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Say It Ain’t So: North Fork Champs Cancelled

One of extreme kayaking's most iconic events has thrown in the towel...and not just to help dry off its competitors. Citing insurance issues, whose coverage...

Behind the Scenes with the founders of GoRafting and Far Out River Maps

Hasta luego, soggy paper river maps and huhlooo a new digital app alternative with the FarOut App from GoRafting, a maker of river maps...

Tales from the Cripps Podcast Preview: Nick Wigston (Special PL Q&A!)

Retired Swiftwater Rescue instructor Nick Wigston has been wet behind the ears a few times in his paddling career. Now retired from teaching swiftwater...

Scenic Overdose Syndrome on Alaska’s Alsek River

“Stick to the feeders, not the drainers.” The advice comes from Bones. The feeders gain water and the drainers splinter off, leaving you high and...

The Case of the Steamboat Sting, Dinosaur National Park, 1957

By Tom Martin (Modified from "Otis Marston: The Colorado River Historian," Volume 1, Book 4, available on Amazon Kindle) Editor's note: To adequately tell this...

Remembering Milo: An Ode to the Duffek Stroke (and Milo’s “Duffection”)

(By Alton Chewning) The Duffek stroke is one of the most enigmatic techniques in the history of kayaking. The stroke itself is hard to pin down...

Photo Caption Contest Winners!

We can “bearly” contain ourselves…The results are in from our latest Photo Caption Contest, and they’re, well, unbearably funny, with the top three winning...

What a package! What the Omnibus Spending Package Means for Rivers (By American Rivers)

On December 20, appropriators released the highly anticipated fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending package which includes modest environmental and conservation funding increases. Here’s what...

Chasing Shack: Ocean Rowers Re-create Shackleton’s Lifeboat Journey

Tighten up your mukluks. This month a rowing team plans to embark on a world record Antarctic row, retracing the 17-day voyage made in...

New Oscar Chalupsky Book: No Retreat, No Surrender

Long distance, surf ski and sprint paddlers rejoice: South African paddling legend Oscar Chalupsky, along with co-author Graham Spence, have a new memoir on...

The Grand Salmon: Raising Awareness for Salmon in the Northwest

Team of Four Women Paddle Salmon, Snake and Columbia Source to Sea The plight of salmon on the Snake River got a boost this...

NRS Film Release: A River Out of Time 

NRS Film Release: A River Out of Time Just in time for the new year, NRS has released its newest film, “A River Out of...

A Holiday Greeting (and Update) from First Descents

Founded by professional kayaker Brad Ludden in 2001, First Descents provides life-changing, outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health...

Thought Soup (and Other Games Paddlers Play on a Long Expedition)

Thought Soup (and Other Games Paddlers Play on a A Long Expedition) By Ken Campbell I spent a summer one year paddling around Newfoundland, three months...

From Beer to Bandito Factor: Dissecting a Stookesberry IG Post

From Stoke to Bandito and Beer Factor: Dissecting a Stookesberry IG Post Follow expedition paddler Ben Stookesberry on Instagram? If not, you should…both to keep...

One on One with River Artist Chris Haggerty

 River artist Chris Haggerty wants to improve your life and outlook through river art. “Have you ever wished you didn't need to leave the...

Inside Tales from the Cripps Podcast with Kevin Cripps

Arriving at the tail end of this past summer, Tales from the Cripps, sponsored by Paddling Life, is a new whitewater storytelling podcast hosted by...

New Rush Sturges Film Release! Paddle Tribal Waters

In 2024, the largest dam removal project in history will be completed on the Klamath River (Oregon/California). It will be a monumental victory for...

Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I am the director of the...

NRS Founder Bill Parks: “What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead”

In His Own Words: NRS Founder Bill Parks — "What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead" "In the early 1970s, while teaching at the University...

FERC Approves Removal of Four Klamath River Dams!

Today, federal regulators unanimously approved the removal of four outdated hydropower dams on the Klamath River (OR/CA), an action that will set free one...

The World’s First Pack Raft Kickflip? (Testing Alpacka’s Gnarwhal in Costa Rica; Watch Vid!)

What do you get when you join a trip with Amazing Vacations Costa Rica, running six rivers in as many days with world-class guides,...

Surf’s Up! Salida Gets New, Rippin’ Scout Wave (Plus Shredalicious Vid Footie)

Yup…The surf’s up in November in Colorado now, thanks to the new Scout Wave 2.0 on the Arkansas River in Salida. Located downstream of the...

Dane Jackson Breaks 4-Minute Mark on Green: Special PL Q&A! Plus: NPR Interviews Co-Winner Adriene Levknecht

Well, he did it…finally. Living up to this year’s race motto “Wishful Thinking,” kayaking phenom Dane Jackson finally broke one of the longest-running records...

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Win a HIGH WATER DUFFEL from MYSTERY RANCH

Win a waterproof duffel bag from Mystery Ranch. Their High Water Duffel can be configured as a duffel or...
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Say It Ain’t So: North Fork Champs Cancelled

One of extreme kayaking's most iconic events has thrown in the towel...and not just to help dry off its...

Behind the Scenes with the founders of GoRafting and Far Out River Maps

Hasta luego, soggy paper river maps and huhlooo a new digital app alternative with the FarOut App from GoRafting,...

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Say It Ain’t So: North Fork Champs Cancelled

One of extreme kayaking's most iconic events has thrown...

Behind the Scenes with the founders of GoRafting and Far Out River Maps

Hasta luego, soggy paper river maps and huhlooo a...
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