White-water

Stand-up paddleboarding, the country’s fastest growing water sport, is expanding from lakes and harbors to whitewater rapids near you. To the uninitiated, upright paddlers running whitewater might look strange or even reckless. But enthusiasts say whitewater stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) makes small rapids exciting and requires only practice and a sound understanding of river safety. A…

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American Rivers, a waterway protection organization, publishes an annual ranking of America’s most endangered waterways. Threats include poor environmental protection, damming, deforestation, and pollution, yet the rivers on this list still feature spectacular potential for canoeing and kayaking. These four endangered rivers, from the last three years’ lists, are each worth exploring: 1. MERRIMACK RIVER…

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When people think about conservation in New England, verdant forestland or meadows teeming with wildlife might come to mind. But for Norm Sims, of Winchester, N.H., and Julia Khorana, of Stow, Mass., conservation is a little more fluid. Sims and Khorana, along with other AMC members, are the unsung heroes of whitewater conservation in New England. They’ve…

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From my midmorning snack spot, a leafy alcove on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in northwest Connecticut, I can’t see the Housatonic River. But I can hear it coursing down below, underneath the lush riparian canopy of sycamores. Before long, another noise interrupts my solitude: tromping boots, as a pair of south-bound hikers join me on the…

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Summer is here and we are all longing for long sunny days at the beach or for a relaxing dip in a refreshing New England brook. Instead of planning a hike to a scorching mountaintop, why not get a hold of some old inner tubes and just float down a lazy river on a weekend…

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What do downhill skiing trails, rock climbing walls, and whitewater rivers have in common? If you said all three use a scale of difficulty to convey the skill level required to navigate them, you’re right on the money. In the whitewater-paddling world, that classification system is the International Scale of Difficulty, developed by the North…

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If you’re a paddler with a yen for fast-moving water, chances are you’re familiar with a throw bag. But do you know how to use one correctly? Here’s how to help ensure a successful whitewater rescue, should you or a companion go for an unexpected swim. What You Need Knowing your gear is critical to…

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Whenever Richard Barringer has been confronted with a major decision, he has taken a trip to Maine’s North Woods to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. “It makes me feel so good to be there,” he says. “It has a remoteness to it, an austere beauty. It’s peaceful. It’s really quite remarkable.” And as of October,…

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Roanoke, Va., was founded in 1882 along the Norfolk & Western Railway. Smokestacks and coal cars anchored its identity. These days, the city’s image is a little greener. In the late 2000s, business leaders asked the Roanoke Regional Partnership (RRP) to reevaluate the city’s approach to economic development. “We recognized that we were not taking…

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While strapping our skis to the thwarts of our adventure-worn 16-foot canoe, we notice a raft of small ice chunks floating downstream—remnants of a recent thaw. The ice catches a gentle eddy in the river and gathers into a broad swirl that fills the entire river channel. The call of chickadees, the rustle of beech…

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