spectrum of gratifications; from thrills to serenity, and from awe to that delicious touch of terror.