But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.
On January 26, 450 people gathered under a dreary, rainy sky to compete in the 17th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Every year, the event brings in paddlers of all ages and of all disciplines to celebrate the sport of paddling.
Wildfires consumed over 300 square miles of forest in Colorado early last summer, destroying hundreds of homes and altering the environment. When the rains finally came in July, whitewater boaters like Forest Greenough, a Colorado State University music professor and raft guide at Mountain Whitewater Descents, discovered that their favorite runs were barely recognizable—not for the features, but for the color of the water. Sooty runoff turned the water of the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins inky black, making the stout Class IV-V narrows section otherworldly. We contacted Greenough to find out what it’s like to paddle black water.
Rafa Ortiz is one intense and busy paddler. Last May, he become the second boater to land the record-high 189-ft. Palouse Falls in Washington state and soon after competed in the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile. Now, Rafa Ortiz sets his sights back home for Mexico and the many waterfalls on the Alseseca River. The adventure will be a Red-Bull film project, led by Rush Sturges, called Chasing Waterfalls. Click below for a teaser, and stay tuned for more on Ortiz’s adventures to come.
Canoe & Kayak Magazine is turning 40 years old this March and just launched the 40th Anniversary Issue yesterday. It’s been a long, fun journey through history for the staff as they sought old stories, writers and boaters for this issue. Part of the search was for good covers, and everyone naturally found a couple to which they were drawn. In a few words, the staff all explain the covers they chose as their favorite.
Wick Walker waited six years for permission to run rivers in Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom toothed with 25,000-foot peaks. “Logic dictates that the best rivers in the world pour from the flanks of the world’s greatest mountains,” Eric Evans explained in the June 1982 issue of Canoe magazine.
Last week, The Consumer Electronics Conference, by far the biggest technology tradeshow in the world, convened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everything from futuristic head massagers to vibrating diet spoons debuted over the week. Of the more than 2,000 odd and interesting gadgets that companies showcased during the event, Canoe & Kayak found a couple that paired well with an outdoor lifestyle. Check out the five outdoor gizmos to look out for in the coming months.
Forge Motion Pictures and NRS have done it again. In November, paddlers Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, and Galen Volckhausen spent a week with the Forge team hunting waterfalls in the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico. Despite torrential rain dousing their cameras and insects feasting on their bodies, videographers Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong came away with some of the most amazing waterfall footage yet captured. Last week Canoe & Kayak caught up with Bradt and Boomer about their behind-the-scenes experience for Cascada, and here’s what they had to say.
While the Southeast has not traditionally been known for its large waterfalls, a crew of young “hucksters” have been chasing rain and redefining the paradigm. At the forefront is Pat Keller, who has more Southeast waterfall first descents than anyone else. We caught up with him and fellow paddler Hunt Jennings after their side-by-side second and third descents of 80-foot Cane Creek Falls in Tennessee.
Film preview and update from the Ikkatsu Project crew, whose original mission to paddle Washington’s Olympic coast and survey remote beaches for debris from 2011′s devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, has grown into new plans to launch another innovative expedition to south-central Alaska.
Dan “Stuntman” McCain has earned his nickname by knocking off a string of hairy raft descents including Oregon’s 70-plus-foot Mosier Creek Falls and the old 125-foot Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. The 31-year-old Oregon State University grad student takes us inside his trip down B.C.’s Box Canyon of the Ashlu with the footage to back it up.
Expedition paddler Wave Vidmar made some serious attention-grabbing waves this summer with his plans to retrace Ed Gillet’s historic 63-day crossing from California to Hawaii in 1987. After numerous setbacks and pushing his launch date well into the winter, Vidmar’s attempt fell far short of the 2,200-mile mark. Read the details about his boat and the end of the aborted mission here.