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Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

A look at C&K Editor-at-Large Alan Kesselheim’s packing list for his summer sojourn on the portage-studded 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail route from New York to Maine.

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Craft that Catch

07.16.2006

I blame it on my parents. They took me fishing at an early age and I was hooked. Nothing fascinated me more than peering into the depths that my bait had descended into and wondering what creatures lurked down there. I soon discovered that as I retreated farther into the backcountry, the fish became bigger […]

Lord of the Loop

07.13.2006

If you knew who freestyle kayaker Stephen Wright was before 2005, you were either a friend or family member. But after entering the Reno River Festival that year as an amateur– and taking third place among the pros – Wright has become on of the best-known athletes on the freestyle scene. Since then, Wright, 28, […]

Canoe Records Smashed in Yukon Quest

07.10.2006

Course records were crushed at the 2006 Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, held June 28-July 2. The overall winners, Brandon Nelson and David Kelly, smoked the 460-mile course in 40 hours, 37 minutes, and 5 seconds in a tandem kayak, lopping two and a half hours off the […]

Pumped Up: Cataraft Fishing Craft

07.07.2006

Catarafts may be the SUVs of human-powered fishing boats. They give you access to a huge variety of water from protected bays to whitewater rivers. They are among the few paddlecraft that allow the caster to stand and truly cast, using pressure off one’s foot and hip rotation to launch a lure or fly line. […]

Sit-and-Switch Canoe Paddling

07.07.2006

If you’re planning a long flatwater trip, it’s time to consider the most efficient way to move a canoe-using bent-shaft (elbow) paddles. I hear arguments for not using bent-shaft paddles, but once you’ve used them a time or two, you’ll fall in line. Some time ago, a friend asked how to train his new partner […]

Kayak Fishing Tips

06.29.2006

This is probably the first rule in all of paddle sports, but especially important in fishing since you carry so much additional gear from your rods/reels to tackle bags, gps, anchor, livewell, boga grip, etc. – make sure everything is tied to the yak if possible or has a float attached. Rule number two for […]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

06.29.2006

Imagine packing your supplies, stepping into your boat and pushing off. You paddle on scenic rivers, historic lakes and shimmering streams, winding your way through the New York’s Adirondacks. You’re surrounded by billowing hills, with quaint cabins plopped into the deep emerald fields that seem to roll straight to the clouds. Paddling on, you venture […]

Wave of Honor

06.28.2006

With several courses under construction nationwide, 2006 will be a landmark year for whitewater-park development. None, however, is as inspirational as Brennan’s Wave, a $300,000 park being built on the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana. The park is a tribute to Brennan Guth, a local boater and founder of Tarkio Kayak Adventures, who died […]

Stoke for the Armchair Paddler

06.28.2006

Most armchair thrill-ride videos make me glad I’m still in the armchair and not getting my sinuses flushed with seawater or my skull ground into a beach like a cigarette butt. As I get older, and increasingly injured, I find myself less interested in the wild moves of kayaks getting thrashed on tape than I […]

Gimme Shelter

06.27.2006

The desire for adequate shelter is damned near primordial, a holdover from the cave days, when warm, dry, and secure lodging was up there with food and fire on the priority list. On a paddling trip, a dependable, functional, and even luxurious tent ranks alongside a sweet boat and good company. When a tent-door zipper […]

Reverse Sweeping in Whitewater Kayaking

06.16.2006

There are times on the river when you want to stop traveling in one direction and head toward a new destination. Sometimes this happens because your boat has gotten knocked off line. Other times it is part of your plan. For example, if there are two obstacles that you need to go between, a solid […]

Sea Kayak Launching and Landing

06.16.2006

This article first appeared in Canoe & Kayak Magazine June 2006
It’s embarrassing, but I fall in the water more often launching or landing, with everyone watching, than when I’m farther from shore. You too? These tips may help minimize your shoreline antics.

Canoe a Gentle River

06.16.2006

This time of year nearly 30 years ago, an excited novice canoe paddler discovered the pleasure of floating a river. I remember the river and the trip. A sunny, warm day enhanced the magnificent mountain and meadow scenery. Each river bend added ner-vous energy, and loud riffling noise generated by shallow water raised images of […]

Portraits of Kayakers

06.15.2006

My Brother’s Keeper When Simon Osborne says he didn’t really know what he was getting into when he decided to circumnavigate the United Kingdom, he means it. That the 26-year-old had never actually sea kayaked before only accentuated the urgent need for instruction from renowned kayaker Nigel Dennis. “Fortunately, he didn’t tell me to just […]

Versatile Canoes Reviewed

06.15.2006

The lure of moving water seems to have moved the major canoe makers in 2006. All the models in this review focus on versatility, with three of the four advertising at least moderate whitewater capability. When hybrid bicycles came out years ago, they were neither pure road nor mountain, and with these boats there is […]

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06.14.2006

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Kayaking the Yangtze River

06.14.2006

Every journey starts at the end. Only then do memories gradually emerge, slowly unfolding like a lotus blossom. Such was the case after our first commercial kayak descent on the Great Bend of the Yangtze River, in China’s Yunnan Province. For those of us on the trip, there was also the bittersweet realization that the […]

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