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The Legend Lives On

A decade after whitewater canoeing visionary Frankie Hubbard passed away, Knoxville-based open boater Dooley Tombras cannot fathom what new ideas Hubbard would’ve come up with if he hadn’t succumbed to lung cancer in 2003, at the young age of 41. “Frankie completely modernized the sport,” says Tombras, an elite open boater who’s taken the sport to new heights with his role in The Canoe Movie series of OC-1 videos. “His designs made it possible to run steep creeks and evolved the whole rodeo thing.”

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Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

The Usumacinta has a reputation as one of the best river trips in the world, and also one of the most dangerous. It forms the border between Mexico and Guatemala through the heart of the Mayan region, a vast, densely jungled wilderness where traditional authorities hold little sway…because of these amazing features, the Usu became one of the world’s preeminent raft trips in the 1970s, and a prime winter playground for off-season Grand Canyon guides.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

It took me two days to hitchhike from Haines, Alaska, to the Yukon highway bridge where Walt Blackadar started his fabled 1971 first descent of Turnback Canyon. I launched in a drizzle feeling quite puny, just as Walt probably did, which I guess was the point. I was alone, as he had been, with 10 days and 230 miles of the Alsek River ahead of me. Running Turnback was never part of my plan, though.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

I always thought I needed to do something ‘legitimate’ for a living. Then when I graduated I got job offers in geology, and thought, ‘What do I need money for so badly that I’m ready to sacrifice my life for it?’

Gallery—Trey Cambern

08.01.2012

The inspiration to movie Deliverance which introduced a generation of adventure-seekers to the possibilities of river-running.

Gallery—Zbigniew Bzdak

08.01.2012

Robin Moore and Todd Gulick during the fifth Canoandes expedition to the Colca River Canyon in 1991.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

04.05.2012

Can I sweat out toxins with exercise? What’s the best wood for making a paddle? And what’s on Eddy’s bucket list.

USA Canoe/Kayak Going to Olympics

03.12.2012

After taking home Gold at the Pan American Championships, Team USA will have Olympians in both the C-1 and C-2 categories at the London 2012 Summer Games.

Do or Die for U.S. Olympic Canoes

03.08.2012

This weekend’s Pan American Championships in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, will be the last chance for the six men’s U.S. C-1 and C-2 paddlers to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rivers Win Big in Banff

11.07.2011

The prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival wrapped Sunday Nov. 6, with movies by and about paddlers taking three of the highest honors. C&K is proud to say that our contributors had a hand in all three winning films.

Tunnel Vision

09.02.2011

Something bad happened to North American tent design shortly after the first freestanding dome tents became popular in the 1980s. With the exception of those who clung to tired yet trusty A-frames, the camping masses shunned non-freestanding tents as being old and dated.

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.

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.

Paddling With Kids

12.08.2010

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

12 Reasons To Start Paddling

06.22.2010

Nothing on the planet matches self-propelled boats and water for the spectrum of gratifications; from thrills to serenity, and from awe to that delicious touch of terror.

Canoe or Kayak? Which one is right for you?

05.20.2008

Canoe & Kayak Web Exclusivestory by Cliff Jacobsonphotos by John Bolivar Editors note about the author: You will probably figure out in reading this article that the author is a canoe man through and through. He currently owns twelve canoes-eight tandem’s and four solo’s. In his words” Canoes are like dear friends; one can never […]

6 Easy River Kayak and Raft Permits

04.29.2008

Easy Permits Mean More Fun, Less Red Tape… and more time on the river this summer. Discover lesser-known gems like the hassle-free multi-day runs on this list.

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