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CANOECOPIA 2017 ~ Featuring Guests Lonnie Bedwell and Jim Coffey.

March in the Upper Midwest means Old Man Winter is due to depart, taking with him the ice and leaving his snow to melt into the ever increasing flow of our little known but much loved whitewater rivers. It’s also when the Wisconsin and Illinois boating community looks forward to Rutabaga Paddlesports’ annual Canoecopia, billed […]

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PROTECT, PADDLE, & PETITION ~ 5000 New Miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers for World Water Day? by Nick Carlson

In the spring of 2015, hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on Puget Sound to protest Shell Oil Company resuming oil exploration in the Arctic. The paddle-powered environmental groups vowed to disrupt the oil company’s efforts to use Seattle as a home base for their rigs returning from Alaska’s northwest coast, […]

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INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION ~ Interviewing Sue Liell-Cock.

EDITOR’S DESK: We continue our international tour de force this month by turning our attention back to the International Rafting Federation. Since in inception of Dirt Bag Paddlers, we have had a warm relationship with the IRF, and also with a few of the teams here in the United States such as the Red Ladies, […]

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PEARLS IN THE MOUNTAINS ~ Excerpt from Chapter One. by Joe Norwood

“Listen,” I said. We sat quietly and listened. Ellie was making contented morning grumbles. Mary lay there, still. The water on the stove was singing as it came closer to boiling, the pot sorta groaning and cracking. And then behind that, and constant, was clearly the sound of the river outside. I love that sound. […]

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Raising City Boys to Love the River ~ Criando Meus Filhos para Amar o Rio.

In 2007, my master plan of raising my kids in the outdoors and on the river was off to a good start. I lived in Oregon, one of the best outdoor states in the US, and I had a raft and a frame and lots of river choices close to home. My oldest son started […]

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SOLO SOUL BOATER ~ Inflatable Kayaking the Grand Canyon Part 2: The Takeout. by Tim Marozick 

Tim Marozick did a solo IK (inflatable kayak) trip last year through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. We are pleased to deliver Tim’s experience here in a two part series via one day increments. This month we serve up Days 5 and 6, and the ending of the Grand Adventure. Part One appeared […]

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PUT IN : MARCH 2017 ~ Featuring Team GB U23 World Champs!

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Dirt Bag Paddlers is an international community. Wherever rivers flow and whitewater roars, you will find us. No matter the local language, there we communicate. No matter where you call home, you will be at home. That is our firm belief, as stated in our mission statement. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: All […]

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TEARING DOWN WALLS ~ Iran’s Woman of Whitewater Hanieh Goharipour.

EDITOR’S DESK: It’s a fact. Although we are all human beings, constructed of the same strands of DNA, breathing the same air, dependant on the same clean water, born into this world the same way seeking the same shelter, existing because of the same love… we are surrounded by walls that divide us, and governed […]

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TAKE OUT: FEBRUARY 2017 ~ #WOW! Women of Whitewater Photos from Our Admins around the World

EDITOR’S DESK: All month long we’ve delivered stories of some awesome Women of Whitewater in these pages and on our various social media platforms- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. We thought we’d end the month with a quick profile of 12 more rad ladies selected from our 200 Admins around the world who represent Dirt […]

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LEGENDS FROM A LOST RIVER: THE BIO-BIO ~ Part One: The Whale and Wallace.

Long, long ago, and far away, I walked down a rocky and dusty road about a mile from camp to my favorite hot springs along the Rio Bio-Bio in Chile. There, surrounded by a ring of rocks next to the river, I found luxuriating in the warm water, a Whale. As hard as it would […]