Tim Shuff

Technology Making The Wilderness Less Wild

I stood at the display counter of my outdoor retailer looking at the array of satellite communication devices: a SPOT Messenger; a DeLorme inReach that promised 100-percent global...

How Aging Complicates the Wilderness Experience

Through my thirties and early forties I was feeling and looking pretty damned good. People would say that I looked 10 years younger. Then this...

Finding the Magic Kingdom

As I paddled up the beach I was greeted by a sign that read, “State park boundary—welcome to... the Real Florida.” In a hyper-politicized world where some people...

Spending Time in Nature Makes You a Better Citizen...

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. It was a blog post by champion whitewater kayaker Eric Jackson that sucked me in. EJ did a quick calculation and...

Around South America with Freya Hoffmeister

Few could argue Freya Hoffmeister is the most accomplished sea kayaker that has ever lived—or likely ever will. The 51-year-old sportswoman and entrepreneur’s life is a catalog of...

The Survivors: Cuyahoga River on the Rebound

As in most great stories of transformation, Cleveland’s greatest ignominy was also the beginning of its comeback. June 22, 1968, is the day the Cuyahoga River caught fire. The...

The Survivors: The Return of Boréal Design

Boréal Design was a well-respected, Canadian-based brand in the challenging longboat sea kayak market when it went into receivership in early 2012. Its wide-ranging lineup—including the aggressively rockered Vaag...

The Survivors: The Kayak’s Own Survival Story

Before there was land, there was water. Before there were creatures that walked, they paddled about. Before the wheel, there was the boat. For those of us born pre-digital,...

The Survivors: Rallying from the Brink of Extinction

Environmentally speaking, our species is not doing well. In the past four decades, half of all the wildlife on earth has vanished; there’s talk of us triggering the planet’s...