In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.
Getting ready to start the final 5,000 mile leg of their 11,700 mile North American Odyssey on May 7 from Grand Portage, Minn., to Key West, Fla., Dave and Amy are working with over 70,000 students and 1,800 teachers as they explore the North America by canoe, kayak, and dogsled.
For many slalom athletes, the grueling, three-day Olympic Trials held in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14, is the most important competition of the quadrennium. Yet the Trials will not finalize the 2012 Olympic Team.
A book review of ‘Fearless,’ C&K contributing editor Joe Glickman’s new adventure travel tale on Freya Hoffmeister, which dissects the life and times of the German expedition sea kayaker who circumnavigated Australia in late 2009 and is in the midst of an attempt to paddle around South America.
Field notes and photos from an epic adventure learning project: A complete circumnavigation of the St. Louis region by canoe. Here the team completes the final eight-mile portage from the banks of the Missouri to the Bourbeuse River and paddles the final 16 miles downstream to where they began their journey two weeks before.
Last summer, C&K Managing Editor Dave Shively and Staff Photographer Robert Zaleski headed up to Baffin Island to paddle the famed Soper River south to the Hudson Strait. Or so they thought.Read the full story in our May “North Issue” available on newsstands now, and see the photo essay flipbook video extra here