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Building friendships without language, Tibetan and American musicians bond at an ancient monastery on the Daqu River. Photo: @tripjenningsvideo

Beyond Words: Singing for a National Park in China

By Kai Welch   |   Jun 28, 2018 June 28, 2018

Words often fail us. If their basic goal is to generate understanding between human beings, let’s face it: they fall short with epidemic frequency. News headlines around the world are riddled with conflicts that are caused by the breakdown of communication and the inability to compassionately understand differences. This thought… Read More

Grandson Braden steered the longest crossing of the 2017 trip, from O‘ahu to Kaua‘i. Photo: ©Holopuni Va‘a, by Wim Lippens

A Thirty-Five-Year Voyage Back In Time

By Nick Beck   |   Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018

In May 1981, I set out in a home-built Hawaiian sailing canoe from South Point on the island of Hawai‘i to my home on Kaua‘i. It was an adventure that would take me from the southern-most to the northern-most point of the Hawaiian Islands. I named my canoe Holopuni, “to… Read More

The White Nile River, a tributary of the Nile, flows through Uganda. Photo: Eli Reichman

A Displaced Spirit

By Chandra Brown   |   Dec 21, 2017 December 21, 2017

When the Bujagali dam was erected on Uganda’s White Nile in 2011, the World Bank hired local witch doctors to relocate the river’s spirit gods. The deities that dwell in the Nile’s massive rapids were moved to cataracts on different, unaffected stretches of the river. This struck me as remarkable:… Read More

Students from Patagonia, Chile, and the Klamath River Basin form long-lasting bonds while confronting the challenges and joys of paddling 120 miles of the Klamath River. Photo: Ben Lehman

From Ríos to Rivers: Two Worlds United for the People of the River!

By Juanita Ringeling Vicuña   |   Dec 18, 2017 December 18, 2017

At first glimpse, the Klamath River in the United States’ Pacific Northwest and the Río Baker in Chilean Patagonia, South America, seem to have nothing in common. Separated by more than 10,000 miles, their waters drain basins that are drastically different. One river begins in a sagebrush desert before weaving… Read More

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

Endangered Spaces: Boundary Waters

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Oct 2, 2017 October 2, 2017

Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to ‘raise awareness’ about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through the noise and the ones that get drowned out in the static of issues… 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: Bummy Koepenick

Aboard a Simple Craft

By Léa Brassy   |   May 11, 2017 May 11, 2017

Last November, I boarded a sailing canoe for the Tahiti Nui Holopuni Va’a Channel Crossing race. The event was from Tahiti to Bora Bora: five legs, five days, six islands, and 215 miles of a challenging and inspiring journey through the jewels of French Polynesia. I am not a paddler… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Crossing Ka‘iwi

By Ben Wilkinson   |   May 8, 2017 May 8, 2017

Eight hours earlier, we were a canoe team without paddles. After a last-minute transport change, the Bad News Bears of outrigger racing had arrived at the start of the Moloka‘i Hoe having forgotten our most important equipment in another truck. It was a tense hour or so until… 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

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