No other major river in the United States is going to change more than the Rio Grande as weather patterns shift. The snowpack is going to be smaller and melt earlier, the droughts are going to be longer, the monsoon floods bigger. I wanted to follow the river to understand how these changes are already impacting the people and places that depend on the river.
By DON MUEGGENBORG Don Mueggenborg has paddled the DesPlaines Canoe Marathon every year except once since 1969. He’s been a race volunteer since 1994, Chairman, and Registrar the last 10 years. This is the story of his first canoe race. “Hey, Mugs, there’s a canoe race up north on Sunday. Want to see what it’s […]
By Katie McKy There are times when the water flowing out of Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s headwaters in northern Minnesota, isn’t enough to float a 14.5’ Current Design Whistler. That was not Ellen McDonah’s problem. McDonah, a retired teacher and practicing artist from Galesville, Wisconsin, began her journey to the Gulf on May 25th, […]
In the latest Mountain Mind Collective Quick Flick, French kayaker Nouria Newman walks us through her successful run through Site Zed, the largest signature rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which punctuated the first complete female descent of expedition kayaking’s benchmark run.
Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.
NFCT Gear: A rugged nylon hammock rated to 400 pounds, complete with tree-protecting sleeves
NFCT Gear: Two progressive portage wheel systems for rugged or smooth long hauls.
From C&K’s July 2014 issue: Ben Stookesberry and Surjan Tamang reopen the book on the “Relentless River of Everest” with an improbable first descent of the previously unrun inner gorges of the Nepal’s Dudh Kosi.
By Katie McKy By weekdays, Sarah Meier of Old Hickory, Tennessee is the general manager for an intermodal trucking company, minding the corporate p’s and q’s, but come evenings and weekends, she doffs her management hat and dons her paddling cap, attending to other details such as bass dimpling the water by dusk’s amber light. […]