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Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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600 Miles solo Paddle

03.15.2005

Innova Kayak is pleased to announce a major honor for Kira Salak from the National Geographic Society. Ms. Salak is the first documented person to kayak solo 600 miles to Timbuktu down Mali’s Niger River. She chose to make the journey in an Innova Safari. Each year the National Geographic Society selects a new class […]

Vietnam’s Bay of Dragons

03.11.2005

Limestone towers reach toward an eerie morning sky. Black water is all around, and mist hangs low in the infinite silence. Our tent is pitched on a makeshift platform between two kayaks floating in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, on the edge of the South China Sea. This place seems to epitomize the strangeness of existence. […]

New Boats March 2005

03.09.2005

Solo Time It’s strong, lightweight, fun to paddle, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg—Grumman has introduced the only solo aluminum canoe on the market. The 129S is 12 feet 9 inches long, 29.5 inches wide, and weighs 44 pounds. $749. (800) 477-2628; www.marathonboat.com. Anniversary For 30 years, the Mad River Explorer has […]

Our Latest Subject, David Grove

03.03.2005

What does it take for a kayaker to plunge 101 feet off a waterfall? Serious cajones. And you know it’s bad when even your peers don’t want any part of it. So it was for extreme creeker David Grove last July, when he made plans to run the 101-foot Metlako Falls on the Oregon side […]

Plastic Sea Kayak Review

03.03.2005

Polyethylene kayaks, with their uniformly colored hulls and decks, always make me think of oversized crayons that have escaped from their box. The six poly kayaks in this review were all high volume, meaning they generally suited a bigger individual better than someone petite. Some of the boats are more appropriate for open-water paddling, others […]

Rogue Squad

03.01.2005

“There is no shower down there? Are you serious?” exclaimed Alize Beal, a 15-year-old Boys and Girls Harbor Upward Bound student. “How are we supposed to stay clean?” “You are going to spend so much time playing in the river, you won’t want to take a shower,” answered Steve Albrechtson, Sundance River Center guide and […]

Reader Photo Contest

02.25.2005

The entry deadline for the 2005 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Reader Photo Contest is April 1. Send entries to: Photo Contest, PO Box 3146, Kirkland, WA 98083-3146. Send original slides, high-quality prints, or raw digital files on CD. (Prints and CDs will not be returned.) Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. All entries […]

Grand Canyon Plan

01.28.2005

Commercial river outfitters and private boaters have set aside decades of fighting over Grand Canyon river trips to present a joint recommendation on river use and allocations of private and commercial trips. They’re hoping to help mend a broken system in which thousands of people are on a waiting list for permits for private trips […]

Where Is This River Basin?

01.21.2005

Dark channels cut across a high, broad plain, revealing an entirely new river drainage system. See New Scientist for the answer.

Gearing Up for the World Championships

01.14.2005

Jan. 28 – Jay Kincaid and Eric Jackson are first and second in men’s K-1 going into the seminals at the World Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Championships in Penrith, Australia. Tanya Shuman from the U.S. is leading in Women’s K-1 and Fiona Jarvis of Great Britain is second. canoefreestyle.com/au bliss-stick.com Kayak Mind.com xackers.net waterfallsandwaves.blogspot.com www.ottawakayak.com www.ukfreestyle.com jacksonkayak.com […]

Orca Answer

01.10.2005

Reader Brett wrote in with the story behind the video clip of a kayaker swamped by an Orca whale that then rolls up. He writes: Apparently, the orca roll video was created digitally for a Korean Powerade commercial. You can see the whole thing here. I found this on paddling.net’s discussion forum where the contributors […]

Kayaking Lake Superior? In November?

12.16.2004

Matt Magolan’s bizarre and daring kayak exploits have been making his mom cry for years, and last November was no exception. Magolan and pal John Radel paddled 120 miles of Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota, to the Michigan-Wisconsin state line. They faced 12-degree cold, 35-knots-per-hour winds, and six-foot clapotis, not to mention the potential psych […]

Avalanche Kayaking

12.14.2004

Yesterday I watched the cliff I had just paddled under minutes before give way, an avalanche that dammed the entire river with a pile of rocks, dirt, and broken trees. It turned the river off for 15 minutes. The last member of our party to go through there had come out two minutes before. See […]

Dr. Love Is In

12.04.2004

Let’s face it, we boaters aren’t exactly known for our ability to find, or hold on to, significant others. Maybe it’s all those days we’re on the water instead of spending quality time with our mates. Or the time(s) we pushed our sweethearts to run a rapid that was just “a little bit harder,” and […]

Pelican Photo Contest

12.03.2004

Did a Pelican case or a Pelican light ever save you from disaster? Do you have photos of extreme beauty or high adventure that show Pelican products in their best light? Pelican Products, the manufacturer of indestructible watertight cases and high-tech flashlights, is looking for photos and stories for their Pelican Tough contest, which runs […]

WW Call for Action

11.19.2004

Whitewater kayaking as a sport is at a potential crossroads. While we have experienced growth among some market segments through the popularity of freestyle and the publicizing of extreme paddling, we have not paid enough attention to promoting whitewater paddling as an accessible lifetime outdoor activity. From October 23-25, 2004, the second annual Whitewater Symposium […]

Serious Fun at Whitewater Symposium

11.05.2004

Lowering the barriers to participation in whitewater kayaking was the major theme of the second annual Whitewater Symposium, hosted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center in western North Carolina. The Symposium, kicked off Oct. 22, offers the opportunity for all in the field of kayaking to exchange ideas about trends in equipment, instruction, growth, river access […]

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