Forty years ago, a film appeared on the big screen which caused theater-goers to squirm with angst—not from some imaginative sci-fi scenario, but because the sequence of terrifying events could easily be related to real-life possibilities, particularly for paddlers in the southern Appalachians. ‘Deliverance’ also launched into greater prominence the careers of Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. Three Georgia whitewater paddlers happened to be in the right place at the right time, becoming part of the film’s legend. Doug Woodward recounts what it was like to be part of that experience.
The stacked challenges favored those with traditional training. Specifically, groomed slalom training, which is what made all the difference this weekend at a European downriver sprint race billed as a world championship, and that certainly required the absolute best of each paddler in the field.
When it rains in Quebec, it pours, especially during a Canadian crew’s unprecedented high-water descent of the remote Magpie River this summer using a fleet of Dagger Greenboats. Read the story and watch the latest installment of the ‘Made in Canada’ series featuring the Magpie’s local paddlers, shot prior to the descent.
Well, they still might be sitting on a lot of food and PBRs, but Grand Canyon permit holders stymied by the government shutdown will get to float the river at some point, and get a little gas money for the shuttle home.
Nicaragua is the secret gem of Central America’s kayaking destinations. Paddler and contributor Jeff Kinney shares his experiences and top reasons you should make this on your paddling priority list before others find out.
BC is of the most beautiful and most challenging whitewater destinations in the world. Paddler and C&K contributor Eric Adsit offers advice from his kayaking experience to help others make good judgment calls without the portages.
No run is too is too big for Marr to tackle—or too ridiculous. Last week, Marr and a few of his friends were in British Columbia when they decided to run a steep drainage ditch called the Lions Bay Slide.
With soaring unemployment and an economy Milton Friedman could only shake his head at, visiting Detroit isn’t on many people’s bucket list these days. But if you’re into non-motorized boating, you may want to give Motor City a second look.
Don’t let the high salt content and a few dead Tilapia littering the briny mudflats of the Salton Sea sway your decision to paddle California’s largest lake.
The best thing about searching for a formerly extinct bird is that it can force you out of your comfort zone. Take Bayou DeView, for example, within the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in east-central Arkansas.
Sometimes the best paddling happens when you least expect it. On the following pages, you’ll find six other mistakenly overlooked spots to discover for yourself.
Each time he crossed the Gowanus Canal, Frank Minna, the small-time wise guy in the novel Motherless Brooklyn, quipped that it’s “the only body of water in the world that is 90 percent guns.”
The waterway was so full of industrial waste that its surface burned no fewer than 13 times, including the devastating 1969 blaze that helped spark large-scale environmental policy initiatives. These days, it’s a great place for a paddle.
Folks at the Hanford Site spend most of their time cleaning up the mess left by the nine Cold War reactors and five plutonium enrichment plants along this scenic 51-mile stretch of the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington.
C&K speaks with Scott Lee, one of more than two-dozen river runners camped near the barricaded road to the Grand Canyon put-in. Lee and his 16-person party have a valid permit to Wednesday Oct 2, but National Park Service rangers barred access to the river, citing the government shutdown.
As the Congress continues its stalemate and the shutdown, national parks around the country remain closed to the public, including the Grand Canyon. The tension runs high as permit holders have staged sit ins and set up refugee camps while the Park rangers bring in heavy-duty blockades.
Czech photographer Vitek Ludvik employs DIY construction and ingenuity to create a dynamic angle.