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Northern Absorption: Backpacking & Canoeing in the Yukon

By Katie Raymond on Mar 9, 2020
Photo by Ari Bruns

We rounded the last bend in the river and I could finally see our campsite. The sun had broken through the clouds and a bald eagle flew overhead, not more than 30 feet away. I looked at Sarah. Relief was in her eyes.

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Topics: Canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Backpacking, Yukon, whitewater canoeing, Stories, Locations

Inside Whitewater Expeditions in the Rockies

By Kate Dernocoeur on Apr 30, 2019
Photo by David Morgan

On June 8, 1869, John Wesley Powell and his expedition floated down the Green River through the Gates of Lodore—a narrow, towering cleft worn in the deep red rock of what is now western Colorado.

They were not the first to enter the canyon—Native Americans had lived in the area for thousands of years, and the early 1800s saw numerous explorations by trappers. But for Powell, it felt completely unknown.

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Topics: whitewater, Skills, whitewater rafting, Salmon River, whitewater canoeing, NOLS River Base, Vernal, Rafting

Growing Confidence through Solo Canoeing

By Rumi Kodama on Jun 14, 2017
Photo courtesy of Rumi Kodama

Editor’s note: Instructor Rumi Kodama takes us inside the connection between person and paddle as she develops her whitewater canoeing skills.

Knowing and understanding a canoe stroke goes much deeper than the movement of the paddle. It’s all about the interplay between the paddle, the canoe, and the movement of the water.

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Topics: Canoeing, whitewater, Skills, nols instructor, inspiring women, whitewater canoeing, women in leadership, Stories, Instructor Stories