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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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In The Surf

06.08.2004

Columbia-Snake Cruise

06.03.2004

It took Lewis and Clark ‘a little longer’ than it took my family to cover 1000 miles of river during our 7 day multi-sport adventure cruise on the 87 passenger Wilderness Discoverer shown here anchored at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers in Eastern Washington. Our small ship adventure cruise began in Portland, […]

Gene Jensen Remembered

05.27.2004

Gene Jensen, the father of the modern canoe, died peacefully on May 15 at his home in Inverness, Florida. He’s survived by his wife Audrey and their four children, eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Jensen was a legend of the canoe world. A founding member of the Minnesota Canoe Association, he spent most of his […]

Reno Was Awesome

05.20.2004

I’m just back from the very first Reno River Festival, and it was terrific! It was the grand opening for the brand new whitewater Park on the Truckee River – great weather, great turnout, and some awesome boating. The pro rodeo featured some of the finest talent in the world, with a breathtaking final throwdown […]

Wet House trailer

05.20.2004

Wenonah Canoe

05.03.2004

Wenonah Canoe has announced plans to move construction of its Current Designs brand of kayaks from Victoria, B.C., to Winona, MN, where it will build a new 40,000-square-foot factory. Wenonah Canoe, founded by Mike Cichanowski, bought Current Designs in 1999. The growth of the company’s kayak business has been robust for the last several years […]

patience

04.29.2004

Most paddlers don’t have much patience because they are behind schedule, are too macho, or have a false sense of security. But here are some examples of how patience pays: BEHIND SCHEDULE: The wind was blowing bloody murder when we arrived at Otter Lake (Fond du Lac River, Saskatchewan), so we put ashore to wait […]

patience

04.29.2004

Most paddlers don’t have much patience because they are behind schedule, are too macho, or have a false sense of security. But here are some examples of how patience pays: BEHIND SCHEDULE: The wind was blowing bloody murder when we arrived at Otter Lake (Fond du Lac River, Saskatchewan), so we put ashore to wait […]

Old Man River

04.29.2004

Paddling down a river in the very early hours of daylight can be a sacred experience. It’s a time when fog clings loosely to the water’s surface, reducing the far bank to a gray form silhouetted beyond the vapors. It’s a time when the humblest of streams or the mightiest of rivers seems to reveal […]

C&K Honored

04.28.2004

Canoe & Kayak Magazine won two prestigious Maggie Awards at the 53rd annual awards ceremony, held April 23 in Los Angeles. Presented by the Western Publications Association, Maggie Awards recognize excellence in magazine publishing west of the Mississippi River. Among 1,700 entrants, five Canoe & Kayak titles were selected as finalists in four different categories. […]

Fiji Adventure Cruise

04.26.2004

The Tui Tai is stocked with kayaks, and we spent one afternoon kayaking up the Nasekawa, a tropical river studded with birds and lush vegetation. We encountered two women fishing from a bilibili, the traditional Fijian bamboo raft. One woman was poling the raft up the river, while the other snorkeled alongside with a fishing […]

Late-Bloomer Boomer

04.24.2004

If you’ve ever driven roads where rivers come down from the mountains, you’ve probably seen them, in those little plastic boats that look like jelly beans and move like jitterbuggers–whitewater kayakers. If, like me, you couldn’t resist pulling over at a bridge and watching, you may have asked yourself, “Could I learn to do that?” […]

Learn to Drive a Truck

04.24.2004

It’s your first trip down a wild Canadian river. You expect big rapids, large lakes, and long portages. You judge yourself capable in intermediate-level (Class II-III) rapids. Beyond that, things get scary fast. Question: Which of these methods would better improve your skills? A. Enroll in a whitewater canoe class. You’ll learn to run big […]

We’re Talkin’ Texas

04.23.2004

As a northerner intent on seeing central Texas’s famed Hill Country from the cockpit of a kayak, I felt like I had to relearn the English language before I reached my destination. It’s not that Texans speak especially poorly or have accents too thick to understand, it’s just that this particular area is notable for […]

I Dream of Fiji

04.22.2004

When you paddle with Warren in Fiji, it’s always downwind! That’s how I had planned to start this story about a multisport trip to Fiji, but that was before I met the children of Malake Village, who touched my heart with their warmth and playfulness. That was before I met mountain guides Kali and Poli, […]

Get Your Feet Wet

04.22.2004

Paddlers are always dipping their toes into the sometimes cold, sometimes murky, sometimes clear and turquoise waters where they set float for adventure, exploration, and relaxation. That’s what paddlers do-they get their feet wet. In any sport, having the right gear is an essential component of a good experience. This includes paddling. Canoeists and kayakers […]

Jay Kincaid

04.17.2004

Jay Kincaid, 26, is the 2003 World Freestyle Kayak Champion and the 2001 U.S. National Freestyle Kayak Champion. He now lives in Reno, NV, where he is a consultant and athletic representative for the new Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield. He’s on the road right now, and has just won the rodeo at the […]

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