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 […]
Michigan paddlers came up big again in this year’s 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic in upstate New York, which divided a field of over 600 paddlers into a non-competitive open touring division and more hotly contested classes ranging from solo guideboats to eight-person voyageur canoes.
By Eugene Buchanan When the Whitewater Slalom World Championships come to Western Maryland Sept. 17-21, 30 miles away in Ohiopyle, Penn., a different set of paddlers, many of them retired slalom racers, will be reminiscing about the good ol’ days on the river. In an event being organized by former racer David Curran, the Old […]
Kyle Fox had a dream. All he needed was the right pumpkin.
Fox’s hopes of one day running a river in a giant pumpkin became a reality two weeks ago when a friend and fellow member of the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers (and Rowers) association cracked a potentially prize 1,200-pounder, thus rendering it ineligible for the club’s official fall Weigh-Off.
So with a can of Expandafoam and helmet cam, Fox and friends headed upriver of Moab, Utah, to change paddling forever.
By DON MUEGGENBORG Don Mueggenborg has paddled the DesPlaines Canoe Marathon every year except once since 1969. He’s been a race volunteer since 1994, Chairman, and Registrar the last 10 years. This is the story of his first canoe race. “Hey, Mugs, there’s a canoe race up north on Sunday. Want to see what it’s […]
By Katie McKy There are times when the water flowing out of Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s headwaters in northern Minnesota, isn’t enough to float a 14.5’ Current Design Whistler. That was not Ellen McDonah’s problem. McDonah, a retired teacher and practicing artist from Galesville, Wisconsin, began her journey to the Gulf on May 25th, […]
In the latest Mountain Mind Collective Quick Flick, French kayaker Nouria Newman walks us through her successful run through Site Zed, the largest signature rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which punctuated the first complete female descent of expedition kayaking’s benchmark run.
Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.
NFCT Gear: A rugged nylon hammock rated to 400 pounds, complete with tree-protecting sleeves
NFCT Gear: Two progressive portage wheel systems for rugged or smooth long hauls.