“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.”
This October, the Illinois- and Michigan-based organizers of the Gales Storm Gathering hope the mighty Michipicoten is at its gnarliest best for their second-annual rough-water sea kayaking festival, which debuted last year on Lake Superior’s south shore in Marquette, Mich.
Dispatch No. 4 from a 2,600 mile canoe journey across Canada’s Territories.
It may well be the largest whitewater gathering in the world. Filled with powerful rapids, late-night parties and more than a few walks of shame on Sunday morning, Gauley Fest is all it’s cracked up to be. While the rapids on West Virginia’s Gauley River are nothing short of classic, the real show is the festival: part county fair, part bacchanalia.
Dispatch No. 3 from a 2,600 mile canoe journey across Canada’s Territories.
As Dave and Amy Freeman’s three-year, 11,700-mile North American Odyssey enters the homestretch, the Illinois-based outdoor educators have issued themselves a challenge that could amount to the expedition’s crux: To visit 50 schools as they sea kayak the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Key West.
All of us have one thing in common with screen legend Russell Crowe: If we get lost at sea, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard will come looking for us. Here the USCG provides timely information on Operation Paddle Smart with advice for small craft enthusiasts on how to stay safe, be responsible, and help SAR responders during an actual emergency by obtaining an “If Found” sticker.
Chris Gragtmans reports from the festive upstate New York weekend of races for the King of New York series, which included two events taking advantage of releases on the Taylorville, Mosier, and Eagle sections of the Beaver River, as well as the Black and the Raquette.
Alexander was a trainer of champion triathletes during the Soviet era but is now retired and sticks to sailing and regattas. He is very humorous and manages to fit swear words into sentences in ways that Pushkin or Ukraine’s revered national poet Taras Shevchenko would be jealous of. His cursing is an art form; poetry in emotion. Alexander tells us to set up our tent in the club’s yard and come join everyone for dinner posthaste. In the meantime another club member pulls up in his giant Landcruiser and invites us on a light-speed tour of the city, using the curbs as a mere navigational suggestions.