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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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Lac La Croix, Ontario

04.23.2013

Modern canoeists encounter pictographs left on the shores of Lac la Croix by Ojibwe artists who also traveled by canoe.

57 Years Ago

04.23.2013

Arthur Moffatt lead five young men into the Canadian Barrens, where, on a bitter September day 200 miles from the nearest settlement, his canoe capsized in a rapid he hadn’t scouted. Moffat froze to death on the riverbank, leaving a wife, two daughters and a name that, in canoe-tripping circles, became synonymous with incompetence. Skip Pessl—then 22, now 79—can’t shake the memories of that day and can’t abide the one-sided caricature of his friend and mentor. This is the story of the Moffatt Expedition, revisited.

The Tallulah Fest

04.23.2013

April 12-14, 2013—Paddlers from all along the east coast gathered in north Georgia to enjoy Tallulah Fest. Celebrating the release of the Tallulah Gorge, this young festival has grown from the hundred paddlers at its first event four years ago to several hundred boaters and enthusiasts, demonstrating the love of the river and celebration of its release during the spring.

Astral YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe

04.23.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Bryan Owen from Astral at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, the YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe.

POWELL to POWELL

04.23.2013

“Complicating the Divide” is the first installment in the five-part Powell to Powell film series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, which documents a 2012 expedition starting from the source of the Colorado River and punctuated by a series of interviews with water experts that contextualize the state of a vital river basin at risk.

PREVIEW: Powell to Powell

04.22.2013

A sneak peek of “Powell to Powell,” a five-part film series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, which documents a 2012 expedition starting from the source of the Colorado River and punctuated by a series of interviews regarding the ecological issues and threats facing the basin.

Unfiltered: Maligiaq Johnsen Padilla

04.22.2013

Padilla has always straddled two worlds. His father was an American serviceman, his mother Greenland Inuit. He learned Greenlandic at age 3 when his parents split and his mother brought him back to Greenland from the States, re-learning English in high school. Two years ago he moved to Alaska and married Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, an Alaskan Inuit attorney. With the day off from his construction job (“It’s 20 below, not too cold for me but the air compressors don’t work”), Padilla held their 6-month-old daughter as we spoke. — Jeff Moag

Six North of 60

04.22.2013

C&K’s top picks for northern paddling adventure

Esquif Canoes Echo

04.22.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Brian Heikenen from Esquif Canoes at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Echo canoe.

‘PUSH’ BACK

04.19.2013

We recently caught up with Marty Perry of the Vancouver-based Hurricane Riders sea kayak crew to find out more about its new four-part series titled, The push. Our questions for Marty: What was the impetus for the series, where did you shoot it, and what exactly is involved in a new ‘recruit’ earning their THR stripes?

Aquabound Paddles Posi-Lok Ferrule

04.19.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Andrew Stern with Aquabound Paddles at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about the Posi-Lok Ferrule.

Rescue for River Runners Recognized

04.19.2013

A year ago, open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions started a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos called R3: Rescue for River Runners, which aired on the Canoe & Kayak website. Last week, the series won the National Association of Search & Rescue Special Commendation Award for contribution to search & rescue.

C&K staff got in touch with Coffey and McKay to talk about the series and what winning the award meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:

Ellesmere Island

04.18.2013

Two Men Alone in a World of Ice. Jon Turk recounts his and Erik Boomer’s trek across Ellesmere Island and the adventures they share in the 100-day journey.

The Eggistential Eddy

04.18.2013

One of Mother’s boyfriends used to bring eggs, “hen fruit” he called them, along on family canoe trips. He drank them raw, like Rocky. Despite young Eddy’s fervent prayers, old Frank never died from the disgusting practice. Turns out, according to the CDC, odds of getting salmonella from a raw egg are just 1 in 10,000. Spoilage is another matter, says Krista Eberle of United Egg Producers.

The few, the Proud, the Polers

04.18.2013

Chip Cochrane is the Maine woods come to life—a gnarled tree trunk of a man with enough muscle to power his canoe against rushing whitewater. The third-generation Maine Guide’s raw strength and competitive nature have made him the American Canoe Association’s canoe poling national champion, year after year.

Shred Ready Shaggy Fire Helmet

04.18.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Tom Sherberne with Shred Ready at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Shaggy Fire Helmet.

Ralph Frese Remembered

04.18.2013

Several hundred paddlers—many in traditional Voyageur costumes—celebrated the life of Ralph Frese with a 6-mile paddle down the Chicago River North Branch on Sunday, April 14.

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