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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

A wilderness rite of passage on the long way in to Colorado\'s legendary Big South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River. The post Finding the Source appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

By Jeff Herman The San Marcos River wanders in graceful twists and turns through the Texas Hill Country and the hearts of local paddlers. Rising from the Edwards Aquifer it strolls past Texas State University before joining forces with the Guadalupe and heading seaward. Kayaks, canoes, rafts and inner-tubes are thick on the San Marcos River in the summer, and with good reason. The cool water is Tanqueray clear and offers easy recreation for all skill levels through lush scenery. Start things off with a leisurely family float on the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail. The Texas Parks and Wildlife route is a great half-day trip just east of San Marcos. This section of the river is beautiful, and with nothing bigger than smile-inducing Class I rapids at most water flows, it is a gimmie for all skill levels. Just keep an eye out for small dams and low bridges; scout and portage when needed. The town of San Marcos is quintessential Texas with green, shade-soaked hills and an easy-going community. The university pro......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

“Speedy,” as my son calls him, has taken to following along as we paddle, jumping alongside like some hyperactive Labrador on an invisible leash, shooting torpedo-like from side to side, then stopping on the surface of the calm water next to us with an inquisitive look in his liquid, soulful eyes. The post Eco Paddler: Into the Mystic appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

–This story first ran in the March 2010 issue of Canoe & Kayak. On Friday I learned that I had a malignant tumor in my left eye. The doctor was certain. The first thing, he said, is to find out if it has metastasized. If it has gone to your liver, it’s time to get your affairs in order. If it hasn’t, there are things we can do. In the parking lot outside the eye clinic, Marypat and I held each other in the front seat of the car. The well of emotion we had kept dammed up inside all afternoon let loose. Our three kids were in Great Falls for a weekend soccer tournament. We drove up to meet them at the motel. On the way, I found an NPR station playing non-stop Bob Dylan. Montana in spring swept away into the shimmering peaks, the green distances, the bends of the Blackfoot River, the windy buttes, while Dylan sang “Lay Lady Lay” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and over the miles we kept reaching for each other. A motel room is not the place to break news of this kind, but you can’t pick you......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

Big water junkie Sam Grafton just returned from a month-long tour of Norway’s whitewater where he chalked up another series of the high volume Class V descents that have become his signature. Early in the trip, he posted a video of losing his paddle in the middle of a huge slide, hand rolling and bouncing to shore with a very impressive self rescue (shown at the end of this highlight reel). “That was pretty epic,” he recently told us. “I was sure that I was going to swim but somehow or another it worked out.” –See a full PHOTO ESSAY of eye-popping images from the Tora Slide Next up: Grafton is planning to spend a month on the South Island of New Zealand in December with Jordy Searle, Ari Walker and Barny Young. If the last few years are any indication, that mission should be well worth following. The post Video: Sam Grafton’s Norway POV Highlights 2015 appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

Some of my highlights from a month In Norway Shot on GoPro Hero 4 Black Edited by Sam Grafton

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

A photo posted by Peter Holcombe (@peterholcombe) on Sep 1, 2015 at 8:05pm PDT By James McBeath The world’s best freestyle kayakers got their chance to perform the Ottawa River’s massive, dynamic Garberator wave on Tuesday as the top OC-1 and Junior competitors stepped into the International Canoe Federation limelight and set the tone for the 2015 World Freestyle Championships. Unlike most years, Garberator wave has been in all summer, allowing athletes from many countries longer than average training times. The ‘Garb,’ as it’s known in the Ottawa Valley, is a wave formed on the famous Lorne Rapid of the Ottawa River. Its fast tongue feeds into a big wave and retentive foam pile that allows for extended rides and big wave moves. Judges are expecting huge scores for this year’s event, mostly buoyed by the big air bonus and the ability to link moves. Jordan Poffenberger (USA) kicks off the OC1 category of the 2015 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Championships in Beachburg ON, Canada. Photo......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 2nd, 2015

The 2015 ICF World Freestyle Championships are streaming live from the Ottawa River in Canada. Watch all the action from the the K-1 Men’s heats today as it unfolds. Or check back in when the event is over to watch a replay of the whole broadcast. Click here to see a full schedule of events leading up to Saturday’s finals. –Read the highlights from Tuesday’s OC-1 and Junior’s prelims, and watch the full replay –Learn more about this year’s Freestyle Worlds The post Watch Live: World Freestyle Championships on the Ottawa River appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Sep 1st, 2015

By Joe Carberry If you love whitewater, you know she’s a cruel bedfellow. She takes us to remote locales and rewards us with an unmatchable feeling of accomplishment. But when we make mistakes on the river, the consequences can be dire—the penance for dancing with a partner so much more powerful than ourselves. Boyce Greer made a mistake on August 14, 2011 at Taffy Puller, the final drop in Jacob’s Ladder on Idaho’s North Fork of the Payette. Rescuers pulled him from the river and performed CPR, but Greer was gone. His was the second death of the season on the benchmark Class V run. Stephen Forester, a promising 19-year-old paddler from Connecticut, died there in June. Greer was an important person in whitewater, though he carried himself with humility that belied his considerable boating skill and pivotal behind-the-scenes role in the business of the sport. Born in Arkansas, he learned to paddle as a kid at summer camp, and never stopped. He was a high achiever off the water as well, graduating cum l......

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Mountain Watershed Association
Sep 1st, 2015

The Office of Surface Mining has proposed a new Stream Protection Rule that could protect more than 6,000 miles of streams from the impacts of both surface and underground coal mining.  Several hearings have been scheduled to give the public an opportunity to comment on this proposal, including a hearing in Pittsburgh on September 10, 2015 […]...

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Mountain Watershed Association
Sep 1st, 2015

Mountain Watershed Association (MWA), home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, will have another year of funding available to provide direct support to community members on the frontlines of Marcellus shale gas development.  The Direct Support Fund is made possible by The Heinz Endowments and is a project of the Mountain Watershed Association. Launched in August of […]...

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