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Slalom Worlds Day 2: Mann and Echfield/McEwan Advance

By Joe Potoczak Things are heating up on day two of the World Championships, as the last of the preliminary rounds took place this morning featuring the women’s K-1 and men’s C-2 battling for tickets into the semifinals. The U.S. has had another productive morning, as Dana Mann, the Slovakian-born U.S. transplant, paddled with the […]

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Over 600 paddlers tackle Adirondack Canoe Classic

09.10.2014

Michigan paddlers came up big again in this year’s 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic in upstate New York, which divided a field of over 600 paddlers into a non-competitive open touring division and more hotly contested classes ranging from solo guideboats to eight-person voyageur canoes.

Old School Boaters Celebrate Return of Worlds to U.S.

09.10.2014

By Eugene Buchanan When the Whitewater Slalom World Championships come to Western Maryland Sept. 17-21, 30 miles away in Ohiopyle, Penn., a different set of paddlers, many of them retired slalom racers, will be reminiscing about the good ol’ days on the river. In an event being organized by former racer David Curran, the Old […]

Smashing Pumpkin Paddling Dreams

09.08.2014

Kyle Fox had a dream. All he needed was the right pumpkin.
Fox’s hopes of one day running a river in a giant pumpkin became a reality two weeks ago when a friend and fellow member of the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers (and Rowers) association cracked a potentially prize 1,200-pounder, thus rendering it ineligible for the club’s official fall Weigh-Off.
So with a can of Expandafoam and helmet cam, Fox and friends headed upriver of Moab, Utah, to change paddling forever.

Rides: Herbert Howe’s Alumacraft 18.6

09.08.2014

Big Al was like your parents’ Buick. The Alumacraft 18.6 turned well, was stable, took a bruising and just kept cruising.

The 1969 DesPlaines Canoe Marathon

09.07.2014

By DON MUEGGENBORG Don Mueggenborg has paddled the DesPlaines Canoe Marathon every year except once since 1969. He’s been a race volunteer since 1994, Chairman, and Registrar the last 10 years. This is the story of his first canoe race. “Hey, Mugs, there’s a canoe race up north on Sunday. Want to see what it’s […]

Blind Kayakers Begin Grand Challenge

09.06.2014

Best known for becoming the first blind person to scale Mount Everest, Erik Weihenmayer has set his sights on what, for him, is an even more daunting challenge: kayaking the Grand Canyon.

Big-wave Trials

09.05.2014

This year’s annual Labor Day Canada Cup served as Canadian team selection for next year’s ICF Freestyle World Championships — and as a trial run for a 2015 world championship returning to Canada, and to a big-wave feature, for the first time since 2007.

Kayaking artist paddles Mississippi River

09.04.2014

By Katie McKy There are times when the water flowing out of Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s headwaters in northern Minnesota, isn’t enough to float a 14.5’ Current Design Whistler. That was not Ellen McDonah’s problem. McDonah, a retired teacher and practicing artist from Galesville, Wisconsin, began her journey to the Gulf on May 25th, […]

The Empire State Strikes

09.04.2014

Photos and results from Beaverfest, where Labor Day kayakers celebrate New York’s best whitewater runs with two King of New York series races.

Newman’s Own Stikine

09.02.2014

In the latest Mountain Mind Collective Quick Flick, French kayaker Nouria Newman walks us through her successful run through Site Zed, the largest signature rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which punctuated the first complete female descent of expedition kayaking’s benchmark run.

Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

08.26.2014

A look at C&K Editor-at-Large Alan Kesselheim’s packing list for his summer sojourn on the portage-studded 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail route from New York to Maine.

Destination Torngat: Expedition to Canada’s Far Northeast

08.25.2014

Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.

The Relaxation Station: Grand Trunk Double Hammock Kit

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: A rugged nylon hammock rated to 400 pounds, complete with tree-protecting sleeves

The Paddles: Bending Branches Cruiser Plus

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: a pair of paddles for die-hard fans of bent-shaft paddles

The Canoe: Wenonah Spirit II in Tuf-weave

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: Wenonah’s Tuf-weave fiberglass blend is durable, less expensive than Kevlar, and relatively light.

The Cook-Fire: Slatworx Firebox/Grill

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: a titanium slatgrill system that’s endlessly adaptable.

The Secret Weapons: Portage Wheels by Seattle Sports and Wike

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: Two progressive portage wheel systems for rugged or smooth long hauls.

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