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Category Archive: Expeditions

21
Jan

The North Nahanni River. Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories.

Peering several thousand feet down into the fifth canyon of the North Nahanni, I strained to recall what I had seen down in the depths of this slot six days previously when we had scouted the canyon by bush plane. After paddling through four canyons since that flight, my memory was getting hazy. Seven days …

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21
Jan

Rio Cofanes

On the walls of Gina’s restaurant are two big portraits of beautiful bedrock canyons, contrasting the pink and grey walls with the luscious green of the jungle above. Of all the photos on display, they are the ones that your eyes are drawn to, filling you with wonder and desire…

14
Nov

Expedition Rippering

I genuinely didn’t look for food I liked or that would typically be good to have on a multi-day, I looked for the lightest sources of calories possible and walked away with several packs of biscuits.

01
Oct

Keldua | A Journey Down an Icelandic Gem

All kayakers are driven to find the perfect river, and in my own pursuit I sometimes wonder if it’s a fantasy i’ve built up or if that quintessential river really exists. From what I gathered about the Keldua, it was a great candidate. Only successfully paddled by one team, the Keldua held a reputation for …

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24
Aug

Dark Canyon, Utah

If someone called you and asked if you wanted to go on a kayak trip to Hite, Utah you’d most likely have no idea where this town falls on a map. After a quick google search of the location and upon seeing the satellite imagery displaying a completely red and orange moonscape, any sane paddler …

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15
May

Planning a Trip Somewhere a Bit Different

Fundamental ideas and things to consider to help budding explorers go out and plan their own adventure.

11
Feb

Below and Beyond, The Grand Canyon of the Andes or: Spike’s on the Source Again

Initially, the Rio Maranon falls in a series of desperately difficult or impossible cataracts, and by the time it reaches an altitude of around 2100m it has calmed down sufficiently for the mortal to consider getting afloat…

05
Feb

A Journey to the Headwaters of the Payette

“It sounded like a proper suffer fest that could potentially lead to sub-prime whitewater. However, we were bored, hot, and keen on an adventure we didn’t have to drive far to get into.”

02
Oct

Three weeks in the Canadian Arctic in the Fusion

The Barrenlands region in Arctic Canada is an amazing place. Big skies over green tundra, Canadian shield granite ledges, 24-hour daylight, amazing wildlife, and blue rivers. We paddled the Hood River in Nunavut, Canada for 21 days over 250 miles from the source to the mouth at Arctic Sound. The Hood is a classic Barrenlands …

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25
Sep

A Boat That Can Hold Both Books AND Beer

Like plenty of stories, this one begins with winning a launch date for the Grand Canyon. Where this story maybe takes a sharp turn was finding a kayak that I could cram a bunch of books inside… Several years ago, I was sitting with friends on a rental cabin porch in the Appalachians of Tennessee …

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