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You want to paddle in bla-bla-stan?!
You want to paddle in bla-bla-stan?!

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The Rating System is Flawed
This (Northern Hemisphere) winter, I spent three months in Ecuador paddling a myriad of amazing whitewater rivers. The majority of these rivers were described as class IV, or
maybe class IV+, or even IV++. Few seemed willing to put the grade V
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Going back to the Youghiogheny
Sixteen years ago I hopped into a convertible with a few other raft guides for a day trip to a river a few hours north of the Gauley . The location was the magical Upper Youghiogheny. The slots were plentiful and tight, and while playing follow the leader w...
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Class Tree in Arizona, Christopher Creek and Hell’s Gate
Walled in would be an understatement, photo by Chris Stafford It was the middle of February in Arizona, and Avery Potter and I had just finished a mellow lap on the lower gorge of Tonto Creek when a voicemail came through on the phone. It was Evan Stafford ...
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Feeling Lucky in Arizona’s Fickle Paddling Season? Pump House Wash
Ted Decker sliding into Mexican Pocket Timing the Arizona paddling season is just shy of impossible. Good flows on some of the classic sections might last for only a week, and catching the correct flow on an obscure river might just take luck. Fortune favor...
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Sometimes the logistics aren’t as legal as you might want.
an amazing canyon serenity above chaos Kayaking missions sometimes lead us into murky waters, legally. Technically when I’m changing into or out of wet shorts on the side of the road I’m committing public indecency. Post-run cold ones, hopefully in a coozie...
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Biggest Class 3 in the World? Siang River, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Colin Aitken looking microscopic on the Siang River The small jet was making its final approach into Katmandu International Airport. I knew we were close to the ground with wing flaps wide open and the slight feel of falling, but I still couldn’t see the gr...
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Feeling Small in Nepal, Upper Marsyangdi
Looking north into the tallest mountains in the world The tallest mountains in the world surround us. Their brilliant, snow-encrusted peaks seem almost dull in comparison to the vibrant prayer flags and audaciously painted structures here in the quintessent...
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Lost GoPro?
How to modify your new GoPro Hero 5 Session After losing my GoPro to the river last winter, I was in need of a new point of view camera for my upcoming adventures. As I began my research to buy a new camera, I found that GoPro had recently updated their cam...
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Verbal Beta on the Yuba Gap
Ben Coleman, that's a tight line Tall snow banks lined the highway as we passed by the Northern California city of Truckee. There was a heck of a lot more snow in the mountains compared to last year. The temps were warming up, the rivers were about to burst...
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Rio Negro
little van heading south Stacked, eddy-less basalt rapids sound fun, that is unless they culminate in large drops with either a reconnect or a rock in the landing zone. The Rio Negro will never be a classic. Mainly due to the fact that it’s in the middle of...
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