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The Rio Grande’s Vanishing Water

No other major river in the United States is going to change more than the Rio Grande as weather patterns shift. The snowpack is going to be smaller and melt earlier, the droughts are going to be longer, the monsoon floods bigger. I wanted to follow the river to understand how these changes are already impacting the people and places that depend on the river.

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2012 Apparel Guide

03.06.2012

A visual tour of some of the industry’s finest wares, from PFDs and pogies, to drysuits and baselayers

How it’s Built:

03.05.2012

Sit-on-tops are the quintessential everyman kayak. The SOT is stable, comfortable, maneuverable, durable and cheap. It fits the bill for weekend paddlers, anglers and resort liveries alike.

Behind the Scenes

03.05.2012

Inside Kentucky’s National Paddling Film Fest, one of the world’s longest-running paddlesports film festivals. Watch clips from the 2012 festival winners here.

Kayaking Ukraine: Setting Sail

03.03.2012

Jeffrey and Giulio stumble into a fisherman’s camp one day south of Kiev, and experience some Ukrainian hospitality.

The How of Why

03.01.2012

After being asked by Nikon to make the movie “Why” using their new D4 DSLR camera (which is now at the top of the C&K wish-list, along with the remote control helicopter they used to film Dane Jackson hucking waterfalls in Veracruz, Mexico), adventure filmmaker Corey Rich also decided to capture what went on behind the scenes of the project.

La Push Pummel

02.29.2012

45-knot winds and a 23-foot swell kept most paddlers out of the surf at La Push this weekend.

Heli Footage from the Little White

02.29.2012

Remember those awesome helicopter shots of Rush Sturges and Steve Fisher on the Little White Salmon from Sturges’s 2011 Frontier DVD? Well, even if not, here’s some more that didn’t make the final cut (but probably could have).

The Craziest Idea Wins

02.29.2012

On October 26, 2011, a hole was blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, located on Washington’s White Salmon River. The explosion marked the beginning of a national river restoration effort that was documented by Portland, Ore., paddler/filmmaker Andy Maser in the short film The Craziest Idea, which was recently named Best Professional Documentary at the NPFF.

Nepalese Paddlers get the Nod

02.28.2012

Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar have been voted the 2012 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.

In Their Own Words

02.28.2012

Here, Jon Turk and Erik Boomer talk candidly about their 1,495-mile, 104-day Ellesmere expedition and walk you through the amazing imagery they captured.

Remembering Eric Soares at the Golden Gate Symposium

02.15.2012

A key component of the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium will be missing when the annual gathering of intermediate and advanced paddlers begins this Friday in San Francisco.

Sea Kayak Nomad

02.13.2012

When a perfect storm of career failure, a deteriorating relationship and a gnawing sense of angst left him adrift, Glenn Charles remembered a few glorious moments he spent in a sit-on-top kayak.

10 Paddlers to Watch in 2012

02.10.2012

10 Paddlers to Watch in 2012

Into the Raincoast

02.07.2012

The silence is eerie. We’ve stopped paddling completely. Watching and waiting. And watching, and waiting. Paddles down, binoculars up. An overhanging branch shakes high on a towering yellow cedar flanking us on shore. A raptor launches over our sea kayaks and heads up the estuary, the flapping of its wings piercing the silence.

Winter project: the DIY wannigan

02.06.2012

As someone recently bit by the traditional bug I decided it was high time to build a wannigan or two of my own. The project can easily be completed in a few evenings of work, basic tools and about $25 of materials.

Death of a Wave Warrior

02.02.2012

Eric Soares, an author, instructor and co-founding member of the Tsunami Rangers, died suddenly on Wednesday due to complications following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe this week.

Oil and Water

02.02.2012

Like the wicked sou’easters that pummel the Inside Passage all winter long, a storm is brewing on the northern coast of British Columbia that could threaten a paddler’s paradise and a pristine node of biological diversity.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide