Best Whitewater Kayaking Books
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1. I Don't Want To Grow Up: Life, Liberty, and Happiness. Without a Career.
Author: by Scott Stillman
Published at: Wild Soul Press (January 13, 2021)
What do you want to be when you grow up? We’ve been asked this question over and over, practically since the day we could walk. Many of us have absolutely no idea. We never have and we never will. This bothers us terribly, and on a profound level.
We feel useless, disconnected, scattered, unfocused. If we could just make up our mindsabout something, about anything! What if you didn’t have to grow up? Society would like us to believe that to be successful, we need careers. But let’s face itwe’re not all meant to be doctors, lawyers, scientists, and accountants.
Some are meant to be dreamers. The people on the fringes of society who don’t necessarily subscribe to the modern version of the American Dream. Artists, adrenaline junkies, nomads, life seekers. Those who doubt conventional wisdom, question authority, and continually search for newer, better ways to live.
The world needs freaksnow more than ever before. Is the career-less path really so bad? Could it actually be a calling? Find out for yourself.Get it Now.
2. Canoeing & Kayaking Florida (Canoe and Kayak Series)
Author: by Johnny Molloy
Published at: Menasha Ridge Press; Third edition (November 22, 2016)
Completely updated yet again, the latest edition of Canoeing & Kayaking Florida is the most comprehensive guide to the best of Florida’s unique streams, springs, creeks, and rivers. Engaging and concise, yet filled with carefully selected details vital to any successful Florida paddling adventure, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida spares readers encyclopedic fluff in favor of practical, no-nonsense information.
With expanded regional maps and revised river maps, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida is simply the best and most informative Florida paddling guide available. Several new paddling destinations have been added to this latest edition, including waterways like Shingle Creek, where a swift stream swishes through a cypress forest.
Then there’s quiet coastal Shell Creek and the mighty Apalachicola River, a big water destination with big sandbars, big hills, and a fast current compared to more intimate Florida waterways. Still other new streams await your arrival. For over 30 years, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida has provided the essential information needed to paddle the waterways of Florida.
3. Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia (Canoe and Kayak Series)
Author: by Suzanne Welander
Published at: Menasha Ridge Press; Second edition (August 25, 2015)
Get the authoritative guide to the waterways of Georgia, offering thousands of miles of paddling. Covering more than 3,700 miles of waterways, Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia is the definitive guide to Georgia’s whitewater, smoothwater, and everything in between. This new edition describes the exhilarating restored whitewater course in Columbus and the headwaters of the upper Chattooga River.
It also provides detailed information on Georgia’s growing network of established Water Trails that actively welcome recreational paddlers throughout the state. Now expanded to cover additional waterways in southwest Georgiaincluding Kinchafoonee, Muckalee, and Ichawaynochaway creeksthis book is the only one you need to figure out where to float, no matter what type of boat you paddle.
Book Features New maps plus GPS coordinates Updated river profiles, including additional sections for six rivers covered in previous editions Detailed information on five new Class I and II creek destinations Easy-to-reference descriptions of Georgia’s developed Water Trails
4. Recreational Kayaking: The Ultimate Guide (Heliconia) Comprehensive Instructional Handbook Covers Equipment, Strokes, Paddling Techniques, Capsize Recovery, Kayak Safety, Paddler's First Aid, & More
Author: by Ken Whiting
Published at: Design Originals; First edition (September 1, 2008)
Your ultimate kayaking handbook! Learn all about:Equipment – types of kayaks, canoes, paddles, life jackets, clothing, footwear, accessories, safety equipmentEssentials – launching, landing, seal launch, using your paddle, wet exit, three golden rules, balance on edgeStrokes – propulsion, turning, lateral, stability, bracingManeuvers – kayaks in motion, using rudders, going straight, pivot turns, carving turnsCapsize recoveries, paddling in exposed conditions, paddling in surf zones, and moreRiver running – classification, current dynamics, equipment considerations, shuttlesPaddler’s first aid – treating blisters, repetitive motion, back pain, shoulder dislocation, hypothermia, heat stroke, stings, and moreKayaking: The Ultimate Guide is the tenth of an award-winning series of books and DVDs by world-renowned kayak instructor Ken Whiting!
Whether your interest in kayaking stems from the desire to get outside and exercise, spend time with your friends and family, or explore the endless waterways that surround you, this easy-to-read guide makes paddling fun and safe for both new and experienced paddlers looking to broaden their horizons.
5. Dancing with Death: An Inspiring Real-Life Story of Epic Travel Adventure
Author: by Jean-Philippe Soulé
Published at: Native Planet Adventures (March 10, 2021)
Fans of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and Chris McDougall’s Born to Run will enjoy author Jean-Philippe Soule’s adventure-travel memoir of self-discovery as he and his best friend journey through seven countries to meet with and learn from rainforest indigenous communities.
