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Call of the Wireless

 This article by Kevin Callan about camping and wilderness WiFi was first published in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Canoeroots magazine.    Should campers be…

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The Paddler's 50

The Paddler's 50

1. Petrichor (noun): The smell of earth after rain. No one knows it better than wilderness canoeists. 2. Twelve months, a dozen countries and a nearly…

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Solo Interrupted

Solo Interrupted

This article was first published in the Spring 2008 issue of Canoeroots magazine—get it at the links below.      "… The wilderness was like…

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Vanishing Act

“Are you Tweeting?” It can be a crushing blow to any backcountry experience. Enveloped in sublime solitude, a friend’s phone lets out the cheery chirp,…

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Ghosts of the Fur Trade

Ghosts of the Fur Trade

  Headwaters is a new column about the old ways that appears in Canoeroots magazine.    By 1690, Europeans no longer relied on aboriginal traders…

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Chestnut Canoe Company

Boats: One Harry Chestnut

  Historians have yet to unearth a corporate code of ethics used by Harry Chestnut to build the Chestnut Canoe Company. It's possible they haven't…

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Two Solitudes

  Tom and I went on our first canoe trip together last summer. We'd ben engaged for a while, but we had never pushed off…

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Your Fantasy River

Your Fantasy River

This photo essay by Peter Mather was first published in the 2014 Early Summer issue of Canoeroots.    Located in the northeast corner of the…

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The Single Life

The Single Life

Canoeists have undoubtedly noticed the following trend—we’re outnumbered. When Nantahala Outdoor Center, North America’s largest instructional canoe and kayak school, opened 42 years ago, can...

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Betcha Didn't Know About...Owls

Betcha Didn't Know About...Owls

Owls vary greatly in size, coloration and appearance, but all can turn their heads 270 degrees. This adaptation occurred because owls can’t move their eyes…

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Trouble Bruin

Trouble Bruin

This spring The Edmonton Journal reported that a grocery store in Peace River, Alberta had opened its doors to black bears. Or more accurately, a…

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Revenge of the Birds

Revenge of the Birds

HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO… "What is that sound? I must know."  "What sound?" "That 'hoo hoo' sound like someone hyperventilating over the neck of a pop bottle." "That's…

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Canoeing's Greatest Misadventures

Canoeing's Greatest Misadventures

Splattered Sputnik Arctic ecologist Christopher Norment and five partners expected to leave behind the more alienating aspects of modern technology when they set out in…

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