“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
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.