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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An update on the Monterey-to-Hawaii kayak expedition previewed in our May issue. Originally scheduled to launch this April, two retired military friends, John Craig and RW Hand, rescheduled the departure for next Saturday, June 8, seeking to recreate Ed Gillet’s historic 63-day crossing from 1987 in a pair of modified tandem Necky kayaks.

Intercontinental by Sea


On June 10, two brothers from Victoria, B.C. will attempt an ambitious 4,000 miles sea kayak expedition from Belem, Brazil to Florida in January 2014, following almost the same route that legendary sea kayaker John Dowd took in his 1978 expedition.



Chris Gragtmans reports from Virginia’s recent Dominion RiverRock festival, discovering Richmond’s thriving adventure sports culture first-hand after competing in four paddling events.

Asia Rivers Expedition


Zander Martin checks in from Central Asia to give us a preview of his 90-day summer canoe expedition from Mongolia to the Sea of Okhotsk, hoping to complete his ambitious, three-year paddle- (and peddle-)powered journey across the globe, figuring out funding and route out along the way.

5 Tips for a Better Kayak Rescue


Coming across a capsized panicked kayaker can be a stressful experience. But with the following skills under your belt, the rescue can go a lot easier.

Mullet or Taser?


This story featured in the 2012 June issue. Will my Taser stop a bear? Eddy has never Tasered a bear, but he does know this: 1) a Taser definitely stops a person dressed in a bear costume; 2) because of this, Eddy is no longer welcome at his niece’s birthday parties. As for actual bears, […]

Classic Canoeing


Established in 1893, Ontario’s 7,653-square-kilometer Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada. It became a park for a reason and that reason involves paddling.



The fifth and final installment of the Powell to Powell film series follows the group of college friends finish its Colorado River journey from the source by crossing Lake Powell in a solar-powered raft. The series points to the need for water-use awareness and progressive solutions, as the population of the Southwest will continue to grow, “the river will not.”

Paddle of the Sexes


C&K Contributing Editor Kate Stepan delves into the recent heated debate on gender roles in whitewater kayaking sparked by the 2012 release of BDP Productions’ ‘Pleasure Strokes’ and the paddling community’s ensuing response.



Day Two wrap up of the first annual whitewater freestyle and boater-x race during the high water year on the Ottawa.

OTTAWA XL—Throwing Screws


The first annual Ottawa XL concluded last weekend, bringing the sickest freestyle tricks to an epic whitewater year for the Ottawa river. Overall winners from the inaugural event qualified for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix.

Gallery — The Other Portage


In this Gallery—The Other Portage, you can see the Congo Whitewater Kayaking Expedition Team. Photo: Greg Von Doersten

Running Free


The Age of the Paddler-Conservationist

A Call to Save Wild Temagami


Environmentalists and the director of Camp Keewaydin have joined forces to call on the Ontario provincial government to issue full protection to an embattled wilderness area in the Temagami canoe district.



This summer, four women will attempt to paddle Mongolia’s Amur River—one of the planet’s longest waterways—as a part of a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant-sponsored initiative to collect scientific data and raise awareness of the challenges facing “global rivers.”

Cattle Kayaking


Play kayaks may be getting shorter and rounder, but they got nothing on what Mullen, Neb.’s Glidden Canoe Rental puts its customers in. Located on the Middle Loup River, it shoves customers off in … water tanks for cattle.

Flatwater Spring Training


The Pines rest in the middle of the two-square mile town of Indian Harbour Beach. The Atlantic is a mile east, and Orlando is about an hour northwest. It’s your typical beachside town, except for one thing: The Pines sits on the edge of the Banana River, and adjacent to the put-in to a seven-mile stretch of canal that is almost perfect for long-distance flatwater spring training. It’s so good in fact, that out of the 36 possible Olympic medals in sprint canoe kayak at the 2012 London Olympics, eleven were won by athletes that trained at The Pines.

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