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Photo: Adam Colton

SUP the Danube

By Adam Colton   |   Nov 8, 2017 November 8, 2017

If you were to ask me what I did on the Danube River during my 21-day solo paddle from Ingolstadt, Germany to Belgrade, Serbia, my answer is simple. I fought crime, outran bad guys in speedboats with machine guns, almost died a few times from river monsters and 20-foot waves… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Winnebago Warriors

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Sep 5, 2017 September 5, 2017

“When we were living in a house, we were always compromising because we had the weight of a mortgage, of doing what we thought we should be doing,” remembers Kathy Holcombe. Until the day she, her husband Peter and their daughter Abby moved into a Winnebago to travel and work… Read More

Photo: David Clifford

Running the Subansiri

By Bridget Crocker   |   May 4, 2017 May 4, 2017

I’d just stepped in human shit when I noticed Arun and Tilak praying next to the river’s put-in. I wanted to join them, but by the time I had scraped the squished feces from my sandal-clad toes, the young men were finished. “We made the offering, but the eggs were… Read More

Photo: Nate Ptacek

The Boundary Waters Works for Everyone

By Adam Fetcher   |   Dec 19, 2016 December 19, 2016

Last week, federal agencies responsible for stewardship of America’s public lands did the right thing: they took a hard look at science and public opinion and made a sober decision to protect Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters from a sulfide-ore copper mining project by denying the renewal of two mineral leases. Read More

Andre’s Red Knickers: A Story About Boatmens’ Rituals

Andre’s Red Knickers: A Story About Boatmens’ Rituals

By Jeffe Aronson   |   May 24, 2013 May 24, 2013

“Hey, Reeg,” I say, watching him wading chest deep, offshore in the frigid river, well past sundown, when most normal river guides should be sipping scotch (as I happen to be). He is sponging off the scum line from his handmade dory, the Escalante, his beauty and dream. He… Read More

Taking the Oars

Taking the Oars

By Bridget Crocker   |   Jan 22, 2013 January 22, 2013

Sometimes a woman has to paddle against the current. When I’d first met Doreen, last season, she was a highsider – a porter and training guide who helped weight the rafts through the Zambezi’s high-volume hydraulics. She was barely five feet tall and less than a hundred pounds, but as… Read More

Picture Story: Wave of the Day

Picture Story: Wave of the Day

By Margo Pellegrino   |   Mar 30, 2011 March 30, 2011

In the summer of 2010 Margo Pellegrino paddled the West Coast of the United States to bring attention to pollution and other issues facing the ocean. Along the way she met some wonderful people and experienced both the sublime and the terrifying. Here she shares a story… Read More