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Kayaks to Hell
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Kayaks to Hell
William Nealy


At last, a book that accurately depicts the mono-mania, elusive machismo, and marathon-dance mentality of whitewater paddling. In a unique blend of satire and cartoon art, William Nealy (author of best selling White Water Home Companion) opens up with both barrels on the sport and people which turn picturesque streams into jungle gyms.

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Whitewater River Maps: Cheat Canyon
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Whitewater River Maps: Cheat Canyon
William Nealy




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Guide to the Chattooga River, 2nd edition
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Guide to the Chattooga River, 2nd edition
Butch Clay


A Comprehensive Guide to the River and Its Natural and Human History

In 1974 the Chattooga River became the first river East of the Mississippi to be included in the National Wild and Scenic River System. It was included because it was a clean, free-flowing mountain stream located in a relatively undeveloped mountain environment. Forming part of the Georgia-South Carolina Border, the Chattooga is the only free-flowing portion of the Savannah River System. This book gives a comprehensive overview of the river including the topography, physiography and geology, weather and climate, human history, plant life, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.


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Introduction to Paddling, 1st ed
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Introduction to Paddling, 1st ed
American Canoe Association


Written by the American Canoe Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Introduction to Paddling is an easy-to-understand guide to flatwater and river paddling. Based on an earlier work by the Ohio DNR, Flat-water Paddler, this amply illustrated book tells beginning paddlers everything they need to know, from appropriate clothing to the parts of the boat, from correct strokes to proper safety concerns. Good for instructors and those who like to teach themselves, this book is an important resource for those who like to paddle or want to start.

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Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway
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Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway
Holly Genzen and Anne McCrary Sullivan


The Everglades Wilderness Waterway winds an enthralling path through rivers, bays, and streams on the southwestern edge of Everglades National Park. Rich with wildlife and scenic beauty, it also poses many challenges for paddlers. Canoeists and kayakers must deal with wind, waves, limited campsites (in the form of “chickee” platforms over the water and historic groundsites), and no fresh water.

As veterans of this complex passage, authors Holly Genzen and Anne Sullivan turn those limitations into glorious, safe adventure. Some out-and-back paddles lead to the rivers and bays of the Everglades National Park’s interior; others wind to Gulf Coast sites; still others loop around islands, mangrove forests, or other natural phenomena. The authors provide marker-by-marker route descriptions (both north to south and south to north), and comprehensive information on safety, supplies, campsites, and navigation. They also chronicle the waterway’s wildlife, social history, and origin of place names encountered along the way.

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Going Vertical
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Going Vertical
Tao Berman and Pam Withers


   Running wild in the mountains of eastern Washington as a child, world-class extreme kayaker and entrepreneur Tao Berman continues to run wild through the record books and life. A world-record waterfall-drop holder since his 98.4-foot kayak flight off of Upper Johnston Falls in Banff National Forest, Berman is a powerhouse, a living riveting story of pushing envelopes to the unthinkable edge.

     As analytical as he is physically powerful, Berman not only pushes the limits of possibility but redefines them, leaving behind in his wake a tidal wave of inspiration and can-do attitude. His life story of adventure prowess, domination of an extreme sport, and personal audacity to go where others fear to tread is as gripping as it is inspiring. Whether you need a kick in the pants or not, follow Berman's incredible tale as he redefines human limitations with guts, training, persona, and maybe even sometimes a little luck.

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NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor center Since 1972
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NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor center Since 1972



NOC Stories describes the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s first 25 years, a time of explosive growth in whitewater sports and instruction. NOC Stories by Payson Kennedy and Greg Hlavaty presents a history of the Nantahala Outdoor Center as seen through the eyes of early leaders and some of its dedicated staff. This history spans the years 1972-1997 and approaches the story of the NOC’s inception and growth in conjunction with the explosive growth of paddlesports and paddle instruction; in a very real sense, the great strides in paddle instruction and the growth of whitewater sports parallels the growth of the NOC. Many people today see the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for what it has become: a seminal Southeastern paddling hub and profitable business. What they don’t know is that the NOC started with a semi-utopian vision, the idea that friends could work together at pursuits they were passionate about, and that this endeavor would not only be profitable for the company, but also life-changing for the individual. That’s not something many businesses can say, but in the case of NOC, it’s turned out to be true. If you asked current culture-makers and business owners in the whitewater industry about their formative years, you’d find many were previous staff members, clinic participants, and visitors at the NOC. You’d likely also hear that the NOC was instrumental in refining their skillset and in inspiring them to become pioneers in their field. From rafting to river rescue, paddling instruction to Olympic competition, the one thing this diverse group has in common is the NOC. These people are the stories that have become the NOC’s legacy, and this book is an attempt to collect and make sense of them. But the book also features a very human element, a tinge of adventure that sets it apart from your standard history text. The stories in this book, in addition to their historical value, offer a testament to the experiential aspect of working at the NOC, that ineffable change that has affected so many staff and that forms the basis for outdoor adventure programs. The NOC was, and is, a dream; these are the stories of its dreamers.

