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The Secret History of the Green

When John Kennedy and Tom Visnius launched on North Carolina’s Narrows of the Green in the autumn of 1988, they knew very little about...

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...

White Water Woman

French kayaker Nouria Newman adventures into California's high Sierra mountains to run the legendary Upper Cherry Creek. This is an expedition that she has...

Why the Stikine Still Matters

It’s not uncommon to arrive at a river and find a local paddler at the takeout, waiting to hitch a ride back to the...

Waterfalls: Forbidden Fruit or Calculated Risk?

"The following article is bound to be viewed as controversial at best and irresponsible or reckless at worst. But out interest in the subject...

Most Influential Boaters of All Time

This list was tough to compile—countless people have contributed to the white- water boating scene over the years. We asked ourselves how paddling would...
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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...

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...