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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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Field Tested: Canoe Portage Wheels

07.11.2014

When the water ends, your canoe can ride on your shoulders or one of these portage carts. Alan Kesselheim put five leading brands to the test.

International Stars Prep for Slalom World Championships in U.S.

07.11.2014

In September, the world’s premier kayakers and canoeists meet in Deep Creek, Md., as the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships return to the U.S. for the first time in 25 years.

Sam Grafton goes big

07.10.2014

Icicle TV was on-hand to capture the action from a few of Washington kayaker Sam Grafton’s 37 hair-raising, high-water runs of Washington’s chaotic Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee.

Rush Sturges and the North Fork Championship

07.10.2014

If you’re wondering why we profiled the North Fork Championship in the June issue, and paddling filmmaker Rush Sturges in the July book, look no further than Sturges’s latest release.

Rides: Gordon Hommes’ Old Town Tripper

07.09.2014

Canoes have become ever lighter due to Kevlar and carbon, but Gordon Hommes will stick with Royalex. His beloved Old Town Tripper has served him well since 1985.

C&K’s Guide to Summer Paddling Reading

07.09.2014

Daydream of exploring through Florida’s 1,500-mile circumnavigational water trail or Canada’s Thelon Game Sanctuary with this summer paddling reading list.

LifeProof Your iPhone

07.08.2014

An iPhone without a case if a fragile thing. Gear reviewer Helen Jane details how indestructible and waterproof the LifeProof Case actually is.

Three Ways to Protect Your Royalex Canoe

07.06.2014

If you’re lucky enough to own a Royalex canoe, fear not—your craft has many years ahead. Here are some ways to protect your investment well into the future.

Why Paddle the Mississippi River: Part 4 – Tote that Barge

07.05.2014

The Rivergator crew grapples with commercial barge traffic as the Lower Mississippi River Paddling Trail-mapping expedition extends to Baton Rouge.

The Altai Experience

07.02.2014

Benjamin Hjort’s scrolling photo feature on an international team’s kayak expedition through Russia’s remote Altai region, with runs of Siberia’s legendary Sumul’ta, Chuya, and Bashkaus rivers.

The Whitewater Grand Prix 2014 Rewind

07.01.2014

New videos, final thoughts and a competitor’s stage breakdowns from the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix, which ended in an epic and appropriate way on the Basse Cachee River, a Quebec City classic where the most intense Giant Slalom event stage was saved for last.

Looking Back: A Winter For the Ages

07.01.2014

We track the 2014 winter that was, as Pacific Northwest paddlers reaped the record benefits from a winter kayak season for the ages.

Canoe Paddles for the Long Haul

06.30.2014

There’s nothing like the feeling of gripping a wooden canoe paddle as it glides smoothly through the water. These four are the best there are for flatwater performance.

Mountain Mind Collective: ‘Exploring Antioquia’

06.30.2014

“Exploring Antioquia,” the second in a series of Mountain Mind Collective feature episodes debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com, follows a team of international paddlers’ pair of first descents on a big-water canyon section of Rio Cauca, and then 55 miles down the politically unstable Rio Nechi, “a steep river deep within Colombia’s narco-ruled jungles.”

Eight Rivers North

06.27.2014

Expedition lowdown from six young canoe-trippers who departed Duluth, Minn., and headed to the Canadian subarctic, crossing 900 miles on eight river systems north to the Hudson Bay coast and the Inuit community of Whale Cove, Nunavut.

DISPATCH: The Amazon’s first kayak-only descent

06.26.2014

Video from 2014 Expedition of the Year nominees Darcy Gaechter, Don Beveridge, and David Midgley: the first team to complete the Amazon’s 4,300-mile, source-to-sea descent without raft support from its newly discovered most-distant source in the headwaters of Peru’s Rio Mantaro.

Katrina Van Wijk Meets Jacobs Ladder

06.25.2014

The day before the North Fork Championship’s marquee race at Jacob’s Ladder, Katrina Van Wijk learned that she would be the first woman ever to compete in the prestigious race. She marked the occasion by getting the words TiTS DEEP tattooed along her rib.

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