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Whale encounters: How close is too close?

This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.

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Cuyahoga River, Ohio

10.03.2013

The waterway was so full of industrial waste that its surface burned no fewer than 13 times, including the devastating 1969 blaze that helped spark large-scale environmental policy initiatives. These days, it’s a great place for a paddle.

The Hanford Reach, Washington

10.03.2013

Folks at the Hanford Site spend most of their time cleaning up the mess left by the nine Cold War reactors and five plutonium enrichment plants along this scenic 51-mile stretch of the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington.

A Conversation From the Barricades

10.02.2013

C&K speaks with Scott Lee, one of more than two-dozen river runners camped near the barricaded road to the Grand Canyon put-in. Lee and his 16-person party have a valid permit to Wednesday Oct 2, but National Park Service rangers barred access to the river, citing the government shutdown.

Standoff at Lee’s Ferry

10.02.2013

As the Congress continues its stalemate and the shutdown, national parks around the country remain closed to the public, including the Grand Canyon. The tension runs high as permit holders have staged sit ins and set up refugee camps while the Park rangers bring in heavy-duty blockades.

Behind the Lens: Vitek Ludvik

10.02.2013

Czech photographer Vitek Ludvik employs DIY construction and ingenuity to create a dynamic angle.

Disappointment at the Grand Canyon

10.01.2013

The government shutdown that began today left employees at national parks across the nation temporarily furloughed, forcing the parks to shut off access. The restrictions hit hard for private, permit-holding paddlers with scheduled October launch dates in the Grand Canyon National Park. One day in, Arizona outfitters and paddlers are already feeling the economic impact.

He’s Baaaaack

10.01.2013

Aleksander Doba, 67, embarks today (Oct. 1) on his second crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in three years, a 5,200-mile expedition from Lisbon, Portugal, to Florida projected to take four months. The Polish sea kayaker’s 3,345-mile, 99-day crossing from Senegal to Brazil from late 2010 into early 2011 set a new record for the longest trans-oceanic paddling journey.

Chasing Waterfalls

09.30.2013

With support from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canadian canoeist Adam Shoalts employs a “boots-on-the-ground” approach to mapping Ontario’s waterways, which had never before been properly mapped.

Back on the Water with Gordon Brown

09.27.2013

Scottish sea kayak coach Gordon Brown is back with the third installment of his series of instructional DVDs: “Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown Volume Three: Navigation, Rolling and Dealing with Emergencies.”

A Hero’s Welcome

09.26.2013

Kayakers Erik Boomer, Katherine Breen and Eric and Sarah McNair-Landry spent 65 days paddling across Baffin Island in traditional Inuit style kayaks, completing their 600-mile expedition and arriving in Cape Dorset on Sept. 21 to a hero’s welcome.

Found: The Lost Footage of Ozone Falls

09.26.2013

The POV camera that withstood the test of months underwater, Pat Keller’s GoPro shows the moments before and after Keller made the first descent of 100-foot Ozone Falls in the Cumberland Plateau.

5 Reasons to Paddle Palau

09.26.2013

From swimming among golden jellyfish to kayaking over sharks in crystal clear waters, Palau has everything an adventurous traveler could want in a vacation.

From the Vault: Kayaking Baffin Island

09.25.2013

This installment of ‘From the Vault’ brings back a story from the August 1988 issue of a team’s three-week search for beluga whales inside the inner recesses of the Baffin Islands.

Gauley Fest Goes Huge

09.23.2013

High water ups the ante at American Whitewater’s fall classic, the 30th annual Gauley Fest.

Goats in Boats

09.20.2013

Like a story straight from Dr. Seuss, a crew of two from the Willamette Riverkeeper canoe goats over to the river’s islands to eat away the invasive species and help with environment restoration.

The Voyageur’s Highway

09.19.2013

Paddle Ontario’s French River, a 65-mile stretch designated as a CAnadian Heritage River and wild almost all the way through.

Redux Paddle Routes

09.19.2013

Paddle in the wake of explorers, fur traders and wilderness visionaries on waterways that have only improved with the passage of time

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