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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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Letter to my Daughter

06.15.2014

This is why I am teaching you to kayak rivers. The river will be the objective disciplinarian I can never force myself to be. It’ll reward you with euphoria when you do well and punish you when you don’t.

North Fork Championship III Preview

06.13.2014

What to watch for as the NFC’s main event, a giant slalom through Jacob’s Ladder–generally considered to be the most challenging kayak race on the planet–starts tomorrow, with analysis of the marquee competition’s first female competitor, boat design, water levels, and a deeper international talent pool.

WESTERN CANOE & KAYAK EXPEDITION CART

06.13.2014

WESTERN CANOE & KAYAK EXPEDITION CART MSRP: $250 www.westerncanoekayak.com This is the stoutest of the bunch. The expedition cart is beefy from the stainless-steel axle to the 16” wheels worthy of a compact car, built for the most remote and rugged conditions – rocky shorelines, bumpy tundra, big loads. This is your baby. The price […]

C-TUG TROLLEY

06.13.2014

C-TUG TROLLEY MSRP: $160 www.C-Tug.com Made in New Zealand, the C-tug breaks the mold for portage carts. Constructed out of molded plastic parts which snap and clip together in short order and with no loose pieces, it is relatively light, very compact, and trouble free over varied terrain. Broken down, it will fit inside a […]

WIKE WOODY CART

06.13.2014

WIKE WOODY CART MSRP: $100 www.wicycle.com If pavement is your game, these are your wheels. Wike specializes in bike and walk transport. This affordable cart can be towed efficiently behind a bicycle or by hand. 20” alloy wheels are a dream to pull, and they handle the demands of dirt or paved roads no problem. […]

SEATTLE SPORTS NEMO EXTREMO

06.13.2014

SEATTLE SPORTS NEMO EXTREMO MSRP: $135 www.seattlesportsco.com Far and away the easiest cart to put together, and the most lightweight and compact. The Nemo stows easily in a kayak hatch and weighs less than 10 lbs. The big advantage, beyond weight and size is the airless, puncture-proof tires, so you roll free of flat-tire worry. […]

WHEEL-EEZ CANOE CART BEACH

06.13.2014

WHEEL-EEZ CANOE CART BEACH MSRP $241 www.wheeleez.com This cart performs well on both rough ground and smooth trails or pavement. The low-pressure balloon tires made of polyurethane are very durable and perform well in soft sand and rocky trails. At the same time, I was surprised how easily they rolled on pavement. I tested a […]

Feathercraft Bolder

06.12.2014

As soon as we inflated the Feathercraft Bolder we knew we were in for some.

Alpacka Gnu

06.12.2014

Testers loved the Alpacka Gnu in big waves and holes, the extra volume in the bow and stern creating a solid combo of speed, stability and maneuverability.

NRS PackRaft

06.12.2014

The NRS packraft is an excellent raft that is affordable and stands up to abuse on the river.

Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak

06.12.2014

The advanced elements packlite kayak is best reserved for quick crossings and flatwater.

Packraft Fleet

06.12.2014

The exploits of the packraft have become known and now they’re multiplying like bunnies and mutating like finches. Natural selection is at work as we review four of the latest models from Advanced Elements, NRS, Alpacka and Feathercraft.

Russell Henry is Destroying the Vancouver Island Record

06.12.2014

BY CONOR MIHELL Canadian sea kayaker Russell Henry is on the home stretch of his bid to set a new speed record for circumnavigating British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. A forecast of strong northwesterly winds convinced Henry to start the 750-mile, counterclockwise journey in Winter Harbor, a remote community on the island’s west coast, on May […]

UPDATE – Round 2: California to Hawaii

06.11.2014

A look into R.W. Hand’s second attempt to replicate Ed Gillet’s historic 1987 crossing from California to Maui in a stock tandem sea kayak. Hand, a 57-year-old retired Federal Air Marshal, aborted expedition after 12 days trying to paddle off the California coast.

Everyday Hero in Dramatic Crane Rescue

06.11.2014

The men were operating a crane on the riverbank, and Oglesbee happened to be the one wearing a harness. Suspended from the crane, he grasped the woman’s outstretched hand, and pulled her to safety.

Rock Creek Recon

06.10.2014

Inside the exploratory first descent of Rock Creek Gorge, a gem buried deep in the heart of the Cascades where paddlers have been systematically hunting for runnable whitewater over the last two decades.

Voices of the North Fork Championship

06.10.2014

A throwback look at the world’s best kayakers overdosed on the stoke of the North Fork Championship that started it all.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide