“It’s a pristine alpine region with stunning scenery, exceptional wildlife, great hiking and whitewater,” says Neil Hartling, the owner of Whitehorse, Yukon-based Nahanni River Adventures and long-time local guide. “The plexus of rivers that form the watershed provide years of expedition options that could fill a career of northern adventures.”
Listen, I’ve paid my dues. For years, I shouldered 70 pounds of Royalex and trotted down the trail, only to turn right around and fetch my packs. Now I leave the hard work to somebody with more to prove. Because hoisting a canoe overhead isn’t the lark it once was, and now I don’t have to.
The last thing I did before I left Maine was cash in a half-used gift card at the L.L.Bean outlet store. I was headed to the Yukon later that week and I needed a jacket. For $19, I walked away with a sharp crimson scrap of ripstop—hood, front-zip, pockets. Seven years later, it’s faded to a rusty peach and sports a mess of sutures on the shoulder seam and sleeves.
Keith Lynch was tired of his office job and wanted a challenge. He resigned and committed to a now five-month canoe trek from Montana back home to Dallas 4,000 miles down the Jefferson, Missouri, Mississippi, Red and Trinity Rivers.
“Ahhhhhh, go away you stupid bug!” Paige shrieks and flails her arms, lurching the canoe to one side. Then come the words I’ve dreaded since the insects began swarming at the put-in: “I want to go home!” Two hours into a five-day trip around B.C.’s Bowron Lakes and my 9-year-old daughter is already losing her mind.
I love that feeling. So why is everyone making it so hard to leave my phone behind? First it was waterproof cases, then in-phone cameras good enough to replace the real thing. Next came waterproof VHF handsets like Cobra’s Marine HH500 that link via Bluetooth to your smartphone, so you can make voice-activated calls even when your phone is stowed.
The Destination Torngat expedition wasn’t your garden-variety whitewater mission. Here was a crew of paddlers exploring one of our planet’s last great wildernesses using canoe routes pioneered decades ago. Instead of portaging around the many cataracts and waterfalls, however, they were charging straight over them.
Rafting Fantasy Falls: Line ‘er up and hold on… Dan McCain and Jeff Compton continue to push the limits of extreme rafting accompanied by a soothing beat How well do canoes and power boats mix? Because it’s only 12 seconds. Shredding on Skook (and how to chug PBR in a windstorm) Big air and plenty […]
Photo by Charlie Munsey This photo originally ran in the May 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. The 33-foot Sprit Falls on Washington’s Little White Salmon River is as iconic as waterfalls get to whitewater kayakers. To many, paddling the Little White and cleanly running Sprit is a mark of having “made it” to the […]
In this short video, veteran kayak coach Paul Kuthe explains how to do a cross-current ferry in your kayak, a key skill for boaters of all levels. Whether it’s being used on a Class I float or in Class V rapids, the ferry allows you to move from one side of a channel to the […]
Lying on my stomach, I looked over the edge of the falls. A heavy white mist rose from the base of the canyon, 1,316 feet below. I couldn’t see the bottom. Looking up, I watched the wind silently gusting through the pines, scattering the mist. Not your usual start to a canoe trip, I observed.
Dave and Amy Freeman check back in on the Mattawa River as they continue east across the Canadian Shield, plugging along with their message about the sulfide ore-mining threat to the Boundary Waters, and continuing their series of dispatches on tips, destinations, and lessons learned during their 2,000-mile expedition across the Northeast from Minnesota to Washington, D.C.
“When you hand-make your own gear, it becomes yours, and you become your kayak.” — Mike Livingston, builder of traditional kayaks, was originally featured in ‘Gear We Love’ section of C&K’s December 2014 edition. By Eugene Buchanan As a police officer in Sand Point, Alaska, Mike Livingston is used to restoring peace to his community. […]
Imagine a canoe trip in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not hard, but most of us will want to bring some kind of image to mind — reflective water, wind-shaped evergreen trees, giant ferns, probably some rain. Few of us will immediately think about the sounds of a wilderness paddling expedition. This short video from Brett […]
The Green Race 2014 is in the books. Every year there’s a new element that ups the ante. A few numbers in particular stood out at this year’s 19th annual gathering. 165: The record number of participants who left the starting line in one-minute intervals on Saturday afternoon, 20 more than 2013. 6: Maximum inches […]