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Reader Photos 2004 – It wasn't easy, but we picked the winners for our annual reader photo contest, and they appear inside.

Snake Bit – Summer turns to winter and other misadventures confront canoeists on the Yukon's Snake River.
By Cliff Jacobson

Offshore Shooter – Pick up some tips about wildlife photography for kayakers. By Michael Powers

Too Close – Paddlers can't keep their distance while kayaking near whales and icebergs off Newfoundland. By Jonathon Reynolds


Coastal Dichotomy – A pleasant schizophrenia hovers over the paddling terrain along the convoluted coast of Maine. Alan S. Kesselheim

A Mighty Wind – Canoeists explore the pristine Wind River, but conservation groups are worried that the Yukon's outdated mining laws threaten this roadless wilderness. By Matt Jackson

An Encore on the Bow – Alberta's 300-mile-long Bow River floats both canoes and whitewater kayaks, and displays some of the planet's best views of water, mountains, and sky. By Nancy Bouchard

Be Here, Play Here – Got one last trip in you this summer? Western Canada is calling your name.


Rivers Threatened – Overdevelopment and toxins put 10 rivers on endangered list. By Beth Geiger

Jensen Remembered – His designs for racing led to better canoes for every paddler. By Al Cambronne

Gold Seekers – Slalom and sprint paddlers are off to the Olympics.



Missouri River Hazards

Sea Kayak Technique – With your spine in align, your body is in the action position and able
to paddle more efficiently.
By John Meyer

Canoe Technique – The North American Touring Technique will help keep your boat on course. By Steve Salins

Whitewater Technique – Identify the speed and direction of the current to make graceful peel-outs.By Mary DeRiemer


New Products – By the Editors

REVIEW: River-Tripping CanoesBy Curt Newsome
REVIEW: Digital Cameras for PaddlersBy Gary Luhm