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Stand Up Paddling with Gators

While taking a day off from training for the upcoming season, I decided to take a walk on the wild side-paddling with gators. Myakka State Park in Florida is home to what is known as the Deep Hole, o ...

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Working toward a Wild & Scenic Nooksack River

The North Cascade Mountains in Washington State are defined by their majestic beauty—wild forests, wild rivers, and stunning vistas. The jewel of North Puget Sound, the Nooksack River, is the backbone of Bellingham and ...

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Winter Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island

Late last summer, I came up with a wild, ambitious idea: attempt a winter circumnavigation Vancouver Island. As far as I could tell, it had not been done before. While planning I had tracked down a couple people who h ...

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Whitewater Kayaking

South Fork Salmon Love

The South Fork of the Salmon is remote. It pulls us back as often as we can to paddle its pristine waters with a draw that for me is unparalleled in the US. The true wilderness experience we fin ...

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Whitewater Kayaking

Jackson-Troutman Grand Canyon Trip

Written by: Emily Jackson-Troutman “You’ll never guess what?! We got another Grand Canyon Permit!!! Are you interested?” "Um of course I am interested!" “K because the launch date is in two weeks….”   This was the beginning of ...

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Whitewater Kayaking

Tested By Earth, Wind and Fire

In the spring 1998 I entered the river for my first strokes in a kayak. Somewhere downstream Colorado waves still swollen from melting snow caught me from the side and I capsized. I composed myself to a C to C technique that I had practiced dozen’s of times in the lake and let that rehearsal play out in cold muddy water. Seconds ...

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Kayak Fishing

Ultimate Performance for Kayak Fishing

Spending time on the water in pursuit of your favorite species of fish is ultimately what matters. Knowing that each cast could be met with an electrifying tug is what motivates us all to make the time to get out th ...

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Whitewater Kayaking

White Nile River Dream by Cat Hardman

As kayakers, we know Africa for its big whitewater and epic play waves. Since I was a little kid, I have dreamed of going to the White Nile in Uganda. After wanting to go to this river for years, I finally got to go with World Class Kayak Academy. At the end of October, I hopped on a plane and headed to Uganda. I was stoked. &nbs ...

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President Roosevelt’s contributions to our wilderness

"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm." -President Theodore Roosevelt  This Presidents Day we'd like t ...

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Packrafting the Neve Traverse

As I lay on my wooden bunk, the last light of the day streaming in through dusty, cracked windows I looked up at a tattered map stapled to the wall above, duct taped togeth ...

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Find Your Zen

The Zen Ensō is one or two uninhibited brushstrokes drawn in a circle that express a moment when the mind is completely free to let the body create. That feeling is similar ...

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Whitewater Kayaking

This is the Nolichucky

Keep the Nolichucky free flowing. It’s hard to believe but only 0.35% of the rivers in the US are protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. With next year marking the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act there is no better time to build a movement around the iconic Nolichucky Gorge. Let’s get a ...

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