Paddlers may soon no longer have to suffer through the put-in, ranger-scrutinizing quagmire of arguing whether your lifejacket is Type I, II, III, IV or V. The PFD puzzle is soon to get simpler… Read more.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the edict, anyway, enacted by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, who after capsizing three times on the Grand Canyon’s Lava Falls and finally swimming, he hiked back up and ran it again, as part of his recently completed No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition with fellow blind paddler and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell… Read more.
Sacrilegious as it might seem, electronic devices – including cameras, phones, GPS, speakers, iPads and more -- are almost a given anymore on river and other paddling trips. But you only have one shot at them until your batteries eddy out. All that’s changed with a new breed of solar chargers designed to keep electrons flowing like the river. PL puts the new SunJack portable solar charger by GigaWatt to the test on the Colorado River’s Westwater Canyon… Read more.
Maybe they just have the lines dialed. Whatever it is, it worked as both Joe Morley and Nouria Newman won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectfully, for the second year in a row at this year’s adidas Sickline extreme race on Austria’s Ache River. Read more.
A recent canoe trip in Sweden pushed the boundaries for the use of GPS advancements for expedition safety. Recently finishing a seven-day expedition along the Hotagen River and surrounding lakes near the Norwegian border in the vast tundra of northern Sweden, Intrepid Expeditions invited a company called Globavista along to help pin-point their locations en route, receive accurate weather information, send and receive messages, and have an emergency parachute should things go awry... Read more.
Tide-pooling is a verb in Alaska. It’s 11 a.m. on Hesketh Island and the ebb is at its lowest outside our cabin in Kachemak Bay, home of the second largest tides in the world, of up to 28 vertical feet. That means it’s tide-pool time.... Read more.
Filling out a float plan, checking your waterway’s conditions and accessing safety tips just got a whole lot easier. It's now right at your fingertips thanks to the new Paddle Ready App being debuted by the American Canoe Association and U.S. Coast Guard. Read more.
Thanks to France’s Fabien Lefevre, the U.S. made it to the medal stand at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions in Deep Creek, Md. Now paddling for the U.S., Lefevre, in only his second season competing internationally in C-1, used his speed and boat positioning to win the gold medal in C-1. But that was it as far as podiums for the U.S... Read more.
While the world’s eyes are on Maryland’s Adventure Sports Center International for the World Slalom Championships this weekend, paddlers with more of a wild side will be at West Virginia’s Gauley Fest and a week later California’s Feather Fest for revelry, river running and raising funds for American Whitewater… Read more.
It's been 25 years since the ICF World Slalom Championships came to the U.S., when they took place on Maryland's Savage River in 1989. Not they're back, this time coming to Maryland’s Adventure Sports Center International, the only mountaintop re-circulating whitewater course in the world, Sept. 17-21, marking just the second time in history the event has been held in the U.S.