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Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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En Route: Deep in the Black Forest

11.04.2011

The rain turns to sleet as we gain elevation; ahead and across the valley, clear accumulation shows the depravity of an early October snowstorm in Germany’s Black Forest. Sweat still rising from furrowed brows, we cross the snow line, coughing into stiff hands and stretching sore muscles. We get back into our positions, the canoe between us, and continue our portage.

Lunging Humpback Whale Nearly Swallows Tandem Kayakers

11.04.2011

By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com A woman on a surfboard and two people aboard a kayak were nearly engulfed by a humpback whale that charged out of the water, its mouth agape, just a few feet away. Barb Roettger’s video of the amazing encounter, which occurred near Santa Cruz, Calif., was posted Wednesday. The incident is […]

Green Race: World’s Greatest Whitewater Race

11.03.2011

This Saturday Nov. 5, at high noon, the first of more than 150 racers will charge down the steepest half-mile of the Green River Narrows in Henderson County, N.C. Locals call it the greatest race in the world. We think they’re right. Here’s why.

En Route:

11.02.2011

Just over a year ago, the 25-year-old from Connecticut completed the first, modern-day canoe expedition across America—a 4,300-mile solo journey from Portland to Portland, Oregon to Maine, that is. 2011 presents a new year for “Zand” and with it, a new continent to paddle across. Martin will be recounting the epic, 4,000-km journey across Europe from Nantes, France to Istanbul in a series of exclusive En Route posts.

Humpback-ed

10.28.2011

A dauntingly close encounter this week involving a kayaker and two humpback whales in California’s Monterey Bay is sure to fall under a believe-it-or-not type of scrutiny.

Across Canada by Water

10.27.2011

It was snowing, the temperature well below freezing and the Arctic waterways turning to ice when six friends finished a cross-Canada canoe journey on October 14 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, on the Mackenzie River.

Paddling for a Cause

10.27.2011

Tampa Bay area paddlers Sean Fitzgibbon and Jeff Fabiszewski, a.k.a. “Team Sweetwater,” departed on Oct. 19 for a 12-day, 190-mile paddle along the southwest coast of Florida, following the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.

Condit Dam Explosion

10.27.2011

Washington’s White Salmon River is free from 95 years shackled by a concrete wall. Watch this video of the hole PacifiCorp blasted yesterday through the base of the 125-foot Condit Dam, beginning the projected 10-month removal process of restoring the river’s free flow.

From Russia with Love

10.26.2011

Sarah Outen may have been new to sea kayaking in early October when she completed a 40-mile crossing from Russia to Japan but she was no stranger to piloting small boats across lots of open water. In 2009, Outen became the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius in 124 days.

Ultimate Big-water Fishing Kayak Review

10.25.2011

BIG WATER. Anglers read these two words differently than other kayakers. For the fish-obsessed, the term elicits visions of powerful dynamos with turbocharged tails, ocean denizens such as yellowtail, striped bass, tuna and even marlin.

Cobra Kayaks Marauder – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Get this straight right from the start: This is a new Marauder, a meaner machine than the predecessor that shared its name.

Native Watercraft Manta Ray Angler 14 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Is it wrong to love a boat for the seat? If it is, we’re in trouble.

Fluid Kayaks Bamba – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

South Africa’s Fluid Kayaks has launched the Bamba, its first purpose-built fishing kayak.

Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.7 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Built and bred for the ocean, Ocean Kayak’s own supremely well-equipped New Zealand import stands out.

Hobie Mirage Revolution – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

This pedal-powered dynamo hit the ocean-going sweet spot from Day One.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

The Tarpon name is a proud one reaching back to the early days of the modern kayak fishing movement.

Through the Rain and the Night

10.24.2011

With water flowing fast and pushing flood levels all summer, Missouri American Water MR 340 organizer Scott Mansker was doubtful that this year’s 340-mile heartland odyssey from Kansas City to St. Louis could even happen.

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