Welcome to The Armchair Paddler, more than thirty amazing stories set on every kind of water. From the Amazon to the Rio Grande, from Pakistan to Peru, from the Arctic to the Inside Passage - these are tales of paddling, rafting, and sometimes (regrettably) swimming the world's rivers and oceans in search of adventure, beauty, and death-defying challenge. The Armchair Paddler is full of revealing accounts of triumph and near tragedy, of endurance and frailty, of just how far technique and courage can take a person. Whether we're given a history lesson on the origin of the kayak, passengered across the rough and rugged waters of a stormy white-capped Atlantic Ocean, or told of the sad ecological condition of what were once some of the worlds most beautiful waterways, The Armchair Paddler never fails to inspire and teach. The excitement, the fatigue, and the numerous life-threatening accidents are documented with great detail and wonderful attention to the human spirit. A roster of experienced boaters and renowned authors make for riveting, unforgettable tales of thrilling exploration.