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Week in Review: December 19, 2014

Bear Grylls on surfing the Ottawa River: “If he capsizes…he might not survive.” A little over-the-top? Maybe, but Devyn Scott sure is good at what he does Kayak launch fail. This shouldn’t be so difficult Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm La Garganta del Diablo, The Throat of the Devil Aptly named Kev Brady […]

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Exploring Norway’s Trollfjorden by Ski and Kayak

01.30.2008

Norway’s Lofoten Islands rise abruptly out of the North Sea to more than 3,500 feet. The densely packed archipelago curves southward like an eagle’s talon poised above the Arctic Circle. A haven for sea birds, including puffins in the hundreds of thousands, the Lofotens also host the world’s largest orca gathering. It’s a remote and […]

Changes in Expedition Canoeing

01.29.2008

Cliff Jacobson talks of the changes he has seen in over 50 years of expedition canoeing.

Red Canoe – Milner Canyon, Idaho

01.25.2008

We reached the dam at sunrise and found the river siphoned away by three large irrigation canals. Above the Milner Dam, the Snake River rolled at more than 8,000 cubic feet per second. Below, the flow was only 230 cfs. The river, America’s 10th longest, was suddenly so narrow you could nearly hop across it. […]

Kayaking in PatagoniaFamily kayaking provides many challenges in the Chilean wilderness

01.25.2008

At first blush, Patagonia inspires many comparisons. “It is like Switzerland, only with volcanoes.” “It is like Norway, only with semi-tropical vegetation.” “It is like the San Juan Islands, only in Alaska.” It doesn’t take long before these comparisons fall away when replaced by a the realization that, despite any similarities to other places, Patagonia […]

Free Sailing Starter Kit for Kayakers

01.24.2008

Kayaks and sailboats go together like, well . . . like a loon chick and its parent . . . like a frog and a lily pad . . . like a boat for shoreline exploration and the mother ship which carries it into the wilderness. Each is a quiet getaway vessel capable of operating […]

Canada’s Nahanni River: A Solo Paddle in Canada’s Northwest Territories

01.23.2008

Luc Bedard paddles a canoe, solo, down Canada’s Nahanni River.

Kayak Camping In Style

01.23.2008

Kayak Camping In Style Outdoor writer Rob Lyon has spent more than two decades exploring Vancouver Island by kayak, putting camping gear to the test, and weathering more than a few squalls along the way. Whether out for a weekend or a two-month circumnavigation, he finds a cozy camp translates into mental alertness and a […]

Grand Canyon 2009 Main Lottery Dates Announced

01.22.2008

In an announcement e-mailed only to registered applicants on January 17, 2008, Grand Canyon National Park announced the dates for the main 2009 non-commercial river permits lottery. Applications will be taken for the 2009 river running season beginning February 1 through noon February 26, 2008. The announcement did not say when the main 2009 drawing […]

First Winter Attempt to Circumnavigate Vancouver Island

01.19.2008

On January 18,2008, Ken Campbell began his attempt at a solo circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. Although the trip has been done by others in the past, none of the previous expeditions have taken place entirely during the winter season. From the News Tribune Ken Campbell is no stranger to long kayak trips. In 2000, he […]

Whitewater Parks Revitalize Local Economies

01.18.2008

Ask Reno business owners and tourism officials about the Reno River Festival and they all mention one thing: girls in bikinis. The restaurateurs and city leaders aren’t necessarily excited about the girls themselves, but they are excited about what girls in bikinis invariably attract—a crowd. The girls brought 32,000 of their friends to the Festival […]

Bluewater Jon – Cabo Marlin Fishing

01.15.2008

Bluewater Jon goes marlin kayak fishing in Cabo, Mexico.

National Rafting Champioships to be Held in Idaho

01.15.2008

The United States Rafting Association voted unanimously on Jan. 7 to hold this year’s national championship event at the Payette Boise River (PBR) Festival in Idaho which takes place May 31 – June 2. International Rafting Federation (IRF) rules and expectations in this area were reviewed by the USRA in selecting an appropriate host for […]

Paddlers Finish Tasman Sea Crossing

01.15.2008

Australians James Castrission, 25, and Justin Jones, 24, spent 62 days crossing the Tasman Sea in their custom-built fiberglass vessel and battled strong winds and tides that spun them in giant circles and forced them to change their original plans. The two pulled in at Ngamotu Beach near the town of New Plymouth on New […]

Canoeing The Upper Kaw River in Eastern Kansas

01.15.2008

The Kansas River, also know as the Kaw River, stretches 170 miles from its origin in Junction City, Kansas to its confluence with the Missouri River. It is the only public canoeing stream in Northern Kansas.Solitary sandbars, bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, and the subtle beauty of the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie left on earth […]

Polly Green’s Nomads – Wandering Women of the Whitewater Tribe

01.11.2008

The idea for Nomads originated in 2002 as Polly Green was traveling around the world with her kayak, competing and doing expeditions.

Sea Kayaking’s Expedition Highlights in 2007

01.11.2008

Pigs don’t paddle. But that didn’t stop 2007, the year of the pig in the Chinese calendar, from becoming one of the biggest seasons on record for sea kayak expeditions. Paddlers notched immense crossings and set new speed records around the globe. They circumnavigated islands, whole countries, and most of a continent—all of which left […]

Alabama Scenic River Trail The new route stretches 631 miles to the Gulf of Mexico

01.10.2008

The Alabama Tourism Department is working with a group of volunteers on a 631-mile river trail in Alabama. The water route will stretch from the Alabama-Georgia state line to the Gulf of Mexico through a network of seven rivers, two creeks, and Mobile Bay. It is believed to be the longest river trail in a […]

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