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Elevator pitch: Paddling America guidebook

Two expert paddlers pulled together a guidebook for paddling the country.



Paddling America book cover
The cover of Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers, published by Falcon Guides and in partnership with BACKPACKER Magazine.Courtesy

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Ride the elevator with Ryan Meyer, assistant marketing manager for Falcon Guides, publisher of Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers.

The nation’s rivers connect mountains to sea, communities to natural places, and people to wildlife. America’s Wild & Scenic River system recognizes these values. Paddling America ($26) provides descriptions for paddling and exploring 50 Wild & Scenic Rivers across the country. Woven throughout the river descriptions are small anecdotal sidebars touching on the history of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, the adventurers themselves, and tips for paddling. Each chapter contains one map, specifications in accordance with paddling guidelines including GPS coordinates, put-in/takeout information, an overview of the paddle, miles and directions, full-color photos, and sidebars. 

Susan Elliott, a river restoration scientist and whitewater kayak instructor, contributes to outdoor adventure publications such as Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Rapid Magazine, and Columbia Gorge Guide, and has contributed to guidebooks and instruction manuals, such as The River Gypsies Guide to North America and Bartlett Book of Garden Elements. She has worked on and explored rivers in Peru, Ecuador, India, China, Mexico and the U.S. She has recently completed a Master’s of Science degree in River Engineering. 

Adam Elliott, a photographer and whitewater rafting guide manager, has had his worked published in Outside Magazine China, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Pacific Northwest Paddler’s Guidebook and more. He served as a logistics coordinator and photographer for National Geographic’s Monster Fish episode on Brazil’s “River of Doubt.” He guided river trips through the Grand Canyon, on the Salween and Upper Mekong for the last 20 years and now explores and photographs rivers all over the world. Adam and Susan currently live in their 1994 Coachman Catalina “road home,” based in White Salmon, Washington. 

FALCON is the premier publisher of outdoor recreation and adventure titles, covering everything we love to do in the outdoors and everything we need to know to do it better.

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