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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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C&K’s Guide to Summer Reading

07.13.2011

To say Concord, Mass., resident P.G. Downes (1909-1959) was ahead of his time is an understatement. Between 1936 and 1947, the Harvard-educated schoolteacher spent his summers exploring the then-unmapped reaches of the Canadian subarctic, sensitively documenting the plight of fading aboriginal cultures and creating detailed maps of the waterways he followed by wood and canvas canoe.

Slippery When Wet, No. 7: Knight Brothers

07.12.2011

This is the seventh (and final) trailer from Shasta Boyz Productions’ new film, Slippery When Wet. Each trailer features an athlete from the film and provides a little insight into each character’s lifestyle. The sequel to Wet Dreams, this film from Shon Bollock features segments from the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, and Japan

Bomb Flow TV #1

07.12.2011

This is the first ever Bomb Flow TV monthly episode! Taking you to the waterfall paradise of Pucon, Chile. Watch as the infamous Demshitz crew run their favorite classics and some first descents around the area.

Warriors Gone Fishin’

07.12.2011

It’s easy to just throw a “Support Our Troops” sticker on your bumper. It’s another thing entirely, however, to throw serious time and energy into providing real support. Dave McDaid, founder and owner of paddling apparel company Irish Water Dogs, decided to make a difference for wounded and disabled military veterans most in need of […]

A Kiwi Plan B

07.07.2011

Kiwi sea kayaker Tim Taylor was well on his way to becoming the first person to complete a continuous circumnavigation of the three islands of New Zealand when the harsh southern hemisphere winter caught up with him 500 miles from achieving his goal.

Off the Fence

07.07.2011

Deep in New York’s Adirondack State Park, “No Trespassing” signs warn paddlers to stay off Mud Pond, and “Posted” signs dangle from a steel cable strung across a nearby stream. Last year, Phil Brown canoed right past the signs and into a legal fight.

VIRTUAL COACH: Packing a Canoe for an Overnight Trip

07.06.2011

C&K’s canoe technique gurus, Paul and Willa Mason, demonstrate some of the finer points to packing for an overnight canoe trip in this latest episode of VIRTUAL COACH.

Slippery When Wet, No. 6: Cody Howard

07.05.2011

This is the sixth of seven trailers from Shasta Boyz Productions’ new film, Slippery When Wet. Each trailer features an athlete from the film and provides a little insight into each character’s lifestyle. The sequel to Wet Dreams, this film from Shon Bollock features segments from the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, and Japan, and offers […]

Day 3: Yukon River Quest

07.03.2011

After 460 grueling miles of turbulent waters, frigid cold nights, aching bodies and 50-plus hours of paddling on the Yukon River, the two-time defending champion team, The Texans, emerged victorious as the winner of the 13th Annual Yukon River Quest on Friday. As their boat came to a stop on the banks of the Yukon River, the three-time winners dawned humbling smiles.

Chronicles: 2011 Texas Water Safari

07.01.2011

Billed at “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race,” the Texas Water Safari will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012. Starting this year on June 11, the Water Safari sends teams in canoes and kayaks over a 260-mile course from San Marcos, near Austin, Texas, to Seadrift on the Texas Gulf coast.

Day 2: Yukon River Quest

07.01.2011

With Day 2 completed of the 13th annual Yukon River Quest, paddlers are eager to get to the finish line in Dawson City over the next few days. The race route, all told, is 460 miles.

Day 1: Yukon River Quest

06.30.2011

It is a cool, overcast morning (12 degrees C) and paddlers are slowly making their way to the edge of the Yukon River with boats in tow. By 11:30 a.m. yesterday, June 29, the banks are packed—support crews, boats, fans and officials—for the start of the 13th annual Yukon River Quest, a 460 mile (740km) paddle down the Yukon River.

Load of Bollock’s

06.29.2011

This is the fifth of seven trailers from Shasta Boyz Productions new film, Slippery When Wet. Each trailer features an athlete from the movie and provides a little insight into each character’s lifestyle. The sequel to Wet Dreams, this film features segments from the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan offers a closer look at some […]

Video: Worlds Breakdown

06.28.2011

Video round-up, with Emily Jackson as host, breaking down the finals of the ICF Freestyle Kayak World Championships over the weekend in Plattling, Germany.

Golden Child

06.27.2011

The 2011 International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships could be called Dane’s party, as U.S. 17-year-old paddler Dane Jackson was not only the first and only person to ever compete in all four freestyle disciplines, but also took top honors in three of the four. The Tennessee teen also won bronze in the other.

Chasing Records on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

06.26.2011

On Monday, June 27, Skip Ciccarelli will set out to shatter the speed record for paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which stretches from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, Maine. His goal is to complete the 740-mile journey in 27 days; the current record, held by Mike Stavola (aka Kayakathon Man), is just over 32 days.

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