Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might encounter a canoe of our day--whether birch bark or dugout or a modern marvel made of carbon fiber--its silhouette would be instantly recognizable. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.
In the foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee, we dip into the experience of canoeing, from the thrilling challenges of childhood camp expeditions to the moving reflections of long-time paddlers. The pages that follow are filled with historical photographs and artwork, authors Neuzil and Sims describe the dugout and birch bark craft from their first known appearance through the exploration of Canada by fur traders, to the recreational movements that promoted all-wood and wood-and-canvas canoes. Modern materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic expanded participation and connected canoeists with emerging environmental movements.
Finally, Canoes lets us hear the voices of past paddlers like Alexander Mackenzie, the first European to cross North America, using birch bark and dugout canoes a decade before Lewis and Clark went overland, Henry Thoreau, Eric Sevareid, Edwin Tappan Adney, and others. Their stories are a tribute to the First Peoples who, 500 or 1,000 or even 5,000 years ago, built a craft designed to such perfection that it has plied the waters fundamentally unchanged ever since.
The Chattahoochee River is one of the premier waterways of Georgia and the Southeast. It is a mecca for summer recreation, a priceless natural resource that provides water and power for a great number of Georgia's citizens, and an essential component to the region's ecosystem. As public interest in both exploring and protecting Georgia's rivers such as the Chattahoochee grows, so too has the demand for clear and elegant guides to our rivers. The Chattahoochee River User's Guide--the latest in a series of river guides from Georgia River Network and the University of Georgia Press--aims to meet that demand.The Chattahoochee River User's Guide traces the 430-mile course of the Hooch from its headwaters at a spring on Coon Den Ridge near Jacks Knob in northeastern Georgia to its confluence with the Flint River, where they form the Apalachicola River. The Georgia River Network guides provide many little-known facts about Georgia's rivers, bring to life the river's cultural and natural history, and present river issues in an immersive and engaging manner that will inspire users to help protect their local waterways. The guide includes
200 color photographs
32 user-friendly maps that reveal the towns, roads, entry points,
bridges, public lands, parks, and other landmarks along the
river's course from the southern Blue Ridge Mountains to the
Detailed practical information about public access points,
potential hazards, camping facilities, and GPS coordinates for
points of interest
A primer on fishing
An introduction and safety overview, as well as a concise natural
history guide to common flora and fauna of the river corridor
The most comprehensive guide for sea kayakers of all levels First published in 1976, The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking is a comprehensive guide for the beginner and an invaluable reference book for the experienced sea kayaker. Originally penned by the late Derek C. Hutchinson, an international authority on sea kayaking, it describes equipment, basic and advanced techniques, weather and navigation, and is illustrated throughout by the author's own drawings and color photographs. This new 40th anniversary edition has been completely updated in line with the latest sea kayaking developments by Wayne Horodowich, a longtime friend of Hutchinson's and the founder of University of Sea Kayaking.
"...Her writing is clear and concise, sprinkled with bits of humor and many tips gleamed from her years working as a kayak instructor, guide and outfitter."
--Sea Kayaker Magazine
The first edition of The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook received immediate acclaim with its selection as the Best Outdoor Instructional Book by the National Outdoor Book Award group. Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water.
- New photos throughout showing new boats, equipment, stretching, and repair techniques
- A new section on used boats and how to shop for them
- Expanded sections on: boat materials section to include the newer laminates; buying a new kayak; use of GPS for navigation; family paddling; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff to include more retrofit and repair information on a wider range of boat and paddle material
- Improvements in materials and more data on hypothermia;
- Changes in safety technique descriptions reflecting the new equipment on the market
- information on stretching, proper posture in a kayak, and easy modifications to kayak seats for more comfortable paddling
Topics include: Getting Ready; Kayaks; Accessories and Clothing; Getting to Know Your Kayak; Controlling Your Kayak; Getting Into and Out of the Water; Real Life Paddling; Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation; Trip Logistics; Group safety; Kayak Camping; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff
The Driftless Area is the land the glaciers missed, an ancient landscape of bluffs, ridgetops, and steep valleys that long ago was a seabed. Covering much of southwestern Wisconsin, its contours were deeply carved from bedrock, not by ice but by many rivers.
Crossing the Driftless is both a traveler's tale and an exploration of this dramatic environment, following the streams of geologic and human history. Lynne Diebel and her husband, Bob, crossed the Driftless Area by canoe, journeying 359 river miles (and six Mississippi River locks and five portages) from Faribault, Minnesota, where her family has a summer home on Cedar Lake, to their Wisconsin home in Stoughton, one block from the Yahara River. Traveling by river and portage, they paddled downstream on the Cannon and Mississippi rivers and upstream on the Wisconsin River, in the tradition of voyageurs. Lynne tells the story of their trip, but also the stories of the rivers they canoed and the many tributaries whose confluences they passed.
With 1,200 miles of trails, breathtaking mountain views, abundant wildlife, quiet lakes, and the highest peaks in the Northeast, the White Mountains of New Hampshire offer an abundance of outdoor activities to fit all recreational interests and abilities. This fully-revised and updated guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club includes 50 of the best hikes, mountain bike rides, and paddling spots, highlighting everything from short walks to more challenging day-long adventures. Included in the book are hikes along the Appalachian Trail and up to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Bike the Franconia Notch bike trail or go paddling in Chocurua Lake. Inside you'll find trip descriptions for 22 hikes, 15 bike trips, and 10 quiet water and whitewater paddling trips. They include level of difficulty, distance, elevation, and trip time. Nature notes and "how-to" tips provide additional context for the outdoor traveler. Improved locator and detailed maps will aid you in planning your next outdoor adventure in the Whites.
Palmer offers a comprehensive and up-to-date guide covering 120 notable rivers and streams of Oregon. The book begins with a river history lesson, educating the reader about the geology, ecology, and flora and fauna of the rivers. The text then offers a comprehensive list of fifty common river and riparian plants and animals. Organization is by area such as coastal, Umpqua, Rogue, and the Columbia and its gorge. Each river entry offers its length, watershed and average flow, and discusses hiking, fishing, and rafting options. Entries also include a lovely photograph of each river. An appendix provides fun lists such as, Best River Running, Best Bicycling Along Rivers, and Long Dam-Free Reaches of Rivers. Numerous maps are included. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
In Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die, the newest addition to the Fifty Places series, Chris Santella explores the best destinations for the diverse sport of paddling. The book features the world's top spots for kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Destinations include the Grand Canyon, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Baja California, Indonesia's Komodo Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula, as recommended by paddling experts. Compelling travelogues are complemented by beautiful and vibrant photographs of the locations and travel tips to help readers experience the destinations for themselves.