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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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2013 Whitewater Kayaks: Wavesport Recon

11.26.2013

To put Wave Sport’s new creek design to the test, we pulled two C&K staffers from both ends of the size spectrum: 6’5” creek-lover Nick Hinds, and 5’2” fireplug Charli Kerns.

Behind the Lens: JP Van Swae

11.26.2013

Grind Media Studio Photographer goes to creative (and cold) lengths to get the sports gear photos that would showcase this year’s new line of drysuits.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Paddle

11.25.2013

Want to do a pre-emptive strike on working off some that turkey for Thanksgiving? Dip your blade in Plymouth Harbor to feel good about going back for second helpings.

From the Vault: Whitewater Parks

11.25.2013

In the May 2008 issue, contributor Eugene Buchanan found that though the courses at whitewater parks are artificial, the beatdowns are still very real.

Why Paddle The Mississippi — Part 2: International Appeal

11.25.2013

The River Gator crew celebrates the opening of the new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail in three parts, paddling the next section from Memphis, Tenn., to Helena, Ark., while exploring the river’s longtime lore and appeal in the minds of international travelers who visit its muddy waters.

MADE IN CANADA Episode 4: The Ashlu

11.23.2013

Episode 4 of Five2Nine’s Made in Canada series features British Columbia’s Ashlu River, seen through the stokes of one of B.C.’s top paddlers, Steve Arns

5 Good Reasons … You Should Not Raft the Middle Kings

11.23.2013

Video and full story from our Dec. 2013 issue detailing Dan McCain and Jeff Compton’s bold multi-day descent of one of the High Sierra’s signature river-running tests: tackling all 14 miles of hiking and 40 miles of technical wilderness paddling down the Middle Fork Kings.

US women’s raft team grabs early bronze

11.22.2013

Update from the 2013 International Rafting Federation White Water Rafting World Championships in New Zealand, where the US women took a third place in the Head-to-Head race and the men took fourth in the Sprint as both strong finishes build overall points to a world championship finale this weekend.

Fight for the Chattahoochee River

11.22.2013

Who owns water? Two brothers paddled the Chattahoochee-Flint-Apalachicola Rivers last March and made a film about what the watershed means for improving water use policy in the U.S.

Fight for the Chattahoochee River, Page 2

11.22.2013

After our baptism at Smith Island Rapid we don’t cowboy anymore shoals. Our boat, the same old Wenonah camp canoe I’d paddled in 2009, its thwart now rotted out, carries the two of us, all of our camera gear and equipment, for 30 days with barely four inches of freeboard to spare. We are not […]

Fight for the Chattahoochee River, Page 4

11.22.2013

The Lower Flint River flows atop a Swiss-cheese geology of porous limestone filled with layers of ancient aquifers. The murky sapphire water of the Floridian aquifer, which provides water to the state’s panhandle, emerges from the lowland forest throughout the Lower Flint. When I spotted a stream of blue water dissolving into the Flint’s brown […]

Fight for the Chattahoochee River, Page 5

11.22.2013

We land on the broad, deserted white beach of St. Vincent Island under blue skies and popcorn clouds. There’s not much to say; Michael and my combined and separate journeys are best left in our own heads for now. We toast each other with cheap whiskey and run into the Gulf of Mexico, letting the […]

Fight for the Chattahoochee River, Page 3

11.22.2013

On the first day, I pick my way down the wide, shallow, moss-carpeted rocks of Flat Shoals. On Day Two, I squeeze down the cracks of a dozen unnamed ledges that cut like hardened scars through the time-softened canyon of Sprewell Bluff. I’m lucky. Recent rains have lifted the flow above the sharp rocks. For […]

Winter Kayaking: San Juan Islands, Washington

11.21.2013

Winter paddling is best around the San Juan Islands in Washington. They are also known as orcas island for a very good reason.

Winter Kayaking: Upper Arkansas River, Colorado

11.21.2013

Upper Arkansas River, Colorado Colorado’s Upper Arkansas River Valley is mostly ranch and farm land, largely undeveloped, and bookended on the west by the magnificent Sawatch Range with 15 summits rising to 14,000 feet or higher, and the Mosquito Range to the east, which boast several 13,000-foot peaks of its own. Slicing through this high […]

Winter Kayaking Lake Superior, Michigan

11.21.2013

With proper clothing and equipment, winter kayaking (and canoeing) can be the best paddling. Kayaking Lake Superior is one such awesome winter destination.

Winter Kayaking: Potomac River, Washington, D.C.

11.21.2013

Congress may recess for much of the winter, but boaters in the nation’s capital paddle year-round on the nearby Potomac River. Winter’s a good time to go.

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