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Week in Review: October 17, 2014

How not to launch your boat, blind kayakers finish Grand Canyon, scary kayak spelunking and more

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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 […]

Subarctic Equinox

11.02.2004

The Twin Otter seemed to barely clear the trees as it throttled north. Open stands of dark spruce and yellow birch rolled quickly past below. Jammed in back with three canoes and mounds of gear, our crew of three men, three women, and one dog stared out the windows in anticipation. Our two-week canoe trip […]

Prigord Paddling

11.02.2004

So you’re an old pro at the sport. You can make your canoe skim through the rocks, safely run a waterfall, shoot the roughest rapids. But here’s one trick you’ve probably never tried. On a trip to southwest France, we morphed our canoes into time machines, and spanned 370 centuries in just 12 days, paddling […]

Balls vs. Brains

10.19.2004

The southeast loses valuable tourism dollars during hurricane season, but maybe they should focus on luring hairboaters. Last month, when thousands fled coastal areas, whitewater paddler Dan Gavere jetted to Washington, D.C., to join a group of hairboating pals to paddle rain-swollen rivers and creeks. The fearless band was “warming up” on the Great Falls […]

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