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Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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POWELL to POWELL

05.24.2013

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

05.23.2013

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.

OTTAWA XL—All Out

05.23.2013

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

05.23.2013

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

05.22.2013

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

Running Free

05.22.2013

The Age of the Paddler-Conservationist

A Call to Save Wild Temagami

05.22.2013

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.

NOBODY’S RIVER

05.21.2013

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

05.21.2013

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

05.21.2013

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.

What’s the Hitch?

05.21.2013

You got questions, Eddy’s got answers

Man Mission Gear

05.21.2013

C&K’s list of what to pack when sea kayaking in the final moments of winter.

We Got the (Le)fevre

05.20.2013

It’s always a pleasure to welcome international paddlers to U.S. races. But at this year’s U.S. Slalom Team Trials, their attendance came with a twist.

Overdoing it Right

05.20.2013

This story featured in the 2012 June issue. By Eugene Buchanan If Jim Lochhead’s stainless steel Sierra cup could talk, it could hold court—and coffee—among canoeists anywhere. Etched onto it are the names of Arctic runs like the Great Slave/Burnside, Yellowknife/Coppermine and South Nahanni. His homemade, 6-foot, mahogany camp table contains the burned-in names of […]

Gallery

05.20.2013

“Park and play” wasn’t in the lexicon of the voyageurs or Lewis and Clark. When the water ran out or the river became too steep, they portaged.

Michigan Booze Cruise

05.17.2013

A look at one of the Midwest’s most popular kayaking events, this weekend’s 27-mile Short’s to Short’s Paddle, which has competitors race across a series of northern Michigan’s lakes and end at the Short’s Brewing Company production brewery in Elk Rapids, Mich., with a few pints to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Gallery: It’s in the Can

05.17.2013

The times have changed and so have the cameras, but not what photographers ask of their boating models.

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