Week in Review: October 17, 2014

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

All Features

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 […]

Digital Cameras for Paddlers


Seated in my kayak, I peer into the shallows of a saltwater lagoon. The tide is out. Eelgrass drifts like smoke on the surface. On the bottom, a bulbous white moon snail plows through the sand. Digital camera in hand, I plunge my arm deep over the side until the snail looms large in the […]

Paddling Lapland


The last time I had traveled by helicopter, the pilot squeezed between Boston skyscrapers as we flew toward the barren islands in the city’s outer harbor. I was 13 years old, thrilled to be riding in a Plexiglas bubble where I could see the rippled water beneath my feet. Now, nearly 40 years later, I […]

Vote the Environment


Care about clean water, clean air, free-flowing rivers? Patagonia says vote for what you care about. Learn more at www.patagonia.com/vote. While politicos and public interest organizations court undecided voters and NASCAR Dads this election season, Patagonia, Inc., the outdoor gear and apparel company, has launched a national and regional voter registration and education campaign focused […]

eNRG clip 3


eNRG clip 2


eNRG #1


Tug o War


U.S. Out in Sprint Paddling


Aug. 26, ATHENS – Two fourth-place finishes on Thursday prevented any U.S. boat from advancing to the finals of the flatwater sprint canoe/kayak competition at the Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre in Schinias. Only the top three in each semifinal race advance to Saturday’s finals. None of the four boats that competed in Wednesday’s semifinals […]

Some U.S. Boats Eliminated


Aug. 25, ATHENS – The pleasant weather and good wind conditions in Schinias Wednesday were not enough to help the U.S. flatwater sprint canoe/kayak boats move on to Friday’s finals. None of the four boats in the first day of semifinals advanced. The women’s K-4 500m team of Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), Kathy Colin […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide