Women Outdoors

Slalom Is So Hard

  by Carli Beisel From Green Truss to the Nantahala I was supposed to be paddling the Green Truss in White Salmon, WA, but instead I have found myself back in the Nantahala Gorge. Life has come full circle: the Nantahala is where I first learned…

Sweet Briar Kayakers Place Third!

Hats off to the women of Sweet Briar College! From Laura, director of the outdoor program (SWEBOP) at Sweet Briar: Yes We did it!!!!!  We have lots of good stories and tales to tell about  the  American Canoe Association Collegiate Canoe and…

The River Maidens: five fabulous women kayakers

WNC Magazine’s article on women boaters in western North Carolina. Here is a look at five fabulous women of the river who’ve made that progression from novice to expert—and in many cases, serve as role models and mentors to new boaters. Anna…

Women of Wildwater

One of the aspects of kayak competition that is fascinating is that age is not specifically a handicap (the Hearn/Lugbill line up of winners in the ’96 Olympics were just about the magic age of 40, while this year Hailey Thompson, the women’s C1…

Women’s C-1 to be an Olympic Event

Women’s C-1 will be a future event in the Olympics. As many times as we’ve said that women were “too smart” to paddle on their knees, a chance to compete in the Olympics might just make it happen.  I sat one afternoon at the takeout on the…

Going for the Gold in C-1

I sat one afternoon at the takeout on the Nantahala watching a C-1 boater attain upstream. It broke two of my rules: #1 Going Upstream and #2 Paddling on your knees with just half a paddle! But hey-women are smarter and don’t paddle C-1s. But as…