Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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Kayaking Lake Superior? In November?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Kids in Canyonlands


Looking for a perfect family canoe trip with desert landscapes rivaling the Grand Canyon, ancient Indian ruins to explore, and no crowds? Then pack up the kids, strap on your canoe, and head to Canyonlands National Park for a float on the Green River. Just don’t forget to calculate the “Sky Factor.” What is the […]

Powell River Forest Canoe Route


We picked our way through a ghost forest of drowned trees on Lois Lake, searching for some indicator of our portage route. There it was, a faded orange triangle posted on a stump. We paddled on, guided by one triangle after another, till we found the path that would lead us to Horseshoe Lake. It […]

Expedition Sea Kayaks


What paddler among us has not heard the stories told by well-traveled fellows at slide shows, in saloons, or around the campfire about their paddle trips wandering up the Inside Passage, retracing Steinbeck’s route through the Sea of Cortez, or meandering along the Intracoastal Waterway of the Southeast? Expeditions are these flights of dream come […]

New Products October 2004


Ocean Fun Enlightened Kayaks’ T16.0, designed by John Winters and made of DuraLight thermoformed material, combines stability and efficiency. It is 16 feet long, 24 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,199. (859) 426-8380; www.enlightenedkayaks.com. Bright Light The Pelican MityLite 3N LED Flashlight is water resistant, has a brilliant LED beam, an unbreakable body, and […]

River-Tripping Canoes


Originally manufactured by the Chestnut Canoe Company beginning in 1910, the Prospector is the longest-lived canoe design still in production. It is also a design synonymous with the concept of a “river-tripping” canoe, especially in Canada. Today, several canoe companies have a Prospector model in their lineup. Though the design is subject to interpretation by […]

Giddens Wins National Event


Sept. 20 One month after winning the Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Rebecca Giddens was at it again on her 27th birthday Sept. 19, winning the women’s kayak class at the Whitewater Slalom National Championships. Anna Jorgensen came in second and Hannah Larsen was third. See photos and learn more about […]

Barton Wins Surfski Comp


Sept. 19 Greg Barton successfully defended his title of US Surfski champion at this year’s Ocean Paddlesports US Surfski Championship, held in San Francisco on September 18th. Over 100 of the United States’ best paddlers came together to vie for top honors. The field of athletes was very strong. In addition to Barton, a two-time […]

Cedar-Strip Canoe


As a paddler living in Red Wing, Minnesota, I have spent many enjoyable hours cruising the beautiful rivers and lakes located just a few miles from my home. Last winter, while the ice thickened and the snowflakes flew, I found myself once again dreaming of summer. Nothing unusual about that, but I wasn’t just thinking […]

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