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Kids On The Water

Kids On The Water

I wouldn’t normally run this photograph. Why not? Let me count the reasons. For starters, my chicken line perimeter rope is too slack. It should…

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A paddle and direction tattoo on someone's wrist

The 13 Best Canoeing Tattoos

Getting a tattoo to celebrate your romantic relationship can be a risky move. Couples break up, feelings change and the giant cherry-colored heart on your…

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Two canoeists on a lake during sunset

Struggle Paddling With Your Romantic Partner? You're Not Alone.

Paddling with your significant other should be fun. For many couples, it is. But some romantic partners find once seated in canoes or kayaks, communication…

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Two canoeists paddle under a starry night sky

Editorial: How To Make Your Paddling Dreams Come True

Next time you’re out on a clear, moonless night, look up. In the darkest skies of wilderness areas across North America, Yale University astronomers estimate…

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Canoeing As Therapy

Canoeing As Therapy

The black flies and lengthy portages weren’t Jason’s biggest enemy. It was his drug addiction that plagued him. I found him halfway along the portage…

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Betcha Didn't Know About Wolves

Betcha Didn't Know About Wolves

Wolves don’t make good pets. Unlike your sit-for-a-treat schnauzer whose ancestors came to the fire about 25,000 years ago, wolves have survived thanks only to…

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Paddling Swiftwater in Northern Quebec

Paddling Swiftwater in Northern Quebec

Scrambling through a sea of knee-deep scrub alder and dwarf willow, I scurry to keep pace with Jon’s loping gait. We’re trekking across the rolling taiga…

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One Family Takes On The Appalachian Trail

One Family Takes On The Appalachian Trail

Over the course of five months, my seven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son walked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. For…

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Editorial: The New Best Thing to Do

Editorial: The New Best Thing to Do

With so much focus these days on experiential learning, I sometimes feel to be a good parent I have to bombard my children with new…

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80-year-old paddles Mississippi river source to sea

80-year-old paddles Mississippi river source to sea

Dale Sanders celebrated his arrival at the Gulf of Mexico last fall with a much-deserved glass of champagne. He’d spent the previous 80 days paddling…

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Editorial: The Margin

Editorial: The Margin

We were approaching the river when we heard the screams. A young hiker halfway through a remote four-day hike on the rugged Bay of Fundy…

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine Risk on Trip

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine Risk on Trip

How do we determine risk? What are the biggest wild cards in outdoor adventure? How do we make decisions that will best serve ourselves and…

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The Owl in the Pines: Ray Mears and His Childhood Hero

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The Owl in the Pines: Ray Mears and His Childhood Hero

It’s just an ordinary beaver lodge—a dome-shaped mass of sticks plastered with mud. It’s situated on a small pond, halfway down the Wakimika River in northern…

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