How many of us fantasize about walking away from the daily grind of the American Dream to embark on a grand adventure? That’s exactly what former French Special Forces Commando Jean-Philippe Soul did in real lifeabandoning his cushy job with Microsoft to launch into a three-year kayaking adventure that would take him and his best friend on a dangerous and beautiful journey of discovery across seven countries in Central America.
At first glance, Jean-Philippe Soul had achieved everything modern society defines as success. A former French Special Forces Commando, he enjoyed a thriving career in America as a program manager with Microsoft. Like many of us, however, he secretly dreamed about walking away from his job to embark on to jump into an epic adventure, one inspired by the captivating sea adventures of Jacques Cousteau that he’d read about in his youth.
6. Amazon Woman: Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and a Quest to Kayak the World's Largest River from Source to Sea
Author: by Darcy Gaechter
Published at: Pegasus Books; 1st edition (March 3, 2020)
An extraordinary and inspiring chronicle of one woman’s harrowing journey to become the first female to kayak the entire Amazon River. Part memoir, part feminist manifesto, Amazon Woman shows what incredible feats we are capable of and will encourage people, especially women, across all backgrounds and ages to find the courage and strength to live the life they’ve imagined.
This 148-day journey began on Darcy Gaechter’s 35th birthday. She sold her successful outdoor adventure business, upsetting her partner and boyfriend of twelve years and getting them both fired in the process. The emotional waters that would fester and erupt on the ensuing journey was often more challenging to navigate than the mighty river itself.
With blistering lips and irradiated fingernails, Darcy would tackle raging Class Five whitewater for twenty-five days straight, barely surviving a dynamite-filled canyon being prepared for a new hydroelectric plan. She and her two companions would encounter illegal loggers, narco-traffickers, murderous Shining Path rebels, and ruthless poachers in the black market trade in endangered species.
7. The Complete Whitewater Rafter
Author: by Jeff Bennett
Published at: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1st edition (January 22, 1996)
This is the manual endorsed by professional guides, instructors, and recreational river runners everywhere. With comprehensive step-by-step coverage starting with the first run, it includes tips from top guides, outfitters, and instructors, plus the most complete guide to Class V rafting techniques ever assembled.
This is the completely revised and updated successor to Bennett’s best-selling manual, Rafting!.
8. The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Rafting and River Camping
Author: by Molly Absolon
Published at: Falcon Guides; Illustrated edition (June 1, 2018)
Winner of the 2018 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional Book! The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Rafting and River Camping introduces new rafters to the skills, equipment, and knowledge required to mount a multiday whitewater rafting trip. Rafting equipment, skills, and techniques have changed drastically in recent years, and this book provides the latest information on equipment selection, care, repair, and use; whitewater rafting techniques; reading rivers; hazard evaluation and basic rescue; camping techniques; river cooking and living; and expedition planning.
Written in a clear and comprehensive manner by outdoor educator and whitewater veteran Molly Absolon, The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Rafting and River Camping is a great tool for novices and an excellent resource for experienced rafters.
9. Canoeing Wild Rivers: The 30th Anniversary Guide to Expedition Canoeing in North America (How to Paddle Series)
Author: by Cliff Jacobson
Published at: Falcon Guides; 5th edition (March 1, 2015)
The 30th Anniversary Edition of the classic Expedition Canoeinghas long been considered the premier guide to canoeing and exploring North America’s waterways. This thirtieth-anniversary edition expertly details everything you need to know about paddling the continent’s wild rivers. Outdoors writer and wilderness canoe guide Cliff Jacobson draws on his thirty-plus years of river running to give you sound advice, fresh new ideas, and advanced techniques for canoeing in the wilderness.
Completely updated and revised, inside you’ll find dozens of full-color photos, how-to illustrations, source charts, canoeing and camping tricks, a chapter full of hard-won advice from more than twenty-five of Jacobson’s fellow canoeing experts, and a brand new chapter devoted to paddling desert and swamp rivers.
Look inside to find:How to pick a crewRoute and trip planningCanoeing and camping gearNavigating by map, compass, and GPSHow to deal with dangerous bearsCanoe hazards and rescueBarren-land travelPreparation and skills are everything when canoeing wild rivers. Take along this guide on all of your canoeing adventures.
10. Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier (Canoeing & Kayaking Guides – Menasha)
Author: by Karen Jettmar
Published at: Menasha Ridge Press; 3rd edition (June 28, 2008)
EXPLORE HIDDEN ALASKAThe Alaska River Guide is the premier guide to Alaskan paddling. It combines detailed river maps, photographs, and crucial at-a-glance information to provide you with the knowledge needed to plan a successful Alaska river trip. The book also highlightscautions and river hazardsprime paddling seasondirections to river-access pointssummaries of fish and wildlifeThe rich tapestry of Alaska is threaded together by 365,000 miles of waterways, from cascading mountain streams to meandering valley rivers, from the meltwaters of glaciers to broad rivers that empty into the sea.
