Week in Review: December 19, 2014

Bear Grylls on surfing the Ottawa River: “If he capsizes…he might not survive.” A little over-the-top? Maybe, but Devyn Scott sure is good at what he does Kayak launch fail. This shouldn’t be so difficult Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm La Garganta del Diablo, The Throat of the Devil Aptly named Kev Brady […]

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Week in Review: November 21, 2014


Monkeys attack kayaker! **language** Somebody should have told him not to feed (and swear at) the animals. LP the Wolf and Benny Marr get a nice beatdown on Class V (very) big water. Proof that rapids always look less gnarly on the GoPro You never know when your canoe will fall 100 feet onto concrete. […]

Paddle Assisted: The 2014 Davenport Paddle Surf Classic


Photos and text by Bryon Dorr Another Davenport Paddle Surf Classic is in the books. The event, hosted each fall in Davenport Landing, Calif., has been growing for over 12 years, and 2014 saw the largest competitor turnout yet with 55 paddle surfers. Many competitors surfed in multiple categories, making for a packed schedule consisting […]

What happens when you throw a Nova Craft Tuff Stuff canoe off a 100-foot building?


Thirty-five years ago, when Royalex was a new and unproven canoe material, the folks at Old Town tossed one of their new Royalex Trippers from the factory roof. The canoe bounced, and Old Town made its point. The new material was tough. Fast forward to yesterday. Royalex has been discontinued and stockpiles are dwindling. Canoe […]



Seasoned expedition kayaker Darin McQuoid tests six of 2015′s top river shoe options in extreme High Sierra, slick-rock conditions.

Conserving Fiji: The Good Tabu


Colin Philp is an outrigger canoeist with a singular vision: to make a 24-acre speck of Fiji called Leleuvia Island into a world-class resort for paddlers.

Nothing on the Rocks:


Do Nothing. Be No One. See Clearly. That was how I made my way into the Tsangpo Gorge, with this mantra repeating itself in my head. Do Nothing. Be No One. See Clearly.

Zero Day: Time-Out On Florida’s Molasses Key


I awoke in the dark and lay in my sleeping bag, listening. Wind hissed through the trees and ruffled the rain fly. Small waves slapped the beach.

‘River Dreams’ Is Now Available on DVD


“I love to showcase beautiful parts of our backyards,” says Hunter Nichols of his new film, River Dreams, which documents a 600-mile solo canoe trip he took from central Alabama to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in Mississippi. “Like many, I can’t afford to plan a big trip overseas, but almost everybody has a backyard river that […]

From the Gallery: Wind River, Yukon


This photo first ran in the December 2014 issue of C&K magazine, now on newsstands and available for download. Photo by Peter Mather Aplenglow lights the clouds above Royal Mountain on the Wind River in Northern Yukon. The Wind is one of six tributaries that combine to form the greater Peel Watershed, which local First […]

Photography From Your Kayak: Capturing The Moment


Text and Photos by Daniel Fox Making photographs from a kayak can be a bit complicated, so before spending thousands of dollars on equipment only to find it flooded with seawater, it’s worth taking a moment to figure out what your goals are. Do you simply want souvenirs from your trip or the ability to […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches V: Canoe Cart Portaging Tips


Dave and Amy Freeman check in from a portage-studded section of their route from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., highlighting some canoe-cart portaging Dos and Don’ts in this latest dispatch from their ongoing series of lessons learned during their 2,000-mile expedition across the Northeast.

Window Seat: Texting from Neverland


I always sit by a window in airplanes because I love watching the mountains and rivers scroll below, while contemplating the astonishing fact that I am actually flying. It’s remarkable how many things we take for granted that in our grandparents’ time could only have been explained as magic. It can cast a spell over you.

Week in Review: November 14, 2014


Riverboarding Oregon’s Metlako Falls Talk about going over the handlebars… Class V + packrafting = A lot of swimming Need we say more? The Blackwater Drifters finished their 4,000-mile Missouri-Mississippi source to sea this week Check out a day in the expedition life Some good ol’ longboat soul surfing with The Hurricane Riders There’s something […]

Video: Paddle to D.C. – The Floating Petition


Video by Nate Ptacek National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman, are in the midst of Paddle to DC, a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining. The couple has been sending C&K a series of dispatches highlighting […]

Big Al’s Canoe Seats Rant


Over a 35-year run, my old butt has made the acquaintance of damn near every style of canoe seat; from aluminum to roto-molded plastic, from foam pedestal to tractor seat, and from cane-laced to webbing. Some have been a pleasure to meet, others . . . notsomuch.

Rides: Marcia Seaman’s Hornbeck Ten


A local guide introduced her to “pack” canoes — a unique style of compact vessel designed for the small lakes and long portages of the Adirondacks, with roots dating back over a century. Seaman rented a 10-foot solo for her first journey and was amazed at its nimble handling.

From the Gallery: Lower Lewis River Falls


If the Serrasolses brothers could be called perfectionists, it’s worked for them; they’re among the best whitewater paddlers in the world.

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