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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...

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...

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...

Power of the River Worldwide Broadcast Premiere Sunday, Jan. 8 (Plus Streaming News)

Himalayan River Adventure to Play Free on Rocky Mountain PBS and Stream Online An adventure documentary filmed on Bhutan's wildest river is poised to release...

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...

NRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary: “We’re All Between Swims…” (Special PL Q&A with Mark Deming)

NRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary: “We’re All Between Swims…” “We’re all between swims” reads the lead messaging for the marketing literature for NRS’s 50th anniversary. “A lot...

The Ultimate Guide to How to Store Your Raft

Owning your own whitewater raft is an amazing experience that delivers the freedom to get on the river anytime you want. What’s more, you...

Over It Raft Cover Review

Tired of leaving your expensive whitewater raft outside and exposed to the elements?  Tired of watching its color fade as the sun's UV rays...

Middle Fork Salmon Blocked by Debris Flow

Planning a late-season run down the Middle Fork of the Salmon? You might want to change your launch site to Indian Creek downstream. Salmon-Challis National...

Holy Surging Glaciers, Batman: Alsek’s Lowell Glacier Surges, Clogging Lake for Paddlers

Lucky enough to be heading to Alaska’s Alsek (only one of the greatest and most dynamic rivers on the planet)? Be prepared to dodge...

American Whitewater Announces New Executive Director, Clinton Begley

After conducting a nationwide search and interviewing several highly qualified candidates, American Whitewater announced that Clinton Begley will be its new Executive Director. The...

On Your Marks: GoPro Games Off and Running in Vail, CO

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the GoPro Mountain Games are off and running, hitting Vail, CO, June 7-12, with a slate of paddling events once...

Can Whitewater be Distilled in a Book? A New Coffee Table Book Thinks So

Whitewater is coming to your coffee table with the publication of, well, "Whitewater," a book about you know what. The book is published by YETI,...

Dire Straits for Glen Canyon Dam; Lodore/Deso to See Higher Flows from Flaming Gorge Dam Releases

Boaters on the Grand this year can expect lower water. And those on stretches above Lake Powell, especially on the Green River in canyons...

Breaking News: Ocoee Whitewater Center Burns to Ground

Site of the 1996 Summer Olympics—and its Olympic flame—the Ocoee Whitewater Center, located along the banks of the Upper Ocoee in Ducktown, TN, was engulfed...

Bird’s-eye View of the “New” Barrel Springs on the Colorado

While 2020’s Grizzly Creek fire wreaked havoc on the Colorado River’s Glenwood Canyon outside of Glenwood Springs, CO, the resulting mudslides also did the...

Singleton to Retire as AW Head

For as long as most of us at Paddling Life can remember, Mark Singleton has been the life force behind conservation and river access...

NRS Releases “Changing the Flow” Film 

A story spanning nearly a decade, NRS Films’  Changing the Flow shows the world what can happen when women defy strict societal norms to find...

Down River Equipment Launches Used Gear Program

Used paddling gear just got easier to find. Wheat Ridge, Colo.'s Down River Equipment, a leading river equipment supplier and manufacturer, just launched a new...

NRS Movin’ and Shakin’

Moscow, Idaho’s Northwest River Supplies (NRS) is making moves with big internal developments including promotions in senior leadership, expansion of the product development team...

OARS Presents Dory Land, New Film Celebrating 50 Years of Idaho Dories

Many river runners say there is no better way to experience a river than by dory. Beyond their stout, thoughtful design, these wooden boats...

Holiday Doubles Down on DEI

Holiday River Expeditions is doubling down in terms of DEI, with a new series of trips designed for the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities. Following two...

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood on Costa Rica’s Rio Naranjo...

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

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

Scenic Overdose Syndrome on Alaska’s Alsek River

“Stick to the feeders, not the drainers.” The advice comes...
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