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Week in Review: December 19, 2014

Bear Grylls on surfing the Ottawa River: “If he capsizes…he might not survive.” A little over-the-top? Maybe, but Devyn Scott sure is good at what he does Kayak launch fail. This shouldn’t be so difficult Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm La Garganta del Diablo, The Throat of the Devil Aptly named Kev Brady […]

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Canoeing in Kerouac Country

05.07.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Rob Lyon “Desolation’s way up there, Ray, six thousand feet or so looking into Canada … thousands of miles of mountains, deer, bear, conies, hawks, trout, chipmunks. It’ll be great for you Ray.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. I had a call from an old friend […]

Gallery

05.07.2013

The Olympic spectacle is a lot like the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in suburban London. For five days this summer the world’s attention will be focused on this pump-driven facsimile of a Class IV creek, where the planet’s best slalom boaters will compete for the sports biggest prize. Some will triumph, others will falter, and […]

Three Into One

05.07.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan An observer unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Olympic selection process might have thought Scott Parsons a surprisingly subdued winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials in April. Yes, it was all very nice—congratulations, thank you—but where was the wild celebration, the winner hoisted on […]

Racing to a Different Drummer

05.07.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jamie McEwan Fraker seems to ignore the stopwatch, remaining focused on the perfect path, the ideal stroke, the brilliant solution that resolves the chaos of churning water into a single, fluid line. Slalom canoeist Benn Fraker, 23, is on a hot streak, having won the C-1 […]

The Grind

05.07.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Jeff Moag The first of the day’s three workouts starts at 8 a.m., after a small breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, and typically consists of an hour and a half of hard paddling. Then it’s time for ‘second breakfast,’ and a little downtime before lunch and […]

Role Models

05.07.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Frederick Reimers My dad was a summer camp director. Not the goofy clipboard, short-shorts, and Gilligan-hat camp director, though. Camp Keewaydin, in Temagami, Ontario, is all about canoe tripping. There are no archery lessons, or arts and crafts. Just a long, rigorous immersion in paddling, camping, […]

POWELL to POWELL

05.07.2013

This third episode in the five-part Powell to Powell series debuting on CanoeKayak.com explores the booming natural-gas fracking industry and the continued stress of agriculture.

Ode to the Ducky

05.06.2013

Duckies thrive in the Pacific Northwest. I know because I was recently indoctrinated into their clandestine inflatable ranks—and they accepted me as if I were one of their own, with nary a secret handshake.

5 REASONS

05.06.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Mike Lynch In the 19th century, guideboats were the main mode of transportation for wilderness guides in the Adirondacks. Today, guideboats have been largely replaced by the lightweight likes of carbon fiber and Kevlar canoes. That is, unless you’re in the world of Chris Woodward—one of […]

Big Plans

05.06.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. Yuri Klaver plans to kayak and ski 6,000 miles around the top of the world. Can he do it? C&K Expeditions Editor Jon Turk weighs in. Stone Age Siberians migrated from Asia eastward across the circumpolar north, with pregnant mothers, bone-tipped spears, and parkas sewn from whale […]

In the Same Boat

05.06.2013

Canoeing for me has always been about escaping the crowds, cruising alone across a misty lake or working with a partner to negotiate a boiling whitewater river. Big canoes, however, the curious 20-foot-plus behemoths powered by a half-dozen or more paddlers, are the exact opposite. Big canoes require a crowd.

New York Paddle Sport Safety

05.06.2013

The weather is getting warmer, and spring is just beginning to emerge, which means paddle sport enthusiasts are knocking the dust and cobwebs off their boats and are ready to hit the water. But before heading out, remember a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.

A Log From the Gulf

05.06.2013

“YukonJohn” navigates the backwoods of Florida in his trying account of the grueling 300-mile, multi-craft WaterTribe Everglades Challenge from Tampa Bay to Key Largo.

The Inside Line: Bill Nedderman

05.05.2013

In this installment of The Inside Line, we look deeper into the profile on Bill Nedderman from the “Covert Operators” feature package headlining C&K’s current May issue, available on newsstands now. The stealthy Iowa paddler waxes about life off the grid and on his low-profile, 6,000-mile route around the eastern United States in his homemade canoe.

The Other Florida

05.03.2013

This story featured in the July 2012 issue. The Big Bend Saltwater Trail stretches across 105 miles of seagrass-carpeted shallows and shifting sandbars bristling with live oak and pals. The coastline here is too shallow for yachts and the ground too swampy for condos. That makes this stretch of north Florida coast a thriving refuge […]

CLEAN SLATE

05.03.2013

This story featured in the July 2012 issue. Darin McQuoid captured Ben Coleman on a rare descent of California’s Slate Creek this April. “Ben was boat-scouting and just charging, catching eddies that are marginally even eddies,” McQuoid said of the lush six-mile, Class V run that feeds the North Fork Yuba. “I think it was […]

Mastering the Pour-over

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Sean Morley An ocean pour-over is like a river rapid’s salty, schizophrenic cousin. In the course of a typical 15-second swell interval, seawater will gush in and out of these narrow passages between and over seaside boulders. The flow will smash together, and drain away completely. […]

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