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Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky, 6ed
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Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky, 6ed
Bob Sehlinger


Bob Sehlinger and Johnny Molloy's classic Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky has been updated yet again. Covering the Bluegrass State from the Appalachians in the east to the Mississippi River in the west, paddling has never been better in Kentucky.

Combining the latest technology with good old-fashioned paddling trips, the updated 6th edition of our Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Kentucky makes your paddling adventures even easier to execute with completely revised and improved maps, access points, river gauges, and mileages. Between them, Bob and Johnny have paddled thousands of miles throughout North America in addition to Kentucky. They have also penned paddling guides to several other Southern states. This combined experience has been used to make Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky its finest and most useful for paddlers of all types. GPS coordinates have been added to every put-in and takeout in the book, making reaching your favorite waterway a snap.

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Canoeing & Kayaking New York
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Canoeing & Kayaking New York
Kevin Stiegelmaier


    Canoeing and Kayaking New York is the only guidebook on the market that focuses solely on the rivers and streams of the Empire State. There is a lot of water to cover in a state almost 55,000 square miles in size, with a good variety of geography to experience as well. From the slow tidal rivers of Long Island to the urban waterways of New York City, the swift whitewater in the Adirondack Mountains to the majestic grandeur of the Hudson River, this book covers a bit of everything.

    Canoeing and Kayaking New York includes descriptions of 50 trips along dozens of rivers. The trips are scattered across the state and designed to fit into almost everyone’s idea of a great paddle. A few over-nighters are profiled along with some short, round-trip day paddles. Other mile-heavy outings are described, as are a few water trails and optional side-trips. Some runs are meant for more experienced paddlers while others are more suitable for beginners and families.

    In every description, though, is included all of the information paddlers need to make their trip enjoyable, safe, and fun. Combined with information about tides, river gauges, GPS waypoints, and maps are personal anecdotes, bits of historical trivia, and descriptions of local plants and animals, all sprinkled with a touch of humor. The result is a guidebook that reads in parts like a collection of short stories, equally fitted for a bookshelf or dry bag.

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Paddling Long Island and New York City
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Paddling Long Island and New York City
Kevin Stiegelmaier


The Best Sea Kayaking from Montauk to Manhasset Bay to Manhattan

Paddling Long Island is the only book on the market to depict routes and destinations across the whole of Long Island and the New York City area. And it showcases 50 of the very best. It is a diverse selection, too. After all, according to skill level, weather, personal mood, and other factors, a paddler may want open, fast water one day, but a quiet, protected experience at another time, and something in-between later on. It’s all here, from New York City to the far eastern tip of Long Island’s Montauk Point. 

What’s more, the book’s guidance and language are geared to wide-ranging skill levels: the novice will be enlightened and encouraged, and the seasoned kayaker or canoeist will be engaged and engrossed. That is because the author’s intimate, lifelong knowledge of the area’s waterways shines in his descriptions of natural and social histories, humorous stories, personal anecdotes, and beautiful black-and-white photographs. 

For example, among the 50 entries, the author tells of Cold Spring Harbor, nestled between Oyster Bay and Huntington, and steeped in maritime history. He gives some back story on Little Neck Bay, home to littleneck clams but also where he says you will likely see a fin flip or a tail splash as the striped bass catch their prey. And he will take you to Setauket Harbor and tell you why it’s his personal paddling favorite. 

But not all waxes euphoric, as there are practical considerations when striking out on water, and this guidebook is a good friend to have along. It describes the best times to paddle the 50 harbor, inlet, bay, and river routes; alerts readers to each paddle’s difficulty level and estimated length; and suggests side trips, optional trip extensions, and alternate routes to paddle depending on weather conditions. Easy-to-follow maps, complete with GPS coordinates and driving directions, add to this book’s high value.

In addition, the author provides contact information on local paddling clubs, outfitters, and Internet links. And a final extensive section on personal safety, boat and equipment preparedness, and related topics makes this book an invaluable tool.



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