Here are our picks for the easily stuff-able, box-able and shippable paddling items that will put a smile on your boating loved one’s face Christmas morning.
The Yukon Yak by Alpacka Raft of Alaska is designed for back-country adventurers. It weighs an astonishing 3 pounds 12 ounces and fits easily in a backpack. It inflates to 68 inches long and 38 inches wide. It’s not a toy – seams are welded and the floor is made of 870-denier nylon ballistics cloth. […]
The Extreme Notebook by Rite in the Rain is waterproof, tearproof, and bloodproof. It’s made of synthetic DuraRite paper-and has reference pages for wind, water, snow, and climbing, including whitewater river ratings and river emergency signals. $7.95. Shown here with the All-Weather pen, $7.95. RiteintheRain.com ; (253) 922-5000.
Carol Mackley Manheim, PA David Zyczynski Somerville, MA Jayne Caruso Winston Salem, NC Jim Pickering West River, MD Lynda Childs Parma, MI Lynda Childs Parma, MI Nahed Hamdi Milpitas, CA Oscar Williams Kirkland, WA Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Walter Zaremba Scituate, MA Walter Zaremba Scituate, MA Tina Bollerslev Denmark Tim Szymanowski […]
Lynda Childs Parma, MI Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Nyla Newville Clayton, WI Myron Mack Grove City, OH Jim Bennett Jacksonville, FL Kevin Breslin Rockland, DE View the runners-up, click here. Enter the 2004 Amateur Photo Contest We are accepting submissions for the 2004 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Amateur Photo Contest. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 10, […]
In a perfect world, there would be nothing to keep paddlers from the water. No work. No stress. No injured shoulders and backs. While you probably won’t be able to get out of the work part, there may be some help for you in the stress and injuries departments. How about trying yoga? You don’t […]
Puget Sound is an area with multiple personalities. It is shrouded in clouds and moisture for much of the year, yet the summers are beautiful and warm, with hardly a drop of rain between July and October. Seattle is bordered by salt water on the west and by the rugged Cascade mountain range on the […]
The water surface around me mirrored the autumn colors of nearby trees and the craggy cliffs soaring several hundred feet. Cormorants in neat choir rows dried their outspread wings just yards away. From around the bend came the sound of a waterfall, where a lone heron often walks the marsh grasses at its base. Manhattan […]
Online is the place to be! You can learn from the best at two new Web sites. Wanna know what’s up with two-time World Freestyle kayak champion Eric “EJ” Jackson? Log onto his new site, jacksonkayak.com, for up-to-date information on EJ as well as general kayaking information. The site provides technique tips, first-person accounts of […]
The warm days of summer are still months away. But don’t forget about your paddling gear just yet. Some of the best paddling of the year can be had in windy and cool weather, when the fair-weather crowds are gone and old familiar paddling areas take on a new sense of discovery. Taking a few […]
A compass doesn’t tell you which way you’re going. Nor how far you’ve gone. For that matter, unless you’re off the west coast of Florida, it doesn’t even point north. So why even bother with one? If you paddle on a little pond within constant sight of your house you might not need one. However, […]
In Edward Abbey’s collection of essays titled The Journey Home, the conservationist wrote: “Why … go walking into the desert? … [T]here [is] nothing out there … but the silent world.” The world to which he refers is silent only in comparison to our noise-saturated urban world. Like the “peace and quiet” of any other […]
NASA’s Earth Observatory is full of images that appeal to paddlers. Here, they show giant eddies off of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands and Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago, displayed to highlight the presence of biological activity in the ocean. The eddies are formed by strong outflow currents from rivers along North America’s west coast that are […]