This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.
The main thing that has changed is the risk/reward factor. It’s no longer about me getting injured or, worse, something going wrong. My son needs a momma, and I want to be around to watch him grow up. It has made me more thoughtful when considering what to boat and whom I boat with.
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Dan Blessing Marc and I were leading 22-day Outward Bound expeditions when we started talking about an outlandishly longer expedition—from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, Marc built the birch-bark canoe to carry us the 4,000 miles across North America. Marc forged hand tools […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Paul Lebowitz Fishing kayaks have come a long way since the Ocean Kayak Scupper first hit a West Coast beach in 1971. It was a new sort of boat—one designed to get watermen through the waves and the chop to dive and fish. Self-draining, open-topped, and […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Kate Stepan and Eugene Buchanan Find the Real Fiji While guiding rafts in Bali and other far-flung corners of the globe, Nate and Kelly Bricker saw plenty of what the U.S. river permit system was designed to prevent: overcrowding, overuse, and misuse by companies out to […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Rob Lyon “Desolation’s way up there, Ray, six thousand feet or so looking into Canada … thousands of miles of mountains, deer, bear, conies, hawks, trout, chipmunks. It’ll be great for you Ray.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. I had a call from an old friend […]
The Olympic spectacle is a lot like the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in suburban London. For five days this summer the world’s attention will be focused on this pump-driven facsimile of a Class IV creek, where the planet’s best slalom boaters will compete for the sports biggest prize. Some will triumph, others will falter, and […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan An observer unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Olympic selection process might have thought Scott Parsons a surprisingly subdued winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials in April. Yes, it was all very nice—congratulations, thank you—but where was the wild celebration, the winner hoisted on […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan Fraker seems to ignore the stopwatch, remaining focused on the perfect path, the ideal stroke, the brilliant solution that resolves the chaos of churning water into a single, fluid line. Slalom canoeist Benn Fraker, 23, is on a hot streak, having won the C-1 […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jeff Moag The first of the day’s three workouts starts at 8 a.m., after a small breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, and typically consists of an hour and a half of hard paddling. Then it’s time for ‘second breakfast,’ and a little downtime before lunch and […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Frederick Reimers My dad was a summer camp director. Not the goofy clipboard, short-shorts, and Gilligan-hat camp director, though. Camp Keewaydin, in Temagami, Ontario, is all about canoe tripping. There are no archery lessons, or arts and crafts. Just a long, rigorous immersion in paddling, camping, […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Mike Lynch In the 19th century, guideboats were the main mode of transportation for wilderness guides in the Adirondacks. Today, guideboats have been largely replaced by the lightweight likes of carbon fiber and Kevlar canoes. That is, unless you’re in the world of Chris Woodward—one of […]
This story featured in the 2012 July issue. Yuri Klaver plans to kayak and ski 6,000 miles around the top of the world. Can he do it? C&K Expeditions Editor Jon Turk weighs in. Stone Age Siberians migrated from Asia eastward across the circumpolar north, with pregnant mothers, bone-tipped spears, and parkas sewn from whale […]