Virginia Marshall

Virginia Marshall is a former editor of Rapid and Adventure Kayak magazines. She writes and paddles from Washago, Ontario.

The Paddler’s Greatest Debates

Few topics get backcountry paddlers more fired up than debating the ethics of burning garbage on trip, or contesting the best way to bear-proof your camp. Mention canoeing and...

Pakayak Bluefin 14 Review

Until recently, a kayak’s off-water stealth didn’t factor into most paddlers’ purchasing decisions. Portable kayaks—an eclectic catch-all of inflatable, folding and sectional models—appealed chiefly to space-starved urban paddlers prioritizing...

Why The Golden Age Of Sea Kayak Symposiums Might...

A generation ago, aspiring sea kayakers traveled vast distances to seek out the sport’s leading lights at cultish gatherings they called symposiums. Today, paddlers who are keen to develop their...

The Best Paddling & Camping Gear For Your Next...

River guides know all the secrets to staying comfortable while camping, chilling and tending to chores in canyon country. Managing temperature swings of 105-degree daytime highs to 35-degree overnight...

Why the job of the professional river guide will...

Impassable Canyon. The name conjures a rocky defile so steep, no trails penetrate its shadowy depths. Just the sight of it turned Lewis and Clark on their heels. The...

Sea Kayak: Current Designs’ Karla Review

Three years ago, when I first inquired about the enigmatic designer behind Current Designs’ emerging family of Danish-style sea kayaks, CD vice president Bill Kueper prefaced an introduction to...

Trips: Kayak in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is famous for many things—astonishing skyscrapers, Art Deco architecture, the blues, Al Capone, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, Navy Pier—but paddling isn’t generally one of them. Ask a local...

Trips: Kayak in Victoria, British Columbia

Few coastlines in Canada can boast year-round paddling, but one such place is Vancouver Island and the historic provincial capital nestled in its southern tip. Victoria is among the...

Delta Kayaks’ Traverse 17.5T Tandem Kayak Review

I’m a big fan of tandem kayaks. When touring with inexperienced paddlers or youth, a fleet of doubles halves the number of boats on the water, making it easier...