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Kayaking and Canoeing for the Whole Family

The Madawaska Kanu Centre teaches that family fun can begin and grow on the river, with experiences the whole family should share. Sorry, Disneyland!

All Start Paddling

Convergences

12.01.2012

Where tectonic upheaval flatlines and the Brooks Range runs out, infinite space welcomes the traveler like a door thrown open. Blue as the Caribbean, the Canning River spills our two rafts from between foothills into the arctic coastal plain.

Gallery – Adam Mills Elliott

12.01.2012

Oregon rafting team on White Salmon River, Washington.

Gallery—Charlie Munsey

12.01.2012

In the first two weeks of February 2002, seven of the world’s best and boldest paddlers completed the first descent of Tibet’s Upper Tsangpo Gorge.

Heavy Medal

12.01.2012

If you caught Vavinec Hradilek’s silver-medal performance at this summer’s Olympic Games, you witnessed one of the world’s most dynamic slalom paddlers lay down a near-perfect run. But you probably missed the 25-year-old Czech’s clever shout-outs to his steep-creeking buddies.

Gallery—Charlie Munsey

12.01.2012

Tobias Johansson on Virgin River Narrows, Zion, Utah

Thoughts from a legend

12.01.2012

Al Widing Sr. has finished the 120-mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon a record 33 times, including 16 consecutive finishes from age 63 to 79.

Gallery—Darin McQuoid

12.01.2012

Rok Sribar on Fuefuki Gawa, Nishizawa Canyon, Japan

Oversea Debris

12.01.2012

On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake, centered off the coast of northern Japan, generated powerful tsunami waves that slammed into 400 miles of the Japanese shoreline…The waves washed more than 5 million tons of debris out to sea. In the fall of 2011, some of the estimated 1.5 million tons of remaining flotsam—everything from buoys and boats to entire shipping containers—began arriving on North America ’s west coast.

Gallery—Charlie Munsey

12.01.2012

Fred Norquist on Toketee Falls, North Umpqua River, Oregon

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.

Dirtbag Diaries—Amazon Solo

08.01.2012

Kayaking is an inexpensive way to travel. So I bought a continental map of South America and could see that it was possible to connect the rivers from Venezuela in the north all the way to Argentina.

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.

Voices

06.22.2012

The North Fork Championship went off in a big way earlier this month. In the last 12 days, the media has been spewing into the web-o-sphere, with stylized video from Skip Armstrong and fantastic images from A-list photographers like Mike Leeds. And so it should. A gigantic rapid (Jacob’s Ladder) and easy spectator viewing made […]

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