Review: Performance Packrafts
Packrafting’s wilderness promise grows a little more tangible each year as these lightweight craft continue to evolve from puncture-prone, glorified inner tubes to tough, ultralight boats ready to take on whitewater in hard-to-reach corners of the backcountry. We recently took two new models for a spin. AIRE BAKraft Light, tough and self-bailing
How to Bombproof Your Combat Roll
By Grady Kellogg Ed note: Nineteen-year-old Grady Kellogg is the second oldest of eleven Kellogg children who, along with their parents, are traveling the country full time in an RV in search of rivers. Swimming sucks! We all know how it feels: you reach for that pull tab at the front of your skirt, your boat fills with water, and now you’re floating downstream looking for your paddle. Later, if your friends are persistent, you’ll be forced to drink the dreaded bootie beer. Everybody swims sometimes, but beginning paddlers will have a lot more fun on the water if they develop a bomber combat roll. So what is the best way to do that? Practice. Here are some of the best tips for practicing your combat roll that my ten siblings and I have been following since we started to kayak. If your local pool hosts a kayak roll session, you are in luck. The safest place to work on your roll is in stationary water with lifeguards watching you. Take a lesson or get pointers on the basics so you can roll up on your own at least some of the time. The following video shows the stages of getting
All My Sons
Leather backpack straps tear into shoulders on a long carry; chewy, thick-sliced salami for lunch; jokes and banter echo over calm water; pine trees whisper in the breeze; the scrub of granite on bare feet; the tug of a hefty northern pike: These are the collective summertime memories of Gary Sundberg and his sons, Martin, Aaron and Craig. The timeless sensations of canoe-tripping may fade over time, but as the Sundbergs discovered last July, young families, high-paced jobs and thousands of miles of separation cannot displace deep-set traditions rooted in Minnesota’s North Woods.
PHOTO ESSAY: A Whitewater Journey through Chile
Photographer Tait Trautman and an international crew rally a weathered Toyota pickup "Gypsy Wagon" to run Patagonia's finest steep creeks and classic runs.
FACES OF WHITEWATER: North Fork Championship IV
In the latest installment of Mountain Mind Collective's 'Faces of Whitewater' series, Todd and Brendan Wells chronicle this weekend's fourth iteration of The North Fork Championship, a three-day, three-contest weekend which starts with a Thursday sprint race and Friday boatercross competition on Idaho's storied North Fork Payette River, and then concludes Saturday with a seven-gated giant slalom race starting atop Jacob's Ladder, the stretch's Class V-plus signature rapid.
US Freestyle Team Selected for 2015
What began as a focused showdown of the country’s best freestyle paddlers ended in a exuberant return to the discipline’s roots Tuesday. Dane Jackson, coming off a round of wins at the GoPro Mountain Games last week, secured a spot on the OC-1, C-1, and men’s kayak teams; he competed in the final round without a paddle. Juggling occurred and brown claws were thrown. The event was held at playpark wave in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and solid spring flows provided the platform for some huge aerial tricks from a field dominated by carbon boats. Jackson was the only selected team member on the men’s side that competed in plastic, though he still managed to outstep the field in the semifinal round by nearly 400 points. Everybody who advanced to the final round was guaranteed a spot on the U.S. team, and in the finals “things kind of fell apart…or went back to the roots,” event organizer Peter Benedict told C&K. “The judges panel was out there yelling, ‘Go without a skirt! Go without a skirt!’” “They were all out there having a good time, trying to go big, not caring about scores,” Benedict said. “It captured that original feel of why
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