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Canada’s Peel Watershed One Step Closer to Recieving Protection

“It’s a pristine alpine region with stunning scenery, exceptional wildlife, great hiking and whitewater,” says Neil Hartling, the owner of Whitehorse, Yukon-based Nahanni River Adventures and long-time local guide. “The plexus of rivers that form the watershed provide years of expedition options that could fill a career of northern adventures.”

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From the Gallery: Lower Lewis River Falls

11.12.2014

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

Virtual Coach: Peeling Out of an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

11.11.2014

Peeling out is a river skill that all whitewater boaters practice every day they spend on moving water. From leaving the put-in eddy to navigating down the river, being able to enter and exit eddies gracefully is essential. Even advanced paddlers take pleasure in a smooth peel out into fast-moving current and feeling the rush of acceleration to the river’s speed.

Virtual Coach: Catching an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

11.11.2014

Knowing how to catch an eddy while boating is as fundamental a skill as knowing how to check your speed while skiing. It allows you to control your descent through whitewater, regroup with your buddies, pause to pick out your line, or simply take a break.

Kokatat Idol Drysuit

11.11.2014

The new Kokatat Idol has captured the Holy Grail of drysuit versatility—the two-piece suit. Thanks to an innovative 360-degree zipper system at the waist, the Idol functions as a full drysuit or as a drytop. It’s easy to get on and off, and there’s no need for a separate relief zipper.

Hole in the Wall Jacket

11.11.2014

Until 2012, sleeping under the stars felt like rolling the dice. A handful of nights each year I’d wake up freezing my ass off, because condensation had soaked into my puffy down sleeping bag and stolen its warm-making mojo.

The Gear We Love

11.11.2014

The following installments (with product photos by JP Van Swae) appeared originally in C&K’s December 2014 issue.We’ll be periodically adding our editors’ favorite gear essentials.

Serene & Surreal: How Veterans Are Using Paddling To Heal

11.10.2014

“Without having the wilderness so accessible, there would be a lot of vets — I know for a fact — that wouldn’t be here but still are,” says Eric Guzman in Serene & Surreal: Healing Waters of the Congaree Wilderness, a new film from the America’s Wilderness series. Guzman, who served as a machine gunner […]

Mike Ranta finishes 4,750-mile adventure

11.10.2014

Mike Ranta shares lessons learned during a seven-month, cross-Canada canoe voyage from B.C. to Nova Scotia: “We’ve got something really special (in Canada) and we need to keep it this way. We can’t let the mighty dollar change our attitudes on that. That kind of pride is not for sale.”

Delta Dawn Wins Best Short Mountain Film at Banff

11.10.2014

A century ago, the idea that human engineering could re-plumb the entire flow of the Southwest’s biggest river — the Colorado — and divert it out of its riverbed was unimaginable. Today, the opposite is true. The Colorado hasn’t consistently reached the Gulf of California in decades, and the idea that two nations, 35 million […]

MEC Slogg Drybag

11.08.2014

The Slogg earned best-ever drybag status on the Northwest passage two summers ago, when Canadian adventurer Frank Wolf attempted that mythic journey in a 19-century rowboat.

Kokatat SunCore Long Sleeve

11.08.2014

The favorite thing in my paddling kit has to be my Kokatat SunCore Long Sleeve shirt. I wore this paddling shirt on my Missouri-Mississippi descent in 2012 for 117 days and on the Volga for 71 days straight. It works so bloody well that I never take it off when paddling.

Words on Paper

11.08.2014

I can feel the judgment when they spot my stack of books. Ultra-light and sanctimonious, they pass me off as a Tilley-hat type, lost to the past. Screw ‘em. I look forward all day to stretching out in the tent, warm and dry, and falling in to a bit of narrative.

Plastic spoon is good enough

11.08.2014

I’m glad you love your $10 titanium spork, but I’m all set over here with my cheap plastic spoon. It does exactly what I need it to do, which is move delicious camping food into my mouth like a tiny shovel.

Pelican 1500 Case

11.08.2014

My favorite piece of gear is a yellow Pelican 1500 case I carried everywhere during my 45-day through-paddle on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail trip. Sure, I love the peace of mind that comes with coddling my cameras in an ultra waterproof hard case.

Old School Paddling Gear

11.08.2014

The spicy aroma of spar varnish on a cedar canvas canoe pervades my days. On the river it wafts from the hull. The tang grows more pungent when I flip the canoe overhead to portage, and even when the canoe is put away for the night the scent lingers in the campsite.

PFDS that Fit

11.08.2014

When you go to buy a life jacket, you’ll hear a lot about pounds of flotation and Coast Guard safety ratings. But here’s what you really need to know: If it doesn’t fit, it won’t work. That’s reason enough to love the latest generation of comfortable, form-fitting PFDs.

Sunga on the Water

11.08.2014

They may not look sexy on his hairy bod, but sea kayak guide Paul LaPerriere doesn’t care. So when it comes to what to wear under his wetsuit, as a bathing suit, underwear on a minimalist trip and, yes, even, horseback riding attire, the choice is obvious:

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide