Life on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

“I didn’t want something big to take home to my normal life. I want a trip like the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to be my normal life.”

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Book Review: Reading the River


By Conor Mihell Published: December 10, 2010 Laurel Archer has made a living going where almost no canoes have gone before. She takes 17-foot trippers down the wild rivers of northern British Columbia like the Stikine and Tatshenshini—rivers typically reserved for creekboats and rafts. Archer cut her teeth paddling the big, historic fur-trade rivers of […]

Instructor Profiles: Dominick Greco


Courtesy Dominick Greco Fishing guides inherently live a life less ordinary. And for that segment of the outdoor working class, Dominick Greco’s story is even more atypical. He guides from a kayak, has done a stint in Tinsel Town and has been showing people where to fish since his youth, guiding for stripers when we […]

Debriefing: Deception Pass Dash


By Tim Mutrie Published: December 9, 2010 The winner of the ladies surfski division, Heather Nelson, is seven months pregnant. Paddlers of all stripes—kayaks, outriggers, rowing skulls, SUPs—included at least two 70-year-olds and one former Olympian, Sherri Cassuto, who won her sea kayak class for a third year straight. With skies an unlikely shade of […]

2010 Deception Pass Dash Gallery


Images from the 2010 Deception Pass Dash in Puget Sound, Wash.

Paddling With Kids


Real world advice from the author of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids

Paddling With Kids Photo Gallery


Real world advice from the author of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids

Hendri Coetzee Killed By Crocodile


(Editor’s note: This story has been updated, below.) By Joe Carberry Published: December 8, 2010, 12:03 AM PST In a horrific turn of events, South African paddler Hendri Coetzee was killed by a crocodile earlier this week on a tributary of the Congo River in central Africa, multiple sources have confirmed to C&K. Coetzee, 35, […]

Chelan River: The Next Washington Classic?


Central Washington’s Chelan River goes against the grain of typical Pacific Northwest whitewater. It features the same technical slots, big drops and massive boulders of classic runs like the White Salmon, Skykomish and Snoqualmie, but the water is warm and the scenery decidedly arid. And yet today the four-mile section of burly Class V drops […]

No River For Old Men


When Chris went down with a broken leg halfway through the portage, I started doing the numbers—25 miles against a strong current back to the put-in, then God knows how long a hike to the nearest home. No way. The takeout was 52 miles downstream, through a dozen named rapids we’d never seen. That would […]

Instructor Profiles: Wayne Dickert


Photo by Patrick Cavan Brown While Wayne “Wayner” Dickert is working toward his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., it’s on the water, preaching his paddling wisdom, where he truly shines. “I like to teach a concept and work around that, rather than just a skill,” says the 1996 […]

The Klepper


By Jeff Moag Published: Canoe & Kayak Magazine, December, 2010 The story of modern kayaking begins with a German tailor named Johann Klepper. He didn’t invent the folding kayak—that honor goes to Alfred Heurich, borrowing liberally from Greenland Inuit—but Henry Ford didn’t invent the automobile either. In 1907, Klepper bought Heurich’s patent and began mass-producing […]

Running The ‘Last Great Unknown Canyon In Peru’


“I mean, it wasn’t like a bullet-proof plan. But it was good enough.” — Matt Wilson Of the major tributaries that flow from the Andes into the Amazon River, only one section of one of them—The Great Bend of Rio Huallaga, in central Peru—could be classified as unknown at the beginning of 2010. Much of […]

Once ‘Round The Big One


Lucas Will and Greg Petry’s dream to paddle around Lake Superior began five years ago. As roommates and outdoor education students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), Will, 30 and Petry, 29 talked about their passion for the lake and how it had shaped their lives. They promised each other that in the summer of […]

From Reg Lake’s Perspective


C&K Profiles Reg Lake—Plus Reg Lake Footage From Dicey Deception Pass

Instructor Profiles: Les Bechdel


Photo by Alpenglow Press For McCall, Idaho’s Les Bechdel, rescue should be a vital part of any paddling instruction program. He should know. An ACA instructor-trainer for the Nantahala Outdoor Center for 10 years, it was the drowning of an NOC raft guide that led to his co-authoring River Rescue with Slim Ray in 1985, […]

C&K’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2


Teva continues evolving from its humble Velcro sandal roots into more lifestyle-oriented, yet functional riverside footwear. Case in point: the new Kayode Mid, a flexible Mush-infused insole paired with a rugged outsole and suede leather/canvas upper that keeps your ankles covered during any holiday snow stompings ($90). Too much fashion over function? The worthy Sling […]

C&K’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide


You won’t find many waterproof-breathable jackets as reasonably priced as Immersion Research’s Zephyr. One hundred bucks gets you a foul-weather friend for drizzly days on the water, with a unique anti-microbial mesh liner to prevent post-paddling funk ($110, www.immersionresearch.com).     Cut off an extra slice this holiday season: Give your paddler more slice through […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide