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Whale encounters: How close is too close?

This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.

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WHAT I LEARNED: Paddling the California Coast

06.09.2014

Hard lessons learned from Matt Krizan’s 36-day expedition paddling the entire Pacific coastline of California, from the June 2014 issue of C&K.

Rides: Alvah Maloney’s Necky Looksha 17

06.09.2014

By Katie McKy You might think that a boyhood on a mountain would make a man a mountaineer or that coming of age on whitewater rafts would make a man prefer standing waves to the ocean’s waves. This hasn’t been the case for Alvah Maloney, who had an ordinary boyhood–for a boy born in the […]

Remembering the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ World War II Kayak Raid

06.05.2014

More than a year before Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, ten Royal Marines in kayaks took the fight to the enemy.

2014 GoPro Mountain Games Come to Vail

06.04.2014

By Eugene Buchanan Your local eddies might be a little light this weekend. Most of the world’s top paddlers will be stretching their sprayskirts on in Vail, Colo., for the GoPro Mountain Games, one of the country’s largest celebrations of outdoor sports. In all, amateur and professional athletes from nine sports and 25 disciplines will […]

Bill Mason’s Paddle: A Legend for Sale

06.04.2014

The highest bidder in today’s eBay showdown will walk away with a whitewater paddle used by canoeing legend Bill Mason, widely recognized as the grandfather of modern canoeing.

Greenland Bound

06.03.2014

C&K sits down with James Roberts and James Manke, two Canadian sea kayak instructors hoping to keep kayak traditions alive by challenging their skills and learning more about traditional kayak culture at this summer’s Greenland National Kayaking Championships, with their short video edit, ‘Greenland Bound.’

The Hard Way: Australian’s Upstream Epic

06.02.2014

20-year-old Australian adventurer Chris Hayward stood on the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko, becoming the first and likely last person to ascend the full length of Australia’s Murray River system.

Paddling Life Creek Race and Yampa River Festival

06.02.2014

The Paddling Life Creek Race kicked off the 34th Annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo., May 30-31, 2014, drawing top-notch competitors to Northwest Colorado.

Everest: Summit to Sea

05.29.2014

Book review of “Flying Off Everest,” author Dave Costello’s account of the 400-mile journey by two Nepali men, Sanu Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, who in 2011 jumped off Mount Everest, paraglided to the Sun Kosi River, and paddled the Ganges River to the Bay of Bengal. linking the highest point on Earth to the ocean in one continuous, non-motorized trip.

Catching Up With Canoe Author Jerry Dennis

05.29.2014

Jerry Dennis ’s ‘From a Wooden Canoe’ has been in print since 1999. Now the collection of essays celebrating woodsmanship is available as an E-book.

Catching up with Jerry Dennis: Getting Out

05.29.2014

This excerpt from Jerry Dennis’s writings compiled into a book ‘From a Wooden Canoe’ stresses the importance of exploring nature, even in not-so-comfortable times.

Catching up with Jerry Dennis: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

05.29.2014

This excerpt from Jerry Dennis’s writings compiled into a book ‘From a Wooden Canoe’ discusses the importance between building a decent a decent fire and a great one.

Russell Henry to Race Around Vancouver Island

05.29.2014

Victoria, B.C. local Russell Henry plans to race 740 miles around Vancouver Island in an attempt to break Colin Angus’s 2011 speed record.

Infallible Inflatable Kayaks

05.28.2014

Seven solo, self-bailing inflatable kayaks highlighted in our June 2014 issue and put to the test on high- and low-water runs down the Yampa, Green and Colorado rivers out West, featuring the latest from NRS, Hyside, AIRE, SOTAR, SOAR, Advanced Elements, and Innova.

2014 Bigfork Whitewater Festival

05.28.2014

Photo coverage from Memorial Day Weekend’s Bigfork Whitewater Festival by Rick and Dody Sheremeta. The popular multi-discipline Montana competition marks the halfway mark of the 10-event Western Whitewater Championship Series.

Gulf to Gulf Odyssey

05.27.2014

A day-to-day, POV-shot look into Brad Tallent and Austin Graham’s seven months spent paddling 3,000 miles from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico with the trailer to the forthcoming documentary to their ‘Gulf to Gulf Odyssey.’

One for the Flats: Innova Swing II

05.27.2014

Innova’s Swing II L: 13’2”; W: 33”; 31 lbs. ($799;innovakayak.com While most of the above companies also offer IKs for touring, none specialize in it as much as Innova, whose new Swing II has something most other IKs don’t: a deck to keep spray at bay. Measuring 13’2” and weighing 31 lbs, the tandem can […]

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