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The Evolution of the PFD

Ever wondered how the modern day life jacket came to be? We spoke with Charlie Walbridge, founder of Wildwater Designs and whitewater safety guru...

The hammer nails the Nantahala

Eric (Hammer) Evans was a legend in kayaking several slalom titles ago. Now he has won his ninth championship Since walrus hunting by kayak has...
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The Backender Boat

Ohiopyle Falls is an inflection point. After meandering downstream of the Pennsylvania line, the falls marks a shift in the river.
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Jamie McEwan: A Rapid History

A retrospective of Jamie McEwan's paddling career: 1972 Olympics (0:29); 1973 Grand Canyon with Walt Blackadar (18:57); 1989 World Cup Race, Minden, Ontario (37:46); 1992 Olympic Trials (46:56); 1992...

Legends of Rafting: Glenn Goodrich

Most ardent river runners have, at some point, been a guide. Some try it for a season, others make it a career. Perhaps nobody...

Legends of Rafting: Mark Cramer

Mark Cramer is the only person to have rafted North America’s big-water Triple Crown: Turnback Canyon of the Alsek, Devils Canyon of the Susitna,...
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A Turkey Runs Through It

40 years ago, Mountain River Tours launched its first commercial rafting trip on the New River. But 3 years earlier, MRT founder Paul Breuer...

It’s a Jeep Thing

To say the old days of raft guide life were one big party might be understating things. Here’s one late-70s misadventure that almost went...
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The Tale of Bud’s Boner

As Bud Franz and Dave Arnold climbed into their kayaks with a 1976 Mountain River Tours raft trip, they promised each other that they...

Legends of Rafting: Bill McGinnis

Bill McGinnis helped take commercial boating from its crude roots to the polished professionalism it practices today. In 1975, McGinnis wrote Whitewater Rafting, the...