With a style both fluid and aggressive, Tony Estanguet of France won his third Olympic Gold in the C-1 class on Tuesday, pulling ahead of his longtime rival Michal Martikan, and bringing the most celebrated duel in slalom history to a close.
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.
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.
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?’
The inspiration to movie Deliverance which introduced a generation of adventure-seekers to the possibilities of river-running.
Washington kayaker Darren Albright boofs Rodeo Hole in Jacob’s Ladder, the signature rapid of Idaho’s North Fork Payette, during the 2012 North Fork Championship.
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.
Robin Moore and Todd Gulick during the fifth Canoandes expedition to the Colca River Canyon in 1991.
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.
Jeffrey and Giulio stumble into a fisherman’s camp one day south of Kiev, and experience some Ukrainian hospitality.
Canoeing and kayaking over 1,800 miles from Jasper, Alberta, to Hudson Bay on the thrift.
Now American canoe/kayak fans can watch every paddle stroke—and every minute of every other sport, no matter how obscure—on their computer, smartphone or tablet, in real time. The only caveat is that you need a cable subscription to access the goods. Here’s how:
Jeffrey Andreoni and Giulio D’Eramo are escaping London’s Olympic crowds by fleeing the country (for a month) to paddle Ukraine’s Dnieper River.
A review of C&K editor-at-large Alan Kesselheim’s new book, which explores how paddling has shaped the lives of his three children, and the looming epidemic of “nature deficit disorder.”
Dispatch from the second, 30-mile leg of the Ikkatsu Expedition, where three sea kayakers are setting out to survey Washington’s remote west coast and looking for — and finding — plenty of incoming debris from the disastorous 2011 Japanese tsunami. See new video and findings from the trip such as the soccer ball that traveled 6,000 miles across the Pacific.
On June 17, Bob Weitzel, 57, died attempting to paddle around Pigeon Point and into Canadian waters during his 1,200-mile solo circumnavigation of Lake Superior. C&K Contributing Editor Conor Mihell provides a deeper look into Weitzel’s life, and into the windy, choppy conditions that led to this recent Great Lakes paddling tragedy.
Billed as the “Arctic Return Adventure Tour,” Thorfsen and Palo picked up where a legendary polar expedition by Norwegian explorers Fridjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen left off.