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In Their Own Words: Birch-Bark Odyssey

07.16.2012

Dan Blessing and Marc VanGrinsven’s 4,000 mile journey from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean in a homemade birch-bark canoe.

Video: Bam, After the Falls

07.12.2012

C&K staffer Michael Gordon recently ran into Bam Margera of MTV’s popular television series “Jackass,” in Iceland of all places, and couldn’t help but ask him about his most recent stunt with pro kayaker Steve Fisher: Hucking himself off Oregon’s 88-foot Metlako Falls in the front seat of a Jackson Dynamic Duo.

Of Souls + Water: The Mother

06.25.2012

You know that age-old question, “what would your mother think”? Well, have you ever asked her? At the age of 67, Melody Shapiro gives us answers while exploring the canyons of the Utah desert.

Remains of a River

06.22.2012

From October 2011 to January 2012, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled 1,700 miles, filming and narrating on the fly as they traveled from the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming to the Pacific Ocean in Mexico, following the tenuous trail of the Colorado River system.

Think global, paddle local

06.19.2012

A photo gallery and report from the seventh annual White Salmon RiverFest and Symposium, enjoying kayak and raft races on a southern Washington gem while addressing hot-button issues around the recent Condit Dam removal.

The 2012 Teva Mountain Games

06.04.2012

High times with low water at the 11th annual Teva Mountain Games

Get Ready: The Teva Mountain Games 2012

05.30.2012

The annual Teva Mountain Games is here again, and will kick off at 10:00 am tomorrow, Thursday, May 31, with the (in)famous Homestake Creek Race near Vail, Colo.

12 Rivers in 2012

05.11.2012

Rivers for Change and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation are paddling 12 different rivers from source to sea to help study climate change.

The Craziest Idea Wins

02.29.2012

On October 26, 2011, a hole was blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, located on Washington’s White Salmon River. The explosion marked the beginning of a national river restoration effort that was documented by Portland, Ore., paddler/filmmaker Andy Maser in the short film The Craziest Idea, which was recently named Best Professional Documentary at the NPFF.

Escape Destinations From Your Escape

11.29.2011

Need to Escape From Your Escape? Here are 7 places to get away from your getaway including locations in Belize, Oahu, Florida, Louisiana, and Mexico.

Home Waters

11.18.2011

We hunkered in the lee of an eroding bluff, our faces covered in kelp flies and raw from the stinging blast of wind-driven sand.

Gatherings: Paddle Oregon gallery

11.06.2011

Canoe & Kayak had the outstanding opportunity this August to join Willamette Riverkeeper and 130 new friends at the Chatoe Rogue Farmstead Brewery in Independence, Oregon. We only had 24 hours to experience Paddle Oregon, the multi-day river trip that captures the spirit of the state through a tour of its largest waterway.

Smoke on the Water: FIBArk in Photos

06.21.2011

The 63rd annual edition of the FIBArk Whitewater Festival went down over the weekend in Salida, Colo., with a multitude of events on and off the water. By Sunday afternoon, we learned from the New Belgium beer vendors that festival goers had ghosted some 100 kegs of beer and another vendor nearby at the downtown park, the festival’s HQ, had sold some 700 to 800 roasted turkey legs.

Canoe Across America

04.26.2011

Earlier this month, Darrin Kimbler launched his canoe at the mouth of the Columbia River, near Astoria, Ore., with his dog, Mike, and a full load of gear. If all goes according to plan—and according to Kimbler’s blog, CanoeAcrossAmerica.com, not all has gone according to plan already—Kimbler and Mike will paddle into Key West, Fla., in eight months time.

High Water Ready

04.21.2011

Stoke your snowmelt plans with a gallery extra from C&K/Middle Fork River Expeditions peak Salmon run

Video: Rafting a South Sierra classic

04.11.2011

Cool rafting video from April 2 on Northern California’s Brush Creek, a tributary of the Kern River, with paddlers Austin Nickell, Dave Krog and Brandon Sweet.

March Madness in NorCal

04.08.2011

Oh spring, glorious spring! On April 1 the California Department of Water Resources reported that the Shasta River Basin was showing 199 percent of its average snowpack. At the end of March, Northstar-at-Tahoe reported 42 feet of snow—the ski resort’s snowiest winter in 25 years. Most whitewater paddlers are frothing over the length and potential of this fresh season with the amount of precipitation feeling borderline biblical.

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