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Two sea otters periscoped out of the water just feet from shore, while an eagle soared overhead with a fresh catch in its talons.

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2015 NEW PADDLING PRODUCT PREVIEW

08.05.2014

Sponsored 2015 PRODUCT PREVIEW Advanced Elements PackLite Kayak Longtime IK maker Advanced Elements gets its feet wet in the packraft game.  [READ MORE] Amundson 12’6″ TR-27 Tour/Race SUP Amundson updates its a popular Tour/Race SUP with a new, more rounded underwater shape to initiate planing. [READ MORE] Hilleberg Enan Light Weight Tent Hilleberg’s new three-season, […]

Comfortable and Lightweight Camping Gear

08.01.2014

On a canoe trip we tested three new products from Washington’s Cascade Designs that prove comfortable lightweight camping gear don’t have to mean high price.

Raft-a-Palooza versus Floatzilla!

08.01.2014

On Sunday, a small New Hampshire community will do its best to slay FloatZilla, and claim the Guinness World Record for their beloved Lake Winnipesaukee.

Voices of Wilderness

07.31.2014

Canoe & Kayak’s July 2014 “Wilderness Issue” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In our Voices of Wilderness series, accomplished paddlers and wilderness advocates speak about their connection to wild waterways, what the future holds for the places they love, and how best to protect them for future generations.

Technology in the wilderness

07.31.2014

By Peter Marshall Most people think about big industry like mining and forestry as the major threats to wilderness areas. We hear a lot about this, but I think we should also be concerned with technology destroying the wilderness experience. The comforts of home are becoming more and more portable, so that the wilderness now […]

Canada Needs Its Wilderness Act

07.31.2014

By Frank Wolf Human beings are made to move all day, every day—it’s programmed into our DNA. We make this ancient connection when we travel on wild rivers, lakes and oceans; like generations before us, we exist joyfully in the moment. Compare two people—one just off the river, the other who spent the day surfing […]

Industry Claims the Columbia River

07.31.2014

Adam Wicks-Arshack Last year I paddled 1,243 miles up the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore. to the headwaters at Canal Flats, BC. It was three months of paddling and ZERO wilderness areas. Modern society on both sides of the border has turned the Columbia River into an industrial river. With 14 […]

The Future is in Our Hands

07.31.2014

Amy Freeman Given the amount of time that Dave and I have spent on the water for the North American Odyssey, we can recount numerous threats to wild places throughout our route. Some of the threats of industrialization or development were massive and already in the political and media spotlight, such as the Northern Gateway […]

Urban Paddling

07.31.2014

Natalie Warren I have paddled remote, wild rivers in northern Canada as well as urban rivers like the Mississippi. When I’m asked the inevitable question—“Well, how did it go?”—after a wilderness trip, I simply respond, “It was great!” and delve into a story of arctic wolves or moment of self-reflection. But when I’m faced with […]

Wilderness is a Finite Resource

07.31.2014

Chris Korbulic The essence of the experience in a true, remote wilderness is being able to imagine yourself there thousands of years before humans harmed many of these places beyond repair. You are not in control of your surroundings but you fit in better here than anywhere. Life becomes simple and you are mindful of […]

Leave No Trace

07.31.2014

Looking to lighten your load and lessen your impact? Take a closer look at these seven leave-no-trace wilderness paddle-camping essentials outlined in our July 2014 issue.

Kelty Ultra-light Upslope

07.31.2014

To top you off, there’s not much better in the way of minimalist shelter than a dependable tarp-tent combo. We liked Kelty’s ultra-light Upslope. A tight-packing pound of nylon coverage provides 37 square feet of weather protection, popping up to an A-frame fit for two with a pair of paddles. ($99) ← Air Chair Plus  Littlebug […]

Little Bug Senior Stove

07.31.2014

Next question: Can you have a fire? If you’re going boreal with ample wood to burn, consider Littlbug’s Senior Stove, an ingenious 19-ounce cylinder of stainless steel that detaches into four pliable pieces that pack well around your sleeping bag. The stable surface for pots and pans captures heat from organic sources or alcohol burners. […]

OmniLite Ti Stove

07.31.2014

In you’re in no-fire country, think about versatility and the ability to burn any and all fuel available (gas, diesel, butane, kerosene). The efficient OmniLite Ti cuts weight to 12 ounces, adding strength with a titanium body and supports, and reducing headaches with a simple design and idiot-proof control knob. ($218) ← Littlebug Senior Stove  PVC PoopTube → […]

PVC pooptube

07.31.2014

When it’s time to pack it out, don’t forget about your own waste. For permitted wilderness stretches that require personal waste disposal, the C&K staff likes to let each handle his or her own (vs. the communal groover blues). Enter the kayak-ready, homemade PVC pooptube. Save a few bucks more by “collecting” in a large-cylinder […]

Cobra CPP 300 Solar Charger

07.31.2014

As the mantra goes, leave only footprints and take only photos. Keep your digital memory-maker humming with Cobra’s slim, efficient, and lightweight CPP 300 that unfolds a pair of solar panels with micro and dual USB outlets to provide multiple devices a rapid digital boost. ($79) ← PVC PoopTube  Leave No Trace HOME →    

Crazy Creek Air Chair Plus

07.31.2014

Meanwhile, the Air Chair Plus—Crazy Creek’s tight, 4-inch-diameter bundle of a comfy and sturdy carbon-spined camp chair—hides a second chamber that inflates to roll out and double as your ground pad. Think 2.5 inches of cushion longenough to rest all of a weary 5-foot-10 paddler. ($125, 2 lbs., 13 oz.) ← Mobile Mummy 800  Kelty Ultra-light […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide