Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Seattle Sprint


Photos and results from this weekend’s 2012 U.S. Sprint National Championships in Seattle.

Preview: Devils Extreme Race


A look at this weekend’s fourth stage of the AWP Whitewater World Series–the Devils Extreme race in Lipno, Czech Republic–with organizer Jakub Nemec and photos and video from the 2011 race.

Amazon dreams dashed


Davey du Plessis, a 24-year-old South African adventure traveler, is in critical, but stable condition recovering in a Lima hospital after a harrowing run-in with Peruvian villagers along on the Ucayali River on Saturday. Attempting a solo, human-powered, cycling-hiking-tubing-paddling descent of the Amazon, du Plessis hoped to become the youngest person to navigate the river system source-to-sea. Tragically, a pair of young men shot du Plessis multiple times this weekend.

Heroes’ Welcome


Coverage from the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, where this weekend Vavřinec Hradilek received an overwhelming reception fresh off his Olympic silver medal showing and U.S. paddler Michal Smolen cracked the top 10.

Field Tested: Top-Shelf Touring Paddles


Two high-end touring blades reviewed in the Apostle Islands.

Kayaking Ukraine: Sleeping With Hornets


Dispatch No. 5 from Jeffery and Giulio as they paddle the length of Ukraine’s Dnieper River.

The Pink Portage


Andrew Metcalfe’s 745-mile portage across Canada with a pink canoe.

Video: The 2012 Canoe & Kayak Awards


Watch the inaugural Canoe & Kayak Awards Presented by Zeal Optics.

Kayaking Ukraine: A Day In Town


Dispatch No. 4 from Jeffery and Giulio as they paddle the length of Ukraine’s Dnieper River.

The Duct Tape Kayak


Three friends building a kayak out of duct tape to raise money for cancer research.

Best Tandem Kayaks of 2012


C&K took out six of the sweetest— and cost-effective—models we could find, and put ‘em to the test. Here are our picks for best tandem kayaks of 2012.

En Route: The Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition (Stage II)


Dispatch No. 2 from a 2,600 mile canoe journey across Canada’s Territories.

Jolly Green Giants


On May 27, Burton Greer and Nathan Zumwalt made a little open-boat history with the first complete OC-2 run down the Green River Narrows, including the notorious crux at Gorilla. See the video and read about the run in the paddlers’ words.

Finding Flow


Brett Dufur takes readers on his 80-hour journey down the Missouri: “On Tuesday morning, July 31, nearly 400 misfit paddlers, weekend warriors and river rats from 37 states looked fresh and eager to take on the MR340—the world’s longest, nonstop ultramarathon paddling event … “

Thames Pub Crawl: River Gypsies


Dispatch No. 5 from a 150-mile bar hopping paddle down The Thames River.

Best In Show: Outdoor Retailer 2012


C&K’s Top 7 picks for new, innovative pieces of paddling gear at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Trade Show

Thames Pub Crawl: A Proper Failure


Dispatch No. 4 from a 150-mile bar hopping paddle down The Thames River

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide