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Top Paddling Schools

By Ann Beman - Updated by GreatOutdoors

Top Paddling Schools: For Whitewater Kayak, Canoe, and Sea Kayak.

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Images from the Wild Side

GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield takes his job writing about adventure seriously. The author of a dozen books on outdoor adventure, Potterfield in this gallery shares some of his favorite images from backcountry adventures from around the world.
 

Rafting Idaho's Salmon River

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com Editor Peter Potterfield takes us with him on rafting outfitter OARS' famous craft beer trip on Idaho's Salmon River. Here, an array of micro-brews from Missoula's Big Sky Brewery, and gourmet food provided by a California culinary expert, add creature comforts and good times to the Class III white water, sunshine and white sand beaches of this legendary trip.

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

Luxury Adventuring on BC's Sunshine Coast

Whether it's sea kayaking, hiking the coast, or mountain biking single tracks, the Rockwater Resort on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast makes a unique--and outrageously comfortable--base for exploring the inlets, coves and coastal trails of the Malaspinas Straight north of Sechelt.

Jon Waterman's Running Dry

In Running Dry, the new book from National Geographic, author Jon Waterman combines sheer adventure and environmental calamity in this trailblazing cautionary account of his 2008 trip down the overtaxed, drying Colorado.

2008 Pole Pedal Paddle Preview

By Cody Wickersham

Live coverage on GreatOutdoors.com Saturday, May 17: The 2008 U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle, Central Oregon's premiere multi-sport adventure race, with relay legs in six different outdoor sports, will happen on Saturday. Follow the action live only on GreatOutdoors.com, as our team of crack correspondents follow the action leg by leg.

Rowing: The other paddle sport

By Joel Rogers

Rowing may be the fastest growing paddle sport in North America, stealthily increasing in popularity as it offers a sense of adventure with a healthy dose of fitness.

Kiwi Redux: The Second Time Around

From Rakiura National Park, New Zealand's newest, to old favorites like the Greenstone Track, the varied backcountry landscapes down here make the second or third trip even more interesting than the first.

The Basics: Getting Started Rafting

By Mark Sundeen

All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river

American Wilds: The Otter Limits

By James Vlahos

Northern California's cushiest kayaking clinic, Otter Bar Lodge, is where aspiring paddlers go to get schooled. A National Geographic Adventure Article.

Two-Day Triumph

By Jim Gorman

Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.

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Video: Quiksilver Young Guns II

Exhilarating footage of Quiksilver surf pro Kelly Slater and his group of Young Guns take to the seven seas in search of the perfect wave!

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Video: Quiksilver Young Guns II Part 3

Exhilarating footage of Quiksilver surf pro Kelly Slater and his group of Young Guns take to the seven seas in search of the perfect wave!

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Video: Quiksilver Young Guns II Part 2

Exhilarating footage of Quiksilver surf pro Kelly Slater and his group of Young Guns take to the seven seas in search of the perfect wave!

Into the Heart of the Great Bear

The First Nation settlement of Klemtu is the starting point for a kayak trip into the pristine wilderness of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.

Kiteboarding in Tofino

Kiteboarding has reached a crescendo of popularity in Europe, and now joins surfing and hiking as another outdoor pursuit on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island

Sublime Paddling

By Joel Rogers

Sea kayaking has been a life-long love affair for photo-journalist Joel Rogers. From Thailand to Istanbul, Alaska to Mexico, Roger's expedition photographs have captured the mystique of paddling through unknown waters to exquisite beaches, long ago abandoned settlements, and remote offshore islands.

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Video: Ride Like the Wind

There's no rush like the adrenalin buzz from a high-horsepower day of kiteboarding at the Columbia Gorge, where new school meets old, and women riders show how it's done.

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