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35 Years in 35 Minutes

My first campout of the kayak trip in 1970. Third weekend of kayaking. September 1970 River running in 1970 when life jackets and helmets were...

The Kayaking First Descents of Royal Robbins

Royal the Adventurer not Royal the Climber is what we should probably call him. In addition to his pioneering climbing feats, Royal was also...

Rush Sturges: The Athlete and the Artist

This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak.River Roots Studios occupies an upstairs flat in the quiet town of...
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Grand Canyon of the Stikine First Descent

The first descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River in 1981. The kayak team was led by Rob Lesser with Don Banducci,...

Rob Lesser and the Legend of the Stikine

The first whisper of the Grand Canyon of Stikine was a brief conversation between Rob Lesser and Bob Walker. It’s August of 1977. Al...

The Triple Crown

Smooth granite rose in graceful arcs over the San Joaquin River, pinching a tumult of whitewater between vertical walls deep in the backcountry of...

Returning to Conquer Demons on a River of Doubt

We haven’t been on the river two hours and things are already borderline unmanageable. With the high level, maybe 20,000 cfs, eddies have disappeared and...

Triumph and Tragedy

It will change how you view yourself, the world and everyone in it. Not since 1981, when a team of expedition paddlers first attempted the...

30 Years: Grand Canyon of the Stikine

Thirty years ago, Idaho’s Rob Lesser led one of the more audacious whitewater feats of all time: the first descent of the Grand Canyon...

Flashback: High Peaks and Deep Canyons

The late 1970s and the early ‘80s were a time of fierce and friendly competition to claim first kayak and raft descents down hundreds...