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The Gurkha Ellesmere Expedition

Now the British Army is low on cash and cutting regiments that are not well known to the public. Enter Jon Armstrong and his 29-year-old partner Corporal Arjun Limbu, both of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who plan to repeat our Ellesmere circumnavigation to publicize the history and current plight of their regiment. It’s like holding a bake sale to support a war.

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Northwest Creeking Competition 2013

04.24.2013

Nothing can prepare you for it. The tingling, jittery nerves, the breathlessness, and later the dead weight of your arms, utterly spent and barely able to hold up the paddle. This is what creek racing is all about, and this is what the Northwest Creeking Competition inspires.

Top 5 Reasons to Race in Next Year’s NWCC

04.24.2013

The Northwest Creeking Competition features a series of races on Southern Washington’s East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek. The two-day event draws rafters and kayakers alike from all over the Pacific Northwest, and as it came to a close last weekend, people are already looking to next year’s event. Here are some reasons why you should get yourself ready for next year’s Northwest Creeking Competition.

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

04.24.2013

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

Kayaking the Big Melt

04.23.2013

We are alone in a landscape of mythical scale. Waterfalls tumble 700 feet down a cliff face, the height so great that the water simply vaporizes before hitting the ground.

China Walls, Eastern Oahu, Hawaii

04.23.2013

Outrigger canoers Jimmy Austin and Keizo Gates paddling at sunset near China Walls on Eastern Oahu near Honolulu, Hawaii.

Salal Creek, British Columbia

04.23.2013

This photo featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide. Todd Wells kayaks down Salal Creek in British Columbia.

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.

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