Photo by Ben Marr

The world is your studio. #destinationtorngat in northern Labrador, summer 2014. Photo by Ben Marr

By Jeff Moag

For 19 days in January, the world stood transfixed as two men climbed a 3,000-foot granite face in Yosemite National Park. The duo were engaged in something that elite paddlers have been doing for the last few years—combining cutting-edge athletic performance with self-produced coverage in real time. When Twitter and the New York Times took notice, the Dawn Wall became an international sensation. Watch for trending topics like #tsangpo, #nwpassage and #niagara, because paddling's 15-minute blaze of glory is coming soon.


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