Ultimate Canoe & Kayak Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Paddling Experiences from Around the World

Ultimate Canoe & Kayak Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Paddling Experiences from Around the World

by Eugene Buchanan
     
 

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This book is stunningly illustrated and has something for everyone, from whitewater adrenaline junkie to extreme sea kayaker.


The adventures cover every sort of paddling venue - from mountain chasms, gentle rivers and lakes to crashing surf, dramatic coasts and the oceans beyond them.


Paddle from the frozen wastes of Alaska to the tropical

Overview

This book is stunningly illustrated and has something for everyone, from whitewater adrenaline junkie to extreme sea kayaker.


The adventures cover every sort of paddling venue - from mountain chasms, gentle rivers and lakes to crashing surf, dramatic coasts and the oceans beyond them.


Paddle from the frozen wastes of Alaska to the tropical rivers of South America. Explore the rivers and seas of Europe and visit the stunning waters of the Far East and Australasia.


Striking full page photographs are matched with lively text that brings the 100 canoeing and kayaking adventures to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118403624
Publisher:
Fernhurst Books Limited
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Series:
Ultimate Adventures , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
47 MB
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Canoeing with Caribou

Alaska’s Kongakut River is the ultimate wildlife and wilderness experience

If you’ve ever wanted to canoe among caribou, head to the Kongakut River in the Brooks Range of Alaska, which offers the world’s best opportunity to view the migration of thousands of caribou through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

If your timing’s right, you’ll see animal representatives of the 13,000-strong Porcupine caribou herd flow like the water in the river you’re paddling, filing over hilltop after hilltop in one continual motion. Each year they migrate from wintering grounds in Canada’s Yukon Territory to their calving grounds on Alaska’s northern coastal plain. You’ll likely be so breath-taken by one of nature’s most incredible scenes that you’ll forget, for a brief moment, the beauty of the rest of your surroundings: the 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It won’t take you long to appreciate that as well.

Located in the heart of the refuge, the Kongakut is a multi day canoeing and rafting classic, taking you 85 miles (137km) through some of the last unspoiled wilderness on earth. From headwaters to your take-out on the Beaufort Sea, you’ll traverse the full range of arctic ecosystems, from the Romanoff mountains to foothills, the coastal plain, coastal estuary, and offshore barrier reefs of the Beaufort Sea. Known as the ‘Serengeti of the North,’ it also offers some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet. As well as caribou you’ll likely see wolves, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, foxes, and even musk ox and wolverine. The region is also rich with bird life, with more than 70 species summering in the Kongakut valley, from peregrine falcons and Lapland longspurs to Pacific, Arctic and red-throated loon. The region also harbours the highest concentration of nesting golden eagles in all of Alaska. And the safari doesn’t end when you reach the Beaufort Sea and you dip your paddle in the Arctic Ocean on the far northern edge of North America. In the summer, when the ocean’s icepack melts back from the shore, ringed seals as well as beluga bowhead whales often pass near the coast en route to their feeding grounds. You might also see prints from polar bears.

Of course, all this wilderness comes with a price, mainly in the form of time. If Alaska is hard to get to, you have to tack on three more flights from Anchorage, each one progressively ‘bushier’, just to get to the headwaters. Because of these flights, most private paddlers opt to do the trip in either inflatable canoes or kayaks for their packability and gear-hauling capability. Both options are fine for the waterway’s Class 1-2 water, with an occasional Class 3.

To take best advantage of the region’s 24 hours of daylight, high water and peak caribou viewing, the best time to run it is in June. Most parties take 10 to 12 days to travel the river’s 85 miles (137km). Word of warning: Be prepared for all types of weather – rain, snow, sun and wind – as well as mosquitoes, which are largely responsible for making the caribou migrate north to give birth.

Meet the Author

Eugene Buchanan is the former Editor-in-Chief of Paddler magazine, and has written about the outdoors for more than 20 years, from working the Beijing Olympics for NBC to writing for ESPN.com. He is an avid adventurer with several first descents to his credit. His passion for travelling, writing and paddling has taken him around the world, to more than 30 countries on six continents.
Jason Smith is Managing Editor of Canoe & Kayak UK. A river running whitewater paddler at heart, he's paddled all over the world and represented Great Britain at the Freestyle World Championships. He has tried his hand at nearly every kind of canoeing and kayaking, and even completed the famous Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race in the non-stop K2 class. His favourite pastimes are getting trashed in his playboat at the whitewater course in Nottingham, sea kayaking and open canoeing.
James Weir is a canoeist, photographer and writer. James lives, explores and competes all over the world; introducing paddle sports to young people, coaching white water canoeing and guiding rafts down some of Europe's most challenging rivers. James represented Great Britain in white water canoeing from 1996 to 2009 and is currently representing Switzerland. He has been seeded in the top 10 white water canoeists in the World since 1999.
When not on the river, James works as a freelance photojournalist for several international canoeing magazines.
James' unique style, experience and competition success' make him one of the most prominent canoeists on the planet.

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