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Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

A look at C&K Editor-at-Large Alan Kesselheim’s packing list for his summer sojourn on the portage-studded 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail route from New York to Maine.

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The Century Club

07.21.2011

Call it Canada’s best idea. One hundred years ago, in 1911, Canada established the Dominion Parks Branch—the world’s first national parks service. Back then, the Canadian government managed six parks—including iconic mountain retreats like Banff and Jasper…

Six Fast and Fit Touring Kayaks

07.21.2011

Running a kayak touring business in Manhattan is like driving a yellow cab in Boothbay, Maine. You get fares, but making a living is not easy. For the past 16 years, Eric Stiller, the founder of Manhattan Kayak Company has sold kayaking in the city that never sleeps and rarely paddles.

Current Designs Freedom – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Here’s a boat that increases both your heart rate and fun rate. Long, fast, and exceedingly light, the smooth-lined Freedom is also surprisingly stable for those craving a specialty fitness boat, making it a great fit for any traditional sea kayaker looking to move faster while sacrificing only a wee bit of stability.

Cobra Eliminator – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Made from super-linear polyethylene, the Eliminator is hit-me-with-your-best-shot durable. But at 42 pounds, it’s a handful to carry alone. It has the sleek racing design of an Olympic K-1—narrow bow, relatively high bucket seat and adjustable foot pedals to control the over-stern rudder…

Kayakpro Namu – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Take a short, sluggish sea kayak—a standard beginner’s boat—hand it to a world-class sprinter, and viola! You get an efficient, fitness-oriented kayak.

Pyranha Speeder – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

From its source in Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York, the Hudson rushes through the Adirondacks, ambles past the state capitol in Albany and, 315 miles later, meets the Atlantic at New York Harbor.

Hurricane Category 5 – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

The Hurricane Category 5 is billed as a performance kayak for training, racing and day-tripping on lakes. So when our testers first eyed this short, sleek, shiny red boat, we wondered why the North Carolina-based builders named a lightweight, rudderless craft meant for “quiet lakes” after a storm capable of tossing a well-fed cow over a barn.

Epic V8 – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Epic’s first surfski, a 21-foot racing machine called the V10, was designed to be the fastest all-around ocean kayak in the world. Arguably, it was, especially when either of the designers—Olympian Greg Barton and 11-time Molokai champ Oscar Chalupsky—sat in the bucket.

Currents TV: Hood River

07.20.2011

C&K/Five2Nine Productions’ exclusive look into whitewater’s Northwest proving grounds and the impact of the Condit Dam removal

Stories from the River

07.19.2011

Five2Nine Productions’ Currents series of online videos came full circle last month when Ottawa-based videographer Mike McKay returned to Hood River, Ore., for the third time to shoot whitewater paddling on the White Salmon, Little White and other Class V creeks. McKay and his Vancouver-based friend, Steve Arns, traveled to Hood River on a whim in December 2009.

Virtual Coach: Power Paddling

07.18.2011

Sean Morley knows a few things about going fast. He honed his forward stroke technique as a flatwater sprint racer on the British junior national team, but has made his biggest mark traveling far and fast in challenging conditions. He’s held speed records for crossing the Irish Sea, circumnavigating Vancouver Island, and paddling 4,500 miles around Great Britain and Ireland, solo.

Gone Fishin’

07.18.2011

On Saturday, July 23, kayaker Josh Tart will set off on the Ohio River in Cincinnati on one of North America’s classic water routes. The so-called “Great Loop” traces the perimeter of the eastern United States. What sets Tart’s expedition apart from the countless pleasure boaters and odd sea kayakers and canoeists…

Kayaks on the ‘Shetland Bus’

07.15.2011

Three English sea kayakers are setting out from the Shetland Islands tomorrow, July 16, local time, on an attempt to cross the North Sea to the west coast of Norway as part of a fundraising expedition to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Leaving the Gorge

07.15.2011

Leaving Hood River is my biggest regret. I can’t stop analyzing the cost-benefit of taking a job that moved my wife, then 3-month-old daughter and me away from the Northwest whitewater hotbed. And whenever I hear of someone moving to Hood River, the news makes me jealous and a little sad.

Across The Big Empty

07.15.2011

The question streams in bold letters across the website of the Yukon River 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race: Do you really want to do this?

Kayak Fishing Skills

07.14.2011

You know when Good Morning America viewers are entreated to some kayaking with their morning coffee it’s gotta be something good … or shark related.

Rodeo Hole Show

07.14.2011

With a flow of 13,400 cfs, the Wenatchee River was cranking for this June’s 2011 Wenatchee River Festival. Thirty-three paddlers ranging in age from 13 to 67 competed in a variety of events ranging from a downriver race and river games to a surf competition in the world-class Rodeo Hole this June 11.

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