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Rafting Idaho's Salmon River

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com Editor Peter Potterfield takes us with him on rafting outfitter OARS' famous craft beer trip on Idaho's Salmon River. Here, an array of micro-brews from Missoula's Big Sky Brewery, and gourmet food provided by a California culinary expert, add creature comforts and good times to the Class III white water, sunshine and white sand beaches of this legendary trip.

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

Luxury Adventuring on BC's Sunshine Coast

Whether it's sea kayaking, hiking the coast, or mountain biking single tracks, the Rockwater Resort on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast makes a unique--and outrageously comfortable--base for exploring the inlets, coves and coastal trails of the Malaspinas Straight north of Sechelt.

Kiwi Redux: The Second Time Around

From Rakiura National Park, New Zealand's newest, to old favorites like the Greenstone Track, the varied backcountry landscapes down here make the second or third trip even more interesting than the first.

American Wilds: The Otter Limits

By James Vlahos

Northern California's cushiest kayaking clinic, Otter Bar Lodge, is where aspiring paddlers go to get schooled. A National Geographic Adventure Article.

Two-Day Triumph

By Jim Gorman

Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.

Into the Heart of the Great Bear

The First Nation settlement of Klemtu is the starting point for a kayak trip into the pristine wilderness of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.

Kiteboarding in Tofino

Kiteboarding has reached a crescendo of popularity in Europe, and now joins surfing and hiking as another outdoor pursuit on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island

The Lewis and Clark Trail

By Bruce W. Smith

Like the Lewis and Clark expedition, we were explorers using the
shallow, rather slow-moving Missouri as our highway to the unknown. But
there the similarities stopped.

Hidden Gems of the Middle Fork

By Bill Bruchak

The first time I saw the Middle Fork Country in Central Idaho, I felt like it was going to swallow me up. Not in an intimidating way, but with that sense of becoming part of the country itself.

Cascadia Marine Trail

By Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers explores more than 400 miles of watery landscape from the Canadian border to the Puget Sound.

Time to Hit the (Water) Trail

By Dennis Stuhaug

Granite islands of Maine, the easy flowing California River, Colorado whitewater, the Hudson River Gorge and Wisconsin's playful Wolf.

Whitewater Raft Trips:

By Ann Beman

"I am in need of a whitewater rafting trip suitable for a 41-year-old mother who acts 25, two athletic 12-year-old twin girls, and a husband who doesn't swim."

Running the Gauley River

By Christian Lowe

Paddlers love the Gauley for its difficulty and play. For expert paddlers, the classic class V upper section serves up a feast of big water heart-thumpers.

Fall Kayak Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

By Kaj Bune

The Pacific Northwest offers some of the finest kayaking destinations in the U.S. and fall is the perfect time to get out on the water.

Chasing the Moon to Cypress Island

By Dennis Stuhaug

A kayaker's paradise beckons from the vast and protected inland sea of Washington's San Juan Islands.

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