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Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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.

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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 […]

Mobile Mummy 800

07.31.2014

  First, think about doubling down on your sleep system—meaning a bag, pad, and shelter that can each serve dual purposes. For nighttime insulation, Sierra Designs’ Mobile Mummy 800 offers an innovative twist that can combine your puffy jacket and sleeping bag into a single garment-meets-bag hybrid weighing just 2 pounds, 4 ounces (for the version […]

Achieving GOALS on Oregon’s Rogue River

07.31.2014

During a GOALS outdoor education program, kids learn to push themselves physically and mentally, to trust one another, and to recognize the growth that occurs both individually and collectively between the put-in and the take-out.

Whale encounters: How close is too close?

07.30.2014

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

Return to the Rio Roosevelt

07.25.2014

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

Life on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

07.24.2014

“I didn’t want something big to take home to my normal life. I want a trip like the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to be my normal life.”

Ladies’ Ultimate Grand Canyon Gear Guide

07.24.2014

Grand Canyon Gear Guide: All of these items performed well under the Grand Canyon’s challenging conditions and met women’s-specific dimensions and needs.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide