— The following originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of C&K.
The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. This is our salute to a handful of everyday paddlers, the brokers, the carpenters, the nurses, you might meet on the water who have earned other labels. A tripper, a mentor, a lifer, a dreamer, a hero.
Scott Gerber had just learned how to execute an extended paddle roll—a state-of-the-art skill in 1973—and he'd grown frustrated with the homemade fiberglass boat in which he'd learned the contorted pry stroke.
Mary Kurt-Mason is the first to admit that some rapids terrify her.
Kayaker Mark Divittorio calls the euphoric sensation of finishing a run on a favorite river "that takeout
|Loretta and Dalen Bayes
Go ahead and ask Loretta and Dalen Bayes to recommend their favorite northern river.
"Since the age of 13, when I was first introduced to wilderness canoe tripping at Camp Kooch-I-Ching in northern Minnesota, I knew it was something I had to do," says Green.