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Canoe & Kayak: World class whitewater in the shadow of Denali

From the bloggers at Canoe & Kayak:

Devil’s Canyon sees far more kayakers than 40 years ago, but nonetheless the Susitna is still regarded as one of the most remarkable Class V expeditions on the planet, and is considered to be part of the legendary triple crown of expedition big water paddling.

Once to the river, the thick, mesmerizing water drew us towards the ominous canyon below. The banks on either side of the river grew steeper and steeper until towering basalt walls loomed hundreds of feet overhead.

We entered each rapid of Devil’s Canyon with caution and ease, but the whitewater was out of this world. Spectacular standing waves, powerful crashing holes and mysterious eddy lines propelled us downstream, deeper and deeper into the abyss. At each pool between the rapids we shared smiles, at times erupting into exclamations of joy and at others quietly embracing the satisfying state of tranquility.

To read the full feature at Canoe & Kayak, click here.

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