These waterways run deep in the fabric of Alaskan life, providing means of communication, nutrition, and transport for plants, animals, and people. The Alaska River Guide provides enough information to help you prepare for your trip without spoiling the wonders and discoveries waiting for you out on the water.
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONThis is dream material. Imagine canoeing the North Fork of the Koyukuk. You can put in near Mount Doonerak … And drift through the Gates of the Arctic National Park. The Alaska River Guide will make you want to do it.
11. River Rescue: A Manual for Whitewater Safety, 4th Ed.
Author: by Les Bechdel
Published at: CFS Press; 4th edition (May 11, 2009)
River Rescue has been the authoritative reference for canoe, kayak, and raft – from beginner self-rescue to big river teamwork – since 1985. The 4th edition is bigger and better than ever, with 292 fact-filled pages, 106 illustrations, and 144 photographs. Featured are new photos and first-hand accounts of rescues; expanded material on big-water rescue – new gear and methods; self-rescue and rescue of others by hand, boat, rope, and other ways; tools and techniques – rope work, throw bags, boat handling, high- and low-tech gear to use when seconds count; rescue organization – leadership, teamwork, patient care, evacuation, and more.
12. Paddling Washington: 100 Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest
Author: by Rich Landers
Published at: Mountaineers Books (April 8, 2008)
112 routes in rivers, streams, lakes, and bays in the Northwest* For paddlers of all skill levels* Maps, safety tips, equipment requirements, and a route comparison chartThis uniquely comprehensive Washington paddling guidebook combines the best of three previous books-Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest, Paddle Routes of Western Washington, and Washington Whitewater-into one volume.
Detailed locator maps and instructions on safety are included, as well as appendices on equipment, map sources, and a useful route comparison chart for selecting the right trip level for any paddler. Paddling Washington covers water routes in western and eastern Washington, British Columbia, North Idaho, and Montana, and has enough trips to keep northwest paddlers busy for years to come.
13. A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks (Canoe and Kayak Series)
Author: by Tom Kennon
Published at: Menasha Ridge Press; 3rd edition (April 10, 2004)
In the heartland of America rise the Ozark Mountains, teeming with cascading, free-flowing streams. Situated astride the Missouri/Arkansas border, the Ozarks represent a canoeing and kayaking wonderland. Still a comprehensive, accurate and readable guide, but now with a new design and format, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks (formerly Ozark Whitewater) catalogs the varied rivers of the region.
Inside are updated descriptions of all the classic rivers, including the Buffalo National and Little Missouri, as well as exciting new reports of today’s steep creek runs: Bryant, Turkey, and many others. This guide is the definitive sourcebook for Ozark river sport.
14. Waterman 2.0: Optimized Movement For Lifelong, Pain-Free Paddling And Surfing
Author: by Kelly Starrett
Published at: MobilityWOD Inc. (September 5, 2018)
The goal of any waterman or woman is to surf, paddle or row as often as they can, as well as they can, for the rest of their life. The trouble is that few understand how to get the most from their body and when they can’t, what to do about it outside of the usual layoffs, surgeries and cortisone injections.
As one veteran paddler recently put it: Ibuprofen is my second religion. There is a better way. Using insights gleaned from his experiences on the whitewater canoe and rafting national teams and improving the performance and wellbeing of the world’s top athletes, Dr. Kelly Starrett has created nothing short of a movement manifesto for the water athlete.
Equally applicable to the pro waterman, novice and everyone in between, Waterman 2. 0 gives paddlers, surfers and rowers of all ages and abilities a one-stop guide to understanding: Basic movement baselines for optimal and sustainable performance on and off the water How to identify and fix weakest links, and become faster, stronger and more resilient Mobility techniques to help prevent, assess and address soft tissue, joint and sliding surface issues Common errors that lead to pain and performance limitations Corrective strategies that enhance movement patterns and unlock more speed and endurance Lifestyle adaptations that enable better preparation, training and racing Tactics for more effective recovery, hydration and sleep Waterman 2.
15. Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine
Author: by David S. Cook
Published at: Polar Bear & Company; 3rd edition (August 15, 2007)
Native canoe routes of Maine, with translations of place names, are described in the context of Northeastern geological development and Indian prehistoric culture in the use of birch bark canoes on rivers, lakes, carries, and coastal routes, according to the archaeological and historical record, informed by accounts of early explorers.
Foreword: James Francis, Penobscot Tribal Historian; Introduction: Prof.David Sanger.